As research continues into the ways young people learn, teachers are invited to gather at St. Paul's School to discuss the questions of why, how, and what in contemporary secondary education. The Penn/St. Paul’s Conference on Teaching and Learning will take place June 26 to July 1, 2016. The conference is hosted by St. Paul's School and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Participants will include teachers from the Penn Residency Master's in Teaching program, along with those from two outreach schools. The tuition cost to attend the conference is $1,200 per person.
The conference will start by considering and reviewing the ideas of cognitive development, the neuroscience of education, backwards planning, and recursive learning. The focus will then shift to learner-centered teaching and measuring the effectiveness of learner-centered teaching practices.
Two major emphases of the conference are creating material that teachers can use when they leave, and developing the habits of collaboration between teachers.
- Learn the latest thinking in the areas of cognitive development,the neuroscience of education, backwards planning, recursive learning, and learner-centered teaching.
- Measure the effectiveness of learner-centered teaching strategies.
- Remember what it is like to be a full-time student, and how best to use these memories in teaching.
- Encourage collaboration between teachers.
- Value all forms of assessment and evaluation: teacher-to-student, student-to-teacher, teacher-to-teacher and student-to-student.
- Create plans and practices that can be taken home and applied.
- Experience the joy of creativity, experimentation and failing gloriously in a safe and supportive environment.
Facilities and Accommodations
All meetings, classes, and meals will take place in St. Paul’s facilities. Participants will find housing either in the dormitories at St. Paul’s or in Concord area hotels, benefiting from the St. Paul’s preferred rates.
||Gather in the afternoon. Opening session.
||Latest thinking in the field of education regarding neuroscience, cognitive development, backwards planning, and recursive learning. “Why?” do we teach this way?
||Applying the ideas of cognitive development, backwards planning, and recursive learning to student-centered classrooms, and developing indicators of effectiveness. “How?” should we teach?
||Planning classes and units. “What?” do we teach?
||Three 90-minute classes with a 60-minute class and 30-minute breakdown of class.
||Two 90-minute classes with a 60-minute class and 30-minute breakdown of class. Wrap-up sessions. End by mid-afternoon.
For more information, please contact Lawrence Smith, Dean of Curriculum and Teaching, at firstname.lastname@example.org