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.
Conference Goals
  • 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.
Schedule
Sunday Gather in the afternoon. Opening session.
Monday Latest thinking in the field of education regarding neuroscience, cognitive development, backwards planning, and recursive learning. “Why?” do we teach this way?
Tuesday Applying the ideas of cognitive development, backwards planning, and recursive learning to student-centered classrooms, and developing indicators of effectiveness. “How?” should we teach?
Wednesday Planning classes and units. “What?” do we teach?
Thursday Three 90-minute classes with a 60-minute class and 30-minute breakdown of class.
Friday 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 lsmith@sps.edu or 603-229-4808.

SUMMER CONFERENCE FACULTY

U. Penn Graduate School of Education
Teaching, Learning, and Leading Division

Christopher Pupik Dean
Associate Director and Lecturer
Penn Residency Master's in Teaching Program
The Penn Residency Master's in Teaching Program and Teacher's College, Columbia
Kevin Mattingly
Director of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Partnerships
St. Paul's School
Lawrence Smith
Dean of Teaching and Curriculum

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Holidy Inn located at 72 N. Main Street with arrival on Sunday, June 26, and departure on Friday, July 1. the rate is $99 per night, single/double occupancy.
Reservations must be made by calling the front desk directly at (603) 224-9534 and mentioning the Penn/St. Paul's Conference or visit the online booking link (on the website): Penn/St. Paul's Conference on Teaching and Learning. Reservations must be made on or before May 26, 2016.
For a listing of other hotels available in the area, click on the link below.