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Tuesday, June 14
 

12:00pm

How can art, inspiration, and community enrich students’ lives?
Limited Capacity seats available

Infuse the arts into your classroom to enhance your curriculum as well as student engagement and curiosity. Tour Anderson Ranch Arts Center, where artists of all levels come from around the world to explore new ideas, hone their art-making skills, and engage in meaningful dialogue. See some of their work in action and witness their lifelong commitment to develop personal creativity and to discover, learn, and grow. Adapt your observations of their work to your own curriculum to enhance student engagement and curiosity.

Facilitators
KB

Katherine Bell

Anderson Ranch
HC

Heather Chikoore

Manager, Research and Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
Manager, Research and Impact



Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:00pm - 2:45pm
Cathedral Peak

12:00pm

How does art generate innovative and open-minded students?
Limited Capacity seats available

Inquiring minds wanted! Learn active looking strategies and methods of inquiry during this object-based gallery experience guided by an Aspen Art Museum educator. Experience the museum’s innovative approach of engaging audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society. Then take these techniques back to the classroom to help students build and sustain a state of alertness and wonder.

Facilitators
MD

Michelle Dezember

Learning Director, Aspen Art Museum
AH

Annie Henninger

Education Program Manager, Aspen Art Museum
ML

Morgan Lee

Education Coordinator, Aspen Art Museum
avatar for Samantha Olson

Samantha Olson

Vice President, Strategic Learning and Organizational Development, The Colorado Education Initiative

CEI Staff
avatar for Emily Love

Emily Love

Director - Research & Impact, The Colorado Education Initiative
Director - Research & Impact


Tuesday June 14, 2016 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Cathedral Peak

1:15pm

Need some cash for your class? (Single Session or Pt 1 of 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring that project or class idea to life — and leave with a plan to raise up to $2,000! Get hands-on assistance building project pages hosted on Donorschoose.org, which has a 75 percent success rate in attracting funds. Day 1 can accommodate up to 100 educators (see Need some cash for your class?). On Day 2, 35 educators will move on to collaborate with industry professionals and participate in the two-part Colorado STEM Design Challenge that answers, “How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world?” On Day 3, 10 finalists will move on to present their project ideas to a panel of educators and industry professionals. The top three finalists will receive up to $2,000 each to implement their projects. All 10 finalists will receive $100 in Donorschoose.org gift cards for project implementation.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Baber

Angela Baber

ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org, The Colorado Education Initiative
Talk to me about the STEM Design Challenge - it is going to be an adventure!
avatar for Walter Doyle

Walter Doyle

Senior Director of New School Activation, DonorsChose.org
Walter is responsible for growing our teacher base among high-need schools. He is also in charge of educating, empowering and motivating our teachers to become champions for their classrooms and for DonorsChoose.org. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org in 2013, Walter taught high school... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Cathedral Peak

1:15pm

How can educators use personal storytelling to build empathy in schools? (Pt 1 of 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Capture the power of storytelling to nurture empathy and curiosity. Join STORY SWAP, an empathy “laboratory” hosted by Aspen Words (a program of the Aspen Institute), and explore writing techniques that maximize a story’s impact and power. Then find a partner, exchange a meaningful or transformative story about an experience as an educator, and write each other’s story as if it were your own using the first-person narrative voice: the very powerful “I.” After sharing the written stories as a group, discuss how these practices can increase empathy in your schools. www.aspenwords.org

Facilitators
RP

Renee Prince

Aspen Words



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Salon C

1:15pm

How can design thinking transform problem-solving and help us deepen learning? An introduction to the tools and mindsets.
Limited Capacity filling up

Across the nation, design thinking is being used by educators, school and district leaders, and school designers as a powerful process and set of tools that ignite user-centered innovation in learning and teaching for students and educators. Participants will be guided through each stage of the design thinking process and will introduce and model key design thinking mindsets. To model approaching challenges with a “beginners mindset,” the design challenge we will explore will come from outside of education, which will allow participant to fully engage with the new process and skills without being harnessed to the current constraints.

Facilitators
avatar for Paul Beck

Paul Beck

Innovation Specialist, Colorado Education Initiative
Personalized Learning Specialist
avatar for Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

Assistant Principal/Google Ninja, Boulder Valley School District
I am a practicing school leader with a thirst for social change, equity, hard work, and knowledge. I am also a committed professional dedicated to the field of education and the belief that every student can succeed. Ed Tech and being innovative in our approach and practice is exciting... Read More →



Tuesday June 14, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Alpine Springs 1
 
Wednesday, June 15
 

12:00pm

How can educators use personal storytelling to build empathy in schools? (Pt 2 of 2)
Limited Capacity seats available

Capture the power of storytelling to nurture empathy and curiosity. Join STORY SWAP, an empathy “laboratory” hosted by Aspen Words (a program of the Aspen Institute), and explore writing techniques that maximize a story’s impact and power. Then find a partner, exchange a meaningful or transformative story about an experience as an educator, and write each other’s story as if it were your own using the first-person narrative voice: the very powerful “I.” After sharing the written stories as a group, discuss how these practices can increase empathy in your schools. www.aspenwords.org

Facilitators
RP

Renee Prince

Aspen Words



Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Salon C

12:00pm

How can stories from the grave bring life to the classroom?
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Bone up on the exciting lives of those who lay at rest in Red Butte Cemetery, the century-old graveyard in Aspen, Colorado, that is home to many former pillars of the community whose influence helped create this mountain town. See first-hand how the Aspen Historical Society preserves and presents Aspen's local history in inspiring and provocative ways. Collaborate with other educators to unearth innovative ways to use these stories as well as stories from your own community to bring local history to life in your classroom.

Facilitators
avatar for Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes

Program Lead, Colorado Education Initiative
Manager, Research & Impact
NG

Nina Gabianelli

V.P of Education and Programs, Aspen Historical Society
avatar for Greg Hessee

Greg Hessee

Senior Director, Colorado Education Initiative



Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Cathedral Peak

12:00pm

What do nature’s hidden wonders teach us about education?
Limited Capacity filling up

Take a hike and a lesson from nature. Learn how hands-on exploration in nature can enhance the traditional classroom experience as well as student and educator curiosity. Join Arin Trook, education director at the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), and Carey Favaloro, ACES naturalist, on a 3.5-mile nature walk through beautiful and varied terrain in Snowmass, Colorado. Take in the local flora and fauna while learning innovative techniques for incorporating natural exploration into a traditional academic experience.

Note: Extensive hiking experience not necessary; sneakers or sturdy shoes encouraged.

Facilitators
CF

Carey Favaloro

Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES)
avatar for Arin Trook

Arin Trook

Education Director, ACES
Arin took over as Education Director for ACES in the fall of 2013. He has been a professional educator for the past 20 years, including a stint as a Naturalist and Educator at ACES from 1996 - 2000. He holds a BA from Stanford, a Masters in Education from UC Berkeley, and a classroom... Read More →

CEI Staff
YC

Yee-Ann Cho

Senior Vice President, The Colorado Education Initiative


Wednesday June 15, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Cathedral Peak

1:15pm

Colorado STEM Design Challenge: How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world? (Pt 2 of 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring that project or class idea to life — and leave with a plan to raise up to $2,000! Get hands-on assistance building project pages hosted on Donorschoose.org, which has a 75 percent success rate in attracting funds. Day 1 can accommodate up to 100 educators (see Need some cash for your class?). On Day 2, 35 educators will move on to collaborate with industry professionals and participate in the two-part Colorado STEM Design Challenge that answers, “How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world?” On Day 3, 10 finalists will move on to present their project ideas to a panel of educators and industry professionals. The top three finalists will receive up to $2,000 each to implement their projects. All 10 finalists will receive $100 in Donorschoose.org gift cards for project implementation.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Baber

Angela Baber

ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org, The Colorado Education Initiative
Talk to me about the STEM Design Challenge - it is going to be an adventure!
avatar for Walter Doyle

Walter Doyle

Senior Director of New School Activation, DonorsChose.org
Walter is responsible for growing our teacher base among high-need schools. He is also in charge of educating, empowering and motivating our teachers to become champions for their classrooms and for DonorsChoose.org. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org in 2013, Walter taught high school... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 2:45pm
The Overlook

1:15pm

How might we leverage empathy building and a hack mindset to propel school transformation?
Limited Capacity filling up

Empathy building pushes problem solvers to better understand root causes, resulting in more thoughtful innovation and change efforts. Hacking is an approach to change that is founded on three mindsets: bias to action, failing forward to learn, and starting small. <br /> Gain tangible skills for using empathy and hacking to support personalized learning, innovation, and school transformation. Apply these design thinking tools to solve sticky challenges and develop healthier students and classrooms.

Co-facilitated by CEI’s SpaceLab team and alumni from Colorado’s first cohort of School Retool, an innovative fellowship for school leaders.

Facilitators
avatar for Haydee Ayi-Bonte

Haydee Ayi-Bonte

AP of Instruction, STRIVE Preparatory Schools
Design thinking, Hack mindset, 21st Century Skill building, Standards based grading, No zeros, Urban education....African Dance, Gardening, my 3 1/2 year old son.
avatar for Tara Jahn

Tara Jahn

Senior Manager, The Colorado Education Initiative
Tara Jahn joined The Colorado Education Initiative (CEI) in 2011 and works to ignite innovation at CEI by leading SpaceLab, the organization’s innovation and design thinking projects and events. She is a facilitator for School Retool, in partnership with the Stanford d.school in... Read More →



Wednesday June 15, 2016 1:15pm - 4:30pm
Alpine Springs 2
 
Thursday, June 16
 

10:30am

Colorado STEM Design Challenge: How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world? (Pt 3 of 3)
Limited Capacity seats available

Bring that project or class idea to life — and leave with a plan to raise up to $2,000! Get hands-on assistance building project pages hosted on Donorschoose.org, which has a 75 percent success rate in attracting funds. Day 1 can accommodate up to 100 educators (see Need some cash for your class?). On Day 2, 35 educators will move on to collaborate with industry professionals and participate in the two-part Colorado STEM Design Challenge that answers, “How might educators use STEM to bridge the divide between coursework and the real world?” On Day 3, 10 finalists will move on to present their project ideas to a panel of educators and industry professionals. The top three finalists will receive up to $2,000 each to implement their projects. All 10 finalists will receive $100 in Donorschoose.org gift cards for project implementation.

Facilitators
avatar for Angela Baber

Angela Baber

ababer@coloradoedinitiative.org, The Colorado Education Initiative
Talk to me about the STEM Design Challenge - it is going to be an adventure!
avatar for Walter Doyle

Walter Doyle

Senior Director of New School Activation, DonorsChose.org
Walter is responsible for growing our teacher base among high-need schools. He is also in charge of educating, empowering and motivating our teachers to become champions for their classrooms and for DonorsChoose.org. Prior to joining DonorsChoose.org in 2013, Walter taught high school... Read More →



Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Overlook