How do we make learning environments more engaging for students? Answer: Put students first. We will explore seven proven engagement strategies that position students to contribute in profound and impactful ways throughout the design process. Together, we will identify tangible, real-world solutions that directly leverage student perspectives, experiences, and insight.
During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).
Just about everyone agrees that creativity is important in both school and life. This conversation is about where creativity comes from, how it relates to both inspiration and critical thinking, and how we can cultivate it in our learning spaces.
Participants will consider how to use the design thinking model on a school wide level. Learn from our experiences as administrators from redesigning Back to School Night to reframing student support. Participants will explore how this model can center empathy, purpose, and a prototyping mindset to improve your school.
Students from SLA Beeber share their vision of what school could be and work with participants to design the ideal school.
How can a school’s design and programming enhance learning, resiliency, and wellness for not only students and teachers, but the community as a whole? Exploring one promising strategy, this session will share on-going research into community school models and environments that offer a wider array of services than conventional schools.