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Thursday, December 1
 

7:00am

Pre-conference registration
Please visit registration to check in ahead of school visits and other Fall Forum activity.

Thursday December 1, 2016 7:00am - 9:00am
Narragansett Prefunction

7:30am

School visits: Blackstone Academy Charter School
Thursday December 1, 2016 7:30am - 1:30pm
Blackstone Academy 334 Pleasant St, Pawtucket, RI 02860

7:30am

School visits: The Learning Community
Thursday December 1, 2016 7:30am - 1:30pm
The Learning Community 21 Lincoln Ave. Central Falls, RI 02863

7:30am

School visits: The Met
Thursday December 1, 2016 7:30am - 1:30pm
The Met School

3:00pm

Let’s Talk: Theodore Sizer and the Founding of the Coalition of Essential Schools


DUE TO SPACE LIMITATIONS AT THE JOHN HAY LIBRARY, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS FOR "LET'S TALK." WE REGRET ANY INCONVENIENCE.

Please join us at “Let’s Talk:” Theodore Sizer and the Founding of the Coalition of Essential Schools exhibit, December 1, 2016, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, at the John Hay Library, 20 Prospect Street, Providence, RI.

“Let’s Talk,” an exhibit at Brown University’s John Hay Library, highlights archival material from the collected papers of Theodore Sizer and the Coalition of Essential Schools from the creation of CES and its early years. The exhibit displays, for the first time, materials from these special archival collections and provides a glimpse of the work that sparked national conversations about the American classroom and led to the founding of the Coalition in 1984. We invite you to this interactive exhibit featuring some of the original documents that shaped a critical chapter in the history of public education in the United States.

- If you have items from your own personal collection that you would like other attendees to see, please bring them. We will have table space available for you to share your own memories of the Coalition of Essential Schools. If you want to bring something to share, please let us know on the RSVP form 
- This event is located at the John Hay Library at Brown University, which is a mile from the Omni Providence Hotel.Transportation options include taxi, Uber, or walking
- Portions of the exhibit will be on display to the public at the John Hay Library following the Fall Forum 2016, and an online version of the exhibit will also be available

We would like to thank Brown University students Catriona Schwartz, Amelia Golcheski, Sienna Giraldi and Emily Sloan for their work creating this exhibition. We would also like to thank the John Hay Library and their staff including Christopher Geissler and Sarah Dylla, and the director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, Susan Smulyan. Special thanks to Kathy Hardie, Paula Evans, and Molly Schen for their guidance.

Questions? Please email us at fallforum@essentialschools.org or call 401-426-9638.

 



Thursday December 1, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
John Hay Library, Brown University 20 Prospect Street, Providence, RI

3:00pm

Visit Providence’s Fabulous Youth Development Organizations!

On the afternoon of Thursday, December 1, we invite intrepid Fall Forum guests to visit a few of Providence’s youth development organizations. Providence is known nationally for being home to forward-thinking community-based organizations that are partnering with our city’s young people as they pursue their passions. Please note: we are also talking with Community MusicWorks about a rehearsal open house. As soon as we have that information, we will share it.

This is an open house event; feel free to drop by to look around, talk with students and staff, and learn more about some of the amazing ways young people are using their voices in our city. All organizations are in the city of Providence, and will welcome visitors between 3:00 and 5:00 pm on Thursday, December 1 unless otherwise noted.

Please note that you’re responsible for your own transportation (we suggest walking, Uber, or cab).

Many thanks to these organizations for their open doors and hospitality!

College Visions
collegevisions.org
131 Washington Street, Suite 205
College Visions empowers low-income and first-generation college-bound students to realize the promise of higher education by providing advising and resources to promote college enrollment, persistence, and graduation. College Visions advances equal access to educational opportunities in historically under-served communities. The College Access Program provides high school juniors and seniors with one-on-one advising, college knowledge workshops, college campus visits, family engagement, financial aid support, and more. College Visions also provides students who are enrolled in college ongoing support with advising and coaching, connections to campus support, financial aid renewal support, and more. College Visions is expanding its work through the CV Lab, which support educators and other adults to help first-generation students find college matches and success.

Girls Rock! Rhode Island
girlsrockri.org
769 Westminster Street
Girls Rock! Rhode Island (GRRI) uses music creation and critical thinking to foster empowerment, collaborative relationships, and healthy identities in girls and women. Girls Rock! RI offers lessons, classes, afterschool programming, leadership training, instrument loan and rental, in-school and summer programming. GRRI’s intensive summer camps supports girls at all stages of musical ability to form working bands within a week. By championing the power of the youth voice, Girls Rock directly addresses the strengths of young women, while simultaneously speaking to their qualities as the leaders of tomorrow. Girls Rock favors action over words, envisioning a world in which gender and identity are assets, not limitations; where girls and women can actively name and claim their own strengths, expertise, and purpose in pursuing goals of their own accord; where girls feel encouraged, supported, and valued more for what they do than for how they look.

New Urban Arts
newurbanarts.org
705 Westminster Street
New Urban Arts (NUA) is a community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists. NUA offers free, year-round out-of-school programs that promote sustained mentoring relationships between urban high school students and trained artist mentors who together engage in youth leadership, risk taking, collaboration, and self-directed learning. NUA is grounded in the belief that in order to fulfill the promise of our democracy, all young people, no matter their place in society, should have the opportunity to become more creative and independent thinkers. NUA’s programs encourage students to develop positive relationships with adult mentors and peers, acquire standards-based skills and knowledge in the arts, begin to develop their unique artistic voice, and graduate from high school on a path towards post-secondary success. NUA’s programs are offered free of charge and provide afterschool snacks, free bus passes, tutoring, and homework help. NUA also offers summer programs, workshops and institutes, publications, public events, and more.

Providence Student Union
providencestudentunion.org
741 Westminster Street
3:00-4:00 pm only, please
The Providence Student Union (PSU) develops youth leaders, staff, and adult allies to build student power. PSU builds student power within and across schools so young people can reshape their own education from the ground up. Students in PSU win education changes by participating in a student union structure that encourages them to take on leadership roles. Providence Student Union currently has chapters at six Providence high schools and is growing every day. From citywide actions on transportation to specific campaigns in a single school to pressing city officials to try high-stakes testing for themselves, PSU is fueled by the creative organizing tactics of the city’s youth. PSU’s young people have worked tirelessly to ensure that all Providence students can have an equitable and powerful education. Most recently, students won ethnic studies courses in local high schools, ensuring that students’ diverse cultures have a place in the city’s history curriculum.


Thursday December 1, 2016 3:00pm - 5:00pm
TBA

7:00pm

Screening of "Most Likely to Succeed" and panel discussion
The film Most Likely To Succeed inspires its audiences with a sense of purpose and possibility, and is bringing school communities together in re-imagining what our students and teachers are capable of doing. 

Following a screening of Most Likely to Succeed, which will be introduced by Nancy Faust Sizer (educator, author, CES board member), film producer Ted Dintersmith will chat with guests Linda Nathan (Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship and CES board member) Ken Wagner (Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education), and Christopher Maher (Superintendent, Providence Public Schools) about the conditions for school change in Rhode Island and beyond.

Fall Forum attendees and members of the public are welcome to attend this screening at no charge. In order to make sure you have a seat, please take a moment to register for the MLTS screening: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/screening-of-most-likely-to-succeed-and-panel-discussion-tickets-29383288206.

Thursday December 1, 2016 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Providence Career and Technical Academy 41 Fricker St, Providence, RI 02903
 
Friday, December 2
 

7:15am

8:15am

Welcome
Gather with everyone at Fall Forum for a few words of welcome.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Littky

Dennis Littky

The Met/Big Picture Learning
Dennis Littky is the co-founder and co-director of The Met School, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and founder and President of College Unbound. He is nationally known and celebrated for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As a principal at Thayer Junior/Senior High School in Winchester, N.H., Dennis led one of the first CES schools. In 2004, he wrote (along with Samantha... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 8:15am - 8:30am
Narragansett Ballroom

8:45am

The Meaning of Democratic Education

Join CES founder Deborah Meier and CES board member Linda Nathan--both founders of several Essential schools in Boston and New York--to discuss the different meanings that democracy, as it applies to schools, might take. Deborah and Linda invite conversation about the different forms of democratic approaches to education that enable "we the people" to make decisions about our schools, thinking through the roles of federal, state, and local policymakers. Among other questions, they will consider the ways that the consistently perpetuated adversarial relationship between charter schools and traditional schools in ways that too often have blurred potential common aspirations and have often prevented powerful partnerships. Is there another way to think about this and other dilemmas so that we can ensure that the schools our children need and deserve serve democracy well.


Facilitators
DM

Deborah Meier

Longtime CES Member, Coalition of Essential Schools
LN

Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship Education


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Blackstone Room

8:45am

What Does the Community Have to Say About Transforming Public Schools?
Learn about the future of education through the eyes of the community. We are excited to report that the CES Common Principles are alive and well in the recommendations for education transformation in New Mexico. Nearly 200 employers, activists, students, and elected officials and others with the most at stake in public education have participated in our Positive Youth Development Tours, visiting local schools to learn about innovative instruction and assessment and positive youth development. Their findings are a stark contrast to standardized testing that dominates the current accountability framework in New Mexico. Resulting recommendations from community leaders represent a ground-up movement to influence policy based on best education practices. In addition to sharing our community approach, this workshop will focus on ways to cultivate community voice to influence local education policy, and the state’s response to the reauthorization of ESSA.  

Facilitators
TM

Tony Monfiletto

Executive Director, New Mexico Center for School Leadership


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Waterplace III

8:45am

CES Past and Future: A Legacy of Deeper Learning
In this interactive panel, we will examine the emergence of the Deeper Learning movement and its roots in Coalition of Essential Schools principles and practices. Educators from High Tech High, the High School for Recording Arts, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Internationals Network for Public Schools will share their current work and reflect on its development as an outgrowth of progressive practice in general and the Coalition more directly. The panel will be moderated by Sam Seidel, author of Hip-Hop Genius

Moderator
avatar for sam seidel

sam seidel

Student Experience Lab Director, BIF

Speakers
avatar for Marc Chun

Marc Chun

Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
As an Education Program Officer at the Hewlett Foundation, Marc Chun works to develop and implement grantmaking for the Program’s Deeper Learning initiative. He works with the Education Program’s Deeper Learning Network, which is a consortium of ten school operators that oversee more than 400 schools in thirty-seven states; the Network serves to demonstrate the effectiveness of educating students in deeper learning skills. Chun also... Read More →
avatar for Laura McBain

Laura McBain

Director of External Relations, High Tech High Graduate School of Education
Laura is the master of ceremonies for DL2016. Email, tweet or text her with any questions or wonderings for your time at DL2016!  Laura is the Director of External Relations and the Director of Education Leadership Academy. Laura was a founding teacher of High Tech Middle and was the principal of two HTH sites (HTM and HTH Albuquerque) and worked in comprehensive schools prior to her work at HTH. As the Director of External Relations, Laura... Read More →
avatar for Rob Riordan

Rob Riordan

Co-Founder, High Tech High
Rob Riordan, Ed.D., retired, is a co-founder of High Tech High and former President of the HTH Graduate School of Education. A teacher, trainer, and program developer for over 40 years, he has worked with teams to develop 14 new schools (11 at High Tech High) spanning the K-12 years.  As a long-time teacher in the Cambridge (MA) Rindge and Latin School, Rob developed an award-winning writing center and two pioneering school-to-work... Read More →
avatar for Tony Simmons

Tony Simmons

Executive Director, High School for Recording Arts
Tony Simmons is the Executive Director of High School for Recording Arts (HSRA), an independent public charter school, and Vice President of Studio 4 Enterprises, an educational services and management company.   While working with numerous national recording artists and record companies as an entertainment lawyer, Tony met David Ellis and assisted him in the formation of Studio 4/High School for Recording Arts. During that time, he... Read More →
avatar for Claire E. Sylvan

Claire E. Sylvan

Founder & Sr. Strategic Advisor, Internationals Network for Public Schools
I am passionate, and have been for more than 45 years, about equitable deeper learning, and have focused in particular on equity for multi-lingual/English language learners and educating and integrating immigrants so that they can pursue their dreams and become full participants in democratic society.


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Narragansett Ballroom

8:45am

Promoting Adult Development Through Reflective Conferencing
Participants in this workshop will learn strategies for promoting adult development through reflective conferencing. At City-As-School, an experiential learning school in New York City, we have found reflective conferencing to be a powerful tool for goal setting, reflection and, ultimately, developmental growth on the part of teachers. We will examine the conferencing model used at City-As-School and the developmental theory that underpins it through a video analysis and text-based discussion. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice conferencing and generate ideas for using conferencing in their own schools.

Speakers
avatar for Rachel Seher

Rachel Seher

Assistant Principal, City-As-School
My focus is democratic education, adult development and social justice.

Facilitators

Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Newport Room

8:45am

25 Years of Digital Portfolios: The Enduring Essential Questions of Assessment
How can students demonstrate that they are meeting standards while showing who they are as individuals? In 1992, the Exhibitions Project at CES led the first-ever research project on digital portfolios. Technology has changed dramatically in the ensuing quarter-century, but the essential questions for creating digital portfolios have endured. Participants will address these essential questions including, "Assessment: How do we determine what's 'good'?" to "How do the portfolios become a valued and valuable part of school life?" We will hear about how University Heights High School (Bronx, NY) addressed these questions in the original study and see samples of current students' Richer Picture digital portfolios. In addition, participants will engage in a calibration protocol for reviewing student work, using online rubrics and narrative assessments.

Speakers
avatar for David Niguidula

David Niguidula

Founder, Ideas Consulting / Richer Picture

Facilitators
HJ

Hazel Joseph-Roseboro

Principal, University Heights High School


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Kent Room

8:45am

Really Engaged Students through Really Authentic Assessment
How can we increase student engagement in work that is meaningful and authentic? The goal of this workshop is to explore the concept of authentic work and assessment and for participants to bring models and ideas back to their own practice. Participants will reflect on their own classrooms, consider whether the concepts and topics that they teach are met with high student engagement. They will follow the process of transforming their current model into authentic performance tasks and assessments that will allow students of all abilities to engage meaningfully. Participants will have a chance to identify and brainstorm solutions to personal roadblocks in implementing authentic assessment in their classroom. They will also see models of authentic learning across the domains of math and science and also arts and humanities.

Speakers
avatar for Caroline Beasley

Caroline Beasley

Arts and Humanities Teacher, Francis W. Parker Charter School
Authentic Instruction, Teacher Leadership, Collaboration

Facilitators
TT

Tiffany Testa

Science Teacher, Francis W. Parker Essential School


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Washington Room

8:45am

Cultivating Tomorrow's Leaders: How Students Teaching Students Builds Community
What tools do student leaders need to teach their peers about complex issues of identity, diversity, and social justice? How can student leaders help build positive school culture? For several years, New Haven Academy has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development organization, to train student leaders to facilitate conversations with their peers around difficult topics in advisory and other school forums. We will discuss benefits and challenges of this model and how it fits into a whole school Facing History and Ourselves approach. We will share topics, tools, and training from our experience to help participants plan for their own schools. Middle and high school teachers interested in Facing History or student leadership are encouraged to attend.

Speakers
avatar for David Levy

David Levy

Senior Program Associate, Facing History and Ourselves

Facilitators
MG

Meredith Gavrin

Program Director, Co-founder, New Haven Academy


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Bristol Room

8:45am

Extreme PBL in Action: Introducing Project Genesis, Where We Use Every Class to Create a World!
Project Genesis is extreme project based learning in action! Come and learn how the Media Arts Collaborative Charter School (MACCS) utilizes every class in a grade level to engage in year long, cross-curricular, project-based learning with real world connections. In Project Genesis, both middle and high school students create a world and every civilization in it from the ground up, using principles taught in English, history, science, math, economics, art, music, media, and technology classes. Workshop participants will learn how to plan, design and execute Project Genesis at your own school, focusing on collaboration techniques, integrating external professionals in multiple fields, and end-of-year demonstrations of learning. Participants will leave with copies of all the digital materials needed to get started. Please bring a copy of your subject-area curriculum map, and your school's master schedule if possible!

Speakers
SB

Shannon Beyer

Teacher, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School
Media Arts Collaborative Charter School

Facilitators
MD

Michael Dolce

Teacher, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School
MT

Myriam Tapp

New Media Arts Collaborative Charter School


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Providence Ballroom IV

8:45am

A 'Real-World' Blend: How to Leverage Emerging Education Technologies to Enable Student-Interest-Driven Internships at Scale
Research points to the invaluable nature of connections that students make with mentors when focused on an area of shared interest. Drawing on Big Picture Learning practices, we will delineate the process of developing a vibrant, student-centered internship program, including solutions to challenges such as compliance and management of complexity. Participants will leave with basic design concepts, practical tools, and clear next steps to implement an approach where students engage in interest-driven internship learning experiences.

Speakers
Facilitators
CH

Christian Hopkins

Alumnus, The Met School


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
South County

8:45am

Closing the Opportunity Gap for Black and Latino Males: Tools and Resources for Anti-Racist, Culturally Sustaining Practices
This interactive workshop builds on a research-practice partnership among a community-based organization, a field-based center at an institute of higher education, and an urban school district. Session attendees - from students to family members to educators to advocates - will discover, adapt, and use role-specific tools and resources that promote culturally sustaining, anti-racist practices and that value the strengths and assets that Black and Latino male students bring to their education. In addition to learning about the systemic nature of the opportunity gap in Boston Public schools and practices in individual schools, participants will leave with tools and commitments to make their own settings ones in which Black and Latino males and others oppressed by historic, systemic inequality will thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Rosann Tung

Rosann Tung

Director of Research and Policy, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

Facilitators
CR

Colin Rose

Student, Boston Public Schools
MC

Melissa Colon

Graduate Student, PhD Program, Tufts University
VD

Vivian Dalila Carlo

Associate Professor, Lesley University


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Providence Ballroom III

8:45am

Beautiful Work
 When a student finishes her schooling and enters the adult world, she will judged for the rest of her life by two things: the quality of her character and the quality of her work. In spite of this, schools—even very good schools—feel the pressures of coverage and testing and can spend very little time compelling and supporting students to do exemplary work. What would it look like if students saw their mission at school as creating beautiful work? This is a hands-on workshop in which we will discuss and examine beautiful student work across subjects and grade levels, examine the classrooms that work came from, and discuss the conditions that make that work possible. 

Speakers
avatar for Ron Berger

Ron Berger

Practitioner/Educator, EL Education
Ron is the Chief Academic Officer for the non-profit school improvement network EL Education, a national network of over 160 public project-based schools in 30 states. EL helps to found public high schools in low-income communities - district and charter - that send all graduates to college, and help to transform existing public schools K-12 toward high student achievement, character and citizenship. Their work is centered on professional... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Waterplace I

8:45am

Creating Schools of the 22nd Century Today: A Radical Proposal
In the 21st century, societies that are the most heterogeneous also have the highest incarceration rates, levels of violence, and degrees of social conflict. If pluralist societies can be both economically vibrant and peaceful, it's going to be educators in countries like the United States who figure out how to make it work. This workshop may be uncomfortable, as it will invite participants to engage in thinking and conversation about issues that often divide us around culture, identity, and prejudice. Participants will leave with ideas for how to facilitate difficult conversations among staff and develop curricula for students aligned with the CES Common Principles that honor the diverse cultural makeup of our communities in pursuit of bringing out each student's full potential.

Speakers
avatar for James Boutin

James Boutin

Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher, Academy of Citizenship and Empowerment
Let's talk about big and little ways of disrupting harmful culturally normative approaches to schooling, being, and knowing to make way for a type of equity in public education that would breathe life into a future worthy of the human spirit.


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Providence Ballroom II

8:45am

Providing Every Student with Varied Learning Experiences: Developing 21st Century Proficiencies
To succeed in the dynamic, 21st century world, students need more than just academics. At Compass School, we have long aimed to develop good students and good people. We do this by assuring every student is engaged in diverse learning experiences within and beyond our walls. Through thoughtful scheduling and a creative yearly calendar, our small school provides wide ranging learning opportunities that ensure every student develops proficiencies in our 5 learning realms: knowledge, personal development, communication, community involvement, and thinking and reasoning. We will share our varied experiences and invite participants to share the ways their schools go beyond "just academics" to ensure every student develops as a well-rounded person with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to make a difference in the world.

Speakers
avatar for Rick Gordon

Rick Gordon

Director, Compass School
Founding director of Compass School. Committed to educating every child and especially those who may be marginalized in schools. We believe in educating the whole child by engaging students in a democratic community that builds relationships, sparks curiosity, and expands their horizons through diverse learning experiences. I also wrote a book on Problem Based Service Learning, especially in higher ed, and another on School Climate.

Facilitators
avatar for Kellie Crowder

Kellie Crowder

Director of Student Support Services, Compass School
I joined the Compass faculty in the Fall of 2015 as Director of Support Services. Since then, I have felt honored to be part of such an enthusiastic and caring academic community. | | I grew up along the Hudson River in New York State, and then attended the University of Colorado where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology. After graduation, I remained in Colorado where I enjoyed hiking, biking, and skiing in the Rocky Mountains. This is... Read More →



Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Waterplace II

8:45am

'Like the Circles that You Find in the Windmills of Your Mind'
In today's society, many of us have faced trauma in our past personal history. We all bring baggage into the classroom, although school leaders and school communities haven't always made it safe to work these things out. Circles and restorative practices provide a model for helping students, educators, and counselors to support a school community in holding students' needs and serving as a trauma-sensitive school. We present an argument that schools can fight bias and embrace diversity through the application of these student-centered circles. Our school, Bronx Collaborative High School, combines clinical social work and social justice restorative practices as a value added approach to enhance academic achievement. We have found that it supports a well-developed school climate and culture.

Speakers
BS

Brett Schneider

Principal, Bronx Collaborative HS

Facilitators
avatar for Valerie Coleman Palansky

Valerie Coleman Palansky

Lead Social Worker, Bronx Collaborative HS
I'm a social worker educator supervisor at BxCHS and a CES workshop presenter. I am interested in understanding how brain science can help us help students as well as ourselves to heal trauma and aid recovery on multiple levels-emotions, mind and body. When people are less frozen/less frenetic they can be more in their optimum flow for functioning better thus learning better. #circles, #social-emotional learning, #trauma-sensitive schools... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Rotunda Room

8:45am

Growing Equity Together: Using Student Independent Projects and Improvement Science to Ensure Success for All Students
Students need choice and independence in school so they can self-actualize and walk into successful futures in this complex world. These rigorous, personalized learning opportunities are all too rare, and our most vulnerable young people are least likely to have these opportunities. Students and staff at Eagle Rock, along with a cohort of schools across the country, are using improvement science to address this problem together. In this workshop, we will explore concepts of equity, deeper learning, and improving equity through rigorous student independent projects. You’ll hear examples of successful school improvement strategies that were facilitated by students. This action-oriented workshop will engage you with concepts and tools that you can immediately implement in your class, school, or organization.

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Bertucci

Sarah Bertucci

Deeper Learning and Equity Fellow, PD Associate, Professional Development Center at Eagle Rock
Listen to Sarah's Equity Story.Sarah works and learns alongside courageous high schoolers, while facilitating education change work around the country. She does this work at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center. Eagle Rock is both a tuition-free, residential high school for students who weren't succeeding in their previous schools, and a professional development center aimed at increasing student engagement. In her role with... Read More →

Facilitators
avatar for Nigel Taylor

Nigel Taylor

Student
Hi -- my name is Nigel Taylor. I’m from Detroit, Michigan, but I also grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m 18 years old. I plan on going to college for neuroscience. I love to listen to music, and I’m an open minded person, so I Iike to try new things. I just want to do all I can do to get myself where I want to be in the the future. I’m really interested in helping people get to where they want to go in life, building... Read More →
avatar for Soren Arvidson

Soren Arvidson

Student, Eagle Rock School
Hello my name is Soren and I'm from Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up playing all kinds of sports: boxing, hockey, baseball, soccer, football etc. I also have a deep passion in music, and I play the bass guitar. I came to Eagle Rock School to get an education that worked for me. I was never successful in public school and was a high school dropout. Once I found Eagle Rock School, I applied and got in. Now I am working towards the possibility... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Providence Ballroom I

10:30am

Defeat Darth Boredom in the Quest to Motivate Youth to Learn Through the Gamification of Instructional Designs

WORKSHOP NARRATIVE AND OVERVIEW
On the planet Gaia, CES educators from around the nation gather for our final journey to engage youth in their everlasting adventure called learning.  Unfortunately, Gaia faces problems around student motivation and engagement.  Though legend says there is a hidden power, Gamification, that we might be able to harness to provide an opportunity to solve this disengagement epidemic. If we are to use this power, we must understand what is it, how it is used, why it might be useful, and understand its benefits/limitations.  Will this solve the disengagement epidemic that Darth Boredom placed on Gaia's youth?

How might we integrate game mechanics into our instructional design so we can engage youth in learning?

MATERIALS AND TASKS NEEDED:
Tablet or Laptop (preferably).  If you don't have a laptop I will bring 2 additional laptops to the workshop
Register into teamaringo.org and complete the Jedi Initiation Activities 

AGENDA

PRELUDE

Part I- EXPLORE AND DISCOVER

  • Introductions to the Workshop and Each Other
  • The Realm of Games (The What, Why, and How)
  • Make a Game

PART 2- ANALYSIS AND MAKING SENSE

  • Game Elements In Non Game Context
  • Motivation and the Human Drive
  • Analysis of Gamified Scenerios

PART 3- DESIGN THINKING

  • Empathy- Assessing Student Needs
  • Define the Dilemma and Define the Behavioral Goal
  • Ideate- Brainstorm as many ideas that will you 
  • Prototype- Develop an action plan for one idea
  • Pitch your prototype

CONCLUSION

  • Receive Your Power-Up and Treasure
  • Continue Conversations and Resources
  • Sending Forth

RESOURCES AND LINKS



Speakers
avatar for Jacob Henry Aringo

Jacob Henry Aringo

STEAM Teacher, Herbert Hoover Middle School
My name is Jacob Aringo and I am the STEAM teacher at Herbert Hoover Middle School. I’ve been teaching for about 8 years as a high school chemistry teacher and had many roles in schools including math and technology teacher as well as being an activities director and 4 years as a STEAM Teacher. Out of the school setting, I am currently a boxer and formerly a Muay Thai boxer and trainer at Fight and Fitness Gym. I love to walk my dog, play my... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Bristol Room

10:30am

Where Sitting is the Exception: Moving Towards Proficiency
In the world today, being world ready means using the language and interacting with others through understanding cultural context. Through this methodology, students and teachers work together to create an environment that prepares students to not only be proficient in the language, but also to establish social relationships and understand cultural contexts that will make them successful in not only the world beyond, but life.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Friendly Mares

Kate Friendly Mares

Teacher, Organic World Language
Organic World Language


Friday December 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Waterplace III

10:30am

Asking Questions: The Most Important Skill for Learning and Partnering
All students can learn to ask their own questions; all families can ask questions to partner more effectively. This session will introduce the Question Formulation Technique (QFT), a step-by-step process for producing, improving and strategizing on how to use questions. Educators can integrate the QFT into their practice to promote and sustain deeper learning, nurture curiosity, and develop critical thinking skills. The QFT can also be used to engage families in problem solving and to partner more effectively in their children’s education. The session will provide experience with the strategies described in The Right Question Institute's publications Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions and Partnering With Parents To Ask the Right Questions.   

Speakers
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Luz Santana

Co Director, The Right Question Institute
Luz Santana, Co-Director of the Right Question Institute (RQI), an organization that advances a strategy for teaching all people, no matter their level of education or income, how to ask better questions and participate more effectively in decisions. In her capacity as Co-Director, Luz helped develop the concept of Microdemocracy – the idea that low-income people can begin to participate in democracy in their ordinary encounters with public... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Kent Room

10:30am

Amplifying Teacher Voice in the Conversation about Race: A Conversation with José Luis Vilson
José will share remarks before jumping into a lively conversation with the group that hits on the 10th Common Principle, Democracy and equity. Let's talk about honoring diversity and building on the strength of communities, deliberately and explicitly challenging all forms of inequity, specifically in regards to race.

José's work truly embodies the legacy and new generation of the ten Common Principles and uses social media to extend their reach. Participants will be encouraged to live tweet throughout the session using #educolor.

Moderator
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Nancy Gutierrez

Vice President, District Leadership Support, NYC Leadership Academy
Nancy is a national leadership development strategist at the NYC Leadership Academy and a graduate of the inaugural cohort of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. Prior to joining NYCLA, Nancy served as the executive director of advanced leadership strategy for the New York City Department of Education where she developed, designed, and facilitated an exclusive leadership institute for... Read More →

Speakers
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José Luis Vilson

Founder, EduColor
José Luis Vilson is a math educator for a middle school in the Inwood / Washington Heights neighborhood of New York, NY. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Syracuse University and a master’s degree in mathematics education from the City College of New York. He’s also a committed writer, activist, web designer, and father.


Friday December 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Narragansett Ballroom

10:30am

How Might School Leaders Employ Mindful Strategies to Realize Personalized Learning?
While the design and implementation of personalized learning requires the full participation of all stakeholders and involves all educators in schools and central offices, the role of school leaders in shepherding this transition is crucial. In addition to serving as instructional leaders who must have a full understanding of how to support the growth and development of teachers, school leaders must also be able to successfully navigate the sometimes challenging waters associated with leading this work, requiring significant amounts of moral courage, communication skills, and strategic thinking. Through texts, reflection, case studies, and discussions, participants will explore leadership mindfully.

Speakers
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Ted Hall

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership
Competency-based learning, personalized learning, authentic student voice, school leadership, cycling, Nordic & telemark skiing, kayaking

Facilitators
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Becky Wilusz

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership


Friday December 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Newport Room

10:30am

Whatever It Takes! School (Re)design for Personalized Learning From the Outside In and the Inside Out
South Australia is making inroads into relational schooling design despite systemic forces that work against this agenda. In this workshop, we offer current research revealing the common ideological threads manifesting across three progressive South Australian secondary public schools highlighted by three leaders through interview as key components of their leadership for personalised learning agenda. These thematic threads include: the courage to lead ‘against the grain’ of systemic compliance; re-structuring and re-culturing schooling to promote relational connectedness, positive learning mindsets and flipped classrooms; personalising and negotiating the curriculum around student learning passions; and continually seeking new approaches to professional learning through investing in and researching richer forms. Using hermeneutic methodology, our workshop will offer school development storylines that reveal how these experienced leaders have embraced radical pragmatic educational leadership ideologies to do whatever it takes to place students at the centre of everything they do.

Speakers
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Andrew Bills

Lecturer in Educational Leadership and Management, FLAME Leadership Educational Research Group- Flinders University of South Austra
My educational agenda is 'Relational Schooling'. I bring 25 years of educational involvement in socially-just school reform initiatives in South Australia as an educational leader, teacher, researcher and bureaucrat to my current work as an educational leadership academic at Flinders University. My career has involved educational research, professional development and teaching both inside and outside of schools (early years, primary, secondary... Read More →

Facilitators
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Steve Hicks

Principal, Birdwood High School
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Susan Hyde

Principal, Australian Science and Maths School



Friday December 2, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Washington Room

12:00pm

Lunch
Friday December 2, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Narragansett Ballroom

12:30pm

Assessing Students’ Work Habits Networking Conversation

Assessing students is arguably one of the most difficult and nuanced tasks that teachers do on a daily basis. The whole-student philosophy about looking at students’ abilities beyond the content are both necessary and wonderful in the theory but teachers often find themselves struggling to make sense of it when pen hits paper. How do you actually assess work habits? Join a group of teachers who are committed to finding the proper balance and strategies in assessing where students are as learners of learning and life skills. Share ideas about what is happening in your classroom, grade-level or at your school and learn about alternate ways that other practitioners are finding success assessing students’ work habits in their classrooms. Please feel free to bring your grading policy or assessment strands from your school/district if you think it will be helpful in framing the conversation. 

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016


Facilitators
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Kristopher Lozeau

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy Charter School
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Sara Krakauer

Innovation Academy Charter School, Innovation Academy Charter School
Sara Krakauer teaches project-based Social Studies classes to 5th and 6th grade students at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA. In her fourteen years at the school, she's had a number of leadership roles, and currently serves as advisory team leader, supporting colleagues with fostering social and emotional growth in students. Sara participated in IREX's Teachers for Global Classrooms program in 2011-2012, bringing her to... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Providence Ballroom I

12:30pm

Building Bridges between CES and Expeditionary Learning Networking Conversation
Dorchester, Massachusetts’ Conservatory Lab Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school. One of the foundational credos of Expeditionary Learning is “We are Crew, Not Passengers.” This metaphor refers to a group in a boat on a long voyage, where everyone is needed to pull at an oar and no one sits by watching.  In adhering to this motto, “Crew” can be used to reference both individual classrooms and the entire school community. We strive to instill a sense of responsibility, participation, and cooperation among individuals, the student body, the school community, and the greater community.  This motto represents our commitment to inclusion and action in the service of self and others. This conversation explores the connections, continuity, and contrasts between CES and EL, and provides a place to think through EL as a way to sustain CES principles and practices.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
CT

Carmen Torres

Director of Student and Family Services, Conservatory Lab Charter School


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Newport Room

12:30pm

Building Progressive Leaders Networking Conversation

Often progressive schools, policies, and approaches are vulnerable to shifts in leadership, from within schools as well as external to them. In this convening conversation, we would like to explore how schools, networks like CES, and districts intentionally build progressive leaders. Questions we would like to engage with during this discussion include:

1. How does your organization or network intentionally build progressive leadership for the future?

2. What are the curriculum and structures and the types of knowledge, skills, and experience that progressive leader candidates must have in order to be ready to lead, and how does one develop them?

3. How does/could this network and/or your district contribute to building a pipeline of progressive leadership candidates? 

4. How should teacher leaders be leveraged in building such pipeline? 

5. How can we help each other at a national scale put this work on the map and share strong practices and candidates?

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
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Doug Knecht

Executive Director, Bank Street Education Center


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Providence Ballroom III

12:30pm

CES Principles and Computer Science for All Networking Conversation

Last year, the United States graduated 42,969 computer sciences graduates into the workforce while there were a whopping 523,222 open computer science jobs nationwide. Obviously there is an urgent need for schools to teach computer science courses starting in kindergarten and through graduation. According to Code.org, “Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. Only 32 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.” At this rate, students in states that do not have computer science courses or do not count the computer science toward graduation will likely be unprepared to major in computer science in college. Further, the diversity in computer science is poor, with notable underrepresentation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and students from economically challenged homes. If we wait for others to do what is obviously needed, our students may never get the chance to be part of this emerging and exciting field. How can K-12 schools implement computer science into their curriculum? How can schools use the CES Common Principles to encourage and support the computer science in our schools?  

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016


Facilitators
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Benadette Manning

Math teacher, Fenway High School
Benadette Manning is a math teacher at Fenway High School in Boston. She says, “I feel very blessed to teach at an amazing school however never satisfied until every child has what they need to succeed. Teaching is  my third career and my most exciting one! ”


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Waterplace III

12:30pm

Commitment to the Common Principles: What the Future Holds Networking Conversation

DESPERATELY SEEKING long term relationships with like-minded, passionate schools determined to maintain the common principles as the core foundations of their communities.  Must be interested in ongoing conversations, school visitations, sharing best practices and developing transformational leadership with equity as a lens.

How do we keep the CES Common Principles at the heart of our work long-term, especially given the coming changes with CES National? From our perspectives as past and current leaders of Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences in Central Point, Oregon, we will bring to the discussion our own experiences of how implementing the CES Common Principles with fidelity allowed us to weather the greatest challenges we have faced as a school. Networking and discussing this topic will allow all schools to add to their practices.  Conversation around this topic assures that with or without guidance from other Coalition schools, a site can make decisions based on research and practice which best ensure students will, for example, learn to use their minds well, and teachers and systems will, for example, show commitment to the entire school. We seek partners in this work.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
AH

Adrienne Hillman

Principal, Crater Renaissance Academy
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Bob King

Principal, retired, Crater Renaissance Academy


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Providence Ballroom IV

12:30pm

Creating a Strengths-Based School Culture

There is a lot of buzz about the notion of taking a "strengths-based" approach to developing school culture.   On the student level, this is easier said than done especially when many "behavior-management" systems serve to focus on and document "infractions", and many incentive systems focus on extrinsic rewards.  Similarly on the adult level, most teacher coaching and evaluation processes focus on gaps and deficiencies; rarely are teacher action steps focused on pre-existing strengths.  Hannah Kehn is the principal of East Harlem Scholars Academy II, in East Harlem, New York.  This networking conversation will explore the questions: How do we create conditions that support individual strengths to emerge?  How do we create and implement systems that lean on and further develop individual strengths during challenging times?   

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
HK

Hannah Kehn

Principal, East Harlem Scholars Academy II


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
South County

12:30pm

Cultivating the Essentials of Healthy School Climate and Culture Networking Conversation

Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is Boston’s public high school for the visual and performing arts. BAA provides a diverse student body, a majority who come from low-income families, access to a college-preparatory arts and academic education not otherwise available to them. Our mission is to prepare a community of aspiring artist-scholars-citizens to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of their communities. Our innovative arts and academic curriculum yields impressive results. Using BAA and other Boston public schools as examples, we will discuss a deeper understanding of what is essential for a healthy school climate and culture, the three tiers of Circle Practice, mediations, and specific work in Restorative Justice. Our goal is define much-needed implemented norms and practices that will assist in addressing essentials in a school community.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators

Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Kent Room

12:30pm

How to Make a CES School Sustainable and Adaptable Networking Conversation

How do you commit to the Common Principles for three decades and beyond? We will share the Lehman Alternative Community School’s successes and challenges, including three building changes, several superintendents, numerous favorable and unfavorable school board members, transitioning to new principals, and dealing with the departure of founding staff members. We will also share the roles of parent/caregivers in a democratically run school, the transition to a high school doing graduation based on a credit system to a CES high school doing graduation by exhibition, the progress and set-backs in developing a digital portfolio system, and the current processes involved in developing middle school promotion by exhibition. We want to learn with you. Please bring your questions and stories of your experience of sustaining commitment to CES principles and related practices.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
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Dave Lehman

Educational Consultant, NSRF
Dave Lehman is the former principal and teacher at the Lehman Alternative Community School, a public middle and high school, part of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. The school was re-named after him and his wife Judy – the school Secretary – by the ICSD School Board upon his retirement after 30 years. Dave is also an educational consultant and school change coach, working with teachers and principals... Read More →
avatar for Diane Carruthers

Diane Carruthers

Principal, Lehman Alternative Community School


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Providence Ballroom II

12:30pm

Moving from Idea to School Networking Conversation

We have all known people who have had new, creative ideas for programs and schools.  But how does that idea turn into a successful school?  You cannot go lightly into this work.  There will be challenges and surprises at almost every step of the way.  And yet, it will be some of the most rewarding work of your life.  Whether you are a founder, teacher, or district administrator, support is needed throughout the process and that support changes depending on the phase of the school's life cycle. Join this networking conversation to talk about cultivating the seed of an innovative idea into a sustainable school.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
LN

Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship Education
SR

Seth Racine

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Center for Artistry and Scholarship


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Blackstone Room

12:30pm

Structures that Deepen Social-Emotional Learning Networking Conversation

Quest Early College High School is a small school in Humble, Texas designed to help students earn an Associate degree as well as their high school diploma in their four years of high school. We’re committed to educating the whole child by supporting their social-emotional learning through intentional support systems. Two of our hallmark pillars of support are an exemplary weekly Service Learning component and Family, a daily student advisory support system.  We would love to share the topic of social-emotional support through Service Learning and Family with others who strive to educate the whole child in small school settings, and to learn with you about what’s working in our schools.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
GN

Ginger Noyes

Principal, Quest Early College High School
Humble ISD
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Kimberly Mouser

Curriculum/Academic Lead Teacher, Quest Early College High School
I am the Curriculum Facilitator/Academic Lead Teacher at Quest Early College High School in Humble, TX. We are an award-winning school that focuses on social-emotional learning to prepare our students for the demands of the early college setting. We are a small school of about 400 students in a suburban area school district, Humble ISD, near Houston, Texas.



Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Bristol Room

12:30pm

The Role of the Common Principles in Teacher Education Networking Conversations

Teacher educators constantly face the tension between preparing pre-service teachers to work in schools as they currently are and preparing pre-service teachers for schools as they could be. Let’s begin a deliberate conversation about how teacher certification programs can advance the work of Coalition schools and get new teachers ready to both work in schools already focused on equity and teacher-driven instruction and (maybe more importantly) be effective advocates and change agents for such instruction in schools that have not adopted practices consistent with Coalition philosophy. A small number of public school-university partnerships have been effective in preparing beginning teachers to work in equity-minded classrooms and schools, the guidelines for the sort of university-school partnerships that could prepare beginning teachers to be advocates for Coalition principles needs updating.  This conversation as an opportunity to do that work with consideration of questions such as: How could teacher certification programs be structured in order to most effectively advance the principals of student-centered and teacher-driven schools? What are some fundamental experiences beginning teachers need in order to foster such principals in their emergent practices? What are some essential readings or ideas that certification students should be familiar with in order to function effectively in a classroom and school based on the CES Common Principles? Such a conversation between experienced Coalition teachers and teacher educators could be a new way to approach this ongoing challenge.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
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Timothy Mahoney

Professor, Millersville University
I still consider myself a high school science teacher, even though the last year I taught high school was 2007. My work as a teacher educator focuses on equity and I try to integrate coalition common principles into all my instruction. I am currently working on integrating recently arrived refugee families into school systems in Lancaster county, and I am starting a project that will train professional adult refugees to enter teacher... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Waterplace II

12:30pm

Trauma-Informed Schools Networking Conversation

This conversations invites those who are interested in furthering trauma-informed theory and practice in our schools. This is an equity issue that cuts across race, class, language, gender, and more and impacts so many of the students we serve. There is growing energy in schools to become more trauma-informed and many strategies look very similar to those already in use by CES schools. This conversation will benefit classroom teachers, administrators, consulting agencies/individuals, and anyone else who works with students to build awareness and follow through on the impact of trauma.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
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Alex Shevrin

House Leader, Centerpoint School


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Rotunda Room

12:45pm

Book Signings
Meet CES authors at the Progressive Education Bookstore outside the Narragansett Ballroom for book sales and signings. 

Friday December 2, 2016 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Narragansett Prefunction

1:30pm

Projects Beyond PowerPoint: Ninth Grade Seminar
In this workshop, we will explore how the Watkinson School has built and implemented its ninth grade seminar to develop thinking, production, and presentation skills that will prepare our students to excel in the rest of their high-school career. We have discovered the power of student choice and authenticity delivered through a strong, transparent sequence and structure. Join us as we share components including process skills like planning backwards, iterative tuning, and the design process; content development skills like choosing and narrowing a topic, asking good questions, and evaluating information; and technology skills like creating original websites, graphics, and screencasts.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Gromak

Tom Gromak

Academic Technology Coordinator, Watkinson School

Facilitators
CB

Christina Bernbach

Director of the Academy, Watkinson School
JO

Jennifer O'Brien

Science, Chair, Watkinson School


Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Kent Room

1:30pm

The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon Us! How to Use Mathematical Models to Save the World
This workshop focuses on our performance-based assessment framed by the concept of a Zombie Apocalypse. The workshop will review how to organize the project, create teams that maximize collaboration, and offer suggestions on how to guide students' research, design, and presentation of their findings. We also will include ideas on how to incorporate the various curriculum pieces including mathematical modeling, statistical analysis, and the fundamental biology of viruses into the final presentation. Emergency preparedness is an additional focus of the project as students learn the roles that the government, the CDC, and individuals play during a national situation. The work's authenticity is connected to our inclusion of official zombie apocalypse information from the CDC. Participants will engage in examining our work, viewing samples of student work, and participating in a Q&A session to help clarify the unit as a whole. Participants will receive sample project sheets, a calendar of checkpoints, rubrics, and helpful links.

 

     

Speakers
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Barb Brunelle

teacher, Souhegan High School

Facilitators
AE

Andrew Emerson

Learning Specialist, Souhegan High School


Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bristol Room

1:30pm

In the beginning, there was...: A Founders Panel

The founding years of CES were heady and optimistic times, referred to by some as the Golden Years of the nation's focus on high schools. The Founder's Panel brings together an eclectic and accomplished group of CES "early days" stalwarts who worked with and distinguished Ted Sizer's "big ideas." Sure to be a rousing chat, with plenty of time for audience interaction, our panelists will include: Deborah Meier, Dennis Littky, Paula Evans, Bob McCarthy, and Nancy Sizer. The moderator will be another CES veteran, Larry Myatt, offering attendees both a history lesson and implications for the future.


Speakers
PE

Paula Evans

Founder and Former Head of School, Community Charter School of Cambridge
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Dennis Littky

The Met/Big Picture Learning
Dennis Littky is the co-founder and co-director of The Met School, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and founder and President of College Unbound. He is nationally known and celebrated for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As a principal at Thayer Junior/Senior High School in Winchester, N.H., Dennis led one of the first CES schools. In 2004, he wrote (along with Samantha... Read More →
DM

Deborah Meier

Longtime CES Member, Coalition of Essential Schools
LM

Larry Myatt

President, Education Resources Consortium
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Nancy Faust Sizer

Member, CES Board
Nancy Faust Sizer taught high school history for 25 years. She then served as a co-teacher and coach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Nancy co-authored of The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract with Ted Sizer, and she wrote Crossing the Stage: Redesigning Senior Year. Also with Ted, Nancy was also the acting co-principal at the Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA. She is currently teaching a course on... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Narragansett Ballroom

1:30pm

Consensus Decision Making in Schools
The James Baldwin School was founded on a belief that teachers and administrators would make decisions together. Scaling that up as the faculty increased in number was challenging. In this workshop, participants will learn about and practice a consensus decision-making process that can help your school increase the level of participation of your staff and increase the accountability to put decisions into action. Participants will reflect on the value and challenges that come with large group consensus based decision making, explore our artifacts and protocols, and apply some of these processes towards coming to consensus around a whole school decision.

Speakers
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Josh Heisler

Teacher Co-Director, The James Baldwin School
I grew up in New York City and went to public schools my entire life. I enjoy basketball, football, and baseball. I fanatically collect records, mostly 60s and 70s jazz. I am serious about coffee and I am a home brewer. And my politics are pretty left leaning.

Facilitators
SR

Seth Rader

teacher, The James Baldwin School


Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
South County

1:30pm

Building Blended Learning Teacher Leaders
In order to transition into blended learning, we must develop a talented pipeline of educators who understand this approach and can support district and building leaders with this shift. The Fuse RI Fellowship is currently training 60 educators to be the state's next generation of blended and personalized learning coaches, consultants, and leaders. This session will be run as a blended learning station rotation model in which participants will rotate between face to face sessions with Fuse RI Fellows who are trained to support blended and personalized learning roll-outs at the district and building level, online playlists that include asynchronous resources that leaders can use to train their own coaches, and collaborative design build activities that leverage Highlander Institute’s District Development Framework.

Speakers
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Shawn Rubin

Chief Education Officer, Highlander Institute
Shawn Rubin is the Chief Education Officer at the Highlander Institute in Providence, Rhode Island. Shawn manages the Institute’s personalized and blended learning initiatives. At the Highlander Institute, Shawn leads the FUSE RI fellowship, which partners educators and administrators from schools around Rhode Island with other school districts to help disseminate blended learning – the integration of teaching, technology and data to increase... Read More →


Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Waterplace I

1:30pm

Implementation not Implosion: Lessons Learned and Evolving Decisions in the Move to a Proficiency-Based Learning System
Entering its fourth year of a six-year implementation plan, South Portland School Department has learned a great deal about the delicate and intricate nature of a move to proficiency-based learning. The lesson learned range from different types of professional development needs that have emerged around formative and summative assessment to the need for standardized grading guidelines. Making theory practical requires compromise and adjustment, and that has been the case for South Portland High School has it grapples with decisions about honors and recognition policies, co-curricular eligibility policies, and the development of a proficiency-based transcript.

Speakers
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Rebecca Brown

Director of Curriculum, South Portland School Department

Facilitators
RC

Ryan Caron

High School Principal, South Portland School Department



Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Newport Room

1:30pm

Democracy in Action: Dilemmas of Student Government by the Students, for the Students
In this student-facilitated workshop, students, and the adults who support them, are invited to bring their own dilemmas of student government for discussion and advice. Working in critical friends-style groups, we will explore dilemmas brought by schools whose student governments are facing a challenge or whose schools do not yet have functioning student government structures. Our hope is that students will have the chance to connect with other students in an opportunity to further the reach of their voice within their schools. Participants are encouraged to come as a team of student government participants and the adults who support them. Participants are encouraged to think about a dilemma or school issue they are facing in advance of the workshop.

Speakers
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Laura Smith

Arts and Humanities Teacher, Francis W. Parker Charter School
I am a teacher and teacher-leader at the F.W. Parker Charter Essential School. I work mainly with students in 9th and 10th grades in their Arts and Humanities class, but also teach "7th Seminar,"a study skills and introduction to Parker class for 7th graders. | | I work with our school's legislative branch of the student government, the Community Congress ("CC"). It is this role that brings me and my students to Fall Forum this year - we... Read More →

Facilitators
CT

Chris Tamilio-Awed

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
CP

Collin Pember

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
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Emily Wanzer

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
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Evan Osofsky

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
Hi! I am a senior at Parker and one of the leaders of the Justice Committee, a student-run body that seeks to resolve conflicts within our school community through mediated discussions with an emphasis on restorative justice. I attended Fall Forum last year and am excited to return this year as a presenter and I hope that I can learn something new from everyone.
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Laura Warner

Wellness Teacher, F.W. Parker Charter Essential School
I have been teaching and advising at Parker since 2003. I mainly teach Wellness classes (a combined health and physical activity class) for students in grades 7-10. I'd love to talk to you about positive risk-taking, health topics, restorative justice and issues of equity and race in our schools. I've lived in San Francisco, driven across the country twice and have a teenager, a preschooler and a baby due in late January!
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Sophie Kramer

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
SW

Sophie Wanzer

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
A leader of the Justice Committee (student government) at F.W. Parker Charter School!
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Taylor Ehwa

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
Hi! My name is Taylor and I am a Senior at Parker. I am one of the three moderators in the Community Congress at my school. The Community Congress is part of the student government that looks over and passes new policies or revisions of policies. We strive to improve our school using this student run, democratic voting system. This is my first year attending Fall Forum and I am excited to hear questions, concerns, and comments about student... Read More →



Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Washington Room

3:30pm

Equitable Assessment: National and State Perspectives
Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond—President and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute (LPI), Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University, and member of the Coalition of Essential Schools Executive Board—will share remarks on the political, policy, and school practice issues facing progressive educators at this historical moment. Following Dr. Darling-Hammond's remarks, a panel will address the implications of ESSA for progress toward more productive teaching, curriculum, and assessment, looking at the issue from national and state perspectives, with remarks and questions from the audience.  

Panelists include:

  • Ann Cook, Director, New York Performance Standards Consortium
  • Nicholas Donohue, President and CEO, Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • David Ruff, Executive Director, Great Schools Partnership and CES Executive Board member
  • Ken Wagner, Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education
  • George Wood, Superintendent, Federal Hocking Schools and Chair, CES Executive Board


Moderator
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Linda Darling-Hammond

President, Learning Policy Institute
Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education Emeritus at Stanford University where she founded the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and served as the faculty sponsor of the Stanford Teacher Education Program, which she helped to redesign. | | Darling-Hammond is past president of the American Educational Research Association and recipient of its awards for Distinguished Contributions to... Read More →

Speakers
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David Ruff

Executive Director, Great Schools Partnership
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Ken Wagner

Commissioner, Rhode Island Department of Education
Commissioner Ken Wagner began his education career when he was elected to his local school committee at age 18. He has since then worked as a school psychologist, an assistant principal, and a middle-school principal, and in 2009 he joined the New York State Department of Education, where he ultimately served as Senior Deputy Commissioner for Education Policy. In August, he began his tenure as the Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and... Read More →
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George Wood

Superintendent, Federal Hocking Local Schools



Friday December 2, 2016 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Narragansett Ballroom

8:00pm

At the Copier: Stories of School and the Coalition of Essential Schools
We know that working in a school is often inspiring, sometimes outrageous, occasionally hilarious and frequently humbling. And there are some stories educators only share with one another, the candid moment of that was deeply moving or that you know no one will really believe is true. We’ve all been told by someone in our family that we should write these down. Here is your chance to share. 

Join us for an evening of stories from real educators about the behind-the-scenes truth of the life of an educator and the daily miracle of making a school. This is the space for personal stories that aren’t going to be told on a panel or in a monograph, and for important memories of work with the Coalition of Essential Schools, Ted Sizer, and one another.

How it will work:

Storytellers will have 5 minutes to tell their story. It must be true. To sign up for a slot in advance, email us now with your name and a general idea of what you want to share.  Remember a story that your colleague told you?  Urge them to tell it.  Have a creative idea of how you want to share this?  Get in touch. If space allows, we’ll also allow attendees to sign up to tell a story on the spot.

Think about your story in advance. Practice it. Use your authentic voice. Lean on a note card if you want. Tell the story as a pair. Get in touch with us if you have questions or creative ideas.  Practice your story and then cut it a little more – almost every story goes longer when it is told live. You’ll run out of toner at 5 minutes.

Here’s some advice from the good people at The Moth: https://themoth.org/share-your-story/storytelling-tips-tricks

Cash bar!

Friday December 2, 2016 8:00pm - 10:00pm
South County
 
Saturday, December 3
 

7:15am

8:15am

Gathering: Voices from Our Schools
At the start of Fall Forum's second day, Emily Garlock, Benadette Manning, and Dave Lehman--all representing different stages of their lives as teachers and learners--will share their stories. 


Speakers
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Emily Garlock

Student, Steller Secondary School
Emily Garlock is a senior at Steller Secondary School in Anchorage, Alaska. Emily loves to read, write, do puzzles, participate in sports, and travel. She hopes to have a job that takes her around the world.  Emily came to the CES Fall Forum in 2014 in San Francisco and was inspired to come back to share her experiences of the ways a CES school has impacted her.
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Dave Lehman

Educational Consultant, NSRF
Dave Lehman is the former principal and teacher at the Lehman Alternative Community School, a public middle and high school, part of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. The school was re-named after him and his wife Judy – the school Secretary – by the ICSD School Board upon his retirement after 30 years. Dave is also an educational consultant and school change coach, working with teachers and principals... Read More →
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Benadette Manning

Math teacher, Fenway High School
Benadette Manning is a math teacher at Fenway High School in Boston. She says, “I feel very blessed to teach at an amazing school however never satisfied until every child has what they need to succeed. Teaching is  my third career and my most exciting one! ”


Saturday December 3, 2016 8:15am - 9:00am
Narragansett Ballroom

9:15am

Chemistry and Art: Developing Understanding Through Metaphors, Materials and Media
In this workshop, we will explore how art-making can be done in science class to facilitate student understanding of science concepts. At the Boston Arts Academy in our chemistry classes we devote a unit to the connections between chemistry and art. We are looking to refine our curriculum to include more art-making throughout the course. Participants in the workshop will have a chance to be students as we teach a short chemistry lesson and then will be asked to develop a proposal for a visual, performance or written work of art that shows understanding of the concept through metaphor or media choice. Participants will see sample student work from our chemistry and art unit and be a part of a discussion of how we can improve our curriculum

Speakers
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Valerie Solon

Teacher, Boston Arts Academy

Facilitators
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Amanda Hanna

Science Teacher, Boston Arts Academy


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Providence Ballroom II

9:15am

When Learning Matters: Engaging Students' Head, Heart, and Hands
This workshop will introduce participants to the most recent and ongoing work of The ArtsLiteracy Project, originally developed in the Education Department at Brown and inspired and supported by Coalition principles. Its central design, The Performance Cycle, provides a clear, flexible framework and common language teachers use to design and teach curriculum appropriate to their setting, a curriculum that motivates and engages students, provides purpose, real-world connections and focuses on deep learning. Since its inception, project participants have developed a menu of specific activities that supports differentiation and incorporates multiliteracies, arts integration and project-based learning. This session will describe the project and the framework; together we will look at, try out, and discuss examples of the framework’s application in a range of learning environments.

Speakers
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Eileen Landay

Founder and director, The ArtsLiteracy Project/Landay Consulting
Arts integration, and teacher education


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Blackstone Room

9:15am

CES Equity/Race Panel – What are our equity stories? What are we learning?

Originally intended to be a space for educators to reflect on and explore the role of race in their work, this session has been edited in order to respond to our recent political events and current reality as they relate to race in our communities, schools and classrooms.  

After a short input, we will hear from a panel who will reflect on their experiences as educations – in the skin they are in – and consider what work they have in front of them. If time allows, we will ask the audience to engage in their own reflective work.  

Agenda

15-20 minutes: Opening 

  • Introduce key language (“The Skin We Are In”, race, racism, racist, etc.) asking audience to engage through think-pair-shares 
  • Introduce Panel

35-40 minutes: Interactive Panel on Race

  • Into: Historically, how has race influenced, informed or impacted your experience as a learner and an educator – in the skin you are in? 
  • Through: In the skin you are in, how do you think the current context of race is impacting and influencing our schools, educators, students and families?
  • Beyond: What is our responsibility – as a coalition of educators – to respond to our current racial context and prepare for the racial future we want?

15 Minutes: Closing

  • Introduces Conceptual Framework for Transformation 
  • Thank Panel 
  • Challenge audience to take what they heard into and beyond the day in front of them.

 



Moderator
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Gregory Peters

Executive Director, SF-CESS
Dr. Gregory Peters is a school reform leader with a longstanding history working within both local and national efforts. As principal of San Francisco's Leadership High School, Gregory and his teachers effectively created a National Demonstration and Mentor School that made progress in closing the racial achievement gap and was “highly commended for… graduating all their students – of every race/ ethnicity – University of... Read More →

Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Narragansett Ballroom

9:15am

Conversation: The Life and Legacies of Ted Sizer
This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on the life and legacies of CES founder
Ted Sizer. John Spencer is a graduate of the Brown teacher education program from the
1980s and an historian of education who has been doing research in Ted's papers at
Brown and Andover. He will briefly share some nuggets from that research, especially
from the 1970s prior to the launching of the Coalition, before opening up a conversation
on Ted's work and his significance within the history of school reform from the 1960s
into our own time. Whether you were a colleague of Ted's or someone who knew him
through his writings or work (or not much at all, and you're curious!), please join us to
share and reflect on his importance for you and for American education.

Speakers
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John Spencer

Associate Professor of Education, Ursinus College
As a sophomore at Brown in 1984, I was fortunate enough to take an Education course with a newly arrived professor named Ted Sizer, who had just published *Horace's Compromise* and launched the Coalition of Essential Schools. Ted and CES quickly became my most important touchstones in education, and after graduating from Brown with social studies certification, I spent three years teaching at Mid-Peninsula High School, a Coalition school in... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Rotunda Room

9:15am

How to Harness the Power of Storytelling for School Improvement
During this session participants will have an opportunity to learn about the NYC DOE Showcase Schools initiative, a program designed to recognize, celebrate, and share innovative practices through interschool visitations. Storytelling helps frame the day, not for exhibition, but for authentic conversation around what "better" can look like in schools. The creation and sharing of school narratives helps bind schools together through collaboration to achieve a common purpose - student success. In this session participants will learn more about the importance of storytelling and the research that supports it, including how stories can anchor professional learning and provide transformational learning experiences. After hearing a powerful, emotional story from a NYC principal, participants will have the opportunity to think about how they can harness the power of storytelling for school improvement.

Speakers
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Christina Cordell

Director of Strategy & Operations, Showcase Schools Program, Showcase Schools Program, New York City Department of Education

Facilitators
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Gala Lok

Director of Communications, New York City Department of Education
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Rebekah Romingquet

Project Manager, Showcase Schools Program, New York City Department of Education


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Waterplace II

9:15am

Peer Observation of Substantive Conversation
Using the Newmann Authentic Intellectual Work rubrics, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School has adapted peer observation to promote collaborative professional development. We believe this form of observation allows teachers to share different strategies used in the classroom and provide valuable feedback to one another. This workshop will focus on how Peer Observations were introduced and implemented into the Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom school community, in collaboration with the Eagle Rock School Professional Development Center. 

Speakers
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Jeffrey Palladino

Principal, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

Facilitators
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Matt Spellman

Teacher, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Waterplace I

9:15am

Designing for Deeper Learning
Ready to take on the deeper learning challenge? In this hands-on session, participants will examine how the deeper learning competencies: mastering core content, critical thinking and solving problems, collaborating with others, effective communication, developing an academic mindset and learning to learn can be used to redesign teaching and learning. Using equitable teaching practices and elements from design thinking, participants will engage with others, view exemplar student work and design a project for their own context. Come ready to play, engage and learn deeply. 

Facilitators
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Laura McBain

Director of External Relations, High Tech High Graduate School of Education
Laura is the master of ceremonies for DL2016. Email, tweet or text her with any questions or wonderings for your time at DL2016!  Laura is the Director of External Relations and the Director of Education Leadership Academy. Laura was a founding teacher of High Tech Middle and was the principal of two HTH sites (HTM and HTH Albuquerque) and worked in comprehensive schools prior to her work at HTH. As the Director of External Relations, Laura... Read More →
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Marc Chun

Program Officer, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
As an Education Program Officer at the Hewlett Foundation, Marc Chun works to develop and implement grantmaking for the Program’s Deeper Learning initiative. He works with the Education Program’s Deeper Learning Network, which is a consortium of ten school operators that oversee more than 400 schools in thirty-seven states; the Network serves to demonstrate the effectiveness of educating students in deeper learning skills. Chun also... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
South County

9:15am

Innovative Teacher Leaders: The Catalyst for Educational Transformation
This workshop will revisit the call for public school transformation that followed the release of A Nation at Risk in the 1980s and included Albert Shanker and Ted Sizer's radical notion that public school 'teacher leaders' should be allowed to create innovative learning spaces from which authentic, transformational practices could be exported to the larger system of public schools. We will follow the movement to create these catalytic learning environments over the last thirty years and the attempt by some to hijack that movement in order to supplant public school systems with their own charter systems. We will end by perusing the current educational landscape to identify examples of innovative learning environments designed with the intention of transforming the larger system of public schools.

Speakers
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Santo Nicotera

Professional Development Director, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning
Santo Nicotera moved to Tucson from Denver in August 2002 to begin designing with JoAnn Groh, Paulo Freire Freedom School - University. They opened that middle school in 2005 at the Historic Y near the University of Arizona as a demonstration site/lab school for best instructional practices and small school design. In 2014 they opened a second middle school, Paulo Freire Freedom School - Downtown, on Pennington St. in downtown Tucson with that... Read More →

Facilitators
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Carrie Brennan

Executive Director, CITY Center for Collaborative Learning
In July 2015, Carrie was selected to lead CITY Center for Collaborative Learning. She brings deep experience in the field of education to her leadership role, including many years as a teacher, school leader, and workshop facilitator. Carrie has been on the start-up staff of two CES schools in Tucson, Arizona, serving as a founding teacher at Catalina Foothills High School in 1992 and founding principal of City High School in 2004... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Newport Room

9:15am

My Momma Says, 'What 'cha gonna do with your life?"- Building a College Culture @ Bronx Collaborative
This workshop is for anyone who wants to learn more about school design from scratch and how students and faculty collaboration are needed to build a college-going culture. At Bronx Collaborative, student leaders and activists have worked closely with faculty to create a culture of innovation at their school. Faculty at Bronx Collaborative deeply believe that students need to "find themselves" while being supported in developing their practices as a public intellectual. Having opened in 2013 with students who had only a few weeks notice about the school, our students and faculty have a story to tell about how they jointly challenged each other on a journey of high expectations and communal support.

Speakers
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Brett Schneider

Principal, Bronx Collaborative HS

Facilitators
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Demetrius Green

Science Teacher, Bronx Collaborative HS
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Valerie Coleman Palansky

Lead Social Worker, Bronx Collaborative HS
I'm a social worker educator supervisor at BxCHS and a CES workshop presenter. I am interested in understanding how brain science can help us help students as well as ourselves to heal trauma and aid recovery on multiple levels-emotions, mind and body. When people are less frozen/less frenetic they can be more in their optimum flow for functioning better thus learning better. #circles, #social-emotional learning, #trauma-sensitive schools... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Providence Ballroom IV

9:15am

The Quest for School Re-Design: Reflections, Updates and Big Ideas
The work of the Education Resource Consortium has been based on the spirit of the CES Ten Common Principles. ERC Co-Founder Larry Myatt was an early participant in CES conversations and has updated and evolved many of those ideas and principles. This workshop will provoke and inspire "next steps" thinking. We will share an emerging strategy for innovation built on a hard-earned framework for school redesign. We will also present new and updated TREK principles and address a brief compendium of lessons learned in community engagement, management, learning science, and school leadership. Audience participants are invited to probe and press for clarity throughout, and a panel of re-design conversants will share ideas and reactions to participant's questions.

For more background, see TREK returns. A new, better chance for our schools. 

Speakers
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Larry Myatt

President, Education Resources Consortium

Facilitators
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Alan Dichter

Affinity Group Leader, CUNY
Currently leading a small team in NYC in collaboration with NYCDOE and CUNY providing support to 23 secondary schools. Much of my focus is on the development of Facilitative Leadership skills throughout schools. | | I became with CES very early in its development and attended first Fall Forum.
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Ken Facin

School Superintendent, Hoosick Falls Central School District
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Mike Berry

Principal, White Mountains Regional High School



Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Providence Ballroom I

9:15am

Power/Play: Educating Young People to be Joyful, Responsible, Powerful, Communicative Participants in Healthy Relationships
We live in a world where messages about sex are ubiquitous, exploitative, and confusing, while education about sexuality is obtuse or non-existent. If we believe that young people should be central to their own learning, then we can not omit this piece of content that is so central to their lives. If we want our students to be able to have healthy relationships; safe, empowered sexual encounters; and to be good communicators, partners, and friends; we need to help them learn and think about how to do so. Using the 10th grade Power/Play curriculum created at The Crefeld School, participants will engage in embodied activities using themes of power, communication, and consent. We will discuss some of the challenges and skills needed to teach a progressive sexuality curriculum.

Speakers
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Sara Narva

Teacher, The Crefeld School
I have worked at The Crefeld School for 11 years as the dance and theater teacher, an advisor and the sexuality education teacher. This year I am at the Fall Forum presenting about our Power/Play curriculum , so you can ask me all about that progressive, interactive, respectful approach to teaching adolescents about relationships, dating, communication, etc. | | I also love talking about teaching dance and theater in ways that help... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Providence Ballroom III

9:15am

Developmentally-Oriented Instructional Leadership: A Differentiated Approach to Supporting Adult Growth and Development in Schools
Much is known about the importance of differentiated instruction in schools, the notion that for teachers to be optimally effective in meeting the needs of all learners, they must understand and apply a range of instructional strategies in the classroom. Much less is known, however, about the importance of differentiated leadership for adult growth and development. Like children, adults also vary in their meaning making systems and serve to benefit from intentional approaches to instructional leadership that attend to their developmental diversity. In this workshop, participants will learn about, share experiences with, and begin to practice Developmentally-Oriented Instructional Leadership (DOIL), an approach to teacher development based not on the all-too-common "Gotcha!" but rather "I've got ya'!"

Speakers
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Jed Lippard

Dean of Children's Programs, Bank Street College of Education


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 11:15am
Waterplace III

9:15am

Working with High School Readers: A Digital Exploration
Students who struggle with reading often have mastered specific elements of reading, but they can't knit them together into robust adult reading. It's not that the students cannot read, think or question; it's just that some of the machinery is not working smoothly. What can high school teachers do about it? In response to this challenge, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the South Bronx, in partnership with a literacy specialist from the Perceptual Development Center (PerDev), created an iBook with text and interactive video exploring fluency, decoding and comprehension. The classroom demonstration will model how teachers can use video to assess high school student reading. We will collaborate on developing instructional moves to use with students in our classrooms.

Speakers
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Laura Cruz

Teacher, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School

Facilitators
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Nancy Mann

Deputy Superintendent, NYC Dept of Ed
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Suzanne Marten

Literacy and learning specialist, PerDev Perceptual Development Center


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 12:00pm
Washington Room

9:15am

RE:THINKING - A New Film About the Power of Learning HOW to Think Instead of WHAT to Think
RE:THINKING is a documentary film that features teaching and learning at three US public schools where students are being taught HOW to think instead of WHAT to think. One of the featured schools is Lehman Alternative Community School (LACS) in Ithaca, NY, a member of the Coalition, and the film features an interview with founding Principal Dr. Dave Lehman as well as several LACS teachers and students. RE:THINKING is intended to show audiences of educators, administrators, parents and policymakers that bringing thinking skills into the classroom doesn't require new technologies or tests; but rather an awareness that if students and teachers alike understand how they think, they will be able to think in more creative and systematic ways. This will help prepare them for their roles in an uncertain world. Producer and Director Deborah C. Hoard and Co-Director and Editor Rachel Ferro will both be present for discussion after the screening. 

Speakers
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Deborah Hoard

President, PhotoSynthesis Productions

Facilitators
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Rachel Ferro

Videographer/Editor, PhotoSynthesis Productions


Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 12:00pm
Kent Room

9:15am

Implementing Restorative Justice Practices Through Participatory Action
How can a school implement restorative justice as both policy and culture? YouthBuild Charter first trained its staff in restorative justice five years ago to promote a culture of care and combat the school-to-prison pipeline. Since that time, the school has been challenged to consistently implement all components of restorative justice. In this workshop, a teacher, students, and assistant principal will share a participatory action model to engage student voice, increase academic ability, and change school policy. English teachers Crystal Maillet and Matt Crehan adopted restorative justice as the theme of an English course. Students researched restorative practices, developed workshops for staff and students, made policy recommendations to the school, and presented their work at education conferences. Workshop participants will learn how participation action promotes democratic school change.

Speakers
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Tizoc Brenes

Assistant Principal, YouthBuild Charter
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Crystal Maillet

YouthBuild Charter School of California

Facilitators
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Matthew Crehan

Lead and English Teacher, YouthBuild Charter School
I teach and facilitate Restorative Justice at YouthBuild Charter School.



Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 12:00pm
Bristol Room

11:00am

Assessing Students' Work Habits Networking Conversation
Assessing students is arguably one of the most difficult and nuanced tasks that teachers do on a daily basis. The whole-student philosophy about looking at students’ abilities beyond the content are both necessary and wonderful in the theory but teachers often find themselves struggling to make sense of it when pen hits paper. How do you actually assess work habits? Join a group of teachers who are committed to finding the proper balance and strategies in assessing where students are as learners of learning and life skills. Share ideas about what is happening in your classroom, grade-level or at your school and learn about alternate ways that other practitioners are finding success assessing students’ work habits in their classrooms. Please feel free to bring your grading policy or assessment strands from your school/district if you think it will be helpful in framing the conversation. 

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Kristopher Lozeau

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy Charter School
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Sara Krakauer

Innovation Academy Charter School, Innovation Academy Charter School
Sara Krakauer teaches project-based Social Studies classes to 5th and 6th grade students at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA. In her fourteen years at the school, she's had a number of leadership roles, and currently serves as advisory team leader, supporting colleagues with fostering social and emotional growth in students. Sara participated in IREX's Teachers for Global Classrooms program in 2011-2012, bringing her to... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Providence Ballroom I

11:00am

Building Bridges between CES and Expeditionary Learning Networking Conversation

Dorchester, Massachusetts’ Conservatory Lab Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school. One of the foundational credos of Expeditionary Learning is “We are Crew, Not Passengers.” This metaphor refers to a group in a boat on a long voyage, where everyone is needed to pull at an oar and no one sits by watching.  In adhering to this motto, “Crew” can be used to reference both individual classrooms and the entire school community. We strive to instill a sense of responsibility, participation, and cooperation among individuals, the student body, the school community, and the greater community.  This motto represents our commitment to inclusion and action in the service of self and others. This conversation explores the connections, continuity, and contrasts between CES and EL, and provides a place to think through EL as a way to sustain CES principles and practices.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
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Carmen Torres

Director of Student and Family Services, Conservatory Lab Charter School


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Newport Room

11:00am

Building Progressive Leaders Networking Conversation

Often progressive schools, policies, and approaches are vulnerable to shifts in leadership, from within schools as well as external to them. In this convening conversation, we would like to explore how schools, networks like CES, and districts intentionally build progressive leaders. Questions we would like to engage with during this discussion include:

1. How does your organization or network intentionally build progressive leadership for the future?

2. What are the curriculum and structures and the types of knowledge, skills, and experience that progressive leader candidates must have in order to be ready to lead, and how does one develop them?

3. How does/could this network and/or your district contribute to building a pipeline of progressive leadership candidates? 

4. How should teacher leaders be leveraged in building such pipeline? 

5. How can we help each other at a national scale put this work on the map and share strong practices and candidates?

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
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Doug Knecht

Executive Director, Bank Street Education Center


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Providence Ballroom III

11:00am

CES Principles and Computer Science for All Networking Conversation
Last year, the United States graduated 42,969 computer sciences graduates into the workforce while there were a whopping 523,222 open computer science jobs nationwide. Obviously there is an urgent need for schools to teach computer science courses starting in kindergarten and through graduation. According to Code.org, “Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. Only 32 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.” At this rate, students in states that do not have computer science courses or do not count the computer science toward graduation will likely be unprepared to major in computer science in college. Further, the diversity in computer science is poor, with notable underrepresentation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and students from economically challenged homes. If we wait for others to do what is obviously needed, our students may never get the chance to be part of this emerging and exciting field. How can K-12 schools implement computer science into their curriculum? How can schools use the CES Common Principles to encourage and support the computer science in our schools?  

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Benadette Manning

Math teacher, Fenway High School
Benadette Manning is a math teacher at Fenway High School in Boston. She says, “I feel very blessed to teach at an amazing school however never satisfied until every child has what they need to succeed. Teaching is  my third career and my most exciting one! ”


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Waterplace III

11:00am

Commitment to the Common Principles: What the Future Holds Networking Conversation
DESPERATELY SEEKING long term relationships with like-minded, passionate schools determined to maintain the common principles as the core foundations of their communities.  Must be interested in ongoing conversations, school visitations, sharing best practices and developing transformational leadership with equity as a lens.

How do we keep the CES Common Principles at the heart of our work long-term, especially given the coming changes with CES National? From our perspectives as past and current leaders of Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences in Central Point, Oregon, we will bring to the discussion our own experiences of how implementing the CES Common Principles with fidelity allowed us to weather the greatest challenges we have faced as a school. Networking and discussing this topic will allow all schools to add to their practices.  Conversation around this topic assures that with or without guidance from other Coalition schools, a site can make decisions based on research and practice which best ensure students will, for example, learn to use their minds well, and teachers and systems will, for example, show commitment to the entire school. We seek partners in this work.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Adrienne Hillman

Principal, Crater Renaissance Academy
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Bob King

Principal, retired, Crater Renaissance Academy


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Providence Ballroom IV

11:00am

Creating a Strengths-Based School Culture
There is a lot of buzz about the notion of taking a "strengths-based" approach to developing school culture.   On the student level, this is easier said than done especially when many "behavior-management" systems serve to focus on and document "infractions", and many incentive systems focus on extrinsic rewards.  Similarly on the adult level, most teacher coaching and evaluation processes focus on gaps and deficiencies; rarely are teacher action steps focused on pre-existing strengths.  Hannah Kehn is the principal of East Harlem Scholars Academy II, in East Harlem, New York.  This networking conversation will explore the questions: How do we create conditions that support individual strengths to emerge?  How do we create and implement systems that lean on and further develop individual strengths during challenging times?   

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016

Facilitators
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Hannah Kehn

Principal, East Harlem Scholars Academy II


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Executive Boardroom

11:00am

Cultivating the Essentials of Healthy School Climate and Culture Networking Conversation
Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is Boston’s public high school for the visual and performing arts. BAA provides a diverse student body, a majority who come from low-income families, access to a college-preparatory arts and academic education not otherwise available to them. Our mission is to prepare a community of aspiring artist-scholars-citizens to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of their communities. Our innovative arts and academic curriculum yields impressive results. Using BAA and other Boston public schools as examples, we will discuss a deeper understanding of what is essential for a healthy school climate and culture, the three tiers of Circle Practice, mediations, and specific work in Restorative Justice. Our goal is define much-needed implemented norms and practices that will assist in addressing essentials in a school community.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators

Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Kent Room

11:00am

Honoring the Past/Ensuring the Future: Ted Sizer's Life and Work at Brown
In June 2016, 100+ people gathered for a morning-long event to honor Ted’s decade of life and work at Brown and to introduce his rich legacy to the incoming class of Brown MATs. Today, we invite those interested in ensuring the continuation of this annual event to a planning discussion that ensures that Ted’s heritage and Coalition principles will continue and grow at Brown as a movement and not a moment.    

Speakers
CA

Carin Algava

Assistant Director, Teacher Education, Brown University
PE

Paula Evans

Founder and Former Head of School, Community Charter School of Cambridge
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Eileen Landay

Founder and director, The ArtsLiteracy Project/Landay Consulting
Arts integration, and teacher education
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Jed Lippard

Dean of Children's Programs, Bank Street College of Education


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
South County

11:00am

How to Make a CES School Sustainable and Adaptable Networking Conversation
How do you commit to the Common Principles for three decades and beyond? We will share the Lehman Alternative Community School’s successes and challenges, including three building changes, several superintendents, numerous favorable and unfavorable school board members, transitioning to new principals, and dealing with the departure of founding staff members. We will also share the roles of parent/caregivers in a democratically run school, the transition to a high school doing graduation based on a credit system to a CES high school doing graduation by exhibition, the progress and set-backs in developing a digital portfolio system, and the current processes involved in developing middle school promotion by exhibition. We want to learn with you. Please bring your questions and stories of your experience of sustaining commitment to CES principles and related practices.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Dave Lehman

Educational Consultant, NSRF
Dave Lehman is the former principal and teacher at the Lehman Alternative Community School, a public middle and high school, part of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. The school was re-named after him and his wife Judy – the school Secretary – by the ICSD School Board upon his retirement after 30 years. Dave is also an educational consultant and school change coach, working with teachers and principals... Read More →
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Diane Carruthers

Principal, Lehman Alternative Community School


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Providence Ballroom II

11:00am

Moving from Idea to School Networking Conversation
We have all known people who have had new, creative ideas for programs and schools.  But how does that idea turn into a successful school?  You cannot go lightly into this work.  There will be challenges and surprises at almost every step of the way.  And yet, it will be some of the most rewarding work of your life.  Whether you are a founder, teacher, or district administrator, support is needed throughout the process and that support changes depending on the phase of the school's life cycle. Join this networking conversation to talk about cultivating the seed of an innovative idea into a sustainable school.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship Education
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Seth Racine

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Center for Artistry and Scholarship


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Blackstone Room

11:00am

Structures that Deepen Social-Emotional Learning Networking Conversation
Quest Early College High School is a small school in Humble, Texas designed to help students earn an Associate degree as well as their high school diploma in their four years of high school. We’re committed to educating the whole child by supporting their social-emotional learning through intentional support systems. Two of our hallmark pillars of support are an exemplary weekly Service Learning component and Family, a daily student advisory support system.  We would love to share the topic of social-emotional support through Service Learning and Family with others who strive to educate the whole child in small school settings, and to learn with you about what’s working in our schools.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Ginger Noyes

Principal, Quest Early College High School
Humble ISD
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Kimberly Mouser

Curriculum/Academic Lead Teacher, Quest Early College High School
I am the Curriculum Facilitator/Academic Lead Teacher at Quest Early College High School in Humble, TX. We are an award-winning school that focuses on social-emotional learning to prepare our students for the demands of the early college setting. We are a small school of about 400 students in a suburban area school district, Humble ISD, near Houston, Texas.


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Bristol Room

11:00am

Students Using their Minds Well in Intentionally Diverse Schools Networking Conversation

I am interested in convening participants around the idea of connecting the first CES Common Principle (helping young people use their minds well) with the tenth (diversity and equity).  Specifically, I'd like to bring together people who can talk about and share ideas related to creating and sustaining intentionally diverse schools and practices and resources that build on the diversity of the school to help students learn to use their minds well.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Please note that this networking conversation will convene only on Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.


Facilitators
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Matt Underwood

Executive Director, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Waterplace I

11:00am

The Role of the Common Principles in Teacher Education Networking Conversations
Teacher educators constantly face the tension between preparing pre-service teachers to work in schools as they currently are and preparing pre-service teachers for schools as they could be. Let’s begin a deliberate conversation about how teacher certification programs can advance the work of Coalition schools and get new teachers ready to both work in schools already focused on equity and teacher-driven instruction and (maybe more importantly) be effective advocates and change agents for such instruction in schools that have not adopted practices consistent with Coalition philosophy. A small number of public school-university partnerships have been effective in preparing beginning teachers to work in equity-minded classrooms and schools, the guidelines for the sort of university-school partnerships that could prepare beginning teachers to be advocates for Coalition principles needs updating.  This conversation as an opportunity to do that work with consideration of questions such as: How could teacher certification programs be structured in order to most effectively advance the principals of student-centered and teacher-driven schools? What are some fundamental experiences beginning teachers need in order to foster such principals in their emergent practices? What are some essential readings or ideas that certification students should be familiar with in order to function effectively in a classroom and school based on the CES Common Principles? Such a conversation between experienced Coalition teachers and teacher educators could be a new way to approach this ongoing challenge.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Timothy Mahoney

Professor, Millersville University
I still consider myself a high school science teacher, even though the last year I taught high school was 2007. My work as a teacher educator focuses on equity and I try to integrate coalition common principles into all my instruction. I am currently working on integrating recently arrived refugee families into school systems in Lancaster county, and I am starting a project that will train professional adult refugees to enter teacher... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Waterplace II

11:00am

Trauma-Informed Schools Networking Conversation
This conversations invites those who are interested in furthering trauma-informed theory and practice in our schools. This is an equity issue that cuts across race, class, language, gender, and more and impacts so many of the students we serve. There is growing energy in schools to become more trauma-informed and many strategies look very similar to those already in use by CES schools. This conversation will benefit classroom teachers, administrators, consulting agencies/individuals, and anyone else who works with students to build awareness and follow through on the impact of trauma.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Alex Shevrin

House Leader, Centerpoint School


Saturday December 3, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Rotunda Room

12:00pm

Lunch
Saturday December 3, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Narragansett Ballroom

12:45pm

Book Signings
Meet CES authors at the Progressive Education Bookstore outside the Narragansett Ballroom for book sales and signings. 

Saturday December 3, 2016 12:45pm - 1:30pm
Narragansett Prefunction

1:45pm

Building Resilience and Holding Hope: Concrete Strategies to Build More Trauma-Informed Classrooms
This workshop will focus on concrete strategies that move us toward fully supporting our students impacted by ongoing and past trauma. As educators invested in the Common Principles, we already have a head start on developing the types of settings that support students impacted by trauma; this workshop will look at the path forward from there. We'll briefly review some definitions and impacts of trauma, and then dive into exploring strategies and adapting them to our own settings. We will focus equally on the external shifts we may make in our classrooms as on the internal shifts to our own mindset and stance toward these learners, including an emphasis on self-awareness and self-care.

Speakers
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Alex Shevrin

House Leader, Centerpoint School


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Providence Ballroom III

1:45pm

Creating The Engaged Classroom in Secondary Schools

Creating and sustaining high-performing, high-achieving secondary classrooms that are engaging and personalized has a transformative impact on students and the class culture and climate. In this session, participants will learn about of a range of research-based instructional strategies, core classroom practices, protocols, and procedures for reaching and engaging adolescent learners in secondary classrooms.  Through readings, simulations, group learning protocols and dialogue, participants will have an opportunity to explore the following question: What are some of the critical conditions that foster student engagement and increased levels of trust, attention, participation, motivation, effort, and investment in learning? Participants will also explore how to support implementation and sustainability for these practices to ensure fidelity and long-term success in schools.

Denise 

Speakers
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Denise Wolk

Director of Publications/Marketing, Engaging Schools


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Blackstone Room

1:45pm

Does Your Project Design and Project Based Teaching Practice Reflect Gold Standard PBL?
Lots of people these days are on the project-based learning (PBL) bandwagon, but how well are projects being designed and implemented? Are they getting the results people hope for? Are projects only "dessert" but not the "main course?" Building on 15 years of work with teachers and school leaders and a major research review, the Buck Institute for Education has formulated a "gold standard" for effective PBL. Hear about exemplary projects in various grade levels and subject areas, and learn how to make sure projects engage students and are rigorous, align with standards, and build college and career readiness skills. We will also explore our gold standard model for project based teaching practices and its implications for professional development.

Speakers
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John Larmer

Editor in Chief, Buck Institute for Education
Project Based Learning


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Waterplace I

1:45pm

Non-Cognitive Skills: Wouldn’t it be Wonderful?
Wouldn't it be wonderful if all our students developed the non-cognitive skills that research has identified as better determinants of success than intelligence? In this session, educators will increase their know of how to teach non-cognitive skills and create scoring norms around student work that assesses these important skills.

Speakers
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Michael Brownstein

Senior Associate, Center for Collaborative Education
Michael provides professional development and tools for building assessment literacy that enable teachers, administrators, and policy makers to create and implement performance assessment systems. He has worked as a teacher, instructional/leadership coach, and administrator with more than 20 years of experience working collaboratively with diverse education stakeholders in identifying, creating, implementing, and holding themselves accountable... Read More →



Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Providence Ballroom II

1:45pm

Making a Positive Future for Assessment
With the rise of the testing resistance and reform movement and passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, the opportunity exists to thoroughly overhaul assessment to become mostly beneficial to students and educators. FairTest has offered its own set of proposals (see www.fairtest.org), which are consistent with  CES's principle of "demonstration of mastery." This workshop will examine the current reform movement; discuss ESSA limits and possibilities; share what people are doing in their own schools and how that can inform future possibilities; share what people want to do; and propose the future of assessment. We welcome educators, parents, students and others to join us in a discussion-centered workshop. Participants will gain deeper knowledge of the assessment reform landscape and ideas for action in and beyond their schools.

Speakers
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Monty Neill

Executive Director, FairTest
See FairTest report I have authored: "Assessment Matters: Constructing Model State Systems to Replace Testing Overkill" at http://fairtest.org/assessment-matters-constructing-model-state-system (and short fact sheet on that page). It will be part of my presentation at the Fall Forum. FairTest also recently released a report, "Assessment Reform Victories 2016," available at http://www.fairtest.org/report-tallies-2016-testing-reform-victories... Read More →



Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
South County

1:45pm

The Ripple Effect: Making Positive Waves in Your Community
At Federal Hocking Secondary School, one of our ongoing goals is to make a greater positive impact on the community. Our recent work includes reaching out to area partners including Ohio University, local service organizations, government offices, and businesses to develop opportunities for our students to interact positively with the community, including a whole-school day of service, our internship program, participation in local arts organizations, and a newly developed community health clinic housed in our building. In this workshop intended for like-minded educators and students, we will share our experience, ask participants to share their successes in similar areas, and lead others through a brainstorming session to develop one specific idea for their own school's community involvement.

Speakers
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Ann Cell

Teacher, Federal Hocking Local School District

Facilitators
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Amy Buchman

Counselor, Federal Hocking High School
CB

Cliff Bonner

Principal, Federal Hocking High School
RR

Renee Ripple

Teacher, Federal Hocking High School
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Zach Ballew

Teacher, Federal Hocking High School


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Providence Ballroom I

1:45pm

Learning to Teach for Learning: The Imperative for Constructivism
In an era of curriculum coverage and teaching to the test, classroom models of constructivist learning theory are becoming increasingly rare. Rather than learning to use their minds well, children are being prepared to "do" school. How, then, do we support and convince our newest teachers to develop a practice based on how people learn -- a practice they may have never encountered as students? In this workshop, participants will use structured conversations to collaboratively examine their notions of constructivist learning theory, surface assumptions, and risks associated with learning to teach for meaning-making.  

Speakers
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Beth Graham

Professional Development Specialist, School Reform Initiative

Facilitators
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Ruth Whalen Crockett

Director of the New Teachers Collaborative, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School



Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Rotunda Room

1:45pm

10x10: Connecting the 10 Common Principles to the 10 Principles of Proficiency-Based Learning
If you are affiliated with a CES school or have been influenced by the Coalition's work, you have already laid the foundation for proficiency (aka competency or mastery) based learning, even if you are not using that language to describe your work. In this workshop we will create a crosswalk of the 10 Common Principles and the 10 Principles of Proficiency-Based Learning used by the Great Schools Partnership and the League of Innovative Schools. Participants will personalize the crosswalk by connecting these principles with their work in schools and communities. We will share some of our own resources and the group will create a Google doc (bit.ly/SharedResources10X10) of shared resources for continuing the conversation and community of mutual support.

Speakers
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Andrea Summers

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

Facilitators
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Courtney Jacobs

Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership



Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Bristol Room

1:45pm

Accountability and Authenticity: Roundtables and the Senior Internship Program at Community Charter School of Cambridge.
This workshop will provide participants access to the Community Charter School of Cambridge's (CCSC) program components focused on building student accountability within an authentic context. All students in 6th-11th grades present an annual roundtable, comprising key pieces of work within core disciplines, to a panel including the student's advisor, family members, and community representatives. The roundtable is evaluated, and the student must be successful to proceed to the next grade. All seniors participate in a 100-hour internship during their second semester and must also present their final project in order to graduate from CCSC. Participants will hear from former students who are now CCSC teachers and will leave with a template for both programs.

Speakers
PE

Paula Evans

Founder and Former Head of School, Community Charter School of Cambridge

Facilitators
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Caleb Hurst-Hiller

Head of School, Community Charter School of Cambridge
RJ

Rachel Jean Louis

6th Grade Math Teacher, Community Charter School of Cambridge
SR

Steven Rodenas

Community Charter School of Cambridge


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Washington Room

1:45pm

All Students Thrive! Using Advisories and Collaborative Planning Time to Set High Expectations with High Supports
At Paulo Freire Freedom Schools, our explicit goal is that all students will thrive, not only academically, but also socially, emotionally, and physically. In order to reach this high standard, we have developed a system that uses both advisories and collaborative planning time to ensure supports are in place that support our diverse learners. This workshop will showcase our advisory program and our version of RTI. We will share examples of support strategies that are commonly used, including providing differentiated assistance during sustained silent reading, and the use of a variety of assistive technology, in addition to some more creative interventions such as positive notes. Participants will have a chance to share their own support strategies and think through how our systems can be adapted.

Speakers
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JoAnn Groh

Principal, Paulo Freire Freedom School
I am the co-founder of the Paulo Freire Freedom Schools, two small CES schools focused on social justice and environmental sustainability. I am also on the National Faculty of the Buck Institute for Education working with schools interested in project based learning and I facilitate instructional rounds with Battelle For Kids.

Facilitators
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Chad Blair

Principal, Paulo Freire Freedom School
project-based learning, social justice, student-led conferences, student portfolios, teacher assessment, teacher-led conferences, personal learning plans, professional learning communities, food, the Cubs.


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Newport Room

1:45pm

Experiencing the Essential School Culture - Voices of Graduating Seniors
This workshop explores how students perceive and experience an intentional school culture based on the CES Common Principles. Preliminary research findings of a qualitative study will be presented, along with implications for practice. This workshop is for those interested in how students describe and experience a positive school culture based on CES Common Principles. Insights from student perceptions provide practical suggestions for developing and implementing an essential school culture.

Speakers
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Heather Rheaume

Social Worker/Clinical Supervisor, Blackstone Academy Charter School

Facilitators
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Carolyn Sheehan

Blackstone Academy


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Kent Room

1:45pm

Reflect, Collaborate, and Celebrate: Building on the Success of the Graduation Portfolio Roundtable
Compass School's portfolio roundtable process has long had a powerful impact. Students are led to profound self awareness, teachers have found a source of unparalleled gratification, and community members better understand the aims of personalized learning. But how can a school build on these successes and raise the bar for all students--even in the non-portfolio years? Teachers and administrators are invited to learn about our "portfolio week", a structure that can create an exciting pulse of reflecting, collaborating, and celebrating in school. You will learn more about the power of portfolio roundtables, try out prompts for end-of-year reflections, gain ideas for incorporating peer-peer collaboration in the portfolio process, and brainstorm how to adapt any of these ideas to your classroom or school.

Speakers
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Julia Taylor

Humanities Teacher, Compass School
I've been teaching writing, literature, US history, film, and other random tidbits for twenty years. You can talk to me about integrating visual arts with literature and history, using public exhibitions to engage students in differentiated projects such as film-making and living museums, and working with the zany, fascinating adolescent creature. The other hat I wear is college counseling, so you can ask me about that as well.

Facilitators
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Alexandra Zuser

Math Department Head, Compass School


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Waterplace III

1:45pm

When Work is Play: Investigating Student-Centered Project Time
In this high-stakes accountability climate, how is learning made visible when students actually get to choose, design, and reflect on their own questions, projects, and collaborations? How do students enact agency and creativity during their work and play during project time? How do teachers use descriptive review to reflect on the ways we nurture authentic choice while also holding expectations? Join us in collaborative inquiry into project time in a NYC public progressive elementary school. Using a descriptive review of work process, participants will view photos and videos of project time in action, listen to students' recorded reflections, and explore examples of student work and project journals. You will leave with inspiration, tools, and habits of work and mind for cultivating children's work-play, and for engaging in collaborative inquiry with your colleagues.

Speakers
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Corinthia Mirasol-Spath

4/5 Elementary Teacher, Neighborhood School
I am a 4th/5th grade teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom at The Neighborhood School in NYC. My interests lie in the role of play, particularly in Project Time, which I came to know during my eight years at Central Park East 1 Elementary. It was there with my colleagues and students, that we played with the potential of Project Time to create a space and time in the classroom to enable us— students and teachers, to realize and... Read More →

Facilitators
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Alisa Algava

Educator/Graduate Student, CUNY Graduate Center/Bank Street College of Education
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Laura Tiktin-Sharick

4th/5th Grade Teacher, The Neighborhood School
I am a 4th/5th grade teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom at The Neighborhood School in NYC. During my 11 years as a classroom teacher, I have considered the powerful role of student choice and agency in curriculum. I have also a vested interest in anti-racism work and culturally relevant pedagogy.


Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Providence Ballroom IV

1:45pm

CES Reflections: Impact, Influence, and What's Next
The burning questions for so many of us are: how do we view CES's impact and influence, and what's next for the ideas and the energy that have emerged from the Coalition's work? Come to listen, or share your experience, think about what you want to do individually and collaboratively, and discuss the ways that you envision coming together in the months and years to come. Ayla Gavins and Linda Nathan will lead this conversation.

Linda Nathan, EdD is a CES Executive Board member and is the first Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS). She oversees key programs, including the Creative Learning Schools Project and the Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership. Linda's prior work includes serving as Faculty Director of the Creative Educational Leadership Institute at the Boston University School of Education, Special Advisor to Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Arts in Education and Founding Headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s first public high school for the visual and performing arts. She was also the Co-Director of Fenway High School, one of the first pilot schools in the Boston Public Schools.  Dr. Nathan founded two nonprofit organizations: El Pueblo Nuevo that focused on arts and youth development; and the Center for Collaborative Education that works on issues of school reform.

 

Moderator
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Ayla Gavins

Principal, Mission Hill School
Ayla Gavins is the principal of the Mission Hill School, a K-8 public school in Boston’s Mission Hill district. She was one of the staff members selected for Mission Hill School and became its principal in 2006. Originally from a small town near the Pittsburgh area, Ayla began her education career in the Wayland (MA) Public Schools system, moving on to teach in Newton and then in Boston.
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Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship Education

Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:30pm
Narragansett Ballroom

3:30pm

Assessing Students' Work Habits Networking Conversation
Assessing students is arguably one of the most difficult and nuanced tasks that teachers do on a daily basis. The whole-student philosophy about looking at students’ abilities beyond the content are both necessary and wonderful in the theory but teachers often find themselves struggling to make sense of it when pen hits paper. How do you actually assess work habits? Join a group of teachers who are committed to finding the proper balance and strategies in assessing where students are as learners of learning and life skills. Share ideas about what is happening in your classroom, grade-level or at your school and learn about alternate ways that other practitioners are finding success assessing students’ work habits in their classrooms. Please feel free to bring your grading policy or assessment strands from your school/district if you think it will be helpful in framing the conversation. 

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Kristopher Lozeau

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy Charter School
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Sara Krakauer

Innovation Academy Charter School, Innovation Academy Charter School
Sara Krakauer teaches project-based Social Studies classes to 5th and 6th grade students at Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, MA. In her fourteen years at the school, she's had a number of leadership roles, and currently serves as advisory team leader, supporting colleagues with fostering social and emotional growth in students. Sara participated in IREX's Teachers for Global Classrooms program in 2011-2012, bringing her to... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Providence Ballroom I

3:30pm

Building Bridges between CES and Expeditionary Learning Conversation
Dorchester, Massachusetts’ Conservatory Lab Charter School is an Expeditionary Learning (EL) school. One of the foundational credos of Expeditionary Learning is “We are Crew, Not Passengers.” This metaphor refers to a group in a boat on a long voyage, where everyone is needed to pull at an oar and no one sits by watching.  In adhering to this motto, “Crew” can be used to reference both individual classrooms and the entire school community. We strive to instill a sense of responsibility, participation, and cooperation among individuals, the student body, the school community, and the greater community.  This motto represents our commitment to inclusion and action in the service of self and others. This conversation explores the connections, continuity, and contrasts between CES and EL, and provides a place to think through EL as a way to sustain CES principles and practices.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Carmen Torres

Director of Student and Family Services, Conservatory Lab Charter School


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Newport Room

3:30pm

Building Progressive Leaders Networking Conversation

Often progressive schools, policies, and approaches are vulnerable to shifts in leadership, from within schools as well as external to them. In this convening conversation, we would like to explore how schools, networks like CES, and districts intentionally build progressive leaders. Questions we would like to engage with during this discussion include:

1. How does your organization or network intentionally build progressive leadership for the future?

2. What are the curriculum and structures and the types of knowledge, skills, and experience that progressive leader candidates must have in order to be ready to lead, and how does one develop them?

3. How does/could this network and/or your district contribute to building a pipeline of progressive leadership candidates? 

4. How should teacher leaders be leveraged in building such pipeline? 

5. How can we help each other at a national scale put this work on the map and share strong practices and candidates?

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  


Facilitators
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Doug Knecht

Executive Director, Bank Street Education Center


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Providence Ballroom III

3:30pm

CES Principles and Computer Science for All Networking Conversation
Last year, the United States graduated 42,969 computer sciences graduates into the workforce while there were a whopping 523,222 open computer science jobs nationwide. Obviously there is an urgent need for schools to teach computer science courses starting in kindergarten and through graduation. According to Code.org, “Computer science drives innovation throughout the US economy, but it remains marginalized throughout K-12 education. Only 32 states allow students to count computer science courses toward high school graduation.” At this rate, students in states that do not have computer science courses or do not count the computer science toward graduation will likely be unprepared to major in computer science in college. Further, the diversity in computer science is poor, with notable underrepresentation of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and students from economically challenged homes. If we wait for others to do what is obviously needed, our students may never get the chance to be part of this emerging and exciting field. How can K-12 schools implement computer science into their curriculum? How can schools use the CES Common Principles to encourage and support the computer science in our schools?  

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Benadette Manning

Math teacher, Fenway High School
Benadette Manning is a math teacher at Fenway High School in Boston. She says, “I feel very blessed to teach at an amazing school however never satisfied until every child has what they need to succeed. Teaching is  my third career and my most exciting one! ”


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Waterplace III

3:30pm

Commitment to the Common Principles: What the Future Holds Networking Conversation
DESPERATELY SEEKING long term relationships with like-minded, passionate schools determined to maintain the common principles as the core foundations of their communities.  Must be interested in ongoing conversations, school visitations, sharing best practices and developing transformational leadership with equity as a lens.

How do we keep the CES Common Principles at the heart of our work long-term, especially given the coming changes with CES National? From our perspectives as past and current leaders of Crater Renaissance Academy of Arts and Sciences in Central Point, Oregon, we will bring to the discussion our own experiences of how implementing the CES Common Principles with fidelity allowed us to weather the greatest challenges we have faced as a school. Networking and discussing this topic will allow all schools to add to their practices.  Conversation around this topic assures that with or without guidance from other Coalition schools, a site can make decisions based on research and practice which best ensure students will, for example, learn to use their minds well, and teachers and systems will, for example, show commitment to the entire school. We seek partners in this work.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Adrienne Hillman

Principal, Crater Renaissance Academy
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Bob King

Principal, retired, Crater Renaissance Academy


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Providence Ballroom IV

3:30pm

Creating a Strengths-Based School Culture
There is a lot of buzz about the notion of taking a "strengths-based" approach to developing school culture.   On the student level, this is easier said than done especially when many "behavior-management" systems serve to focus on and document "infractions", and many incentive systems focus on extrinsic rewards.  Similarly on the adult level, most teacher coaching and evaluation processes focus on gaps and deficiencies; rarely are teacher action steps focused on pre-existing strengths.  Hannah Kehn is the principal of East Harlem Scholars Academy II, in East Harlem, New York.  This networking conversation will explore the questions: How do we create conditions that support individual strengths to emerge?  How do we create and implement systems that lean on and further develop individual strengths during challenging times?   

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Hannah Kehn

Principal, East Harlem Scholars Academy II


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Executive Boardroom

3:30pm

Cultivating the Essentials of Healthy School Climate and Culture Networking Conversation
Boston Arts Academy (BAA) is Boston’s public high school for the visual and performing arts. BAA provides a diverse student body, a majority who come from low-income families, access to a college-preparatory arts and academic education not otherwise available to them. Our mission is to prepare a community of aspiring artist-scholars-citizens to be successful in their college or professional careers and to be engaged members of their communities. Our innovative arts and academic curriculum yields impressive results. Using BAA and other Boston public schools as examples, we will discuss a deeper understanding of what is essential for a healthy school climate and culture, the three tiers of Circle Practice, mediations, and specific work in Restorative Justice. Our goal is define much-needed implemented norms and practices that will assist in addressing essentials in a school community.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators

Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Kent Room

3:30pm

Find Your People Networking Session

More than anything, Fall Forum is the place to find the people with whom you think, plan, dream, and act on behalf of principle-driven, student-centered education for all young people everywhere. 

In response to your requests, we have redesigned the last hour of Fall Forum, before our closing session, to provide a final opportunity to connect with the people and ideas that you want to power and inform your work moving forward.

Here’s how it works:

YOUR BIG TOPICS If you have a topic around which you want to gather conversation, friends, connections, and an ongoing network, share it with us. We’ll have topic cards at the registration desk outside the Narragansett Ballroom. Topics can be questions or ideas about classroom practice, politics, action and resistance, policy, school design, curriculum, community-based work, professional growth, leadership…you get the idea. Please share the topics around which you most want to gather a tribe. Briefly describe your topic or question on a card, and make sure we receive it by noon on Saturday, December 3.

The CES staff will sort through your ideas and group similar topics. We’ll create signs with your topics and questions that will be on display on tables in the Narragansett Ballroom at 3:30 pm. 

THE GATHERING Come in, find your topic, and connect with your people. The rest is up to you and your group. You make the magic. Do you want to: make a Facebook or other online group? Exchange contact information? Plan a conference? Strategize political action? Start a new school? This is your time to start to make it happen.

We suggest quick introductions at your tables, along with your hopes and dreams related to the idea that attracted you. Keep the conversation action-focused. Suggest resources to each other. Take notes! And make sure you share contact information so you can move forward with your people to do great work.

A LITTLE SUGAR We’ll have ice cream for all to help power you along. We can’t wait to share your ideas. Come and connect, and then stay for our closing session with Dennis Littky, Nancy Sizer, and the Extraordinary Rendition Band---and then we’ll all celebrate at the hotel’s Centro Restaurant.


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Narragansett Ballroom

3:30pm

How to Make a CES School Sustainable and Adaptable Networking Conversation
How do you commit to the Common Principles for three decades and beyond? We will share the Lehman Alternative Community School’s successes and challenges, including three building changes, several superintendents, numerous favorable and unfavorable school board members, transitioning to new principals, and dealing with the departure of founding staff members. We will also share the roles of parent/caregivers in a democratically run school, the transition to a high school doing graduation based on a credit system to a CES high school doing graduation by exhibition, the progress and set-backs in developing a digital portfolio system, and the current processes involved in developing middle school promotion by exhibition. We want to learn with you. Please bring your questions and stories of your experience of sustaining commitment to CES principles and related practices.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Dave Lehman

Educational Consultant, NSRF
Dave Lehman is the former principal and teacher at the Lehman Alternative Community School, a public middle and high school, part of the Ithaca City School District (ICSD) in Ithaca, New York. The school was re-named after him and his wife Judy – the school Secretary – by the ICSD School Board upon his retirement after 30 years. Dave is also an educational consultant and school change coach, working with teachers and principals... Read More →
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Diane Carruthers

Principal, Lehman Alternative Community School


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Providence Ballroom II

3:30pm

Moving from Idea to School Networking Conversation
We have all known people who have had new, creative ideas for programs and schools.  But how does that idea turn into a successful school?  You cannot go lightly into this work.  There will be challenges and surprises at almost every step of the way.  And yet, it will be some of the most rewarding work of your life.  Whether you are a founder, teacher, or district administrator, support is needed throughout the process and that support changes depending on the phase of the school's life cycle. Join this networking conversation to talk about cultivating the seed of an innovative idea into a sustainable school.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship Education
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Seth Racine

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Center for Artistry and Scholarship


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Blackstone Room

3:30pm

Structures that Deepen Social-Emotional Learning Networking Conversation
Quest Early College High School is a small school in Humble, Texas designed to help students earn an Associate degree as well as their high school diploma in their four years of high school. We’re committed to educating the whole child by supporting their social-emotional learning through intentional support systems. Two of our hallmark pillars of support are an exemplary weekly Service Learning component and Family, a daily student advisory support system.  We would love to share the topic of social-emotional support through Service Learning and Family with others who strive to educate the whole child in small school settings, and to learn with you about what’s working in our schools.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Ginger Noyes

Principal, Quest Early College High School
Humble ISD
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Kimberly Mouser

Curriculum/Academic Lead Teacher, Quest Early College High School
I am the Curriculum Facilitator/Academic Lead Teacher at Quest Early College High School in Humble, TX. We are an award-winning school that focuses on social-emotional learning to prepare our students for the demands of the early college setting. We are a small school of about 400 students in a suburban area school district, Humble ISD, near Houston, Texas.


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Bristol Room

3:30pm

Students Using their Minds Well in Intentionally Diverse Schools Networking Conversation

I am interested in convening participants around the idea of connecting the first CES Common Principle (helping young people use their minds well) with the tenth (diversity and equity).  Specifically, I'd like to bring together people who can talk about and share ideas related to creating and sustaining intentionally diverse schools and practices and resources that build on the diversity of the school to help students learn to use their minds well.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Please note that this networking conversation will convene only on Saturday, December 3 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm.

 


Facilitators
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Matt Underwood

Executive Director, Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Waterplace I

3:30pm

The Role of the Common Principles in Teacher Education Networking Conversations
Teacher educators constantly face the tension between preparing pre-service teachers to work in schools as they currently are and preparing pre-service teachers for schools as they could be. Let’s begin a deliberate conversation about how teacher certification programs can advance the work of Coalition schools and get new teachers ready to both work in schools already focused on equity and teacher-driven instruction and (maybe more importantly) be effective advocates and change agents for such instruction in schools that have not adopted practices consistent with Coalition philosophy. A small number of public school-university partnerships have been effective in preparing beginning teachers to work in equity-minded classrooms and schools, the guidelines for the sort of university-school partnerships that could prepare beginning teachers to be advocates for Coalition principles needs updating.  This conversation as an opportunity to do that work with consideration of questions such as: How could teacher certification programs be structured in order to most effectively advance the principals of student-centered and teacher-driven schools? What are some fundamental experiences beginning teachers need in order to foster such principals in their emergent practices? What are some essential readings or ideas that certification students should be familiar with in order to function effectively in a classroom and school based on the CES Common Principles? Such a conversation between experienced Coalition teachers and teacher educators could be a new way to approach this ongoing challenge.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Timothy Mahoney

Professor, Millersville University
I still consider myself a high school science teacher, even though the last year I taught high school was 2007. My work as a teacher educator focuses on equity and I try to integrate coalition common principles into all my instruction. I am currently working on integrating recently arrived refugee families into school systems in Lancaster county, and I am starting a project that will train professional adult refugees to enter teacher... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Waterplace II

3:30pm

Trauma-Informed Schools Networking Conversation
This conversations invites those who are interested in furthering trauma-informed theory and practice in our schools. This is an equity issue that cuts across race, class, language, gender, and more and impacts so many of the students we serve. There is growing energy in schools to become more trauma-informed and many strategies look very similar to those already in use by CES schools. This conversation will benefit classroom teachers, administrators, consulting agencies/individuals, and anyone else who works with students to build awareness and follow through on the impact of trauma.

Please see the Networking Conversations document deslgned to guide this conversation: http://bit.ly/NetworkingConversations2016.  

Facilitators
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Alex Shevrin

House Leader, Centerpoint School


Saturday December 3, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Rotunda Room

4:45pm

And...We're Done
Join us at the Fall Forum closing session for parting words from educator, author, and CES Executive Board member Nancy Faust Sizer. Special appearances by Dennis Littky and the Extraordinary Rendition Band!

Nancy Faust Sizer taught high school history for 25 years. She then served as a co-teacher and coach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Nancy co-authored The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract with Ted Sizer, and she wrote Crossing the Stage: Redesigning Senior Year. Also with Ted, Nancy was also the acting co-principal at the Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA. She is currently teaching a course on school reform at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. 

Speakers
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Dennis Littky

The Met/Big Picture Learning
Dennis Littky is the co-founder and co-director of The Met School, co-founder of Big Picture Learning and founder and President of College Unbound. He is nationally known and celebrated for his extensive work in secondary education in urban, suburban, and rural settings, spanning over 40 years. As a principal at Thayer Junior/Senior High School in Winchester, N.H., Dennis led one of the first CES schools. In 2004, he wrote (along with Samantha... Read More →
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Nancy Faust Sizer

Member, CES Board
Nancy Faust Sizer taught high school history for 25 years. She then served as a co-teacher and coach at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Nancy co-authored of The Students Are Watching: Schools and the Moral Contract with Ted Sizer, and she wrote Crossing the Stage: Redesigning Senior Year. Also with Ted, Nancy was also the acting co-principal at the Parker Charter Essential School in Devens, MA. She is currently teaching a course on... Read More →


Saturday December 3, 2016 4:45pm - 5:15pm
Narragansett Ballroom

5:30pm

Celebration!
Join us immediately after the Fall Forum closing session to celebrate friends, fantastic work, and the future of the principle-driven, student-centered education. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres at the Omni Providence Hotel's Centro restaurant. Cash bar. 

Saturday December 3, 2016 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Centro Restaurant