2020 CEESA Conference

Featured Workshops

March 20-21, 2020

KEYNOTE: Communicating with Human Beings is Not Logical…

Speaker: John Bates •  Most of what we see modeled when it comes to communicating with human beings is not only NOT what works best, it is often nearly the opposite of what works best when it comes to communicating with, leading, inspiring and motivating human beings. In 2009 John Bates attended the TED conference...

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KEYNOTE: Solving the Frankenstein Problem: The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional and Academic Development​

Speaker: Mary Helen Immordino-Yang •  Emotions shape our thoughts, actions, and experiences—how we think and who we become. But how? And what does this mean for teachers and the design of educational environments and activities? Mary Helen Immordino-Yang will present her research on the neurobiology and psychology of social emotions, including these emotions’ deep visceral...

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Exploring Children’s Work and Thinking as a Window into Their Social, Emotional, and Cognitive Development

Speaker: Mary Helen Immordino-Yang •  In this workshop we will have an opportunity to deep-dive into the findings presented in the keynote, and to explore their relevance to teachers’ practices and to children’s and adolescents’ work and thinking. We will engage in structured reflection around the implications of transdisciplinary neuroscientific studies of development for schools....

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Explorations in Machine Learning & AI

Speaker: Linda Liukas •  How do computers learn? And what are we teaching when we teach machines? A workshop with crafts, computers and creativity, intended for total beginners in the world of artificial intelligence. SEE THE SCHEDULE

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Tra-digital Approaches to Meaningful Making

Speaker: Cathy Hunt •  This session will allow participants to explore a range of art-making tools, pedagogical techniques that support the seamless integration of technology and hands-on, tactile ways of working creatively. Through this ‘tra-digital’ approach, educators will explore technology as an opportunity. Alongside play, paints, clay, paper, leveraging mobile devices and a ‘meaningful maker...

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Making Learning Matter to Your Students

Speakers: Allison Zmuda and Diane Ullman • How do educators grow the self-direction of learners to deeply engage in complex and impactful challenges? This session focuses on four attributes of personalized learning to enrich assessment and instructional experiences that are designed with students rather than for them. Participants will examine school artifacts from around the...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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The Mouth of The Shark

Speaker: Jawid Danish •  My journey from my home country to Europe is the same as many other refugees leave their homes. SEE THE SCHEDULE

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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