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National Conference Master Class Proposals Due June 27th

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    April Hattori

We are now accepting Master Class proposals for the Expeditionary Learning (EL) National Conference that will be held December 7th to 9th in Boston (Pre-conference Day is December 6th). The deadline is Friday, June 27th.

With the theme Independence: Preparing Leaders of Their Own Learning, the National Conference will highlight student-engaged assessment strategies and Common Core learning that help students develop self-sufficiency, resilience, and leadership as scholars and citizens.

Master class sessions will showcase the curricular, instructional and assessment practices, and the community structures that exemplify EL’s Core Practices in action. They will be divided into Teacher and Leadership Strands and will exemplify the many aspects of exceptional work being done throughout our network of EL schools, as well as in schools using our curriculum. The Teacher Strand spotlights work at the school or classroom level; the Leadership Strand showcases work done at a school-wide level by school leaders and leadership teams.

The selection of Master Classes will be based on three key considerations: the degree to which the proposal meets the Master Class criteria outlined below; the need to create a balanced slate of Master Classes reflecting different regions, subject areas, and grade levels; and the degree of engaging pedagogy utilized within the lesson design of the Master Class. Due to space, topic balance and equity considerations, we may have to limit the number of accepted proposals from any one school.

Criteria for All Master Class Proposals

  • Connect to the conference theme and EL’s Core Practices
  • Articulate clear learning targets for participants
  • Model active pedagogy in a clear, engaging plan for the flow, sequence and delivery of the session
  • Are fully articulated; incomplete proposals will not be considered

Information on the Request for Master Class Proposals can be accessed by EL network schools on EL Commons under “Educator Resources - Resource Library - National Conference Materials - General Information, Boston, MA.”  The documents: explain the theme and provide questions to guide possible master class ideas; provide submission guidelines and the rubric;  and give details on how proposals will be rated.  

We are offering one free conference registration for each Master Class proposal that is accepted. All Master Class proposals will be due by Friday, June 27, 2014, 5 p.m. Pacific Time. Acceptances will be sent out via email notification early August 2014.

If you have questions, please contact Stephanie Burke, sburke@elschools.org.