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Friday, December 2


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!


Shannon Beyer

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


Michael Dolce

Teacher, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School

Myriam Tapp

New Media Arts Collaborative Charter School

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


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

On 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 an engagement and empowerment gap.  Though legend says there is a hidden power 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 it is, 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?

Tablet or Laptop (preferably).  If you don't have a laptop I will bring 2 additional laptops to the workshop




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


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


  • 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


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


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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. Ive 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 5 years as a... Read More →

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


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.

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Organic World Language

Teacher / Facilitator, Organic World Language
Organic World Language offers interactive and informative workshops for all educators interested in student-centered, proficiency-based instruction. We are a vibrant, active community of educators dedicated to working to establish classroom environments where learners are empowered... Read More →

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


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.

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Tom Gromak

Academic Technology Coordinator, Watkinson School


Christina Bernbach

Director of the Academy, Watkinson School

Jennifer O'Brien

Science, Chair, Watkinson School

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


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.



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Barb Brunelle

teacher, Souhegan High School


Andrew Emerson

Learning Specialist, Souhegan High School

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


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


Valerie Solon

Teacher, Boston Arts Academy


Amanda Hanna

Science Teacher, Boston Arts Academy

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


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.

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Eileen Landay

Founder and director, The ArtsLiteracy Project/Brown University
Arts integration, and teacher education

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


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.

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Laura Cruz

Teacher, Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School


Nancy Mann

Deputy Superintendent, NYC Dept of Ed

Suzanne Marten

Literacy and learning specialist, PerDev Perceptual Development Center

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


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.


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


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.


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Denise Wolk

Sr. Program Associate, Engaging Schools
Director of Publications & Marketing/Senior Program Associate, Engaging Schools

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


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.

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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


Non-Cognitive Skills: Wouldnt 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.

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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... Read More →

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