L2 Strands

A strand is a group of like minded participants who get together to inquire into an area of interest that they want to take action on in their own school. A strand topic is open-ended to invite a variety of perspectives, but isn’t too broad, looks towards the future of learning, and is relevant and timely.

 

Inquiring into Students as Learners

Inquiring into Students as Learners

IAN HOKE

 American International School of Mozambique

Possible inquiry areas:

  • Using student learning data to drive learning 
  • Evaluating data 
  • Assessment as, of and for learning
  • Evidencing impact on learning through student feedback

Ian Hoke :
Ian is currently the Secondary School Principal at the American International School of Mozambique. In the classroom, Ian designs project-based learning opportunities in stand-alone, International Baccalaureate Diploma, and Advanced Placement courses. Ian loves to facilitate adult learning in project- and concept-based learning, authentic assessment design, and inquiring into student work.

Inquiring into students as learners is the essence of assessment and should be an ongoing practice for all educators. Ian’s background in facilitating and training others in the use of protocols for examining student work has taught him that some of the simplest techniques offer powerful lenses into our learners and our classroom practices. Inquiring into students as learners also asks us, the adults, to inquire into ourselves as learners and people, and this journey of personal and professional growth is both challenging and deeply fulfilling.

Student Agency

Student Agency

ELIZABETH PERRY

 International School of Prague 

Possible inquiry areas:

  • Increasing student voice and choice.
  • Empowering students to take and meaningful and intentional action
  • Who am I as a learner?
  • Fostering ownership of learning

Elizabeth Perry :
Elizabeth Perry is a teacher, writer, and artist with a particular interest in making, tinkering, and play. 
At the International School of Prague, and at the American School in London, she’s helped faculty integrate technology across the curriculum and has taught computer science and art. Before moving to London and then Prague, she worked at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA, and for the Online School for Girls. She’s also consulted for Google in K-12 education and outreach, been a fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie-Mellon University, been recognized as a Google Trailblazer, and recently served as a teacher ambassador for Technology will Save Us.   Her TEDx talk,”Do Something Badly,” has been viewed over a thousand times.

Pandemic Silver Linings Next Steps

Pandemic Silver Linings Next Steps

Nathanial Atherton

Inter-Community School Zurich

Possible inquiry areas:

  • Now what? What do we Amplify, Change, Ditch, Keep.

Nathanial Atherton :
Elizabeth Perry is a teacher, writer, and artist with a particular interest in making, tinkering, and play. 
At the International School of Prague, and at the American School in London, she’s helped faculty integrate technology across the curriculum and has taught computer science and art. Before moving to London and then Prague, she worked at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, PA, and for the Online School for Girls. She’s also consulted for Google in K-12 education and outreach, been a fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie-Mellon University, been recognized as a Google Trailblazer, and recently served as a teacher ambassador for Technology will Save Us.   Her TEDx talk,”Do Something Badly,” has been viewed over a thousand times.

My Coaching Playlist

My Coaching Playlist

KIM HOUSE

Bavarian International School in Munich

Possible inquiry areas:

  • Roles, and approaches to coaching and integration 
  • Skills, knowledge, and mindsets to support coaching 
  • Co-teaching
  • Peer learning labs 
  • Building personal learning networks
  • The changing role of the tech coach

Kim House :
Kim is passionate about working with teachers to plan engaging learning experiences and coaching them in ways to make meaningful use of technology. She is also a mom of two boys who keep her busy and provide a new lens on education and how important our jobs are as teachers today.

Kim is an EdTech Specialist at the Bavarian International School in Munich, Germany. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Educator and Trainer and chairperson for the ECIS Technology Innovation and Design Committee.

Taking Project Based Learning Further

Taking Project Based Learning Further

DAVID COLLETT

 International School Basel

Possible inquiry areas:

  • Taking PBL from one classroom to larger projects across the school. 
  • Taking an interdisciplinary approach
  • Developing a program that can be implemented.

David Collett :
David is the EdTech Coordinator at the International School Basel. Fascinated by education and technology, David is interested in finding new and innovative ways of enhancing learning effectively and generally pushing all the buttons he can find … if he can get away with it. After-hours, he is an avid blockchain enthusiast and politics wonk. David holds an Ed.D in Organizational Leadership with a focus in Instructional Technology and wrote his dissertation on the Social Identity of Third Culture Kids Online.

Building Culturally Competent Schools

Building Culturally Competent Schools

TRICIA FRIEDMAN & SHERRI SPELIC

 Shifting Schools & International School Vienna 

Possible inquiry areas:

  • Meeting the social and emotional needs of students
  • Programs that increase awareness, acceptance and understanding of identity and belonging.
  • Bringing about policy and procedural changes.
  • Listening to a diverse range of voices when making decisions.
  • ram that can be implemented.

Tricia Friedman :
Tricia Friedman (she/her) is an experienced educator who has worked in China, Thailand, Morocco, Ukraine, Indonesia, Switzerland and Singapore. She is the creator of Allyed.org and it’s affiliated podcast. She is currently the Creative Content Director with Shifting Schools.

Tricia lives in British Columbia with her wife.

Sherri Spelic :
Sherri Spelic teaches elementary physical education at American International School Vienna. She has written extensively on topics related to education, identity and power and among other things publishes a monthly social justice newsletter for educators: Bending The Arc. Check out her book of essays, Care At The Core or find her on Twitter @edifiedlistener.

Leading Teams(Student & Teacher)

Leading Teams(Student & Teacher)

 

Possible inquiry areas:

  • Effective teaming in a virtual and non virtual settings

  • Collaboration 

  • Cognitive conflict

  • Having difficult conversations

 

  • Fully virtual. Mix of synchronous and asynchronous 

  • Keeping the much-loved features of an L2 Conference: Motivational L2 Talks, Student and Teacher workshops, Job-alike Cohorts

  • Strands that bring like minds together to collaborate on relevant and future focused topics chosen by the L2 community

  • Strands give you time to dig into an aspect of your practice or a question that you have always wanted to do more with. Walk away with something you can set in motion right away.

  • Innovative opportunities for virtual collaboration through Think Tank, Salon, HotHouse and Injection sessions.

  • Community building and networking opportunities

  • A conference for teachers by teachers. 

  • Innovative, inspiring, and energizing format

  • Experienced facilitation from the L2 community 

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