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ASCD Empower17 aims to put you in charge of your learning. To achieve that, we’ve added several practitioner-led sessions to our already packed lineup that will be interactive and fun, while also providing practical strategies that you can implement in your classroom and school immediately.
Is there an education topic you really want to discuss? A strategy you want to better understand? EdCamps are participant-driven events that value the expertise of educators first and foremost. They are designed to focus on the topics of greatest interest to participants, with discussions led by participants.
“As educators, I think that we learn best, or we are more receptive to presentations, when we know that the experts are practitioners themselves. Also, it makes us feel valued as practitioners when others are coming to learn from us,” says Aman Dhanda, Senior Fellow, Educator Engagement, ASCD.
School teams can participate as groups, or individuals can join peers and learn practical strategies, engage in stimulating conversations, or even facilitate a discussion based on personal experience. All are welcome. Experienced EdCamp facilitators will be on hand to direct the conversation and offer insights and observations.
Dates: Saturday, March 25, 8:00–9:45 a.m. and 1:00–2:45 p.m.; Sunday, March 26, 8:00–9:45 a.m.
Location: Anaheim Marriott, Level 1, Elite Ballroom and Gold Key Rooms
What better way to learn strategies that work than from teachers who have used them to help their students achieve? This session will feature five State Teacher of the Year award winners: Linda Glasgow (MO), Daniel Jocz (CA), Ashley Lamb-Sinclair (KY), Dana McDonough (NY), and Amy Jo Meiners (AK).
In a lively discussion that focuses on the topic of closing the generation gap in the classroom, participants will learn different perspectives of how students and educators view today's crucial issues and find out how these teacher leaders have made connections with their students and worked to empower them to be leaders as well.
Date: Sunday, March 26, 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Location: ACC, Level 2, Room 204C
How did they do that? Meet teachers, leaders, parents, and students from highly innovative and award-winning schools and engage in conversations about what it takes to prepare students to excel in a 21st century global environment. Learn more about deep learning programs, makerspaces, and what it means to be future ready.
Featured schools will include Mill School and Technology Academy (Whittier, CA); Saunders Middle School (Prince William County, VA); Design39Campus, Poway Unified School District (San Diego, CA); High Tech High (San Diego, CA); and Thrive Public Schools (San Diego, CA).
Each school will have a booth where attendees can talk, listen, ask questions about practices and strategies, and learn what challenges and obstacles the school had to address to succeed. “The goal is for attendees to walk away with ideas that they can implement in their schools,” says Dhanda.
Date: Saturday, March 25, 9:00–10:00 a.m. and 2:00–3:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 26, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Location: Hilton Anaheim, 2nd Floor, California Room
ASCD Teacher Impact Grants (TIGs) provide funding and support directly to teachers for promising teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives to improve education. These grants allow teachers to develop and execute projects that can serve as models to be replicated and scaled, while also cultivating teachers' expertise to position them as leaders driving transformation in schools, districts, and states.
Educators who received grants in 2016 will discuss how the TIG process helped to enhance their ability to improve outcomes for their students. Panelists will include
Date: Saturday, March 25, 8:00–9:30 a.m.
Location: ACC, Level 2, Room 208A
Date: Saturday, March 25, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Location: ACC, Level 2, Room 209B
The poster presentation gallery will let educators showcase their education projects, research, and lessons learned from specific projects. Network and engage with poster presenters in small groups or one on one, and discover promising practices to implement in your classroom, school, or district. Topics will include preparing the next-generation of teachers, projects to build effective school leaders, language usage to empower teachers, restorative justice practices, and cultivating global citizenship. The posters will be on display throughout the conference Saturday and Sunday for public viewing; presenters will be available to review their posters, discuss results, and answer questions at the following times.
Date: Saturday, March 25, 8:00–9:00 a.m. and 2:00–3:00 p.m.; Sunday, March 26, 8:00–9:00 a.m.
Location: ACC, Level 1, Hall C
These sessions along with our special features and hundreds of other concurrent sessions from experts in their fields will combine to create an exciting learning experience for educators of all levels, from all fields, with a variety of interests.
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Attendees must be 18 years of age or older to attend ASCD Empower17 and the Pre-Conference Institutes.
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