(October 17th and 18th 2016)
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We are excited to preview a very full Program for our 12th conference, OESIS Boston 2016 on October 17th and 18th. Our Program will have 2 Keynotes, 8 Ignite Keynotes (plenary Ted type talks), 20 Think Tanks (I hour deep dives) and 80 Classes of the Future. We will also introduce a new format that we have been piloting in Shanghai and L.A. called “Head of School Hardball- outside the Spin Zone”. See below a preview as well as a list of schools presenting. Early Bird Registration is now open.
I. Symposium Keynotes
Larry Rosenstock, Founder High Tech High Schools (Plenary)
Larry Rosenstock is CEO and Founder of High Tech High (www.hightechhigh.org), a network of thirteen K-12 public charter schools in California, and is Dean of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. A member of the Massachusetts and U.S. Supreme Court Bars, he served as an attorney at the Harvard Center for Law and Education, and was a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the University of California at Berkeley. He directed the federal New Urban High School Project, and was president of the Price Charitable Fund. Larry and his work have been featured on Oprah, Lehrer, Newsweek, and Forbes. He is a winner of the Ford Foundation Innovations in State and Local Government Award, is an Ashoka Fellow, and won the McGraw Prize in Education.
Richard Branson, Head of School of Indian Creek School (MD)
Richard Branson has been Head of School at Indian Creek School in Maryland for over 4 years. He earned a Bachelors Degree in 1982, and a Masters in 1986, both in Journalism from the University of Oregon. Afterwards, he taught both high school and undergraduate Journalism. In 1995 he moved to Michigan and taught grades ranging from 5th through high school. He worked as Coordinator at the high school level, Principal at the elementary school level, and finally Co-Director of the Concord Academy from 2001 to 2005. Then, in 2005, Rick and his wife Sarah decided to experience education outside of country. Their first position was in Curitiba, Brazil where he spent two years teaching English. From there, they moved to Japan in 2007 to accept a position as Headmaster at the Hokkaido International School in Sapporo, Japan. .
II. Ignite Keynotes
- “Dark Pools” by Michael Erhardt Head of School at Cary Academy (NC)
- “Meeting Students where they live” by Joel Backon, Director of Academic Technology at Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
- “The Athena Project” by Peter Nilsson Assistant, Dean of Faculty at Deerfield Academy (MA)
- “The Tail Wagged the Dog & He did not Mind” by Josh Gleason Dean of Instruction MSON/Hopkins School (CT)
- “The New IS Recruitment Consortium” by Sanje Ratnavale, President OESIS Group (CA)
- “A Grade 9-11 Incubator Entrepreneurship Curriculum & Competition” by Ray Ravaglia, Board Member OESIS Group (CA)
-”Opportunities for Online Courses in China” by Mike Gwaltney, PK-12 Chair Oregon Episcopal School (OR)
III. Think Tanks
These one hour deep dives are led by leading practitioners and often entail a Panel of collaborators.
1. Academic Technology Coordinators: Challenges & Opportunities
2. Applying PBL, Design Thinking in Innovation Center Rollouts Authentic
3. Expanded Opportunities in the Humanities
4. Competency-based Professional Development
5. Creating a Culture of Relevancy around Math
6. Designing School Entrees into Blended Learning
7. Diploma Tracks for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Globalization
8. Elementary and Early Childhood Blending
9. Good Pedagogy and Asynchronous Design
10. Instructional Design
11. Integrated Disciplines: Breaking Down the Silos
12. Moving from a Technology Dept. to a Computer Science Dept.
13. Nimble for Change: PD in a Time of Transition
14. PBL- Getting Started
15. PBL Scheduling & Assessment
16. Personalizing & Reimagining the Textbook
17. Practices for Student Agency, Metacognition & Engagement
18. Recruitment in the 21st Century
19. Stress & Student Wellness Strategies
20. Transforming Legacy School Spaces
IV. Classes of the Future
- 4th Grade Social Sciences (Tech Tools, STEAM or Integrated Disciplines)
- 4th Grade Writing Workshop with Animation (Tech Tools, STEAM or Integrated Disciplines)
- 6th Grade Digital Literacies in the Humanities ( Tech Tools, Inter-Disciplinary)
- Accelerated Languages (Blended)
- Advanced Film Art (Online)
- Agile Assessed Comp. Sci. Entrepreneurship (PBL, Blending, Experiential, Integrated Disciplines)
- Biology & Art: Extending Science into Metaphors (PBL)
- Blended Learning In Early Childhood (Blended, Inter-disciplinary)
- Building Chemistry-Community and Relationships (Online, STEM, Blended Global)
- Calculus (Blended Tech Tools)
- Conceptual Art & Physics (PBL)
- Constitutional Law & Moot Court (Online)
- Drawing Courses (Online)
- Eton Blended Pilots (Blended)
- Genetics & Genomics (Blended, Experiential)
- Geometry Mindfulness & Discovery (Constructivist, New Formative Assessments, Tech Tools)
- Hero’s Choice-PBL Strategies. (PBL, Online)
- Hybrid AP Microeconomics (Blended)
- La Frontera- Outside of the Bubble (PBL, Experiential, Inter-Disciplinary, New Media)
- Medical Problem Solving for Global Scholars (Online, STEAM Global)
- MS Computer Science (PRBL, Maker, Tech Tools)
- Neuropsychology: Citizen Science Projects (Online, PBL, Global, Tech Tools)
- New Media and Digital Identity (Inter-disciplinary, New Media)
- Orthotics & Design Development PBL (Design Thinking, STEAM or Integrated Disciplines, Entrepreneurial)
- Precalculus (Blended Tech Tools)
- Post AP Reservoir Science & Design Development (PBL, Design
Thinking, STEAM or Integrated Disciplines, Entrepreneurial)
- Reflective Discovery in the Biosciences (PBL, STEM, Agency)
- Self-Paced Algebra 2 (Blended, Mastery)
- The American Food System (Blended, Global)
- Visible Thinking & Blending (Blended New Media, Tech Tools)
V. Schools Already Approved to Present
Brunswick School (CT), Cary Academy (NC), Choate Rosemary Hall (CT), Christ Church Episcopal School (SC), Deerfield Academy (MA), Episcopal Academy (PA), Eton College(UK), Flint Hill School (VA), Francis Parker (CA), Global Online Academy (WA), Greens Farms Academy (CT), High Tech High San Diego (CA) Indian Creek School (MD) La Jolla Country Day School (CA) Malone Schools Online Network, Oregon Episcopal School (OR), Severn School (MD), St. Andrew’s Schools (HI), St. Luke’s (CT), St. Mark’s School (MA), Stanford Online High School (CA), The Derryfield School (NH), The French American School of Puget Sound (WA), The Hopkins School (NH), Trinity Preparatory School (FL) and Winchester Thurston School (PA)
OESIS LOS ANGELES
80 Classes of the Future and 20 Deep Dive Think Tanks
February 23-24, 2016
2015-2016 School Year
What is the purpose of this Program?
Affording teacher professional development is one of the biggest issues facing independent schools, as the world of education changes rapidly. Specifically, a typical professional development day cost for a teacher going to a conference regionally is around $150-200 per day with travel, and nationally potentially twice that cost. Local or regional opportunities are often limited by the breadth of resources available: for example, even our LA Classes of the Future event that hosted over 100 schools had only 33% of classes from California. Schools that are prepared to leverage their per person budgets effectively across a wide base of their faculty can afford now to customize a deep, interactive and broad experience that goes beyond hiring the latest featured speaker.
Imagine that you had a customized OESIS event for your faculty. One that had taken the temperature of your staff on a number of issues, similar to the survey of 450 independent schools we conducted in September 2014, and had put together a full day Program. Our Programs are fast-paced, provocative, interactive and designed with take home strategies in mind. They are not about technology but about innovation, particularly pedagogical, curricular and strategic innovation. Fill out this form to give us a sense of what you are looking for.
After completing the survey we will discuss your needs. We will then deploy a survey with your input for your staff. We will then craft a draft Program and provide an estimate of the per person cost but expect it to be in the $175-250 range depending on the size of the team we will bring. As with our Classes of the Future format, we recommend that every Program has a departmental breakout component to it that we will formulate to bring the discussion close to innovation. We have had hundreds of educators present at OESIS in over 400 sessions (more than 350 schools have attended in the last 2 years). We know where to go to bring in on-site and online the resources and expertise you need.
There are traditional Professional Development windows in the academic calendar and our sense is that these slots will be taken first. Weekend options can also be explored. We have held off on this Program until we felt that we had a sufficient critical mass of perspective, contacts, collaborators and advocates to deploy this approach. We believe that we are now ready to make this a reality and personalize professional development in the same vein that education itself is being personalized. We are happy to provide references from Heads or association leaders who have attended our events and who advocate for this first of a kind opportunity in the independent school world.