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Friday, March 26
 

9:30am EDT

A Year of Learning - Reflections with Justin Reich 🧑‍💻😷
A Year of Learning - Reflections with Justin Reich
Join Nat Vaughn together with Justin Reich (co-founder of EdTech Teacher, educational researcher, and author of Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education) for an engaging session as we explore, reflect, and discuss questions around our learning and experiences since March, 2020.  Justin has a long-standing relationship and has partnered with the Medfield Public Schools through his work with EdTech Teacher, working to help foster and nurture meaningful learning experiences in a systematic, coherent environment.
After a year of ‘forced’ alternative modes of education, it is incumbent upon us as educators to pause and take stock of  our experiences, lessons learned, practices we want to keep, practices we want to shift, and ‘reset’ - What practices should we continue? What should we resume? Should we go back to ‘normal’?  These are important conversations to be had - join us as we look to capture and archive the learning and map a path forward to support all of our learners.  

Speakers
avatar for Nat Vaughn

Nat Vaughn

Principal Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
I have been an educator for 23 years and have been the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA for the past 10 years. I believe in advocating for and fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents has played a significant role... Read More →
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Justin Reich

Asst. Professor, Teaching Systems Lab
Justin's BioA former high school history teacher, Justin Reich is the Mitsui Career Development Professor of Comparative Media Studies at MIT, the director of the MIT Teaching Systems Lab (tsl.mit.edu), the host of the TeachLab podcast (teachlabpodcast.com), and the author of Fai... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 9:30am - 10:15am EDT
TBA

9:30am EDT

Screentime: One district's effort to help students navigate the technology-infused environment in a way that is safe, effective, healthy, and well-balanced 💻
This presentation was initially planned for March 2020, but then COVID happened. The description below is the original from last year. Obviously, with remote/hybrid learning, screentime has taken on a whole new meaning. This year's presentation/discussion will be primarily focused on Westwood's assessment of screentime during pre-pandemic times, with adaptations as needed to include our experiences this school year.

Children are getting smartphones at much younger ages, some as early as third grade and most by sixth grade. At the same time, most schools have implemented 1:1 programs, resulting in a rapid transition towards the use of digital resources that have traditionally been paper-based. Because of these trends, schools are starting to grapple with the issue of screentime and how to strike a reasonable balance between online and offline learning activities. Parents are also trying to manage technology at home and looking for ways to encourage positive technology habits for their children.

For the reasons stated above, Westwood has identified a strategic priority to Expand Efforts to help students navigate the technology-infused environment in a way that is safe, effective, healthy, and well-balanced. In order to address this priority, the district has reflected on how things have changed in recent years, looked at current research about technology and its impact on children, and directly assessed students about their personal technology experiences.

Come learn about some of Westwood’s findings and some of the steps the district is taking to address this issue. This will be an interactive session - I’d love to hear how other districts are addressing this topic too!

Speakers
avatar for Steve Ouellette

Steve Ouellette

Director of Technology, Learning, and Innovation, Westwood Public Schools
avatar for Greg Schwanbeck

Greg Schwanbeck

Physics Teacher & Instructional Technology Coach, Westwood High School
Greg Schwanbeck has taught Physics for the past decade, refining a teaching style founded upon personal connections with students, research-based pedagogies, innovative applications of educational technology, and engaging humor.Currently, Greg works at Westwood High School, where... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 9:30am - 10:15am EDT
TBA

12:35pm EDT

Developing Reflective Learners - Feedback, Assessments, and Beyond 💭
After attending a two-day workshop on Assessment and Grading with Rick Wormeli in the fall of 2014, a team of educators from Blake Middle School returned with ideas, excitement, questions, and a concrete desire to provide actionable and meaningful feedback to our students. From this came a small pilot which has subsequently blossomed into a full scale school-wide initiative with all disciplines utilizing standards based reporting this year, 2019-20. Participation in our session will provide a framework (professional development, communication, and structures) for those seeking to learn, explore, and potentially implement Standards Based Reporting in their schools - shared from the perspectives of building-based leadership, department chairs, and teachers. We will outline successes, challenges, and the progress that lies ahead for our students and community.

Speakers
avatar for Nat Vaughn

Nat Vaughn

Principal Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
I have been an educator for 23 years and have been the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA for the past 10 years. I believe in advocating for and fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents has played a significant role... Read More →
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Marjorie Heim

6th Grade Science, Blake Middle School
avatar for Orla Berry

Orla Berry

Science Dept Chair 6-12, Medfield Public schools
AP Bio Teacher; Science Department Chair Grades 6-12;


Friday March 26, 2021 12:35pm - 1:20pm EDT
TBA

12:35pm EDT

Leading Beyond Our Titles; The Time is Now ⏳
When we lead beyond our titles, cultures thrive.  Whether in the classroom, hallways, or beyond, we can all make an impact regardless of our roles by bringing who we are and nothing less.  Fueled with passion, this session will challenge you to harness the leader within as well as inspire others to do the same.  You will be asked to define your own role, share your awesome, and create new leadership avenues on you own journeys. Exploding with interaction and energy, you will leave empowered to not only tap into your own courage but pass the mic to students, colleagues, administration, and community members.  Packed with ideas for unleashing our authenticity, strengths and passions, we will all be able to go back to school inspired to make a greater impact.  

Speakers
avatar for Nili Bartley

Nili Bartley

Teacher, Digital Learning Coach, and Author, Wilson Middle School
Nili is currently a teacher and digital learning coach at Wilson Middle School and author of Lead beyond Your Title: Creating Change in School from Any Role.  Nili is passionate about bringing unconventional learning to students and colleagues and empowering them to bring their strengths... Read More →


Friday March 26, 2021 12:35pm - 1:20pm EDT
TBA