2018 Archives

Below you will find many of our recorded and archived sessions. Just click on the link to view the archived video.

2018 Live PD Session Archives

May, 2018

Matt Farber

Talking Games with The Tribe and Matt Farber
Matthew Farber shows how master teachers promote deep learning through the use of video games. He goes behind the scenes to model how these teachers use both common pedagogical techniques and novel approaches to reach their students. We discussed topics like
  • What are the students learning?
  • What are the results of using games?
  • How is it different teaching with games and teaching more traditionally?
  • What do they do to prepare and plan their classes?
  • How did they do to get to the point where they knew enough to teach this way?
  • What help, support, and advice do they have for you with your students?


Kristina Ishmael

Make the Shift: How to Leverage Open Educational Resources, led by Kristina Ishmael
We discussed topics like:
  1. Who is using OER, what for, and what are the results?
  2. How are educators, schools, and districts finding good OER?
  3. What changes, if any, do teachers need to make when moving from textbooks to OER?
  4. What are the potential downsides or risks, and what are the different ways of avoiding or overcoming them?
  5. How did different educators and districts start the journey to OER; what are the first steps?
Here are the slides.

April, 2018

Lori Gerstein Ramsey

Students and Screen Time: What Does it Mean for Schools? led by Lori Gerstein Ramney
In this session, we engaged in discussions on topics such as: 
  • What is the national narrative regarding technology and children? 
  • What does the research say about technology and children? 
  • How does this impact the use of technology in schools for teaching and learning? 
  • What can be done to ensure that technology is used well in schools nationally? 
  • What educational technologies (or methods of implementation) have been most meaningful for you or your students?

March, 2018

Personalized PD

Personalized Professional Learning led by The Friday Institute's Mary Ann Wolf and Nancy Mangum
We discussed the following topics:
  • What professional learning has been most meaningful for you, and why did they work better than other instances?
  • What are some models of professional learning that work?
  • What strategies can we deploy to increase opportunities for personalized professional learning?
Here are the slides.

February, 2018

Empowering Students

Empowering Students and Learning Agency led by The Friday Institute's Shayla Rexrode and Nancy Mangum
Personalized learning requires that all learners in a school have ownership in the work and the community. We talked about the following topics: What does empowering students and developing learner agency look like, What are some tangible strategies that move us in this direction, and what are some examples and models of where this has worked.




Student-centered learning

Edchat Twitter chat review: How do we go from teacher-centered teaching to student-centered learning?
A discussion of the previous night's #Edchat Twitter chat, where we talked about the need for, the problems around, and ways that educators move from teacher centered teaching to student-centered learning.



January, 2018

Scott McLeod

Are your children's classes Dangerously Irrelevant (and what you can do about it) Led by Scott McLeod

Questions discussed:
  • How are schools shifting, or resisting the shift, from an industrial model to a global, innovation model?
  • How are teachers and schools making that shift? What's working?
  • What can we all, as parents, teachers, administrators, voters, or policy makers, do to help?
Here is a link to Scott's slides.

Friday Institute Session 1

Leading Personalized and Digital Learning: Change Management and Distributed Leadership
Led by Nancy Mangum, Shayla Rexrode, and Mary Ann Wolf

Leading a transition to personalized and digital learning requires school leaders who are able to set a vision for this change and establish a culture that supports this vision. We will be leading you in discussions on the following topics:
  • What are the change management strategies that work or don't work in schools?
  • How do you craft a vision and a culture that supports that vision?
  • What team dynamics lead to successful educational change?
  • What stories do you all bring of successful and unsuccessful implementation, and what can we learn from them?
Here are the slides.