Creating 3D & VR Worlds to Show and Visualize Growth Mindset using Indigenous Place-Based Metaphors
with Nicholas Pattison and Lauren Sutherland
Tulliallan Primary School
This session will be a fun-filled exploration around using your local environment and metaphors to create a visual representation of your personal and emotional growth and progress. You will leave this session with a better understanding of what is “learning” and “growth” and how to demonstrate and develop both within a classroom for the benefit of students and staff. You will experience this through games, activities and using TinkerCad and unity to develop a learning journey you can experience in VR.
Creating a Cohesive Culture: Comprehensive Restorative Practices
with Zuri Stone and Robin Walker
YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School and YouthBuild Philly - The Learning Exchange
How do we change the reputation of Restorative Practices in school from discipline model to a way of life? Restorative practices is a social science studying how relationships influence the culture of a community/organization. This workshop is a comprehensive look at restorative we like to call ‘Cohesive Culture’. We believe leadership is “taking responsibility to make things go right for your life, your family, your [organization], and your community.” A restorative culture is a catalyst of leadership for all members of the community. It encourages everyone to embrace every moment as an opportunity for learning: learning from mistakes, exchanging authentic feedback, looking for opportunities to grow, and taking accountability for the impact on the community.
R-E-S-P-E-C-T My Inner Mathematician
with Curtis Taylor and Yekaterina Milvidskaia
High Tech High Graduate School of Education
The beauty of mathematics is that it brings out the essence of the human spirit -love, joy, curiosity, and creativity. This workshop will spotlight how creating a classroom culture can rehumanize the mathematical experience for our students and brings out their inner mathematician. It will highlight the cultural experiences that students have with mathematics that can be utilized in the classroom setting that allows students to not only push their critical thinking, but grants them the opportunity to use mathematics as a tool to critique society. Together we will wonder in the unknown as we engage in open ended tasks as mathematicians often do and bare witness to each other’s joy as we celebrate the many ways we are mathematical together. We will also engage in the important mirror work and consider the intersectionality of culture, race, gender, and how these issues play out as we engage in mathematics.
The Power of Crew: Enhancing School Culture, Morning Meetings, and Advisories to Lift All Students
with Ron Berger
EL Education uses the word "Crew" to mean two things: A school culture of teamwork, courage, and compassion; and a school structure of staff meetings and daily student meetings to foster belonging and to support people to be their best selves. We will investigate the structures and strategies that you currently use in your setting to build character, community and collaboration among students and staff. We will dig into new Crew resources from EL Education—book, online toolkit, videos, and professional development packs (all, except the book, free and open source)—to consider practices that may be useful in improving the structures in your school or classroom. A foundation of Crew is that we should not separate student character (e.g.,social and emotional skills, commitment to justice and kindness) from academic learning, and that these things must be joined as the central goal of school. To achieve that, we need cultures and meeting structures in which all people from all backgrounds feel welcomed, valued, and empowered to be their best selves, which entails courageous conversations about identity, including race, culture, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, and self-image.
Myths My Abuela Used to Say: Challenging Cultures of Power in Education
with Maria del Mar Patrón Vázquez and Kurt Wootton
The twelve labors of Hercules. Pandora’s Box. Theseus and the Minotaur. You’ve probably heard of these stories, but what about the chullachaquis, jungle dwarfs of the Amazon, or the nahual, a shape-shifting sorcerer able to transform into animals? For too many years education in the United States has been shaped around Eurocentric content with practices that reflect the dominant culture of power. How can we begin to reimagine our educational institutions to reflect the actual “lived worlds” of our students? In this Deep Dive, explore ways to build community, engage with alternative narratives, and amplify students' cultural lives and languages.
Harnessing the Power of Enriched Literacy: A Literacy Makerspace Experience
with Debbi Arseneaux
The Learning Alliance
How can we grow compassionate, creative, literate citizens who will improve our world? Discover and explore an Enriched Literacy approach to learning that develops foundational literacy skills through supporting students' social emotional needs and providing authentic opportunities for applied learning. This interdisciplinary workshop will explore connections between literacy, science, the arts, and the humanities through tinkering, experimenting, and creating. Participants will engage with a text that provides a launch into interdisciplinary, hands on learning. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind is “The true story of a boy whose great idea and perseverance lit up his home and inspired the world.” Participants will leave with strategies they can implement with students to make learning relevant and impactful.
Who We Be: Radical Representations of Student Identities through Sound
with Michael Lipset and Haben Ghebregergish
High School for Recording Arts
In this session, participants will work with facilitators of learning from the High School for Recording Arts to experience the power of the recording arts through Soundtrap, a signature, remote music production platform for education. The purpose will be to understand how to create culturally sustaining content for the classroom and how to do so in partnership with culturally sustaining art educators. Ultimately, participants will be supported in the production of a lesson plan that includes Soundtrap and a partnership with a teaching artist, with their artifact as a model.
Bringing Place into Projects: Place-Based Storytelling through Map-Making and Data Collection
with Daniel Kinzer and Kay Sturm
Pacific Blue Studios and The Umi Project
In this Deep Dive, attendees will engage in a collaborative experience of data and story collection that will be portrayed through mapping. StoryMaps will be used as a lens for understanding and grounding sustainability issues and student learning in place. Participants will engage in field journaling and independent observations within their home communities, brainstorm the questions of sustainability of our time, and work in teams to learn the process of a StoryMap. They will also begin to design a plan for how to integrate place into projects with their students back home. During this Deep Dive, participants should expect to “get outside”, collaborate, and try out new technologies. All attendees will leave with knowledge and enduring understanding of the importance of integrating place into projects, how to use Story Mapping with students, and have generated ideas for integration with their students.
If You Build It, They Will Play
with Batsheva Frankel
New Lens Ed.
Many creative teachers have the excellent instinctual understanding that non-computer game-based learning is a valid and crucial approach. However, just making a game out of giving out information doesn’t utilize this method to its fullest and most successful potential. The key to creating deeper learning games, and eventually training our students to use critical thinking and analyzing skills to devise their own games, lies with our ability to fashion games that in every way reflect the lessons we are trying to convey. In this workshop, participants will learn an easily replicable method for creating deeper learning games – from concept through execution - that match with each participant’s curriculum. Additionally, they will learn to model for students how to design and build games that can be used for learning and reinforcing content or assessing the understanding of it. Everyone will get to experience the process of designing, building and showing off their deeper learning games.
Phoenix Rising- Regenerating Hope and Community Engagement through Art Therapy
with Berenice Badillo PhD LMFT ATR-BC
This deep dive is a virtual hands-on experiential learning process that seeks to incite an aesthetic dialogue around privilege, equity, the mechanics of ‘othering’ and discrimination while finding solutions and hope through community engagement and emotion relational learning. The process is facilitated through the use of virtual art therapy interventions designed to elicit emotion, critical reflection, community building, the creation of knowledge and visual change making through storytelling/counter storytelling, symbol making, puppetry and dialogue. Art therapy is a multimodal art and psychology based process that provides a shared language in which difficult issues can be named and expressed as well as providing the opportunity to explore inner self and subconscious material. No art experience is necessary as the process is more important than the product. The art therapy process will utilize recycled materials that could be found in most households.
Racial Equity: Unpacking the R-Factor and Assessing Equity in Your Practice
with Alisha Keig and Dr. Allisyn Swift
At Beloved Community, we fundamentally believe that people change systems. This session is focused on establishing a common understanding of racial equity for all participants in order to build sustainable strategies for equity and inclusion. We will dive into the key concepts of bias and walk participants through opportunities for deeper application of frameworks on intersectionality, allyship and internalized oppression. Session attendees will have the language and understanding necessary to apply these lenses to their own organization’s internal policies and procedures in order to interrogate seemingly neutral practices that marginalize team and community members. This session will also introduce the Beloved Community Equity Audit which is a set of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Standards and Indicators to guide your next steps in advancing equity in your organization. These Indicators apply to all stakeholders in your community: staff, community partners, board members, vendors, and administrators.
From Garden-to-Table: Cooking and Connecting
with Ellyse Briand and Callie Brust
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
The session will use experiential learning as a tool to reach greater depths of understanding and engagement, and powerful discussion to address systemic issues and educational connections. Participants will learn about Olivewood’s programming and the important work we are doing in National City and San Diego County and how it is relevant to communities outside of National City and beyond. We will discuss the impact of food on health, parent and community roles in student success, and institutional barriers to health and wellness can impact students. By creating their own recipe with the box ingredients and their own pantry items, participants will use skills to that encourage them to be flexible, think critically, use their imagination in difficult tasks, be innovative and use the tools they have at their disposal to be successful - all critical skills for students to possess.
Creating Collaborative Experiential Learning Experiences in Remote Contexts
with Zachary Herrmann, Taylor Hausburg and Stephanie Kearney
Penn Graduate School of Education and Penn Alexander School
How do you design and facilitate experiential learning experiences when everyone is remote? This Deep Dive will engage educators in three short examples of experiential learning as a way to develop our collective vision for what is possible within a remote learning context. Then, educators will go through a design process to create their own collaborative experiential learning activity based on their own unique context and the learning goals they have for their learners. Educators will leave this Deep Dive with a “rough draft” of plans that they can try out within their classroom, school, or organization.
Blast Off! PBL and Literacy Across All Content Areas using the Martian by Andy Weir
with Amanda Greco
Project-based learning can cover all content areas, but it may seem a little daunting at times. Using literature as a starting point, pieces can be put together to connect each content area and truly make project-based learning immersive. Modeling the process using the Martian by Andy Weir, this Deep Dive will give you first-hand experience into a cross-content PBL and assist you with designing your own. Growing plants in english class? Writing mission briefs in history? Calculating fuel saving trajectories for rockets in engineering? All of this is possible (and easier than you think). Blast off into PBL in this Deep Dive and accept the challenge into bringing PBL to your school.
Sin Fronteras: An American Studies Project on Confronting our Nepantla
with Hugo Jacobo and Dina Mahmood
Los Angeles School of Global Studies and Samueli Academy
In this session, we hope to offer participants an opportunity to experience part of an interdisciplinary American Studies project (English 11 and US History) developed to support students in rethinking the American identity, particularly in ways that Latinx students have historically struggled with navigating their identities. This session is inspired by philosopher and cultural theorist, Gloria Anzaldua's concept of Nepantla. Participants will experience certain aspects of the project, particularly opportunities to unpack the concept of Nepantla, while recognizing complex identities and the sociopolitical constraints and enablers of our context. Participants will create and analyze art, read texts from Anzaldua, participate in a Socratic discussion, all with hopes of finding personal connections and inspiration for new ideas in your own educational space.
The Power of Art in Creating a Culture for Learning
with Symon Hayes
Not an artist? I disagree - We are all artists! This Deep Dive is designed not only for teachers of art and those who consider themselves artists but for all educators to actively shift mindsets by participating in an authentic learning experience. Like our students, you will learn something new- the creation of artwork, and you'll discover your artistic possibilities. In this Deep Dive, you will be guided through the process of creating multiple small artworks - fun, relaxing, and mindful and we all need some of that right now - and engage in a safe critique and revision of your artwork. This will provide the foundation to uncover and discover strategies, protocols and enabling conditions used to create a learning environment and a culture that is safe and equitable, and enables all learners to engage in deeper learning. You will leave with new protocols and strategies, a plan of how to incorporate your new learning into your own practice, and some amazing artworks. We will send you the specific materials for this Deep Dive, but should you sign up later than February 26th, in order to participate, you will want to get your own watercolor paint set for kids, blue painter's tape, and watercolor paper.
Is My Change Initiative Working? How to develop, track, and share a suite of measures to learn about the effectiveness of your reform on an ongoing basis
with Ben Sanoff
High Tech High Graduate School of Education
Educators, schools, and organizations often make changes to instruction, routines, programs, and curriculum without identifying the criteria to determine whether this change represents an improvement. This session is designed to give participants the tools to engage in a more deliberate process to determine whether changes are achieving the desired results on a continuous basis. A case study from the CARPE college access network will be interwoven into the session to provide meaningful examples of how this process can work. Specifically, participants will learn about how to develop a suite of measures to test whether a change initiative is working. How to track these measures and how to share this data on an ongoing basis with participants in the change initiative. Participants will learn how to use software tools that make the tracking and sharing of these measures efficient and at limited cost. Each participant will have the opportunity to apply this process to a planned or actual change initiative within their class, school, or organization as a way of exhibiting their learning.
Storytelling through Fashion Technology with MakeFashion Education
with Carrie Leung and Twila Busby
SteamHead NonProfit/MakeFashion Edu and Hollinger K-8
During your time in this Deep Dive into MakeFashion Edu, you will discover ways in which you can reach all students through the exploration of fashion tech. Participants will work in teams to go through a design thinking process (based on Stanford D-School), ideate and create a meaningful fashion tech piece using various levels of technology and revise with self and peers. We will end our Deep Dive by exhibiting all the pieces in a virtual gallery and a ready to share fashion lookbook.
Anti-Racist Design Principles for the Courageous Disruptor
with Kimberly Cawkwell and Heather Hester
New Tech Network
How can we ensure the resources we develop do not perpetuate racist beliefs and practices? New Tech Network (NTN) has been actively working to redesign their model and improve their approach to cultivating Deeper Learning within their schools. Throughout this journey, NTN has been intentional about grounding their processes with an equitable and anti-racist lens. Woven through the redesign process, are continuous opportunities to anchor in design principles that disrupt inequities and create opportunities for our most marginalized communities. In this session, participants will get an inside look at a new probe that NTN’s Innovation Learning and Research Team has been tinkering with to bring clarity to their beliefs around anti-racist design processes and align and assess their resources for anti-racist/anti-bias beliefs and practices. Participants will be the first external partners to preview the new probe, the NTN Anti-Racist Design Principles. They will have the opportunity to apply the NTN Anti-Racist Design Principles to reflect and analyze the processes their institution currently uses to develop resources, practices, and systems for students. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback to inform revisions on the probe. Lastly, participants will leave with a greater awareness of anti-racist/anti-bias design processes and initial next steps to cultivate anti-racist/anti-bias resources for their communities.
Repping the Future: Designing the emerging technology we need for a just world
with Laura McBain and Ariam Mogos
Stanford d. School
Are you represented in technology? Do you understand the impact technology is having on our society? Are you participating and making your voice heard? In this deep dive session, participants will engage with REP magazine, an analog print-based series which immerses k12 educators and students in emerging technologies through project-based activities. Each REP issue helps young people understand and teach the foundational concepts of an emerging technology (blockchain, synthetic biology, machine learning, etc.), wrestle with the implications of the emerging technology, remix original collage art and build with the emerging technology to address issues relevant to your community. In this session we will play with the first issue of REP that is focused on voice bots like Alexa and Siri. Then we will work together to design a new issue of REP focused on the Internet of Things. Participants will walk away with a copy of the first REP Magazine issue: Build a Bot and creative ways in which they can teach young people to be the designers of justice-focused emerging tech, having become designers themselves. This session will not be technical, but it will explore technical concepts and requires curiosity and an appetite to learn.
Don't Let Culture Eat Your Strategy for Breakfast!
with Laura Flaxman and Romeo Garcia
Shenzhen American International School and Connections Public Charter School
Particularly during these challenging times, how do we build strong cultures and a sense of community? What can we learn and bring back to our own schools about integrating HĀ and creating communities where all members flourish? “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”, a quote from Peter Drucker, is something that many school and school system leaders can relate to. In institutions where there is a strong growth culture, all individuals are encouraged, challenged, and supported to continuously improve themselves and each other. In a school, there is a strong connection between building a growth culture for adults and doing the same for students, and a strong school culture for students requires a strong culture for teachers and school staff. Otherwise, the culture will “eat” all of the school’s best-laid plans. In this Deep Dive, participants will spend the day immersed in a Growth Culture module, practicing strategies and tools for building a strong adult culture, while also improving the broader school culture. Participants will also create plans for bringing a Growth Culture lens to their own sites.
Blue Dot Explorers
with Brian Delgado and Mike Strong
High Tech High
In this session, participants will make an educational magazine focusing on air, water, land and life. They will work in teams to create articles and make visuals for the magazine. We will unpack our shared experience with a focus on social and environmental justice. The goal is for teachers to leave the deep dive with additional tools to bring into the classroom experience with their students and for other educators to begin envisioning what might be possible in a learning setting.
Let’s Put on a Show: creativity + storytelling + equity + music
with Marc Chun, Louka Parry & Latanya Lockett
Stanford d.School, Karanga & High Tech High
Expression through story is a core part of what lights us up as learners and educators. In this session, re-engage your creativity as a co-creator of a musical in a day! We will delve into the story of a real-life historical figure that surfaces issues of equity and social justice. Beginning with a dive into the amazing untold story, together we’ll finish a partially composed musical and end with a bang! Ultimately participants will leave with a heightened understanding of how we can design for creative expression in a virtual. There are a wide range of applications to take back to your schools, no matter your role, age or subject that you teach. Participants do not need to be able to read or play music to enjoy the fun. Come create with us!
Taking MEDIA 2 M.E.D.I.A (My Existence Demands Immediate Attention)
with Timothy Jones
We live in a world where we are bombarded with media that informs and influences how we see ourselves and the world around us. Media has the power to define and design culture. The process of developing media that reflects who we truly are requires the steps of evaluation, creation and education. In Hip-Hop the fifth element is “Knowledge of Self.” This fifth element should be reflected through the other elements of Hip-Hop that are primarily forms of artistic expression. Without critical media literacy consisting of the evaluation, creation and education process, people can define themselves by the expressions of media without critiquing the source and purpose of the media. Select pieces of media that provide thought provoking social commentary have been curated for this session. Participants will experience evaluating media from the standpoint of personal reflection. Participants will learn the power of creativity as a tool to articulate and affirm one’s thoughts about themselves to themselves and to others. Your life is a story that is worthy of being told and more importantly it is one that you must author, edit and present as a living graphic novel. The takeaways will be activities that can be replicated with students, parents and fellow educators and access to the MEDIA 2 M.E.D.I.A curriculum within the Deeper Learning Hub.
Abolitionist Leadership and Deeper Learning - What do we destroy, so that we can build?
with Joe Truss
Culturally Responsive Leadership
Oftentimes, leaders get in the way of good teaching and deeper learning. Dr. Bettina L. Love calls for us to tear down the whole system and rebuild. Which systems, structures, and practices are getting in the way? Where are the obstacles? Let's find out. In this workshop, participants will explore innovative systems, structures, and practices that facilitate abolitionist teaching and deeper learning. Bring your creative and out of the box ideas to share. We will use breakouts, discussion, apps, and games to redesign for liberation.