SYMPOSIUM 2016 Breakout sessions

Assessment by way of Rich Learning: 
Helping Students to Think to Learn and Learn to Think

Facilitated by Garfield Gini-Newman

During this breakout session participants will focus on three key goals:

  1. Shifting assessment from an inquisition of student work to a collaborative journey towards excellence
  2. Assessing for quality thinking in the design learning process
  3. Making assessment seamless with instruction. 

Participants will be introduced to the five intellectual tools that support quality thinking and will consider how they support visual-spatial reasoning and the design learning process. They will also explore practices and strategies that create an environment in which students eagerly seek additional guidance rather than fearing assessment. The breakout session is designed to complement the keynote talks and the other sessions by providing practical and powerful approaches for reframing assessment as an integral part of instruction.

Transforming Mindsets: an Ideation Workshop

Facilitated by Lisa Grocott

This design learning workshop will engage participants in the process of working through different experiences of making. 

With a focus on Learning from Failure the participants will explore ideas for how this mindset could be reinforced at the level of the student learner, the classroom culture, and the school. Working independently participants will experience ways to develop and refine a robust idea. Using visual-spatial reasoning skills, participant will rapidly play with how to make their ideas tangible so they can be shared with others. One-to-one lightning critique rounds will drive the evolution of the ideas so that participants walk away with budding new ideas that could be developed individually or in project teams.


Cultivating Master Problem Solvers:
Authentic Learning, Entrepreneurship, and Creativity

Co-Facilitated by Perry Teachers

Discover how five classroom teachers implement problem-based learning strategies while engaging students in visual-spatial reasoning skill-based challenges. 

In this breakout session, we will explore various techniques for cultivating a mastery-based problem solving culture using the design learning process. Key ideas will include real-world authentic learning, entrepreneurship, and the effective use of technology and creativity across grade levels throughout the Perry Local School District. Hear the students’ perspective on their journey to becoming Master Problem Solvers.