activ-con 2017 was a great success!
Click here to learn more about our July 25th activ-con event that attracted over 100 leaders and innovators in K-12 active learning spaces from across the region!
A principal is working with a group of fifth grade teachers to address an issue they find in their school-wide data. The data is showing that, beginning in fifth grade, there is a dip in the ability of students to accurately discuss WHY they are learning the items listed as daily objectives in the classroom, and this appears to have an impact on their formative and summative assessments in the area of math. This principal is seeking ideas for how to enhance and deepen student collaboration in their learning spaces, math curriculum and related use of technology. What recommendations or advice can you offer?
A high school principal and his students recently had a conversation about how there remains tension among students that are high achievers as they compete for top spots and top honors as they approach graduation. The competition is unhealthy and doesn’t really prepare students for the hyperconnected, collaborative community that awaits them in the modern workplace. Students’ insights around this topic were rich and powerful. The teacher was left trying to explain the conversation to colleagues as well as look for ways to devise solutions using the levers and influences he has available. He is looking for advice on how to foster a greater sense of community between students in their learning spaces, curriculum and use of technology.
A middle school teacher leader wants to expand her work enabling students to showcase their learning by making, creating and designing. She knows her success is great for kids, but isn’t sure how to scale this work to a larger group of classrooms in her building and around the district so that more kids can benefit. She has seen how building a culture of constructing ideas through making and doing has ignited many of her underperforming kids. However, she is seeking ideas for how to scale this culture of constructing to other classrooms by rethinking their learning spaces, curriculum and technology. What recommendations or advice can you offer?
A PTO is working to support the school’s mission to embrace creativity as a deeper part of the learning process. The PTO has raised $40K to help offset costs to purchase technology, redesign learning spaces, and provide professional learning for staff. The school leader is grateful for this work, but is unsure how to best utilize these funds and begin a process that could bring these concepts to reality. The leader, along with the PTO president, are looking for suggestions about where to begin, where to spend the money, and how to best measure success one year from now and three years from now. What ideas can you offer?
A district superintendent recently had some difficult community meetings with parents. They are concerned about a number of items including the college and career readiness of students, how recess and art aren’t as available as they had hoped, and a growing frustration that their kids don’t “like” school. The superintendent is looking for ideas on where he could begin to change the perceptions and realities by focusing on curiosity as a driving factor in classrooms. He needs suggestions, recommendations and advice on how to enhance the role of curiosity in their learning spaces, curriculum and use of technology K-12 to generate a better experience for all students. Can you help?
Dr. Dillon is currently Director of Innovation Learning at School District of University City, Missouri, and author of The SPACE: A Guide for Educators.
activ-con 2017 was a full-day conference gathering of explorers, innovators and leaders in K-12 active learning spaces simultaneously held in New York and Iowa. Attendees in each regional location didn't “sit n’ get” as is common in traditional conferences. Participants, instead, joined with fellow explorers in a series of learning excursions and missions.
Each excursion required attendees to actively investigate the opportunities, strategies, and challenges to consider when envisioning 21st century learning spaces that can support collaboration, community, creativity, and curiosity. Participants were also hands-on with furniture and technology vendors as well as national experts throughout the day.
activ-con 2017 at LHRIC was exclusively available to TLI and Model Schools member districts.