Day 1 Featured Presentations

3:00 PM

Creating Passionate Learners- How to Create a Student Empowered Environment
Presenter: Pernille Ripp

Breaking the rules is scary within the public school system, no matter how few or many years you have taught. We are indoctrinated about how a traditional classroom should look, starting with our own school days and then on through college classes and early professional careers. When we bring new ideas, or even just trust our instincts, we often think that what we want to try will never really work. What I have discovered is this though: Even the smallest changes can make monumental differences.

Whether you are just beginning or well on your way in your teaching career, this presentation can inspire you to break rules, take risks, and eagerly pursue your journey toward a classroom filled with passionate learners.

At the very least, it will let you know that you are not alone when you think your secret thoughts—that there really are better ways to teach, and that others who believe the same thing want to connect with you to make it happen.
Ditch That Textbook!
Presenter: Matt Miller

Engage students. Build relationships. Rekindle your love of teaching! The world is changing and becoming more and more digital every day. If education doesn’t change with it, our classrooms will become irrelevant in a world of ubiquitous information. Participants in this session will learn timeless techniques for using technology in the classroom that will withstand the passage of time, regardless of which websites come and go. They’ll leave inspired and motivated with practical tips for ditching their textbooks in favor of more digital means of learning.
Presenter: Jason Bretzmann

Starting in Scotland, Teachmeets have spread across the UK and beyond. Teachmeets are unique opportunities “to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology.” Through short, informal talks both moderators and attendees who have used these tools can share their great successes. Participants can lurk and learn or volunteer to share their best experiences. With the mindset that the smartest person in the room is the room, volunteers (through a Google Form) will be chosen randomly to share their favorite tool and exactly how they use it. The speaker will have two minutes to tell their story, and then we’ll move on to the next speaker. After every four speakers your moderators will share one of their favorite tools. Come prepared to learn, share, or both as we hear about our best options in these three strands: 1. Favorite Flipped Classroom tool + how you use it. 2. Favorite tool to engage students + how you use it. 3. Favorite tool to cultivate a professional adult culture + how you use it. Show up for some fast-paced fun, and some great learning!
Presenter: Lucy Gray

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Prekindergarten (age 3) - Grade 12 • Independent • Coeducational
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