Day Three Sessions

Saturday Morning Keynote
7:45 am – 9:00 am

“Building Collaboration, Writing Fluency, and Content Knowledge with Written Conversations”
Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, Author and Education Expert

Anything that students can discuss out loud, they can also discuss in writing—deepening engagement, inviting in the shy or reticent kids, and creating a tangible record of their thinking.  In this hands-on keynote, Harvey “Smokey” Daniels will show how kids K-12 can think more deeply around challenging nonfiction texts and images, and how they can engage in written conversations with peers as a tool for learning in all subjects.  We will try out these strategies together, and then explicitly adapt them to an upcoming unit in your classroom.


Saturday Sessions Round E
9:30 am – 10:45 am
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Saturday Sessions Round F
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
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Post-Conference Session
1:45 pm – 4:30 pm

“The Curious Classroom: Building Knowledge with Student- Directed Inquiry”
Harvey “Smokey” Daniels, Author and Education Expert
Grades K-12

In America’s classrooms, curiosity, passion, and student choice are making a welcome comeback.  Inquiry circles and other project teaching approaches are spreading at all grade levels.  But teachers wonder: How do I find time for this?  What are some manageable pathways toward a more student-centered classroom? bIn this practical, hands-on session, Smokey will demonstrate ten specific inquiry structures that engage kids, honor their curricular and personal questions, and support them to put their thinking to work in and beyond school.  We will look at videos of kids doing inquiry work, and try out some inquiries of our own.  Bring your devices!