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Friday, December 2
 

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
KL

Kristopher Lozeau

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy Charter School
avatar for Sara Krakauer

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... 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
DK

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
BM

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
avatar for Bob King

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
avatar for Dave Lehman

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... 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
avatar for Kimberly Mouser

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... Read More →



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
avatar for Timothy Mahoney

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... 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
avatar for Alex Shevrin

Alex Shevrin

House Leader, Centerpoint School


Friday December 2, 2016 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Rotunda Room
 
Saturday, December 3
 

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
KL

Kristopher Lozeau

Social Studies Teacher, Innovation Academy Charter School
avatar for Sara Krakauer

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... 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
CT

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
DK

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
BM

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
AH

Adrienne Hillman

Principal, Crater Renaissance Academy
avatar for Bob King

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
HK

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
avatar for Eileen Landay

Eileen Landay

Founder and director, The ArtsLiteracy Project/Brown University
Arts integration, and teacher education
avatar for Jed Lippard

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
avatar for Dave Lehman

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... Read More →
avatar for Diane Carruthers

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
LN

Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship Education
SR

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
GN

Ginger Noyes

Principal, Quest Early College High School
Humble ISD
avatar for Kimberly Mouser

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... Read More →


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
MU

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
avatar for Timothy Mahoney

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... 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
avatar for Alex Shevrin

Alex Shevrin

House Leader, Centerpoint School


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

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... 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... 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... Read More →


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... 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