Breakout descriptions:

Morning breakout – 11am

Science Apps
There are a plethora of iPad apps. How do you know what to use? This session shows how to use different apps to spark interest and engagement.This session will showcase student work and offer examples of how to use the apps in the classroom.
Sacred Heart Schools Faculty

Deepening Learning with ChangeMakers in AACPS
The world is changing rapidly on all fronts. Are our schools preparing students for this new world? Join us to hear how one Maryland classroom, school and district are embracing Changemakers to better meet the needs of students. You will hear from a classroom teacher and principal about why we are doing this, how we started, where we plan to go, and, importantly, how you can get started on this amazing journey!
Melissa Major and Rachel Amstutz
Anne Arundel County Public Schools, Maryland Twitter: @BodkinAACPS @mmajor_major

Empathy as a core value of entrepreneurial communities
Agora Partnerships is a leading accelerator focused on companies in Latin America. Empathy is one of their four core values. Founder and Ashoka fellow Ben Powell will discuss why empathy is so important to the organization and what that looks like in practice. Ben is also a father of three kids at an Ashoka Changemakers elementary school in Washington DC and will also talk from the perspective of a parent working to build a culture of empathy at the school level.
Ben Powell is founder and CEO of Agora Partnerships
Agora Partnerships supports entrepreneurs across Latin America with innovative for profit business models to address critical social and environmental challenges in the region like poverty, inequality, and climate change.
Ben Powell, CEO and Founder, Agora Partnerships

Options at Lunch

Tour of the Creative Inquiry department, Sacred Heart School, led by Sacred Heart Computer Science teacher Michael Vaganov. Or join a tour of the Sacred Heart farm and meet the rabbits, chickens, turkeys, goats, and more!


Afternoon breakout sessions -3pm

Prototypes & Empathy: Using Literature to Develop Empathy in Students
One way to encourage underrepresented students to become involved in STEM is to show them how they can help others through their work as engineers, scientists, and others in the STEM fields. By understanding others’ needs and designing for those needs, students can solve serious problems facing the world. The use of literature and the design thinking process is one way to teach students how develop the necessary empathy and problem-solving skills. Using children’s literature, teachers craft a conversation around how to see the world through someone else’s eyes while design thinking, an empathy-based problem-solving process, shows students how to use their empathetic insights to design a solution to a problem. In this session, we will explore how to use literature and the design thinking process to better understand a character’s point of view and motivations in order to solve a problem the character faces.
Jessica Lura, Jenny Cheng
Bullis Charter School

Creating a Maker Culture not a Maker Space
With more and more technology weaving its way into the classroom, makerspaces have emerged as the new hub of innovation. But what exactly defines a makerspace as a “makerspace”? Is it the 3D printers? The sewing machine? The woodworking tools? Or is it the student’s personal and interpersonal growth in a space – the resilience and collaboration, the core SEL competencies, developed through maker activities? How do we help people understand the importance of a maker culture rather than the contents of a maker space? How can we make makerspaces more accessible to minorities and low SES populations? How can we increase buy-in from these same groups? During this discussion, we will explore experiences with and perceptions of makerspaces, relation to STEM and inequity, and strategies to create a maker culture.
Kathleen Arada
Prospect Sierra
Computer Science in the Media
CS in Media is a new, smaller group within Google’s K12 Education team that focuses on changing the narrative of Computer Science in media and entertainment – making it more positive so ultimately more women and minorities are encouraged to purse Computer Science. We’ve got a lot of momentum and have been doing some great things – come learn what we’re up to.
Courtney McCarthy