2013 Annual Heads Conference

Thu, Oct 24, 2013, 10:00 am - Fri, Oct 25, 2013, 12:00 pm

Harbourtowne Golf Resort and Conference Center (map)

Project Zero Perspectives: Educating for the Unknown


Thursday, October 24

10:00 a.m.
Welcome & Introductions
Clayton Lewis, Head of School, Washington International School and Chair of 2013 Heads Conference Planning Committee

10:10 a.m.
Session I -- Building Independent Education as a Regional Association of Significance

This session will feature Dr. Gene Batiste's emerging sense of how the board and staff of IE will successfully build an association of relevance by focusing on the nexus between IE's brand promise and IE member schools' brand experience.
Speaker: Harold Eugene Batiste III, Ed.D., Executive Director, Independent Education

10:30 a.m.
Session II -- What is Project Zero?

Project Zero Director Shari Tishman will give a brief overview of Project Zero’s origins, its mission, milestones in its nearly 50-year history, and current research endeavors.
Speaker: Shari Tishman, Director, Project Zero

Session III - Educating for the Unknown
What’s worth learning in the new era? David Perkins will explore the kinds of knowledge and thinking that are most valuable for youngsters growing up in an ever more globalized, networked, informed, and multiethnic society. Much of what we usually teach beyond basic literacies quickly gets forgotten because it does not contribute in any substantial way to the lives of challenge and change learners are likely to live. Instead of fixating on educating for the known—the usual facts and skills—we need a vision of educating for the unknown, for the kinds of thinking and understanding that foster nimble adaptive insight in a complex world.
Speaker: David Perkins, Principal Investigator and former Co-Director, Project Zero

12:00 p.m.

12:45 p.m.
Session IV -- Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth for Today’s World
The world for which we are preparing students today is fundamentally different from the one we experienced growing up. Today's societies are marked by new economic, cultural, technological and environmental trends that are part of a rapid and uneven wave of globalization. In this context, thoughtful educators ask: What matters most in choosing what to teach in an increasingly interdependent world? What skills and dispositions should students develop to address the global issues defining their times? In this session, Veronica Boix-Mansilla will examine the nature of global competence as a promising aim of education in the 21st century. We shall define global competence as the capacity and disposition to understand and act on issues of global significance.Advanced by the US Council of Chief State School Officers and the Asia Society,this view of global competence highlights its disciplinary and interdisciplinary grounding, students’ capacity to investigate the world beyond their immediate environment, their capacity to take perspective, to communicate across difference and to take creative and responsible action. Through analysis of a student’s work we will discern what global competence looks like, and how it might be assessed and nurtured by multiple stakeholders in our educational communities.
Speaker: Veronica Boix-Mansilla,Principal Investigator, Project Zero

2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Break

2:15 p.m.
Learning to Look, Looking to Learn
Let me see! This impulse, to look at things with our own eyes, is so common we hardly notice it. Yet it is one of the most powerful cognitive impulses we have. Drawing on ideas from Project Zero’s Visible Thinking framework, Shari Tishman will use examples from art and science to show how looking for yourself is a form of thinking for yourself.The session will also examine the way thoughtful instruction can transform learners’ desire to see things with their own eyes into a sustained disposition to look carefully and creatively at the world.
Speaker: Shari Tishman, Director, Project Zero

3:30 p.m.
Check-in to hotel and free time

5:30 p.m.
Boat Cruise with Cocktails and Hor d’oeuvres

6:30 p.m.

Friday, October 25

8:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.
Session I -- Roundtable Discussions about Effecting School Change
The session will begin by surfacing key ideas (i.e. what has resonated so far from Thursday for each head/their school so far) and these ideas will be recorded on chart paper.  Each table will then engage in a Project Zero protocol and record their responses on a separate piece of chart paper.  After participating in the protocol, the table will record some next steps for how they could bring the ideas discussed at the conference back to their schools (these next steps will be recorded on a third piece of chart paper). At the end of the session, all three pieces of chart paper will be posted along the wall and all attendees will have the opportunity to conduct a gallery walk to review what each table has done.
Facilitators:  Veronica Boix-Mansilla, Principal Investigator, Project Zero; David Perkins, Principal Investigator and former Co-Director, Project Zero; Jim Reese, Director of Studies, Washington International School; and Shari Tishman, Director, Project Zero

10:15 a.m.

10:30 a.m.
Session II --Panel Discussion / Three Visionaries for Change
The Project Zero researchers and Jim Reese from Washington International School will engage in an interactive and personal discussion about their experiences implementing organizational/ school change. In a culminating talk, David Perkins will share his thoughts on school change based on his work in schools and school systems around the world.

12:00 p.m.
Conference ends
Lunch (optional)

No refunds will be offered after September 20, 2013

Multiday Rates + Hotel Accomodations:
$810.00 -  Single occupancy
$735.00 -  Double occupancy with additional occupant attending conference
$595.00 -  Conference only-No room charge,conference only charge ,for the first day of conference
$395.00 -  Conference only-No room charge,conference only charge ,for the second day of conference
$695.00 -  Conference only-No room charge,conference only charge members attends both day of conference

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Harbourtowne Golf Resort & Conference Center
9784 Martingham Circle
St. Michaels, MD 21663

Conference Materials:

 Speaker Biographies


2013 Heads Conference Planning Committee


Clayton Lewis, Washington International School, CHAIR

Scott Baytosh, Alexandria Country Day School

Neal Brown, Green Acres School

Tom Farquhar, Sidwell Friends School

Jim Reese, Washington International School

Katherine Schantz, The Lab School of Washington

Christie Antoniewicz, Independent Education