Attendees at EDxEDNYC can choose to attend whatever sessions they want during the day.
Jennifer S. Brown
Carving the Path: An Innovative Conversation and Creation of a Vision
Participants will redefine their vision, dig deeper into their beliefs, and make them come to fruition in their everyday decision-making. Addressing equity and excellence requires intention. So, when educators define their vision and use that as a spring board for their everyday decisions, it exponentially increases their power and impact. Having a vision brings to light the contribution of how their choices for themselves and their students works toward what educators ultimately want to accomplish in their classrooms. This conversation results in a specific, organically created guide for self-reflection and change.
Jennifer Brown is a first-grade teacher at Sheridan Elementary in Junction City, Kansas. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in Theatre and Psychology from the University of Mount Union, a Masters of Education from John Carroll University, and is currently working on her Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction from Kansas State University. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, second grade, and served as a library media specialist. She also spent two years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at Kansas State University teaching Intermediate Literacy Methods before beginning her journey as a middle school teacher. Brown’s research interests include composition pedagogy, the history of writing instruction, and teaching for social justice. She has presented at regional and national conferences in addition to many district professional developments. She serves as a graduate student ambassador for Kansas State University and received the College of Education’s award for Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2017. She was named to the Kansas Teacher of the Year Team in 2019. As a teacher, she thrives on the daily challenge to engage students as active and collaborative participants in their education. Her vision is to cultivate environments of positivity, change, and equity. Her mission is to communicate the value of others so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves. She believes there is no greater responsibility than to educate and care for each and every student, preparing them not only for the next academic step, but for life.
xEDTalks Competition: “What could schools be? Designing classrooms for the class of 2037.”
The 5-minute Innovation Challenge (formally EDxEDNYC Ignite) is bringing a little competition to PD and giving educators an opportunity to share their big ideas in “bite-sized portions.” The challenge is, can you improve someone’s practice in only five minutes? This year, we are “igniting” things a little more as the 5-Minute Innovation Challenge will be a (friendly) competition, and it has a theme: "What could schools be? Designing classrooms for the class of 2037.” Come here these amazing Ted Talk-like xEDTalks!
Tim Comer is a natural science teacher who is committed to inquiry teaching, task-based assessment, and educational technology integration. As a teacher leader and leadership scholar, Tim is passionate about promoting continuous school improvements through data analysis and systems design. Tim is also a husband, a father and a competitive martial artist. He is also a cofounder of EDxEDNYC.
Patrice Duncan: Identifying where you are on the spectrum of racial literacy, as well as seek to bring awareness to culturally responsive teaching.
Sam Williams: A March Madness-style essay tournament with a twist. Write something nice about the losing essay.
Irosha Pathirage: Developing a passion for math in students!
Irene Arce + Denyse Greenidge + Joenelle Isaac: A school without walls, meeting students where they are literally and figuratively.
Jessica Walters: Increase engagement and autonomy by building and maintaining rapport with your students throughout the year.
Chrissandra L. Mosby: It is not afraid to be loud, bold or break rules and establish new ones; to evolve; it is fearless. Do you have it... It's School Culture!
Cassy Thime: Students from Economically Disadvantaged Backgrounds have an overabundance of educational resilience. What are they?
Jordan Toma: An inspiring message for young students with learning disabilities. My story highlights the struggles I endured from 8th grade through high school. I am sending this message to students of all ages, parents and teachers, and anyone that has ever struggled in school or in life.
Linda Gottfried: Schools are places where students use technology to step into the lives of historical figures to learn important social and emotional skills.
Tim Comer: If we begin to recognize that humans do not come in standard sizes and shapes then we can be more focused on teaching people and less concerned on teaching standards.
Olinka Crusoe: We can use the Framework to leverage equity, change your lens.
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Designing Classrooms that Teach Humans:
From Theory to Practice
Human systems are not not teaching strategies or assessments, but in this conversation we will discuss what they may look like in practice. Human systems are not teaching strategies or assessments, it is a change in attitude. Designing classrooms that teach humans acknowledges that people do not come in standard sizes, shapes, colors or genders. Recognizing this truth is the first step in designing schools that allow good people of honest intent to do great work. In this session, teachers will be encouraged to share their work and identify in what ways we can changes schools for the better.
Phil is in his 9th year as a teacher and began working at Hudson High School of Learning Technologies in 2013. He is a cofounder of EDxEDNYC. Phil is the husband of a beautiful wife and has an indisputably handsome dog.
Tim is a ntural science teacher who is committed to inquiry teaching, task-based assessment, and educational technology integration. As a teacher leader and leadership scholar, Tim is passionate about promoting continuous school improvements through data analysis and systems design. Tim is also a husband, a father and a competitive martial artist. He is also a cofounder of EDxEDNYC.
IQ+EQ+AQ = The Innovation Experience
How one school designed a program to build on students’ intellectual, emotional and adaptive capacities through a strengths approach to education. Join us for an engaging dialogue aimed at expanding the way we think about student talent development, teacher collaboration and journey development. The Innovation Experience. How one school designed a program to build on students’ intellectual, emotional and adaptive capacities through a strengths approach to education. Join us for an engaging dialogue aimed at expanding the way we think about student talent development, teacher collaboration and journey development.
Bill Brennan, Ed.D is the Assistant Superintendent for Innovation & Organizational Development in Farmingdale School District. Working with the leadership team in Farmingdale, he instituted an overhaul of professional practices related to organizational learning and successfully established Farmingdale Schools and the leadership team as an incubator for innovation in learning. Bill has published articles and delivered keynotes on school transformation, professional learning, personalized learning, and leadership.
Facing the Big Questions of Education Head On
The teacher's lounge is the closest place to have the existential questions about teaching, but it isn't the best place. In fact, it might be the very worst place. In this session, experienced and new educators alike will sit kneecap to kneecap to have the conversations we are often too uncomfy to have.
Joe Ferraro is currently in his 20th year as an educator, teaching English 12, Public Speaking, and Creative Writing. In addition to his work in the classroom, he is the creator and host of the personal growth podcast One Percent Better. His mission is to help people leverage small changes in mindset, language, and behavior in order to get life-changing results. On his quest to learn the secrets of daily improvement, Joe has interviewed some of the most creative minds in the world. Authors like Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, James Clear and Debbie Millman. World Champions like 15-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Hellmuth. People as far reaching as former FBI lead hostage negotiator Chris Voss. Joe's writing has been featured on TopCoach.com and Inside Pitch Magazine. Joe has been a guest on several podcasts, including The Productivityist, Teacher Tunnel, Creative NonFiction, TopCoach, and The Baseball Drive. You can follow Joe and his journey at Onepercentbetterproject.com
Developing a Leadership Toolbox: Utilizing Protocols to Promote Collaboration, Advanced Literacy, and Equity
Developing a leadership toolbox, participants will learn how to utilize protocols to promote collaboration, advanced literacy, and equity. Protocols can be utilized in classrooms, teacher teams, professional development sessions, and administrative meetings. Promoting a culture of collaboration, protocols deepen participants’ understanding, encourage reflection, promote academic rigor, foster distributive leadership, and facilitate the development of a professional learning community. This session will include: hands-on training in multiple protocols, testimonials from students, teacher leaders, school leaders, and district leaders, and group discussion about education policy and research. Aligned with the NYCDOE Instructional Leadership Framework and the NYSED guidelines for Advanced Literacy and Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education, participants will learn how protocols can be incorporated into curriculum, instruction, and collaborative efforts.
Ms. Lewis is an aspiring school and district leader who currently serves as a high school English Teacher, Teacher Leader, and Teacher Leadership Facilitator. A strong instructional and facilitative leader, Ms. Lewis has taught students in grades 9-12 in co-teaching, ELL/MLL, honors, and alternative classroom settings in schools in Queens and in the Bronx. Ms. Lewis’ experience reflects her career-long commitment to the priorities outlined in the Chancellor’s Expectations and the Framework for Great Schools, including accelerating learning and instruction, partnering with communities, developing people, and advancing equity now.
Ms. Lewis’ extensive leadership experience includes developing and facilitating professional development, developing and implementing curricula, and promoting increased teacher collaboration and inquiry through teacher teams for a faculty of over 200 teachers. Ms. Lewis was recognized as a teacher leader who has the capacity to become a school leader at a recent Office of Leadership dinner. Selected as one of 40 Teacher Leadership Facilitators for the NYCDOE Teacher Leadership Program (TLP), Ms. Lewis delivers facilitative and instructional leadership training to K-12 teacher leaders and school leaders throughout Queens to promote collaboration, student achievement, and equity and excellence for all. Ms. Lewis has been endorsed as a Facilitator by TLP and the School Reform Initiative (SRI), an independent, non-profit organization serving students, teachers, and leaders throughout the United States and beyond which aims to create transformational learning communities, committed to educational equity and excellence. A member of the Advanced Literacy Team, Ms. Lewis collaborates with school leadership to plan, organize, and streamline efforts to promote Advanced Literacy and alignment with the NYCDOE Instructional Leadership Framework and the Culturally Sustaining-Responsive Education Framework. Strengthening ties between her school and alumni communities, Ms. Lewis is the cofounder and coordinator of the Francis Lewis High School Alumni Association, a 501(c)(3) organization that has partnered with the citywide Alumni Association, PS Alumni. Ms. Lewis is a member of the Postsecondary Leadership Team through the NYCDOE College Access for All initiative. Ms. Lewis is a graduate student in the College of Saint Rose/Center for Integrated Training Education Program for Education Leadership who will graduate with SBL/SDL certification in the summer of 2019.