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Wednesday, November 7 • 10:30am - 11:30am
A Willingness to Adapt: Living Our Mission

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Utilizing our mission as our guide and following four core principles (Program Development, Classroom/Curriculum Implementation/Integration, Professional Development, and Reflection/Evaluation), students and educators from Blake Middle School have brought an engaging student-centered model to fruition.  This session will focus on two of these core principles...
  • Classroom/Curriculum Implementation/Integration (Student/Teacher demonstrations across curricula demonstrating the applications of the program; Fostering creativity/redefinition and reflections/curation via student portfolios)
  • Professional Development Structure (ETT, common planning, internal structures, appropriate staffing, #Edcamps, #DLDMedfield)
Participants will walk away with a framework to help address questions, highlighting our approach to thematic professional development, a culture of collaboration, student creativity, policies and procedures, purposeful learning, and digital citizenry.  Areas of specific focus include…student recognition and feedback, standards-based reporting, project-based learning, Genius Hour, student-led conferences, district determined measures, and student-generated portfolios.
We will exhibit our methods of transparency and communication with the parents and greater community, philosophy of mistakes, and professional development model.  The lessons we have learned, and approach we have taken as a team to enhance the learning for our students, will hopefully help with sharing our approach, successes, mistakes, and process of growth.  At the heart of all of this work is our ‘willingness to adapt’.

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Jason Heim

Science Teacher, Blake Middle School
Science Teacher - Blake Middle School 2002-20181:1 iPad classroom 2012 - 2018Presenter:  Masscue, Learn Launch, Medfield Digital Learning Day, iPad Summit, Innovation Summit.
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Diane Horvath

Technology Integration Specialist, Blake Middle School
Technology Integration / Makerspace Specialist at Blake Middle School ! Always trying to spark opportunities for creativity, connectivity and innovation in student and teacher learning. Currently exploring: Micro:bits, 3D printing, Yarnbombing, and etextiles!
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Nat Vaughn

Principal Blake Middle School, Medfield Public Schools
I have been an educator for 21 years and have been the principal at Blake Middle School in Medfield, MA for the past 8 years. I believe in advocating for and fostering an environment of collaboration and creativity with students, teachers and parents has played a significant role... Read More →

Wednesday November 7, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am EST
Silver Ballroom 1