Collegial Conversations

Collegial Conversations Online

Where: Online. To login via Elluminate: Click Here

When: 6:00pm-7:00pm (Pacific) 
Second Tuesday of every month (September 2012-June 2013)
The next online collegial conversation is February 12, 2013


For directions on how to use blackboard collaborate for online collegial conversations click here.

About collegial conversations:
Collegial Conversations are an opportunity for educators to engage in free professional development online. Discussions are structured to help educators inform and improve their practice, while introducing protocols that can be used to guide conversations about teaching, learning and leadership at their own schools. These events are great opportunities to network with educators around San Diego and the world who are engaged in shaping innovative schools of the future. Collegial conversations were inspired by the
 Harvard Rounds.


For more information on using protocols, click here.

Keep the converstation going!
Text in your responses and ideas to recent dilmesas on Twitter
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We encourage educators to add new ideas to the questions and pose solutions or thoughts on Twitter after the conversations!
 

 

Collegial Conversation Archive
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2/12/2013 Teaching and Learning: During this session, we will be running two conversations:

Sarvashereshtha Patel: Geograpy/Math Teacher
How do I strike a balance between student expectations and our ability to handle?
The Galaxy Education System. Teacher 

Poorvi Doshi: Math Teacher
How to engage students in making connections regarding any financial product (loans, sinking funds, insurance, mutual funds) that will provide financial guidance to the support staff in TGES?
The Galaxy Education System. Teacher 
 
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1/8/2013 Teaching and Learning: During this session, we will be running three conversations! 


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Presenter 1: Joe McCrae: Phsyics Teacher

How do you prepare students to approach open-ended problem that has an appropriate scope?
Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Canada 

Presenter 2: Neha Babi: Humanties Teacher
How do I get my students to demonstrate their understanding creatively?
Will this project help create sustainable interest and awareness about the political and social scenario of India?
The Galaxy Education System. Teacher 

Presenter 3: Siddharth Naidu: School Leader
What would be the best way to exhibit / sell the products to achieve optimum benefit for the business and real learning for the students (real value vs motivation)?
The Galaxy Education System. Teacher 

 
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Joe McCrae's work






Neha Babi's work




Siddarth Naidu's work

 
12/11/212 Teaching and Learning: During this session, we will be running two conversations! 


Let the moderator know conversation you would like to be part of!
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Presenter 1: Siddharth Naidu: School Leader
What would be the best way to exhibit / sell the products to achieve optimum benefit for the business and real learning for the students (real value vs motivation)?
The Galaxy Education System. Teacher 


Presesnter 2: Jean Humphries: Social Studies Middle School
How can I refine this project’s process to help a greater percentage of students to produce excellent work?
Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Canada
 
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J
ean Humphries's  Student Work
11/13/2012 Teaching and Learning: During this session, we will be running two conversations! 

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Presenter 1: Tom Marcaccini: Question : How do I asesses a project?
Music Teacher: Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Canada


Presenter 2: Tom Griffith: Question  
How might I document, measure and share the academic success of project in  a climate where success and failure is measured by standardised test results?
Design and Tech Teacher, Mark Oliphant College, Adelaide, Australia
 
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10/9/2012 Teaching and Learning: During this session, we will be running two conversations! 
Presenter 1: Winnie Hunsberger
How can we design a project launch so that students have the opportunity and impetus to begin to develop new friendships and begin to learn how to navigate the social milieu of Middle School environment?
Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Canada

Presenter 2: Emil Zankov: How might I use the structures of  project based learning (production, critique, collaboration and performance based assessment) in a computer programming course where students develop a mobile application?
Robotics, and Gaming Teacher, Mark Oliphant College, Adelaide, Australia
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9/11/12 Teaching and Learning: Question TBD
Stacey Lopaz: High Tech Elementary, 4th grade teacher
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6/92012 Teaching and Learning: How do we give students voice and choice while also managing student behavoir? 
Stacey Lopaz: High Tech Elementary, 4th grade teacher
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5/22/2012 Teaching and Learning: How can we best use internal student data to prove the impact of intiatives and support? 
John Jones, Assistant Headteacher, Goole High School. East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

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5/12/2012 Teaching and Learning: 
How can we balance and evaluate cooperation and individual responsability in projects?
Nuria Miro Sanchez, Director of Colegio Montserrat, Barcelona, Spain
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4/14/2012 Teaching and Learning:
How do we create and collect formative assesssments during projects?
Sarah Dwyer: Middle School Science,  Bishop Strachan School
 
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3/10/2012 Teaching and Learning
How do I best display student work and facilitate adult/student conversation at an exhibition? 
Ben Krueger: Math/Science Teacher: High Tech Middle
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2/11/2012 Teaching and Learning:
How do you assess the products of project based learning
Tim Sommerville: Science Teacher: Bishop Strachan School
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1/14/2012 Teaching and Learning: 
How do I best structure my classroom and project to meet the goals of project based learning, the timetable and cirrucla?
Sarah Crump: Science Teacher: Bishop Strachan School
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12/10/2011 Teaching and Learning: 
Question: How can I encourage a classroom (and schoolwide) culture that encourages students to value the quality of their work as well as the learning process over the grade on an exam? 
Monika Horch, Humanities teacher, Colegio Montserrat, Barcelona Spain

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11/12/2011 Teaching and Learning: 
How would an understanding of disciplinary thinking in the classroom effect pedagogy? 
Ellen Wright, Art teacher, Bishop Strachan School

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10/8/2011 Teaching and Learning: 
How do I mentor a student teacher in an authentic way which allows him/her to make mistakes while at the same time maintaining and protecting high levels of expectations and learning for my own students? 
Jen Peterson, Humanities Teacher, High Tech High International

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9/10/2011 Teaching and Learning: 
How do I help students to see "failures" as learning opportunities?  
Azul Terronez, Humanities Teacher, High Tech Middle

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6/11/11 Teaching and Learning:
How can I best manage and scaffold a scientific inquiry on bee response to predators?
Jesse Wade Robinson, Biology Teacher, High Tech High
 

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5/19/11 Leadership:
"How do we build a deep culture of collaboration between teachers to support interdisciplinary, project-based work?"
Tim Whitfield, CEO and Principal of the Whitfield County Career Academy
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5/11/11 Teaching and Learning:
How do I foster collaboration and consensus around learning goals and outcomes?
Janice Foster, Math Teacher, Bishop Strachan School
 

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4/16/2011 Teaching and Learning:
How to use best mindmaps/concept maps in learning? (Formative? Summative? Graded? Portfolio? What do you do with these?)
Raleigh Werberger, Honors/AP/IB Coordinator/History Teacher/Mid Pacific Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii
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3/12/2011 Teaching and Learning:
How can I best structure a project that is open-ended enough to leave room for creativity and individual choice while still setting myself up for successfully managing it? 
Jen Peterson, Humanities Teacher, High Tech High International
 

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2/12/2011 Teaching and Learning:
What tactics and strategies can I use with adult learners to authentically connect them to school wide change?
Brendon Allen, Drama Teacher, Bishop Strachan School
 

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1/8/2011 Teaching and Learning:
How do we help sustain the adult learning efforts of schools undergoing transformative change? 
Laura McBain, Director of Research and Policy, HTH Schools
 

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12/11/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How do we create a mindset in students to use exemplars as a springboard for their own creative ideas instead of mimicking what they see?
Andrew Moffatt, Physics Teacher, Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Canada
 

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11/13/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How can I better facilitate conversations about constructive change during professional development meetings?
Raleigh Werberger, Honors/AP/IB Coordinator/History Teacher/Mid Pacific Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii
 

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10/9/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How do I provide differentiated instruction in weekly 55 minute computer lab time to all students with different fluency levels and how do I progress to the next level?
Karen Harris, Computer/Multimedia Teacher, Holualoa Schools, Hawaii
 

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Looking at Student work/Dilemma

9/11/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How can I coach teachers to create authentic learning experiences for students, and NOT risk being overly directive myself?
- Andrea Mozarowski, English department chair, Bishop Strachan School, Toronto, Canada
 

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8/14/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How can I better facilitate reflection for staff members who believe that they are teaching higher level, student centered lessons, when in fact they are still working from a 19th Century lecture/expert paradigm?
-Grace Cruz, director Mid Pacific Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii.
 

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7/10/2010 CANCELED      
6/12/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How can I foster a school culture where teachers feel successful, balanced, and supported (while also maintaining those same qualities in my own life)?
- Stacey Lopaz, director High Tech Middle Media Arts and graduate student at HTH Graduate School of Education.
 

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5/8/2010 Teaching and Learning:
In our critical friends groups, how can we accomplish both the goal of systemic cultural change at the same time as allowing teachers to have ownership and choice?
- Phavana Silva, principal, Island Pacific Academy, Kapolei, HI.
 

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click here for CFG Meeting Agenda

click here for team statements and norms

4/17/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How can I help kids use their time effectively when working on the various components of the project?
- Raleigh Werberger, teacher, Mid-Pacific Institute, Honolulu, Hawaii.
 

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click here for Project Description

click here for sample Task of the Day

3/13/2010 Teaching and Learning:
Our school has prided itself on being on a continuous cycle of improvement.  After seven years, how can we keep on that trajectory?
- Janie Griswold, director, High Tech Middle.
 

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2/13/2010 Teaching and Learning:
How do I give meaningful and succinct feedback to students on their writing to foster growth in their next draft?
- Bobby Shaddox, grade 6 humanities teacher, High Tech Middle.
 

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Directions for using blackboard collaborate for online collegial conversations
We hold Collegial Conversations online in an Elluminate virtual classroom.  While Elluminate is a powerful tool, it has so many options that it can be overwhelming for new users (including facilitators!).  Please follow the steps below to make this conversation go more smoothly.

1.  If you wish to speak during the session (which is part of the idea), we require you to get a microphone headset.  These are available for purchase at Target, Best Buy, etc.  If we are getting an echo when you speak, we will be forced to turn off your microphone for the duration of the conversation, as it is quite unpleasant and distracting for other participants.

2.  Please test your system before the conversation.  Go here to do so.  You will need to download some software for your computer, then "Complete your setup" by "Joining the configuration room."

3.  Please step through this 5 - 10 minute presentation that demonstrates the features of elluminate, by clicking here.

4.  The Elluminate classroom will be open half an hour before the Collegial Conversation begins ~ 10 am (PST) for Leadership Collegial Conversations (second Thursday of every month) and 11:30 am (PST) for Teaching and Learning Conversations (second Saturday of every month). You are encouraged to log in at least 15 minutes before the conversation begins to test your equipment and ensure we have a full hour for the discussion. Click here to login to the GSE Elluminate classroom.

5.  Once you are in an Elluminate classroom, you can make sure your microphone is working correctly by clicking on "Tools", "Audio", "Audio Setup Wizard" or by following the instructions here.

6.  If you wish to be seen, you will need a webcam, either built into your system or you can buy one at your local store.  Even cheap ones seem to work fine.  You will need to make sure that Elluminate is using the microphone and speakers of your headset, rather than your webcam.

7.  If you are having trouble, you can watch this youtube video on setting up Elluminate.

8. Finally, "Lurkers" welcome!  We have learned that some people feel too intimidated to join our conversation. First of all, we're really not that scary.  Secondly, we wanted to explicitly invite "lurkers" into our conversations.  If you don't have a headset or webcam or just don't want to participate that fully, you are welcome to join us and just listen in "from the back of the room."  All you need to do is login and if you have a computer with an internet connection, you can participate.


Using Protocols
We believe that protocols are an effective tool for enabling educators to have deeper, more constructively critical conversations together. For more information on using protocols, we recommend The Power of Protocols, by Joe MacDonald, the Looking at Student Work website and The National School Reform Faculty website.

A few of the protocols we use are:
The Consultancy Protocol
The Tuning Protocol

Here is a powerpoint presentation on professional development through structured conversations using a synchronous, online platform.

Updated: September 4, 2013, 8:56 am





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