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Teaching Innovation Conference 2014: Thinking Big, Working Small

  • Blue School 241 Water St New York, NY, 10038 United States (map)

Thinking Big, Working Small

Featuring keynote by Dr. Dan Siegel, author of The Whole Brain Child and Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain

A workshop led by Kelly Young of Convergence, with Sam Chaltain, author of Our School: Searching for Community in the Era of Choice

Dorothy Barnhouse, Literacy Consultant and co-author of What Readers Really Do, author of Readers Front and Center

Also featuring the Blue School faculty members and colleagues listed below (program in development). More topics and details will be announced closer to the date. Workshops will be offered for early years, elementary and secondary educators.

  • Mindfulness for educators, Bonnie Levine, creator of the Mindful Classroom blog
  • A dialogue between an educator and a brain expert on the power of a simple reflective practice for high school students, Eric Baylin, The Packer Collegiate Institute, and Jonathan Baylin, author of Brain Based Parenting
  • Creating a space for making, Deborah WinsorConstructionKids, and Maureen Reilly, Blue School
  • Makey Makey for beginners, Caroline McAuliffe and Maureen Reilly, Blue School
  • Process-driven dramatic activities for interrogating queerness and complex family structures in the classroom, Clare Hammoor, Randi Reinhold and Jeannine Sloane, Blue School
  • Creating digital portfolios using Google Apps for Education, Ian CandyMolly DeGeseroRich Jenkins and Ashley Semrick, Blue School

Please note we will also be offering workshops for educators who wish to dive deep into the implications for secondary education presented by Dr. Dan Siegel. You can indicate your interest in this track upon registration.

Thinking Big, Working Small

How might we take intentional steps to close the distance between our vision of what we know education can be and the day-to-day work in our schools? This year, we will take an uncommon pause in our school year to consider the biggest questions in education in the context of daily practice, and to learn from professionals who are innovating responses to these questions in classrooms, schools and supporting organizations across the nation. We will aim to question our basic assumptions, learn from current research, and most importantly, inspire practical implications for innovations that serve students at all levels, early childhood through high school.

A few leading questions to guide us:

-- Which daily practices seem small, yet have major implications for learning?

-- Which innovative solutions currently under exploration in schools, i.e. in curriculum, schedule or space, show promising results?

-- How can policy and think tank work be further integrated with and informed by the work of classroom teachers and school leaders?


Blue School strives to fulfill a public purpose by bringing public and independent educators together to explore applications of research (current and potential) from the domains of education, neuroscience and psychology.