21st Century Schools: Collaboration Convention

St. Paul, Minnesota
Thursday, November 11, 2010

21st Century Learning: Collaboration Convention & Unconference

Be a part of the Conversation. Join forward thinking educators as we collaborate around strategies and professional practices to reach the children of our classrooms today. We will gather critical tools & action steps in order to unite schools and, most importantly, engage learners! Engagement precedes Achievement! 

Collaboration & 21st Century Achievement go hand-in-hand

-Today's learners will need advanced skills for cooperation, communication and competition in a global community
-Our students are 'digital natives' who only know a communal world where the web exists
-Curriculum & Instruction practices must align to best serve diverse learners (such as ELL/ SPED/GT))
-Language, cultural, global, digital and creative literacies are now keys to student achievement
-Today's classrooms need to be empowered with tools to move from isolation to authentic global and local connections!

Who should attend?
ELL, GT, SPED, Content Area, Grade level & Specialists Teachers, PLC leaders & teachers, IB schools and internationally minded educators, School Counselors and Social Workers, Literacy & Intervention Specialists, Media/ Tech, and Administrators ready to move schools forward!

Convention Features
Keynote Speaker: Ruslana Westerlund: Ruslana works at the Minnesota Department of Education as an English Language Learner education specialist.  Her passion is supporting teachers to provide a pedagogy for empowerment for students who “depend on us as their main source of academic information.If we were not there, academic learning simply would not happen for them.” (Carter, 2008).   She is currently enrolled in a doctorate of educational leadership trying to figure out how to inspire people to deliver a pedagogy for empowerment.  She owns a business www.ellBillofRights.com<http://www.ellBillofRights.com/>, maintains a Facebook site: Educators of English Learners EEL, owns two guinea pigs, has two young boys and is happily married to Rob Westerlund.

Cohorts: A highlight of the convention is the opportunity to join a learning cohort. EAch cohort will meet four times during the convention to converse, learn with and work together. Each team is facilitated by an expert who will provide training and guide the process to create an actionable product to share and implement at your own school or district. Together, gain valuable tools, strategies and next steps for engaging your learners and creating globally connected classrooms. Collaboration Convention 2010 Cohort Tracks.pdf

Breakout sessions:

Web 2.0 Tools : A strand of sessions is devoted to web 2.0 and tech tools for authentic collaboration and connected classrooms! You may apply to present a web 2.0 tool and attend the conference at a discounted rate. (two spaces left as of Sept. 21) Sneak peek at scheduled web 2.0 sessions: collaborative storytelling, wikis and blogs, wallwisher, voicethread, virtual bookshelves, and iPod Touch in the classroom... to name a few!  Tech Tool 2010.pdf 

Unconference Sessions: Following the lead of learning conferences around the globe, we are excited to include the unConference format for breakout sessions! An Unconference is a powerful vehicle which allows participants to determine together what they want to learn. All are welcome to offer presentations or propose conversations.  Key experts and community members are ready to share their expertise through the unconference breakout sessions. 


Beginning Grid of Tech Breakouts & unconference session choices… more to be added according to participant requests!

Session: How to build your PLN: professional Learning Network

Session: Co-teaching Models- choosing the best for the task

Session: iPod Touches in the Classroom

Session: Digital Bookshelves

Session: Rehearsal & Interaction Strategies for ELLs

Session: Collaboration and the Music Program

Session: Round-table discussion- digital storytelling

Session: Blogging and eportfolios

Session: Twitter as a classroom learning tool

Session: Glogster for research and presentation

Session: Intro to SMART board

Session: round-table discussion- Voicethread

Session: Web tools for collaborative story-telling

Session: Global collaboration & authentic communication

Session: Professional Blogs- who to follow, how to make use of the information

Session: Social Bookmarking – saving sites and resources with Diigo & Delicious

Session: Dealing with Distracted Students

Session: Web 2.0 for intervention strategies (RTI)

Session: New literacy standards for the 21st Century

Session: Using web tools to make PLCs stronger and more worthwhile

Session: How collaborative PD through Lesson study can turn around schools (apply Lesson Study to planners, units, lesson plans)

Session: International Mindedness and Web 2.0

Session: Collaborative chat and shared documents in the classroom

Session: Students as the Tech teachers: harnessing the powers of the digital native!

Session: Blogging in the primary grades

Session: Wallwisher as a classroom tool for reading and content areas

Session: Connecting with Parents via social media

Session: Round-table discussion 1:1 classrooms and schools

Session: Steps for 21st Century Leaders and Administrators

Session: IB Learners profiles as a foundation for collaboration

Session: Web tools to support language acquisition


Pre-conference full day workshops, November 11 8:30- 3:00

    -Co-teaching and Instructional Collaboration with Jill Bromenschenkel & Team
    -Web 2.0 to enhance PLCs http://tinyurl.com/web2PLC with Carl Anderson


Conference registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and light snacks on on Friday November 12, as well as light appetizers at the Nov. 11 evening reception.

Teachers: bring your K-12 students with you free of charge- share the learning!

Registration, conference November 11-12:
Pre-Conference Workshop November 11
Student teacher/ full time student, conference

Join our Facebook page!  Two members will receive a free conference registration. Drawings on September 1st and September 30th (winner will receive a refund if already registered).


Our aim is to increase student achievement through collaborative professional practices and authentic 21st Century approaches to learning. We look forward to you joining the conversation; we hope you bring your team to collaborate and learn together!


Choose One of the Eight: Collaboration Convention 2010 Cohort Tracks

Connecting Collaboration to the Classroom

  1. Serving Language Learners the 21st Century:  As a Classroom Teacher, Specialist, or ELL Instructor, how  do we support academics and language acquisition through the context of 21st Century learning? Which tools and collaborative practices help align curriculum and instruction to ensure strong academic experiences for diverse learners (and challenging for all)? *Note: Getting Started with Co-Teaching/ Instructional Collaboration is offered as a pre-conference background session. Leader: Kristina Peters, Omaha, Nebraska 
  2. Beyond Two Teachers: Next steps: how do we scale up our current coteaching partnerships for the 21st Century? Which tools do we use for evaluation, intervention, language and social integration, and to meet challenges and support a system-wide framework of collaboration? Who else do we include? (specialists, Media-Tech, more). Leaders: Jill Bromenschenkel & Co-Teaching Team
  3. The Future of Collaboration, Beyond Classroom Walls: Utilizing community partnerships, Web2.0 tools, and teachers in ‘faraway lands” to enhance students’ language, literacy and academic development.  How can local and global community partners become more involved in our classroom? Leader: Carl Anderson http://carlanderson.blogspot.com/

Collaborative Community and Leadership

  1. Leadership Skills for a Collaborative Culture: What are the roles responsibilities, and tools available for teacher leaders, principals, and directors? Which policies and procedures need to be reexamined or implemented to reach students and staff in the 21st Century? Which methods will directly link to student achievement?
  2. System-wide Collaboration: What does a community of learners look like across a school or district system? What products should we expect? Which actions will ensure a systemic structure of learning, interventions, and collaboration? Which methods will directly link to student achievement? Explore tools, barriers and risks which lead to results.
  3. Culturally Responsive Approaches to Community: What do authentic community and parent connections look like? How will we know we are culturally literate, collaborative, and inclusive? How does our collaboration contribute to students’ learning and the community at large?

Adult and Student Learning

  1. Collaboration as a means for professional growth: What does it mean to use collaboration and 21st Century skills for professional growth? How will we know we are a community of learners? Which tools will enhance our personal and community learning and impact student achievement? (including all educators!)
  2. Student Engagement: supporting a collaborative culture of 21st Century Student Learners. What does it mean for our classrooms to be a global community? How do we approach web literacy and global collaboration in every class? How will we know students are effectively working together?  Which classroom practices support authentic student collaboration? How do we actively support students in global, cultural, digital and language Literacies?


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