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Friday, May 17
 

12:30pm

Lunch
Friday May 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Library

12:30pm

Welcome
Speakers
avatar for Jim Reese

Jim Reese

CAC Plenary Speaker/Conference Organizer, Washington International School
I am the founding Director of the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School. Prior to taking on this role, I was Director of Studies for grades 6-12 at WIS and occasionally taught an English course. I have been working as a consultant with Project Zero... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 12:30pm - 1:15pm
Library

1:15pm

Agency by Subversive Design
Designed objects and systems are everywhere. Asking critical questions is essential to being sensitive to—and participating responsibly in—the design and construction of our worlds. Questions like: who is represented, what are the power structures, and how am I involved? In this interactive session, participants will (1) engage in hands-on maker-centered activities from the Agency by Design project that encourage the interrogation of design (2) explore elements of subversive design, or design that challenges and disrupts systems of power (3) reflect on connections between the session content and their own teaching and learning contexts. Capacity: 10

Speakers
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Sarah Sheya

Researcher, Harvard Project Zero


Friday May 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Dacha

1:15pm

Looking Closely, Exploring Complexity, and Finding Opportunity: A Primer for Maker-Centered Learning
Educational initiatives that emphasize making, engineering, and tinkering are becoming increasingly popular in K-12 education. Makerspaces, fab labs, and design classes are bringing with them exciting new tools, technologies, and curricula. But what does it truly mean to learn by making? During this interactive workshop session participants will be introduced to the notion of learning by making by engaging in a series of hands-on activities. Designed as a primer for maker-centered learning, this workshop session will introduce the maker capacities of looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity and set a foundation for participants to build on through the rest of their Making Across the Curriculum conference experience. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Edward Clapp

Edward Clapp

Principal Investigator, Harvard Project Zero
Edward is an originator of the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning, co-author of the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds, and a principal investigator at Project Zero where he directs or co-directs various maker-centered learning... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Library

1:15pm

Taking Apart Racism: Using Maker-Centered Practices to Break Down Systems of Oppression
How can building a sensitivity to design empower our students to make change? Join us to learn about ways that maker-centered practices can create opportunities to examine closely, break down, and eventually act on systems of oppression such as racism. In this workshop, we will “take apart” an ordinary object as a means toward understanding the complexity in systems of oppression and the way they are sustained. Participants will leave with practical teaching tools that can be used right away in a classroom setting. Inspiration for this workshop comes from Agency by Design and the Making Across the Curriculum research project. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Chao-Mignano

Jaime Chao-Mignano

Attendee, Washington International School
Member of the Making Across the Curriculum project with Project Zero's Agency by Design work. Knitter, urban chicken owner, coder.


Friday May 17, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Design Lab

2:45pm

Agency by Subversive Design
Designed objects and systems are everywhere. Asking critical questions is essential to being sensitive to—and participating responsibly in—the design and construction of our worlds. Questions like: who is represented, what are the power structures, and how am I involved? In this interactive session, participants will (1) engage in hands-on maker-centered activities from the Agency by Design project that encourage the interrogation of design (2) explore elements of subversive design, or design that challenges and disrupts systems of power (3) reflect on connections between the session content and their own teaching and learning contexts. Capacity: 10

Speakers
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Sarah Sheya

Researcher, Harvard Project Zero


Friday May 17, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Dacha

2:45pm

AT CAPACITY/ Taking Apart Racism: Using Maker-Centered Practices to Break Down Systems of Oppression
How can building a sensitivity to design empower our students to make change? Join us to learn about ways that maker-centered practices can create opportunities to examine closely, break down, and eventually act on systems of oppression such as racism. In this workshop, we will “take apart” an ordinary object as a means toward understanding the complexity in systems of oppression and the way they are sustained. Participants will leave with practical teaching tools that can be used right away in a classroom setting. Inspiration for this workshop comes from Agency by Design and the Making Across the Curriculum research project. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Chao-Mignano

Jaime Chao-Mignano

Attendee, Washington International School
Member of the Making Across the Curriculum project with Project Zero's Agency by Design work. Knitter, urban chicken owner, coder.


Friday May 17, 2019 2:45pm - 4:00pm
Design Lab

4:00pm

De-Briefing
Friday May 17, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Library
 
Saturday, May 18
 

8:00am

Check-In
Check-In will be in the Hall of Peace in the AAA Building; Breakfast will be available in the theatre foyer.

Saturday May 18, 2019 8:00am - 9:00am
Hall of Peace

9:00am

Making the Leap: Transforming Teacher Practice through Maker-Centered Learning
The current landscape of education necessitates opportunities for maker-centered learning that disrupt the traditional classroom. Many educators and school leaders are embracing design and maker-centered learning while also asking important questions about how to infuse maker-centered pedagogies into classroom practice to meet curricular goals. Project Zero’s Agency by Design research team has partnered with the Washington International School (WIS) and a cohort of educators from DC public schools on a project called Making Across the Curriculum—an investigation geared towards developing maker-centered tools and strategies for educators working across the content areas and at every grade level. This plenary session will provide an overview to the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning along with an introduction to the Making Across the Curriculum project—including the tools, emergent findings, and select pictures of practice that have emerged from this work.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Clapp

Edward Clapp

Principal Investigator, Harvard Project Zero
Edward is an originator of the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning, co-author of the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds, and a principal investigator at Project Zero where he directs or co-directs various maker-centered learning... Read More →
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Sarah Sheya

Researcher, Harvard Project Zero


Saturday May 18, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am
Black Box Theatre

10:15am

Break
Saturday May 18, 2019 10:15am - 10:45am
Anywhere

10:45am

AT CAPACITY/ Maker-Centered Learning in the Math Classroom
This course will focus on a journey to design meaningful making experiences that are tied to Common Core state standards for elementary mathematics. Inspired by the Making Across the Curriculum project, Megan will show how teachers can plan and implement experiences that help students understand that math is not something to simply do, but is in fact something that helps make sense of the world. Participants will dive deeply into two maker-centered learning approaches, engage with Thinking Routines as they design a product, and begin to plan a maker-centered learning experience for their own students. Capacity: 10

Speakers
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Megan Greene

Math Teacher, H.D. Cooke Elementary School (DCPS)
Third grade math and science teacher at H.D. Cooke Elementary SchoolBachelor/Master in Early Childhood Education (Preschool-5th)Making Across the Curriculum Fellowship



Saturday May 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Instrumental Music Room

10:45am

AT CAPACITY/ Makerspace Magic: How to Make Your Makerspace Have High Impact with Low Maintenance!
Workshop facilitator Falon will show attendees how to use Pinterest, their own personal passions, and their students' interest to generate high impact, low prep Makerspace projects for students. Drawing from her own experiences creating a classroom Makerspace, she will guide participants in designing a high-quality Makerspace in their very own classrooms with everyday household/school materials. The workshop will have rotating stations where attendees will be able to (1) Design a mini-Makerspace project using Pinterest; (2) Align projects with appropriate and engaging text(s); and (3) Build an exemplar to take back to their classrooms to jump-start their next Makerspace project. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Falon Turner

Falon Turner

Teacher, Van Ness Elementary
Falon has led as an Early Childhood teacher in the public/charter school system in D.C. for the past eight years. For the past two years, Falon has been teaching Kindergarten and she happily calls Van Ness Elementary her home. In the fall, she served as a member of the Inaugural DC... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
A02

10:45am

AT CAPACITY/Making As Reflection: Using Making and Agency by Design Ideas to Reflect on Our Practice
As teachers, we find ourselves in the process of making and mending our lessons, materials, and curriculum every day. We tweak slides between classes to clarify information, create a new bulletin board or anchor chart to launch new units with clarity, integrate new routines to shepherd students to higher-level cognitive work, and so much more to ensure deep and meaningful learning occurs in our classes. As Brigid began to redesign her units over the course of the year to include practices she learned through work with Making Across the Curriculum, she found maker-centered practices highly pertinent to her own pedagogical approach. Participants will use Thinking Routines to reflect on their school year and participate in making to consider how they can bring maker-centered practices into their own planning and learning design. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Brigid Hogan

Brigid Hogan

Teacher, Roosevelt High School, International Academy (DCPS)
I teach 9/10 ELA to newcomer English Language Learners at Roosevelt High School in Washington DC. My practice is influenced by Project Zero, the Folger Method, Caroline Pratt, Paulo Freire, the Internationals Network for Public Schools, and the kids in my classroom.



Saturday May 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
A03

10:45am

AT CAPACITY/Using Design Thinking Routines Across Disciplines
How does exploration of design foster deep understanding? What happens when students step into the shoes of makers? In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore the protocol Voice and Choice that "encourages looking critically at a piece of content, considering perspectives, and then re-designing or re-imagining that content from one’s own perspective." After an interactive exploration, participants will consider ways the activity can be applied in their own context. Strategies will be differentiated according to participants’ comfort level with Project Zero ideas. No previous experience necessary. This workshop is suitable for all levels and school environments. Capacity: 10

Speakers
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Anne Leflot

French IB Teacher, Washington International School
Anne Leflot is a participating educator in the Agency by Design: Making Across the Curriculum project and an upper school French literature teacher at the Washington International where she has incorporated maker-centered learning into her practice for several years.


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
A01

10:45am

Problem Solving Through Collaborative Design
As educators, we all have burning questions about practice. In this design challenge workshop, Ashley, the facilitator, will ask participants to name a burning question about their practice or an issue in their school. Each participant will receive a problem from another participant (not their own). They will then engage in a making activity to design an approach to resolving the problem presented to them. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Ashley Beck

Ashley Beck

Art Teacher, Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School (DCPS)
I'm passionate about centering underserved students in education and creating curriculum that prioritizes their thinking, experiences and ownership. Every student is a puzzle and I enjoy the challenge of figuring them out. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy reading, writing, creating... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Choral Music Room

10:45am

Thinking from a Design Perspective
In this workshop, we will explore design through a take-apart activity. Participants will take apart a given object and will engage in the maker move of Looking Closely using the Thinking Routine Parts-Purposes-Complexities. After documenting our observations, we will explore thoughts and perceptions about design. As a culmination, we will create a design relevant to own subject area. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Praveen David

Praveen David

Art IB Teacher, Washington International School
Praveen a native of Bangalore and a graduate from BU, is an experienced IBDP/ IGCSE/A Level Visual Art. Teacher, who has been teaching internationally for the past 19years. He has worked with different grade levels at five different international schools in Bangalore - India, Cairo... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 10:45am - 12:15pm
Design Lab

12:15pm

Lunch
Saturday May 18, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Library

1:00pm

Participation, Power, and Design: Making Change through Maker-Centered Learning
What are the roles of power, participation, and representation in design and making? What does it mean to be ethically empowered? Project Zero researchers Edward P. Clapp and Sarah Sheya, in collaboration with DC educators have begun exploring these questions through the lens of maker-centered learning. In this session, they’ll take a deeper look at how maker-centered pedagogy can support young people to be ethically empowered and develop a critical sensitivity to the design of objects and systems, particularly systems of power and access. They’ll introduce new Agency by Design tools and share documentation from several different classrooms participating in Agency by Design’s Making Across the Curriculum Project.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Clapp

Edward Clapp

Principal Investigator, Harvard Project Zero
Edward is an originator of the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning, co-author of the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds, and a principal investigator at Project Zero where he directs or co-directs various maker-centered learning... Read More →
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Sarah Sheya

Researcher, Harvard Project Zero


Saturday May 18, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Black Box Theatre

2:00pm

Break
Saturday May 18, 2019 2:00pm - 2:15pm
Anywhere

2:15pm

AT CAPACITY/ Building for Hurricanes: Mastering Area and Learning Compassion through Making
This course will focus on an eight-week maker project in Quay's classroom focused on natural disasters and the math concept of area. Participants will watch four short videos of structures surviving natural disasters. Then, all will participate in a short comparative area lesson. In a design challenge, we will make a structure that will be tested by a participant-created natural disaster. Capacity: 10

Speakers
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Quay Dorsey

Math Teacher, Van Ness Elementary


Saturday May 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Instrumental Music Room

2:15pm

AT CAPACITY/ Exploring Systems: Using Maps to Understand Contemporary Issues
In this course, we will think about communities as systems, using the maker move of Exploring Complexity to look at how Hurricane Maria affected communities in Puerto Rico. Participants will build maps in order to think critically about how parts of a system are connected. We will then look at how this activity was used within a 3rd grade unit of study as a catalyst for student action in the aftermath of the hurricane. Capacity: 10

Speakers
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Avalon McOmber

ELA Teacher, 3rd grade, H.D. Cooke Elementary School (DCPS)
Hi! I am Avalon McOmber, a 3rd grade teacher at HD Cooke Elementary School. Through several Project Zero learning experiences and fellowships, I have developed a love for creating interdisciplinary, socially relevant, and engaging units of student for my students. I am excited to... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Choral Music Room

2:15pm

AT CAPACITY/ Voice, Choice, and Critical Mending
When we try to mend a system, how can we tell a full story? A critical approach to mending can reveal the voices and choices involved in making and breaking a system, while adding a mender's perspective that reimagines a new whole. This hands-on workshop will use Agency by Design Thinking Routines to explore the complexity of broken systems and find opportunity to illuminate their evolution. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Jaime Chao-Mignano

Jaime Chao-Mignano

Attendee, Washington International School
Member of the Making Across the Curriculum project with Project Zero's Agency by Design work. Knitter, urban chicken owner, coder.


Saturday May 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Design Lab

2:15pm

AT CAPACITY/The Joys and Challenges of Making with Adult Learners
Are you an administrator wondering how to introduce making to your faculty? A teacher who would like to engage in maker-centered learning without knowing where to start? Do you want to explore who you are as a maker? Does looking at a piece of Lego make you uncomfortable? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, this course is for you! Taking the stance that you can only teach or deeply know what you have experienced yourself, this course will give participants a chance to slow down and explore who they are as a maker, and then collaborate on a design challenge to identify the roadblocks, challenges, and joys of making with adult learners. The course will end with the sharing of various failed, attempted, and successful making practices in an educational context. This session is open to anyone wishing to explore making with staff, teachers, colleagues, and self, and is suitable for all levels. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Carole Geneix

Carole Geneix

Attendee, Washington International School
Carole Geneix-Gutnikoff is Director of Teaching and Learning at Washington International School (WIS), a pre-school to 12th grade International Baccalaureate independent school in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, she taught middle school, high school, and college students in various... Read More →



Saturday May 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
A01

2:15pm

Making to Support Language Acquisition
Learning a language is always a challenge, and learners must put themselves at risk in order to speak in another language before they master it. Integrating making in the classroom at various stages of a unit can help make learning a language more attainable, more concrete, and it can help learners better understand the purpose of specific language structures. From using Agency by Design Thinking Routines to making a prototype, Making Across the Curriculum can easily be adapted to the language classroom. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Anne Grelier

Anne Grelier

Faculty, WIS
Anne has been teaching French as a Foreign Language for the past 12 years in a variety of settings (local schools, international schools, professional setting, French Institute) and to a variety of audiences (grade 1 to 12, adults). Anne has been using Project Zero ideas and thinking... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
A03

2:15pm

Using Cross-Disciplinary Graphics to Study Literature
Nick, an upper school English teacher, has been using graphs and charts and geometric shapes to explore characters, themes, and style in literature. He will share the impetus for such projects, techniques he has used, and the evolution of the work, as well as some examples from students. Participants will design and create "graphic poems" to explore how making and creating aid and expand understanding another author's text. Capacity: 10

Speakers
avatar for Nick Loewen

Nick Loewen

English IB Teacher, Washington International School
Nick has been teaching at Washington International School for the past 15 years. Before that, he taught both overseas and in DC public and private schools. For the last two years, he has been a member of the Agency by Design cohort at WIS, incorporating making techniques and ideas... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 2:15pm - 3:45pm
A02

3:45pm

Making Across the Curriculum: Continuing the Journey
In this closing session, Edward, Jim and Sheya will share ways conference participants can keep maker-centered learning ideas alive in their own setting. We will also hear from a few participants about their own moments of inspiration over the course of the conference.

Speakers
avatar for Edward Clapp

Edward Clapp

Principal Investigator, Harvard Project Zero
Edward is an originator of the Agency by Design framework for maker-centered learning, co-author of the book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds, and a principal investigator at Project Zero where he directs or co-directs various maker-centered learning... Read More →
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Sarah Sheya

Researcher, Harvard Project Zero
avatar for Jim Reese

Jim Reese

CAC Plenary Speaker/Conference Organizer, Washington International School
I am the founding Director of the Professional Development Collaborative at Washington International School. Prior to taking on this role, I was Director of Studies for grades 6-12 at WIS and occasionally taught an English course. I have been working as a consultant with Project Zero... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 3:45pm - 4:30pm
Black Box Theatre