Workshops

Workshop Descriptions

Facilitated Workshops for School Teams

NEW! Nuts and Bolts: Designing for What's Next

This one hour workshop creates time and space for school teams to re-establish priorities for successfully launching a new school year. This workshop is designed intentionally to surface and reinforce enduring strategies that support flexible, equitable, and sustainable learning. Participants will walk through a vision articulation and alignment exercise and then utilize what has been created to transition to “nuts and bolts": concrete action steps that can inform professional learning communities at your school throughout the academic year. This new workshop is both a stand-alone and a companion to our reflection based workshop, Start/Stop/Continue: Reflecting on Pandemic Learning.

NEW! Start/Stop/Continue: Reflecting on Pandemic Learning

Since early 2020 educators have transitioned, responded, and regrouped. They’ve adapted between in-person, online, and hybrid models. And in these shifts, they have upskilled, revised, and refined their practice in ways that will forever impact student learning. Now is the time to elevate educators’ experiences, sharing what we will take with us and what we will leave behind. In this action-oriented workshop, school teams will experience real-time exercises that walk educator teams through a framework for affirmation, a protocol for reflection, and an exercise to give permission to make shifts, all that result in concrete takeaways for the next school year. This workshop may be taken on its own or may be paired with the follow-up workshop, Nuts and Bolts: Designing Post-Pandemic Learning, to empower educators in recommitting to enduring priorities for a successful, productive start to the new school year.

How Might We Design Assessments that Promote Equity, Integrity, and Rigor?

This workshop explores how teachers can make decisions around assessment design to promote equity, academic integrity, and rigor. Teachers will learn a framework that will equip them to design versatile, “cheat-proof” assessments for learning that are flexible and adaptable, applicable across in-person, online, and hybrid models. The workshop follows a Connect, Absorb, Apply and Reflect framework, allowing participants to apply their learning to an assessment they have designed and plan to teach. Participants will consider how shifts in assessments can offer all students opportunities to show their learning and to take actionable next steps.

How Might We Design for Equity in Grading?

In this workshop, we’ll explore a framework for designing grading and reporting systems based on compassion, equity, and rigor. The past year has put into sharp relief pre-existing broken grading practices. What has become even more apparent is that grading systems that aren’t designed to support targeted outcomes can detract from the learning process and exacerbate inequities. Participants will develop a common language around bias-resistant grading practices and explore strategies grounded in GOA’s own work for applying grading for equity, regardless of whether you are teaching in in-person, online, or hybrid contexts.

How Might We Humanize Online Spaces?

For learners to thrive, we need to first consider how we humanize learning experiences and design intentionally for presence and connection. Establishing and maintaining relationships is the foundation of a culturally responsive classroom. Small shifts offer big impacts in transforming online learning from a solitary, individual, teacher-driven experience to a connected, relational, student-driven community. From audio and video-based strategies to proactive design moves, this workshop offers specific ways teachers can humanize learning while promoting student agency across online, hybrid, and in-person contexts.

How Might We Design for Hybrid Blocks?

Hybrid learning combines online and in-person spaces to create a flexible learning environment. Using the “HyFlex” model as a guide, this workshop will show teachers how to prepare a single block that serves three types of students: those who are in person, those who will be joining synchronously online, and those who will need to engage asynchronously with the lesson. Participants will explore how to pace a hybrid block, how to encourage interaction and collaboration, and how to use technology to support learning for students and sustainability/efficiency for the teacher.

How Might We Design for Inclusion?

Whether in-person, hybrid, or online, the learning environments we design and foster impact student learning and their sense of belonging. In this workshop, we will explore how to intentionally design inclusive and affirming learning environments that are rooted in antiracist principles. From visual representation to equitable participation, we will consider how we can leverage online platforms and tools to build and maintain learning environments of belonging and inclusion.

How Might We Design Synchronous Student-Centered Experiences?

Many students (and educators!) are spending a significant amount of time online in synchronous experiences. How do we make these synchronous experiences more student-centered? What are the specific ways of organizing synchronous experiences that allow for students to engage and connect? In this workshop, we’ll tease out best practices from the GOA network in designing synchronous time. From protocol-driven breakout rooms to designing equitable group work practices, this workshop is designed for elementary, middle, and high school teachers to design intentionally to promote student-centered learning in online synchronous environments. Using specific protocols, frameworks, and tools, synchronous experiences can drive student engagement, humanizing the online learning space and creating meaningful, connected learning experiences for students and teachers. We’ll go beyond emojis and ice breakers to talk about the ways in which teachers can make synchronous time a productive, inclusive learning space.

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