Breakout Sessions Schedule 4/29

Check out some of the sessions that will be offered at the 2017 FutureNOW! Conference on 4/29/17.
There will be more than 30+ sessions on Saturday, 4/29, covering topics in Design Thinking, PBL, STEAM, Maker Ed, EdTech, Growth Mindset, Personalization, and other modern day pedagogical practices. Continue to visit this page for more updated sessions and look out for the official program guide in April!

21st Century Libraries – Barbara Hamilton, Design39Campus

Wondering how contemporary libraries might support our 21st Century Learners? Come check out The Loft at Design39Campus with the Literacy Resource Media Tech, Barbara Hamilton. Together participants will explore both physical and digital resources to build new literacies. Use this time to learn and dream in order to build a space in your own setting.

Awareness and Access in a Time of Complexity and Exponential Shifts – David Culberhouse, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

We will take a deep dive into a 9A’s Framework for better preparing our organizations, our educators and our students and stakeholders for moving forward more positively and effectively in today’s VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) World.

Blogging in the Classroom = Thinking + Creating + Writing + Presenting – Carol Battle, Oak Valley Middle School, Poway Unified School District

Writing, as in any other aspect of education, should be a social process. Blogging in the classroom is a way to generate, create, share and present authentic ideas in a classroom environment often beyond the confines of any four walls. Traits of a strong communicator and writer are groomed in an environment similar to the “Real World.” This session will introduce the concept of interactive writing via blogging, classroom applications and strategies to create a successful Blogosphere with your students.

Bring Passion to Your Classroom – Girish Venkat, Thrively

Thrively is a personalized learning platform that develops the whole child. Unlock each child’s potential through personalized learning. Know each student’s unique strengths, interests and aspirations. Make their learning relevant and help them build the skills they need for success.

Building a Love for Languages – Anna Johnson, Design39Campus

Are you trying to design foreign language experiences for your students that go beyond simply learning the grammar and sentence structure? Build a new outlook on language learning by integrating global connections, geography, literature, visual and performance arts. We’ll share how we planted the seeds in order to build a love for languages, including French, Spanish, Coding, Russian, and Sign Language.

Campaign for Impact: ART=OPPORTUNITY – Merryl Goldberg, California State University San Marcos

Thanks to a $200,000 grant from the Stuart Foundation, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) has launched a research based San Diego county-wide campaign called ART=OPPORTUNITY (ART OPP) focusing on providing access to all children to a better education by improving literacy through the arts. The grant partners Center ARTES with Business and Education faculty to provide art opportunities through leadership, advocacy, and sustainability. ART OPP will be the next “Got Milk?” Come be among the first to learn about how you can be a part of the campaign through anchor events, summits, and professional development.

Create a Museum Through 3D Design and Printing – David Delaney and Michael Ecker, Calavera Hills Middle School/Carlsbad Unified School District

We would encourage you to come work with us today as we tell you our journey into the ways 3D Design and Printing can breathe life into your subject and help you to begin your own journey. We will teach you how to use available online resources and CAD software to make any subject matter hands-on content.

Creative Problem Solving (CPS) Introduction – Greg Cohen, SIATech

Creative Problem Solving (CPS) is a deliberate and intuitive method for embracing a challenge or problem in an imaginative and innovative way. Learn the process, the benefits of intentionally separating divergent and convergent thinking, and how to integrate it into your teaching and learning practice. Also in this participatory session, we will learn fun and engaging tools and techniques, and how to identify and nurture the creativity in ourselves, our teams, and ALL of our students.

Deeper Collaboration – Jenny Pieratt, CraftED

This interactive session will explore how to facilitate small group work to ensure equitable participation for all students. We will analyze structures, such as protocols, and resources designed by CraftED Curriculum to support student ownership, collective persistence, and ensure deeper learning through collaborative work. Participants will have have time to explore practical application of tips and methods presented in this session for their classroom and receive collegial feedback to aid in crafting next steps.

Deeper Learning for Elementary Classrooms – Trevor Mattea, Francis Parker School

Elementary school teachers interested in supporting deeper learning are presented with dilemmas unique to K-5 classrooms on a daily basis. How do we ensure that deeper learning is happening throughout the day? Please join me for a conversation about deeper learning in elementary classrooms, in which we will read and discuss the deeper learning competencies, self-assess our project and non-project work for deeper learning, explore examples of work modified to foster deeper learning, and create resources to promote deeper learning in all elementary practices. You are encouraged to bring work samples and resources as there will be opportunities to share them with other participants.

Deeper Learning through Design Thinking – Mindy Ahrens and Judy Caraang, Design39Campus

Are you looking for a way to blend the Common Core standards with the Deeper Learning Skills you know kids need today? The Design Thinking Process allows students to practice content skills while growing their collaboration, critical thinking, communication and creativity skills. Join us to experience the Design Thinking Process for yourself through an integrated challenge. Tools and scaffolds will be provided along the way that you can take directly back to the classroom.

Developing Maker Mindsets – Jenny Pieratt, CraftED

With the Maker Movement sweeping the educational landscape it is critical for us to know how to prepare our students to engage in this type of innovative learning environment. Inspired by contemporary brain research, mindset best practices and deeper learning, this session will explore how to foster a Maker Mindset in our students. We will dive into how best to prepare our students with the skills to innovate, and how to integrate these skills along with NGSS standards into deeper learning experiences. Participants will leave with resources to support their craft, initial plans for implementation and collegial feedback and support for their ideas.

Digital Badges & Connected Learning –  James Halliday, Collective Shift LRNG, Katie Rast, Joy Decena, and Kevin McGoldrick, Fab Lab San Diego 

Introduction to digital badging and the principles of Connected Learning, using the LRNG ( platform. Besides an introduction to key concepts and design principles, session participants will also be able to register for the platform and take the first steps in creating their own digital badges! LRNG was created specifically to activate sites of learning across the city, merging informal and formal education in dynamic, innovative ways so that youth and young adults, ages 13-24, can access wide-ranging learning and career opportunities.

Digital Dynamics: Planning Your Cyberspace Ecosystem – Jen Roberts, Point Loma High School, San Diego Unified

Our classrooms are physical spaces, yet we face increasing expectations that they also be digital spaces. But, where should we start? This session will highlight entry points, and next steps, with an emphasis on practices that increase achievement, access, transparency, and efficiency.

Digital Journals to support ELA and NGSS – Lisa Collins, Design39Campus

In this session, participants will investigate how Digital Journals enhance the integration of Next Generation Science Standards and English Language Standards. By utilizing photos, videos, and observational charts, students apply their reading, writing and note taking skills to create a digital journal that showcases their understanding of content area science standards.

Entrepreneurship with Littles – Angela Lotfey and Paula Cotton, Design39Campus

Are you an educator who thrives to inspire students to have empathy, gratitude, self confidence, problem solving skills, and a creative mind? Then you already understand that cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in our students is something we can and should be doing from the very beginning of their schooling. Come join us as we explore project ideas and design ways to foster entrepreneurship skills in the primary grades. Let’s help kids nurture the skills necessary now for jobs they’ll create tomorrow.


G Suite for Education: Gmail & Google Calendar – Terry Loftus and Kristina Vasquez, Oceanside Unified School District 

New to Google? Increase your productivity by becoming a Gmail and Google Calendar ninja! Learn tips & tricks to get organized, find what you need, and communicate and collaborate efficiently across your district. Hands-on workshop – bring a laptop or borrow one of our Chromebooks.

G Suite for Education: Google Drive, Docs, Slides, & Forms – Robin Worley and Alanna MacDhubhain, Oceanside Unified School District

New to Google? Learn how to create and share using Docs, Slides, Forms, and Sites, and manage them all through your Google Drive. Help your students develop essential skills in the 4Cs by integrating G Suite in your classroom. Hands-on workshop – bring a laptop or borrow one of our Chromebooks.

Google Classroom – Jennifer Wood & Melissa Monroe, Oceanside Unified School District

New to Google? Learn the easiest way to organize and share digital assignments and announcements with your students anytime, anywhere with Google Classroom. Google Classroom is mission control, designed with teachers and students to connect the class, track their progress and achieve more together. Hands-on workshop – bring a laptop or borrow one of our Chromebooks.

Google Sites  – Andy Domingo and Chantel Russell, Oceanside Unified School District

New to Google? Learn how easy it is to create a classroom website or student e-portfolio with the new Google Sites. It’s as simple and dragging and dropping, inserting your Google docs and adding links to relevant resources. Sites allows students and teachers not only to share their learning but also to reflect on their learning process. Hands-on workshop – bring a laptop or borrow one of our Chromebooks.

Helping Every Child Find Their Place in The World of Work – Ed Hidalgo, University of San Diego

Despite an abundance of evidence, there continues to be a lack of emphasis on career development and how education relates to the changing nature of work.

More commonly we find:
π Lack of understanding among students, parents and teachers about the evolving world of work
π Underutilized body of knowledge on pre K-12 career development
π Need for systematic career development implementation within schools

The world of work is changing faster than at any time in our nation’s history. But there are few examples of dynamic, engaging, or integrated career development opportunities within schools. Will students and families have the needed exposure and preparation to make decisions leading to well aligned post-secondary and career readiness options in a 21st century world of work? This forty-minute session with Ed Hidalgo, former Sr. Director of Staffing and Thinkabit™ Lab Founder at Qualcomm, will share 1) First-hand experiences and data about the evolving 21st century workplace 2) The importance of focusing on student’s Strengths, Interests and Values 3) Exploration of the five big career theories that could lead to helping every child find their place in the world.

Helping Students Discover Their Element – Jo-Ann Fox and Ted Kirkbirde, Quantum Academy, Escondido Union School District

Sir Ken Robinson defines one’s “element” as the place where your passion and talent meet. Learn how Quantum Academy (Escondido) helps students to discover their element through choice based learning opportunities called Explore, Elements, and Genius Hour. In this session, Quantum Academy staff will share with you why they began the mission to help students unveil their hidden talents and passions and how you can easily implement a program in your own class, grade level, or school.

How Can We Cultivate Authentic Empathy for Syrian Refugees? – Kevin Day, All Saint’s Day School and Baylee Ahrens, High Tech High 

Join Baylee, a sophomore at High Tech High (San Diego, CA), and Kevin, a middle school teacher at All Saints’ Day School (Carmel, CA), as they relate their individual and shared learning experiences in regards to the unfolding refugee crises around the world. We’ll dive together into a collaborative, hands-on, empathy-fueled “workshop” to see what new questions, insights, and opportunities might arise for us. Together, let’s see what design thinking, STEAM education, and engaged global awareness — and a heartbreakingly unanswered question — might make of our teaching and learning lives.

How Students Thrive at the Innovation Station! – Michael Bruder, Innovation Station, Chula Vista School District, and Patrick Dela Cruz, , Thrively

In this session you will learn about how and why the Innovation Station, Inspired by Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab, was created through a unique partnership between the Chula Vista Elementary School District, the Chula Vista Public Library, and Qualcomm. You will also learn how we personalize learning and create relevance for our students by connecting their strengths, interests, and values with the World of Work. You will also have the opportunity to explore Thrively, a unique program we use that is designed to help students identify their strengths and interests and explore their passions.

IDEA High School’s PBL Journey – Kevin Beeman, Todd Myers, Jen Johnson, Reuben Hoffman, and Melanie Ruiz, IDEA Center High School/Grossmont Union High School District

IDEA High School teachers will share their journey and process of transforming from a continuation school to a new, college prep, project-based learning school of choice in the Grossmont Union High School District. Our story will allow for an opportunity for questions and answers about project-based learning, its challenges and successes and our process of implementation. Additionally, we will share our resource and implementation guide, the Mavericks’ Guide to PBL.

Improv + An Innovative Mindset – Ellen Deutscher, The Teacher’s Guild

This workshop will be a high energy, hands-on class exploring the intersection of Improvisational Theater and Design Thinking!! We will cover fundamental principles of improvisation including collaboration, active listening, resilience, inspiration, risk taking, and storytelling and their relation to Design Thinking and Innovative Mindsets.  Join us while we share activities, tips, and tricks that be used directly and daily in your classrooms, workplaces, and learning communities!!

Increase Personalized Learning and Innovation Through ’20 Time’ – Kyle Wagner, Author of The Power of Simple

When Google started offering ‘20% time’ to its employees, it achieved some of the greatest breakthroughs to date. 20% time was the impetus for programs like Gmail and Adsense, two innovations that have made life easier for all of us. What if we could offer our students the same kind of opportunities to innovate and create around their passions? This session will provide practical strategies for starting your own 20 time program at your school and ensure that it is successful. You will learn how to structure the time, help students discover their passions, lead the iterative process, personalize learning, and provide a platform for students to document and share their work.

Introduction to Building Your Professional Learning Network – Billy Corcoran, Design39Campus

Why wait for PD to happen to you when you can create a robust, action-orientated, professional learning network (PLN) personalized to meet your goals? In this introduction to a professional learning network session, attendees will learn how to create a professional learning network using Twitter. From creating an account, to learning the basics of navigating Twitter, this workshop will guide you with examples of why building a PLN is crucial in the networked-age, resources to explore and build from, and safe entry points for the non-tech or tech-savvy amongst us! Whether you’re looking to connect your classroom with a global audience, hoping to collaborate across districts or disciples, or build dialogue between classroom teachers and administrators across the world; your professional learning network will be there to support you! Can’t join the session but want to get involved? We’ll have a live Twitter chat during our session to give our Twitter newbies an opportunity to connect with everyone at FutureNOWedu! Attendees should bring a device and be willing to sign up for Twitter.

Learn the Secrets to Becoming a Great Coach – Dr. Karla Evon Wells, Ontario-Montclair School District

What skills are needed to lead 21st-century schools and how do leadership coaches facilitate the growth of these skills in school leaders and teachers? How is leadership developed so that leaders and coaches are highly skilled at leading for instructional improvement?  This session presents best practices of leadership coaching on the development of transformational leadership skills leading to instructional and institutional growth. The key attributes of the Blended Coaching Model is explored as a powerful support system for those responsible for leading and facilitating the implementation of 21st-century schools that make a lasting impact on student success. If you are a school administrator who needs to effectively lead change at your school, a district leader who needs to support principals in leading change, or a teacher leader/coach who supports teachers in implementing school/district initiatives, this session is for you!

Making Exhibitions of Deeper Learning Amazing! – Tom Gaines, New Tech Network

Why are Exhibitions of Deeper Learning important? What really makes for an amazing Exhibition experience? What specifically does the Exhibition of Deeper Learning process look like and how can it be navigated well? Come learn, collaborate, and have fun as you create and develop a plan for the most amazing Exhibition of Deeper Student Learning that you can imagine!


Programming to Design and Tell Stories – Leticia Batista, Oxnard School District

In this session you’ll discover ways in which you can implement your design process to create simple or complex stories with programming activities appropriate for your K-2 students. You will learn how to use inquiry, problem solving and storytelling strategies to tell stories with robots and prototypes made from everyday materials.

Reaching for the Stars with the Student Spaceflights Experiments Program – Anne Green, Dan Hendricks, Christine Bartee, and featuring Vista Magnet Middle School students, Vista Magnet Middle School/VUSD and Open Source Maker Lab

Our team of middle school students will inspire you with their story of how they worked together to design a science experiment to fly to the International Space Station and what they have learned about micro-gravity, scientific method, collaboration within the science community, persistence and dreaming ambitiously!

Reading-Writing Techshop – Dena Glynn, Tierra Bonita Elementary School, Poway Unified School District

Learn how to transform your traditional Reading-Writing Workshop into a tech-embedded experience. Participants will hear from a current 4th/5th grade teacher who empowered students to take ownership of their own learning, all the while, embedding the standards and redefining learning. Classrooms were linked, subjects flipped, and individuality celebrated.

Sketchnoting – Kelly Eveleth, Design39Campus

Have you ever noticed someone sketchnoting at a conference? Or maybe you have retweeted a sketchnote on Twitter? Well, guess what? Sketchnoting is easier than you think, and it’s not just for adults! Sketchnoting, or visual note taking, is the art of creating your own visual representation of a topic. Whether you are listening to a speaker or gathering information on a topic, taking visual notes allows teachers and students to engage their minds in a new way. In this session participants will discuss the process, building creative confidence, the tools (paper or digital), and how to help students get started.

Sparking a Blaze: Nurturing a Community of Change-Makers – Neel Pujar, Design39Campus / Education Reimagined

“The spread of an idea may be likened to a fire; first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power” — Nikola Tesla

Oftentimes, change starts as little sparks. With innovation mini-fires starting left and right, our world has no shortage of change-makers. Yet for a change to be transformational at a larger scale, we need more than just isolated sparks — we need a mighty blaze. How might we unite the innovators and change-makers of the education world together to influence lasting change? In this interactive session, we will explore just that. We’ll learn how to use empathy to develop shared understanding and establish common purpose. We’ll take a deep dive into existing communities of change-makers and examine what makes them successful. From there, we will collaboratively develop frameworks needed for nurturing an effective community of change-makers and design our own FutureNOW! innovation network. Join us as we ignite the next wave of change-makers and innovators!

Teaching Coding When You are a Teacher Who Doesn’t Code! – Norma Carter, Tierra Bonita Elementary School, Poway Unified School District

Do you want to dive in and begin teaching coding to your elementary students? In this session, participants will learn about web-based programs and apps available that make it exciting and simple to get started coding with any grade level. Empower yourself as you learn “hacks” that will help you support your students and give you a focus and understanding of the process of coding, no matter what program you are using. Watch your students become engaged as they collaborate and use critical and creative thinking skills to become solution-based problem solvers.

The State of 21st Century Learning in the K-12 World of the United States: Online and Blended Learning Opportunities for American Elementary and Secondary Students – Kimberly Greene, Ed.D, Brandman University

Highlighting her recently published paper, Dr. Kimberly Greene will examine the current state of blended and online learning throughout the K-12 world in the United States. The analysis is predicated upon the potential of electronically-mediated learning (e-learning) to effectively prepare students for the demands of 21st century citizenship through the affordances of such learning environments, which in theory, support the growth of critical thinking and a personalized educational experience.

Findings include three themes all covered in this workshop:

  • A call for clarity of what is encompassed within each modality
  • A lack of large-scale data for informing decision making and practice
  • A glaring need for professional development beyond training on any isolated skill or understanding

Transforming Student Learning through an Informed Leadership Plan – Dr. Lisbeth Johnson, Retired Superintendent and Dr. Leighangela Brady, National School District Superintendent

What do the acronyms CCSS, NGSS, and CCR all have in common? These are the initiatives many leaders are using in classrooms to bring 21st century learning to our students. However, we still often wonder if we are on the right track in the implementation of the learning outcomes from these initiatives in transforming student learning. The vision today for instruction is a major shift from how we taught or were taught in the past. Having a new I-pad or digital device alone will not transform classrooms; in fact it could be more of the same. The ideal instruction is about creating innovative approaches to move from content learning to process learning. It’s the new “know, think, do” pedagogy! Unfortunately, administrators and teacher leaders are often struggling with how to make this shift. Join Dr. Lisbeth Johnson and Dr. Leighangela Brady, authors of Transforming Ice Age Schools in Leadership Coaching Sessions to provide personalized professional development site and teacher leaders in small groups. The focus of these interactive dialog sessions will be on personalized planning for critical shifts that can transform learning in your classrooms and or schools. Participants will be able to choose two breakout table groups and come away with substantive and practical ideas. Topic choices for this 90 minute session include:
-Think Big with purpose and authentically facilitated instruction (CCS)
-Break free from a remediation mentality in teaching students skills; teach them to think (CCS and CCSS)
-Empower students by allowing them to be engaged in doing the majority of the learning work (CCSS and NGSS)
-Integrate literacy development and change mind sets about the role of assessments in guiding integrated content learning. (CCSS, NGSS, CCR)