The New England Secondary School Consortium is inviting schools, community-based organizations, and education stakeholders from New England and across the nation to submit proposals to lead breakout sessions for the 9th annual School Redesign in Action conference, March 12 & 13, 2018 in Providence, RI. The School Redesign in Action conference is the New England Secondary School Consortium’s annual conference for educators and stakeholders to share lessons learned in the journey towards personalized learning. Participants will exchange best practices, problem-solve together, and continue to build momentum and public support for innovations that personalize learning for all students.
Seventy-five minute breakout sessions are expected to share strategies that showcase how school or district efforts have led to a more equitable, rigorous, and personalized experience for students. Components of personalized learning could include proficiency-based graduation and multiple/flexible pathways. Sessions may focus on positive shifts in the student experience and how teacher learning and increased community engagement can support such improvements.
The Consortium is also requesting proposals for breakout sessions that increase participants’ capacity to foster authentic school-community engagement, establish meaningful relationships with marginalized groups in schools and/or communities, and strengthen partnerships to improve outcomes for all students.
Breakout sessions can include skill building, knowledge building, and/or critical conversations. Skill building introduces participants to a particular skill or set of skills that they can apply immediately to their work. Knowledge building shares information about a meaningful topic so that participants are able to leave the session knowing next steps they can take to use this knowledge in their work. Critical conversations provide a relevant, inspiring, thought provoking topic and skillfully facilitate a conversation among participants.