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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
www.neasc.org/conference 
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Thursday, December 5 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
How Might We Hack Traditional Assessments with Design Thinking?

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How might we fall in love with a problem, grow empathy with those who experience it in their day-to-day lives, and practice applying the design cycle to develop an actionable solution? How might we personalize learning and assessment for each student in our class, build their capacity for community engagement, and empower their positive action? In our Civics class we sought to do all of this when we scrapped the traditional public policy paper and launched the public policy project. More than a shift in language, the project was a human-centered design exercise that challenged students to engage with national problems and develop research-based solutions. With our students’ work as an example, you will practice the steps of the design cycle and take away easy-to-replicate exercises and web-based resources for nurturing your students’ empathy, collaboration, creativity, and inquiry.

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avatar for Jacquelyn Whiting

Jacquelyn Whiting

Instruction & Technology Coach, Cooperative Education Services
Jacquelyn is a Google Certified Innovator because she tries to fail forward and sometimes the fifth time is the charm. She is dual certified in social studies and library media because the world is interdisciplinary by default. Now, in her 27th year as an educator she has accumulated... Read More →
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Meredith Ramsey

Teacher, Social Studies, Wilton High School
I am in my third year of teaching social studies ar Wilton High School and I also advise the Model Congress and Build On clubs at my school. When receiving my Masters in Social Studies Education from UConn's Neag School of Education in 2016-17, I had the opportunity to study abroad... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EST
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