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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
 

7:30am

Coffee Service
Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 4:00pm
Foyer

7:30am

IT Help Desk
Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 5:00pm
Foyer

7:30am

Welcome Desk (Check-in / Registration)
Thursday December 5, 2019 7:30am - 5:00pm
Foyer

9:00am

Keynote Address: Design to Innovate with Purpose
There is significant hype around innovation--especially disruptive innovation--in the education world. In this keynote, Michael Horn defines what exactly disruptive innovation is and why innovation for its own sake doesn't make sense. Instead, Horn will help audience members think through what is their purpose in innovating, and from there figure out how to use a design process to craft an innovation that makes sense for their context and harnesses disruption where appropriate.

Speakers
avatar for Michael B. Horn

Michael B. Horn

Co-founder/distinguished fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
To innovate in the digital age, businesses must adapt constantly to advancements in technology by drawing upon highly skilled, flexible workers. The problem in finding agile employees across all generations is that our education system is still designed for the industrial – versus... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Salon E/F (Ballroom)

10:15am

Morning Break
Thursday December 5, 2019 10:15am - 10:30am
Foyer

10:45am

Adaptable Design for Everyone
Smith has been using a variety of human centered design tools to help students navigate their many pathways through college and beyond, giving them greater agency and intentionality as they progress. In this session, we will provide an overview of the principles of human centered design, discuss several tools used in this process, and how we have successfully adapted them to different settings and populations of students. While our primary audience has been college aged students, we will address the ways these tools can be adapted and used for any age of learner.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Bacal

Jessica Bacal

Director of Reflective and Integrative Practices, Smith College
Jessica Bacal is the Director of Reflective and Integrative Practices at Smith College. Before coming to Smith in 2006, Jess worked in New York City as an editor, curriculum writer, and teacher in public and private schools. She has an MFA in Fiction Writing from Hunter College, and... Read More →
avatar for Stacie Hagenbaugh

Stacie Hagenbaugh

Director, Career Development Office/Lazarus Center, Smith College
Stacie Hagenbaugh is director of the Lazarus Center for Career Development at Smith College. Now in her 15th year at Smith, she leads a team of 13 people to deliver innovative and industry-driven programs that enable students to imagine and create career paths that fulfill their passions... Read More →
avatar for Emily Norton

Emily Norton

Co-director, Smith's Design Thinking Initiative, Smith College
Emily Norton holds a B.F.A. in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, and an MDES in conceptual design from the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Norton’s career has spanned international design residencies, design research in wetlands... Read More →
avatar for Patricia Woods

Patricia Woods

Assistant Director, Career Development Office/Lazarus Center, Smith College
Patricia Woods is a career advisor at Smith College. Most recently, she is prototyping as a design thinking facilitator and has successfully utilized Ela Ben-Ur's Innovators' Compass with college students.Patricia participated in the Designing Your Life for Women Retreat based on... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon C

10:45am

Beyond Us: A True Story with Implications for All of Us
Learn how struggle became a platform for inspiration and collaboration that resulted in connection, reflection, impact beyond the walls of a high school, and a call to action and the launch of a career via a passion-based learning project with a NY Times best-selling author turned publisher.

Speakers
avatar for Aaron L. Polansky

Aaron L. Polansky

Superintendent-Director, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School
As seen on CNN, FoxNews, ABC, NBC, and CBS. From the school that received over 50,000 views of their 2017 snow cancellation announcement (https://youtu.be/up-kjFaXRP4). You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll reflect. Currently the Superintendent-Director of Old Colony Regional Vocational... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon B

10:45am

When Grit Isn’t Enough
This session explores Linda Nathan's book, “When Grit Isn’t Enough”, which investigates five assumptions that dominate our thinking about education, revealing how these beliefs mask systemic inequity. Drawing upon her experiences as the founding headmaster of Boston Arts Academy, Boston’s only public high school for the performing arts, Linda Nathan reflects on the ideas she and others have perpetuated about education: that college is for all, that hard work and determination are enough to get you through, that America is a land of equality. In this session, Linda shares her research and facilitates conversation among participants to help them identify and develop ways to address roadblocks to their students' post-secondary success. Participants will gain greater understanding of these assumptions as they have been internalized and manifest in their schools and organizations.

Speakers
avatar for Linda Nathan

Linda Nathan

Executive Director, Center for Artistry and Scholarship
Linda Nathan is Executive Director of the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS), which develops and supports innovative and tenacious leaders in education to build more equitable, collaborative, and creative communities. Dr. Nathan is a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon I/J

10:45am

Leverage Design Thinking Methods to Improve School Services
From Amazon to textbook companies, to illegally sharing pdfs, to annotated books being passed along, to publishers suddenly halting the publication of a book, the landscape of getting course materials is increasingly complex, expensive, and the responsibility of the school to make the process easy. Learn how Gould used design thinking to tackle the question, “How might we improve or re-design the book ordering process so as to ensure students have the book resources they need?” In a hands-on workshop, participants will explore how to use the design thinking process to map out an area of potential re-design at their school or an area of accreditation to advance. They will leave the session having generated questions to reach across stakeholder perspectives, explored techniques to identify design drivers, practiced interviewing for empathy and understanding, and considered how to identify themes for prototyping.

Speakers
avatar for Sara Shifrin

Sara Shifrin

Teaching Faculty, Gould Academy
Sara Shifrin believes that schools help students recognize they can do what they set out to do in the world. From teaching humanities to promoting information literacy to weaving the mindsets and skillsets of design thinking and maker ed the into the academic culture and community... Read More →
avatar for Brad Clarke

Brad Clarke

Assistant Head of School for Teaching and Learning, Gould Academy
Assistant Head of School for Teaching and LearningB.A. University of Massachusetts, AmherstPh.D. Brandeis UniversityDr. Clarke has been teaching and coaching at Gould for over twenty years. Over the years he has taught many courses including AP Comparative Government, AP US History... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Enliven/Envision

10:45am

Making Design Thinking Work In Any Classroom
Have you wanted to try Design Thinking, but not sure how to incorporate into your classroom? Come to this session to see a first hand example and explore resources to help you customize your own inspiring project.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Marotta

Mary Marotta

Business and Technology Dept. Head, Nashoba Regional High School
Mary Marotta is an Instructional Technology teacher with over twenty years experience teaching at the high school and college level with a focus on technology integration.  She is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and MassCUE Pathfinder.  Mary uses technology with teachers... Read More →
avatar for Melissa Foley-Procko

Melissa Foley-Procko

English Teacher, Nashoba Regional High School
Melissa Foley-Procko is a high school English teacher at Nashoba Regional High School, in Bolton, MA. In her 20th year of teaching, Melissa continues to try and find new ways to engage students and incorporate creativity and collaboration into her classroom. Using Design Thinking... Read More →
avatar for Taryn Grigas

Taryn Grigas

Business / Technology Teacher, Nashoba Regional HS
Taryn Grigas is a high school business teacher with a passion to promote career paths for students’ futures. In addition to teaching business curriculum, Taryn instructs Computer Applications and Multimedia classes. She continues to focus on learning new ways to integrate technology... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Inspire

10:45am

The Power of Stepping Aside: How to Facilitate Student-Driven Learning
We will offer educators tools to rethink their role in the classroom. We will outline an actionable “unlearning” process that will guide educators through unlearning their own classroom biases in an effort to rethink the structure of the classroom and their roles within it. Educators will also discuss the benefits of student-driven learning and think about ways in which they can introduce this kind of mindset into their own classrooms. At the end of the session, participants will have the tools to rethink and envision entirely new schemas they may have never thought possible.

Link to presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JESlSjwZZQZZGpRg65OBRahxIu64PbMFb5f53K2NqvQ/edit?usp=sharing

Speakers
avatar for Stefy Cohen

Stefy Cohen

Instructional Designer & Technologist, Beaver Country Day School
I work to support teachers designing, managing and evaluating projects for project-based learning. Additionally, I support both teachers and students in exploring new technologies + thinking about creative ways to use technology to best fit their purpose.  [Image and profile from... Read More →
avatar for Caitlyn Levin

Caitlyn Levin

Director of Research and Instructional Technology, Beaver Country Day School
Cait Levin is Director of Research and Instructional Technology at Beaver Country Day School. She completed her BA at Barnard College and her MA at Middlebury. She has held a variety of roles at schools, including overseeing writing centers, advising, collaborating with faculty on... Read More →
avatar for Jayne Everson

Jayne Everson

Director of Robotics and Engineering, R+D Experience Lead, Math Teacher, Beaver Country Day School
Growing up in the Midwest, I found myself in the science wing more often than not.  That naturally led to an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.  After a few years in design and manufacturing roles, I took a break to travel and teach internationally.  When I returned... Read More →
avatar for Robert MacDonald

Robert MacDonald

Creative Technologist + Curricular Development Lead, NuVu Liaison, Beaver Country Day School
My childhood was split between Carlisle, MA, and Kennebunk, ME; both towns had strong public schools, and I feel lucky to have had outstanding teachers who still serve as role models. After graduating from Wesleyan, I taught math and English for one year at Philips Academy in Andover... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Collaborate/Create

10:45am

Trends in International Education
Learn how selected schools from around the world are taking the work of ecosystem thinking, linking it to learning, and subsequently designing learning experiences with impact. Participants will be asked to identify elements of ACE Learning that are exhibited in each school, and consider how effective the learning evidence is, in terms of impact.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin J. Ruth

Kevin J. Ruth

Executive Director, ECIS
Dr. Kevin J. Ruth is Executive Director of ECIS. In addition to two decades in education, he has given 19 years of service as a director on non-profit boards, with four years as a school trustee. Kevin is a Fellow in the UK-based Royal Society of Arts; advisory council member for Harvard... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon G/H

10:45am

Getting Actionable: Bringing the Vision of the Graduate to Life
The vision of the graduate is a game-changer for schools across New England. By implementing this key part of the 2020 Standards, teachers and leaders can take practical steps to build schools of the future. This workshop will provide actionable, purposeful, and intentional strategies that educators can adapt or adopt in order to 1.) design a student-led process to define the vision of the graduate, 2.) create a reimagined rubric to assess student/whole-school achievement of the vision of the graduate, 3.) establish non-traditional learning experiences that allow students to practice the skills of the vision of the graduate, and 4.) communicate the vision of the graduate with the community. Join this workshop not only to learn these strategies but also to see how a design-thinking mindset can empower the Standards of Accreditation to drive your school’s innovation and improvement.  You can access our presentation website at www.neasc2019.weebly.com.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Anne Moran

Mary Anne Moran

Educator, Nipmuc
Mary Anne Moran is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of assistant... Read More →
avatar for John Clements

John Clements

Educator, Nipmuc Regional High School
John Clements is Co-Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. He began his career at Nipmuc 21 years ago as an English teacher. He spent seven years as an assistant principal and is currently in his ninth year as principal. Mr. Clements is passionate about evolving education to meet... Read More →
avatar for Paul K. Smith

Paul K. Smith

Superintendent of Schools, East Hampton Public Schools
Paul K. Smith is the Superintendent of Schools in East Hampton, Connecticut. Paul holds degrees from Boston University, the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) and University of Connecticut. Paul began his career teaching music for 15 years in Massachusetts and Connecticut... Read More →
avatar for Mary Clark

Mary Clark

Director of Curriculum and Instruction, East Hampton Public Schools
Mary E. Clark is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in East Hampton, Connecticut. Mary holds degrees from Providence College, Simmons University and University of New England. Mary began her teaching career in Wellesley, Massachusetts as a middle school social studies teacher... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Empower/Embrace

10:45am

Using Design Thinking in Curriculum Development: Grade Level Programming
How did a school pull together disparate teaching philosophies creating a cohesive, defined, and team-executed multiyear grade level program fulfilling the mission of the school? How can design thinking tools create an atmosphere of collaboration and innovation to propel curriculum? The Director of Innovation and Teaching and Grade Level Leaders from Tilton School describe their journey in re-imagining education and The Mastery Approach. A candid conversation of failures and the lessons learned illuminates the design thinking process and captures the curricular benefit and creation of safe space. Participants get a working understanding of structures, meeting design, and tools they can use at their own school.

Speakers
avatar for Eliza Smith

Eliza Smith

9th Grade Level Leader, Mathematics Teacher, Tilton School
Eliza joined Tilton School’s Math Department in the fall of 2016 after six years as a math teacher at The Williams School, her alma mater. While at Williams, Eliza taught middle and upper school math, coached at the junior varsity and varsity level, served as a student and class... Read More →
avatar for Megan Killigrew

Megan Killigrew

English Teacher, 11th Grade Level Leader for 2018-2019, Tilton School
 A 2013 graduate of Dartmouth College, Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Geography. Megan taught English and coached mountain biking and cycling at White Mountain School for two years before joining the staff at Tilton.  [Profile and image from w... Read More →
avatar for Ellissa Popoff

Ellissa Popoff

Social Science Faculty, Tilton School
Ellissa joined Tilton School’s Social Science Department in the fall of 2016, bringing with her significant experience in independent schools. For the five years prior, Ellissa was a teacher, coach and residential staff advisor at nearby Brewster Academy. There, she taught Modern... Read More →
avatar for Shannon Parker

Shannon Parker

Director of Innovation and Teaching, Tilton School NH
Shannon joined the Tilton community in the fall of 2017 as the Director of Innovation and Teacher. Holding a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester and a Master's of Arts from Western New Mexico University, she brings a wealth of experiences having been a math teacher for... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Salon D

10:45am

It’s OK to Make Mistakes: Helping Students Celebrate Their Mistakes
Making mistakes is an important part of the learning process and it is very crucial for students to see them as learning opportunities. When students are afraid of making mistakes, they are also afraid of thinking in a different way, trying something new and daring to be more creative. In this session, I will be sharing how to cultivate a classroom culture that values resilience, embracing mistakes and growth mindset through practical strategies we have developed. PS: All the strategies are approved by students.

Speakers
avatar for Berna Aslan

Berna Aslan

IB PYP English Teacher /  Apple Professional Learning Specialist / TEDx Speaker, ENKA Schools
Berna Aslan is known to be a dreamer, curious learner, maker and a gamer. She studied American Culture and Literature at university. She received her CELTA, CELTA-Young Learner Extension (CELT-YL) and did her M.A in Curriculum and Instructional Programs at Yıldız Technical University... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 10:45am - 12:00pm
Imagine

12:00pm

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

TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
  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

TOPICS – TALKING POINTS

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)

1:15pm

Choosing College
In this breakout session, Michael Horn will discuss the themes from his new book, Choosing College, which strips away the noise around the college choosing process to diagnose the causal reasons why students enroll in postsecondary education and the implications for students, parents and educators. Horn will discuss the findings from the four years of research that went into this book, as well as the implications for high school educators and counselors, and engage in a conversation with the audience members.

Speakers
avatar for Michael B. Horn

Michael B. Horn

Co-founder/distinguished fellow, Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
To innovate in the digital age, businesses must adapt constantly to advancements in technology by drawing upon highly skilled, flexible workers. The problem in finding agile employees across all generations is that our education system is still designed for the industrial – versus... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Salon I/J

1:15pm

How Might We Hack Traditional Assessments with Design Thinking?
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.

Speakers
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 →
avatar for Meredith Ramsey

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
Collaborate/Create

1:15pm

Social Entrepreneurship on the High School Level
Courses and programs on social entrepreneurship have increased rapidly on the college level. Similar programs on the high school level allow students to engage in this type of experiential and transdisciplinary learning at a time when they are more open-minded and have not yet specialized. Furthermore, they ask students to be collaborative learners with their peers and outside partners. During this session, you will begin to learn how to create lessons, courses, or programs that fit within your institutional needs. We will look at how a program can be structured and scaled, and will discuss the benefits, challenges, and constraints of social entrepreneurship on the high school level.

Speakers
avatar for Grant Gonzalez

Grant Gonzalez

Social Entrepreneurship Teacher; Assistant Dean of Faculty, Northfield Mount Hermon
I have taught at NMH since 2008. I graduated from the College of William and Mary, and earned a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of London. During my tenure at NMH, I've continued my education through courses from the American University of Beirut, the University... Read More →



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

1:15pm

Student Exhibition Projects as the Capstones to Deeper Learning
During this interactive session, Lincoln High School educators will share the journey to create, implement and expand student exhibitions as capstones of deeper learning. Participants will have the time to work as school teams to develop plans and proposals to take back to their schools to showcase students "doing real things". Since 2008, Lincoln High School students have had to complete an Exhibition Project in order to graduate. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how the program was originally implemented, examine lessons learned from implementation and learn how the program has expanded. As a unifying force in school culture, this performance assessment requires students to solve a problem or learn a skill in order to demonstrate 21st-century skills. Participants will work with the presenters to examine their own school's performance assessment systems in order to develop opportunities for students to make their learning visible to the school community.

Speakers
avatar for Doreen Picozzi

Doreen Picozzi

English Language Arts Teacher/Master Journalism Educator, Lincoln High School - Lincoln, RI
avatar for Jay Schofield

Jay Schofield

English Language Arts Department Chair, Lincoln High School - Lincoln, RI
avatar for Kevin McNamara

Kevin McNamara

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Lincoln Public Schools - Lincoln, RI
McNamara, who followed in the footsteps of his educator parents, began his career in Lincoln in 1999 as an English teacher. Since then, he has served as coach, club adviser, athletic director and assistant principal until being hired as principal of Lincoln High School in 2008. Early... Read More →
avatar for Susan Kolenda

Susan Kolenda

Teacher, Art, Lincoln High School - Lincoln, RI


Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Enliven/Envision

1:15pm

A Journey to Student-Designed Learning
In this session, presenters will share their insights around and engage participants in designing for student-designed learning. Windsor Locks Public Schools, a district in North Central Connecticut, have been engaged in a journey to a student-designed, mastery-based learning system for the past seven years. Their journey has evolved over time, and through that process, they have codified a process of pedagogical change that was generated by the teachers. Through intentional planning and leadership to encourage professional innovation, design thinking and a relentless focus on building capacity, the district is now in the design phase of bringing deeper, student-led learning to life. Presenters will share a summary of that journey and present a framework that participants will use to determine their own school's journey to deeper, student-designed learning.

Speakers
avatar for Sharon Cournoyer

Sharon Cournoyer

Assistant Superintendent, Windsor Locks Public Schools
I have been an educator for almost 30 years. I began my career as a Junior High Science Teacher in Agawam, Massachusetts and have been a High School Biology Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Dean of Students, Assistant Principal, Principal and now Assistant Superintendent in Windsor... Read More →



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Empower/Embrace

1:15pm

Designing Avenues of Transformation
It’s time to get serious about re-creating schools for the future. The new NEASC ACE Learning protocol, created to catalyze transformation, is a powerful tool that needs brave schools to step up and redesign their learning opportunities. With that aim in mind, Avenues has launched a new category of school with a ground-breaking curriculum, and we want to share our discoveries! As ACE encourages us, collectively we will ask the question: “what if…?”

Speakers
avatar for Tim Carr

Tim Carr

Head of School, Avenues: The World School - Online
Having lived on four continents for a total of 26 years overseas, Tim has been fortunate to lead some of the world’s most iconic international schools, including the Jakarta Intercultural School in Indonesia and the American School in Japan. Prior to Japan, positions in Costa Rica... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Strauss

Rebecca Strauss

Director, Curriculum Design, Avenues: The World School
Rebecca is the Director of Curriculum Design for Avenues: The World School, where she leads the ongoing development of the Avenues World Elements — a global, interdisciplinary intended curriculum that is shared by Avenues campuses around the world. She is also the lead author of... Read More →


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

1:15pm

Powderhouse Studios: A Case Study of Three Pressures Which Push to Hollow Out "Design"
Education has a proclivity for buzzwords.  Buzzwords have a bad reputation for a lot of reasons.  One is that they get hollowed out, coming to mean nothing before fading away, replaced by new buzzwords.  Plenty of people think "design" and "design thinking" are buzzwords.  Time will tell whether they are right.  In the meantime, this session will look at one, ambitious school design and design process — Powderhouse Studios (and its story)—as an attempt to understand three exemplary, structural obstacles to design being taken seriously at the classroom, school, and district level.

Speakers
AR

Alec Resnick

Director, Powderhouse Studios
Alec Resnick is the director of Powderhouse Studios. With a background in math and physics, he made educational tools and toys at nublabs before co-founding sprout & co, and now Powderhouse Studios.


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

1:15pm

How to Implement A Context-Driven Social Emotional Learning Initiative
We will share our district’s story about why and how we implemented a social emotional learning (SEL) initiative. The presentation will share resources our district used as part of this journey which includes ongoing research, reflection, collaboration, and professional development activities. Through sharing our story, participants will understand our district’s needs and processes and then spend time analyzing their own educational context and culture. As part of this workshop, participants will identify possible programs and processes to address emotions and learning in their district/school focused on developing a safe, positive, respectful climate of understanding for staff, teachers, and students. This interactive presentation will include brainstorming, sharing, and the development of draft plans so that participants can begin designing their own journey of context-driven SEL implementation.

Speakers
avatar for Penny Ann Bryzgel, Ed.D.

Penny Ann Bryzgel, Ed.D.

Assistant Principal, RHAM High School
Currently an assistant principal at RHAM High School in Hebron, CT and Co-President of the UCONN Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators that focuses its work on the tenets of service, research, and leadership. Former English teacher at Somers High School... Read More →
avatar for Patricia D.  Law, Ed.D.

Patricia D. Law, Ed.D.

Superintendent, RHAM, Regional School District No. 8 (CT)



Thursday December 5, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Salon G/H

1:15pm

Metacognition and Citizenship: Thinking About Our Thinking About Uncomfortable Thoughts
As academic institutions increasingly prioritize the development of a more global and rounded student citizenship, respective departments are obliged to teach material that contains and provokes uncomfortable ideas, themes, narratives and experiences. This session will consider how teachers might evaluate their own thinking processes, and the metacognitive processes of their students, to create spaces where uncomfortable discussions may be more comfortably approached. Why do students and teachers sometimes balk at discussions of sex, sexuality, gender, race, socio-economic disparity, politics and religion, for example? How can we meta-cognitively manage ourselves, our pedagogy and our classrooms to produce the nuanced, constructive and candid discussion that will help students to understand, listen to, and process that which is often shied away from?

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence Court

Lawrence Court

Head of the English Department, Westminster School
A native of Great Britain, Lawrence majored in English Literature at Durham University before completing a Postgraduate Diploma in Education at The University of Aberdeen.Lawrence began his career at Oundle School in Peterborough, England. From 2009 to 2012, he worked at Eton College... Read More →


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

1:15pm

Student Voice: Why and How [Panel Discussion]
Four Students from very different schools (The Sharon Academy, VT, Nipmuc Regional High School, MA, and Souhegan High School, NH) will begin the conversation about the culture of their school that enables their voices to be heard. Why this is important to them and to the school, how the school fosters student voice within their school, and the practical implication for schools who want to move forward in this direction will be highlighted in this session.

Speakers
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Student Panelists

The Sharon Academy, Nipmuc Regional HS, Souhegan HS
Four Students from very different schools - The Sharon Academy in Vermont, Nipmuc Regional High School in Massachusetts, and Souhegan High School in NH - will begin the conversation student voice in our schools.


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

2:30pm

Afternoon Break
Thursday December 5, 2019 2:30pm - 2:45pm
Foyer

2:45pm

Keynote Address: Unstick [with] Design Thinking
Design Thinking, like many practices for making things better, reminds us to ask powerful basic questions to see the past, present, and future of challenges in new ways. What happens when we ask those more often? From preschools to colleges to the US Conference on AIDS, to this keynote room, for unsticking challenges we care about? Come find out!

Speakers
avatar for Ela Ben-Ur

Ela Ben-Ur

Founder, Innovators' Compass and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Olin College, Innovators Compass
Ela Ben-Ur is passionate about seeing people of all ages articulate and amplify their natural ways of making things better. She has worked and co-experimented deeply with educators and organizations interested in design thinking since 2012. Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation... Read More →


Thursday December 5, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Salon E/F (Ballroom)

4:15pm

5:00pm

Reception
Thursday December 5, 2019 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Foyer

6:00pm

Dinner / Awards Ceremony
Please note the NEASC Dinner and Awards Ceremony is not included with general conference registration. If you would like to attend but have not pre-registered, please go to the Registration Desk in the hotel foyer and a NEASC staff member will assist you with adding the dinner to your schedule. Thank you.

Thursday December 5, 2019 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Salon E/F (Ballroom)
 
Friday, December 6
 

7:30am

IT Help Desk
Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 10:00am
Foyer

7:30am

Welcome Desk (Check-in / Registration)
Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 10:00am
Foyer

7:30am

Coffee service
Friday December 6, 2019 7:30am - 2:00pm
Foyer

8:00am

A Promise Kept: How a Local Partnership Became a National Success Story
University Park Campus School opened in 1997 as “The School with a Promise.” The school, formed by a partnership between Clark University and the Worcester Public Schools, pledged to help lift children from the Main South neighborhood toward dreams and ambitions once deemed beyond their reach. Now in its 20th year, UPCS has cemented its reputation as one of the country’s finest public schools and a model for town-gown partnership. The school has garnered accolades from Massachusetts governors and education secretaries, education reform pioneers, and national publications.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel St.Louis

Daniel St.Louis

Principal, University Park Campus School
Dan has been involved with University Park Campus School since his time as an undergraduate at Clark University twenty years ago. He was a member of the founding English department, and spent twelve years teaching English and US history at the school until becoming principal eight... Read More →
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Thomas Del Prete

Director of the Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice; Professor of Practice, Clark University


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Salon B

8:00am

The Admissions Pipeline: Challenges and Opportunities in New England in the New Demographic Age [Panel Discussion]
New England is experiencing an unprecedented decline in high school graduates across the region and especially in Connecticut and New Hampshire. During the period from 2016 to 2032, the number of white high school graduates is projected to fall by 25% while the number of minority graduates will increase significantly—by 46% among Hispanics, 7% among blacks, 2% among American Indian/Alaska Natives and a 37% among Asian/Pacific Islanders.

What are the implications for higher education institutions and students and what type of opportunities will be created?

Moderators
avatar for Nancy Hargrave Meislahn

Nancy Hargrave Meislahn

Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Emerita, Wesleyan University
Nancy Hargrave Meislahn is the former vice president and dean of admission and financial aid at Wesleyan University. Meislahn came to Wesleyan from her previous role at Cornell University in January 2000 and departed the university in September 2019 just after the arrival of the Class... Read More →

Speakers
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Stafford Peat

Senior Consultant, New England Board of Higher Education
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Keiko Broomhead

Vice President of Enrollment Management, Wentworth Institute of Technology
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Jared Cash

Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing, University of Southern Maine
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Stacey Kostell

VP of Enrollment Management, University of Vermont
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Kate O'Connor

Vice President of Enrollment Management, Lasell University


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Salon I/J

8:00am

Building the School of the Future
As education shifts from standards-based to competency-based model, what will be the future of learning and how will students engage with teachers, peers, and the world around them? For 10 years, NuVu has built a school on the architecture studio model with a focus on creative learning. Using a hands-on interdisciplinary approach, students work on projects that connect with real-world issues. What will the next 10 years look like for NuVu and what are new directions schools can take to be prepared for an unknown future? This talk will dive into NuVu’s vision of the future and what obstacles lie in that pathway.

Speakers
avatar for Saba Ghole

Saba Ghole

Co-founder, Chief Creative Officer, NuVu Studio, NuVu Studio: The Innovation School
Saba is an entrepreneur, designer and artist. In 2010, she co-founded NuVu Studio, an innovation school for middle and high school students. NuVu builds creative problem solving skills in youth by working on real world interdisciplinary projects. NuVu is based in Cambridge, USA, but... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Salon G/H

8:00am

Design Thinking Workshop: Transform Your Toughest School Tension with a Powerful Design Tool
Come to this collaborative workshop with an important tension in your school or organization to unstick. Leave ready to enable courageous conversations, constructive actions, and transcending of assumptions among everyone involved. Along the way, hear Nashoba Regional High School share their learnings about using DT in real tensions as well as coursework.

Speakers
avatar for Ela Ben-Ur

Ela Ben-Ur

Founder, Innovators' Compass and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Olin College, Innovators Compass
Ela Ben-Ur is passionate about seeing people of all ages articulate and amplify their natural ways of making things better. She has worked and co-experimented deeply with educators and organizations interested in design thinking since 2012. Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Enliven/Envision

8:00am

The Multi-Age Classroom – Design Thinking in Action
What happens when we create the conditions for students to be mentored by peers and coached by adults to discover themselves as scientists, historians, writers, readers, mathematicians, and more? Students at the Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School experience multi-age classrooms in Division 1 (~grades 7-8), Division 2 (~grades 9-10), and Division 3 (~grades 11-12). Students are empowered by design thinking approaches both in the model they are experiencing and through the projects in which teachers invite students to engage. At the same time, everyone experiences cycles of apprenticeship and mentorship; new students are welcomed in and acculturated to Parker largely and positively by their slightly older peer mentors. A skill-based and teacher created curriculum drives student growth. Much like their students, educators engage in design thinking as they create, experiment with different strategies, and evolve their work over time. Join us to learn more about these practices and the strong school-wide structures that undergird their success.

Speakers
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Tiffany Testa

Teacher - Science & Technology, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School
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Matt Smith

Teacher - Arts & Humanities, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School
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Colleen L. Meaney

Director, Sizer Teachers’ Center, Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Inspire

8:00am

Designing Collaborative Professional Development: Fostering Faculty Depth of Knowledge and Understanding
Winston Preparatory School, an independent school for students with learning disabilities, considers professional development to be the foundation of a successful learning experience for each individual student. Our professional development programs are rooted in our foundational Continuous Feedback System model and designed to promote creative problem solving, innovation and collaboration amongst instructors and campus leaders so that each student’s program is continually meeting their individual academic, social and emotional needs. Throughout this session we will share a few of the specific programs we have developed through discussion, shared video clips and images related to professional development initiatives such as our Winston 101, designed for our first year instructors, Teacher Excellence & Leadership Development program, designed for our more experienced instructors, and our in-house Faculty Learning Library portal which is designed as a multi-campus online hub for collaboration and inspiration through the sharing of tools, strategies, research, questions, and more.

Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Mendelsohn

Elizabeth Mendelsohn

Chief Operating Officer / Director, Innovation Lab, Winston Preparatory School
Elizabeth is the Chief Operating Officer and Winston Innovation Lab Director. A graduate of Teachers College’s Reading Specialist program and Vanderbilt University’s Special Education program, Elizabeth began her career as a first grade teacher in Atlanta, Georgia and joined the... Read More →
avatar for Michele Heimbauer

Michele Heimbauer

Associate Director, Innovation Lab, Winston Preparatory School
Michele is the Associate Director of Winston Innovation Lab for the Winston Preparatory School. A graduate of Queens College Speech-Language Pathology program, Michele has been in the education field for over 20 years working with a diverse population of students with learning differences... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Salon C

8:00am

Implementing an Academic Vision
Cheshire Academy recently went through a process of designing an academic vision (statement). Through a discussion of the differing views of the meta-purposes of school design, and a discussion of the discrete skills we focused on in designing the vision, participants will come away with models for and concepts behind curricular design which can apply at the level of the school, the department, the course, the unit, or the assessment. The core idea is to have everything the students do be focused around common, purposefully-designed, mission-aligned goals.

Speakers
avatar for Marc Aronson

Marc Aronson

Dean of Curriculum, Cheshire Academy
Marc Aronson is Dean of Curriculum at Cheshire Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut. He started there as a member of the English Department in 2008 after three years at AMSA Charter School in Marlborough, Massachusetts. He holds a BA in English from Tufts and an MSc in Comparative and... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Empower/Embrace

8:00am

Mapping Our Common Ground: Bringing Simplicity and System to the Learning Business
All over the world we see school leaders confounded by complexity and constrained by compliance. The Common Ground Collaborative (CGC) is a global network of schools and thought partners that is changing all that. We are co-creating coherent learning ecosystems, in ways that transcend traditional notions of ‘curriculum’ yet come down to common sense. Our work is proving to be both transformative and transferable. This interactive session provides all you need to know about ‘getting learning organized’ in simpler, more systemic ways.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Bartlett

Kevin Bartlett

Executive Director, Common Ground Collaborative
Kevin has held leadership positions in the UK, Tanzania, Namibia, Austria and Belgium, where he was most recently Director of the International School of Brussels from 2001-2015.Kevin has co-designed accreditation systems for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Imagine

8:00am

A Culture Shift: Putting the Student Experience at the Center of the Conversation
How do students experience the hard work we do as educators? Do our high hopes and good intentions come through, or is the student experience something else entirely? Placing the student experience at the center of the conversation illuminates the gap that often exists between our best intentions and their lived experience. How can we close that gap? Students are people first, and people flourish in some environments and struggle in others. During our time together we will stay centered on the student experience in order to identify the attributes of school and classroom culture that give students the best chance to flourish. This project is not guesswork or based on intuition and a few anecdotes. Our session will be grounded in the findings of over four decades of psychological research that clearly identifies the three keys to shaping student-centered cultures. While widely supported by researchers, the positive potential of this work has been slow to trickle down to practitioners like school leaders and classroom teachers.


Speakers
avatar for Anne Cass

Anne Cass

Founding Member, Heart of Character
Retired from full-time school administration in 2017, Anne Cass brings decades of experience in teaching and administrative leadership to her work. Believing that building strong relationships is at the heart of effective education, and that the existing wisdom in a school can effect... Read More →
avatar for Tim Leet

Tim Leet

Executive Director, Heart of Character
Tim Leet is the Ethics and Character Coordinator at Columbus Academy (OH), where he also teaches upper school courses in ethics, physics, social research, and moral psychology. He has developed a curriculum for adolescents that explores moral identity and ethical decision making and... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Salon D

8:00am

Be the Change: Student-Designed Programming for a Positive, Accepting School Culture
Participants will become familiar with the WBMHS: Be the Change curriculum and co-curricular programming and events that have been developed and implemented over two decades. This dynamic model began with a dream of just 12 students in the Wellness: Leadership and Advocacy course in 1999. Now in 2019, our model directly addresses the WBMHS Vision of a Graduate and a multitude of NEASC 2020 Standards for Accreditation. Participants can expect to learn ways to capture the passion adolescents have for change in the world and how to empower young people to identify community needs, create effective programming based on proven methods and implement events, programs and traditions that become a positive component of school culture. This workshop will include interactive activities that parallel collaborative lessons from the course and introduce participants to sample interactive experiences used during some of our student-led programs for a positive, inclusive school environment. Expect to come away with an action plan that can be adapted to your school community.

We have several Peer Leaders presenting with us. Hear from the students that do the work, that inspire us to be better, and that bring their passion for change to the forefront in making schools work for them.

Speakers
avatar for Debora J. Goodwill

Debora J. Goodwill

Health/Physical Education Leader & Educator, West Boylston Middle High School
Debora Goodwill has been with the West Boylston Public Schools for 25 years. She is the Wellness: Health/Physical Education program leader and currently teaches high school wellness courses, including Leadership and Advocacy. She has a B.A. in Psychology from Assumption College, a... Read More →
avatar for John Dennis Mulryan

John Dennis Mulryan

Health and Fitness Educator, Wellesley High School
John Mulryan is in his 14th year as a Health Educator, 12 of which have been in Wellesley Public schools. He graduated from Worcester State College with a degree in health education and received his masters degree from The United States Sports Academy, in sports science with a concentration... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 8:00am - 9:15am
Collaborate/Create

9:15am

Morning Break
Friday December 6, 2019 9:15am - 9:30am
Foyer

9:30am

Keynote Address
Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education

Speakers
avatar for Sam Seidel

Sam Seidel

Director of K12 Strategy + Research, Stanford d.school
Sam Seidel is the Director of K12 Strategy + Research  at the Stanford d.school, Director of the Student Experience Lab at the Business Innovation Factory, and author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). Sam speaks internationally about... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 9:30am - 10:45am
Salon E/F (Ballroom)

11:00am

Design Thinking as a Tool for Instructional Coaching
This session will provide participants an introduction to “Coaching Cards,” tools created by the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching and Learning to help novice teachers use design thinking in order to develop their knowledge and skills. Based on the Innovator’s Compass™, the Coaching Cards provide a structured way for experienced instructors to guide novices in ideating solutions to real problems of practice – including experiments that new teachers can try out in the moment. Following a brief introduction to the approach of the WW Graduate School and the educational theory that informs the cards, participants will have opportunities to roleplay their use with other session attendees.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Laipson

Peter Laipson

Chief Academic Officer, Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching and Learning
Peter Laipson is the Chief Academic Officer of the Woodrow Wilson Graduate School of Teaching & Learning. Most recently the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, he served from 2011 to 2015 as the Provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock, the nation’s only four-year... Read More →
avatar for Meredith Moore

Meredith Moore

Design Researcher, MIT Playful Journey Lab
Meredith Moore is a design researcher at the MIT Playful Journey Lab, where her research focuses on the design of environments that foster teacher learning. She is also a veteran educator with nine years of K-12 teaching experience and seven years of experience as a teacher educator. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Boston Col... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Salon G/H

11:00am

Elementary School Partnerships with Boston College
The Saint Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, MA has worked closely with Boston College since 2005, led by the head of Saint Columbkille, the Dean of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and a research professor from the University.  This presentation will explore how these partnerships can benefit both partners and how innovative research initiatives can transform curriculum and pedagogy.

Update 12/4/19 - Dr. Stanton Wortham of the Boston College Lynch School of Education  will no longer be presenting.

Speakers
avatar for Deoksoon Kim, Ph.D.

Deoksoon Kim, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Boston College Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Deoksoon Kim’s research focuses on understanding the needs of immigrant students in order to help them learn English and succeed in school. She also investigates how to use instructional technology to facilitate language and subject matter learning. She has done research on gender... Read More →
avatar for William Gartside, Ed.D.

William Gartside, Ed.D.

Head of School, St. Columbkille Partnership School
William Gartside has been the Head of School at Saint Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton MA. For the past ten years, he has led the reform effort after the school established the partnership with Boston College, increasing enrollment from 170 students to 425 students in the... Read More →


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

11:00am

Creating a Completely Learning Focused School. What Would You Do?
What would you do if you had the opportunity to design and build a completely learning focused school from the ground up? That is what the British International School has recently done. We will share the design thinking of the building to make it learning focused, as well as the philosophical and pedagogical issues addressed in designing the building and the entire educational program.

Speakers
avatar for Andrew Derry

Andrew Derry

Director, International School of Belgrade
Andrew joined the International School of Belgrade (ISB) as its Director in 2019. Andrew has worked in international education for 28 years and in school leadership for 22 years. Previously, Andrew has led schools in the USA, Zimbabwe, Budapest, France and Switzerland. He is passionate... Read More →


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

11:00am

Data-Inspired Teaching: Giving Students What They Most Need
Do you deliver what your students most need?  Schools often do not know what students most need addressed in their academic program. This is because they lack a data profile on each student. The session will address two key issues: (1) how schools can develop data profiles of their students in order to focus academic interventions to address a child's greatest needs; and (2) offer a prototype of data-inspired instruction in reading and reading fluency. Until the recent past, educational practice has focused on teaching struggling readers the rules of how sounds and symbols go together. These phonologically focused interventions have been shown to be highly effective in teaching students to accurately read words. Structured phonics approaches, for example, lead to notable improvements on language assessments such as “word decoding” and “non-word decoding,” which evaluate a child’s ability to apply their letter-sound rules. However, after receiving this training, students are still often quite dysfluent due to slow reading speed. Such slow and laborious reading is especially burdensome for reading the increasingly larger and more complex texts after early elementary school. This session will focus on a novel instructional approach that was inspired by evidence (data) that struggling readers often exhibit this second difficulty related to reading in the domain of reduced fluency.

Speakers
avatar for Eric Falke, MD

Eric Falke, MD

Research Director, Carroll School/MIT
avatar for Steve Wilkins

Steve Wilkins

Head of School, Carroll School


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

11:00am

Putting Student Collaboration at the Center of Course Design
Schools claim to foster collaboration, but how do we create truly collaborative classrooms in a conscientious and intentional way? Effective collaboration is much more than just asking students to work together. It involves defining your classroom values, teaching students to communicate effectively, and creating an environment that allows for creativity and the flow of ideas. In order for a class to be completely centered on teamwork, students must buy into each of these components, as well. In this session, I will describe the course I designed at Concord Academy, Topics in Engineering: Introduction to Principles and Processes of Design, in which students embark on a semester of collaborative team projects utilizing Design Thinking. I will lead session participants through the same process I use in my course which guides students as they define shared classroom values for collaborative efforts and determine how to evaluate each other’s contributions to group work.

Speakers
avatar for Amy Kumpel

Amy Kumpel

Science Department Head, Concord Academy
Amy Kumpel is a 15-year veteran STEM teacher and the current Science Department Head at Concord Academy (CA) in Concord, MA. A former aerospace engineering professional, she developed an elective course entitled "Topics in Engineering: Introduction to Principles and Processes of Design... Read More →



Friday December 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Enliven/Envision

11:00am

Design Thinking as a Tool to Create Learner-Centered Schools
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.

Speakers
avatar for Nora Vernazza

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 →
avatar for Jennifer Nicol

Jennifer Nicol

Director of Innovation, TechBoston Academy


Friday December 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Salon I/J

11:00am

Leading Innovation: The Mastery Transcript Consortium
Mastery Transcript Consortium™ is a growing collective of nearly 300 high schools working together to design and implement a model of crediting and transcript generation that includes Mastery Credits and attached evidence of learning for both content areas and skills critical to success in college, career, and life. This session will explain MTC’s theory of change and how its Mastery Transcript takes the current transcript from a flat, two-dimensional accounting of time, subjects and grades, to an interactive, digital transcript that reflects the unique skills, strengths, and interests of each student. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the beta version of the Mastery Transcript that is being piloted during the 2019-20 school year and get an understanding of how MTC is partnering with Institutions of Higher Education. The slide deck is linked HERE.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Bell

Susan Bell

Senior Director of Member Engagement, Mastery Transcript Consortium
With nearly two decades of experience working in public school systems, Susan supports Mastery Transcript Consortium's (MTC) network of member schools as they work together and within their high schools to implement a Mastery Transcript. Susan had previously served as the superintendent... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Collaborate/Create

11:00am

Clinicians and Educators Unite: Academic Engagement with Anxious, Avoidant Adolescents
Given the tremendous neurological changes characteristic of adolescence, educators and clinicians have a critical window of opportunity to support students in their development of a strong sense of confidence and competence in and out of the classroom. Students who are impacted by anxiety and depression are particularly susceptible to school avoidance, disengagement, and difficulties focusing and sustaining motivation. The result is a cycle of delays in academic and social-emotional growth, low confidence, and apathy. By applying principles of educational therapy, positive psychology and neuroscience, in combination with the power of a student-centered clinician-teacher collaborative model, students are provided with an opportunity to build rapport, to embrace opportunities for “successful failures,” and to seek challenge, despite discomfort. We’ll discuss techniques to create a safe and nurturing class environment where anxious students develop comfort with vulnerability and change. The importance of relationship-building and a strengths-based approach will be highlighted as essential features for building students’ skills and confidence.

Speakers
avatar for Tammy Moscrip, Ph.D., LCSW

Tammy Moscrip, Ph.D., LCSW

Executive Director and Chief Administrator, The Spire School
Tammy Moscrip, PhD, LCSW is the Executive Director and Chief Administrator of The Spire School, a NEASC-accredited and CT State Approved Special Education Therapeutic Day School in Stamford, CT. As a researcher at the National Institutes of Health and Columbia University, Tammy dedicated... Read More →
avatar for Megan Sweeney, LMSW

Megan Sweeney, LMSW

Head Life Coach, The Spire School
Megan is a certified School Social Worker and the Head Life Coach at The Spire School, a NEASC-accredited and CT State Approved Special Education Therapeutic Day School in Stamford, CT. Megan attended Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, where she received her Bachelors in Social... Read More →



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

11:00am

Developing and Implementing a Wellness Program to Meet the Academic, Social, and Emotional Needs of Students in the Public School Setting
This session will display the evolving wellness program implemented within the Lynnfield Public Schools that aims to afford all students the opportunity to fully participate and benefit from the education process and develop lifelong wellness practices. It will highlight the organization and collaboration of the wellness advisory board, which includes teachers, parents, school administrators, school nurses, the food service director and registered dietitian, as well as students themselves. This session will also focus on the areas of wellness included within the program: physical, mental, social and emotional specific to adolescents. This session will also spotlight the 8th annual Lynnfield High School Wellness Days event from 2019. Each year this event encompasses teen health concerns, with a focus on health promotion and education. Teens explore the many facets of the health and wellness field by talking with the various professionals about their background and credentials required. This has led to students being able to seek out internships with these folks or gain community service hours.

Speakers
avatar for Jillian Allen, MS,RD,LDN

Jillian Allen, MS,RD,LDN

Registered Dietitian, Lynnfield Public Schools
Jillian received her Bachelor's degree in Health Science from Boston University. After working in a fast paced emergency room in the heart of Boston, Jillian felt a greater calling to apply an upstream approach to health. She received her Master's Degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion... Read More →
avatar for Mary E. Homan, MSN,RN,NCSN

Mary E. Homan, MSN,RN,NCSN

District Nurse Coordinator; High School Nurse, Lynnfield Public Schools
Mary E. Homan is the District Nurse Coordinator and High School Nurse for Lynnfield Public Schools. She is Chairperson of the Lynnfield Health and Wellness Advisory Committee and a member of A Healthy Lynnfield Prevention Coalition. Her professional organizations include the National... Read More →



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

11:00am

Space Making and Voice Finding for the Narrative of Muslim American Youth
If authentic democracy is to flourish, and the principles of social justice and equity truly realized, then all students, regardless of demography need to be given a voice and space. The purpose of this study was to explore the currently underrepresented educational experiences of Muslim youth that would allow us to develop means in which they can be empowered to becoming visible citizens of their country. Participants will learn about the experience of marginalization, invalidation, micro-aggressions, acculturation, and resilience allowing them to walk away with ideas for inclusive practice. There will be a PowerPoint presentation, followed by Q&A and discussion.

Speakers
avatar for Noor Ali

Noor Ali

Principal, Al-Hamra Academy
Sister Noor is currently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University’s Doctorate of Education program in Curriculum, Teaching, Leadership, and Learning. Her doctoral work to date has culminated in a study titled Space Making and Voice Finding for the Muslim American Narrative. Sister Noor... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 11:00am - 12:15pm
Empower/Embrace

12:30pm

Luncheon / Keynote: Choosing Love in Education
Social and Emotional Learning is an essential part of the educational experience. Hear a touching story of how SEL could have prevented one of the worst mass murders in US history and how a victim’s mother decided to become part of the solution to the issues we’re facing in schools and society today. Based on a message her young son left on their kitchen chalkboard, “Nurturing Healing Love”, Scarlett began a worldwide movement to teach children how to choose love in every situation or circumstance. Scarlett will explain the empowering formula that can lead educators and students to choose love in every situation.

Speakers
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Scarlett Lewis

Founder and Chief Movement Officer, The Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation
NEASC 2019 Charles Eliot Award Recipient - In recognition and appreciation of the quiet contributions, the achievements both acclaimed and unknown, and the personal sacrifices made for the benefit of all.Scarlett Lewis founded the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement, a nonprofit organization... Read More →


Friday December 6, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Salon E/F (Ballroom)