“Leadership: Managing The Transition”, by Alan November / Room Prague A (to be repeated at session 4)

Leadership: Managing The Transition

Alan November, International Leader in Education Technology

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

This workshop outlines essential skills for leadership to begin the process of aligning our schools to prepare students for the realities of the global economy while maintaining a commitment to standards.

  • Establishing new basic skills of Information and Communication Literacy
  • Staff Development Planning
  • Aligning technology to critical curriculum areas
  • Shifting from technology planning to information and communication planning
  • Managing fear and hope
  • Building collegiality
  • Improving communications within the community

“Body Percussion For The Multiple Intelligences” by Rebecca Brink of IS Belgrade / Room Prague B

Body Percussion For The Multiple Intelligences

Rebecca Brink, Middle School Performing Arts, High School Choir at the International School of Belgrade

Strand: Social and Emotional Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: Performing Arts and beyond

In this workshop participants will be introduced to body percussion and its benefits and uses in the performing arts classroom and beyond. Body percussion enhances motor skills, balance, and coordination; as well as developing musical skills and providing opportunities for collaborative creations. Participants will be actively engaged in body percussion activities including basic pattern echoing and songs and games from around the world. Additionally, participants will investigate the social and collaborative advantages of body percussion through group compositions based on poetry and proverbs.

“Teaching Secondary STEM Concepts With Robotics”, by Alexander Dean Hester of AIS Bucharest / at the International School of Prague (3 hours workshop / Part 1 of 3)

Teaching Secondary STEM Concepts With Robotics (3 hours workshop on Friday afternoon)

Alexander Dean Hester, Head of Math Department at the American International School of Bucharest

Strand: Digital Learning, Grade level: Grade 5-12, Subject area: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

This is a 3 hours session which takes place at IS Prague. Transportation from hotel to school and back again is organized. Meet in hotel lobby at 1 pm, after lunch, to take the arranged bus to IS Prague.

Workshop participants will learn how Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) concepts can be taught using robots. Teachers will learn how to program robots built with Mindstorms NXT parts using RobotC. Online resources for teaching STEM courses and the MYP technology design cycle using Mindstorms NXT and/or Tetrix robots will also be explored during the workshop. This workshop will be held on the ISP campus and is open to middle school and high school teachers on a limited signup basis.


  • For this workshop the participants have to sign up, as this session has only limited space. We are working on a ‘first come, first serve basis’.
  • This 3-hours workshop will be held at the International School of Prague, during the Friday afternoon, starting after lunch.
  • CEESA will provide transfers from the Diplomat hotel to ISP and return.
  • There is no extra cost to participate in this workshop session.

“The IB And The Teenage Brain”, by Rhonda Fisher of IS Latvia / Room Prague D

The IB And The Teenage Brain

Rhonda Fisher, DP Coordinator/DP Psychology/College Counselor at the International School of Latvia

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

This presentation will focus on brain compatible teaching strategies that can be used effectively in an IB classroom. Dr. Fisher will provide participants an overview of the latest research concerning the brain and learning with an emphasis on the IB classroom. Each participant will leave the presentation with an understanding of the brain and specific strategies that can be implemented in every IB classroom.

“Learning For All”, by Kurt Klynen, Apple Distinguished Educator / Room Vienna I&II

Learning for All

Kurt Klynen, Apple Distinguished Educator

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

Reluctant Learners? Difficulty expressing themselves? Allow freedom of expression with some basic iPad Apps that allow students to demonstrate their learning in unconventional ways.

“Building Trusting Learning Environments For Innovation”, by Micah Fierstein / Room Rome (2 hours Institute / Part 1 of 2)

Building Trusting Learning Environments for Innovation / (2 hours institute)

Micah Fierstein, Assistant Professor in Educational Leadership Studies at West Virginia University

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

Building Trusting Learning Environments for Innovation

This workshop is one of the three institutes Micah is presenting concerning Transformation through Collaboration: Building Leadership Capacity for Systemic Change. The goal of these three conference institutes is for participants to discover and practice tools/frameworks that challenge educators to build their capacity to think and act in new ways. A different set of learning frameworks will be explored in each institute. The goal of each institute will be to help prevent others from falling inadvertently into the swamp of constrained possibilities. “Insanity is doing the same thing and hoping for a different result.” – Albert Einstein.

The Institute Building Trusting Learning Environments for Innovation, participants will be introduced to, and experience, cognitive tools/frameworks that promote deep listening, dialogue, and mutual learning. The quality of the relationships one builds with students in a classroom or with colleagues in schools deeply influences the quality of his or her thinking. The capacity to innovate is directly impacted by the collective capacity to create trust and think deeply. Playful and engaging activities will be the learning design for this institute. Participants will leave with practical information and practices that they can use with colleagues and students in their home schools.

“Khan Academy: Creating Personalized Classrooms With Khan Academy”, by Elizabeth Slavitt / Room London (1-hour session; presentation and Q&A)

Khan Academy: Creating Personalized Classrooms With Khan Academy (1-hour session; presentation and Q&A)

Elizabeth Slavitt is a team member of Khan Academy and her task is School Implementations

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khanacademy.org features more than 3,500 videos on a range of educational topics (including math, science, economics, medicine, engineering, and art history), interactive math exercises with step-by-step hints, and real-time reports that help teachers keep a pulse on each student's needs. Over the past few years, Khan Academy has worked closely with a group of schools to determine how the site can be used effectively in the classroom; there are now more than 20,000 classrooms using the site and about six million unique users per month. In this session, find out more about the resources available for students and teachers on Khan Academy, and learn about some specific examples of schools that have used Khan Academy to create more personalized learning environments.

[CANCELED] “Cyber And Other Bullying Prevention And Support For Students”, by Jerald Newberry / room London (2 hours Institute / Part 1 of 2)

Cyber And Other Bullying Prevention And Support For Students (2 hours Institute)

Jerald Newberry is currently the Executive Director of the National Education Association’s Health Information Network

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

Participants will examine cyber bullying and other forms of bullying in schools as well as the results of these behaviors. In small groups, participants will identify steps that can be taken to prevent these behaviors by school personnel, students as well as by parents. Participants will leave with skills and activities that they can share with colleagues once they return to their home schools.

“Flexible Learning Environments”, by David Epstein / room Belvedere V (2 hours Institute / Part 1 of 2) (to be repeated on Saturday, session 7&8)

Flexible Learning Environments (2 hours Institute)

David Epstein, AIA, LEED™ AP, is a principal at TruexCullins, an architecture and interior design firm in Burlington, Vermont

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

Good schools today offer many pathways to learning. Students learn in a variety of settings: alone, in groups, by doing projects, with movement or skits; each mode playing to different learner’s strengths. In combination with rapid technological change, it is no wonder educational facilities must provide flexible and adaptable learning environments. From furniture to design to construction, this session will provide an overview of the exciting possibilities and potential issues you may face when exploring these concepts at your school. We will look at examples of both built projects and design examples and may just rearrange the furniture before we are done!

“Service Learning: Engaging, Relevant, Real”, by Cathryn Berger Kaye / Room Cracow II (2 hours Institute / Part 1 of 2)

Service Learning: Engaging, Relevant, Real (2 hours Institute)

Cathryn Berger Kaye is president of CBK Associates and ABCD Books

Strand: Collaborative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

Service learning—a powerful teaching strategy—creates a conducive environment for developing transferable skills and knowledge, high engagement, and relevance that gives meaning and purpose to school for teachers as well as students. Teachers continually describe how their students go beyond required assignments with service learning. The process allows students to reveal hidden talents, apply themselves in ways that stretch their intellect, retain what they have learned, and transfer skills and knowledge to new situations. In this interactive session, find out what’s new in service learning to get started or advance your knowledge and effectiveness.

“Polarity Management: Using Conflict As A Resource”, by Carolyn McKanders / Room Cracow I (3 hours Institute / Part 1 of 3)

Polarity Management: Using Conflict As A Resource (3 hours Institute)

Carolyn McKanders, is Co-Director of the Center for Adaptive Schools

Strand: Collaborative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

The Polarity Management framework and the underlying principles provide a practical set of resources for dealing with all polarities in life. Polarities are ongoing, chronic issues, which are both unavoidable and unsolvable. Attempting to address them through customary problem-solving only makes things worse. These situations are not problems to solve; they are polarities which require effective management. Leaders, departments, teams, and organizations become more effective as they learn to distinguish between the two and deal productively with both. Through this work, they can consciously use diversity and divergent thinking as resources for developing high performing cultures that promote community and productivity.

Polarity Management increases in value as an issue or a system increases in terms of:

  • Complexity – by permitting a view of both the forest and the trees;
  • Change – by converting resistance to change into a resource for stability and change;
  • Conflict – by developing “Both/And” thinking, creating “Win/Win” outcomes;
  • Diversity – by respecting, utilizing, and celebrating differences.

Seminar Outcomes:

  • Understanding Polarity Management™
  • Exploring applications in educational settings
  • Practicing identifying and mapping polarities
  • Exploring using Polarity Management principles and tools to help mediate self and others toward balance and “getting unstuck”

“CEESA/ECIS Literacy Coach Cohort #5” by Carrie Ekey and Shannon Stanton / Room Budapest

This is a closed session.

Data Or Lore? Writing Android Apps And Evaluating Their Place In Education

Daniel Doucette, teacher at the International School of Latvia

Strand: Innovative Learning, Grade level: All, Subject area: All

Smartphones possess tremendous educational potential, but serve as little more than distractions in most classrooms. In this workshop, participants will learn how to write and distribute (simple) applications for Android devices using AIDE and Dropbox. Examples of apps will be demonstrated and their functioning explained. Participants will also participate in a discussion about the role of smartphones in education. Ultimately, as with any innovation, educators need to decide how to use them: will smartphones exacerbate the contemporary data overload, or can the devices be used as tools to build wisdom and instill lore?




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