The Collaboration Cycle: Beyond “Push-In” & “Pull-Out”

• Speaker: Christina Nelson (WIDA) •

Over time, EAL teachers have shifted from the isolation of their own rooms with their own students, to selectively pulling out students, and then to a combination of push-in and pull-out approaches.
Viewing teaching as a collaborative practice that involves shared decisions and responsibilities helps us move beyond the idea of “my students” and “your students” and towards collaborative teaching as an inclusive professional practice.
This session will explore how all teachers can share responsibility for all students, and how we can move beyond the limited choices of “push-in” vs “pull-out”.
We will engage with four phases of a collaboration cycle: co-planning, co-teaching, co-assessing and co-reflecting and explore how WIDA tools are used to support these phases.

Learning STEAM+Humanities through Architecture

• Speaker: Pihla Meskanen (Arkki) •

In this workshop participants can dive hands-on in a creative learning process through 3D constructing. The participants will get an insight into how architecture and design have been used as a multidisciplinary phenomenon integrating various school subjects in Arkki’s programs within the past 25 years.

The workshop is based on the experiences of 25 years of architecture education in Finland as an after-school program approved by the Ministry of Education and Culture. Arkki’s program enables children to learn playfully through cross-curricular, phenomenon-based and hands-on 3D experimentation projects. Architecture offers endless possibilities in being the big A in STEAM education and holistically intertwining science, technology, engineering, mathematics and arts through Architecture.

Arkki pedagogical program develops three dimensional and design thinking skills and evokes the imagination and creativity in children and youth.

Play, Create, Succeed is Arkki’s motto. “I have learned skills that I can apply in all fields of life, Arkki project-based learning teaches us creative problem-solving skills”, says Arkki pupil Joosua Kuusela.

Arkki’s long-term program consisting of 15 years and 1500 hours, has been developed by Arkki School of Architecture for Children and Youth in Finland during the past 26 years and can be licensed through Arkki International.

Think Globally, Act Locally! Discover & Implement Some of the Planet’s Most Inspiring K12 Innovations in your Classroom

• Speaker: Lasse Leponiemi •

Do you want to experiment with new practices and innovations? Would you like to know how your peers are solving similar issues like you in their own countries, states or cities?

In this workshop you will hear best practices on how to implement innovations in the classroom and how you, as an educator, can get free support from HundrED, a Finnish non-profit dedicated to seeking and sharing the world’s most inspiring K12 innovations.

Learn how to discover and implement some of the planet’s most inspiring education innovation projects into your classroom.
Hear from innovation entrepreneurs and educators from Finland and abroad about what’s working in the classroom and join the movement!

Learning objective:

  1. Learn what HundrED is and how they can support you in the classroom Learning objective.
  2. Learn how to implement innovations into your classroom Learning objective.
  3. Hear from innovation entrepreneurs and educations about what’s working for them in the classroom.

Applying Technology Innovation to the Future of Learning

• Speaker: Shelly Kurtz •

Does the conversation around technology scare you or excite you? This workshop harnesses the power of innovation as a tool to support improved outcomes by showcasing the transformation of data into knowledge. Participants will take key learnings from the private sector paired with secrets from startup culture to become part of the new frontier of what’s possible.

Come away with a field guide to demystify cloud tech and AI. Learn about the movement of technology for the public interest (Tech4PI) and hear how technology innovation protect children with a case study on VidaNyx, a digital evidence management solution for child advocacy centers. A Children’s Advocacy Center is a child-friendly facility in which law enforcement, child protection, prosecution, mental health, medical and victim advocacy professionals work together to investigate abuse, help children heal from abuse, and hold offenders accountable.

Come away with a new understanding of how to create impact at scale and the ways in which domain level expertise will transform the search for knowledge for future generations. Impress your friends with new insights about Knowledge Graphs, Cloud Tech and Ethical AI and excite your students with the possibilities of doing well while doing good in the emerging field of technology for public interest.


Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

• Speaker • Shelly Kurtz •

What is Ikigai? This workshop will explain what it is, how to find it and how to use it to unlock your full potential and that of your students. Learn how to create a sense of student belonging where sharing, learning, and growing together is a part of the foundational DNA of your school.

Students have the ability to dream big and to come into a world where their future is no longer predefined as in past generations. In fact, their future careers may not even exist yet. How can you inspire purpose and passion?

Through this, participants will learn how to use ikigai to bring in a deeper sense of purpose to their work and their organizations.

The heART and Soul of Education by Cathy Hunt

Many educators grapple with the idea that a redefinition of creativity is required for the contemporary student in the context of a world of fast-paced development and complex problems. But when we look beyond the buzzwords and catchphrases, what does ‘being creative’ really mean? Have you considered that every moment in teaching is a creative act? Or that to be creative is to be ‘fully human’?

Get ready to remix and mash-up, make connections and make a mess, as we consider tra-digital approaches to education. Prepare to learn, laugh and maybe shed a sneaky tear as we talk about learning, art, and our hearts. If we are true to an inclusive vision in schools, and educating ‘the whole person’ is a goal, let’s see what rich arts learning experiences in every classroom can create for our future.

It’s Time to Walk the Talk: Individualizing Professional Learning

Speaker: Ben Thrash •

Current research in the evaluation of high-quality teachers strongly recommends the need to separate processes that address accountability from meaningful professional growth. To maximize high-quality student learning we must prioritize authentic teacher growth. In doing so, schools should model a professional learning practice that mirrors our efforts to individualize learning for students.

This workshop calls on participants to join a simulation that illustrates different approaches to professional learning in schools. In the process, we highlight ISH’s professional growth cycle framed around individualization, choice, and autonomy that asks teachers to develop inquiry goals that aspire toward our best teaching selves.

Participants choosing to learn with us will explore effective frameworks for pursuing one’s own professional growth, how schools can best promote teacher learning, and the toughest but most relevant question – how do we measure this impact on student learning.

A Place Where We Belong

Speakers: Rachel Caldwell and Cindy Beals •

Belonging is a fundamental human need. This need for social connection is instinctive and deep-rooted. A feeling of belonging describes a sense of authentically feeling solidarity with others. Creating a sense of belonging increases overall community well-being. It impacts positively on employee engagement and retention and also increases an individual’s capacity for learning. A sense of belonging has also been linked to learners’ focus, resilience, and participation.

This workshop will focus on one school’s actions to create a strong culture of belonging. Participants will engage in individual exercises, partner interactions, small group activities, discussions and presentations by the co-facilitators. Content will include consideration for the significance of core values and of developing relationships based on trust and respect. The workshop will also explore the potential of a culture of coaching and a personalised professional growth plan.
In addition, it will touch on creating opportunities for involvement, sharing successes and celebrating the good times.

One Word: It Will Change Your Life

Speaker: Mark Hull •

One Word creates clarity, power, passion and life-change. The simple power of One Word is that it impacts all six dimensions of your life – mental, physical, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial. Simply put, One Word sticks. There is a word meant for you and when you find it, live it, and share it, your life will become more meaningfully focused. We will take time to go through the process of discovering that word for you and show you how to do that for your students, players and teams.