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Saturday, May 18

2:15pm PDT

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


Quay Dorsey

Math Teacher, Van Ness Elementary

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

2:15pm PDT

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


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 PDT
Choral Music Room

2:15pm PDT

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

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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 PDT
Design Lab

2:15pm PDT

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

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Carole Geneix

Director of Teaching and Learning, 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 PDT

2:15pm PDT

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

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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 PDT

2:15pm PDT

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

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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 PDT