Internationals' 2021 Annual Professional Development Conference

Internationals' 2021 Annual Professional Development Conference

Building Community to Foster Social Change

Building Community to Foster Social Change

Monday, February 1, 2021

Monday —
February 1, 2021

The Internationals Network’s 2021 Annual Professional Development Conference will take place remotely on Monday February 1st. Teachers and school staff from across our national network will convene virtually in a wide array of practitioner-created workshop sessions that address this year’s theme, Building Community to Foster Social Change, as we share and learn from one another’s expertise and experience. Below, please find descriptions of the many innovative workshop sessions presented by community members from across the network. When you are ready, continue on to the registration form to choose your sessions for the day.

As well, this year’s conference will bring two new features: a video montage of student voices to anchor our work and a gallery walk of short promising practice videos featuring ideas and strategies that Internationals Network community members have found useful this year. Learn more about both of these new features below and stay tuned for when they go live for the conference.

Even under new and challenging circumstances, we are thankful for the innovation and creativity of our network, and we look forward as always to seeing you at this year’s conference where we can strengthen our work together as we all strive to better support multilingual learners and each other.

Student Voices

Rather than a traditional gathering in an auditorium with keynote speakers and introductions, this year’s conference will be anchored by student voices. Available asynchronously in order to accommodate the varied schedules and demands of all participants across the country, this video includes numerous students from across our schools harmonizing on the themes of building community and fostering social change. We hope that these words and these young people help to ground our learning and discussion as we work together throughout the day and that their ideas and hopes contribute to our shared purpose. The video will become available for viewing once we approach the day of the conference. Stay tuned!

Promising Practice Shares

This year sees the return of a former conference staple: the midday promising practice share! This year, the promising practice share will not only be held remotely for the first time, but it will also be conducted asynchronously. Numerous teachers from across the network have recorded videos to describe and share about an idea, strategy, or resource that has been useful or important to them this year. In order to accommodate the varied schedules and demands of all participants from across the country, this video library of compelling ideas, practitioner reflections, and real stories from across our network will be available at any time throughout the day — and into the future as well. We are very excited to share and interact in this new way. The video collection will become available for viewing and perusing once we approach the day of the conference. Stay tuned!

Morning Workshops
(9:30a – 11:00a EST/6:30a – 8:00a PST)

A Relevant, Engaging, and Remotely Taught Interdisciplinary PBAT- Photo Essay *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can students apply content knowledge to their practical experience? How can we engage students in learning about the founding documents of the United States and current injustices in our society under the challenges and restrictions of Covid-19 life? In this workshop, participants will have an overview of a humanities task that incorporates social studies content and ELA skills. Students apply the skills of arts and journalism to analyze whether the founding principles are upheld or if there are observable injustices in their community. Participants will take away a unit plan with all of the resources included, and have time to brainstorm how they would implement or transfer ideas from this unit, including how, even in these challenging times, there are ways to encourage students to be physically outside, and engage in work that is tangible and of personal meaning to them. This unit also promotes finding depth in tasks that are accessible to all types of learners. The unit plan presented in this workshop can be adapted to STEM content as well.

Facilitator(s): Tania Mohammed, Nina Kogut-Akkum

Intended Audience: All educators

Category(s): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education, Experiential Learning 

Acting Up: Using Theatre of the Oppressed to Reimagine Our (in-person and virtual) Worlds, Together *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

This workshop will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of Theater of the Oppressed and explore how to engage students online using this method. The workshop is brought to you by three 12th-grade teachers who have created an interdisciplinary humanities course titled Power, Identity, and Equity (PIE). Pre-pandemic, the team worked with students to create performances that center the experiences and needs of young people and bring them into conversation with community members and decision-makers to explore solutions to the problems they face through Theater of the Oppressed. In our new reality, we have been experimenting with how to bring these practices into the virtual classroom. We hope that participants will come away from this workshop ready to employ techniques from Theater of the Oppressed in their schools/classrooms, whether in the form of short-term activities or long-term projects, including online!

Facilitator(s): Shahzia Pirani-Mellstrom, Sheila Aminmadani, Malcolm Sacks

Intended Audience: Everyone is welcome, though the workshop may be best suited for teachers of Humanities and Arts. We encourage groups of teachers from the same school to attend if they plan to develop an interdisciplinary project like the one we are sharing.

Category(ies): Experiential Learning

Engaging Students in Remote Reading through Text Analysis and Discussion *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*


Struggling to get your students to read, analyze text and have productive discussions during remote learning? In this workshop we will share planning strategies and protocols for rolling out reading and text discussions in a remote setting. We will also discuss our successes with various platforms for reading and discussion as well as different forms of assessing text discussions online. Participants will also have time to apply these strategies to their own curricula and to consider how reading and discussing culturally responsive texts builds classroom community and provides a platform for students to engage with important social issues.



Facilitator(s): Kendra Miller, Tamara Del Rosario


Intended Audience: ELA, SS, Humanities, Reading Teachers, All educators


Category(ies): Remote Collaboration

Facilitating Student Talk in Science & Planning Experiments in Remote Setting *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How do you create a meaningful peer collaboration among your students in your remote science classroom? What strategies can be used to facilitate students to talk at home? What practical experiments can be done at home safely? This workshop is designed to allow participants to articulate their best practices and challenges in teaching science remotely especially real life experiments that students can do at home. Participants will also have the chance to explore how to reduce feelings of isolation and plan activities that can support the emotional well-being of students.

Facilitator(s): Martin Pascual

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for science teachers, but all are welcome!

Category(s): Remote Collaboration

Imagining the Possibilities: Collaborating, Creating and Envisioning in the Hybrid Zoomisphere *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

bell hooks writes that “The function of art is to do more than tell it like it is-it’s to imagine what is possible.” This workshop looks at projects and activities in the zoomisphere and hybrid teaching environments during an unprecedented year. From the COVID-19 global pandemic, to the racist violence and subsequent uprisings for justice, 2020 demanded deep questioning, reflection, and imagination for a more just world. This workshop will consider student discussions, projects, and activities that occurred both remotely and in socially distanced classrooms throughout 2020, centering possibilities in the way only the arts can. Using the Arts Blueprint Strands as a guide, this workshop moves through themes including honoring essential workers, celebrating Black is Beautiful, reflection, and envisioning the future radically. With video, drawing, spoken word, and movement, this workshop is facilitated by an INPS Dance Teacher, English teacher, and 9th grade student. Together, these three facilitators will create an environment where individuals connect with one another and share from their multiple backgrounds and experiences. Ultimately, they will create a community capable of delving into discussions that examine how school can be a site of liberation and deep social change.

Facilitator(s): Taylor Overturf, Megan Minturn

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for any educator interested in encouraging the arts, reflection, collaboration, and imagination!

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Lines in Time: Using timelines as a tool to understand the effect of events, experiences, and people that shape the identity and worldviews of ourselves and others. A Social Justice Project that Builds over Time.

How can we create a progressive and cumulative curriculum that builds on personal identity, encourages community outreach, and fosters social change? How can we apply what we learn from the study of civil rights leaders to encourage students to make changes in their own community? How can we effectively use language and art to evoke change in our world? How can we use public space to build community within our city and showcase student work and talent? In this workshop, participants will examine projects that explore these questions, while integrating text and student production. Multiple short term products build over time, to result in a longer-term project and a student public showcase. After exploring examples, participants will have time to apply these strategies to their own curricula and co-plan with their peers.

Facilitator(s): Melissa Meola Shanahan

Intended Audience: All educators

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration, Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education

Playing the Unspeakable: Trauma and Creative Techniques in the Classroom *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

This didactic and experiential workshop will provide participants with a greater understanding of how to use play in the classroom with students of all ages affected by traumatic stress. Trauma-Informed work is essential for community building particularly during this time where normal school community functionality is disrupted. Collaboration that addresses the traumas that both students and staff are experiencing can offer opportunities for healing and can generate viable and sustainable community change. Participants will gain/review the definition of complex trauma and collective trauma with an understanding of how trauma performs particularly in the classroom. Participants will learn and experience creative, playful strategies for supporting students to address challenges, promote resilience, and move through the effects of traumatic stress. Through action based experiences, case examples and reflection, participants will explore how these concepts can be applied to their own educational, clinical, artistic and personal work.

Facilitator(s): Heidi Landis

Intended Audience: Counselors, Social Workers, All educators

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration,Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education, Experiential Learning (Remote PBL, Remote inquiry, Remote public products and authentic tasks, creating student centered activities)

Reading Authorship in Social Studies

Borrowing from ideas raised within cultural studies, participants will use Werner’s (2000) text on reading authorship to examine, with a critical eye, sources of knowledge, especially textbooks. Using different methods for reading authorship of a text, participants will engage in hands-on practice of analyzing not only what the text is saying, but also how it was constructed. Reading authorship is different from reading a text, as reading authorship invites the reader to examine how texts were created, what information they might convey, and how it can teach students to use a critical lens to view and read texts. Participants will leave with the tools to question epistemic narratives and normalized knowledge within social studies and the larger community, as well as strategies for building these skills with their students.

Facilitator(s): Josef Donnelly

Intended Audience: All educators

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Recruiting for the Summer Youth Employment Program *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

The recruitment process for the NYC Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) is sometimes difficult to achieve in a regular year. It is even more difficult during this new virtual world which caught us by surprise! Come hear about how we adjusted our strategy and increased our effort to find recruits for the program. By not giving up and cultivating perseverance in students and staff, we were able to get it done. In the end, through SYEP, students from all backgrounds were brought together to focus on the same target and idea. Participants will walk away with ideas about how to enter into or maintain their own SYEP initiative during times of uncertainty.

Facilitator(s): Jesus Martinez

Intended Audience:  All educators

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration

Scaffolding Slides for Student Success *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Are you overwhelmed with all of the tech strategies being thrown at you? Do you find that students struggle with understanding and completing the tasks you send them? Do you find yourself wondering, how can I take advantage of tech strategies to engage my students in remote learning? In this workshop we will explore how something as simple as formatting a google slide can create a more inclusive learning environment. Our workshop will address the digital literacy gap for students and teachers alike. Participants will partake in a mini-lesson which has been formatted and scaffolded to engage all types of learners. We will then discuss the scaffolding and differentiating strategies used in the lesson, and learn how to format our own lessons. Participants will also have time to apply these strategies to their own curricula and plan with the support of their peers. Teachers will receive a toolkit that details how to use functions of google slides (plus more) to break down what they want students to do and scaffold it in a way that is abundantly clear to students.

Facilitator(s): Alia Elsayed-Dilone, Cynthia Vele

Intended Audience:  The intended audience of this workshop are teachers who feel stuck when using technology to engage all students; all are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration, Teaching basic technological literacy

SLIFE Literacy Support Through Book Creator *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we support Students with Limited or Interrupted Formal Education in a heterogeneous class? What does this look like during remote learning? How can we support SLIFEs to become independent learners? In this workshop we will explore how to support SLIFEs with literacy and tech literacy through a user-friendly book creating program. Participants will explore the online tool Book Creator, and walk away with strategies to use in their classrooms, hybrid and remote. Participants are encouraged to bring their class materials to start creating their own teacher template using Book Creator.

Facilitator(s): Areum Kang

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Language Development

Social Media for Student Engagement *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Building a sense of community over the computer and in small class sizes is challenging. Not everyone uses social media, and staying fully engaged over a screen can be daunting for both adults and students. In this workshop, participants will get the chance to explore a variety of activities that can help students and staff stay invested in the school community. These activities can be done on social media platforms such as Instagram and Twitter, but they can also be done via Google Classroom, a school website, or any other internal platform that brings staff and students together. We will showcase successful examples from our school and the educational community at large. If possible, Student Government officers will give testimonials about how the Spring and Fall activities kept their morale high. We will answer any questions about the logistics, administrative/staff buy-in, and more. Participants will also get the chance to plan a student engagement campaign of their own.

Facilitator(s): Jacqueline Thomas, Yanira Roman

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration, Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Student Circle Keepers

Are you looking for meaningful ways to incorporate student voice and empower young people to help each other? Whether you are experienced with Restorative Justice, or new to the concepts and strategies, we’ll share how we are working with our students so that they can facilitate Circles in their Advisories. We will provide a foolproof template for planning circles, as well as lessons that we use to teach students how to become facilitators. You’ll meet a few of our current student circle keepers and hear them talk about the impact of student led circles. Participants will walk away with new tools and strategies for empowering students to take ownership of restorative justice in their school.

Facilitator(s): Heather Cristol, Sarah Cunningham

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education, Student leadership

Teaching Physical Education And Health Education Remotely *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we teach physical education and health remotely? In this workshop, participants will explore different ideas and units for teaching physical education and health education remotely. We will explore units in nutrition, muscle and exercises, and cardiorespiratory fitness. Participants will walk away with a toolkit of remote games, strategies in classwork, and tools for engaging students in an online setting.

Facilitator(s): James Leung

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for Physical Education and Health teachers, but all are welcome!

Category(ies): P.E./Health in Remote Contexts

The Power of Sentences *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we move students beyond sentence frames and starters to generate oral and written sentences about the content they are learning? How can we make small changes in our approach to syntax in order to have a big impact on student writing? Social change is rooted in a vision of what is possible and fostered by a sense of belonging and voice. Supporting students to gain control over the ways they can use language to communicate and express their ideas reinforces the value of those ideas and perspectives. This workshop focuses on making explicit the relationship between ideas at the sentence level. When students have powerful language tools, they gain more power over their own agency and voice. In this workshop, we will examine a range of approaches for sentence level comprehension and production. We will present a set of interactive sentence tasks that support students to internalize and generate simple, compound, and complex sentences across all content areas. These can be used in both in-person and online classrooms. Participants will have opportunities to practice the strategies and discuss with peers.

Facilitator(s): Suzanna McNamara, Annie Smith

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Language Development

Trauma Informed Teaching In A Self-Paced Classroom *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

When we value speed and content over relationships we fail to make a connection with students that can help them apply interpersonal skills that will lead them to advocate for themselves. Working with trauma-affected students is a difficult balancing act but its benefits are far reaching and impactful. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that childhood trauma is far more pervasive than previously believed and is often invisible. This workshop will explore how trauma disrupts brain development. Participants will engage in discussions on SEL practices that benefit all children, building critical skills like self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and an openness to teamwork and cooperation.

Facilitator(s): Jal Raval

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Using Models To Build Independent Learners *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we teach students to use models to structure essays and develop analysis? When we teach students how to use models, they learn a process first. Students are given feedback and directed to reflect on how they use the model to revise their writing structure. Once the model is mastered, feedback can be focused on higher level critical thinking skills like analyzing information. In this way, students build the self-efficacy skills needed to become independent learners. Once students can organize their writing we can free up space to really dive into how to build the analysis in argumentative writing. These models can be leveraged for writing assignments across contents and should result in higher-level writing. Using models fosters a mindset change in students that builds not only writing skills, but also confidence, self-efficacy, and the skills needed to become independent learners across content-areas.

Facilitator(s): Lisa Sacco

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for ELA teachers and teachers who teach argumentative and multi-paragraph writing, but all are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Language Development

Working Together to Support Post-Secondary Opportunities for Our Students *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Want to share and discuss some challenges to the work of developing a post-secondary readiness team? Want to learn about some successful strategies or examples that have arisen at an Internationals School around this work? Want to have a bank of resources and materials that can help you in developing post-secondary readiness at your school? Want to join a session that does not end at the workshop because the goal is to start a network of educators in our schools that want to commit to regularly supporting each other, sharing ideas, helping to problem-solve, and generally being there for each other in times when it feels like you’re the only one doing this work at your school? This workshop may be for you!

Facilitator(s): Martin Castro

Intended Audience: Teachers, counselors, and school staff involved in or interested in developing a stronger post-secondary system in their schools and among our Internationals network; all are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration, Post-Secondary Readiness

Afternoon Workshops
(1:00p – 2:30p EST/10:00a – 11:30a PST)

Beyond Elections: Student Government for All

How can we provide opportunities for students to gain valuable leadership experience while reinforcing literacy skills? How can we develop an inclusive democratic tradition that empowers students through collaborative community-oriented tasks? In this session, participants will hear examples of how to schedule impactful events that provide opportunities for student leaders-in-the-making to use various modes of communication in carrying out their responsibilities. Participants will have time to plan structured activities for their student leaders and receive feedback from peers.

Facilitator(s): Tim Ross

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for staff involved in student government, or those interested in facilitating student government in the future; all are welcome!

Category(ies): Student leadership

Building Community Through Immigration Projects (History/Math) *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Have you ever wondered what kind of projects you can implement to build connections with the young people you serve that can be successful in both remote, in-person, synchronous and asynchronous contexts? Then, this workshop is for you. With two teachers, teaching two very different contents, from the history and math department, learn how units on immigration can achieve such goals. In this workshop we will examine how the use of the theme of immigration can be a great step in engaging students’ curiosity of their own histories and in getting them to look at immigration from the perspective of mathematicians. From the historical perspective, an introductory unit on immigration helps students develop their research skills, understand the role of historians and create their own accounts of primary sources or verbal accounts through family interviews. From the mathematical perspective, students will develop and use math skills, such as graphing and rate of change, and learn how mathematics, and graphs in particular, can help tell a story. Through such projects, students develop their 21st learning skills of analyzing, researching while getting to know their own histories and identities. Moreover, students get to learn about one another’s immigration experiences and thus create a sense of belonging, a community and understanding.

Facilitator(s): Sara Qatabi, Julie Arcemont

Intended Audience: Teachers, Administrators, and all are welcome.

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education , Experiential Learning, Teaching basic technological literacy

Cameras Off: Making a Safe, Interactive Online Class for Reluctant Learners and SIFE *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we reach ALL of our students in live online classes, especially students with interrupted formal education? How can we see student work and evaluate student progress over Zoom, while many students are also new to the technology we use? In this workshop, participants will explore ways to build on the prior knowledge our students bring to the remote classroom. We will experience strategies for differentiating lessons and holding students accountable using Nearpod, writing activities with WhatsApp, and dialogues for oral practice. Participants will also engage in Nearpod activities from the perspective of a SIFE with developing literacy. Participants will walk away with more strategies for differentiating remote instruction for a diverse group of learners. The strategies explored are also transferrable to in-person contexts.

Facilitator(s): Amanda Vender, Katie Lotz

Intended Audience: All are welcome.

Category(ies): Remote Language Development

Creating Group Work In The Remote Classroom Environment *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we encourage and facilitate meaningful, remote collaboration for our students? In this session, participants will explore strategies that have been successful for cultivating remote collaboration, and will see some examples of group work from a remote Science classroom. Participants will then have time to apply these strategies to their own curricula and co-plan with their peers. Participants will walk away with some new tools for creating authentic opportunities for remote student collaboration.

Facilitator(s): Kara MacDevitt

Intended Audience: All are welcome.

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration, Experiential Learning

Creating Interdisciplinary Projects: Social Studies & Mathematics *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

SSLet’s brainstorm innovate Math & Social Studies projects together! How can Social Studies units reinforce math skills and vice versa? Join 3 teachers who have created interdisciplinary projects in both Junior Institute and Senior Institute classrooms and both in-person and remotely. In this workshop we will present interdisciplinary projects that made students analyze issues like affordable housing, student loan debt, and globalization. Then we will have time to brainstorm ways to bring more interdisciplinary projects to our own schools.

Facilitator(s): Britt Louise Fremstad, Jane Kang, Luis Ramon Diaz

Intended Audience: Math and Social Studies teachers; but all are welcome!

Category(ies): Experiential Learning

Exploring Inequities Revealed By The Pandemic *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

What is the pandemic showing us about disparities between neighborhoods in NYC, and how can we explore these disparities with our students? Government data will be analyzed to clearly show that neighborhoods in NYC are not equal when it comes to the effects of COVID 19. Background knowledge and articles will reveal the root causes behind these inequities. Participants will then brainstorm solutions to these problems in breakout rooms. This discussion will turn into an argument essay style letter to a NY politician. Scaffolding methods for the letter and the articles will be shared as well as sample letters and real responses from a state senator! Also the distribution of a public health questionnaire provides the opportunity for students to assist local officials and public health advocates. The questionnaire helps to identify vulnerable populations and spread useful information about staying healthy. Participants will walk away with many tools and strategies for exploring these inequalities with their students.

Facilitator(s): Wesley Hoffman

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for ELA and Social Studies teachers, but all are welcome!

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Exploring the Impact of Systemic Violence and White Supremacist Culture In Our Schools *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How does White Supremacist culture show up in our education system and in our schools, and how can we work to undue the damage it causes? Through this session, we will reflect on how systemic violence impacts the emotional well-being of both us as educators, as well as our students. We will reflect and discuss aspects of White Supremacist culture that are present in our everyday interactions as educators and human beings. Finally, in an effort to disrupt White Supremacist culture in our school environments, we will identify antidotes and best practices to support ourselves and our students during these times.

Facilitator(s): Tania Romero

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Google Sites: Engage Students Asynchronously *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Engaging students remotely is difficult, especially when so many of our students have other responsibilities that compete with their ability to attend synchronous classes. In this workshop, participants will learn how to create their own Google Site to engage with students asynchronously. We will look at an example Google Site with an anti-racist curriculum, and how it can be used in tandem with Google Classroom. Topics to be covered are creating video lessons, example assignments, and student reference materials to promote independent asynchronous learning.

Facilitator(s): Marc McEwan

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Hey Listen Games: Teaching With Video Games *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Welcome to the Hey Listen Games: Teaching With Video Games Workshop! Video games are rife with educational potential, but are very rarely implemented in our classrooms in meaningful ways. What are often used in schools are “educational” video games. This workshop is not about that! We will instead focus on how “entertainment” games that our students are already playing can be utilized as educational resources. The video game industry is the largest entertainment industry in the world and every teacher has gamers in their classroom. We need to bring their own passions into the room in order to get them excited about education. This is especially true during a pandemic with so many of our students stuck at home with only video games as a source of pleasure. If you are a gamer, or have considered teaching with video games but don’t know where to start, then this session is for you! This workshop will focus on lessons in Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Social-Emotional Health.

Facilitator(s): Zachary Hartzman

Intended Audience: All are welcome, but it is recommended that participants have basic knowledge of how to use modern video game consoles and/or game digital distribution services on computers.

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Journal Writing: Daily Practice; Creative Resource *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

As teachers, we use daily writing in all subjects to help our students focus, make personal connections in anticipation of unfamiliar material, build skills, and practice solving the problems posed by our disciplines. Daily writing is available to us, too, not only in our role as teachers but as individuals seeking outlets for self-discovery. Formal studies and anecdotal evidence have shown the power of a daily writing practice to unravel confusion, untangle mental and emotional chaos, soothe our minds and hearts, and promote honest conversations with ourselves. In this workshop, we will write in response prompts and activities; review some of the research that supports the health benefits of writing; discuss strategies for using daily journals as a resource for teaching ideas and other creative projects; explore ways to use journals to overcome procrastination, resistance, and blocks; and use poetry, prose, and images to collage. You will come away with your own writing, a reading list of books that can help support a personal journal writing practice, and multiple writing activities that can be used in your classrooms, along with an understanding of how low stakes writing builds writing stamina and creative thinking and aids problem solving.

Facilitator(s): Pamela Gordon

Intended Audience: Teachers seeking a safe, non-judgmental space in which to explore and sort out, through writing and some collaging, the multitude of experiences the past year has visited upon us; all are welcome!

Category(ies): The efficacy of low-stakes writing for personal discovery and academic support.

Mitigating Trauma in the Newcomer Classroom: A Commitment Beyond Borders *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we best support immigrant youth while they are transitioning and settling into our country, and how can we grasp the necessary knowledge on trauma and the sociopolitical and geopolitical context of this transition? In this workshop, school personnel will explore the tools to intervene and alleviate the effects of trauma in the classroom with expertise, empathy, and confidence. This workshop looks forward to pushing for collaboration and dialogue among school personnel and teachers. All adults involved in educating young and newly arrived scholars to the country should be involved in these efforts. We (educators and school personnel) are all in need of tools for listening, empathizing, and supporting immigrant students to succeed. The purpose of this workshop is to offer teachers an entry point to address, study, implement strategies, and advocate for the well being of students inside and outside classrooms and schools. This session is offered as a starting point not only for teachers, but also for school personnel to internalize the complexity of trauma in adolescents, particularly immigrant youth.

Facilitator(s): Laura Garriguez, Katie Applegate

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education

Parts of a Whole: Building Rigorous Portfolio Work Through Cumulative Project Planning *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Have you ever felt overwhelemed by the task of creating student-centered projects? How can we scaffold towards larger projects, by using smaller, more manageable mini-projects? How can a cycle of student choice and repeated themes help increase engagement and understanding? In this session, participants will explore these questions through multiple examples from an ELA classroom. Participants will see examples of smaller, less time-consuming projects, that eventually lead students towards a larger portfolio, including real examples that address the following driving questions: How are the challenges of the past reflected in the present (or vice-versa)? and How does investigating diverse primary sources help us make reasoned arguments about our past (and present)? Participants will be able to see and discuss the ways that choice and repetition contribute to an accumulation of student knowledge, skill, and engagment. Participants will be able to apply these ideas to their own classroom.

Facilitator(s): Eric Bradshaw, Lydia Langer

Intended Audience: All are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Language Development, Experiential Learning, Teaching basic technological literacy

Remote Science Portfolio Projects *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

How can we design remote interdisciplinary or disciplinary experiential projects using science and physical exercise curricula? In this workshop, we will explore the possibilities of designing an interdisciplinary PBAT project or disciplinary PBAT project which can be done remotely. We will look at students’ Science PBAT papers and identify various skills that were practiced and presented in the projects. We will explore different strategies and examples for integrating physical exercise concepts into science classes. Participants will have time to discuss and bounce ideas about developing projects that can be accomplished remotely without stressing about the distribution and use of classroom materials for data collection. All the resources that went into developing these projects will be shared with the participants.

Facilitator(s): Tamanna Talukder

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for science and PE teachers, but all are welcome!

Category(ies): Experiential Learning

Unpacking Pronouns: Identifying and Reshaping Gender Norms through an Interdisciplinary Approach *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

This workshop will highlight the year-long interdisciplinary curriculum between English and Art on the theme of perspective. We will showcase a case study on teaching Gender Norms and empowering students to share their own perspective on gender constructs. The session will include a discussion of how to approach this subject matter in your classroom as well as work time to create curriculum about contemporary conversations through an interdisciplinary approach.

Facilitator(s): Sarah Stahl, Lionel Cruet

Intended Audience: Teachers of Art, English, Social Studies, Advisory and Counselors are encouraged to register, but all are welcome.

Category(ies): Interdisciplinary planning curriculum and approach.

Using Games and Puzzles in Desmos to Support Learning *THIS WORKSHOP IS CLOSED*

Are you familiar with the Desmos’ Classroom Activities? How can we use games and puzzles to foster collaboration and critical thinking during remote learning? Through this workshop, participants will get a brief introduction to Desmos, a free website that can be used to provide students with opportunities to practice and develop mathematical skills. Then, participants will be able to participate in some games and puzzles as students, while simultaneously seeing what the teacher dashboard looks like, and how to use it to engage with students. By the end, participants would have explored how to use games and puzzles through Desmos to have students collaborate with each other to build critical thinking skills as they build community. If time allows it, participants will begin to explore how to create our own activities using Desmos.

Facilitator(s): Juan Perez, Mehmet Zubaroglu

Intended Audience: This workshop is intended for math teachers, but all are welcome!

Category(ies): Remote Collaboration