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Saturday, May 18

10:45am PDT

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


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 PDT
Instrumental Music Room

10:45am PDT

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

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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 PDT

10:45am PDT

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

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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 PDT

10:45am PDT

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


Anne Leflot

French Literature 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 PDT

10:45am PDT

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

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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 PDT
Choral Music Room

10:45am PDT

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

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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 PDT
Design Lab