Speed Innovating

Following a “speed dating” format, spend an hour hearing from some of the most innovative independent schools across the country in intimate, 15-minute mini-sessions. Thursday will focus on school transformations and will be geared towards heads of school, school leadership teams, and trustees. Friday will be Speed Innovating: Teacher's Edition and will focus on specific curricular innovations. Participation is firstcome, first-served, so please be sure to show up early. 

Speed Innovating: Schoolwide Edition

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Increase Enrollment by Eliminating Your AP Program
Presenters: Matt Byrnes and Chris Pannone, Wooster School (CT) 

“Put It in the Box”—How Systems Thinking Can Make Your Meetings Effective and Efficient
Presenters: Laura Konigsburg and Courtney Baker, Turning Point School (CA)

Racial Autobiographies: How Unpacking for Clarity Helped Us Have a Courageous Conversation With Faculty
Presenters: Jennifer Liu and Corbett Simons, Town School for Boys (CA)

Revisiting School Uniforms: A Template for Deep Student Engagement in Strategic Decisions
Presenter: Heather Avery, Lakefield College (Canada) 

Using Systems Thinking to Reimagine Student Support Programs
Presenters: Ben Ketchum and Jan Reeder, Riverside Presbyterian Day School (FL)

What's in a Grade? A Lesson in Supply-Side Thinking
Presenters: Ryan Kelly and Sara Rubinstein, Carrollwood Day School (FL)


Speed Innovating: Teachers' Edition 

Friday, February 28, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

10 Steps to Becoming Reading Culture Influencers: How the English Department Spearheads a Love of Reading
Presenter: Sherry Forste-Grupp and Melissa Sullivan, The Baldwin School (PA)
Target Audience: High School Educators

A Class on Class: Facilitating Conversations About Class and Money in Independent Schools    
Presenters: Andrea Pien and Zoe Bender, The Bay School of San Francisco (CA)

Decolonizing Education: An Interdivisional Approach to Developing Global Competence, Critical Literacy, and Relevant Curriculum    
Presenters: Shaakira Raheem and Georgia Warner, Sidwell Friends School (DC)

Ecological Art and Activist Artists
Presenter: Marie Huard, Greene Street Friends School (PA)

The Importance of Risky Play for Our Children: Inspiring Leadership in Elementary Grades    
Presenters: Jay Parker and Sarah Crowley, Calvert School (MD)

Learning and Memory Strategies—How to Embed Study Skills in Our Teaching
Presenter: Cloey Talotta, Princeton Day School (NJ)

No Desks? No Kidding. Using Open Space and Questioning to Increase Student Talk Time    
Presenter: Bertina Hsu-Miller, Germantown Academy (PA)

Politics Is NOT a Dirty Word: Promoting Civic Engagement Through Interdisciplinary Team Teaching
Presenters: Joe Croker and Ben Fulwider, Harpeth Hall School (TN)

“There’s Never Time for Anything Fun!” Alternative Math Classroom Activities    
Presenter: Josh Singer, The Madeira School (VA)

Why Teach Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning in School?
Presenters: Tracy Rudzitis and Jaymes Dec, Marymount School of New York (NY)