INNOVATION IN EDU – BOSTON

Dearborn STEM Academy

November 18-19, 2019

Instructors

Check out our lineup of EdTechTeacher Instructors bringing you new innovative concepts.

Schedule

Get all the conference details by reviewing the available sessions, workshops, and panels.

Strands

Choose one of four available strands to deep dive into a specific learning topic.


ABOUT

The Innovation in Learning Conference will be hosted at Dearborn STEM Academy in Boston, MA. The conference is designed as a collaborative endeavor for teachers, technology integration specialists, and administrators. 

 

How it Works: 

Choose to follow one of our four conference strands below; then take a deep dive into this topic over the course of our 2-day event. Gather each morning for a keynote session followed by a morning and afternoon break out session with your strand. Participants must choose one strand for the entire event. Continental breakfast and lunch provided each day. 

Project Based Learning

Shawn McCusker will share examples and strategies for incorporating real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time, acquiring deeper knowledge and expertise.

Coaching Teachers to Student Success & Learning

Avra Robinson will explore ways in which instructional coaches can best help & support teachers integrating technology in the classroom.

Fostering Social Emotional Learning Through the Design Thinking Process

Greg Kulowiec & Rosey McQuillan co-lead this strand with an introduction to SEL & DT before diving into examples in action.

Personalized Learning

Tom Driscoll will take you through the rapidly emerging concept of personalized learning along with justifications for its role in transformative education.

Earn Grad Credit at Our Conferences

Framingham State University is pleased to offer one (1) graduate credit to conference attendees.

PRESENTERS & SPEAKERS

TOM DRISCOLL

 

As a Director of Educational Technology (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology.

 

ERIN WOO

Day 1 Keynote Speaker

The Power of Stopping: Unlocking Innovation and Creativity Through Mindfulness

Erin develops and leads programs at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University’s School of Public Health for K-12 educators.

TOM DRISCOLL

 

As a Director of Educational Technology (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology.

 

DR. COLIN ROSE

Day 2 Keynote Speaker

The Ecology of Equity

Dr. Colin Rose is the Assistant Superintendent for Opportunity and Achievement Gaps for the Boston Public Schools.

GREG KULOWIEC

Social Emotional Learning & Design Thinking

Greg is an EdTechTeacher senior instructor and former history teacher who coined the phrase “appsmashing.”

AVRA ROBINSON

Coaching Teachers

Avra is the EdTechTeacher

Director of Online Learning

and an instructor.

ROSEY McQUILLAN

Social Emotional Learning & Design Thinking

Rosey is an EdTechTeacher Instructor and Director of Learning in MA. 

TOM DRISCOLL

Personalized Learning

Tom is an EdTechTeacher instructor and Director of Learning and Technology in Bristol, Rhode Island.

TOM DACCORD

 

Tom Daccord, Director and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher, has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as an educational technology speaker and instructor. He has authored three books and writes regularly for eSchool News.

 

JUSTIN REICH

 

Justin Reich is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher. He also currently serves as the Executive Director of the PK12 Initiative at MIT, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, a Lecturer in the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program, and a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

 

AVRA ROBINSON

 

Avra Robinson is the Director of Online Learning and an Instructor for EdTechTeacher, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois. An authorized Google Education Trainer and dedicated educational technologist, Avra has been working with teachers and students for over 20 years. Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Avra was first a classroom teacher and later the Instructional Technology Coordinator and coach for a K-8 school district in Northern Illinois. During that time, she worked with teachers and students on a daily basis as they worked towards total Common Core State Standards integration in a 1:1 program that included Chromebooks, iPads, and Windows laptops. Avra has presented at local and regional conferences sharing ideas about digital publishing, coaching teachers, Google Apps for Education, and more.

 

SHAWN McCUSKER

Project Based Learning

Shawn is an EdTechTeacher instructor and former history teachers and administrator. 

CONFERENCE STRANDS

Choose one of the four conference strands – Project Based Learning, Designing Thinking and SEL, Coaching, or Personalized Learning – and take a deep dive into this topic over the course of the 2-day event.

  • STRAND 1
  • STRAND 2
  • STRAND 3
  • STRAND 4
STRAND 1

Project Based Learning

with Shawn McCusker

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students explore real-world problems and challenges over an extended period of time, acquiring deeper knowledge and expertise. Applicable across grade-levels and content areas, PBL has seen a resurgence in interest, and when paired with the ever-growing technology access available in many educational settings, PBL offers educators exciting possibilities for unit design. How can we be intentional in the use of technology within the essential design elements of PBL and provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of concepts, refine 21st Century Skills, and publish to a public audience?

In this intensive workshop, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, meaningful ways to integrate technology as an integral component in student engagement and motivation, and instructional strategies to support student learning. With PBL, we will identify and align student learning goals, construct meaningful driving questions to support sustained inquiry, and maximize authenticity – while at the same time offering student choice and voice. Participants will also explore examples of PBL, identify and create assessment frameworks for PBL, and begin crafting their designs for a project based experience in their own classroom.

STRAND 2

Fostering Social Emotional Learning Through the Design Thinking Process

with Greg Kulowiec and Rosey McQuillan

Day #1: Hands-on Introduction to SEL & Design Thinking

Participants will be introduced to the essential elements of both Design Thinking (DT) and Social Emotional Learning competencies (SEL). Participants will actively experience the Design Thinking framework and discover how the core SEL competencies (based on the work of CASEL) can be integrated in a meaningful and deliberate way. SEL and DT provide natural opportunities for building a learner-centered environment that engages students in creative problem solving, while providing opportunities for initiating and sustaining collaboration, and fostering empathy and respect for each other. We will engage in the Design Thinking Process to experience the framework first-hand and discover the role SEL plays in the process.

Day #2: Design Thinking and SEL in Action

During the second workshop day, the emphasis will be on leveraging the Design Thinking process to design student-centered experiences that will foster Social Emotional Learning. By combining the process of Designing Thinking, with the CASEL Framework for Social Emotional Learning, participants will be able to design experiences for students to help them best approach specific Social Emotional competencies. By the end of the second workshop day, attendees will develop multiple plans to integrate the five core competencies of social emotional learning (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making) into their educational environment. Each school is unique, and the needs of the students are equally unique. By combining the Design Thinking process with the targeted goal of social emotional learning, participants will be able to creatively and effectively design and address an SEL plan for their school.

STRAND 3

Coaching Teachers to Student Success & Learning

with Avra Robinson

Today’s teachers are under immense pressure to “innovate” and “transform” their practice to meet the demands of the 21st Century. However, they also need support in order to understand how they might augment their instruction, curriculum, and classroom environment. Whether you are a tech-savvy teacher informally coaching colleagues, a formal tech coach, or even an administrator, you can play a critical role to provide that support.


In this workshop, we will explore coaching strategies for how to build relationships and trust in order to become confidante & cheerleader, advocate & ally, researcher & detective….and more! Participants will explore a variety of tools, work through scenarios, and develop strategies and consider systems that they can take back to their schools to increase teacher and student success.

STRAND 4

Personalized Learning

with Tom Driscoll

Day #1: Deep Dive Into Personalized Learning

During Day #1 of the workshop, participants will explore the rapidly emerging and evolving concept of personalized learning. Through an examination of current research and practical examples in action across the nation, participants will identify key elements of personalization and how these approaches can advance learning for all students. Key ideas explored will include: dynamic learner profiles, flexible pathways and progressions, learner agency, and the essential role of social-emotional learning (SEL) in student-centered environments.

Day #2: Personalized Learning in Action

During Day #2, participants will engage in hands-on simulations and design challenges that will help them effectively implement personalized learning in their classrooms and schools. During these activities, we will examine how personalized learning shifts educator practices and explore strategies that help teachers develop the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in these modern learning environments. We will also discuss ways to scale effective classroom implementation across schools with strategic actions that leaders can take, such as applying personalized learning principles to professional learning opportunities for educators. Participants will leave Day #2 with a firm grasp of personalized learning along with practical takeaways that they can readily implement in their educational settings.

SCHEDULE

DAY 1 

NOVEMBER 18

7:00 – Shuttle Begins from CrossTown Center Garage

7:45 – Registration & Continental Breakfast

8:15 – Welcome & Introductions Begin

8:30 – Keynote Speaker: Erin Woo

9:30 – Morning Session

12:00 – Provided Lunch

1:00 – Afternoon Session

3:30 – End of Day

3:30 – 4:15 – Shuttle returns to CrossTown Center Garage

DAY 2 

NOVEMBER 19

7:00 – Shuttle Begins from CrossTown Center Garage

7:45 – Continental Breakfast

8:15 – Welcome & Introduction

8:30 – Keynote Speaker: Dr. Colin Rose

9:00 – Morning Session

12:00 – Provided Lunch

1:00 – Afternoon Session

3:30 – End of Day

3:30 – 4:15 – Shuttle returns to CrossTown Center Garage

VENUE INFORMATION

Dearborn STEM Academy

HOTEL INFORMATION 

Hotel – Park Plaza – $179 / night

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION 

There is no parking available at the

Dearborn STEM Academy.  

Parking for the event is available at the

CrossTown Center Garage

7 Melnea Cass Blvd, Boston, MA 02119

(.8 miles from the event)

Please pre-register for parking at a discounted rate:

EdTechTeacher will provide a shuttle service from the CrossTown Center Garage to The Dearborn STEM Academy every 15 minutes from 7:00 to 8:45.  

Look for the VPNE van 

Please try to arrive in time for registration 7:45 as introductions will start promptly at 8:15.

In the afternoon, the shuttle service will run from the Dearborn STEM Academy to the CrossTown Garage from 3:30 – 4:15.

Have any questions?

888-377-9518

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ERIN WOO

 

Erin develops and leads programs at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University’s School of Public Health for K-12 educators interested in bringing mindfulness to their students. She draws upon her experience as a classroom teacher and director of White Pine Montessori School, the school she founded in 2005, as well as her experience in teaching mindfulness to students in elementary, middle and high schools throughout the region. She works collaboratively with schools and school districts to design and offer programs that meet their specific needs. She is particularly interested in the way in which mindfulness transforms the teaching experience in such a way that teachers feel increased connection with their students, more clarity and vitality in their lessons, increased well-being, and a sense of presence.

 

COLIN ROSE

 

Dr. Colin Rose is the Assistant Superintendent for Opportunity and Achievement Gaps for the Boston Public Schools. He received a his doctorate in education at UMass Boston. He taught middle school math before becoming an administrator. Dr. Rose is determined to Close Opportunity & Achievement Gaps. Three years ago, the school system’s Office of Opportunity Gaps — created to boost the academic performance of low-income students of color — began to ramp up its work around cultural proficiency.

Today, with a nine-person staff and a budget of more than $4 million, it offers cultural proficiency training to every school principal and a small but growing share of the city’s teachers. Beginning in 2017 cultural proficiency is now a component of every school’s annual accountability reports — essentially forcing schools to address bias and inequity.

 

GREG KULOWIEC

 

An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase “App Smashing,” is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH.

 

AVRA ROBINSON

 

Avra Robinson is the Director of Online Learning and an Instructor for EdTechTeacher, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois. An authorized Google Education Trainer and dedicated educational technologist, Avra has been working with teachers and students for over 20 years. Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Avra was first a classroom teacher and later the Instructional Technology Coordinator and coach for a K-8 school district in Northern Illinois. During that time, she worked with teachers and students on a daily basis as they worked towards total Common Core State Standards integration in a 1:1 program that included Chromebooks, iPads, and Windows laptops. Avra has presented at local and regional conferences sharing ideas about digital publishing, coaching teachers, Google Apps for Education, and more.

 

ROSEY McQUILLAN

 

Rosey is an assistive and educational technology consultant and Apple Teacher with over 25 years teaching experience at all grade levels. Currently, she is a Program Supervisor at Lesley University and an instructor with EdTechTeacher. Rosey works with teachers to design accessible curriculum for all learners.

 

TOM DRISCOLL

 

As a Director of Educational Technology (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology.

 

SHAWN McCUSKER

 

Shawn McCusker has 25 years of experience as a middle and high school teacher in public, private, and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is an expert in both iPad and Chromebook integration in the classroom. An inspiring speaker, he has keynoted the IOWA 1:1 Conference, Innovation Summit San Diego, and the Illinois School Library Media Association as well as providing local keynotes.