Pre-Conference Master Classes

Pre-conference Master Classes with Inspiring Hands-on Experiences

Pre-conference Master Classes run from Sunday, July 14 – Tuesday, July 16, 2019. These workshops provide intensive, hands-on opportunities for exploring leading-edge teaching and learning skills and strategies. Space is limited, so book early! Participants may register for these workshops without registering for the main summer conference session.

Sunday Afternoon 1:00pm – 5:00pm, July 14th 2019

First Five Days (Part 1 of 2) *IB APPROVED

**Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes**

The first five days of school can prepare students to “learn how to learn” and yield achievement dividends all year.   By preparing students to own  their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success.   Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be  covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.

Presenter: Alan November

Bio: Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Price: $450

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Monday Morning 8:00am – 12:00pm, July 15th 2019

First Five Days (Part 2 of 2) *IB APPROVED

**Approved as official IB PD for evaluation purposes**

The first five days of school can prepare students to “learn how to learn” and yield achievement dividends all year.   By preparing students to own  their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success.   Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be  covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.

Presenter: Alan November

Bio: Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Price: $450

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Google Classroom: Community Space That Inspires, Empowers, Engages (And Makes Teachers’ Lives Easier)

Fast and easy collaboration is what makes Google Classroom an ideal learning environment. Gain knowledge as well as practical strategies to solve the workflow problem while building community and making collaboration a natural way of learning in your Google Classroom.

This session will be a rich source of ideas, resources, and information about these collaborative tools.

Participants will:

  • Learn about specific Google Classroom and other Google tools that provide an easy-to-use, integrated way for teachers and students to collaborate
  • Explore practical workflow models for sharing and collecting assignments
  • Engage in a collaborative activity that can be replicated in classrooms
  • Discover how real-time collaboration, powerful sharing controls, and seamless compatibility make learning more engaging and a teacher’s life easier

If you are ready to move from content consumption to content creation and community building while developing more self-directed learners, this session is for you.

Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!

Presenter: Lainie Rowell

Bio: Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community building. Lainie’s client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools. She is also a part of Alan November’s November Learning team and a presenter at local, regional and international conferences including TEDxManhattanBeach, Building Learning Communities (BLC), ISTE and CUE Conferences. Lainie is honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google for Education Certified Innovator. She has also been recognized as Teacher of the Year and was featured in OC Family Magazine as one of 10 Teachers Making a Difference.

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Monday Afternoon 1:00pm – 5:00pm, July 15th 2019

Mindful by Design: Using Mindfulness, Design Thinking and Storytelling (Part 1 of 2)
This session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness and inclusion, applying these techniques and methods to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other innovation techniques. Come to learn the practices that have proven positive results in learning, the brain, and overall social, emotional, physical and cognitive well-being. We all want to make meaningful connections in education communities and beyond, crafting authentic experiences that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and invention. Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindfulness mindsets, design thinking and storytelling thrive as connective forces, amplifying “integration, inclusion and innovation” in future-forward learning communities.

This session will include practices and step-by-step guides from Caitlin Krause’s recent book, Mindful by Design (2019): https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/mindful-by-design/book257855

Presenter: Caitlin Krause

Bio: Caitlin Krause works in interdisciplinary arenas linking technology, learning, leadership, writing and immersive storytelling. She is passionate about the intersection of expression, experience, and user engagement. A respected global speaker, leader, entrepreneur and educator, Caitlin founded the company MindWise® in 2016; prior to that, she served as an integrated curriculum designer and educator for 10+ years in schools worldwide. Her book Mindful by Design (Corwin Press) addresses mindfulness, neuroscience, creativity and innovative learning with a compassionate, curiosity-driven mindset, focusing on connection at the core.
In her workshops, seminars and talks, she explores the immersive experience of mindfulness, AR/VR/MR virtual worlds, visualization, storytelling and design. Promoting active, sustainable, ethically-driven leadership and global learning models is Caitlin’s driving force.

Price: $450

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

School and District Leadership

Leadership is the key position to effectively articulate the vision and assign resources needed to tap the full power of our investment in educational technology to improve instruction.  In this focused hands-on workshop, Alan brings his extensive knowledge of what successful school leaders really do around the world to build continuous capacity to improve student learning.  
Topics Include: 

  • Building capacity for continuous improvement
  • Strengthening the faculty as community
  • Balancing change anxiety with support for core values
  • Leader as Role Model 
  • Aligning technology investment with curriculum
  • Designing and evaluating affective staff development
  • Observation Questions for Leaders: Transformational 6
  • Moving Beyond 1:1 to 1:World

Presenter: Alan November

Bio: Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Tuesday Morning 8:00am – 12:00pm, July 16th 2019

Mindful by Design: Using Mindfulness, Design Thinking and Storytelling (Part 2 of 2)

This session focuses on positive mindset, using neuroscience research about mindfulness and inclusion, applying these techniques and methods to amplify design thinking, storytelling, maker culture and other innovation techniques. Come to learn the practices that have proven positive results in learning, the brain, and overall social, emotional, physical and cognitive well-being. We all want to make meaningful connections in education communities and beyond, crafting authentic experiences that build awareness, resilience, trust, creativity, empathy, and invention. Get to experiment, play, and learn firsthand how mindfulness mindsets, design thinking and storytelling thrive as connective forces, amplifying “integration, inclusion and innovation” in future-forward learning communities.

This session will include practices and step-by-step guides from Caitlin Krause’s recent book, Mindful by Design (2019): https://us.corwin.com/en-us/nam/mindful-by-design/book257855

Presenter: Caitlin Krause

Bio: Caitlin Krause works in interdisciplinary arenas linking technology, learning, leadership, writing and immersive storytelling. She is passionate about the intersection of expression, experience, and user engagement. A respected global speaker, leader, entrepreneur and educator, Caitlin founded the company MindWise® in 2016; prior to that, she served as an integrated curriculum designer and educator for 10+ years in schools worldwide. Her book Mindful by Design (Corwin Press) addresses mindfulness, neuroscience, creativity and innovative learning with a compassionate, curiosity-driven mindset, focusing on connection at the core.
In her workshops, seminars and talks, she explores the immersive experience of mindfulness, AR/VR/MR virtual worlds, visualization, storytelling and design. Promoting active, sustainable, ethically-driven leadership and global learning models is Caitlin’s driving force.

Price: $450

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Innovative Leadership: Cultivating a Culture of Ongoing Professional Learning
In the ever-changing landscape of 21st century education, the education world is feeling the constant pressure to innovate. What is the solution?

Grounded in the research on effective professional learning, this session focuses on empowering administrators to leverage existing professional learning as well as direct their teams into interest and needs-based learning that leads to increased educator effectiveness and results for all students. The breakdown of the session focuses on the three main realms of professional learning: Learning from Kids, Learning from the Peers and Learning from the World. Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!

Presenter: Lainie Rowell

Bio: Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community building. Lainie’s client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools. She is also a part of Alan November’s November Learning team and a presenter at local, regional and international conferences including TEDxManhattanBeach, Building Learning Communities (BLC), ISTE and CUE Conferences. Lainie is honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google for Education Certified Innovator. She has also been recognized as Teacher of the Year and was featured in OC Family Magazine as one of 10 Teachers Making a Difference.

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions: a Simple Pathway for Building Curiosity and Deeper Learning

Presenter: Luz Santana

Bio: Luz Santana, co-director of Right Question Institute, has spent 30 years as an advocate for students, parents, schools, and low-income communities. In her capacity as co-director, Luz helped develop the concept of Microdemocracy – the idea that low-income people can begin to participate in their ordinary encounters with public and publicly funded institutions. She is the co-author of Make Just One Change, published by Harvard Education Press in 2011, and Partnering with Parents. Luz has a B.A and M.A. from the Springfield College School of Human Services, and she was chosen as a Community Fellow at M.I.T.

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Transforming Learning: Six Questions

This workshop is based on Alan’s New York Times best-selling book, “Who Owns the Learning” and a powerful new 6 step model of designing transformational learning experiences. If the answer is no to all 6 questions chances are very good that the assignment has not leveraged the power of technology.

  1. Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
  2. Did the assignment develop new lines of enquiry?
  3. Are there opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
  4. Is there an opportunity for students to publish – across various media with capacity for continuous feedback?
  5. Is there an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?
  6. Who owns the learning?

Presenter: Alan November

Bio: Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Tuesday Afternoon 1:00pm – 5:00pm, July 16th 2019

An Introduction to Digital by Design
Join Alan November and members of the N2 Learning team in beginning the journey of creating and sustaining a digital, empowered, fearless learning culture. Participants will be challenged to start thinking toward developing a cohesive plan and leadership skills necessary to sustain transformation of teaching and learning in their districts and campuses. Components include a focus on high quality student work, having a clear vision, and the importance of measurable indicators and evidence.

Presenter: Alan November

Bio: Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant, and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Presenter: N2Learning (Roz Keck, Dr. Susan Borg, Stephanie Edgar)

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Designing Innovative Learning Experiences to Engage All Learners

This session is based on Alan November’s “Transformational Six”:

  • Will the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web?
  • Will the assignment develop new lines of inquiry?
  • Will there be opportunities for students to make their thinking visible?
  • Will there be opportunities to broaden the perspective of the conversation with authentic audiences from around the world?
  • Will there be an opportunity for students to create a contribution (purposeful work)?
  • Will the assignment demo “best in the world” examples of content and skill?

Educators will be guided through design considerations and participants will leave ready to develop their own innovative learning experiences. Examples/lessons will be shared throughout.

Be sure to bring a device to fully participate in this interactive session!

Presenter: Lainie Rowell

Bio: Lainie Rowell is an educator and international speaker who specializes in working with other educators to find innovative and sustainable ways to transform teaching and learning. Her areas of expertise include designing innovative learning experiences, professional learning and community building. Lainie’s client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Apple and Google to school districts and independent schools. She is also a part of Alan November’s November Learning team and a presenter at local, regional and international conferences including TEDxManhattanBeach, Building Learning Communities (BLC), ISTE and CUE Conferences. Lainie is honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google for Education Certified Innovator. She has also been recognized as Teacher of the Year and was featured in OC Family Magazine as one of 10 Teachers Making a Difference.

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Connecting to Your Classroom Community: Engaging Parents in the Learning Process
The purpose of this workshop is for teachers to build pedagogical tools centered on parent and student communication. Participants will be able to create a new Google Site to be used as a parent portal and connect to a student and teacher run blog. Participants will create their blogs and develop ideas of how to implement best practices to get the blogs up and running at the start of school. Teachers will create forms to use at the start of school and gain a better understanding of Sites, Blogger, Forms, Flipgrid, Padlet, social media, Google Photos, the power of video, and podcasting as a communication tools and learning tools for parents and students. We will also discuss data privacy as all educators should be aware of policies and laws before using tools with students.

Presenter: Rayna Freedman

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

Creating Active Learning Environments

One of the keys to academic achievement is active learning. According to research –  personalized, collaborative, and connected learning experiences enhance student engagement, which in turn drives student success. By integrating blended and digital learning into the classroom, educators can take learning experiences to the next level and improve student performance. 

In its basic and simplest definition, blended learning is an instructional methodology. It is a teaching and learning approach that combines face-to-face classroom methods with digital created activities to deliver instruction. A classroom that nurtures creativity often results in students taking different approaches to interacting with the same curriculum. Computers don’t teach, Apps don’t teach, TEACHERS teach. Technology does not replace educators. Digital learning is an instructional strategy that enhancing and engages learners. It’s important to know what tools we have and what they’re capable of providing to enhance student learning.  This session will focus on some blended learning tools that can increase engagement that educators can use for instruction.

Presenter: Dr. Matthew X. Joseph

Price: $275

Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel

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