and create the conditions to enable creativity and innovation to take root. Go deeper with creativity and innovation by conducting a baseline assessment of where you fall in terms of promoting creativity and innovation. Then, explore and practice specific instructional strategies for building creative and innovator skill sets with your students.
You’ll complete and share a key design challenge to help you progress along the creative spectrum. The workshop is filled with modeling so that you can experience how creativity and innovation can be quickly taught, practice and enhanced in learning environments. You’ll also walk out the door equipped with new tools and resources as well as with a new creative design challenge to be used with your students beyond the workshop.
ADVANCING CRITICAL THINKING
What is critical thinking?
Go deeper down the rabbit's hole to define this
21st Century Competency. Unveil misconceptions of critical thinking and examine
how projects can promote critical thinking. Participants will actually go through the project process to create an original solution, while the facilitator models how the teaching and assessing of critical thinking can be infused along the way.
WIRED/REWIRED: THE NEUROSCIENCE
OF "THE BRAIN ON BIAS" & WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT (1 DAY)
Dive into collaborative and experiential learning to better understand the neuroscience of “the brain on bias.” Hint: We ALL have implicit bias - our brains are wired for it. Reveal what can
TRAUMA AND THE ROAD TO RECOVERY FOR OUR LEARNERS & COMMUNITIES (1 DAY)
This session launches with startling statistics about the prevalence of trauma in our communities by reviewing key data from the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Study, which
revealed that traumatic life experiences during childhood and adolescence are far more common than expected.
Understanding the sheer scope of trauma is not enough – thus, we will dive deeper into the implications of how trauma affects the brain, the body and how the effects of trauma manifest in educational settings.
Wrapping our heads around the realities of trauma can be disheartening and defeating, but hope is not lost. Together, we will imagine a road to recovery by examining various evidence-based practices for our learners with trauma. These include evidence-based therapies for rehabilitating traumatized brains and bodies.
In a collaborative setting, we will use a creative process to imagine and design three types of solutions:
Healing experiences for our learners with trauma
Learning experiences for our educators to better understand, empathize and engage with our learners with trauma
Opportunities for community building
PRESENTERS (1 DAY)
Model, model, model! In this one-day session, participants go through a project process first hand. With presentations at the end, participants ping-pong back and forth between engaging project work and
presentation development, presentational skill development, rehearsals and show time.
Model, model, model! In this one-day session, participants go through a project process first hand. With presentations at the end, participants ping pong back and forth between engaging project work and presentation development, presentational skill development, rehearsals and show time.
Teachers will reflect and connect about how to build in opportunities for intentional teaching and assessing of this vital 21st century competency into their projects and classrooms.
Go from daily/unit planning to annual planning in this full day session for up to 35 teachers and instructional leaders. This workshop helps participants harmonize the sometimes disconnected
pieces of our work throughout the school year - such as units, projects, kits, modules, textbooks, activities, and instruction - into a coherent and student-friendly annual plan. Immerse yourself in a clear and concrete process for curriculum mapping that includes:
Branding a classroom experience
Crafting a classroom premise that is exciting to student
Developing a curriculum map that sequences the learning
Participants will walk out the door with a plan that includes deliverables such as a classroom brand, a relevant and compelling premise and a curriculum map.
be done to overcome the brain’s wiring in favor of implicit bias and implicit associations.
Participants will review and discuss resources, perspectives, personal experiences, Harvard implicit association assessments as well as research on implicit bias, including what it is, how to self-identify implicit bias, how to overcome it, how to talk about it, how to teach others about it and how to cope with it personally and professionally.
Participants will demonstrate their understanding of the neuroscience of implicit bias with a model of the “the brain on bias” while creatively embedding strategies for how to overcome these biases on our shared quest for equity.
PERSONALIZATION (1-2 DAYS)
"How do you increase student agency in learning?" Join us as we explore this Driving Question and as we review the global and day-to-day components of a student centered learning environment. Investigate pathways, strategies, practices and techniques to enable more
self-direction, more independent learning and more choice in the learning process. The workshop models a student-centered learning environment, in which you will learn about yourself as a learner, set your own personal goals and experience what it feels like to progress in a highly learner-centric environment. You will walk out the door with plans to advance yourself along the student-centered learning spectrum of practice.
resources to engage in balanced and effective assessment planning and practices. Throughout the day, application time to develop materials and tools will be embedded in mini-workshops on key assessment topics, including:
Creating & using rubrics as well as other methods of assessment
Coaching the tuning and development of student work
Collecting, archiving and reporting learning
Participants will work on designing a balanced assessment plan for a unit or a project. Participants will balance performance-based assessments with traditional assessments through a careful analysis of their learning outcomes. Walk out the door with an array of assessment tools for your unit or project.
TEACHING & ASSESSING
COLLABORATION (1-2 DAYS)
Take collaboration from buzzword to buzzworthy in your classroom. Learn what collaboration actually is and how to teach it by incorporating:
Highly interactive by design, this workshop models the collaboration practices in a full-day design challenge. Participants walk out the door with a toolkit to use in their own work.