Insight Sessions

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April 17 – Insights Session Details

Insights Session 1


1A Student Voice: A Journey to Inform and Transform Schools

Research provides evidence that when student voice and agency are elevated in schools, students are more likely to develop a sense of self-worth, be engaged in learning, and have a sense of purpose. In an effort to be more responsive to our Provincial Data, we have engaged student voices through focus groups, sharing circles, and value walks. As a result of providing space for students to share their stories and become agents of change, we are beginning to see evidence that when students “Engage the World” they can indeed “Change the World”
Presenter: Sherra-Lee Robinson   |   Arbor AB   |   ↑ top

1B At the Heart of the Learning Process: Student Well-Being

Jean Clinton, child psychiatrist and special advisor to NPDL Global, will facilitate an interactive discussion about student well-being. Come to this session ready to ask questions, engage in conversations, and get to the heart of the work.
Presenter: Jean Clinton   |   Arbor EFG   |   ↑ top

1C What’s Deep About Deep Learning?

This interactive session provides a road map for deep learning-what it is, why it is important, how it works, and how it is making an impact. Explore resources and real-life examples that build the capacity of teachers, schools and districts to create learning experiences that give purpose, unleash student potential, and transform not only learning, but life itself. A great session for those new to NPDL.
Presenter: NPDL Global Team   |   Arbor CD   |   ↑ top

1D Deep Learning Across the School: Two approaches to creating a continuum of learning

In this session we will examine two approaches to building a whole-school continuum of learning for the 6Cs. We will explore how to integrate the competencies into subject disciplines in powerful ways. We will discuss what we learned from each approach: what worked, what was challenging, and what we would do differently. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the processes they use or could create for their teaching teams and their school.
Presenter: Damon Cooper   |   Birch   |   ↑ top

1E Be the Change: School-wide Civic Engagement at Sierra Vista Middle School

This session will provide an overview of the experiences students engaged in across content areas to develop both academic and social-emotional skills, as well as see growth in the outcomes of NPDL and Ethnic Studies. Lesson examples and artifacts of student work will be shared from some classes.
Presenters: Ann Hanson, Staci Ybarra, Judith Sanchez-Villaneda   |   Sycamore   |   ↑ top

1F How can we create interactive and equitable learning environments that excite?

Sticky learning moments cause a neurological chemical reaction that forms and stores long-term memories. When teachers design these experiences, in the form of launch tasks, we see higher levels of student engagement and curiosity in the form of emotional triggers. Join us for a dynamic look at how launch tasks have been used in both student and adult learning design to lift engagement and foster competence that is transferable beyond the classroom. Let’s hope for some fine weather!
Presenters: Megan Dickins, Belinda Treloar   |   Willow   |   ↑ top

1G Building-Level Leadership: Engaging staff, students and your community to grow deep learning opportunities

Our insight session is designed to offer building-level leaders the opportunity for dialogue and shared learning around implementation and growth of deeper learning within their school. We will explore the benefits of “principal as practitioner” within NPDL. Additionally, we will bring our experiences as elementary building level principals in how to capitalize on collaboration amongst your fellow building-level colleagues.
Presenters: Laura Bidlack, Sara Crowley   |   Brisbane   |   ↑ top

1H One School Example of a Nuanced Leadership Team

Michael Fullan said “Deep learning changes the nature of leadership.” Our school has developed a “nuanced” deep learning culture where joint determination, adaptability, and culture based accountability have put “the joy back into learning for students and adults, alike.” This session will show a specific example of what leadership for deep learning looks like in one American High School.
Presenters: Ryan Francom, Brooke Davies, Byron Tanner   |   Magnolia   |   ↑ top

1J From the Classroom to a Company – Cinnamon Cove

When young people learn deeply, they emerge as agents for societal change (Fullan, 2012). Myla and Liv from Cinnamon Cove are movers, shakers and agents for change. Not satisfied with the disposable and impractical nature of the tween swimwear market for girls, their goal is to create stylish yet practical age-appropriate swimwear that supports our active lifestyles, our love of fashion and our respect for our planet. But how do we actually do it? Come with us as we reflect on our learning as we share what it takes to launch our own clothing line at age 12. Because, you know, WE ARE THE YOUTH and this is all about what works for us. It’s time for us to have our say!
Presenters: Chris Morris   |   Holly Oak   |   ↑ top

Insights Session 2


2A A gamified approach to the 6Cs: NPDL Cards and Medals

In this interactive session we present a set of printed materials developed for the promotion of the 6Cs with primary school students. The competence cards and medals feature real world people from the world that are relevant for children and that are symbolically linked to NPDL dimensions. Cards and medals are part of a larger reward eco-system for primary school students. The goal of these materials is to raise the competence awareness from a student centered perspective.
Presenters: Carlos Libisch, Gabriela Bentancor, Dario Zarauza   |   Arbor AB   |   ↑ top

2B Measuring What Matters: Transforming assessment and recognition of competencies

Schools are changing what learners learn, and how they learn to equip students to thrive. Teaching, assessing and recognising competencies is both essential and challenging. Traditional approaches to assessment are out of sync. Join us to explore the New Metrics for Success Partnership Schools’ innovative practices to reframe their approach to assess and recognise student learning progress with a mantra of “We measure what we value, and we value what we measure.”
Presenters: Lynn Davie, Max Drummy   |   Arbor EFG   |   ↑ top

2C Dragon Meadow: Deep Learning at St. George Elementary

In the midst of a global pandemic and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Call to Action, our student population was in crisis. Higher rates of absenteeism, disengagement and problem behaviours were the forefront of our conversations. As a staff we knew that we needed to act. We sought out staff and student voice and it became clear that the students needed a safe space in order to develop social and emotional learning strategies. What started as a simple peace path became so much more.
Presenter: Ronda Eddy   |   Holly Oak   |   ↑ top

2D Connecting the Community to the Classroom through Coffee

In this session participants will learn about a high school chemistry lesson in which students are asked to design the best tasting cup of coffee in the most energy efficient manner. Participants will hear from students who were a part of this lesson and learn about how elements of Deep Learning were utilized in creating this learning experience. Lastly, with the help of student speakers, participants will create their own cup of coffee!
Presenters: Merek Chang and two students, Keyla and Mario   |   Arbor CD   |   ↑ top

2E Connecting Deep Learning to Visual Art: Timpanagos Mural Project

At Timpanogos High School, art students collaborated with a professional poet and artist to create a 15’ long mural to represent their school. As these students collaborated with other classes, they developed Deep Learning skills in an authentic and powerful way. This presentation describes how daily practices as well as large projects can turn the art classroom into a Deep Learning Lab.
Presenter: Anna Davis   |   Brisbane   |   ↑ top

2F Learning Circles: Collaborative Cultures of Learning at Loreto Normanhurst

Evidence suggests that professional learning that is ongoing, collaborative and future-focused has a significant impact on student outcomes (DuFour & Marzano, 2011). Further, the opportunity to develop learning through online, interactive resources enables a cultural shift that is sustainable and impactful. Join us to hear how Professional Learning Teams, or Learning Circles, have been established at Loreto Normanhurst to contextualise Deep Learning at Loreto and to design deep learning experiences for students.
Presenters: Kieryn Bateman, Sandra Cunningham   |   Sycamore   |   ↑ top

2G Deepening Learning by Building Strong Learning Partnerships With Parents: A New Zealand School’s Perspective

At Hillpark School, we are committed to all children having Deep Learning experiences, right from the time that they start school as five year olds. By using a digital platform, we share children’s Deep Learning with families using ‘real-time’ reporting. In this interactive workshop, we explore the many ways that we build connections with our Hillpark school children and families that enrich their learning experiences and foster wellbeing for all.
Presenters: Emma Rtizema-Bain, Tania Mills   |   Willow   |   ↑ top

2H Deep Learning – Zero to 100

From an absence of Deep Learning strategies, goals, or implementation support to having a powerful culture of collaboration, Minarah College is a pioneer at establishing Deep Learning across the whole school (K-12). The school sets the perfect example of leveraging a whole school approach such as uniform change, upskilling staff and leveraging digital technology over the past two years to achieve the Deep Learning goals by including the staff, parents and student voice.
Presenters: Jay Halai, Saireen Hussein, Monalisa Grove, Nuraan Samodien   |   Magnolia   |   ↑ top

April 18 – Insights Session Details

Insights Session 3



3A How can AI be a catalyst for Assessment reform?

Globally, traditional forms of assessment are not working. Commentators are calling for different assessment types to evidence both academic and competencies that are transferable beyond school . As Artificial Intelligence becomes more mainstream, how can we consider a shift towards transformative assessment. This insight session will explore how we can harness the power of AI to challenge traditional assessment paradigms.
Presenters: Jorga Marrum, Chris Morris   |   Arbor AB   |   ↑ top


3B Tell Your Story: A journey through student voice and wellness

We aim to educate people about our story, which includes our place (Newfoundland and Labrador), our space (Clarenville and High School), and our education. Clarenville High School has undertaken numerous successful initiatives centered on student voice, citizenship, wellness and engaging and authentic learning experiences. In addition to sharing our story, we want our presentation to be interactive, engaging and meaningful with participants leaving with new ideas to implement in their own schools.
Presenters: Rodney Boutcher, Michael Spurrell, and two students, Katie and Billie, from Clarenville High School   |   Arbor CD   |   ↑ top


3C Title: Shifting the Ownership of Learning

Deep Learning really only occurs when the learner has the opportunity to decide two things: what they learn and how they learn it. This is what we refer to as a learner-centred approach and is about shifting the ownership of learning from the teacher to the learner. Achieving this shift requires significant changes to the design and organisation of learning in our classrooms – including the role of the teacher. In this session you’ll be introduced to a framework to support you in this, with examples from some NZ teachers to illustrate how they’ve incorporated student-centred design into their deep learning approaches.
Presenter: Derek Wenmoth   |   Brisbane   |   ↑ top


3D Design Lab

Experience a collaborative, innovative deep learning design challenge. Using the Four Elements of Learning Design as a common lens, you will connect with new colleagues to co-create a deep learning experience that can be facilitated in classrooms. Let’s get messy.
Presenter: Georgina Lake   |   Arbor EFG   |   ↑ top


3E Meaningful Evidence or Malpractice? Intentionally seeking evidence we value.

A major impediment to deep learning is traditional assessment and grading. Deep Learning can’t thrive in a traditional, transactional point game. Our school intentionally sought evidence of deep learning goals at the school and classroom level. A deep learning culture and meaningful assessment have brought joy back to schooling for teachers and students. And, despite a significant at-risk population, our school far outperforms their demographics on accountability measures.
Presenters: Joseph N. Jensen, Brian Saxton   |   Magnolia   |   ↑ top


3F Design with purpose: removing barriers to sustainable improvement cycles

One would think that having access to digital tools would trigger an educational transformation, but I learned that true educational change happens when the use of technology emerges as a consequence of a new mindset that comes to life as we reflect on teaching and learning. Facilitating meaningful reflection, that is to say, ´the post experience'(Baricco 2018) of technology in education is our modern challenge. Let me share a learning journey informed by research and implementation in schools from Uruguay to Slovakia to refugee centers in Romania, so we can keep improving as learning experience designers.
Presenter: Cecilia de la Paz   |   Willow   |   ↑ top


3G Disrupting Traditional Education by Amplifying Youth Voice and Civic Engagement

Learn how AUHSD has disrupted traditional education by amplifying youth voice and civic engagement to enhance 21st century skills and technical skills. Youth voice and civic engagement equips students to be aware of their own aspirations, identify life goals, and work with others to obtain further skills and knowledge that prepare them for meaningful and productive lives. Empowering students to use their voice and take action in their community helps build students’ civic identities and workplace skills which is the ultimate preparation for college, career, and life.
Presenters: Jaron Fried, Michael Matsuda and students   |   Sycamore   |   ↑ top


3H Roots and Fruits: The HLPUSD Model

The HLPUSD Model combines NPDL and Ethnic Studies. It aims to connect students with the world and their identities, sustain their personal and academic growth, and move the community toward action and reflection through shifts in educational culture and practices. This session includes our rationale, the model’s implementation across our district, and the resources we designed to embed NPDL and Ethnic Studies in K-12 practices.
Presenters: Helene Cunningham, Harpreet Kaur Dhir, Jenn LeBrun   |   Holly Oak   |   ↑ top

Insights Session 4



4A A country-wide cluster. The Uruguayan case: opportunities and challenges

Uruguay became part of NPDL in 2014 with 100 innovative schools. The cluster progressively grew with the incorporation of new schools coming from all levels of public and private education across the country (primary, secondary, vocational and teacher education). Since 2014 we went through different stages: building a common language, identification and celebration of innovation, appropriation and adaptation of NPDL tools, with a central role of technology as a leverage for change. In 2023, Uruguay is going through a curricular transformation, moving from a traditionally designed curriculum, towards a competence-based one inspired in NPDL. This presentation aims at sharing the process of becoming a country-wide cluster, by presenting the challenges and opportunities along the journey.
Presenters: Claudia Brovetto, Veronica Zorrilla de San Martin, Ramon Silveira, Emy Soubiron, Leandro Folgar   |   Magnolia   |   ↑ top


4B Project Kids

Project Kids is a student-led group of Las Lomas Entrepreneurs who use inspiring ideas to make a positive impact in the world. Over the past four years, Project Kids has raised $5900 to pack 177 boxes for kids in need around the world, created a free school-wide Farmers Market that serves 486 students monthly, and organized a school food pantry. Come learn how Project Kids grew from two classrooms to involving our entire school community.
Presenters: Annette Goodman, Theresa Huston   |   Willow   |   ↑ top


4C Bridge to Deeper Learning: How We Welcome Students to Our Community and to NPDL

This session will focus on concrete strategies to create an intentional start to your school year that incorporates school culture with the 6 core competencies. Walk away with a toolkit for your school to create and envision a “bridge to learning” orientation program.
Presenters: Miranda Thorman, Amy McGeorge   |   Sycamore   |   ↑ top


4D How do we facilitate deep learning design conversations?

Investigate how we can use a common language of learning design to give collaborative feedback about a learning experience.
Effective moderation strategies involve finding evidence of deep learning. This reflective practice helps teachers to rate their own design and supports quality professional feedback from others. In this workshop we will experience hands on precision in pedagogy and inquiry into how you can facilitate deep conversations about learning design.
Presenter: Margot McKeegan   |   Brisbane   |   ↑ top


4E A Session with Zaretta Hammond

During this session, we’ll explore the question: How do we close the knowing-doing gap when it comes to cultivating students’ dispositions and skills related to the global competencies? We will discuss key levers, the science of habit formation, and change management for equity.  
Presenter: Zaretta Hammond   |   Arbor AB   |   ↑ top


4F The Activation Studio

As we near the end of the Deep Learning Lab, you are likely brimming with ideas and inspiration! Join us as we engage in a collaborative protocol to support you in moving from Deep Learning Lab inspiration to Deep Learning action.
Presenter: Jennifer Gottlieb   |   Arbor CD   |   ↑ top


4G Reimagining Secondary School Courses

Summary: At St Columba Anglican School we have transformed from a traditional school that may limit thinking and skill development to a Deep Learning community where students take risks, learn from mistakes, and continuously work at the edge of their understanding. This is evident in the reimagining of our Secondary School Year 9 and 10 courses, which are now aligned with the four dimensions of Deep Learning, making the teaching and learning more purposeful and significant.
Presenters: Gayle Houlahan, Amanda Cooper   |   Holly Oak   |   ↑ top


4H Creating a Collaborative Cluster

The session will follow the creation of the GMT Cluster (England, Scotland, Netherlands and South Africa) from the getting to know you stage, to planned collaboration and the Visual Voices project. Through the sharing of school to school collaborative practice, the session will focus on how such practice develops: intercultural understanding; the power of the pupil’s voice; professional development; and whole school culture-building.
Presenter: Jo Speak   |   Birch   |   ↑ top