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Wednesday, October 16
 

8:20am

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

SFUSD's vision for mathematics is that all students will make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Our equity strategies towards this goal include both the visionary work of teams of teachers engaging in lesson study, and also our work to end tracking in secondary mathematics. This morning's session will frame our work towards rigorous math in heterogeneous classrooms, describing the policy itself relative to research and data, as well as sharing current outcomes.

There will be opportunities for questions in a later session.

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Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 8:20am - 8:35am
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

10:15am

Lesson Study in Mathematics
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

SFUSD has been making notable strides toward our vision that all students make sense of rigorous mathematics in ways that are creative, interactive, and relevant in heterogeneous classrooms. Through efforts to design and refine a problem-based curriculum, detrack high school math, and increase participation in advanced math courses, and through the development of math teacher leaders and math coaches in our schools, SFUSD has been a role model for other urban districts seeking to shift the practice of mathematics toward inquiry, critical thinking, and equitable outcomes. This impact has been accomplished in part through ongoing, responsive professional development efforts, including complex instruction, problem-solving cycles, and lesson study. A cohort of SFUSD schools has been committed to whole school lesson study within mathematics, focused on Teaching Through Problem Solving (TTP). These schools seek to ensure the participation of all educators in one or more rigorous lesson study cycles annually, toward the goal of accelerating math achievement for each and every student — so that students are confident, independent learners able to engage in high-level problem-solving and productive discussion, and able to use evidence and reason to construct viable arguments. Our cohort of schools believes that lesson study is a powerful lever for enhancing teachers' pedagogical content knowledge through the development of a research question, collaborative research and lesson planning, detailed observation, and the moderated debriefing of lessons. Using the Teaching Through Problem Solving protocol, Lauren Williams and the team will present a fifth-grade mathematics lesson with a class of Hillcrest Elementary students. Observers will have the opportunity to hear how the group developed their inquiry and resulting lesson, watch the lesson live with students, and participate in the debriefing. Expert commentary on the mathematics of the lesson will come from Dr. Harold Asturias. Final comments on the day will be from Annie Fetter.

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Joseph Mannarino

5th Grade Teacher, John Muir Elementary School
Joseph is in his fourth year as a 5th-grade teacher at John Muir. He studied music and Spanish in college, working previously as a theater arts teacher and director for kids. He pursued his master's through the San Francisco Teacher Residency program. Joseph has attended the IMPULS... Read More →
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Karen Cortez-Ramirez

3rd Grade Spanish Bilingual Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District
My name is Karen Cortez-Ramirez. I am originally from Los Angeles and have been a public school educator for 11 years. I believe all teachers should strive to be agents of change. I have been teaching at Hillcrest Elementary in San Francisco since 2011, have spent most of my years... Read More →
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Lauren Williams

Classroom Teacher, 5th Grade Gen Ed, Hillcrest Elementary School
Lauren has been a teacher at Hillcrest since 2013 and a Lesson Study participant since 2015. She attended IMPULS in Japan during the summer of 2018 and has loved bringing her learning back to her classroom and school site.
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Nora Houseman

Supervisor, Professional Learning & Leadership, San Francisco Unified School District
Nora Houseman grew up in Washington, DC, attending district public schools K–12 and leaving high school determined to further equity and justice in public schooling. Nora taught middle school for nine years in Oakland, San Lorenzo, and San Francisco, then served as the site principal... Read More →
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Rashida Carter

Teacher, San Francisco Unified School District
I am a graduate of Syracuse University (BS)  and University of San Francisco (MAT). While at USF I was in the SFTR (San Francisco Teacher Residency) program and did my residency at John Muir Elementary School. I have taught at John Muir for the past 3 years and am currently a 5th... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

11:40am

Lesson Study Live: Post-Lesson Discussion Panel
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

In a Lesson Study cycle, the planning team works over a period of weeks to study the content, curriculum, and their inquiry question (e.g., how to support mathematical perseverance). This groundwork informs their plan for the research lesson and larger unit. For example, teachers identify the key learnings expected within the unit and how each lesson contributes to the unit goals, the data that will illuminate their inquiry question, the changes in student thinking anticipated during the lesson, and the teacher moves and lesson features that will elicit student thinking and enable students to revise and build their understanding. During the research lesson, the observers become the eyes and ears for the planning team, carefully documenting the learning of specific students and connecting it to lesson features. As a participant today, you will get to watch the lesson and participate in the post-lesson discussion, which follows a protocol focused on sharing and discussing evidence about student thinking and learning. Elements of the post-lesson discussion include reflections from the Lesson Study team; comments from invited observers who share their curated notes, modeling how to share observations and push the group's thinking about the inquiry; and final comments from a knowledgeable outsider.

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Catherine Lewis

Senior Research Scientist, Mills College
Catherine Lewis, PhD, comes from four generations of public school teachers. Her video and print materials have introduced many educators to Lesson Study (LS; www.lessonresearch.net ). She has directed a series of federally funded grants to improve and research LS, establishing that... Read More →
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David Foster

Executive Director, Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative
David Foster is the executive director of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI), comprising over 160 member districts in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Besides the intensive work in California, SVMI consults in states across the country, including New York, Illinois... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 11:40am - 12:30pm
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

1:15pm

Lesson Study Live: Tying it All Together - Lessons from a Knowledgeable Other
This session is a part of the Spotlight Wednesday at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco and will be based on the live research lesson with Hillcrest students immediately prior to this session.

When I was a novice teacher, I observed research lessons with experienced teachers. I worked so hard to observe the lessons carefully, but when experienced teachers shared their observations during the post-lesson discussions, I was always shocked. I had been in the same classroom, at the same time, with the same conditions. But how much those educators could see! I had never realized. It’s so important to develop one’s eye and hone the power of observation. 
— Dr. Akihko Takahashi, Associate Professor of Elementary Mathematics, DePaul University, Chicago, IL

Within the Lesson Study protocol, we reserve time at the end of the post-lesson discussion for a knowledgeable other. Today, Dr. Harold Asturias, will provide his reflection on the research lesson as it unfolded before us. The role of knowledgeable other has many aspects, including how to model the careful observation of students. The responsibility includes carefully building upon the post-lesson discussion to address the goals of the planning team, referencing relevant research and curriculum, and helping the teacher move to a new level of understanding in their inquiry. Expect to leave the Wednesday event energized about mathematics teaching and learning and observing your students in new ways!

Dr. Asturias' talk will lead participants to understand the lesson through the lens of the five dimensions of the Teaching for Robust Understanding framework (TRU), developed by Alan Schoenfled, UC Berkeley, and implemented in the Oakland Unified School District Lesson Study project, among others.

TRU is a framework for characterizing powerful learning environments in crisp and actionable ways. It provides a research-based response to the question “What are the attributes of equitable and robust learning environments — environments in which all students are supported in becoming knowledgeable, flexible, and resourceful disciplinary thinkers?”



Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Harold Asturias

Director, Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity, University of California Berkeley
Harold Asturias is the director of the Center for Mathematics Excellence and Equity (CeMEE) at UC Berkeley. He has experience providing professional development in the areas of standards and assessment in math for large urban districts and smaller rural districts. He has also designed... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:15pm - 1:35pm
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134

1:35pm

A Focus on Student Thinking
This session is a part of our special Wednesday focus on professional development in mathematics. It will take place at Hillcrest Elementary School in San Francisco.

Children have lots of ideas and love to share them!  Yet the math classroom is often focused on the ideas of others, not those of the students.  What are we doing to elicit those ideas and use them to inform our instruction?  I’ll focus on the lesson with the lens of how instructional moves supported — or missed supporting — making students’ thinking visible.  

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Annie Fetter

21st Century Partnership for STEM Education
I live outside Philadelphia and in central Vermont, but have been doing math with educators in California since the early 1990s.  I worked on the project that developed the first version of the Geometer’s Sketchpad and was a founding staff member of the Math Forum, an online math... Read More →


Wednesday October 16, 2019 1:35pm - 2:30pm
Hillcrest Elementary School (SFUSD) 810 Silver Ave, San Francisco, CA 94134
 
Thursday, October 17
 

9:00am

A New Approach to Humanities in the Lower and Middle Schools, Part 1: Theme & Variations, Room A-122
A Morning of Humanities
This morning will introduce aspects of a new approach to Language Arts and the Humanities in the elementary and middle school. Matt Berman and Pete Bowers collaborate on three sessions about Language Arts, Humanities, Word Study, and how they all interact and work together in the classroom. In this way participants get to see the how structured word inquiry (Bowers & Kirby, 2010) can be integrated in any subject area with brief organic investigations that will come up in sessions on History, Philosophy, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.; and how explicit SWI lessons make such learning possible.

Part 1: Theme and Variations
STEM gets all the attention in schools these days, but the Humanities have never been more important. Of course reading and writing are essential, even more so now in the online world in which our students live. And we see every day in the news what happens to those who don't communicate clearly, don't have a deep understanding of the sweep of human history, and don't think for themselves rationally. In this first session, we will talk about how themes and central subjects tie the curriculum together, touch briefly on reading, the place of poetry and music in the program, and focus on writing and language skills: spelling, handwriting, grammar, punctuation.


Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Matt Berman

Teacher Emeritus / Founding Director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities, The Nueva School
Recipient of the NEH Teacher-Scholar Award, Matt has been an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, with certification in gifted education and degrees in education and philosophy for children. A nationally recognized expert in children’s literature, Matt has written four... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

9:00am

Collaborative Assessment Modalities, Trans-Disciplinary Student Portfolios, Room 217
We will jointly explore a new model of collaborative assessment that we piloted as part of an innovative transdisciplinary elective on computational biology last spring at Nueva. This course was based on asynchronous, modular work that guided the students to curate individual portfolios. The participants in our session will be immersed in the process we followed, using small-group facilitated conversations about anonymized pieces of student work in different modalities to articulate what they see. This will follow a short presentation of our outcomes rubric. My hope is to inspire others to try similar student-centered, collaborative modalities of assessment, and to receive feedback on our process.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Samantha Huff

Upper School Associate Teacher, The Nueva School
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Ted Theodosopoulos

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Ted is thrilled to have moved across the country with his family to join Nueva’s upper school math faculty, bringing his diverse teaching career at all levels in academics. Most recently Ted was the mathematics department chair at Worcester Academy in Worcester, MA, and before that... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:00am

Studying a Word: Young Students and Structured Word Inquiry, Room A-117
Young children come to school interested in the English language and in understanding how the writing system works. Our students deserve accurate instruction that meets the learning styles of all learners and builds upon their natural curiosity. Structured Word Inquiry shows us that we can wonder about words just like other scientific concepts! Every word has a story, and it is the meaning of a word, not just the sounds, that holds the key to a word’s spelling. We can successfully go beyond simplistic CVC instruction from the start.

In this workshop, three early childhood teachers will present the programmatic planning, routines, and concrete experiences that have supported their efforts to implement Structured Word Inquiry in a meaningful, active, and playful way with young children. 

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Carolee Fucigna

Former PreK Teacher / Educational Consultant, The Nueva School
Carolee Fucigna has been involved in teaching and research in early childhood education for the past 42 years. She is deeply inspired by the pedagogy in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and used their work to frame her practice as Nueva's prekindergarten teacher. She currently resides in New... Read More →
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Diana Friedman

1st Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Diana joins us from Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, where she taught second grade. After earning her degree in elementary education with a concentration in math from the University of Wisconsin, Diana began her teaching career as a Montessori teacher in Chicago, where... Read More →
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Rebecca Loveless

Lower School Structured Word Inquiry Coach, The Nueva School
Rebecca Loveless is a passionate word lover and the current Structured Word Inquiry Coach at The Nueva School. After receiving a BA in Linguistics (University of Oregon) and a MA in Education (Language and Literacy emphasis, Santa Clara University), she taught in elementary classrooms... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

9:00am

The Question Formulation Technique: A Structured Approach to Using Students' Questions to Guide Your Teaching, Room A-206
As described by its authors at the Right Question Institute, the Question Formulation Technique is “a step-by-step strategy for teaching students how to formulate, work with, and use their own questions. This deceptively simple yet profoundly important practice results in students who are more curious and engaged, take greater ownership of their own education, and are learning more deeply than ever before.” In second grade at Nueva we are always looking for ways to democratize our classroom learning culture, and we have been inspired by the book, published by the Right Question Institute, Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions, by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. The ideas in this book have helped us restructure investigations and to inform our general practice to draw more deeply from our students’ questions and interests while maintaining our focus on the key themes and content of our second-grade curriculum. In this workshop, I will provide an overview of the protocols that the authors outline, share an example of an investigation we facilitate in second grade, and give you all the opportunity to ask your own questions using this technique!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Sam Modest

2nd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Sam Modest is a second grade teacher at the Nueva School who is passionate about integrating Social Justice, Equity, and Democracy into his classroom culture and curriculum. At Nueva, Sam also sits on the Social Justice Advisory Board, acts as a Social Justice Liaison and Curriculum... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

9:00am

Designing Monstrosity: Utilizing Design Thinking in the English Classroom, Room 1204
English courses often rely upon analytical writing assignments to engage students in deep thinking about literature, but how can we devise projects that develop imaginative problem-solving skills beyond the analysis of language? In this session, we will focus on a project in our ninth-grade English class, where students engage tenets of the Design Thinking process to respond to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. With the eventual goal of creating their own monsters, students interview designers and artists within the world of monstrosity while they explore their interpretations of the text and consider the larger implications of Shelley’s work. Through exploring this project and several student exemplars, participants will consider how the Design Thinking process can shift some of the work of literature-based projects and the English classroom toward a wider scope of skill development.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Alexa Hart

Upper School English Teacher, The Nueva School
Alexa Hart currently teaches upper school English at Nueva. Her classroom experience ranges from teaching third grade in Peru to teaching at a large, public high school in rural Vermont to working at an independent Jewish school in Vancouver, BC. Most recently, before she came to... Read More →
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Jen Neubauer

Upper School English Teacher, The Nueva School
Jen Neubauer currently teaches high school English at Nueva, and she has also taught humanities and writing in Nueva’s middle school. In her twelve years as an educator, Jen has taught middle and high school students in Los Angeles, Seattle, and New York City, and she has worked... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:00am

Overview of Design Thinking at Nueva, Room 1105
At Nueva, we believe that Design Thinking is not simply a subject for students to learn or a process to follow. Rather, it is a mindset for students to cultivate, a way to approach challenges in one's life and beyond, as well as a lens through which to view our world. In this overview, Innovation Lab (I-Lab) director Angi Chau and members of the I-Lab team will talk about the journey that Nueva embarked on 13 years ago as it began to develop a holistic Design Thinking program for our school. We will show how Design Thinking permeates our school culture, from the student experience to more behind-the-scenes work such as designing our school's schedule. We will also highlight more specifically the work we do in the I-Lab, where we built upon the foundation of Design Thinking by adding on the lenses of engineering and computer science. This presentation would be a wonderful way to begin your own journey through Design Thinking, both at this conference and beyond, and we think you will find something relevant to bring back to your own practice, whether you are new to Design Thinking or not!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Angi Chau

I-Lab Director, PreK-12, The Nueva School
Angi is Nueva’s I-Lab (Innovation Lab) director across both campuses and all three divisions. Originally from Hong Kong, Angi immigrated to the States as a sixth grader. After receiving her BS in electrical engineering from Rice University, she worked for a few years as a software... Read More →
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John Feland

I-Lab Engineer, The Nueva School
Dr. John Feland is a teacher in the Nueva I-Lab and an award-winning design thinker. He teaches courses in design, entrepreneurship, and engineering. Before coming to Nueva he ran Argus Insights, where his team integrated information gathered from online conversations across a wealth... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:00am

Picture a Thousand Words, Ballroom
Dialog with graphic recorder Bruce Van Patter as he discusses the keys to capturing spoken content in memorable images. In addition to highlighting the techniques and benefits of graphic capture, Bruce will teach a simple, hands-on lesson in visual modeling. Explore how such techniques might aid your classes.

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Bruce Van Patter

Graphic Recorder/Digital Illustrator
WHAT IS AN ILLUSTRATIONIST? It’s more than just an illustrator. More than just a graphic recorder. Like a kind of visual illusionist, I bring your ideas to life. Right before your very eyes. My whole career to this point prepared me for this.ILLUSTRATIONYou name it, I probably drew... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

9:00am

Wonder and Awe: How Biophilic Design and Nature-Based Instruction Impact the Student Experience, Room 112
Have you ever been moved to wonder and awe by studying a flower, listening to birdsong, or gazing out upon a sunset? If so, then you have experienced biophilia, our innate human affinity for nature. In this sensory immersive session you will learn how incorporating biophilic design strategies on your campus reduces student stress hormones, aids sleep and digestion, and improves attentiveness, concentration, and memory. We will share examples of seamlessly integrated nature-based instruction, and you will design an outdoor learning environment. Together we can improve the student experience for all learners by harnessing the power of nature.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Anna Harrison

Director of Educational Planning, Aedis Architects
Anna Harrison is an educational planning and design professional who draws upon her 30 years of experience to empower school districts to discover and implement their long-range educational vision and mission. A veteran interior designer, community college instructor, and workshop... Read More →
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Hillary Freeman

Dean of Student Life, Grades 5-12, The Nueva School
Since joining Nueva in 2005 as a biology and chemistry teacher, Hillary has willingly taken leadership roles on a variety of programs and projects in the Middle and Upper Schools. Her current focus is on the Upper School as the director of internships, ninth-grade dean, and ninth-grade... Read More →
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John Diffenderfer

President, Aedis Architects
John is the president of Aedis Architects and has nearly 30 years of California school design experience. Formerly chairman of the AIA Silicon Valley Committee on the Environment and chair of the Green Schools Committee for the Northern California Chapter of the USGBC, John has been... Read More →
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Vincent P. Lattanzio

Principal, Landscape Architect
Vincent Lattanzio brings over 35 years of experience as a project landscape architect and principal-in-charge of public institutional projects. His ability to design inspiring, LEED-certified, sustainable projects adds unique value to his role as project landscape architect. He works... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:00am

Three Proofs Every Student Should See, Room 316
Much of a student’s early exposure to mathematics is grounded in what works based on trial and error and learning specific algorithms to achieve useful results. But professional and recreational mathematicians alike will tell you that the heart of mathematics is in problem solving, reasoning, and communication, not calculation. As a result, while they may be well prepared to USE math in other disciplines, many students matriculate having made decisions about their desire (and fitness!) to take college math classes without have ever seen any comparable material — and they miss out on the beauty of the ideas underpinning these undeniably powerful results! How do we reconcile the disparity between the practical introduction emphasized by most K–12 standards and the philosophical approach that is the hallmark and main recommendation of advanced mathematics? In this session we will discuss three accessible proofs that offer a window into the mathematical mindset while supporting and illuminating a standard approach to calculation, as well as appropriate ways to tie them into traditional curricula.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Jana Comstock

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Jana Comstock joined the faculty at Nueva in 2008, having previously taught at Brooklyn’s Saint Ann’s School, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, Groton School in Massachusetts, and Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. Jana has... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

9:00am

Teaching Through Problem Solving: Three-Part Series of Live Demonstration Lessons for Deriving the Formula for Finding the Area of Quadrilaterals (PART 1), Room J-208
Come see how a thread of mathematical thinking is developed with students by connecting visual models, numerical expressions, and justification with intriguing problems. Over a three-day mini-unit designed for students to derive the formula for finding the area of quadrilaterals through solving a series of problems and comparing their solutions with several different approaches by their peers, master teacher Dr. Takahashi will lead a middle school class into a deep dive into important mathematical ideas. Each of the lessons is designed for the students to experience communicating their own reasoning to others by expressing their own ways of solving the problems in mathematical expressions. At the same time, students will have opportunities to infer their peers’ ways of thinking by interpreting their mathematical expressions. Throughout, students will be expected to justify the reasonableness of their own and others’ strategies and mathematical expressions. These experiences are expected to foster their skill for developing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others (CCSS-M MP3), while the process of writing and interpreting mathematical expressions helps students develop the ability to reason quantitatively and abstractly.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

9:00am

Teach a Mindful Moment: 10 Simple Ways to Bring Mindfulness into the Classroom, Library
Dive into classroom mindfulness practices with these 10 simple strategies. Experience mindfulness as you might implement it directly with your students, and learn about the research showing why mindfulness is effective. Topics include balloon breathing, noting thoughts, mindful listening, and recognizing emotions.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Melissa Beressi

Educator, Add a Little Happiness; Teach a Mindful Moment
Melissa Beressi, MEd, has been working as an educator for over 25 years, beginning as an undergraduate at UCLA in the Young Autism Project through 10 years as an elementary school teacher and 15 years as a teacher coach and workshop presenter for Palo Alto Unified School District... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

10:10am

How to Teach Science in the 21st Century? Trust the Students to Figure It Out!, Room 103
The question has been raised over and over: what is the best way to teach science? Everyone seems to have an opinion about how educators are doing it wrong, but — with information abundance and everything being searchable — how does one actually prepare students to be successful scientists in the 21st century? And what are the operationalized characteristics of a learning environment that fosters wonder and curiosity, alongside resilience and resourcefulness? In our chemistry and biology classes at Nueva, centering student questions and their ability to solve problems through inquiry-based learning has yielded great success, and I would love to share our work with you! Come to the session ready to learn about our best practices, get tools and materials you can adapt for your classroom, and bring your questions to the group for an interactive session about student-centered science education. I’ll bring my questions too!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Michaela Danek

Upper School Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Originally drawn to teaching through neuroscience, Michaela began her teaching career at Fenway High School fresh out of a teacher education master’s program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Working with a variety of different learners, from the regular-education classroom... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:10am

International Cultural Exchange: Making Virtual a Reality, Room 317
Join us for a session presented by a pair of middle school teachers — one from the San Francisco Bay Area and one from Johannesburg, South Africa. They united to create authentic, curriculum-based opportunities for their students, who participated in a 3-part, virtual exchange. Leveraging emerging technologies, they connected 70 students separated by a time difference of 9 hours and a distance of over 10,000 miles to forge new partnerships, exchange ideas, and analyze literature. Students also gave and received valuable and relevant feedback from partners on their creative writing. Session participants will hear from both the teachers and the students.


Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Brooke Tucker

MS Language Arts/ELL Teacher and Grade 7 Team Lead, American International School of Johannesburg, South Africa
Educator Brooke Tucker has 20 years’ experience as a Spanish, English and ELL teacher. Originally hailing from Colorado where she studied Spanish and English Literature at the University of Denver, she began her teaching journey in the snow country of Japan. There, Brooke taught... Read More →
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Jennifer Perry

Upper and Middle School Writing and Humanities Teacher, The Nueva School
Nueva writing teacher Jennifer Perry is an educator with twenty-plus years of wide-ranging experience teaching students in public and independent schools at middle school, high school, and university levels. A native Delawarean, she studied history and English at the University of... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:10am

Nueva Math and Science Building Blocks: Deconstructing the Standards for a Flexible Curriculum, Room 320
Nueva has long supported an interdisciplinary approach in which learning is authentic and focused upon students’ interests and needs. Nueva classes encourage students to tackle messy, complex problems in which construction of knowledge is a practice shared by students, teachers, and environment. However with the emergent nature of our curriculum, which evolves each year, Nueva had developed little documentation, consistency, or understanding of continuity of different content and skills strands between grades and disciplines. This session will focus on the process of mapping PreK–12 learning experiences and opportunities. It will pay particular attention to how standards can be used to inform the development of a comprehensive and holistic program.

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Danielle McReynolds-Dell

Upper School Math Teacher, PK-12 Math Coordinator, The Nueva School
Danielle McReynolds-Dell joins Nueva as an Upper School mathematics teacher, most recently from Bentley School in Lafayette, CA. She has been teaching high school math for 15 years, beginning her career at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA, teaching a wide variety of courses... Read More →
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Lelia Youn

Middle School Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Lelia Youn graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BS in biochemistry and a minor in Asian studies. Originally pursuing a pre-pharmacy path, Lelia realized that her true passion was for learning and teaching, particularly in environments where she could develop... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:10am

Makerspaces, Innovation Labs, Idea Labs, Oh My!, Room 112
Does your school have a makerspace (or innovation lab, or idea lab, or ...)? Why? As more and more schools are adding makerspaces (or innovation lab, or idea lab, or ...) to their programs, we want to ask educators to reflect on the goals of these spaces in their respective communities. In this interactive session, we will present some frameworks to help educators think about possible purpose(s) and intention(s) underlying these learning spaces and guide participants through some self-reflection exercises in order to help them begin to answer this big "why" question. We will also leverage some of the tools of design thinking to help us strive towards understanding. While we cannot guarantee that you will come out of this session with an answer in hand, you will leave this session with ideas and questions to take back to your schools, so you are prepared to tackle this "why" question with your colleagues. 

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Angi Chau

I-Lab Director, PreK-12, The Nueva School
Angi is Nueva’s I-Lab (Innovation Lab) director across both campuses and all three divisions. Originally from Hong Kong, Angi immigrated to the States as a sixth grader. After receiving her BS in electrical engineering from Rice University, she worked for a few years as a software... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:10am

Building Creativity through Play and Prototyping, Room 243
The development and practice of certain mindsets in learning environments can serve to enhance, engage, and connect with today's students in a more meaningful way. In this hands-on, high-energy session, we will explore ways to build and nurture innovative design thinking mindsets daily in our classrooms and communities.

Practicing human-centered mindsets is crucial to building a community of learners who embrace risk-taking, creative problem-solving, and collaboration and have a bias towards action. How might we provide opportunities for students to grow in their learning by empowering mindful, intentional daily practice of these mindsets? Participants will engage in activities that can be brought back and experienced directly and immediately in their own communities.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ellen Deutscher

Educator, Design Thinker, Empathy2Action
Ellen Deutscher is an educational consultant with a focus on Design Thinking (Human-Centered Design, HCD) and creativity. She spent over 20 years teaching public school in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the past year, Ellen designed and taught a Design Thinking course for the Vanke... Read More →
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Mary Cantwell

Educator and Design Thinking Consultant
Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) is a 20-year educator with a master’s degree in educational leadership in technology. She dove DEEP into Design Thinking, encouraged visible thinking, and sparked a rapid transformation into 21st century learning, thinking, and creating. Currently, Mary... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:10am
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

10:10am

A New Approach to Humanities in the Lower and Middle Schools, Part 2: Humanities and Philosophy through Structured Word Inquiry, Room A-122
A Morning of Humanities
This morning will introduce aspects of a new approach to Language Arts and the Humanities in the elementary and middle school. Matt Berman and Pete Bowers collaborate on three sessions about Language Arts, Humanities, Word Study, and how they all interact and work together in the classroom. In this way participants get to see the how structured word inquiry (Bowers & Kirby, 2010) can be integrated in any subject area with brief organic investigations that will come up in sessions on History, Philosophy, Grammar, Vocabulary, etc.; and how explicit SWI lessons make such learning possible.

PART 2: Humanities and Philosophy through Structured Word Inquiry
In this session, Dr. Peter Bowers leads structured word inquiry (SWI) lessons targeting key words and concepts that drive Sessions 1 and 3. The Nueva School is at the forefront of schools around the world using SWI (Bowers & Kirby, 2010). SWI applies scientific inquiry to understand how English spelling marks connections of meaning between present-day English words through morphology via the historical sources of those words (etymology). Within this meaningful context, grapheme-phoneme correspondences (phonology) can be understood that otherwise seem random. Consider the pronunciation of the <t> grapheme in the words innate, nature, nation, and native. These words all share an English base that goes back to a Latin root nasci, natus for “come into being, born.” These connections explain why the word nation is not spelled *<nashun> or nature *<nachur>. More importantly for the science or humanities teacher, collecting these words via their common historical root enriches discussion of the meaning of all of these words. Interest in SWI usually begins as a form of spelling/reading instruction. But as schools like Nueva dive into this instruction, it becomes apparent that it is equally valuable as a means of deepening understanding of terms and concepts in any area. Combining this session with classes on humanities and philosophy provides a way to model this process.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Matt Berman

Teacher Emeritus / Founding Director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities, The Nueva School
Recipient of the NEH Teacher-Scholar Award, Matt has been an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, with certification in gifted education and degrees in education and philosophy for children. A nationally recognized expert in children’s literature, Matt has written four... Read More →
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Peter Bowers

Founder, WordWorks Literacy Centre
Pete Bowers, PhD, is a teacher, researcher, author, and founder of WordWorks Literacy Centre. His research on morphological instruction and "Structured Word Inquiry" and his practical work with schools are transforming how researchers, teachers, tutors, and students around the world... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

10:10am

Creating Positive Classroom Culture through Effective Classroom Management, Ballroom
A crucial element of a successful and joyful classroom is the pervading culture. This presentation will help teachers to build a positive culture in their classroom by keeping in mind underlying principles and by providing a toolbox full of classroom management tips and tricks to make every day run more smoothly.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Damon Allswang

2nd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Damon Allswang has been teaching and leading in progressive, independent elementary schools for 25 years. For the past five years, he has been teaching second grade at The Nueva School. Previously, he was the Lower School Head at a school in Oakland, CA. Damon has been a Social-Emotional... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

10:10am

Documentation and Learning, Room F-101
Pedagogical documentation is a critically important piece of reflective classroom practice. It can become "a communicative thread that runs through a school," encouraging the understanding and expression of different points of view within a learning community. It is an act of listening and democracy, relevant to teachers of young children on up to university professors. We will define documentation in its many forms, provide background and examples from our own work at both Nueva and California College of the Arts, and provoke discussion and collaborative thinking among workshop participants.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Carolee Fucigna

Former PreK Teacher / Educational Consultant, The Nueva School
Carolee Fucigna has been involved in teaching and research in early childhood education for the past 42 years. She is deeply inspired by the pedagogy in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and used their work to frame her practice as Nueva's prekindergarten teacher. She currently resides in New... Read More →
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Saraleah Fordyce

Faculty in Critical Studies and MFA Design, California College of the Arts
Saraleah Fordyce teaches critical theory at California College of the Arts, in both the Critical Studies Program as well as MFA Design. Her recent work has focused on the potential for social critique in design work, the normalizing effects of representation, and design and health... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

10:10am

A Third Grade Interactive Spelling Lesson with Structured Word Inquiry: A Demonstration Lesson, Room A-208
Throw out your spelling lists and instead understand how to teach
spelling to all of your students with scientific inquiry. Using Structured
Word Inquiry, students will analyze a bank of words to determine their
potential connections by considering the words’ etymology (history)
and morphology (meaningful structure). They will demonstrate the
process using two of SWI's most common tools: the word sum and the
lexical matrix. This process allows students to see the deeper
structure of words and their meaningful elements, such as prefixes,
suffixes, and bases. Students approach new words with confidence,
applying their knowledge to seemingly unconnected words. Finding
these surprising connections inspires a joyful attitude towards
language learning and builds classroom community. By studying
content words across the curriculum, student vocabulary levels
increase and complex subjects are demystified as the meaning of
these words becomes clear.

Instead of giving a spelling list centered on a given sound, capitalize
on the brain’s ability to organize information based on meaning.
Starting from meaning promotes deeper understanding and retention.
Come see how you can bring curiosity and engagement to your
spelling lessons and transform your students’ learning experience.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Erin Metcalf

3rd Grade Teacher, The Nueva School
Erin Metcalf joined the Nueva community in 2014. Beginning as an associate teacher in first and second grade, this is now her fourth year as a lead teacher in third grade. She is passionate about student-centered instruction, social-emotional learning, and Structured Word Inquiry... Read More →
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Rebecca Loveless

Lower School Structured Word Inquiry Coach, The Nueva School
Rebecca Loveless is a passionate word lover and the current Structured Word Inquiry Coach at The Nueva School. After receiving a BA in Linguistics (University of Oregon) and a MA in Education (Language and Literacy emphasis, Santa Clara University), she taught in elementary classrooms... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

10:10am

Perfectionism in High Achieving Learners, Room A-117
One of the characteristics of highly intelligent students is the strong desire to master. While this can be a positive quality, it can result in a limiting perfectionism when coupled with unrealistic expectations. Additionally, students lack the tools needed to help them persevere when they face struggle. As educators at Nueva, we have seen the rise of perfectionism in our students in recent years. What can we as educators do to foster a healthy approach to growth and mastery? Join us as we look more closely at perfectionism in our younger students and share the ways in which we can support them in developing a balanced approach to learning.

Leave this workshop with ideas that will empower your students!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Emily Mitchell

1st Grade Lead Teacher and Design Thinking Coach, The Nueva School
Emily Mitchell is a first-grade teacher at The Nueva School in Hillsborough, California. Teaching had always been one of her passions, and it wasn't until she spent time in the corporate world that the pull to education became even stronger. Emily has a Bachelor of Arts from Lafayette... Read More →
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Laraine Ray

Kindergarten Teacher, The Nueva School
Laraine Ray has been an early childhood educator for 40 years; the last fifteen as a kindergarten teacher at The Nueva School.  She specializes in developing intellectually stimulating curricula that stems from student interest. Using the children’s questions as a starting point... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

10:10am

Growth Mindset and Student Empowerment via Flexible Groupings in the Math Classroom, Room J-212
Research shows a flexible math grouping model alleviates stress around math tracking, propels students into greater ownership of their learning, and creates opportunities for dynamic differentiation. In this presentation, you will explore some of the research behind this model, observe fifth- and sixth-grade flexible math groupings in action, hear student reflections on this model, and have time to discuss  and ask questions.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Anna Blinstein

Middle/Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Anna Blinstein has been teaching math to middle and high school students for 15 years, first in Chicago and now in the Bay Area, where she lives with her family. She also enjoys working with teachers on math pedagogy, focusing on problem- and project-based learning, writing across... Read More →
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Lissie McAlvey

Middle School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Lissie joins Nueva from Chicago, where she was a middle school teacher at an independent school on the city’s south side. Before that, she taught middle school math for two years and coached basketball and soccer in her hometown of East Lansing, Michigan. She received her BA in... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 10:10am - 11:20am
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

11:20am

Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking for All, Room 1204
To quote Erik Palmer, “Tragically, most students don’t speak well. You’ve noticed.”

One important element of a student’s educational growth and development is the ability to effectively communicate thoughts, not only on paper, but also through oral communication. Helping students find their voices in the classroom, and using those voices to “speak up and be heard,” has been an important part of our humanities curriculum at Nueva. Although Susan Cain, author of Quiet, suggests that one-third of us are introverts, that does not preclude that fraction from becoming accomplished public speakers. This presentation will illustrate some tools and techniques we employ as we work with students to help them become more effective communicators, both in and out of the classroom.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Gary Kaplan

Middle School Humanities Teacher, The Nueva School
Gary Kaplan came to Nueva after many years practicing law. As a life-long athlete, Gary has channeled his athletic interests into coaching young athletes, where he focuses not only on athleticism and skill development, but also on confidence-building and having a personal “presence... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

11:20am

Using Competency-Based Learning in the Humanities: Activism, Art, and the AIDS Crisis, Room 1202
As part of our partnership with the Mastery Transcript Consortium, Nueva is pioneering competency-based learning and assessment in a number of new courses. In this presentation, we will share our process of creating an interdisciplinary, competency-based course in the humanities and social sciences that examines artistic and activist responses to the HIV/AIDS crisis. We’ll discuss the exciting challenges and opportunities presented by a team-taught course that responds to student interest and skill, and that incorporates portfolios, asynchronous learning, and travel. Participants will come away with concrete strategies for incorporating competency-based learning in their own classes, on both a micro and macro level.

All disciplines and grade levels are welcome!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Alegria Barclay

Director of Social Justice, PreK-12, The Nueva School
After many years abroad, working at the International School in Bangkok and the International School of Prague, Alegria returns to the Bay Area to serve as our inaugural equity and social justice coordinator. Alegria works closely with the Board’s Diversity Committee, division heads... Read More →
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Allen Frost

Director of the Innovative Teacher Program, The Nueva School
Allen Frost joins Nueva from Stanford University, where he received his PhD in English in June 2015. His dissertation focused on representations of geography and space in 20th century American novels, from William Faulkner to Jonathan Franzen. At Stanford, he taught courses in American... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

11:20am

Animal Centered Design: Engaging a Different Type of Student, Room 112
When a recently rescued California brown-bear cub walked into the classroom, it captivated the students in a way that most teachers could only dream about. The students hung on every word of the handlers and it became apparent that if I could get a bear into my classroom I, too, could grab the attention of students like never before...

It is my responsibility as a design-thinking and makerspace teacher to engage potential builders, but getting them comfortable and absorbed in a foreign curriculum can be daunting. To overcome this obstacle I turned to a unique set of users and built a class around designing habitats for wild animals in captivity. Everything from the marketing to the curriculum for the class was designed to bring students who did not self-identify as makers into the Innovation Lab. Rather than structure the class as a traditional engineering elective, I built the semester around the goal of giving students an opportunity to work with real-world users and complete a full-cycle project in a single semester. Now, three years into the class, I will be discussing many of the lessons I have learned through iteration as well as the culture shift that occurred around students in the class and their comfort in the lab as time went on.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Rob Zomber

I-Lab Teacher and Engineer, The Nueva School
Rob Zomber, Innovation Lab Engineer, is a life-long tinkerer and recent convert to education after a long career in the classic automotive industry. With extensive experience in heavy- and light-duty fabrication, he has worked on everything from building and modifying antique cars... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

11:20am

Innovation for Everyone: Why Providing Access to Tech to Everyone is a Critical Civil Rights Issue of our Era, Room 243
Since 2014, StreetCode Academy has been addressing the extreme underrepresentation of black and brown innovators in the tech and innovation economy by offering free, high-touch, high-quality coding, entrepreneurship, and design classes in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities of color. Addressing access to high-quality, culturally relevant, effective innovation environments is important because tech and innovation are the engines of economic growth, and, according to Stanford Professor Raj Chetty, there are "Lost Einsteins" — largely black and brown kids — who are being left out of this economy. According to his research, if these Lost Einsteins were exposed to technology at the same rates as their white counterparts, we would have four times as many inventors, benefitting not just America today, but the future of our world. Rev. Jesse Jackson calls tech inclusion the “biggest civil rights issue of our era.” As we transition from an industrial economy to an innovation one, the technology industry must become more inclusive. Latino and Black employees make up less than 3% of large tech companies’ workforce. This session will discuss how to participate in the movement to address the absence of innovators of color in tech and find the next generation of innovation leaders.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Olatunde Sobomehin

CEO/Lead Servant, StreetCode Academy
Tunde has a lifelong commitment to youth and social entrepreneurship. He is the founding CEO of StreetCode Academy, a community-based innovation hub that provides free technology training in coding, entrepreneurship, and design. He has taught public speaking at LPFI’s Summer Math... Read More →
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Zanette Johnson

Director of Research & Program Design, StreetCode Academy
Since 2014, StreetCode Academy has been addressing the extreme underrepresentation of black and brown innovators in the innovation economy by offering free, high-touch, high-quality coding, entrepreneurship, and design classes in East Palo Alto and surrounding communities of color.Addressing... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

11:20am

Fostering Mathematical Communication in an Advanced Math Class: A Demonstration Lesson, Room 1102
Communication often takes a back seat to results in the math classroom, but as students move into more advanced material they find that their ability to read, discuss, and write about mathematics becomes indispensable. How can we scaffold their learning process around these important skills? This session will begin with a classroom observation of a linear algebra class in which students discuss excerpts from their math textbook, present their proof attempts, and provide feedback on the efforts of their peers. After observing the classroom, we will adjourn to discuss what we noticed, how these students are evolving as mathematical communicators, and how we can support their efforts.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Jana Comstock

Upper School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Jana Comstock joined the faculty at Nueva in 2008, having previously taught at Brooklyn’s Saint Ann’s School, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Talented Youth, Groton School in Massachusetts, and Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut. Jana has... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 12:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

11:20am

Moving Maths, Room 1103
An exploration of the emotional side of mathematics, and how it affects the way we discuss and teach it. We'll explore how the use of dynamic (moving) software (like Geogebra and/or Desmos) can fundamentally change the way we think about the subject. Expect some old classics — and some new surprises. May contain live music!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ben Sparks

Mathematician, Musician, Teacher & Speaker
Ben is a mathematician, musician, and public speaker. For 10 years he taught mathematics to pupils aged 11–18 in the UK. Now he gives math talks, workshops, and teacher training around the world.He is excited about mathematics education and about sharing the humanity and excitement... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:20am - 11:20pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

11:30am

A New Approach to Humanities in the Lower and Middle Schools, Part 3, Room A-122
A Morning of Humanities
This morning will introduce aspects of a new approach to language arts and the humanities in elementary and middle school. Matt Berman and Pete Bowers collaborate on three sessions about language arts, humanities, word study, and how they all interact and work together in the classroom. In this way participants get to see how structured word inquiry (SWI; Bowers & Kirby, 2010) can be integrated into any subject area with brief organic investigations that will come up in sessions on history, philosophy, grammar, vocabulary, etc.; and how explicit SWI lessons make such learning possible.

PART 3: Philosophy in the Classroom 
In this third session we will briefly talk about Constructing the Universe (an integrated approach to Humanities and Math), then focus on Philosophy. Philosophy? Yes! Just as important as language skills is students' ability to use those skills to communicate clearly and think for themselves critically, logically, and creatively. How can they learn to make sense of the onslaught of information overload that is part of their daily lives? How can they learn to make their way through the misleading and manipulative minefield that our national discourse has become? What an increasingly out-of-control world needs is a generation that grows up learning to think, write, and converse critically, clearly, rationally, and sensibly. This session will give a brief overview, with resources for further investigation, of an integrated and perception-altering approach to the humanities that combines reading, writing, and history with philosophy, ethics, and logic — an approach that uses the techniques of Design Thinking, provides a new language for SEL, and allows students to begin to sharpen their critical faculties to make sense of what they read, see, and hear.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Matt Berman

Teacher Emeritus / Founding Director of the Nueva Center for the Humanities, The Nueva School
Recipient of the NEH Teacher-Scholar Award, Matt has been an elementary school teacher for more than 40 years, with certification in gifted education and degrees in education and philosophy for children. A nationally recognized expert in children’s literature, Matt has written four... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

11:30am

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom, Library
The author of A More Beautiful Question will share his findings about the connection between questioning and innovation. He’ll also discuss the forces that conspire against questioning in the classroom and in the world at large, why we need inquiring minds (and critical thinking) more now than ever, and what strategies seem to help in encouraging more questioning. As part of a workshop that will immediately follow his talk, Mr. Berger will also conduct several questioning exercises and activities with participants, designed to show how they can strengthen their own questioning skills. These exercises can also be adapted for use in the classroom with students.  

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Warren Berger

Author, Innovation Expert, and Questionologist
Warren is an expert on design thinking and innovation. He has studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, red-hot start-ups, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask game-changing questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities. Warren believes that... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

11:30am

Beyond Brain Breaks-- Activating Learning through Movement, Ballroom
This active session will focus on different ways to allow students the flexibility to move while they learn in the classroom. Children and adults become fidgety or sluggish after long sedentary spells; while brain breaks help interrupt the long periods of sitting, integrating movement and activity can benefit memory, focus, motivation, and comprehension.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Zubin Mobedshahi

Lower School PE Teacher, The Nueva School
Zubin Mobedshahi attended Nueva from kindergarten through eighth grade. He joined the Nueva faculty five years ago after studying psychology at Skidmore College, running an organic farm, and teaching ecology and outdoor education. Zubin is especially interested in scaffolding interdisciplinary... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

11:30am

A Glimpse at Design Thinking in Nueva's Lower School: Experience how the DT Process Evolves and Changes from 1st to 5th Grade, I-Lab
Participants will have the opportunity to see what each step of the Design Thinking process looks like in the Nueva Lower School. By homing in on examples in grades one and four, we will see how skills change and deepen over time. We will showcase projects we have done at each grade level so participants can walk away with some ideas of how to create their own projects at their schools.

THIS PRESENTATION WILL NOT BE SHARED.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Michelle Grau

Design Engineering and Computer Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Michelle started teaching at Nueva in 2013. She teaches middle school design engineering and computer science classes under the umbrella of design thinking through the Innovation Lab program. She also coaches the middle and upper school FIRST Robotics teams and co-leads Nueva's Design... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

11:30am

Depathologizing Learning Difference: A Non-threatening, Solution-oriented Way of Talking to Students and Their Parents, Room J-201
In this session, I present a compassionate approach to thinking and talking about learning differences. My approach is nonjudgmental, strengths-based and solution-oriented.

When we spend too much time talking about what is "wrong" with a student, we are at risk of forgetting what is “right.” Too often, the language we use to talk about learning difference is reductionistic and focuses more on the perceived problem than on possible solutions. I believe this approach is pathologizing and often leaves students and their parents feeling worried, disappointed, and hopeless.

In this session, we will explore how educators can partner with parents and their children to:
  • clarify the nature of the learning challenges
  • de-escalate feelings of "defected-ness," worry, and blame 
  • highlight strengths
  • offer a different, hopeful perspective
Appropriate for all grade levels.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ericka Fur

Learning Support Consultant
Ericka Fur, Learning Support Consultant, holds a BA in English literature and psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a higher diploma of secondary education from the University of Cape Town. She also holds an MS in learning disabilities from Bank Street... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

11:30am

Mathematical Provocations and Differentiating Math Instruction, Room A-215
What are mathematical provocations? How can mathematical provocations help engage, challenge, and differentiate a range of learners? How do they help highlight beautiful and exciting aspects of mathematics for all students? In this workshop, we’ll look at some problems and projects that we have done with students and discuss the learning goals and skills covered. It is our hope that educators will be inspired and find practical application of these ideas in their own classrooms after the sessions.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Katie Kelly

Gifted Education Consultant
Katie Kelly has been teaching for over 10 years in both independent and public schools, and she spent her last six years teaching third grade at Nueva. She received her master’s in elementary education at USC Rossier School of Education. At USC, she also received a certification... Read More →
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Lora Saarnio

Lower School Math and Computer Science Specialist, The Nueva School
Lora Saarnio has taught K-12 humanities, math and science. She previously taught high school English and middle school math and science; currently, she works with students in Grades 1-5 as a Math and Computer Science Specialist at The Nueva School. Lora is also Director Emerita of... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

1:20pm

Building an Internship Program, Room 217
Internships create an opportunity for students to take their learning beyond the classroom. The process also teaches life skills, such as how to write a cover letter and workplace etiquette. Last summer, Nueva partnered with 40 employers to host 58 student internships. This session will provide an overview of Nueva’s internship model, including how we recruit companies to participate and the application process. We will also explore examples of student success through this program. There will be an opportunity to discuss ways to bring this model to your school as a parent, teacher, or administrator.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Katie Saylor

6th Grade Writing Teacher & Director of Internships, The Nueva School
Since receiving her undergraduate degree in art history from Wellesley College in 2010, Katie has sought out positions where she could positively impact young people. For two years, she coached, recruited, and advised collegiate student- athletes. Then, while receiving her master’s... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:20pm

Stumbling Towards Empathy; Lessons Learned in Building Cognitive Empathy in the Unmyelinated Teenage Frontal Cortex, Room 112
A few years ago the Stanford d.school shifted their canonical design process from a series of five steps that began with “Empathize” to a collection of eight abilities to be cultivated, including “Learn from Others.” Carissa Carter defines this in her groundbreaking Medium article as “the skills of empathizing with different people, testing new ideas with them, and observing and noticing in different places and contexts.” Empathy skills are still critical to the design thinker and have been recast in a more active light as shifting from “having empathy” to “learning using empathy.” How do we cultivate this ability when our students, through a quirk of biology, may lack empathy?

This is the challenge we face every day with teenage students. During these critical years, their prefrontal cortex is still myelinating, still pruning and strengthening connections between neurons. This process starts in the hind brain, where our reptilian aspects reign supreme (and result in behaviors made famous by Lord of the Flies) and migrates to the prefrontal cortex. Cognitive empathy, adopting the point of view of others, lives in the prefrontal cortex. This region is the last part of the brain to mature, sometimes as late as the early 20s. Affective empathy, recognizing the emotion states of others, actually drops in young teenage boys.

So how do we develop design thinking skills in students who have been biologically blinded to the needs of others? That’s where this talk unpacks our own efforts to “Experiment Rapidly” and create ways for students to enhance their skills in “Learning from Others.” At times this involves tricking students into empathetic behaviors when cognitive and affective empathy are underdeveloped. Other efforts attempt to expect empathy explicitly from students, with mixed success. Join us as we share our lessons learned in accelerating the development of these abilities without invoking the Big E.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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John Feland

I-Lab Engineer, The Nueva School
Dr. John Feland is a teacher in the Nueva I-Lab and an award-winning design thinker. He teaches courses in design, entrepreneurship, and engineering. Before coming to Nueva he ran Argus Insights, where his team integrated information gathered from online conversations across a wealth... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:20pm

Power Literacy: Reimagining How We Think About Privilege, Room 243
Citizen-activist Eric Liu encourages us all to become power literate in order to effect change. He posits that “the deepest truth is that we the people are not merely the passive receptacles or objects of power. We are the very source of power...We generate it. We give it.” Inspired by this, we developed a new framework for approaching issues of privilege and positionality after experiencing resistance from students about discussing privilege. Instead of focusing on privilege and who has it, we’ve asked students to map their relationship and access to power and consider their responsibility to use that power for the greater good. Join us to learn more about implementing a similar framework, resulting in increased participation and fluency in conversations about equity and justice.


Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Alegria Barclay

Director of Social Justice, PreK-12, The Nueva School
After many years abroad, working at the International School in Bangkok and the International School of Prague, Alegria returns to the Bay Area to serve as our inaugural equity and social justice coordinator. Alegria works closely with the Board’s Diversity Committee, division heads... Read More →
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Alison Williams

Science of Mind, and Equity & Social Justice Associate Teacher, The Nueva School
Alison’s educational and professional experience has been focused on social and community empowerment. Earning a degree from Arizona State University, she concentrated in social work and restorative justice practices. Thus far in her career, her work has been dedicated to creating... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:20pm

Social Justice and Mathematics: One Road Map to Creating a Class, Room 1204
Nueva has long supported an interdisciplinary approach in which learning is authentic and focused on students’ interests and needs. Nueva classes encourage students to tackle messy, complex problems in which construction of knowledge is a practice shared by students, teachers, and environment. The mathematics team at Nueva firmly believes that mathematics is essential to deeply understand social and political issues. The session focuses on our experiences in building a mathematics course grounded in social justice. We will discuss how we gathered resources, defined goals and content objectives, and created projects that support understanding social issues through a mathematical lens. We will share the success and growing pains of such a course and possible ideas of how to embed social justice issues into other mathematical courses.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Danielle McReynolds-Dell

Upper School Math Teacher, PK-12 Math Coordinator, The Nueva School
Danielle McReynolds-Dell joins Nueva as an Upper School mathematics teacher, most recently from Bentley School in Lafayette, CA. She has been teaching high school math for 15 years, beginning her career at Clayton Valley High School in Concord, CA, teaching a wide variety of courses... Read More →
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Veena Krishnan

Upper School Math and Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Veena Krishnan joined Nueva as an US Math Teacher in July 2016. Previously she was at Webb School of Knoxville, where she mostly taught AP Calculus, Multivariable Calculus, Honors Precalculus, and Algebra II. She received the Dr. Edward l. Tauxe award in 2012-2013 that recognizes... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:20pm

StoryCorps in the Classroom: Using Digital Media to Support Social and Emotional Learning, Room 317
In this hands-on session, educators will explore how StoryCorps’ digital audio and other tools supports social and emotional learning and provides rich opportunities for educators and students to practice empathy. Come prepared to reflect on your practice, delve into StoryCorps' teaching resources and become a part of the cadre of educators from around the country who are using these resources to promote listening and learning.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Lisa V. Gale

Chief Program Officer, StoryCorps
Lisa V. Gale, PhD, joined StoryCorps as chief program officer in 2017. She is a member of the organization's five-member executive team and oversees the production of audio and animated shorts, the interview collection (including a MobileTour, StoryBooths in two cities, and a team... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:20pm - 2:30pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

1:25pm

The Monomyth Module: Developing a Theme-based Integrated and Interdisciplinary Year-long Curriculum, Room A-203
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.” —Joseph Campbell 

Joseph Campbell created his idea of the monomyth based on the premise that many stories share commonalities and follow a similar pattern. We embrace this idea in fourth grade, and we establish at the beginning of the year that each child will go through their own personal Path of the Hero during the year — sometimes more than one. They learn how to seek their mentor, go through their own road of trials, and emerge victorious, with a new gift of knowledge. In this session we will discuss how we use Joseph Campbell’s monomyth as a guiding theme for our school year each year. We will provide ways for teachers to infuse this theme within their own existing STEAM and humanities curricula, in conjunction with Common Core standards. We will showcase past projects and lessons. We will also have former students join in the end of our session to share their Path of the Hero experiences and participate in a Q&A with attendees.

Session information: 
https://sites.google.com/nuevaschool.org/themonomyth

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Lori Mustille

4th Grade Lead STEM Teacher, The Nueva School
This is Lori's twentieth year of teaching and her eighth year at Nueva. She spent the previous decade teaching in Marin County in the Reed Union School District. She has co-taught in grades K-8 math, science, and technology. Lori was named Apple Distinguished Educator in 2009 and... Read More →
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Sarah Merkt

4th Grade Lead Teacher, The Nueva School
“Wise schooling has produced excellence beyond the teacher. The follower has surpassed the master.” —qing chu yu lan er sheng yu lan Sarah is a native of Wisconsin and studied middle childhood education at Xavier University. She has always been interested in educating children... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:25pm - 2:35pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

1:25pm

Anatomy of an Innovation Lesson, ROOM CHANGE A-117
We know what it looks like to teach phonics and algebra 1, but what does it look like to teach innovation? Each summer, Galileo Learning teaches tens of thousands of children to develop as innovators using its three-part framework, the Galileo Innovation Approach. In this workshop, you'll explore Galileo's approach to innovation-based lessons and see how supporting mindset and process goals throughout the lesson can lead to more creative, more innovative student work. Then you'll use a blank innovation-lesson template to transform one of your own lessons into an innovation-based lesson. You'll come away with a new way to think about teaching innovation and a custom plan to put it in action.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Jamie Diy

Director of Curriculum, Galileo Learning
Jamie Diy is an artist, designer, and educator. She honed her personal creative practice as an undergrad at California College of the Arts and became deeply interested in how we might teach creative problem-solving and design skills, not just in art school but in all schools. She... Read More →
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Pamela Briskman

Vice President of Education, Galileo Learning
Each spring, Galileo Learning hires, on-boards, trains, and leads nearly 2,000 staff to teach innovation and design-thinking skills at summer programs throughout California and Illinois. While one might expect this to turn into a mess of confused culture, misunderstood instructional... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:25pm - 2:35pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

1:25pm

Lesson Study: Building Teacher-Led, Student-focused Professional Learning, Room J-202
Participants will deepen their knowledge of Lesson Study through exploration of online resources and discussion with researchers and experienced Lesson Study practitioners.  Topics will be decided by participants, and may include getting started, spreading school-wide, powerful curriculum study, and common challenges.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Catherine Lewis

Senior Research Scientist, Mills College
Catherine Lewis, PhD, comes from four generations of public school teachers. Her video and print materials have introduced many educators to Lesson Study (LS; www.lessonresearch.net ). She has directed a series of federally funded grants to improve and research LS, establishing that... Read More →
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Shelley Friedkin

Senior Research Associate, Mills College
Shelley Friedkin is a senior research associate for Lesson Study Group at Mills College. She graduated from Brunel University in England with an elementary teaching credential and taught in Central London. She received her doctorate in education leadership from Mills College. For... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:25pm - 2:35pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

1:25pm

Sense-Making: Is it at the Core of Your Math Program?, Room F-102
Are your students making sense of the mathematics they explore? Do they feel that mathematics is an inherently sensible endeavor? We’ll look at ways in which students don’t make sense of mathematics, consider why, and discuss strategies for making it a larger part of classroom expectation.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Annie Fetter

21st Century Partnership for STEM Education
I live outside Philadelphia and in central Vermont, but have been doing math with educators in California since the early 1990s.  I worked on the project that developed the first version of the Geometer’s Sketchpad and was a founding staff member of the Math Forum, an online math... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:25pm - 2:35pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

1:25pm

Creative First Steps Into Hands-On Number Theory for the Elementary Grades 1-5 – A Pythagorean Approach, Room L-102/103
In this workshop we will create a mathematically and visually stimulating hands-on environment in which participants will discover and create polygonal numbers using interlinking colored blocks. The approach is inspired by the teachings of Pythagoras and his followers, who used pebbles to turn number sequences into geometrical patterns. The interplay between numbers and geometry will give rise to questions and potential solutions, which can be transferable to the participants’ own students in a similar setting. Number theory is the exploration of the properties of numbers. When we arrange whole numbers with manipulatives, the properties of numbers and the geometrical relations between them become visual. This aspect of numbers can naturally be accessed by students irrespective of their previous mathematical experience or approach to numbers. It allows for an originality of creativity that a pure paper-and-pencil setting would not afford.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Peter Koehler

Lower School Math Enrichment Teacher, The Nueva School
Peter Koehler holds a PhD in theoretical and elementary particle physics from Royal Holloway College, University of London; a master’s degree from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London; and carried out post-doc studies in the theory group at Stanford Linear... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:25pm - 2:35pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

1:25pm

Implications of Changing Understandings of ADHD for Educators, Library
Most students with ADHD are able to focus and sustain effort quite well for some specific tasks and activities, but they have great difficulty in engaging in most other areas. ADHD is now understood as developmental impairment of the brain's self-management system, its executive functions. This presentation will describe these impairments and how these executive functions impact the learning and performance of students in the school setting. It will focus on how teachers can adapt their work with those students to provide direction and support for them and for their parents. The presentation will also describe how and why some students who are quite intelligent are quite awkward socially — they are chronically unable to understand or care about how their words and actions are likely to affect others, and they consequently make trouble for themselves.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Thomas E. Brown

Director of Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his PhD from Yale University and specializes in assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents, and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems.In his 30+ years of experience, Dr. Brown has contributed over 30 journal publications... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 1:25pm - 2:35pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:40pm

The Holy Grail of Science Research: A Self-Propagating and Student-Led Novel Science Research Program, Room 208
Inspired by design, we reverse-engineered a teaching structure that achieved these goals.

• Students teach and train other students.
• The problems are real.
• Students create their own projects.
• Student lead & direct the research.
• Authentic skills. (communication, lab, scientific journal dissection)
• Students iterate and troubleshoot their work.
• Students can choose their level of involvement (15 min/week to 5 hrs/week)

Imagine a program that achieved these goals. What would it look like? Rather than creating a science research class, this program would generate a science research culture. Rather than being recruited by teachers, kids would be drawn to it. It would exist inside the curriculum, before school, during lunch, and after school; students could access it at any time. Busy students could get involved without taking a class or getting any homework. Most importantly, it could be run with minimal faculty oversight. Join me as I present a multitiered approach to getting students to do novel, publishable research.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Luke De

Upper School Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Luke De became an upper school science teacher at Nueva after working at the Pingry School (K–12) in New Jersey. In addition to developing and teaching several biology courses, Luke led the effort to design and implement a high school science research program in which students engage... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:40pm

Giving Feedback on Student Work for a Growth Mindset, Room 243
In this session, we will analyze various types of feedback and discuss the benefits of each through a lens of promoting resilience and grit in students. We will also discuss some of Carol Dweck's recent reanalysis of the backlash to her growth mindset work and some new ways of thinking about it.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Lissie McAlvey

Middle School Math Teacher, The Nueva School
Lissie joins Nueva from Chicago, where she was a middle school teacher at an independent school on the city’s south side. Before that, she taught middle school math for two years and coached basketball and soccer in her hometown of East Lansing, Michigan. She received her BA in... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:40pm

Creating UDL Classroom Environments that Optimize Learning for All Students, Room 319
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and differentiated instruction recognize that students learn differently and have different innate strengths and weaknesses. Learning is optimized when teachers offer flexibility in how students access information, engage with it, and demonstrate what they know.

Therefore, by "increas[ing] our understanding of who we teach and what we teach, we are likely to be much more flexible about how we teach.” —Tomlinson and Strickland, Differentiation in Practice, 2005

In this session we will discuss how differentiated instruction is intrinsically linked to Universal Design for Learning and how it can be understood within that framework. Participants will walk out with some contextualizing theory and a good number of high- and low-tech strategies that you will be able to use in your classrooms right away.

Appropriate for all grade levels

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Ericka Fur

Learning Support Consultant
Ericka Fur, Learning Support Consultant, holds a BA in English literature and psychology from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and a higher diploma of secondary education from the University of Cape Town. She also holds an MS in learning disabilities from Bank Street... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:40pm

Picture a Thousand Words, Room 1102
Dialog with graphic recorder Bruce Van Patter as he discusses the keys to capturing spoken content in memorable images. In addition to highlighting the techniques and benefits of graphic capture, Bruce will teach a simple, hands-on lesson in visual modeling. Explore how such techniques might aid your classes.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Bruce Van Patter

Graphic Recorder/Digital Illustrator
WHAT IS AN ILLUSTRATIONIST? It’s more than just an illustrator. More than just a graphic recorder. Like a kind of visual illusionist, I bring your ideas to life. Right before your very eyes. My whole career to this point prepared me for this.ILLUSTRATIONYou name it, I probably drew... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:40pm

Teaching Affirmative Consent to High School Students, Room 217
Young people grow up surrounded by misleading and often harmful messages about sexuality and gender that negatively impact their understandings of consent.  As educators and advocates for young people, it is our responsibility to disrupt these messages and support our young people in understanding what consent looks, sounds, and feels like so that they can build satisfying and safe romantic relationships.  In this workshop, we will share activities we have used in our classes to help students reflect on and communicate about consent. This interactive workshop is geared towards all high school educators, especially those who are not health or sexual health educators but have responsibilities for implementing some sexual health or consent education within their institutions.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Alison Williams

Science of Mind, and Equity & Social Justice Associate Teacher, The Nueva School
Alison’s educational and professional experience has been focused on social and community empowerment. Earning a degree from Arizona State University, she concentrated in social work and restorative justice practices. Thus far in her career, her work has been dedicated to creating... Read More →
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Kate Bedford

Puberty and Sexuality Educator, Let's Talk
Kate Bedford, MPH, has taught puberty education and human sexuality to adolescents and their parents for the past fifteen years at schools throughout the Bay Area, including Nueva, the Brandeis School of San Francisco, Ring Mountain Day School, and the Marin School.  She infuses... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:40pm - 3:40pm
Nueva San Mateo Campus 131 E. 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403

2:45pm

Nurturing Human Experience through Violin Studies and Classical Music as Supported by the Mission Statement of The Nueva School, Ballroom
Life lessons are learned through violin studies in classical music from early childhood to maturing years.

Mastering of the violin and the notation and language of classical music is fundamental in the search for deeper meaning of the composers’s music.

Why is humanity so important to making music? How do musicians recreate the heart and soul of the composers’s music?

The mission statement of the Nueva School develops the whole child and fully supports the study of music in all genres and the fine arts in general.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Sin-Tung Chiu

Menuhin Violin Instructor, Director of Nueva String Ensemble, The Nueva School
Sin-Tung Chiu began winning awards in violin and chamber music at the age of 12, while studying violin with Chung-On Chan in Hong Kong. Sin-Tung, an alumnus of Dartmouth College, the Juilliard School, Teachers College of Columbia University, Meadowmount Summer School of Music, and... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:45pm

Big History in Kindergarten: Using a College Curriculum as Inspiration for Investigating the Big, Beautiful Questions of our Youngest Minds, Room L104
Young children ask more big beautiful questions than at any age. Many of these questions come from their need to understand how things came to be. Using the college curriculum of Big History as inspiration, our kindergartners embarked upon a two-month study of the history of nature to investigate their wonders. Join us to learn more about how a group of curious young children contemplated some very big mysteries.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Evan Bartz

6th Grade Writing and Humanities Teacher, The Nueva School
Evan steps into role of sixth-grade writing and humanities teacher after working as an associate teacher for two years in Nueva's Lower School. He was born in San Jose and has lived most of his life in the Bay Area. He studied English literature at UC Berkeley and, before Nueva, tutored... Read More →
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Laraine Ray

Kindergarten Teacher, The Nueva School
Laraine Ray has been an early childhood educator for 40 years; the last fifteen as a kindergarten teacher at The Nueva School.  She specializes in developing intellectually stimulating curricula that stems from student interest. Using the children’s questions as a starting point... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:45pm

Interdisciplinary Possibilities with K-12 Computer Science, Library
This session will share an overview and lessons learned from schools that teach K–12 computer science with a focus on the idea of programming as a fluency to explore in all subjects (philosophy, literature, history, science, art, etc). If we can use code across subjects, then we will more fully realize the computer science possibilities in K–12 education. This session will include a hands-on session where participants will have time to work individually or collaboratively on a project with support from the presenters. Beginners are welcome!

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Lora Saarnio

Lower School Math and Computer Science Specialist, The Nueva School
Lora Saarnio has taught K-12 humanities, math and science. She previously taught high school English and middle school math and science; currently, she works with students in Grades 1-5 as a Math and Computer Science Specialist at The Nueva School. Lora is also Director Emerita of... Read More →
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Michael Olaya

CEO, Dexter
Engineer by training, educator by practice. Cofounder and CEO of Dexter. My projects range from aquaponics and lucid dreaming to modular housing and 3-D printed glasses — and everything in between.
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Saber Khan

Education Community Director, Processing Foundation
Saber Khan is a Bengali-American educator based in New York City. He is a veteran K–12 educator with over 15 years of experience teaching math, science, and computer science in public and private middle and high schools. Currently, he teaches multiple introductory and advanced computer... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:45pm

Crafting a Structured Word Inquiry Lesson, Room A-215
You are ready to engage your students with a whole new way of studying spelling, but you’re not sure where to begin. A few simple steps can transform your language instruction and reach the wide variety of learners in your classroom, especially those who struggle with traditional methods. Come and see how to create a wonder wall that inspires curiosity and deep questioning. Walk through how to get started investigating morphological word families through SWI. Learn something new about English orthography along the way, as the realm of academic language is illuminated. By offering a pathway to true understanding, you will reinforce the importance of the scientific inquiry process and offer students a richer and joyful experience of their own language.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Rebecca Loveless

Lower School Structured Word Inquiry Coach, The Nueva School
Rebecca Loveless is a passionate word lover and the current Structured Word Inquiry Coach at The Nueva School. After receiving a BA in Linguistics (University of Oregon) and a MA in Education (Language and Literacy emphasis, Santa Clara University), she taught in elementary classrooms... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:45pm

4th Grade Design Thinking: The LED Lamp Project, I-Lab
In this presentation, we will give a comprehensive look at the first formal Design Thinking and Engineering class of our strand, where fourth graders design and make an LED lamp to meet the need of a family member. We will talk about the Design Thinking process, how we teach it, and some of the engineering aspects and tools the students are introduced to and use to make their lamps.

Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Michelle Grau

Design Engineering and Computer Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Michelle started teaching at Nueva in 2013. She teaches middle school design engineering and computer science classes under the umbrella of design thinking through the Innovation Lab program. She also coaches the middle and upper school FIRST Robotics teams and co-leads Nueva's Design... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010

2:45pm

A Visual Hands-on Approach to Building Perfect Numbers: A Perfect Theme for Gifted Students in the Elementary Grades 2-5, Room L-102/103
Perfect numbers are a perfect portal into advanced arithmetic for the mathematically gifted and curious student. But how do we find a perfect number? Using a combination of colored interlinking blocks and paper and pencil, participants will find the sum of the divisors of the numbers from 1 to 12. Visual patterns will emerge, deductions and discoveries will be made. Each sum has different characteristics: some sums have characteristics in common, but, as the blocks will illustrate, perfect numbers have a special arithmetic feature. Participants will create hands-on visual representations of the first 3 perfect numbers, and discover that perfect numbers are also triangle numbers, which share an internal structure. 




Wednesday & Thursday Slate
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Peter Koehler

Lower School Math Enrichment Teacher, The Nueva School
Peter Koehler holds a PhD in theoretical and elementary particle physics from Royal Holloway College, University of London; a master’s degree from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, London; and carried out post-doc studies in the theory group at Stanford Linear... Read More →


Thursday October 17, 2019 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Nueva Hillsborough Campus 6565 Skyline Boulevard, Hillsborough, CA 94010
 
Friday, October 18
 

8:30am

A Well-Balanced Perspective on College "Fit"
The college admissions process can be a source of stress and anxiety for students and parents alike. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Pope will address many of the important questions we hear from families: What do college rankings really measure? Are students who attend more selective colleges better off later in life? What is “fit” and why does it matter? Come and explore practical strategies to help reduce unnecessary pressure around the college admissions process and ways to support students’ overall well-being and readiness for life in college and beyond.

Friday Slate
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Denise Pope

Senior Lecturer, Stanford University; Challenge Success
Denise Pope, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 175

8:30am

Achieving CSforALL through the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)
At a time when computing is so much a part of all of our lives, offers incredible job opportunities, and is so empowering, most students graduate high school without having had any introduction to computer science. A decade ago, the CSforALL movement was launched in the United States to broaden participation in computing to those traditionally underrepresented. This talk reflects on the current state of that initiative and introduces the "Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC)" course, which has received worldwide attention and in the spring of 2018 had 65% female enrollment at UC Berkeley, among the highest in the nation.

Friday Slate
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Dan Garcia

Teaching Professor, University of California Berkeley
Dan Garcia (UC Berkeley MS 1995, PhD 2000) is a teaching professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at UC Berkeley. Selected as an ACM Distinguished Educator in 2012, he has won all four of the department's computer science teaching awards and holds the... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1206

8:30am

Artificial Intelligence: A Deeply Human Pursuit
Artifical Intelligence (AI) is emerging as a driving force of seismic technological and societal changes in 21st century. While this technology is still nascent and undergoing constant changes, the human and societal impacts are already unfolding. In this talk, Dr. Fei-Fei Li examines the critical issues of AI today and argues for a new framework of AI research, education and policy thinking, termed Human-Centered AI.

Friday Slate
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Fei-Fei Li

Co-Director, Human-Centered AI Institute and Vision and Learning Lab, Stanford University
Dr. Fei-Fei Li is the inaugural Sequoia Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and co-director of Stanford’s Human-Centered AI Institute. She has served as the director of Stanford’s AI Lab, vice president at Google, and chief scientist of AI/ML at... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Cafe

8:30am

StoryCorps in Action
Intergenerational dialogue is a key component of understanding history, progress, and issues of citizenship and belonging, creating a legacy of social and civic change in young people. Join us as we jog through a lesson plan that uses StoryCorps content and methods to introduce students to oral histories, preparing them to ask great questions and conduct their own interviews and giving you ideas for supportive activities during the school year. 

Friday Slate
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Lisa V. Gale

Chief Program Officer, StoryCorps
Lisa V. Gale, PhD, joined StoryCorps as chief program officer in 2017. She is a member of the organization's five-member executive team and oversees the production of audio and animated shorts, the interview collection (including a MobileTour, StoryBooths in two cities, and a team... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1105

8:30am

The Back of the Napkin (in class!)
In this fast-paced interactive session, Dan Roam shares the latest evolution of the visual-thinking revolution — with a focus on the VISUAL DECODER. See how this simple paper-&-pen framework can help YOU (whether you're a student, teacher, administrator, and parent) unleash your visual superpower in 10 minutes flat. Come prepared with a favorite story and be ready to draw! (Even if you haven't drawn since kindergarten. :-) )

Friday Slate
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Dan Roam

President, Digital Roam Inc.
Dan Roam is the author of five international bestselling books on business-visualization, which have been translated into 31 languages. The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems with Pictures was named a best book of the year by Fast Company, the London Times, and BusinessWeek. Dan's... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 318-19

8:30am

Envisioning a New Future for School Food
The research is clear: What we feed students in school, and what we teach them about food, shapes how they behave and how they learn over the course of the school day. Over a lifetime, the eating habits we set in place for children affect their educational attainment, career advancement, quality of life, and longevity. Across the country, 30 million children count on school cafeterias for their daily nutrition, making schools the nation's largest restaurant chain. Yet today, most of our education system approaches food as a cost center to be minimized, rather than an impact center to be unlocked. In this interactive discussion, FoodCorps CEO Curt Ellis, winner of the Heinz, Peabody, and GQ Leader Awards, will share new research on FoodCorps' work reimagining the role of food in schools and turning our nation's 100,000 school cafeterias into oases of health, community, and empowerment.

Friday Slate
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Curt Ellis

Co-Founder & CEO, FoodCorps, Inc.
Curt Ellis is recognized as a leading voice in America’s food movement. After growing up in Oregon and finding his passion for food and agriculture at the Mountain School and Yale, Curt moved to Iowa to investigate the role of subsidized commodities in the American obesity epidemic... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 219

8:30am

Paving a Successful Pathway in STEM for Low-income Populations
Mathematics is supposed to be a universal language — beautiful, expressive of human thought, and a vehicle for the study of truth. Then why is not equally accessible to everyone? Students from low-income backgrounds and underrepresented minorities rarely access deeper mathematical study, and so math and math-related careers can seem locked away from them.

We will seek to understand what kind of education many successful students receive in science and math, and how to support students from historically marginalized communities to achieve at the same level. The talk will present results from Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM), along with lessons learned about tailoring programs to reach out to new communities, how to adjust problems and topics for students who might have less background, and how to help make mathematics more accessible without sacrificing content. Participants will see specific strategies for supporting advanced work for underserved students. This session is likely to be especially relevant for teachers, program leaders, college advisors, and funders or policy makers.

Friday Slate
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Daniel Zaharopol

Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.
Daniel Zaharopol is the executive director of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., where he founded and runs Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). BEAM creates pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become mathematicians... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1102

8:30am

Principles of Gender Inclusive Puberty and Health Education
This session will provide a framework and tools to recognize and affirm the gender diversity of all students in health and sex education, with a focus on puberty and reproductive health. Adolescent and sexual health instruction frequently confronts a seeming paradox: provide a program that speaks to the needs of the vast majority of students, or account for the experiences of LGBT students and face inevitable backlash from myriad stakeholders. Fear of the latter causes many schools to shy away from meeting the unique needs of these vulnerable students. The framework offered in this workshop offers a simple and straightforward approach that allows educators to simultaneously address the needs of their cisgender and heterosexual students while also ensuring that their gender- and sexual-minority students see their own experiences and questions reflected in the program of instruction. While multiple curricula exist that speak to the specific needs of LGBT students, educators seeking to be truly inclusive by implementing them face the prospect of resistance from colleagues, community, and caregivers who accuse them of "operating from an agenda." This workshop represents an innovate "third road" for navigating this frequently encountered challenge, enabling educators to balance the tension created by this dynamic. It will provide concrete language for making the case for gender-inclusive instruction when educators encounter adversarial individuals unclear about or even unsupportive of a truly inclusive program

Friday Slate
avatar for Joel Baum

Joel Baum

Senior Director of Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Joel Baum is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Gender Spectrum’s professional development programs. He facilitates trainings, develops curriculum, consults with caregivers and professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1204

8:30am

Talented Girls and Women: Challenges, Obstacles, and Nuances
What challenges and obstacles do talented girls and women encounter? This session will focus on smart girls and talented women, summarizing decades of research by the presenter and making recommendations based on this research about how to develop talents in girls and women. Specific ideas about helping talented adolescents will be discussed, including creating plans for personal talent development.

Friday Slate
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Sally Reis

Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Sally M. Reis recently completed a six-year term as the vice provost for academic affairs and currently holds the Letitia Neag Endowed Chair and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She was previously a department... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 316-317

8:30am

THE G WORD -- A Feature Documentary in Post-Production
Independent filmmaker Marc Smolowitz will screen and discuss the latest clips from his feature documentary The G Word, which is now in post-production. The G Word aims to be the most ambitious and comprehensive film ever made on the topic of gifted and talented education in the United States.

Link to presentation: https://spark.adobe.com/page/zt2qSzvgdOT5B/

Link to videos referenced in presentation: https://vimeo.com/showcase/5341657



Friday Slate
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Marc Smolowitz

Independent Filmmaker, 13th GEN
Marc Smolowitz is a multiaward-winning director, producer, and executive producer with more than 25 years’ experience across all aspects of the entertainment and media business. His career focus has been powerful social-issue filmmaking across all genres. His long list of credits... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 340

8:30am

Advancing the Whole Learner
Too often, our work with learners ends up focusing on just one dimension at a time. Yet we know from learning and development science that many dimensions, including identity, social and emotional capacities, cognitive skills, even physical and mental wellness, are tied together with academic development — and vice versa. We’ll talk about some of what we know about these interconnections for helping students to start, persist, and put mental effort into their learning, and what we can practically do to help educators and students succeed.


Friday Slate
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Bror Saxberg

Vice President, Learning Sciences, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
As vice president of Learning Science, Bror Saxberg is responsible for CZI’s thinking about how to expand and apply learning science results and good learning measurement practice at scale to real-world learning situations across the full span of learning—PreK, K–16, and beyond... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 217

8:30am

Teaching Through Problem Solving: A Japanese Approach to Promote Mathematical Practice
Teaching mathematics by telling students facts and procedures may be an easy instructional method for teachers. However, when students are passively listening to teachers, their opportunities to understand mathematical concepts and procedures and to develop mathematical competencies are not maximized. As the Common Core State Standards emphasizes, students need to develop mathematical practice through active involvement in mathematics — by doing mathematical activities and solving problems — rather than just listening to teachers talk. Influenced by US publications of problem-solving, including Polya’s How to Solve It (1945) and NCTM's An Agenda for Action: Recommendations for School Mathematics of the 1980s (1980), Japanese researchers and teachers worked collaboratively to develop an approach to promote mathematical thinking and problem solving: “mondai-kaiketsu gakusyuu,” which means “teaching through problem solving” (TTP). This session will use some of the examples from Japanese mathematics textbooks to discuss key features of TTP and how schools can use this approach to promote CCSS-M mathematical practice.

Friday Slate
avatar for Akihiko Takahashi

Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1202

8:30am

VAST - An Innovative Approach to Celebrating the Strengths of ADHD Amidst the Challenges 
Welcome to VAST (Variable Attention Stimulus Trait), Ned Hallowell’s new name for an expanded version of ADHD. Because Dr. Hallowell sees ADHD not as a disorder but as a trait, he thinks it is important to describe it in language that does not pathologize the condition. While ADHD can certainly ruin a person's life, if properly taken care of it can turn that life into one of greatness and joy, a major contribution to the world.

Drawing on 30-plus years of professional work in the field and a lifetime of his own personal experiences, Dr. Hallowell will review how ADHD affects academic achievement and offer scientific underpinnings of positive psychology for educators to use to unwrap the gifts embedded in ADHD, while also dealing with the problems this trait creates.

Dr. Hallowell will show you how to reframe the challenges of ADHD in terms of mirror traits, the positive sides of the negative symptoms associated with ADHD — for example, hyperactive/restless = energetic; disorganized = spontaneous; impulsive = creative; and more. By recognizing the mirror traits, you avoid the ravages of shame and fear.

He will also introduce material he has not addressed before, including the overlap of creativity and dark thoughts and how to control those by mastering the DMN (Default Mode Network); the idea of VAST as the "lover, the lunatic, and the poet"; the story of Dav Pilkey, author of Captain Underpants; and the supreme value of Vitamin Connect.

Participants will learn:
• to view ADHD/VAST not as a disorder, but as a trait.
• to reframe the Challenges of ADHD
• to master the DMN, the Default Mode Network.
• the value of Vitamin Connect

Friday Slate
avatar for Edward (Ned) Hallowell

Edward (Ned) Hallowell

Child and Adult Psychiatrist, Learning Differences Expert, Founder of The Hallowell Centers
Edward (Ned) Hallowell, MD, EdD, is a child and adult psychiatrist, New York Times bestselling author, world-renowned speaker, and leading authority in the field of ADHD. He is also founder of the Hallowell Centers — specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of learning differences... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 243

8:30am

Mental Health Innovation and Possibilities
What innovative solutions and start-ups exist to tackle mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, and suicide for our young people? Let me share with you what I have found and learned while looking at hundreds of mental health companies and start-ups. Having worked as global head of innovation and advanced technology at AIG and leading the innovation fund and innovation lab at Kaiser Permanente, we thought there could be possibilities where health + innovation + technology could produce innovative solutions for mental health. Come join me and we’ll share ideas and discuss the possibilities.

Friday Slate
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Faye Sahai

Managing Director, Vinaj Ventures and Telosity.co Fund
Faye Sahai is a leader of innovation and inclusive practices that grow businesses, develop new opportunities, and position companies to lead. Currently she is the managing director of Vinaj, investing in mental health innovative solutions and start-ups to address depression, anxiety... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 8:30am - 9:30am
Room 1103

9:40am

Empowering Learners to Solve Problems in Their Communities Using AI-Technologies
Classrooms today are no strangers to coding, or even robotics, but few teach artificial intelligence ― a technology increasingly applied across almost every industry. STEM education nonprofit Iridescent teamed up with leading AI corporations and researchers to produce a curriculum demystifying AI for youth, teaching them how AI can be used for good in the world. Using simple materials, lessons can be adapted for various grade levels or even done by families at home.

Friday Slate
avatar for Tara Chklovski

Tara Chklovski

Founder & CEO, Technovation
Tara Chklovski is the Founder and CEO of Technovation, a global engineering and technology education nonprofit. Technovation supports low-income community members (especially girls and mothers) to solve local problems using engineering and technology tools. Over the past 13 years... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 1105

9:40am

"Thinking Like a Lawyer": Practical Strategies to Close the Critical Thinking Gap
Critical thinking is the essential 21st century skill, but it is still a luxury good, typically reserved for the most elite students at the most elite schools. What if we could close this gap by helping educators teach critical thinking the way it's been taught for thousands of years? “Thinking Like a Lawyer” is a powerful framework to help teachers in all subjects and grade levels push our students from "what" and "how to" to "why" and "what if," and Colin Seale will share practical instructional strategies for educators to give all students equitable access to deeper learning experiences.

Friday Slate
avatar for Colin Seale

Colin Seale

Founder & CEO, thinkLaw
Colin Seale is an educator, attorney, and critical thinking evangelist. With degrees in law, public administration, and computer science, he has always had a passion for equity. His efforts to tackle educational inequity are particularly personal. Tracked early into gifted and talented... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 1103

9:40am

Limitless: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers
Recent years have seen an explosion of scientific evidence, from neuroscience, psychology and education showing that there is a different way to teach and learn, available to us all. When people take a limitless approach to learning — in content areas and in life — different pathways open up to them, leading to higher, more equitable, and more enjoyable achievement. Mindset messages are important, but they do not take root unless they are accompanied by a multiplicity approach to content and life. In this session we will consider what a mindset and multiplicity approach is. We will watch videos of students, see content differently, and think together about ways to create equitable and engaging learning experiences that are limitless.


SLIDES FOR THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE SHARED. Jo's session was based on her book, Limitless Mind. 

Friday Slate
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Jo Boaler

The Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education, Stanford Graduate School of Education
Jo Boaler is the Nomellini & Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford University. Former roles have included being the Marie Curie Professor of Mathematics Education in England and a maths teacher in London comprehensive schools. Her PhD won the national award for educational research... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Cafe

9:40am

Understanding Learner Variability and How to Support It
Research is showing that people vary significantly in how they learn best. Everybody has what is called a jagged profile. But which "jags" matter? Educators should seek to understand learner variability in order to support all students. Vic will share a whole-child framework and supporting open-source tools developed with the world’s top learning scientists along with instructional and design strategies. When you bring a mindset of learner variability to teaching and learning, you don't see student problems — you see design challenges.

Friday Slate
avatar for Vic Vuchic

Vic Vuchic

Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director Learner Variability Project, Digital Promise Global
Vic is a seasoned thought leader in education technology and philanthropy. He is an expert in learning science, innovation, and scaling what works and has launched game-changing initiatives that have increased access to education and improved learning for tens of millions of learners... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 318-19

9:40am

Design as Learning :: Fitness Studio
What is the most important skill students can develop during their time in school?  Learning how to learn.  If students graduate seeing themselves as learners and understanding how to learn new things, they are prepared for a world that will undoubtedly present them with challenges that we haven’t yet solved—and some that we haven’t even anticipated.  In this interactive workshop, we’ll experience design methods that can help students (and the rest of us!) exercise learning muscles that often atrophy in formal education environments.  More workout than workshop, this session will get your mind and body moving.  All levels welcome!

Friday Slate
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 and author of Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011). sam speaks internationally about education, race, culture, systems, and design. sam has taught in a variety of... Read More →
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Leticia Britos Cavagnaro

Adjunct Professor, Stanford d.school
Leticia Britos Cavagnaro co-founded and co-directs the University Innovation Fellows Program at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (Stanford’s d.school), working with students, faculty and leaders from over 260 universities around the world. She is an adjunct professor at the... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 1102

9:40am

The Gender Creative Child
This presentation will outline the infinite variations on the theme of the gender creative child, the general principles of the gender affirmative model, and the application of this knowledge to the education and social-emotional support for children of all genders.

Friday Slate
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Diane Ehrensaft

Director of Mental Health, Child and Adolescent Gender Center, University of California San Francisco
Diane Ehrensaft, PhD, is a developmental and clinical psychologist, associate professor of pediatrics at UCSF, and Director of Mental Health of the Child and Adolescent Gender Center, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. She specializes in research, clinical work, training, and consultation... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 1204

9:40am

Child Poverty: Next Steps for Research and Policy
Although child poverty rates have fallen by half in the past 50 years, 13% of U.S. children (9.7 million in all) still live in families with incomes below the poverty line. Drawing from a recently released National Academy report on child poverty, I will briefly summarize causal evidence on the consequences of poverty for children's healthy development, as well as research on the developmental impacts of anti-poverty programs such as food stamps and the Earned Income Tax Credit. In light of our relative ignorance of the impact of poverty on very young children, I will describe an ongoing experiment in which low-income mothers with newborns are randomly assigned to receive either smaller or larger monthly cash gifts over the first 40 months of their children's lives. Impacts will be assessed on both children's cognitive and socioemotional development as well as on family processes thought to mediate the impacts of poverty on child well-being. Finally, I will describe the impacts on child poverty and employment of 20 program and policy approaches to reducing child poverty, which is also found in the National Academy report.

Friday Slate
avatar for Greg Duncan

Greg Duncan

Professor, University of California Irvine, School of Education
Greg Duncan holds the title of Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine. Duncan received his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan and spent the first 35 years of his career at the University of Michigan and Northwestern... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 217

9:40am

Intelligence, Personality, and Privilege: Implications of the Research for Innovative Learning
Intelligence, personality, and privilege are the strongest predictors of academic achievement. These variables work in interaction with one another to enhance or detract from achievement, life satisfaction, and well-being. Educators working with talented young people need to understand how combinations of intelligence, personality, and privilege can be assessed, interpreted, and used to understand the optimal academic and career pathways for their students. How can students be encouraged to develop their abilities and their positive personality characteristics? How can educators help their students to find the cultural, social, and financial resources needed to overcome lack of privilege related to their gender, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, citizenship, age, physical ability and characteristics, and geographic origin? This presentation highlights the possibilities for truly understanding the strengths and challenges of our students.

Friday Slate
avatar for Barbara A. Kerr

Barbara A. Kerr

Williamson Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas
Barbara Kerr, PhD, holds an endowed chair as Distinguished Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Kansas and is an American Psychological Association Fellow. She specializes in psychology of creativity; issues of gender, privilege, and talent development; and innovations... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 340

9:40am

Flexible Scheduling Panel: Blocks and Other Alternatives
In this session you will hear from experts about how restructuring the school day and taking an alternative approach to scheduling can be a step forward in tackling structural barriers to a school's achieving better balance and sensible pacing, and to supporting evolving programs and curricula. Speakers will share examples of what possible redesigns might look like, and they will discuss the challenges faced in implementing new schedules as well as the benefits of doing so, and how changing schedules can help support positive outcomes for students.

Friday Slate
avatar for Denise Pope

Denise Pope

Senior Lecturer, Stanford University; Challenge Success
Denise Pope, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of Challenge Success, a research and intervention... Read More →
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Jonathan Howland

Dean of Faculty, The Urban School of San Francisco
Jonathan Howland has spent 35 years in independent school teaching and instructional leadership. He has published and presented widely on teacher collaboration, assessment for learning, and structures and practices for continued professional growth of faculty.
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Roxanne S. Higgins

President and Senior Consultant, Independent School Management
Roxanne Higgins is the president of ISM and the company’s senior scheduling consultant. She is responsible for the overall operation and management of the company.Roxanne is an expert in optimizing time, space, and personnel to help every school deliver a mission-appropriate program... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 219

9:40am

Building the School of the Future
As education around the world slowly shifts from a standards-based model to a competency-based model, what will the future of education look like and how will students engage with teachers, their peers, and the world around them? For the last 10 years, NuVu has built a school on the architecture studio model that focuses on creative learning through a hands-on interdisciplinary approach. Studio topics connect with real-world issues, and large, complex questions are presented to the students to discuss and research. 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 and the future of learning? This talk will dive into NuVu’s vision of the future and what obstacles lie in that pathway.

Friday Slate
avatar for Saba Ghole

Saba Ghole

Co-Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Nuvu
Saba Ghole is the co-founder and chief creative officer of NuVu Studio. She's an architectural/urban designer turned education and technology entrepreneur. Saba received her master's in urban design at MIT. Her multidisciplinary explorations in painting, photography, graphic design... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 1202

9:40am

Building More Equitable Mathematics Instruction by Teaching Through Problem-solving
In Teaching Through Problem-solving, students learn each new mathematical concept or procedure by solving a challenging problem that embodies the new mathematics. Analyze video from urban elementary schools where Teaching Through Problem-solving has dramatically improved student achievement, with a focus on practices you can use to build more equitable mathematics learning in your site, including student-led questioning routines, planned board use, and reflective mathematics journals.

Friday Slate
avatar for Akihiko Takahashi

Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →
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Shelley Friedkin

Senior Research Associate, Mills College
Shelley Friedkin is a senior research associate for Lesson Study Group at Mills College. She graduated from Brunel University in England with an elementary teaching credential and taught in Central London. She received her doctorate in education leadership from Mills College. For... Read More →
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Catherine Lewis

Senior Research Scientist, Mills College
Catherine Lewis, PhD, comes from four generations of public school teachers. Her video and print materials have introduced many educators to Lesson Study (LS; www.lessonresearch.net ). She has directed a series of federally funded grants to improve and research LS, establishing that... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 1206

9:40am

Addressing the Link Between Learning Differences and Anxiety and Depression: A Panel Discussion
Parenting is a lifelong journey filled with incredible highs, daunting lows, and everything in between. As parents, we do anything necessary to be certain our kids are happy and healthy. Since there’s no universal parent handbook that contains “all the right answers,” sometimes we get stuck. Sometimes we’re scared. We always worry. The sheer size of our responsibility can make us feel isolated and vulnerable. Please attend this panel discussion addressing the power of neurodiversity and how learning differences, anxiety, and depression are linked. Moderated by Dr. Rosalie Whitlock, executive director of Children’s Health Council, Palo Alto.

Friday Slate
avatar for Fumiko Hoeft

Fumiko Hoeft

Professor & Director, University of Connecticut; University of California San Francisco
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD, is a professor of psychological sciences, psychiatry and neuroscience, and director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and professor of psychiatry, Weill Institute for Neurosciences and Dyslexia Center at the... Read More →
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Rosalie Whitlock

Executive Director, Children's Health Council
In her 30-plus years' experience, Dr. Whitlock has been a passionate and tireless advocate for kids and families. She has been serving as executive director at CHC for the past ten years. Before becoming executive director, she spent nine years on CHC’s board — two of those years... Read More →
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Cindy Goldrich

ADHD/Executive Function Coach, PTS Coaching: ADHD Education and Support
Cindy Goldrich, EdM, ADHD-CCSP, is a mental health counselor, certified ADHD clinical service provider, and teacher trainer. As an ADHD specialist, she supports parents, educators, and other professionals to address the impact of ADHD and executive functioning on learning, motivation... Read More →
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Suzanne Crandall

Community Advocate
Suzanne grew up on the San Francisco Peninsula and graduated with a BA from Duke University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. After working and living in New York and Europe, she returned to the Peninsula to earn an MBA from Stanford University. Suzanne has worked for various... Read More →
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Marcus Soutra

President, Eye to Eye
Marcus Soutra was identified with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age. He struggled in grade school, feeling frustrated and misunderstood. After graduating from Keene State with a degree in social science and secondary education, he chose to devote his life to creating a world where... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 175

9:40am

Rethinking Boyhood: From Research to the Classroom
Routine losses and casualties have always been an inconvenient truth about boyhood, whether in families, communities, or schools. A gender achievement gap has been a fact for 100 years, affecting all types of boys. In several global studies, the presenter learned from boys what enables them to engage with their teachers and was struck by how their insights compel a broad reimagining of boyhood itself.

Friday Slate
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Michael C. Reichert

Executive Director, Center for the Study of Boys' and Girls' Lives; University of Pennsylvania
Michael Reichert is an applied and research psychologist who has long been an advocate for children and families. From counseling youth involved in the juvenile justice system through experiences leading treatment teams in a psychiatric hospital, Dr. Reichert has tested his understanding... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 316-317

9:40am

Creating Cultures of Dignity
Based on over twenty years of teaching and constant feedback from today’s generation of young people, Rosalind Wiseman’s presentation is a call for action to transform the way we understand young people and youth culture so children can thrive in our communities. From young people’s friendships, social media use, gossip, drama, bullying, and the constant pressure to “keep up,” she’ll illustrate how children and teens develop their sense of self and guide their decision-making in everything from their academic choices and friends to how they manage conflict and know when to ask for help from adults. In addition, she’ll give concrete advice to parents and educators so they, in turn, can guide young people through the common yet complex problems young people face — while avoiding communication breakdowns and power struggles between children and adults.

Friday Slate
avatar for Rosalind Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman

Educator on Ethical Leadership & Parenting and Social Media Expert
From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. Through professional development training, speaking, teaching, and consulting in a wide array of organizations, educational institutions and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 243

9:40am

E = MC2: Science and Practice of Mindfulness, Compassion and Communication
This presentation will share empirical research and guided experiential practices of mindfulness, compassion, and communication. The goal is to elucidate an arc of training the mind, from contemplation to interpersonal skills to wellbeing.

Friday Slate
avatar for Philippe Goldin

Philippe Goldin

Professor, University of California Davis
Philippe Goldin, PhD, is an associate professor at UC Davis and leads the Clinically Applied Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. His team is currently engaged in (a) basic research on the brain networks that differentiate focused attention, empathy, and compassion for self and others... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 9:40am - 10:40am
Room 346

10:50am

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom
The author of A More Beautiful Question will share his findings about the connection between questioning and innovation. He’ll also discuss the forces that conspire against questioning in the classroom and in the world at large, why we need inquiring minds (and critical thinking) more now than ever, and what strategies seem to help in encouraging more questioning.

Friday Slate
avatar for Warren Berger

Warren Berger

Author, Innovation Expert, and Questionologist
Warren is an expert on design thinking and innovation. He has studied hundreds of the world’s leading innovators, designers, red-hot start-ups, and creative thinkers to analyze how they ask game-changing questions, solve problems, and create new possibilities. Warren believes that... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 175

10:50am

Building Student Independence by Improving Study Strategies
It’s self-evident that students become increasingly responsible for their own learning as they move through grades. Whether kindergartners learn or not is considered the success or failure of the teacher. But by grade 12, expectations are high that students can learn on their own; it’s routine to lecture, expecting students will take good notes and study them effectively for a quiz. Recent research has shown that students — even successful college students — use terrible study strategies. They are successful in spite of how they study, not because of it. In this talk I’ll focus on research into the best ways to study. This research not only has important implications for students, but for how teachers plan lessons.

Friday Slate
avatar for Daniel Willingham

Daniel Willingham

Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
Daniel Willingham is a psychologist who thinks about applications of what's known about the mind to K-16 education.


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Cafe

10:50am

Environmental Citizenship as a Curricular Pillar – Overview of Frameworks and Practices
At its heart, the Nueva School emphasizes collaborative, life-long learning, social-emotional acuity, and individual agency. As environmental challenges from climate change to plastics in the ocean loom large for society and in the minds of our students, Nueva has formally embraced cultivating environmental citizenship as a key pillar of our educational approach. This session introduces Nueva’s new Environmental Citizenship program, built on the recognition that tomorrow’s graduates will need to be equipped with the knowledge to understand environmental problems, their impact on communities, and how to effectively bring about change. After framing the environmental imperative, this session will showcase multiple existing strands of inquiry, multidisciplinary learning, and community service activities at Nueva, and then will offer first iterations of a cohesive curricular learning and assessment framework for Environmental Citizenship.

Friday Slate
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Aron Walker

Assistant Director of Environmental Citizenship / Science Teacher, The Nueva School
Aron, a Nueva alum and former Nueva faculty member, returns to be the assistant director of environmental citizenship. Aron previously taught chemistry, environmental science, and mathematics at Nueva and is passionate about student engagement in science research and field learning... Read More →
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Tanja Srebotnjak

Director of Environmental Citizenship and Upper School Teacher, The Nueva School
Tanja heads the Environmental Citizenship program, which aims to instill optimism, resilience, and a bias toward action on environmental issues. She holds a PhD in environmental statistics and policy from Yale and previously worked at the United Nations, the National Resources Defense... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 1202

10:50am

The Underachievement Dilemma
Underachievement by gifted and high-potential learners is one of the most frustrating issues that teachers encounter. What causes underachievement? How can parents and teachers help develop talents in students who underachieve in school but not in creative outlets outside of school? What interventions work for what types of underachievement? How can we motivate gifted learners to achieve? These and other questions will be explored in this session.


Friday Slate
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Sally Reis

Letitia Neag Morgan Chair in Educational Psychology, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Sally M. Reis recently completed a six-year term as the vice provost for academic affairs and currently holds the Letitia Neag Endowed Chair and is a Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor at Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. She was previously a department... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 340

10:50am

The Science of Accommodations: Why We Need Universal Design for Learning
Participants will come away from this presentation with an understanding of the science regarding cognition related to the most commonly requested accommodations for students with learning differences. With this knowledge, the framework of Universal Design for Learning can provide opportunities for all students to become expert learners, not only those who have learning differences.

Friday Slate
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Nicole S. Ofiesh

Director, Schwab Learning Center; Founder and Director, UDL Innovation Studio, Stanford University
Nicole Ofiesh, PhD, is a cognitive behavioral scientist with expertise in learning disorders and attention. She intersects this knowledge with an understanding of context and culture to research and teach how people learn. She believes that understanding how people learn is critical... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 1103

10:50am

Changing Understandings of ADHD and Motivation
This presentation will present an updated understanding of ADHD as impaired executive functions. It will also explain the puzzling fact that children, teens, and adults with ADHD are able to exercise their executive functions (focus, organization, alertness, working memory, emotional modulation, and self-management) very well in a few specific activities or tasks that interest them, even though they consistently demonstrate much difficulty in exercising those same executive functions in almost everything else they do, even for tasks and activities they recognize as important. Dr. Brown will describe how the brain "googles" for motivation and how ADHD impacts these processes in some situations but not in others. He will also describe how treatment for ADHD works.

Friday Slate
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Thomas E. Brown

Director of Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his PhD from Yale University and specializes in assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents, and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems.In his 30+ years of experience, Dr. Brown has contributed over 30 journal publications... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 316-317

10:50am

Digital Citizenship to Promote Digital Well-Being
Information technology holds great promise for transforming education — the use of digital devices, courseware, apps, games, and websites in the classroom has significant potential for personalized learning, new and innovative activities, and enhanced home-school connections. But with this power come behavioral and ethical issues, both in schools and at home: privacy violations, hate speech, new permutations of cyberbullying, fake news, digital addiction, FOMO (“fear of missing out”), rising anxiety levels, and mental health issues. In 2019, Common Sense updated its K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum — co-developed with the Project Zero team at the Harvard Graduate School of Education — to help educators address the digital dilemmas students are facing today. Linda Burch will share some key components of the curriculum to help educators teach digital citizenship as a means to promote healthy tech use.

Friday Slate
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Linda Burch

Co-Founder and Chief Education and Strategy Officer, Common Sense Media
Linda Burch is a Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families thrive in today's complicated digital world. Linda leads Common Sense’s strategy and development efforts and oversees its regional... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 346

10:50am

The Joy of Movement
Get ready for a session that brings together cutting-edge science and a playlist designed to get you moving!

People who are physically active have a stronger sense of purpose and experience more gratitude, love, and hope. They feel more connected to their communities and are less likely to suffer from loneliness or become depressed. These benefits are seen throughout the lifespan, apply to every socioeconomic stratum, and appear to be culturally universal.

In this talk, learn how and why physical activity promotes resilience, belonging, and even meaning in life. From the biological, including how exercise remodels the brain to make you more receptive to joy and social connection; to the psychological, such as how movement is intertwined with identity, self-expression, and self-efficacy; to the social, including how moving with others harnesses human instincts for teamwork, trust, and interdependence.

After thirty minutes of scientific insights and a discussion of their practical implications, get ready to experience the joy of movement yourself. Kelly will lead the group in 20 minutes of movement that requires no special skills or even “appropriate” clothing or footwear. Come as you are and learn physical movements that are linked to joy around the world. Experience the fun of moving in synchrony with friends and strangers, and master a simple dance routine to songs you know and love.


Friday Slate
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Kelly McGonigal

Lecturer, Stanford University
Kelly McGonigal is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University. As a pioneer in the field of "science-help," her mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. She... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 1102

10:50am

Designing with Blockchain for Educators
What is blockchain? How is it relevant to our education systems? Can anyone build with blockchain (yes!)? Like a camera for a photo, a hammer for a nail, or a tweezer for an eyebrow, blockchain is a tool for a system. Peel back the hype about cryptocurrency and you find computer code that has the potential to reshape many of the systems in our lives. In this 90-minute experiential workshop, you’ll build a blockchain and consider the implications for education.

If we want tech, and the products, services, and systems it’s intertwined with, to represent all of us, to work for all of us, it must be designed by all of us. We want to provide radical access to emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and blockchain. We want people of all ages, races, professions, and genders to be able to use tech as a medium in their work.

If we want the education systems of the future to work for all of us, we need to understand blockchain. All are welcome! No experience with blockchain, code, or design is necessary. 

Friday Slate
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Carissa Carter

Director of Teaching + Learning, Stanford d.school
Carissa Carter is the director of teaching and learning at the Stanford d.school. In this role she guides the development of the d.school’s pedagogy, leads its instructors, and shapes its class offerings. She teaches courses on the intersection of data and design, designing with... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 12:20pm
Room 1105

10:50am

A Crash Course on Seeing & Seizing Opportunities
Being able to identify and act upon opportunities is vital to success. However, these skills are rarely taught in school. Professor Tina Seelig explains how to see and seize bold opportunities in all parts of our life by challenging assumptions, breaking the “rules,” and making our own luck. Based on her newly revised book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, Tina shows us how, regardless of our age, we can defy expectations, have a healthy disregard for the impossible, and turn problems into remarkable opportunities.

Friday Slate
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Tina Seelig

Professor of the Practice, Stanford University
Tina Seelig is Professor of the Practice in Stanford University’s Department of Management Science and Engineering, and a faculty director of the Stanford Technology Ventures Program. She teaches courses in the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (d.school) and leads three fellowship... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 12:20pm
Room 318-19

10:50am

Talking With Kids About Race
How does one start a conversation about race with a child? In the wake of the presidential election results and uprisings and protests in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore, Oakland, and South Dakota, many of us are imagining that another world is possible. We know that the potential for a world in which unarmed Black Americans are not killed regularly by police and people of color are not the targets of systemic racism and hate crimes has to start with us. In fact, the most powerful change we can make is on the micro level, with what we teach our children about race and implicit bias. This introductory session will help us unpack our own understanding of race and outline developmentally appropriate language to use with kids. 

Friday Slate
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Micia Mosely

Director, Black Teacher Project
Micia Mosely, a comedian and educator who earned her PhD in education from UC Berkeley, keeps audiences learning and laughing in a variety of contexts and venues. Mosely’s one-woman show, Where My Girls At? (an off-Broadway comedy about Black lesbians), was nominated for a New York... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 12:20pm
Room 243

10:50am

Teaching Through Problem Solving: Three-Part Series of Live Demonstration Lessons for Deriving the Formula for Finding the Area of Quadrilaterals (PART 2)
Come see how a thread of mathematical thinking is developed with students by connecting visual models, numerical expressions, and justification with intriguing problems. Over a three-day mini-unit designed for students to derive the formula for finding the area of quadrilaterals through solving a series of problems and comparing their solutions with several different approaches by their peers, master teacher Dr. Takahashi will lead a middle school class into a deep dive into important mathematical ideas. Each of the lessons is designed for the students to experience communicating their own reasoning to others by expressing their own ways of solving the problems in mathematical expressions. At the same time, students will have opportunities to infer their peers’ ways of thinking by interpreting their mathematical expressions. Throughout, students will be expected to justify the reasonableness of their own and others’ strategies and mathematical expressions. These experiences are expected to foster their skill for developing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others (CCSS-M MP3), while the process of writing and interpreting mathematical expressions helps students develop the ability to reason quantitatively and abstractly.

Friday Slate
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Akihiko Takahashi

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, DePaul University
Akihiko Takahashi, PhD, is an associate professor at DePaul University, where he teaches mathematics and mathematics education. Before coming to the US from Japan, he was a schoolteacher and then an educator of mathematics teachers. He was nationally active in mathematics Lesson Study... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 12:20pm
Room 1206

12:40pm

Launching Innovation in Schools
The very best schools in America actually look quite different from one another: they embrace different pedagogical models, have different curricula, and organize using different structures. What they have in common is that they are really good at getting better. Creating a great school isn't about choosing the one right system, it's about getting one system right. In this presentation, MIT professor Justin Reich will share some core ideas from schools that are really good at getting better and offering insights into the blocking and tackling of launching innovation in schools. Participants can follow up the session by enrolling in the free MOOC on MITx, Launching Innovation in Schools, co-taught by MIT Sloan lecturer Peter Senge. 

Friday Slate
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Justin Reich

Mitsui Career Development Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is an assistant professor in the comparative media studies/writing department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a faculty associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 1105

12:40pm

Maslow 2.0: The Hierarchy of Needs, Redefined
In his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation,” Abraham Maslow introduced the idea that human beings have a hierarchy of needs: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. In this talk, Scott Barry Kaufman picks up where Maslow left off, expanding upon the unfinished theory and integrating new scientific findings, including Kaufman’s own research on creativity, love, personality, and well-being. Through his unique work on the subject, Kaufman reinvigorates the profound insights of humanistic psychology with the latest scientific findings from a wide range of fields, introducing them to a generation that consistently feels unsatisfied in their work, creative pursuits, and educational path. Students can be high achievers and yet still yearn for self-realization. The philosopher Erich Fromm said that there is “an art of being.” But as Kaufman persuasively shows, there is also a science of being, and this talk will help educators set students on the path to a life of optimal health, growth, wholeness, and real fulfillment.

Friday Slate
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Scott Barry Kaufman

Psychologist, Professor, Writer, and Podcaster
Scott Barry Kaufman is a psychologist, professor, writer, and podcaster. Now at Columbia University, he was previously at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was invited by Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, to serve as the scientific director of the Imagination... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 243

12:40pm

Climate Change: What You Can Do to Make a Difference
Climate change is the existential threat of our time. Sounds ominous, right? There are solutions, there are things you can do that can make a difference and put us on a better path for our children and future generations. Matt James will provide an update on the state of climate change globally and in the US, describing opportunities to make positive changes and what individuals and families can do that will have an impact.

Friday Slate
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Matt James

Senior Counselor, GMMB
Matt has long been a nonprofit and philanthropic leader and is recognized as an innovator in communications initiatives for social good, both in the Bay Area and nationally. Matt’s award-winning contributions extend to strategic communications and campaigns in health, climate change... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 1202

12:40pm

Cultural Competency in Education: What Leaders Need to Know
As leaders of our institutions, we need to have strategic vision and global understanding to manage meaningful change. How is old school diversity (something good to do and nice to have) shifting to 21st century cultural competency (something critical to the success of all of our students in a global world)? What factors help us understand where the school is on the spectrum of exclusive clubs to inclusive organizations? How do we move our communities strategically at the pace that is right for the school? Discuss these questions and gather tools to help our schools become the leading edge of cultural competency, inclusion, and equity.

Slides and Resources from Session:
https://sites.google.com/a/sgs-wa.org/sgsprofessionaloutreach/nueva-ilc-cultural-competency-leadership

Friday Slate
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Rosetta Lee

Faculty and Outreach Specialist, Seattle Girls' School
Rosetta Lee serves Seattle Girls’ School in dual roles. SGS is an innovative school for junior high school girls, aiming to empower women leaders and change agents and dedicating its energies to a diverse community of students and faculty, an anti-bias mission, and an integrated... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 1102

12:40pm

Getting Down to Facts: Current Conditions and Paths Forward for California Schools
California’s education system has seen substantial policy shifts over the past decade, potentially benefiting the state’s 6.2 million students. This recent research project provides a “state of the state,” with the goal of providing a common set of facts to inform discussions and education policy development going forward. This is the second time that leading researchers have come together to consolidate evidence on how to improve education in California. Ten years ago the state’s dynamic system was clearly due for a revamp, but where to begin? That question could only be answered with data. The need for a fact-gathering mission gave birth to the first comprehensive Getting Down to Facts report in 2007 to take a critical look at all things K–12. The first report informed state lawmakers in their work to adopt many reforms that were necessary to put California’s education system on the right track. At the same time, an economic recession brought a chilling effect to the state’s resources and made implementation of measurable improvement an even bigger challenge. Thanks to a healthy recovery in recent years, many reforms began to take hold. Now, ten years later, after a range of educational policy changes and as the state embarks on the next chapter of its public education system, Getting Down to Facts II once again provides the facts. GDTFII provides in-depth analysis of the state education system as of 2018 and looks at what is working well and where improvement is still needed. The report’s findings are contained in 36 separate studies thoroughly researched by over 100 leading academics from top research institutions across California and the United States. What are the most important things to know about education in California? Key findings include:
• California’s education system is moving in the right direction but is still needs to build capacity to support a decade of reforms. Over the past decade, a multitude of reforms has resulted in some improvement. But the system still must ensure that educators and other practitioners have the skills, information, and materials they need to put major reforms more fully into practice.
• Large achievement gaps persist in California by race, ethnicity, income, and English learner (EL) status.
• California’s children are behind before they enter kindergarten. The system needs a continued focus on closing achievement gaps through multiple approaches, including enhanced early childhood education.
• Funding levels remain short of adequate for schools in California, given the goals of state policies.
• Untouched critical funding issues could destabilize the system. Pensions, special education, and facilities each have the potential to worsen inequities if not addressed.
• California produces very little information on what makes an excellent education for its own students. Despite investments in data systems in California, the state still falls short of what other states have developed.
This session will discuss the findings of the study and the initial work at the state level to address some of the findings.

Friday Slate
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Susanna Loeb

Director of Annenberg Institute, Professor of Education and International and Public Affairs, Brown University
Susanna's research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students. Her work has addressed issues of educator career choices and professional development, school finance and governance, and early childhood systems. Before moving... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 1204

12:40pm

Detracking Policy in SFUSD: Our Ongoing Commitment to Equity, the Lessons We Have Learned, and the Questions We Still Have
The SFUSD Class of 2019 was our first cohort of students to experience detracked heterogeneous eighth-, ninth-, and tenth-grade Common Core math. Now that they have graduated, what new insights do we have about the impacts of our policy? We continue to analyze data, work with stakeholders, and make adjustments to sustain our commitment to all learners. This session will describe how we have responded to both public scrutiny and curiosity about our successes and challenges, and name the questions we still have. There will be opportunities both for questions and for considering how this might resonate in your own contexts.

Friday Slate
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Lizzy Hull Barnes

Math Supervisor, San Francisco Unified School District
Lizzy Hull Barnes has taught math to PreK–6th graders in schools around the Bay Area, and she has supported the learning of adults in Louisiana and fellow teachers and coaches in San Francisco. The Common Core has provided all of us a precious window to reframe the question "What... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 1206

12:40pm

Anxiety and the Twice-Exceptional Child
Students who are twice-exceptional (2e) have tremendous intellectual gifts alongside a wide range of possible learning challenges — attention differences, slow processing speed, social immaturity, and/or weak executive function skills, just to name a few of the possibilities. This asynchronous development can make it extremely challenging to meet their unique needs and contribute to significant mental health conditions such as anxiety. Learn more about the profiles of 2e students, why they experience anxiety, and how parents and educators can help support these exceptional youth.

Friday Slate
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Ann Smith

Co-Founder and Executive Director, Gifted Support Center
Ann founded Gifted Support Center in 2011 as a direct response to the lack of services and support available for gifted learners and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ann spearheaded the creation of Leave Your Sleep for Education, an interdisciplinary language arts curriculum... Read More →
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Vivien Keil

Clinical Director, Children’s Health Council
Vivien Keil is a clinical director at the Children’s Health Council (CHC) in Palo Alto. She is a neuropsychologist who specializes in the developmental evaluation of young children and neuropsychological evaluation of children and adolescents. In her role at CHC, she frequently... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Cafe

12:40pm

Misdiagnosis and Missed Diagnosis of Gifted Individuals
Misdiagnosis most frequently occurs when professionals mistakenly view specific social and emotional characteristics of gifted individuals as signs of pathology, leading to inappropriate treatments or classroom accommodations.  On the other hand, missed diagnosis— an equally problematic situation — occurs when factors of giftedness obscure weaknesses, or problematic behaviors are minimized because one is gifted.  Twice-exceptional children are not identified as such because, for example, their strengths cover up weaknesses or school-related concerns are misattributed to giftedness rather than the handicapping condition such as a learning disability or attention disorder.  In these cases, individuals fail to receive the necessary interventions to address their unique needs.  With a focus on the behavior patterns that lead to misdiagnosis and the similarities between giftedness and clinical syndromes such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder, the presenter will outline concerns and ways to minimize the likelihood of these problematic situations.

Friday Slate
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Edward R. Amend

Clinical Psychologist, The Amend Group
Edward R. Amend, PsyD, is a clinical psychologist at the Amend Group, and he is licensed to practice in both Kentucky and Ohio. In his private practice in Lexington, Kentucky, Dr. Amend focuses on the social, emotional, and educational needs of gifted and talented youth, adults, and... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 1103

12:40pm

Prepared: What Kids Need for a Fulfilled Life
From the start, Summit Public Schools didn’t want to build something just for our children. We believed in a new version of high school to prepare every child for college and for a fulfilled life. And part of that “good” life was a world they wanted to live in. We envisioned preparing our children to be contributing members of their community, of society. We wanted to answer questions like: What skills does someone need in a rapidly changing economy? How does one prepare for a life that has financial security and meaning? How does a high school student figure out who they are and what they want out of life? What does it mean to engage in work that feels purposeful?”

In this session, Diane will share — in straightforward terms — the school model developed by Summit educators over the past 15 years. She will weave together research and stories on how real-world and project-based learning, self-direction, reflection through mentoring, and collaboration prepare kids for adulthood and a fulfilled life, and she will show how habits of success, curiosity-driven knowledge, universal skills, and concrete next steps are the measurable outcomes these strategies are designed to develop. The session will give parents a guide of activities to help foster these skills at home.

Friday Slate
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Diane Tavenner

Co-Founder & CEO, Summit Public Schools
Diane Tavenner, a lifelong public school educator, is pioneering a new vision for education in the United States. Diane founded Summit Preparatory Charter High School in 2003, which quickly earned a reputation as one of the nation’s best public high schools. She co-founded and is... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 340

12:40pm

Magical Maths
Magic and maths have gone together for hundreds of years. The reasoning behind many magic effects is inherently mathematical and logical, and mathematical tools can reveal the secrets if you’re brave enough to use them. We'll explore some mathematical magical classics, and how they can be used to provoke curiosity in the classroom.

Friday Slate
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Ben Sparks

Mathematician, Musician, Teacher & Speaker
Ben is a mathematician, musician, and public speaker. For 10 years he taught mathematics to pupils aged 11–18 in the UK. Now he gives math talks, workshops, and teacher training around the world.He is excited about mathematics education and about sharing the humanity and excitement... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 217

12:40pm

LD Proud to Be; Unlocking Greatness in Your Students Who Learn Differently
Join Eye to Eye’s President Marcus Soutra as he shares his lived experience with dyslexia and ADHD, and best practices to support students with learning and attention issues. With over 20 years of work in the field, Eye to Eye’s award-winning program empowers students who learn differently by teaching social-emotional skills, providing supportive environments to foster positive identity, and encouraging agency.

Friday Slate
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Marcus Soutra

President, Eye to Eye
Marcus Soutra was identified with dyslexia and ADHD at a young age. He struggled in grade school, feeling frustrated and misunderstood. After graduating from Keene State with a degree in social science and secondary education, he chose to devote his life to creating a world where... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 346

12:40pm

The Cognition Crisis: Perils and Promise of Tech and the Brain
A fundamental challenge of society is the development of approaches to enhance cognition in both the healthy and impaired. For the healthy, this should be a core mission of our educational system, and for the cognitively impaired it is a major goal of our mental health care system. Unfortunately, neither of these systems has effectively met this challenge. I have come to believe that we are experiencing an emerging global cognition crisis (widespread deficits of attention, emotional regulation, decision making, empathy, compassion…). While it seems clear that technology has aggravated this crisis, it also offers a potential solution. I will describe a novel approach developed in our research center at UCSF — Neuroscape — that uses custom-designed, closed-loop video games to achieve meaningful and sustainable cognitive enhancement. I will also share with you the next stage of our efforts, which integrate closed-loop video games with the latest technological innovations in software and hardware, including virtual reality, motion capture, physiological wearable, artificial intelligence, and non-invasive brain stimulation. We need to be creative in how we address this grand challenge of enhancing human cognition.

Friday Slate
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Adam Gazzaley

Founder & Executive Director, Neuroscape; Professor, Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Adam Gazzaley obtained an MD and a PhD in neuroscience at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, completed neurology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, and had postdoctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at UC Berkeley. He is now the David Dolby Distinguished... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 316-317

12:40pm

Teaching Girls The Power of Voice 
Girls are facing new pressures today that are resulting in unprecedented levels of stress, anxiety, and depression. Marean will discuss how growing up today is different from the past, how this is impacted by demographics and culture, and, most importantly, what adults can teach and how they can model roles to cultivate resilience.

Friday Slate
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Simone Marean

CEO & Co-Founder, Girls Leadership
Simone is the CEO and co-founder of Girls Leadership. She taught Girls Leadership programs and presented on girls across the country and internationally, including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls and the American School in Dubai. Simone has a master's degree in educational... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 175

12:40pm

How to Find Time
Living in the 21st century, we have more “time-saving devices” than ever before, and yet no one seems to have enough time. Many people live in a state of extreme time poverty. Life seems to be getting more wound up. With the nature of work changing radically, and our natural rhythms and sleep cycles more distorted than ever, the ability to take time off or to find time to do what we value most is at serious risk. Meanwhile, we are increasingly anxious that human time is itself running out.

In this provocative, philosophical, and ultimately positive talk, Martin Boroson explores the way we experience time, how our understanding of time has changed over time, and even what “time” really is.

Martin will also share with you the one simple mindshift you need to finally start getting a grip on time. For the real key to time management lies not in the clock, or in any device, but in the very thing you have most control over: your state of mind. And while the modern crisis of time is not going away, it does offer a profound opportunity: to learn how to play with time, expand time, and appreciate the time you have.

Friday Slate
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Martin Boroson

Founder, The One Moment Company
Martin Boroson is the creator of One-Moment Meditation, the playful, profound, and practical approach to meditation training that helps people break through the time barrier and tap the power of just one moment of focused attention. Martin’s cartoon, “How to Meditate in a Moment... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 12:40pm - 1:40pm
Room 318-19

1:50pm

College Admissions Panel
Few subjects are more loaded than that of college admissions. Get insight into this hot topic, as experts break down such issues as the impact of recent lawsuits at Harvard and UNC, the response from selective colleges to the Varsity Blues scandal, the sense that it’s a zero-sum game, the challenge facing lower- and middle-class families to access the advantages of a college degree, and how colleges perceive innovative high schools and how they are responding and attempting to innovate themselves. 

Note: If you're looking for a presentation with a playbook on how to get into selective colleges, this is not the one for you!

Friday Slate
avatar for Mark Hatch

Mark Hatch

Vice President for Enrollment / Office of Admission & Financial Aid, Colorado College
Since 2001, Mark has been the vice president for enrollment at Colorado College. Before that he served as the director of admission at Occidental College, as a teacher and college counselor at Harvard-Westlake and Marlborough Schools, and as an assistant dean of admission at Bates... Read More →
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Akil Bello

Co-Founder & Former CEO, Bell Curves
Akil Bello is an educator, speaker, entrepreneur, and testing expert. Akil has worked at every level of the supplemental education industry, advising universities, launching multiple companies, developing dozens of admissions and test preparation programs, training hundreds of instructors... Read More →
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Marie Bigham

Founder and Co-Leader, ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today
Marie Bigham is the founder and co-leader of ACCEPT: Admissions Community Cultivating Equity & Peace Today, a nonprofit organization that empowers college admissions professionals who center justice, equity, and antiracism in our work and communities. With almost 6000 members since... Read More →
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Gavin Bradley

Director of College Counseling, The Nueva School
The child and grandchild of teachers, Gavin Bradley joins Nueva as he begins his twenty-third year as an educator. His path to education was anything but direct — he spent time in the Marine Corps, as a professional rugby player, a logistics analyst, and working for the Atlanta... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 243

1:50pm

Personal Data and the Need for Privacy
Will you be targeted with fake news in the 2020 election campaign? Inappropriate use of personal data demonstrates that privacy is the new security. Innovations in technology, low-cost storage and processing, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things — all these are driving the “data age.” They represent a few of the reasons why students need to understand that their personal data has tremendous value and needs to be protected just like any other valuable asset. The right to privacy is becoming one of the hottest topics around the globe, and governments are trying to put controls in place to protect consumers. Europe legislated in 2018 and the California Consumer Privacy Act is due to take effect in 2020. Are we truly aware of the consequences of personal information being collected? We will discuss this from a professional perspective — as well as my personal experience of being part of a data breach — and we will examine some of the considerations and protections we should all take when granting access to our personal information.

Friday Slate
avatar for Tony Anscombe

Tony Anscombe

Global Security Evangelist, ESET
Tony Anscombe is the global security evangelist for ESET. With over 20 years of security industry experience, Anscombe is an established author, blogger, and speaker on the current threat landscape, security technologies and products, data protection, privacy and trust, and internet... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 346

1:50pm

How to Raise Successful People
How do we help our children be the best they can be? That’s the goal of How To Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results. Esther Wojcicki describes her journey from child to mother to teacher and shows the importance of treating kids with TRICK — trust, respect, independence, collaboration, and kindness — starting from day one. Using examples from her life and her teaching at Palo Alto High School, she will describe how and why it is so important to give children agency.


Friday Slate
avatar for Esther Wojcicki

Esther Wojcicki

Distinguished Visiting Scholar, MediaX at Stanford
Esther Wojcicki is an internationally known educator, founder of the largest scholastic media program in the US at Palo Alto High. She is also the 2002 California Teacher of the Year; a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow; former chair of Creative Commons; chair of PBS Learning... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 175

1:50pm

Understanding Structured Word Inquiry: How it Fits in Research and Curriculum
The phrase "structured word inquiry" (SWI) was first used to describe the instruction in a vocabulary teaching study (Bowers & Kirby, 2010). The phrase attempts to capture how this literacy instruction uses an approach of scientific inquiry to study how present-day English orthography operates to mark connections between words linked by structure and history. In less than a decade, SWI has raised interest and some controversy in the research community. The decades old "whole language vs. phonics" debate has made it difficult for many to understand that SWI is not a response to either phonics or whole language. It is a response to the proposition that literacy instruction should accurately reflect our best understanding of how our writing system works. It also draws on what we know about learning and instruction in any domain. This talk will make use of classroom/tutoring examples of SWI instruction to make sense of spellings neither phonics nor whole language explain. Dr. Bowers will present his view of where SWI fits in terms of theory and research on literacy instruction, and how this frame gives us a way to move beyond the artificial boundaries of whole language vs. phonics debates.

Friday Slate
avatar for Peter Bowers

Peter Bowers

Founder, WordWorks Literacy Centre
Pete Bowers, PhD, is a teacher, researcher, author, and founder of WordWorks Literacy Centre. His research on morphological instruction and "Structured Word Inquiry" and his practical work with schools are transforming how researchers, teachers, tutors, and students around the world... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 217

1:50pm

Assessment for Learning
American schools are overwhelmed with high-stakes testing, which leads to benchmark testing — just testing for testing’s sake. We need to shift the focus to assessment for learning. This requires instructional shifts in practice to emphasize learning over grading. This session introduces a formative assessment process to deepen learning.

Friday Slate
avatar for David Foster

David Foster

Executive Director, Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative
David Foster is the executive director of the Silicon Valley Mathematics Initiative (SVMI), comprising over 160 member districts in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Besides the intensive work in California, SVMI consults in states across the country, including New York, Illinois... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 1105

1:50pm

Advocating for 21st Century Learning in Your School
To prepare children to thrive as adults in the 21st century, we know our schools need to evolve. But how? To innovate, schools may add coding classes or open maker spaces, or install 3-D printers in libraries, but rarely do these add-ons deliver the desired outcomes. Join Galileo Learning’s founder and CEO, Glen Tripp, to explore what it takes to create an innovation ecosystem where systems, culture, and curriculum come together to support children in developing the skills and creative confidence they’ll need to succeed in our changing world. We’ll start by outlining the competencies of 21st century learning, look at several case studies (including Galileo camps) where these practices have really taken hold, and share plans and strategies you can use to bring these changes to your school and community.

Friday Slate
avatar for Glen Tripp

Glen Tripp

CEO & Founder, Galileo Learning
Glen Tripp founded Galileo Learning in 2001 to develop innovators who envision and create a better world. Since then, more than 300,000 children have enrolled in Galileo’s programs, which include Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer Quest, and the camps at the Tech Museum of Innovation... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 1206

1:50pm

Brain Health & Climate Change
Environmental stress driven by weather extremes and related natural disasters is becoming an inescapable part of our lives, and will only be exacerbated by continuing climate change. While the impacts of environmental change, such as increasing heat waves and wild fires, on physical health have been studied in some detail, there is minimal understanding of the impact of environmental stress on mental health. This is especially critical in California, with the increasingly frequent wildfires driven by a changing climate in recent years. In this talk, I will introduce our recent collaborations with climate scientists, epidemiologists, and community psychologists to parse the impact of climate change on mental health and explore how neuroscience can contribute to this understanding.

Friday Slate
avatar for Jyoti Mishra

Jyoti Mishra

Assistant Professor, University of California San Diego
Dr. Mishra is the founder of the Neural Engineering and Translational Labs at UC San Diego. She is a neuroscientist with expertise in attention, learning, and brain plasticity. Her lab innovates neurotechnologies for scalable brain health mapping, monitoring, and precision therapeutics... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 1202

1:50pm

Fundamental Innovations to Transform Equity and Inclusion at School
Organizations rightfully understand the importance of equity and inclusion work. Effective programming requires a range of supports, partnerships, and understandings that are critical for long-term success. This session will engage participants in some critical lessons learned from the Urban School of San Francisco equity and inclusion program. Participants will learn about fundamental innovations and programmatic approaches that have guided the program over the last 20 years. This session will be useful for those considering how to partner with trustees, faculty, students, and parents.

Friday Slate
avatar for Clarke Weatherspoon

Clarke Weatherspoon

Middle School Head, San Francisco Friends School
Clarke Weatherspoon is currently the middle school head at San Francisco Friends School. He served as history instructor, ninth/tenth grade dean, and Dean of Inclusion during 13 years at the Urban School of San Francisco. Clarke is a meditator, former water polo coach, and cyclist... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 316-317

1:50pm

The Right to Learn: Seeking Equality of Educational Opportunity Through the Courts
Ever since the landmark decision in Brown v. Board of Education, the content and contours of the right to an education has continued to evolve. Education has become even more important for individual success and our collective well-being, our educational institutions and pedagogy have become more complex, and our recognition of the role that litigation and courts play in securing equality of educational opportunity has become more nuanced. From the abolition of state-sponsored segregation to racial desegregation as remedy; from the provision of school access for students with disabilities — even those with serious emotional or cognitive disabilities — to integration with nondisabled peers; and from the equitable funding of schools across district lines to the provision of funding sufficient to ensure an adequate education, courts and the law continue to shape the educational opportunities our children receive. This session both takes stock and looks to the future of modern educational rights litigation with a focus on educational finance litigation, litigation aimed at enhancing the equity and adequacy of school funding.

Friday Slate
avatar for William S. Koski

William S. Koski

Professor of Law, Stanford Law School
William Koski, PhD, an accomplished clinical teacher and litigator, is the founder and director of Stanford Law School’s Youth and Education Law Project (YELP). He and the students in the project have represented hundreds of disadvantaged children and their families in educational... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 1102

1:50pm

Gifted Education for the Cool Kids: Being Real About Social Capital & Achievement
Students are more accepting of each other than ever, but gifted students, particularly in older grades and in low-SES subgroups, face tremendous social pressures that may limit them from reaching their full potential. Discover practical strategies and structures to help high-potential students enhance their social capital and fulfill their promise.

Friday Slate
avatar for Colin Seale

Colin Seale

Founder & CEO, thinkLaw
Colin Seale is an educator, attorney, and critical thinking evangelist. With degrees in law, public administration, and computer science, he has always had a passion for equity. His efforts to tackle educational inequity are particularly personal. Tracked early into gifted and talented... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 1103

1:50pm

Leading & Supporting Whole System Change
Change is hard. Education is complicated. Leading change in a complicated system like education is not for the faint of heart. Join other change agents and change supporters for strategy and dialogue about the conditions, mindsets, and support necessary to sustain and realize a progressive vision amidst the struggle. Facilitated by a sitting superintendent of an innovative public school district, this conversation will energize, challenge, and inspire.

Friday Slate
avatar for Erik Burmeister

Erik Burmeister

Superintendent, Menlo Park City School District
Erik Burmeister is the assistant superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, having recently served as principal of the district's Hillview Middle School, a model 21st Century School and 2015 California Gold Ribbon School. In partnership with the Stanford d.School, Erik... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 340

1:50pm

Why We Should Abolish the Criminal Justice System (As Well As Praise Our Children)
At the end of the day, we humans are just another primate, with our behaviors reflecting the fact that we are nothing more or less than our biology (in a social context, of course).  This talk reviews the biology underlying our behavior — from the most compassionate to the cruelest.  Crucially, that requires considering everything from events in the brain one second before the behavior to evolutionary forces a million years before.  When all these factors are considered, the notions of agency, responsibility, blame, praise and free will become very suspect.  

Friday Slate
avatar for Robert M. Sapolsky

Robert M. Sapolsky

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor and Professor of Biology, of Neurology & Neurological Sciences, and of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine
Robert Sapolsky is one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and has been called “one of the finest natural history writers around” by the New York Times. In studying wild baboon populations, Sapolsky examined how prolonged stress can cause physical and mental afflictions... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Cafe

1:50pm

Understanding the Impact of ADHD and Executive Function Skill Development on Learning, Motivation, and Behavior
A significant percentage of children who have ADHD are also highly intelligent and in the gifted community. Many of these students do not receive direct services, such as resource room or skills training, to address or remediate weaknesses in their attention regulation and executive function skills. Educators and related service providers are not often taught how to understand the struggles students who are gifted and yet have ADHD face as they approach learning and behaving in the classroom. Viewing ADHD as a neurobiological disorder rather than a character deficit, this workshop presents the latest research and best practices to remediate and support students with ADHD and executive function weaknesses. Participants will gain user-friendly skills, strategies, and techniques to support students at the point of performance while teaching self-regulation. Learn about subtle changes in the environment that will improve time management, working memory, motivation, and emotional regulation to benefit all students, not only those with ADHD. We will explore strategies to strengthen emotional and self-regulation skills to help improve problem-solving and advocacy skills in school and at home. Take advantage of the latest research and evidence-based best practices to get students motivated, focused, organized, and performing closer to their true potential.

Friday Slate
avatar for Cindy Goldrich

Cindy Goldrich

ADHD/Executive Function Coach, PTS Coaching: ADHD Education and Support
Cindy Goldrich, EdM, ADHD-CCSP, is a mental health counselor, certified ADHD clinical service provider, and teacher trainer. As an ADHD specialist, she supports parents, educators, and other professionals to address the impact of ADHD and executive functioning on learning, motivation... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 318-19

1:50pm

Forgive for Good
The session will focus on forgiveness as a critical and unexplored component of happiness, showing how grudges towards self and others sap one’s energy and health and limit one’s self-confidence. We will have the opportunity to reflect on how research has validated the importance for emotional and physical well being of transcending blame and resentment.

Friday Slate
avatar for Frederic Luskin

Frederic Luskin

Director, Stanford University Forgiveness Project
Dr. Luskin founded and currently serves as director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Project. He is also senior consultant in health promotion/wellness at the Stanford University Health Center and department chair in clinical psychology at Sofia University. At Stanford, Dr... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 1:50pm - 2:50pm
Room 1204

3:00pm

Experience on Demand: How VR Can (and Cannot) Transform Learning
This talk will give a brief overview on the current state of VR, in terms of the technology and overall use, before delving into how VR relates to learning. In particular I will focus on the "Reverse Field Trip" model of VR, and how in the next few years VR won't be replacing classrooms but augmenting them. I will discuss recent studies on how VR can facilitate learning transfer, provide new tools for assessment, and provide unique motivation for engagement. At the same time, I will discuss the limitations and downsides of VR as it relates to learning.

Friday Slate
avatar for Jeremy Bailenson

Jeremy Bailenson

Professor of Communication; Founding Director, Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Stanford University
Jeremy Bailenson is founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, a professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, a senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, faculty director of Stanford’s Digital Learning Forum, and a faculty leader at Stanford’s Center for Longevity.Bailenson’s main area of interest is the phenome... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 1204

3:00pm

Teaching Reading Comprehension
This session will summarize research on improving reading comprehension. I'll start by reviewing what psychologists know about the processes behind reading comprehension, and I'll then consider the evidence for teaching students reading comprehension strategies and how they might work, given what we know about comprehension. I'll conclude that these strategies are effective, but are often overemphasized, and I will suggest alternatives to improving comprehension.

Friday Slate
avatar for Daniel Willingham

Daniel Willingham

Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
Daniel Willingham is a psychologist who thinks about applications of what's known about the mind to K-16 education.


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 316-317

3:00pm

Inventing the Future
How do we imagine bold new possibilities with optimism and hope and bring them to life with compelling stories and vision? By embracing roles as futurists, innovators, technologists, and humanitarians, leaders have the ability to not just live the future, but to shape it. Building on years of teaching of scenario planning, foresight, and strategic design, Lisa Kay Solomon, designer in residence at the Stanford d.school, will share leadership practices that are teachable and learnable at all ages.

Friday Slate
avatar for Lisa Solomon

Lisa Solomon

Designer in Residence and Faculty, Stanford d.school
Lisa Kay Solomon believes we're all capable of designing the future.Lisa is a Designer in Residence at Stanford's d.school, where she creates new programs and classes focused on the futures and frontiers of design, such as Inventing the Future and Design with the Brain in Mind.A TEDx... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 175

3:00pm

Teaching Climate Change for Awareness, Ardency, and Action
Today's youth are leading the movement for climate justice, yet our education system fails to deliver on the great challenge of our time.  Climate change, if taught at all, is still too often framed as a scientific problem (rather than a political one), as an environmental problem (rather than an all-encompassing humanitarian injustice), and as a distant problem in both time and space (rather than an immediate lived reality).  Solutions are too often given as changing lightbulbs, rather than the necessary systemic restructuring of the global economy.  I will speak about my experience as a climate scientist-turned-educator and what I've learned about inspiring students to tackle this great challenge.  I believe that climate educators' delivery must be honest, definite, impassioned, and empowering.  Students can handle the truth about the gravity of what we face, the forces keeping us mired in the status quo, and what we must do to break out.  Educators must learn to do the same.

Friday Slate
avatar for Zachary Brown

Zachary Brown

Founding Director, Inian Islands Institute
Zach Brown grew up surrounded by the wilderness of Southeast Alaska. With parents in the National Park Service, Zach had ample opportunity as a boy to explore the mountains and fjords of this region, experiences that gave him an abiding love of the natural world. He studied chemistry... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 346

3:00pm

FOOD REVOLUTION - The Intersection of Unapologetic Deliciousness, Human Health, and Health of the Environment 
This presentation utilizes current national dietary guidelines and published databases to evaluate the impacts of reasonable shifts in the amount and type of protein intake in the United States on the intersection of human and environmental health. The established scientific basis and recommendations for protein intake as described in the US Dietary Reference Intakes are reviewed. Data on food availability from both the US Department of Agriculture and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and data on consumption from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey are used to examine estimates of current US protein consumption. Greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide equivalents [CO2eq]) and blue and green water impacts of US protein consumption resulting from US agricultural practices were obtained from previously published meta-analyses. A 25% decrease in protein intake paired with a 25% shift from animal food to plant food protein intake — from an 85:15 ratio to a 60:40 ratio—would best align protein intake with national dietary recommendations while simultaneously resulting in 40% fewer CO2eq emissions and 10% less consumptive water use. The modeling of this strategy suggests a savings of 129 billion kilograms of CO2eq and 3.1 trillion gallons of water relative to current consumption.

Friday Slate
avatar for Christopher Gardner

Christopher Gardner

Rehnborg Farquhar Professor of Medicine, Stanford Prevention Research Center, Stanford University
Dr. Gardner holds a PhD in nutrition science and is a professor of medicine at Stanford University. For the past 20 years his research has examined the potential health benefits of dietary components such as soy, garlic, antioxidants, ginkgo, omega-3 fats, vegetarian diets, and weight-loss... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 1105

3:00pm

Leveraging Hope to Increase Student Achievement 
In this presentation, Dr. Dixson will discuss how hope — one's perceived ability to envision and attain a better tomorrow — has the potential to increase achievement outcomes in minority and disadvantaged youth. In addition, he will present various ways in which educators can increase the hope of their students and how hope research can be applied universally in schools.

Friday Slate
avatar for Dante D. Dixson

Dante D. Dixson

Assistant Professor of School and Educational Psychology, Michigan State University
Dante D. Dixson received his bachelor’s degree (with honors) in psychology, master’s degree in education, and PhD in school psychology from UC Berkeley. He is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University in the department of counseling, educational psychology... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 1202

3:00pm

What Does it Take to Succeed in Science and Math? An Equity-Focused Approach to Advanced Study
Across the US, different communities of students receive different messages about what success means. In underserved communities, the message is often about the basics: get good grades and pass your tests. Meanwhile, more privileged students are told about extracurricular programs, independent research projects, internships, and self-study. The result is that when they get to college, students might be in the same classroom, but they have radically different preparation for STEM work. Few underserved students receive the kind of education that prepares them to break barriers as scientists or for careers at top tech firms. This talk will look at trends in data surrounding student achievement. We want to better understand the academic ecosystem in which students find themselves and will consider approaches to addressing the disparities. Participants will better understand their role in preparing students for STEM careers and what it means to be STEM College Ready. The content is especially relevant for teachers, program leaders, college advisors, and funders or policy makers. Participants should also be ready to see a little bit of math, although solving problems is not required!

Friday Slate
avatar for Daniel Zaharopol

Daniel Zaharopol

Executive Director, The Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc.
Daniel Zaharopol is the executive director of the Art of Problem Solving Initiative, Inc., where he founded and runs Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM). BEAM creates pathways for students from low-income and historically marginalized communities to become mathematicians... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 1102

3:00pm

Talent Development: The Gateway to Outstanding Performance
Many individuals interpret giftedness as a trait that individuals are born with. Others view giftedness as the outcome of a talent development process. In this latter view, classifying a child as gifted is the first step in a talent development journey. Using the talent development megamodel and the psychology of high performance as backdrops, this presentation will provide an overview of the elements of talent development that increase the probability of outstanding performance in adulthood.

Friday Slate
avatar for Frank C. Worrell

Frank C. Worrell

Professor, University of California Berkeley
Frank C. Worrell is a professor in the Graduate School of Education at UC Berkeley, where he serves as faculty director of the School Psychology Program, the Academic Talent Development Program, and the California College Preparatory Academy. He also holds an affiliate appointment... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 1103

3:00pm

Advocacy & Attitudes Toward Gifted Education
A poll commissioned by the Institute for Educational Advancement demonstrates unforeseen public understanding of issues facing gifted children and supports policy reform. This presentation will explore gifted advocacy and share IEA’s poll results regarding public opinion towards gifted education.

Friday Slate
avatar for Elizabeth Jones

Elizabeth Jones

President, Institute for Educational Advancement
Ms. Jones has been an educator, researcher, and administrator of educational programs for over 30 years. She holds a master’s degree in special education from the University of Southern California and has completed doctoral work in the field of educational policy and learning theory... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 217

3:00pm

Educational Changemakers Panel
Join this distinguished panel of experienced educational leaders and changemakers for a lively discussion on the challenges, opportunities, and rewarding experiences associated with implementing large-scale change in established schools. Panelists will share insights into how they think about R&D and innovation with examples of how vision, culture, mindset, and infrastructure can enhance any aspect of the school, including development of learning communities, assessment, evaluation, schedule design, restorative practices, and personalized learning.

Friday Slate
avatar for Chip Kimball

Chip Kimball

Past Superintendent, Singapore American School
Dr. Chip Kimball is a progressive, experienced leader with a track record of excellence at the school, district, state, national, and international levels. He has led public and private systems, both large and small, with a future orientation and a commitment to improvement, effective... Read More →
avatar for Beth Sutkus Thompson

Beth Sutkus Thompson

CEO, KIPP Bay Area Public Schools
Beth Sutkus Thompson, as founding CEO of KIPP Bay Area Schools, has been responsible for the organization’s performance, growth, and sustainability for over a decade. KIPP Bay Area Schools currently serves nearly 6,000 students in 15 schools across 6 cities and is on a path to doubling... Read More →
avatar for Erik Burmeister

Erik Burmeister

Superintendent, Menlo Park City School District
Erik Burmeister is the assistant superintendent of the Menlo Park City School District, having recently served as principal of the district's Hillview Middle School, a model 21st Century School and 2015 California Gold Ribbon School. In partnership with the Stanford d.School, Erik... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer DiBrienza

Jennifer DiBrienza

President, Palo Alto Unified School Board
Jennifer DiBrienza’s career as a teacher began in the New York City public school system. She spent 8 years as an elementary classroom teacher and staff developer for grades K–8 and then became an education consultant for schools and districts in the US and internationally.In... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 243

3:00pm

Designing for Belonging in Math Class
Researchers have linked a student’s feeling of “belonging” in math class, including their confidence and intent to pursue math in the future, to positive outcomes in mathematics. We’ll discuss reasons why many students often feel excluded from learning mathematics, along with modern pedagogies, technologies, and designs for including them.

Friday Slate
avatar for Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer

Chief Academic Officer, Desmos
Dan Meyer taught high school math to students who didn't like high school math. He has advocated for better math instruction on CNN, Good Morning America, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and TED.com. He earned his doctorate from Stanford University in math education and is the chief academic... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 340

3:00pm

From Early Identification to Prevention, and Promoting Resilience and Compensatory Skills in Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties
In this talk, I will cover a wide range of topics related to the science of dyslexia. I will discuss the latest research on the importance of early identification for preventing negative downstream effects of dyslexia and poor reading. I will also discuss protective factors, including key resilience and compensatory skills — linguistic, cognitive and social-emotional — that may help optimize outcomes in those with dyslexia and others who read poorly.

Friday Slate
avatar for Fumiko Hoeft

Fumiko Hoeft

Professor & Director, University of Connecticut; University of California San Francisco
Fumiko Hoeft, MD, PhD, is a professor of psychological sciences, psychiatry and neuroscience, and director of the Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at the University of Connecticut (UConn), and professor of psychiatry, Weill Institute for Neurosciences and Dyslexia Center at the... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 318-19

3:00pm

Add a Little Happiness: 10 Research-Based Strategies to Increase Happiness in Ourselves and Our Children
Experience a sample of the research that sheds light on the nature of human happiness. Delve into habits, practices, and ways of thinking that foster happiness in children and ourselves. Topics include savoring the good, exercise, promotion vs. prevention talk, gratitude, optimism, and kindness. Learn about the science behind these topics as well as a few simple ideas to implement right away.

Friday Slate
avatar for Melissa Beressi

Melissa Beressi

Educator, Add a Little Happiness; Teach a Mindful Moment
Melissa Beressi, MEd, has been working as an educator for over 25 years, beginning as an undergraduate at UCLA in the Young Autism Project through 10 years as an elementary school teacher and 15 years as a teacher coach and workshop presenter for Palo Alto Unified School District... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Cafe

3:00pm

One Love; Giving Communities the Tools to Love Better
Love is not just a feeling, but a skill we can all improve on. One Love is sparking the conversation about relationships through innovative, film-based workshops, enabling young people to develop tangible skills on how to help themselves and their friends, and how to understand the signs of a healthy relationship. Our library of resources, for kids as young as middle school, help communities start conversations and develop a common understanding of healthy and unhealthy relationships like never before. Join One Love for this interactive session and learn how you can start the conversation about relationships with the young people in your life.

Friday Slate
avatar for Megan Gray

Megan Gray

West Coast Engagement Manager, One Love
Megan Gray is the West Coast engagement manager at One Love. Megan works with our state-wide community and school-based partners to implement One Love’s educational workshops while also spearheading the Bay Area student leadership and volunteer programs. Megan graduated from UC... Read More →
avatar for Megan Shackleton

Megan Shackleton

Chief Program Officer and Bay Area Executive Director, One Love
Megan is One Love’s chief program officer and Bay Area executive director. She leads both One Love’s national program strategy and its San Francisco Bay Area office, with the goal of scaling One Love’s educational reach and building the movement to end relationship violence... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Room 1206