Summit XX will be:

  • active, hands-on, and differentiated,
  • participant-focused and participant-driven,
  • structured and facilitated to foster creative explorations, brainstorms, and collaborations,
  • devoid of PowerPoint and “sit-and-get” content, and
  • engaging, participatory, and innovative.

Q. What will be different about Summit XX?

A. Summit XX will utilize structured, facilitator-guided working sessions composed of cross-curricular teams. Individuals will self-select into these teams through their identified problems of practice. These collaborative, creative work sessions will replace presenter-led PowerPoints. The goal is to provide differentiation for teachers at the Summit, as well as increase participation, engagement, retention, and implementation.

Q. If there are no PowerPoint Sessions, what are participants learning?

A. Participants are learning through a hands-on experience how to form learning communities focused on challenges faced in their teaching practices. Through the structured working sessions, participants are also learning the process of design thinking—a methodology that can be used for continual improvement and growth. These processes can be used with colleagues across the state, in their districts, at their campuses, and with their students.

Furthermore, participants will learn from each other and will discover authentic, innovative solutions made possible through the cross-pollination of ideas stemming from groups composed of individuals with differing subject areas, teaching experience, grade level bands, geographies, cultures, and personal perspectives. Participants will bring these solutions back to their campuses and classrooms. Finally, participants will form contacts statewide.

Q. So, will the Summit just be two days of brainstorming?
What will be produced?
Why should my district spend the money sending people to this event?

A. Forming communities of practice is the only strategy able to sustain and institutionalize ongoing organizational improvements (Senge, 1990). So, districts that care about continual improvement processes should embrace fine arts teachers’ adoption of these methods. Teachers will brainstorm together and identify ideas to try in their classrooms. Additionally, they will form connections to other professionals across the state who can help continue their personal and professional growth. They will develop greater self-efficacy and ownership of their own learning. They will step onto pathways toward leadership in their respective areas. The design of Summit XX taps into best practices for professional learning and models what good teaching looks and feels like.

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