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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
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Friday, December 6 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Design Thinking as a Tool to Create Learner-Centered Schools

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TechBoston Academy, a large high-needs open-enrollment school in Boston, is three years into using design thinking to transform from traditional practices to a learner-centered approach. Implementing an advisory program, partnering with granters for school visits and personalization pilots, reimaging PD, and collaborating with experts like MIT Edgerton Center have been key levers for change. In this session, participants will follow TechBoston Academy through their journey filled with bumps, shifts, and successes. Participants will have the opportunity to focus, through analyzing leadership moves and evaluating resources used, on pivotal points where design thinking has allowed TechBoston Academy to make significant gains.

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Nora Vernazza

Headmaster, TechBoston Academy
Nora Vernazza is Co-Headmaster of TechBoston Academy. Until her appointment as Co-Headmaster in January 2013, Ms. Vernazza served as TechBoston Academy’s Chief Academic Officer for 4 years. In that role, she oversaw all curriculum implementation and professional development for... Read More →
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Jennifer Nicol

Director of Innovation, TechBoston Academy

Friday December 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm EST
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