Making Schools Work Conference Sessions

Overview Kirsten Sundell

Sessions

Making Schools Work Conference sessions bring educators together to share promising practices for transforming school cultures and advancing students’ engagement and achievement in every discipline, at every level.

General information Kirsten Sundell

Session Types and Conference Objectives

Session Types

Promising practice sessions (60 minutes) highlight powerful practices and pedagogies that transform teaching and learning in any disciplinary area and in any setting — including elementary schools, middle grades schools, high schools, shared-time or full-time technology centers and postsecondary institutions.

Deep-dive sessions (120 minutes) give school teams time to explore a problem of practice in their K-12 school, technology center or postsecondary institution and partner with other educators to develop tools, strategies and plans to address that problem.

Table talk sessions (two back-to-back 25-minute sessions) allow presenters and attendees to share and gather information about top-of-mind issues related to conference objectives in an informal setting. Table talks can be mini versions of promising practice or deep-dive sessions or stand-alone sessions about key problems of practice and top-of-mind issues related to conference objectives.

Session Locations

All conference sessions will be held in the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Conference Objectives

1. Engaging Instruction — Engage each student in every classroom through high-quality instruction that incorporates powerful literacy and mathematics practices and project-based assignments.

2. Aligned Curriculum — Ensure each student has equitable access to challenging academic and technical curricula that align instruction, assignments and assessments with grade-level readiness standards.

3. Career Pathways — Offer each student access to career pathways and programs of study that align with workforce needs and include opportunities to earn industry or postsecondary credentials and participate in work-based learning.

4. Systems of Support — Provide each student with the personalized career guidance, advisement, social and emotional supports, and extra help and accelerated learning opportunities needed to graduate ready for college and careers.

5. Leadership for Continuous Improvement — Engage the whole school community in promoting a culture of high expectations and continuously using data to identify problems of practice and develop action plans to solve those problems.