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Monday, January 27

9:30am EST

City as Our Campus: A Classroom Perspective
Winchester Thurston School’s City as Our Campus program, established in 2003 and embedded in our core academic curriculum, empowers our students, PK-12, to take an active role in understanding and addressing the various issues that impact their community. This session will explore two similar community-based learning experiences, a first grade unit and a high school course, that both focus on engaging students in urban design and community development. The first grade project engages students in community exploration activities and project-based learning experiences that ask students to consider how their community is designed and built while having conversations about equity and accessibility. Urban Research and Design is an advanced level course that challenges students to investigate and address community issues through community engagement and urban design. Attendees will hear from two classroom teachers to learn about the impact of City as Our Campus on student learning and teacher practice. Research findings will be shared from a project with the University of Pittsburgh that studies the City as Our Campus program learning and its perceived impact on student learning. A toolkit of resources developed through this research project will be provided.


Michael Naragon

History and Social Studies Department Chair, Winchester Thurston School

Desiree Jennings

Lower School Faculty, Winchester Thurston School

Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST

9:30am EST

Equipping students to become social advocates
This workshop is designed for educators who want to empower their students to embrace a culture of equity, belonging, and social advocacy in their schools and society. Participants will engage in an immersive activity exploring identity, purpose, and the actions needed to create a more just world. Participants will also gain free access to an extensive suite of high-quality classroom resources and planning tools on topics such as unconscious bias, unpacking racism, empathy, microaggressions, cultural lens, stereotypes, active listening, and more.


Lindsay Danielson

Dean of Students, Ransom Everglades
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Josh Densen

CEO, North America, High Resolves
I'm a former teacher, school founder and administrator. Now I lead High Resolves, an organization dedicated to creating a generation of young people resolved to make a positive difference to the world. Talk with me about Citizenship Education for Middle and High School students.

Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
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9:30am EST

Making Across the Curriculum Consortium: Supporting Teachers through Maker-Centered PD
In Washington, DC, a consortium of four schools is participating this year in “Making Across the Curriculum,” an initiative begun jointly by Washington International School and Project Zero, a research group at Harvard University. The 50 teachers involved--across grade levels and subject areas--apply maker-centered practices in their classroom and collaborate with one another in an effort to build agency in young people to act positively on their world. In this interactive session, participants will consider the complexities of making with adults, engage in a making activity to reflect on ourselves and our teams, and discuss a design approach to strategically composing a collaborative cohort.


Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
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9:30am EST

Preschool Citizenship: Young Children as Present-Day Citizens

What happens when we see young children as citizens in the here and now, not as future or hypothetical citizens? This interactive session will focus on various ways PreK teachers in a DC public school have cultivated civic agency in their students. Inspired by their participation in a project called Children Are Citizens--which brings together teachers and children from early childhood and elementary classrooms from across the city to explore ways to make the city a better place for everyone--they have developed projects based on their students' ideas about how to make the community a better place for everyone. Participants will hear about the origins of the project, explore lessons learned from developing partnerships with other schools and cultural institution partners, and engage with some of the activities teachers have experienced in professional development seminars.

Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
University 2

9:30am EST

Social Media Wellness in Girls
A recent survey at Roland Park Country School (RPCS) found that 52 percent of the fourth and fifth graders and 72 percent of high schoolers feel that social media, messaging and gaming makes their work longer to finish or harder to complete. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the survey questions and results and share details about a new program created by the faculty at RPCS and Lillie May Carroll Jackson School to help students make better choices around social media use to improve their overall wellness, confidence and endurance. We will demonstrate one of our peer health developed lessons and talk about how public private partnerships help develop intrinsic motivation.

Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
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10:35am EST

Purpose Clarification for Educators
Most teachers have a deep sense of purpose, but few are able to express it — much less bring it alive through story. In this session, we will understand the theory and science of purpose and why it’s a game changer for both students and teachers. We’ll try an activity called Calling Cards, which is the first in a three-step process to help teachers clarify their unique purpose. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation,” says Brené Brown, who challenges teachers to create safe spaces where students can remove their emotional armor and engage in deeper learning. But teachers can’t give away what they don’t own. In other words, teachers need to do the hard work of clarifying their own purpose before they can help students do the same. This workshop will give teachers both an overview and an experience of purpose in learning.

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Ross Wehner

Founder, Director, World Leadership School
Ross Wehner is a writer, teacher and social entrepreneur who founded World Leadership School. He believes the question guiding the future of learning is “How can K12 schools helps students explore, discover and articulate purpose?"Ross worked as a journalist in Latin America during the tumultuous 1990s, after which he decided to shift from reporting on problems to finding... Read More →

Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
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