Registration for all sessions is limited and space is on a first-paid basis.
Practices for Teaching Sexuality and Relationships Education
This interactive, full-day pre-con is designed for
those who teach SRE at the middle level. Sample activities and effective skills
will be modeled, the content for which will be determined in part by the
expressed needs of the participants.
Dr. Carol Ann Tomlinson
Instruction in the Middle Grades: Explore the Possibilities
This pre-conference is now full.
There may well be no group of students more diverse
than those in the middle grades. In addition to learning differences
shaped by culture, gender, language, ability/disability, and experiences,
middle grades learners vary greatly in physical, emotional, and intellectual
maturity as well. It’s highly unlikely that we do our best work as
teachers when we teach as though all students in a given class are essentially
the session, we’ll use examples of differentiated lessons created by middle
school educators, view videos of differentiated middle school classrooms, and
use rubrics to think about and respond to the key elements of successful
differentiation. Participants will also have the opportunity to examine
and interact with a range of instructional strategies that invite attention to
students’ learning differences while still helping students move toward
competence with required learning outcomes.
This pre-conference session will offer participants the opportunity to explore
ways in which effective differentiation can enhance their teaching—and ways in
which it can enhance learning for a broad range of young
Thinking Visible Seminar: Creating Classrooms Where Student Thinking
is Visible, has Value, and Shapes the Story of Learning for Our Middle
This pre-conference is now full.
Every classroom and
school communicates to students a story of what learning actually is --
what it feels like, what it looks like, and how it works to develop lasting
understanding. All too often though,
with mandates and pressures dominating the attention of many teachers and
school leaders, schools often become settings of “just getting through the
work” and fail to provide a rich story of learning for students. Sadly, classrooms become places of
work-compliance rather than places where students become better thinkers and
learners to serve them well beyond their years in school. For a number of years, the Harvard University
Project Zero Making Thinking Visible
team have questioned: Just how can
classrooms and schools become rich cultures of thinking for learners, both
students and teachers, and what difference does it make for their learning?
This seminar is
designed to bring classroom teachers and school leaders into this Making Thinking Visible
conversation. Educators attending this
event will have opportunities for collaboration and reflection with other
colleagues striving to enact powerful stories of learning in their own
classrooms and schools. Participants
will consider concrete strategies, tools, and pictures of practice to broaden
their own vision of what a new story of learning might be and how it might be
achieved through creating a culture of thinking.
Annelies Hoogland and
YOU CAN'T LEAD
FROM AN OFFICE: Being a Visible Leader
leadership is central to the success of learning in schools and research
highlights the significant contribution that leaders make towards this success.
However, when senior and middle leaders collaborate together and contribute to
the school improvement agenda, particularly in building a culture of learning
and teaching that addresses the needs of all learners, learning improves
The hallmark of a ‘visible’ leader for learning is someone whose choices and
actions are focused on and around learning. Learning determines the systems,
structures and data that leaders choose, and becomes the defining element
around which they and their colleagues collaborate in service to the core business
of schools, the improvement of learning. However, a ‘visible’ leader’s
key point of difference is that they are present whether it be in meetings,
classrooms, corridors, or during recess talking with students. By being visible
and present they see unexpected opportunities to encourage or grow those whom
they lead on the ground and in the moment, that is their real point of
This pre-conference workshop will explore what it means to be a ‘visible’
leader for learning. Through collaborative processes we will share successful
practices that were developed from our research and ‘hands-on’ mentoring of
leaders and teachers in middle schools. In essence, ‘visible’ leaders
clearly understand that their role is to lead the learning in practical and
This will be a day of high engagement through the use of professional protocols
and ‘hands-on’ collaborative learning practices that can be immediately
transferred into your current leadership role. Opportunities will be provided to
deepen your understanding of what it means to visibly lead and manage learning
improvement for all.
Harnessing the Power of Google Drive In and Out of the ClassroomGoing to be out of school for a day and
frustrated that your students are going to lose a day of learning? Not any
more! We’re going to build a Google form that will take your place for a day,
introducing concepts, engaging reflection, and building the foundation for
continuing work. You’ll be able to see exactly what happened in class and be
able to build on their efforts when you get back! (In fact, think about
what you might want your students to be working on Friday and you could put
this into action back at school the next day!)
After we finish with our forms, we'll fill them out and learn how to make using
spreadsheets less painless - including a tour of some fantastic add-ons. Then
we'll turn those forms responses into documents and work on a collaborative
It's going to be a busy day packed with real tools you can take back to class
right away - and don't worry, beginners are completely welcome. This session is
best done with a laptop with Chrome installed. If you don’t have one, don’t
worry, we can find you a buddy in the room to learn with
|Trudi van der Tak
War Sites in Barcelona
This pre-conference is now full.
Civil War is often seen as a prelude to the events and catastrophes of World
War II, but it is a time rooted in Spanish history that bears looking at for
its own sake. Barcelona itself has a unique place both in Spanish history and
in the Civil War that raged from 1936-1939. It was in Barcelona that the first
shots of this conflict were fired and where anarchism was seen as an
alternative, not only to communism and fascism, but also to Western style
democracies. This pre-conference workshop will begin with an in-depth look at
the origins of the Spanish Civil War and continue as we walk through Barcelona
exploring many of the places in the city of Barcelona that mark events in this
conflict. Looking at these events and sites through the eyes of George Orwell’s
Homage to Catalonia, will give teachers an opportunity to gain insights into
the roots of this conflict and to transfer this knowledge into structuring a
walking tour around a theme of national importance.
Modernisma in BarcelonaThis pre-conference is now full.
guided by Montserrat Rodon from the American School of Barcelona will include a
trip to Sagrada Familia and a walking tour of the “Quadrat d’Or”
Antoni Gaudí, man of faith, observer of nature and great architect,
has become a universal figure of modern architecture. His contribution to the
discipline was a break from the established order, as much in form as for the
structure and engineering solutions found in his buildings. He stood out in the
subjects of design, drawing and mathematical calculation. He undertook large
projects commissioned by the bourgeoisie such as, amongst others, the Casa Calvet, the Casa Batlló and the Casa
Milà. In 1883 he took over the design
of the Sagrada Familia, while also working on other projects, and
worked for 43 years on the temple until 1926.
Five generations have
already witnessed the temple’s rise in Barcelona. Construction continues today
and could be finished in the first third of the 21st century.
considered the genius of Catalan Modernism but there are many other great
Modernist architects of splendid buildings and palaces in Barcelona. The Quadrat d'Or is located around the
main artery in the new district of Eixample built from 1860 onwards, following
the demolition of the city walls, which hemmed in the old Barcelona. The neighbourhood was built
with money provided by Barcelona's well-to-do families. The city's bourgeoisie
vied with one another to build the most aesthetically refined Modernist homes,
all boasting magnificent floral decorations, neo-Gothic details and
stained-glass work. A plethora of
buildings by architects, including Puig
i Cadafalch, Domènech i Montaner,
Gaudí and more, are a real open-air museum
and an invitation to observe this legacy of architecture and art from the late
19th and early 20th centuries.
| Florence Verniolle and
José Antonio Femenía
Walking Tour of Barcelona
This pre-conference is now full.
Class field trips to cities have a long history in
education because they allow students to visit a variety of cultural
institutions, including museums, as well as theaters, zoos, or historical
sites. These visits help schools to produce civilized young men and women who
would appreciate the arts and the culture. Barcelona is well-known for having
attractions that tourists are dying to see. But Barcelona is also one of
the capitals of the "Mediterranean way of life".
This time we are offering you the possibility to
discover Barcelona in a different way: further away from the tourist
paths, by approaching the way of life in this city. We
will discover the city center by experiencing the local
way, learning about the culture and habits of the inhabitants, and having
the experience of food "the famous Mediterranean diet", cultural
expressions and social interaction.
The walking tour will give you the opportunity to
discover elements of the city that make it special, that will
help you better understand the cultural differences, and that may inspire
you in your teaching. After all, only a better understanding of cultures will
make the world a better place.
Florence Verniolle is a Foreign Languages
Advisor in Paris, France and Jose Antonio Femenía teaches Spanish at ISA Amsterdam.