November Opportunities At-A-Glance

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Date Target Audience Speaker(s) Title
 November 1  3-12 Educators & Administrators, staff  Liza Garonzik  Assessing Discussion: Alternatives to Participation Grades
 In this session, discussion-based learning expert Liza Garonzik will get tactical about how to apply the new research finding that class participation grades are biased (raised by Joe Feldman (Grading for Equity) and others). Liza will offer several strategies for how teachers can create feedback loops for students and ensure that assessment is specific, growth-focused, and evidence-based.
 November 2  Upper School  Spenser Simrill  The Green Light: Giving Students Voice and Audience through Customized Websites
What happens when we take students’ ideas seriously? When the classroom becomes a newsroom where students pitch ideas to students, and teachers help to publish them on customized websites? This seminar will provide an introduction to creating student portfolios and class websites through WordPress and the emerging platform Medium, which provides a blank slate for rich media content. (HINT: It’s easier than you think). We will examine Medium publications created at Christ School where students have “the green light” to explore their passions in film, music, art, sports, technology, design, and literature.
 November 3  Middle/Upper School Crystal Small and Christel Butchart  Restorative Practices in Middle and Upper School
Students are able to thrive when they feel connected with their peers and seen by their teachers. Restorative Practices provide a framework to support us in the work of cultivating positive relationships with and between our students.  It offers valuable alternatives to traditional punitive measures that can help repair relationships and teach our students valuable skills along the way.   This interactive workshop by Peaceful Schools NC will include a brief overview of the goals and framework of Restorative Practices followed by clear conflict resolution strategies you can begin using in your early childhood classroom right away.  This session is led by and geared toward Middle/High School educators, but all are welcome. 
November 9 Upper School Spenser Simrill Podcasting 101: How and Why to Bring Podcasts into Your Classroom.
A podcast is a novel form that embodies the ancient art of storytelling with captive listeners huddled around a fire (or radio). Recently, they have exploded in popularity with over 125 million monthly listeners in the United States. In the classroom, they can promote empathy, dialogue, research skills, media literacy, reading comprehension, and a positive digital footprint. This seminar will examine best practices for producing podcasts in the classroom for low and zero budgets. We will examine several types of podcasts: interview podcasts, storytelling podcasts, investigative podcasts, audio essays, and more. For case studies, we will review the New York Times award-winning podcasts created at Christ School.
November 10 TBD    
November 15 Classroom teachers and school leaders Dr. Teresa Caswell The Difference between Cultural Appreciation and Appropriation
As we work to provide culturally relevant instruction and content to our students, how can we be sure that we are appreciating aspects of diverse cultures and not appropriating content to make connections? This session will define the difference between the two, with instructional examples and resources, to navigate the often blurry line between cultural appreciation and appropriation.
November 16 PK - 12th Liz Boyd PBL 1: Projects v Project Based Learning
Analyze the difference between projects and true project-based learning. Review the terminology of Project Based Learning (PBL) and improve your understanding of what defines PBL.
November 17 Upper School Spenser Simrill The Thrill of Victory: Why students should submit to the New York Times and other writing contests.
This seminar will provide a bootcamp into the New York Times Student Writing Contests and its associated curriculum. Over the course of the year, students can produce personal essays, critical reviews, multimedia projects, STEM writing, editorials, and podcasts. (These contests are open to grades 7-12, but work particularly well in the AP Language classroom). For case studies, we will examine some student writing created at Christ School including its award-winning podcasts.
November 29 Middle School Mathematics /Algebra I Teachers Jean Hampel Mathematics Worked Examples
Students enter middle school with varying levels of mathematics understanding. Learning gaps can compound over time; some may stem from a lack of background knowledge or misconceptions. Misconceptions can be addressed in a non-threatening way using worked examples. Students can analyze problems and determine where a mistake was made in the process. Students may also benefit from worked examples by identifying streamlined problem-solving approaches. In this session, you will learn about available resources to use with your students and ways to
November 30  PK - 12th  Liz Boyd  PBL 2: Essential Questions
Projects are only as strong as their essential questions. Review the types of questions and learn how to build strong essential questions for your PBL experience.


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For those who are not participating in the entire subscription series, you may register a-la-carte for $50 per person, per session; however, the recordings will not be available to you. Participation will need to take place during the live session. 

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