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Keynote Presentation: 

Trevor Muir

Teacher, Author and Speaker

Making Learning Epic. Using Purpose to Inspire

Saturday, November 5 at 6:00 PM

Trevor equips educators with proven practices to design authentic learning experiences that foster deeper student connections, create a more captivating classroom, and transform students' lives.

Using the power of storytelling, brain science, and purposeful learning, teachers achieve true student engagement resulting in unforgettable learning. Students are empowered to solve real-world problems and school becomes a place where everyone thrives. 

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Fellows Speaker:

Zoe Weil

Co-founder and President of the Institute for Humane Education

The World Becomes What We Teach

Sunday, November 6 at 5:45 PM

What happens in classrooms shapes societies, which means that teachers profoundly impact the future. Currently, too many young people are anxious and depressed, and too many teachers are overwhelmed. Meanwhile, we are facing an environmental and health crisis, and profound issues of inequity persist. And increasing polarization threatens our ability to even educate about important issues and prepare young people for their essential role as contributing citizens.

What if there was a way to integrate real-world challenges into the curriculum and prepare a generation to be solutionaries – able to collaborate across divides; become adept investigators and critical and systems thinkers; apply numeracy and the scientific method to solve problems in their communities and world; and be empowered and engaged in making a positive difference so that all life can thrive?

This keynote will provide a vision and practical steps for doing just this while enlivening classrooms, buildings evidence-based optimism among teachers and students alike and setting the stage for the unfolding of a more sustainable, humane, and just future.

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Invited Speakers
Invited speakers present during Workshop Sessions on specific Conference days, please note below the Session day and time.

Trevor Muir
Teacher, Author and Speaker

Stop Calling Them Soft Skills: Providing Access for Critical Skills for Every Student
Time: Saturday, 8:30am-10:30am
Session P-02 and A-02

A recent US survey shows that the main reason people are fired from their jobs is that they lack soft skills: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, adaptability, and confidence. These skills are not soft; they’re essential. In this session, Trevor equips teachers to craft learning experiences so that students develop these critical skills while learning 'hard skills’ and academic content. Learn strategies to help students become better communicators, collaborators, problem solvers, and citizens.

Dr. Ronald Gonzalez

Assistant Superintendent for Administration & Instruction,
Public Schools of the Tarrytowns

Enacting & Enabling Equity
Time: Saturday, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Session B-18

This session helps to demystify equity as a separate initiative and participants understand that it is woven into the fabric of our work. Participants learn the pitfalls of the equity continuum as well as the power of perseverance for honoring voice and creating leadership that leads to change and reform. Participants will identify factors that influence perseverance and performance, particularly with students of color. Participants will understand the multiple approaches to creating equity in school settings and will be invigorated to use creative solutions to create equity through access. 

Jamie Kubiak

The Bronx High School of Science and Math for America (MƒA) Master Teacher

Queer Your Classroom: Supporting LGBTQIA+ Students
Time: Sunday, 8:00am - 9:00am
Session E-18

We will discuss how LGBTQIA+ identities are often marginalized in science. We'll talk about how to affirm and represent queer identities, so students feel safe, supported, and inspired to engage in science concepts like their non-LGBTQIA+ peers. Participants will learn simple ways to increase inclusivity in classrooms and schools, discuss methods to create classrooms that not only acknowledge but also celebrate the diversity of our students, and make the classroom safe for all.

Dr. C. Alex Young

NASA Astrophysicist

The Sun’s Corona: Exciting things to come;
Parker, Eclipses and Solar Maximum
Time: Sunday, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Session H-18

The Sun is a dynamic star that has impacts on numerous facets of our society. It provides the energy for life and is unique laboratory for better understanding our universe. It is not always benevolent though because it throws increasingly troublesome fits over its 11-year activity cycle that affect our technological infrastructure. We will look at this crazy object at the center of our solar system.

Our focus will be on the region we see during total solar eclipses, the corona. The next few years are an exciting time for scientists and the public to see the Sun and its corona with new and exciting views. We will explore these together to get ready for the fun to come.

Contact information:
P.O. Box 2121
Liverpool, NY 13089

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