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Monday, April 18
 

10:15am

The Worlds of Tech and Ed - Bridging the Divide
How often have you heard teachers complain that technology professionals don't understand the impact their activities have on their curricular plans? Conversely, how about technology professionals expressing frustration with lack of educator cooperation or with being viewed as less than an integral part of a functioning school? In this session, we will explore these issues and discuss ways to ensure professionals from both backgrounds can better understand each other and work together more effectively. Ultimately, this is critical because the impact of technology in education will only continue to increase and our efforts to foster collegial relationships will only result in higher quality educational experiences for the students we ultimately serve.

Speakers
avatar for Justin Culley

Justin Culley

Director of Education Technology, The Branson School
I am the director of educational technology at The Branson School. I have taught high school science for 14 years both in the Bay Area and in Hawaii. I have spent many years exploring ways to enhance my own curriculum with technology and assisting other educators with their technology... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Inman

10:15am

Meet the Invention Studio Team
Inspired by the Keynote? Come and meet with the members of iDREAM, the student run maker space at Georgia Tech University and learn more about their program and approach.

Speakers
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Lauren Murphy

President, Invention Studio at Georgia Tech


Monday April 18, 2016 10:15am - 11:00am
Ellington DEF

11:15am

Action Research and Google Apps to Create Positive Change
The interactive presentation will provide a crash course on the action research process utilized in Vanderbilt University’s Independent School Leadership M.Ed. program and how to apply it to create innovative professional development practices and enhance school culture. The entire process will be shaped through the collaborative lens of Google Apps for Education.

Speakers
avatar for Kevin Huitt

Kevin Huitt

Lead Teacher for Instructional Technology, Brandon Hall School
Kevin has worked at The Brandon Hall School in Atlanta, GA for the past 18 years. In addition to being the Lead Teacher for Instructional Technology, he is also an American Literature teacher, a soccer coach, and a basketball coach. Kevin is a Google Certified Educator and has led... Read More →
avatar for Justin Ryder

Justin Ryder

Dean of Faculty, Brandon Hall School
Justin Ryder is the Dean of Faculty at Brandon Hall School in Atlanta, GA. Justin has worked in various departments of independent schools in both San Francisco and Atlanta, including admissions, financial aid, and athletics. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College and... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Ardmore

11:15am

Design Thinking: Getting the Show on the Road
In this session you will receive a crash course on the design thinking process, including the steps involved and how to solve real world problems with your students. In addition, you will see how my school implemented design thinking in the lower school and branched out to the other divisions. I will walk you through a manageable and stress-free way to begin design thinking in your own school, from getting teacher buy-in to starting up your own design thinking lab. It's not as hard as it looks and the rewards are great!

Speakers
avatar for Megan Judy

Megan Judy

Technology Integration Specialist, St. Johns Country Day School
Educational BackgroundB.A. - Elementary and Special Education (Elon University)M.Ed. - Gifted Education (Elon University)Masters Instructional Technology (Appalachian State University)Teaching Background2nd Grade Special Education - Southern Elementary (New Castle, DE)4th Grade... Read More →


Monday April 18, 2016 11:15am - 12:00pm
Centennial

1:30pm

Strategies for Effective Faculty and Staff Professional Development
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session is designed to crowdsource effective strategies for meaningful professional development for faculty and staff. Faculty and staff have precious little time to nurture a growth mindset and work on essential skills. Join us in this session as we share effective strategies to partner with administration, gain valuable time in the schedule, and provide motivation and incentive for all members of the adult learning community.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Taverna

Mike Taverna

Director of Education Technology, Stevenson School
Results driven professional educator, instructional designer, trainer, curriculum developer, and technology specialist offering innovative solutions to 21st Century learners using skills and expertise acquired over 25 years of teaching in diverse instructional roles. Successful in... Read More →



Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Pittman

1:30pm

Making: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas
While this presentation will explore the virtues of learning-by-making and its theoretical and historical contexts, we will discuss the structural changes necessary to for schools to gain benefit from the maker movement. We must recognize that making is not new, but may still become a short-term fad without a coherent constructive educational vision having little to do with the construction of a “space.” The roles of expertise, continuous growth, prompt setting, project development, and curricular design to create the conditions necessary for sustaining and learning from making. The presenter is the co-author of Invent to Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering, called "the bible of the maker movement in schools" and has thirty-four years of experience helping teachers around the world create the learning conditions for learning by making.

Speakers
avatar for Gary Stager

Gary Stager

CEO, Constructing Modern Knowledge


Monday April 18, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dunwoody
 
Tuesday, April 19
 

9:00am

Watering at the Roots: Catalyzing Organizational Change with a Collaborative Inquiry
How can leaders effect pedagogical change by inviting faculty to become agents of curricular evolution? Even in long-standing, traditional schools, responsiveness to new realities can become part of institutional process with teachers at the helm. Join us for a case study in focusing educator genius on new academic horizons.

How do we remain true to our core mission and values, while stepping intentionally and definitively into possibilities afforded by new technology? Our nonagenarian K-12 progressive school has just undertaken an all-faculty inquiry of new trends precipitated across the larger culture by technological innovations. We’ll share a framework that we call “departmental inquiry,” which allows the school to become a learning organization in the face of disruptive trends in industry, arts, and academia. This will appeal to any technology leader looking for the means to structure group process in a way that catalyzes and directs curricular and pedagogical development, while investing all teachers in the outcomes. We will take a look not only at the specific topics about which we chose to inquire, but also the structure of the inquiry, supporting resources, and the deliverables for which each department is responsible. Finally, we will discuss some of the developments that arose from conversations around the departmental inquiries. While the inquiry prompts certainly deepen the level of discussion in meetings of faculty, personalities can become an issue, and fissures that lie below the surface of professionalism can come to have a strong impact on educators’ responses to institutional change. The departmental inquiry structure is a way to manage the natural tension that arises from changing times.

Bush Departmental Inquiry Map

Speakers
avatar for Ethan Delavan

Ethan Delavan

Director of Technology, The Bush School
Ethan has been leading change in educational technology for lo these twenty years. His current position allows him to help effect pedagogical evolution while bringing to bear the tools necessary to make it happen. He'd be delighted to have you contact him and even visit.



Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Centennial

9:00am

Information Technology, Libraries, and Ed Tech: Fight, Coexist, or Thrive?
Technology and library teams thrive together and die alone. Come hear about our three year journey as a merged Information and Innovation Team. We will reflect on the historical turf wars in this space and how they create opportunities, consider the merged approach through an LMS rollout case study, and share why a merged team accomplishes more than a house divided.

Speakers
avatar for Michael Ehrenfried

Michael Ehrenfried

Chief Information Officer, Kent Denver School
avatar for Audrey Imhoff

Audrey Imhoff

Director of Libraries and Academic Technology, Kent Denver School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Ellington C

9:00am

Badging: Illuminating Pathways of Learning
The term badge evokes a variety of emotions-from deep excitement to pure repugnance. But what is a badge really? Merely a token to represent affiliation or ability? Or could it potentially be much more? Join us on a journey through discovery, development, and implementation of a badging system that can change the culture of an organization and illuminate learning pathways.

Speakers
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Chrissy Levinson

Middle School Teacher, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
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Amy Wilkes

Middle School Teacher, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Piedmont

9:00am

Integrating Engineering Design, Computational Thinking, and 21st-Century Skills
Discover an innovative, research-based, standards-aligned high school course that engages students in integrated engineering design, computational thinking, and 21st century skills. Developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, Engineer Your World employs a unique series of STEM design challenges to engage students in authentic engineering practices in a project-based environment. Explore the curriculum and teacher support network, learn about dual enrollment opportunities, and discover funding opportunities to help offset implementation costs.

Speakers
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Cheryl Farmer

Director of Precollege Engneering Education Initiatives, The University of Texas at Austin
cheryl.farmer@mail.utexas.eduI have worked at the interface of secondary and post-secondary engineering education for more than a decade. As the founding program director of the NSF-funded UTeachEngineering program, I have led the development, launch, and growth of an innovative high... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Ardmore

9:00am

PD Crossfit: Get your Teaching Skills in Shape One Hour at a Time!
Join Laura Flynn, Director of eLearning at Louisville High School and Jackie Christensen of Blackbaud as they share how a Learning Management System helps deliver professional development while modeling online/blended learning and providing individual choice. Discuss successes and challenges when it comes to working with adult learners with a wide variety of needs and

Speakers
avatar for Laura Flynn

Laura Flynn

Director of Educational Technology, Louisville High School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 9:00am - 9:45am
Inman

10:00am

Girls & STEM: Making it Happen
Limited Capacity full
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Are there ways that work to interest more girls in STEM? This session will explore research, resources, and best practices to involve girls of all ages in STEM learning. Hands-on projects and tools from the Maker Movement can engage girls (and all learners) in STEM activities that matter.

Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Martinez

Sylvia Martinez

Author and Independent Education Consultant, Constructing Modern Knowledge
Sylvia is co-author of “Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering the Classroom”, a new book advocating authentic learning using modern technology, real world design principles, and hands-on experiences. The book has been hailed as the “Bible of the Maker Movement... Read More →


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Dunwoody

10:00am

Why IT Needs to Think Ahead of Education
Why IT needs to be engaged.  The Five Keys to a Tech Rich Learning Environment.

The session goes in to why IT needs to be actively involved with academics and how the wall between the two can be torn down. We cover how this was done at my school. 

Speakers
avatar for Anthony Shields

Anthony Shields

Director of Information Systems, The Epstein School


Tuesday April 19, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Inman

1:30pm

Personalized Learning
This session will introduce and define personalized learning, and explore possibilities for success and note pitfalls. Personalized learning offers a creative means for reaching each learner.  Giving learners the tools and opportunity to explore, create, experiment, and try again inspires them to become investigators of their world, attempt to solve problems, and bridge gaps of knowledge independently, collaboratively, and resourcefully. In personalized classrooms (and PD) learners have greater agency, and have opportunities for greater creative expression and higher-order learning.



Speakers

Tuesday April 19, 2016 1:30pm - 2:15pm
Dunwoody