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NEASC Annual Conference and Showcase
Dates: December 5-6, 2019
Location: Marriott Hotel, One Burlington Mall Road, Burlington, MA 01803 USA
Thursday, December 5 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Networking Luncheon

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This buffet-style networking luncheon is included with general conference registration.

  1. Use of Time
  2. Collaboration and Professional Development
  3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  4. Curriculum
  5. A Vision of the Graduate and Competency-Based Learning
  6. Student Engagement
  7. School Culture
  8. Student Achievement
  9. Meeting the Learning Needs of Students
  10. Social-Emotional Learning


1. Use of Time
  • Creating a schedule that works for all
  • Developing a more flexible all school timetable/schedule
  • Finding time to do design thinking
  • How do we adapt, experiment, and design as quickly as the world is changing
  • How people handle outside commitments
  • Involvement of staff after school hours on committees, coaching, and chaperoning
  • Managing long term projects
  • Master/district scheduling
  • Including sufficient collaboration time for educators
  • Not enough time in the day, overworked faculty
  • Siloing, scheduling, jumping to solutions
  • Providing sufficient time students to complete design challenges
  • What to do when there is little or no time for collaboration

2. Collaboration and Professional Development
  • Collaboration and brainstorming with colleagues about new ways to inspire student participation
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Data trust and transparency
  • Professional development for teachers to be able to implement design thinking in their classrooms
  • Growing without increasing staff
  • How do we get all teachers on board with using design thinking in their classes?
  • Breaking out of "initiative fatigue" and battling teachers' veteran practices of "it's always worked - why change it?"
  • If design thinking is a catalyst for innovation and development, how does the administration feel?
  • Invigorating our teacher feedback/evaluation practices based on current research
  • Quality performance assessment
  • Strategic planning
  • Strategic planning design
  • Teacher retention

3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Drafting a new strategic plan, particularly in the diversity, equity, and inclusion realm
  • How to design better conversations/venues/collaborations with others regarding race issues
  • The need for anti-bias anti-racism training
  • Being open and inclusive in an international setting

4. Curriculum
  • Creating a new academic program
  • Curriculum design using design thinking
  • How to get everyone on board with new innovations; how does the design cycle work in subjects that don't necessarily lean towards it naturally
  • How to integrate design thinking with the curriculum standards
  • Identifying new ways to incorporate design thinking into courses
  • Integrating more design thinking into the curriculum
  • Revising school/district curriculum to align with the NEASC Standards
  • Strategies to cover extensive content for social studies classes in a short yet efficient way: designing curriculum that teaches both quantity and quality
  • Creating vertical alignment with sending schools

5. A Vision of the Graduate and Competency-Based Learning
  • Assessment as an impediment to a school's ability to fully commit to developing transferable skills among students
  • Inquiry-based instruction and collaboration
  • Designing a school/district to ensure innovation, student voice, and student choice
  • Developing a capstone
  • Getting faculty to understand proportional impact of their specific programs relative to the overall mission and academic vision of the school
  • Helping faculty and students develop critical thinking skills
  • How to cater for those students who have mastered curriculum and need opportunities to pursue their interests
  • How to convince students to pursue opportunities that aren’t graded
  • Implementing the Vision of a Graduate
  • Designing programs and approaches that support a unique and meaningful process that embodies our aspirational thinking about what school could be
  • Independent critical thinking
  • Learning for the future
  • Re-imagining instruction to focus on deeper learning and problem-based methods
  • Re-imagining the traditional aspects of school to focus on learning that promotes student agency, deep inquiry, and real work that matters
  • Rolling out standards based teaching and learning
  • Using design thinking to allow their students to undergo open-ended projects
  • Using more project-based learning in math
  • Transforming education for the fourth industrial revolution - how should schools be designed for maximum benefit to students?
  • Building a makerspace program
  • Making learning more authentic
  • What are the parameters of space to design?

6. Student Engagement
  • Engagement among students, especially students with various learning needs;
  • An actionable project in which students go into the community with an idea they developed in the classroom
  • Engaging students in their learning
  • Implementing student centered learning,
  • Collaborating on common themes
  • Increasing opportunities for student-centered learning in the classroom
  • Learning experiences that are truly student-centered
  • Student engagement that goes beyond the immediate reward of getting a grade

7. School Culture
  • Use, and misuse, of social media
  • Being open and inclusive in an international setting
  • Student faculty engagement and spirit
  • Student motivation
  • Attendance
  • Bullying
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Adherence to school policy

8. Student Achievement
  • How to incorporate more reading instruction into the day for struggling readers
  • Closing achievement gaps with an emphasis on special education student
  • Meeting the needs of struggling students, especially students with disabilities
  • Raising math scores
  • Students arriving performing several years below grade level

9. Meeting the Learning Needs of Students
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Addressing the needs of so many different style/level learners in a classroom
  • Better supporting our need needs students
  • Developing resilency or grit with students
  • Lack of motivation to learn
  • Student perseverance
  • Training teachers on compassionate practices at the high school level
  • What happens when your students needs vary so much - how is design thinking effective for a group? Or can it just be for individuals?

10. Social-emotional Learning
  • Dealing with social-emotional needs that are inhibiting students from learning
  • Managing student stress
  • Assessing students’ social-emotional needs
  • Mental health, school avoidance, and making up work
  • Mental health needs of students and organization of supports

Thursday December 5, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon E/F (Ballroom)

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