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Welcome to the #MURSDInspires August 29, 2017 PD Day!  Please register for your sessions by selecting from the schedule.  More details can be found on our MURSD PD Website at http://mursdpd.weebly.com/

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Tuesday, August 29
 

7:30am

8:00am

Keynote Speaker: Will Richardson
Limited Capacity seats available

The Web poses a difficult challenge to the fundamental premises on which our concepts of school and education are based. Knowledge, information, teachers, and technologies are now ubiquitously accessible using the devices we carry in our pockets. We can connect, communicate, and create in ways that only few could have dreamed even a decade ago. Already, a fast-growing number of schools around the world are embracing these new contexts for their work and shifting practice in significant ways. But given the speed and scope of the disruption we’re already seeing, even those changes may not be enough. In this session, we’ll look at the the challenges and opportunities for schools, discuss current best practices in schools who are moving significantly and swiftly into the modern world, and frame out a roadmap for creating long term, sustainable change that best serves our students moving forward.

Speakers
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Will Richardson

A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. He was one of a handful of original education bloggers (willrichardson.com... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 8:00am - 9:30am
Nipmuc Auditorium

9:40am

Design Thinking (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available

Design Thinking Info Page:

http://mursdpd.weebly.com/design-thinking.html


The open-ended problem-solving process that has wide use in commercial product design and social innovation is rapidly migrating to the classroom.  Design thinking typically starts by identifying user needs through empathy-building experiences before moving to defining, ideating, prototyping, and refining results based on feedback.  The process is iterative rather than linear, producing multiple drafts and prototypes en route to innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Alice Gentili

Alice Gentili

Teacher of Visual Art, Miscoe Hill Middle School
Alice Gentili – Visual Art Educator and Department Chair, Mendon-Upton Schools BFA (Painting) Mass College of Art, Post Bacc (Elem Ed), MEd (Art) Framingham State, Instructional Tech Certificate, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator, Lifelong Maker using iPads in the art classroom... Read More →
avatar for Paul Marshall

Paul Marshall

Assistant Principal, Miscoe Hill School
avatar for Mary Anne Moran

Mary Anne Moran

Educator, Nipmuc
Mary Anne Moran is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of assistant... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 9:40am - 10:15am
Nipmuc G218

9:40am

Global Education (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available


Global Education Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/global-education.html


In an increasingly interconnected world, students develop global competence by investigating issues of global importance, recognizing multiple perspectives, communicating their views, and taking action.

Speakers
avatar for Joseph Maruszczak

Joseph Maruszczak

Superintendent, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
I am the proud superintendent of the Mendon-Upton (MA) Regional School District, a community of over 2600 diverse learners. I am passionate about learning more about professional practices that challenge the status quo, particularly those that use technology in a purposeful way to... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 9:40am - 10:15am
Nipmuc B236

9:40am

Personalized Learning (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity filling up

Starting from the belief that not all students learn alike, personalized learning encompasses a wide range of technologies, assessment and reporting tools, and teaching practices to help each student succeed.

Speakers
avatar for John Clements

John Clements

Educator, Nipmuc Regional High School
John Clements is Co-Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. He began his career at Nipmuc 21 years ago as an English teacher. He spent seven years as an assistant principal and is currently in his ninth year as principal. Mr. Clements is passionate about evolving education to meet... Read More →
avatar for Courtney Leja

Courtney Leja

Teacher, Nipmuc
avatar for Dennis Todd

Dennis Todd

Director of Student Support Services, Mendon-Upton Regional School District


Tuesday August 29, 2017 9:40am - 10:15am
Nipmuc B239

9:40am

Project-Based Learning (PBL) (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity filling up

Link to more PBL Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/project-based-learning.html

Students gain academic knowledge and develop critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills by investigating or responding to an open-ended question, problem, or challenge (often with real-world connections).  They typically apply their understanding to create something new, teach others, or advocate for a solution.  ​​

Speakers
avatar for BVCC

BVCC

BVCC
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Brendon Rosenau

8th Grade History Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Tuesday August 29, 2017 9:40am - 10:15am
PDC

9:40am

Elementary Q & A with Will Richardson
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a follow-up opportunity for faculty and staff to have further discussions with our keynote speaker, Will Richardson, on the topics of his keynote and principles of modern learning.

This session is for elementary faculty staff.  All nurses, paraprofessionals, and ABA Techs will also attend this session.

Speakers
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Will Richardson

A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. He was one of a handful of original education bloggers (willrichardson.com... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 9:40am - 10:50am
Nipmuc Auditorium

10:20am

Blended Learning (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available

Blended Learning Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/blended-learning.html

Students engage in a combination of online and face-to-face learning, allowing them to make choices about the pace, location, and timing of their learning ​

Speakers
avatar for Bruce Bisbee

Bruce Bisbee

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School
JM

Jen Mannion

Principal, Miscoe Hill Middle School


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:20am - 10:50am
Nipmuc B337

10:20am

Connected Learning (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity filling up

Connected Learning Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/connected-learning.html

Leveraging digital tools and peer-to-peer learning, connected learning is socially connected, interest-driven, and academically oriented, according to the Connected Learning Research ​​Network.  Connected learning occurs across the lifespan and leads naturally to network building (such as the personal learning networks that many educators rely on for personalized professional learning)

Speakers
avatar for David Quinn

David Quinn

Director of Tech and Integration, Mendon - Upton Regional School District
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a doctoral candidate... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:20am - 10:50am
Nipmuc G217

10:20am

Genius Hour/20% Time (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Genius Hour/20% Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/genius-hour20.html


Modeled on an idea from Google and other companies to free up 20 percent of employees’ time for self-directed research projects, Genius Hour creates time and space within the school week for students to pursue questions that pique their curiosity. ​

Speakers
avatar for BVCC

BVCC

BVCC
avatar for Courtney Henry

Courtney Henry

Teacher, Nipmuc Regional High School


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:20am - 10:50am
PDC

10:20am

Maker Education (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available

Maker Education Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/maker-education.html

Grounded in the philosophy of learning by doing, maker education provides students with access to tools and the time to solve problems that interest them.  ​

Speakers
avatar for John Clements

John Clements

Educator, Nipmuc Regional High School
John Clements is Co-Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School. He began his career at Nipmuc 21 years ago as an English teacher. He spent seven years as an assistant principal and is currently in his ninth year as principal. Mr. Clements is passionate about evolving education to meet... Read More →
avatar for Alice Gentili

Alice Gentili

Teacher of Visual Art, Miscoe Hill Middle School
Alice Gentili – Visual Art Educator and Department Chair, Mendon-Upton Schools BFA (Painting) Mass College of Art, Post Bacc (Elem Ed), MEd (Art) Framingham State, Instructional Tech Certificate, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator, Lifelong Maker using iPads in the art classroom... Read More →
avatar for Mary Anne Moran

Mary Anne Moran

Educator, Nipmuc
Mary Anne Moran is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of assistant... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:20am - 10:50am
Media Center

10:55am

Design Thinking (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available

Design Thinking Info Page:

http://mursdpd.weebly.com/design-thinking.html


The open-ended problem-solving process that has wide use in commercial product design and social innovation is rapidly migrating to the classroom.  Design thinking typically starts by identifying user needs through empathy-building experiences before moving to defining, ideating, prototyping, and refining results based on feedback.  The process is iterative rather than linear, producing multiple drafts and prototypes en route to innovation.

Speakers
avatar for Alice Gentili

Alice Gentili

Teacher of Visual Art, Miscoe Hill Middle School
Alice Gentili – Visual Art Educator and Department Chair, Mendon-Upton Schools BFA (Painting) Mass College of Art, Post Bacc (Elem Ed), MEd (Art) Framingham State, Instructional Tech Certificate, Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator, Lifelong Maker using iPads in the art classroom... Read More →
avatar for David Quinn

David Quinn

Director of Tech and Integration, Mendon - Upton Regional School District
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a doctoral candidate... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:55am - 11:30am
Nipmuc G218

10:55am

Global Education (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available


Global Education Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/global-education.html


In an increasingly interconnected world, students develop global competence by investigating issues of global importance, recognizing multiple perspectives, communicating their views, and taking action.

Speakers
avatar for Katie Cardamone

Katie Cardamone

Spanish Immersion Teacher, Memorial Elementary School
I have taught Spanish Immersion at Memorial Elementary school for 14 years and coordinated the Spanish Immersion program in the Mendon-Upton Regional School district. I feel passionate about promoting dual language and world language programs and connecting with local and global... Read More →
avatar for Joseph Maruszczak

Joseph Maruszczak

Superintendent, Mendon-Upton Regional School District
I am the proud superintendent of the Mendon-Upton (MA) Regional School District, a community of over 2600 diverse learners. I am passionate about learning more about professional practices that challenge the status quo, particularly those that use technology in a purposeful way to... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:55am - 11:30am
Nipmuc B236

10:55am

Personalized Learning (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity filling up

Starting from the belief that not all students learn alike, personalized learning encompasses a wide range of technologies, assessment and reporting tools, and teaching practices to help each student succeed.

Speakers
avatar for Dennis Todd

Dennis Todd

Director of Student Support Services, Mendon-Upton Regional School District


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:55am - 11:30am
Nipmuc B239

10:55am

Project-Based Learning (PBL) (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity filling up

Link to more PBL Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/project-based-learning.html

Students gain academic knowledge and develop critical thinking, collaboration, and other skills by investigating or responding to an open-ended question, problem, or challenge (often with real-world connections).  They typically apply their understanding to create something new, teach others, or advocate for a solution.  ​​

Speakers
avatar for BVCC

BVCC

BVCC


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:55am - 11:30am
PDC

10:55am

DCAP Overview for Paraprofessionals
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide an overview of our newly revised District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) for participating paraprofessionals.  

Speakers

Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:55am - 12:10pm
Nipmuc B338

10:55am

Secondary Q & A with Will Richardson
Limited Capacity seats available

This is a follow-up opportunity for faculty and staff to have further discussions with our keynote speaker, Will Richardson, on the topics of his keynote and principles of modern learning.

Speakers
WR

Will Richardson

A parent of two teen-agers, Will Richardson has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. He was one of a handful of original education bloggers (willrichardson.com... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 10:55am - 12:10pm
Nipmuc Auditorium

11:00am

ABA Techs: Best Practices in Data Collection
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide an overview on best practices in data collection.


Tuesday August 29, 2017 11:00am - 12:10pm
Kathy Deschenes' Room

11:35am

Blended Learning (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available

Blended Learning Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/blended-learning.html

Students engage in a combination of online and face-to-face learning, allowing them to make choices about the pace, location, and timing of their learning ​

Speakers
avatar for Deb Swain

Deb Swain

Principal, Memorial School
I'm the principal of Memorial School in Upton, MA. I'm excited to talk about the work we have been doing supporting students with social/emotional/behavioral concerns within the classroom setting. I'm excited to learn more about project based learning opportunities at the elementary... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 11:35am - 12:10pm
Nipmuc B337

11:35am

Connected Learning (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available

Connected Learning Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/connected-learning.html

Leveraging digital tools and peer-to-peer learning, connected learning is socially connected, interest-driven, and academically oriented, according to the Connected Learning Research ​​Network.  Connected learning occurs across the lifespan and leads naturally to network building (such as the personal learning networks that many educators rely on for personalized professional learning)

Speakers
avatar for David Quinn

David Quinn

Director of Tech and Integration, Mendon - Upton Regional School District
Dave Quinn is the Director of Technology Integration for the Mendon-Upton Regional School District in Massachusetts and works directly with teachers and students in grades K-12 to reimagine learning experiences through the meaningful use of technology. He is also a doctoral candidate... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 11:35am - 12:10pm
Nipmuc G217

11:35am

Genius Hour/20% Time (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity seats available

Genius Hour/20% Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/genius-hour20.html


Modeled on an idea from Google and other companies to free up 20 percent of employees’ time for self-directed research projects, Genius Hour creates time and space within the school week for students to pursue questions that pique their curiosity. ​

Speakers
avatar for BVCC

BVCC

BVCC
avatar for Brenda Webster

Brenda Webster

Grade 5 Teacher, Miscoe Hill Middle School
28 year veteran who feels like a first year teacher every year. I dabble with, but am no expert at: #classroombookaday, Flexible Srating, Genius Hour/Passion Projects, Online Student Portfolios using See Saw, Student-Led conferences, The LAUNCH Cycle (Aj Juliani), classroom Twitter... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 11:35am - 12:10pm
PDC

11:35am

Maker Education (Professional Practice Pathway)
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

Maker Education Website:  http://mursdpd.weebly.com/maker-education.html

Grounded in the philosophy of learning by doing, maker education provides students with access to tools and the time to solve problems that interest them.  ​

Speakers
avatar for Janice  Gallagher

Janice Gallagher

Principal, Henry P. Clough Elementary School
avatar for Mary Anne Moran

Mary Anne Moran

Educator, Nipmuc
Mary Anne Moran is Principal of Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, Massachusetts. She began her career as an elementary educator and quickly made her way to the secondary level. She has been a member of the Nipmuc community for the last 16 years transitioning to the role of assistant... Read More →


Tuesday August 29, 2017 11:35am - 12:10pm
Media Center

12:15pm

Lunch
We will be providing boxed lunches.  Please register for the lunch so we can make sure we have enough.  We will have a few gluten free salads. If you need a gluten free salad, please contact Laurie Petti at lpetti@mursd.org.  



Note:  If you have special diets, we encourage you to bring your own lunch to be sure you have what you need.

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:15pm - 12:45pm
TBA

12:45pm

Executive Functioning Overview for Paraprofessionals
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will provide an overview of executive functioning strategies for paraprofessionals that can be used in the classroom.

Speakers

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nipmuc B338

12:45pm

Playground: Blended Learning
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nipmuc B337, B336, B339

12:45pm

Playground: Connected Learning
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
NIpmuc G215, G216, G217

12:45pm

Playground: Design Thinking
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nipmuc G220, G218, G219

12:45pm

Playground: Genius Hour/20% Time
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nipmuc B334, B335, B340

12:45pm

Playground: Global Education
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nipmuc B236, B237, B242

12:45pm

Playground: Maker Education
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Media Center

12:45pm

Playground: Personalized Learning
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Nipmuc B238, B239, B241

12:45pm

Playground: Project-Based Learning
Calling this session a playground is very purposeful because it is time for you and your colleagues to explore and play with the ideas presented by the keynote, discussions, and professional practice pathway breakout sessions.  This is unstructured time to collaborate, discover, and test out new ideas together.  It is time for participants to reflect, think, and consider ways to innovate.  We will have classroom locations identified for each of the pathways to help participants to meet an discuss their ideas and plans.

During this time participants should consider the following questions:
  • What is one approach you might try out this year?  
  • What is a new idea that you are excited to explore further?  
  • What are some units or lessons that you can redesign and reimagine to integrate new ideas?
  • What is something you have tried, which you want to adapt for this coming year?

Tuesday August 29, 2017 12:45pm - 2:00pm
PDC

2:05pm

Learning Smackdown
Limited Capacity seats available

The concepts of smackdowns come from EdCamps where it is an opportunity for fast-paced sharing and networking.  At the end of a day of learning, many participants volunteer to share what they learned, whether it was a new idea, tech tool, lesson strategy, or anything else they'd like to share with the group about engaged teaching and learning practices.  Participants come prepared to give a quick 1 minute pitch of what they learned and share any pertinent information (resources, URL's, etc).  The information shared will be added to an online shared document that everyone can access later.  Think about the following questions:  

​"What idea challenged your thinking, created new meaning, or opened your mind to a new practice?"

"How will this day impact your tomorrow?"



Tuesday August 29, 2017 2:05pm - 2:30pm
Nipmuc Auditorium