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Skill-Building Workshop [clear filter]
Tuesday, June 14


How can educators use MakerSpaces and design/build challenges to enhance inquiry-based learning?
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Make students’ curiosity the focus of their educational experience by infusing inquiry-based learning into your curriculum. Learn how to intentionally incorporate the design process into students’ work time to help them think critically, build content knowledge, and make new connections. Use this session’s hands-on activities to create a MakerSpace that will work within the constraints of your time, space, and budget. Incorporate Design/Build challenges to connect making to inquiry-based learning that aligns to the Colorado Academic Standards.

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Chris DeKay

Education Director, Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT)
Chris started preparing for his Chief Re-Imagineer job when he was a six-year-old “garage floor scientist,” gradually developing into a “MacGyver of education”! Chris has enjoyed teaching students and working with a wide variety of teachers at the Teton Science Schools, Keystone... Read More →

Nick Haag

Re-Imagineer Zero (Store Associate/Educational Coach), RAFT

Stephanie Walsh

Resource Area For Teachers (RAFT)

Tuesday June 14, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
The Overlook
Wednesday, June 15


How can educators create a culture of continuous improvement on lessons within their teaching practice?
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Take the mundane out of teaching! Cultivate a team of educators who are continuously learning about their craft and practice. Discuss the challenges of creating a culture that supports continuous improvement. Then observe a lesson for a hands-on opportunity to enhance standard teacher evaluation practices with helpful and meaningful feedback.

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Tony Wagner

Senior Research Fellow, Learning Policy Institute
 A globally recognized expert in education, TONY WAGNER is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, founded by Linda Darling-Hammond in 2015. Prior to this appointment, Tony held a variety of positions at Harvard University for more than twenty years, including four years as an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and the founder and co-director, for more than a decade... Read More →

Wednesday June 15, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon D


How to ensure standards-based assessment tasks are designed to be intentional and focused?
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The quality and intentionality of an assessment task significantly impacts the quality of student results. In this session, participants will deepen their understanding of the 5 entry points of successful task design with an emphasis on using focus standard clusters. The focus standard cluster is the linchpin for task design and an area where many teachers struggle the most. The skill of writing an intentional, focused, and standards based assessment task is invaluable for teachers, coaches, and instructional leaders.


Kimba Rael

H.S. Language Arts Teacher, Centennial R-1
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Jayla Watje

Content Specialist, The Colorado Education Initiative

Wednesday June 15, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Salon E
Thursday, June 16


How can competency-based schools build and sustain learner-centered cultures?
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Explore ways to build and sustain learner-centered cultures that support competency-based teaching and learning environments. Partner with other participants to define learner-centered cultures and explore key questions and concepts about the role of culture in competency-based systems. Identify the skills needed to initiate, build, and sustain these environments among adults and students. Generate strategies and practices for schools to communicate the importance of these cultures in the community, and for the community to monitor whether the efforts are working. Get the tools, skills, and lessons learned from a school where these practices are alive and evolving.


Michael Hayes

Director, Crestone Charter School

Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Alpine Springs 2


How is reading and writing in science increasing understanding?
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Deepen content understanding in the science classroom through authentic reading and writing experiences. Dive into the science standards for literacy and explore how to use reading and writing as a tool for accessing complex science content in your classroom.

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Sarah Peterson


Thursday June 16, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm
Salon C