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Monday, January 27

1:35pm EST

A Systems Thinking Approach to Partnership Development
Patient navigation and persistence are foundational to building any successful partnership. Using your existing (or envisioned) public-private partnership as source material, you’ll spend this workshop engaged in employing the tools of systems thinking to analyze and pilot your partnership’s development and growth, including identifying and understanding its inherent complexities.

Systems thinking acknowledges the interrelationship among the web of factors that affect the outcome of any endeavor and provides tools to navigate them successfully.

Your facilitator is Steve Barrett, the Director of the Wildwood Outreach Center and its public-private partnership, Systems Thinking Schools. Steve will guide you through an interactive systems thinking process to plan and/or assess your partnership’s path.


Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
William Penn 2

1:35pm EST

ChangeMaker Spaces: Building a culture of student-led social innovation
We believe in the power of young people to change the world. For many of us, that is why we became educators. This belief is central to many of our core missions and values. Yet acting on this philosophy is often easier said than done. Through this workshop we will model the entrepreneurial process - analyze, innovate, act, reflect - as we think creatively about how to carve out more spaces for social innovation on campus. We have found social entrepreneurship creates opportunities for students to engage with the social injustices and environmental challenges that anger them most.  But how can we most effectively build these conversations, and actions, into the culture of the school?  We will draw on LearnServe International's more than 15 years of meaningfully bringing students together across difference through social entrepreneurship.  We work with a network of more than 40 high schools and middle schools in the DC metro area, representing all school types.  If you share our belief in the power of young people to change the world -- and are eager to identify more opportunities to coach them through that process -- we hope you will join us.


Scott Rechler

Director and CEO, LearnServe International
A Washington DC native, Scott is Director and CEO of LearnServe International, a non-profit organization that prepares high school and middle school students as community leaders, with a focus on social entrepreneurship and global awareness. Scott graduated from Harvard College with... Read More →

Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
Ben Franklin 2

1:35pm EST

How Learning Partnerships are Essential to Learning at St. Mark's School
According to Professor Micheal Fullan, “learning partnerships” are essential for deep, impactful learning. This session will situate St. Mark’s School as a case study through which to explore the ways learning partnerships have helped us to (in Fullan’s words) “go outside to get better inside” (Deep Learning, 2018. p, 126). In particular, we will explore the centrality of partnerships to our Lion Term program and the work of our Center of Innovation in Teaching & Learning, both of which come out of our strategic plan, St. Mark’s 2020. We will consider the “why” of learning partnerships, along with the what, how, and “so what” of these signature programs so that participants can learn from and with us as we strive to create the best learning environments for faculty, students, and the broader school community.

Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
University 1

1:35pm EST

Long term change as a result of strong partnerships
This session will explore several models of the Horizons partnership with independent schools. The interactive presentation will have three parts: 1) an overview of the Horizons partnership approach 2) a panel discussion of how this model benefits school culture and host school students, and impacts the greater community, 3) an interactive small group guided discussion to look at the sustainability of these partnerships. Participants can use many of the lessons and best practices shared in their own initiatives or explore ways to bring Horizons to their school.


Meg Reed

Executive Director, Horizons at Lancaster Country Day School
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Kathy Jacoby

Executive Director, Horizons Greater Philadelphia

Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
William Penn 1

1:35pm EST

Museums Go Global: Teachers Partnering with Museum Educators
From February-December 2019, DC-area teachers from a mix of traditional public, public charter, and independent schools gathered monthly for seminars on teaching for global competence and museum-based learning. They had opportunities to work closely with local museum curators and educators to design lessons for their classrooms that employed Global Thinking Routines (GTRs) with museum collections. They also learned about sharing with a wider community through the Learning Lab, an initiative of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Their published lessons now live on this digital platform for use by teachers from all over the world. This session will provide the professional development approach of the project; introduce participants to the Learning Lab; and highlight collections created by a Museums Go Global teachers.


Tess Porter

Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Sher Anderson Petty

Mrs., Seneca Valley High School

Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
University 2

1:35pm EST

Teaching with an Activist Lens
Amy Argenal, Courtney Rein, and James King will share their intentions and experiences in teaching multidisciplinary courses that seek to amplify unheard voices and inspire students to enact change. Global Migrations and Voices of Incarceration are two high school elective classes that rest on three elements: deep engagement with a current political issue, experiential learning, and deep partnerships with community organizations. The co-presenters, who have roots in the policies, practices, and lived experience of their social issue, will engage participants in activities and discussions that help examine how we can teach strong disciplinary skills that aim to serve the community organizations on the front lines.


Amy Argenal

Service Learning teacher and professor, Urban School of San Francisco
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Courtney Rein

Teacher, Urban School of San Francisco
Multidisciplinary StudiesTeaching Activism Skills and AwarenessPrison Reform and AbolitionismHigher Ed in Prison

James King

Prison University Project Associate, Urban School of San Francisco & Prison University Project

Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST