Rowland Foundation

2011 Statewide Conference

Co-sponsored by the University of Vermont College of Education and Social Services

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Parking at at Gutterson and Jeffords with continuous shuttle service to and from Billings Library (receive parking permits during online registration)

8:30-9:15 Coffee and registration in Billings Library
9:30 Welcoming remarks
Chuck Scranton, Executive Director, The Rowland Foundation
9:45 Keynote remarks
Sir Ken Robinson in Ira Allen Chapel
10:30 Questions/Answers with Sir Ken Robinson
10:45 Break
11:00 Session I Workshops
(facilitated by Rowland Fellows). Choose from workshops and descriptions.
12:15 Lunch in Billings Library
1:15 Session II Workshops
same as the morning or special afternoon-only workshop:
Managing and Leading Transformational Change (see description below)
2:30 Adjournment


Themes, Teams and Schemes: Effective Ways to Integrate Learning

While schools have traditionally taught skills and content as compartmentalized and segregated disciplines, successful real-world navigation requires an ability to transcend these superficial boundaries, make connections and concurrently draw on multiple resources. In this workshop we will discuss several models of integration, specifically overarching themes, collaborative teaching, and shared curriculum standards and expectations.

The How and Why: Using Extended Learning Opportunities and Service Learning to Bring Relevance, Rigor and Purpose to your Curriculum

Too often and for far too many years schools have defined learning within the four walls of the traditional classroom. In this workshop, we will explore ways for students to be more inquisitive, to engage in their education with a greater sense of purpose and to apply critical thinking and problem solving in ways which benefit their communities all while having the potential to earn embedded credits toward their graduation requirements.

Living Democracy: Student Voice Driving Transformational Outcomes

This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the vital, often neglected role of authentic student voice in high school transformation. We will share effective strategies and tools that are currently altering the culture of learning in Vermont schools.

Uniting Students, Schools and Families: Success through Engagement

From closing the socio-economic achievement gap to building stronger partnerships with parents to developing a meaningful and effective advisory system, this workshop will present different avenues to better engage students by drawing on the experiences of five Vermont high schools. The presentation will encourage participants to think about systems that both enhance and undermine success for their students.

Keeping It Real: Authentic Assessment

What does it mean when a student has an 84? How does this tell us what we can reasonably expect the student to know, understand and do? With the current importance of standardized testing and GPA, many teachers are torn between the demands of traditional assessment and what they know to be best practices, most notably, assessment that is multi-modal, reflective and personalized. Participants in this session will share their authentic assessment strategies and examine how they can help students set their own learning goals and connect school work to "real life".

Managing and Leading Transformational Change (afternoon only)

A roundtable discussion for principals and heads of schools on overcoming challenges, obstacles and cement shoes and developing a collective vision with shared ownership among constituents.
Facilitated by Chuck Scranton, Executive Director, The Rowland Foundation

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Conference, Workshop and Course Registration

Once a team has been determined and workshop participation and University of Vermont course interest measured, we suggest one person be designated to complete the online registration for all team members.

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  Early Bird Registration
by 5/20/11
Regular Registration
by 6/30/11
Late Registration
After 7/1/11;
space available
School Team of 8 $500 $750 $850
Individual Attendee $150 $225 $275
Student $100 $150 $175
Keynote only $50 $50 $75

Note: For those attending the full conference, the registration fee covers all conference activities, lunch and parking at Gutterson. A shuttle bus will deliver participants to the conference site. A UVM processing fee of $6.14 per person will be added to each registration.

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The Rowland Foundation's Partnership with the
University of Vermont

The Rowland Foundation encourages two members of the school team (or at least one) to enroll in our three-credit graduate course offered in partnership with UVM. This course will extend the conversation related to those issues explored at the conference and will culminate with the participants developing transformational plans for their schools.

Course description:
Leading School Transformation (EDLP380)
This course is intended for Vermont 9-12 educators who are leading transformational efforts at their schools. This graduate-level course will focus on the themes of authentic assessment, integrated learning, student engagement, student voice and extended learning opportunities. The course will combine best practices and school-based projects to continue the work initiated at The Rowland Foundation Conference at UVM with keynote speaker, Sir Ken Robinson.

North Campus: University of Vermont; South Campus: Rutland area

Meeting Times:
The course will meet the first and third Wednesdays of each month from September 7 to December 21 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. with two extended sessions: The Transformation Retreat at the University of Vermont on August 21-22 (8:30-3:30) and The Rowland Foundation Transformation Conference at the University of Vermont on September 22.

$1,641.00 (current estimate)

Sign up for this course at the same time you register for the conference. Enrollment is limited.


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