English teacher Kevin Brookhouser will be one of three keynote speakers this weekend at a conference in Monterey for California teachers, and Academic Dean Sean Raymond will be speaking about design thinking at one of the conference sessions.
Kevin's presentation at the closing session of the "K-12 Common Core, Personalized Learning & Technology Conference" of the California League of Schools at the Monterey Marriott is titled, "Personalized Learning to Reach a Public Audience."
The title of Sean's Saturday presentation is "Community-Oriented Learning: The Disruption is Real."
"The real world is just outside the walls of our classrooms, begging to come in, and our students need us to invite it in if they are to be ready to thrive in their future," Sean says in his description of the workshop.
In his session, educators will: "See how community-oriented studio learning (real challenges with real people) and design thinking can form an effective project-based learning framework. Explore a design thinking toolkit for educators, learn how to partner with local community organizations or a like-minded peer school, and design a community-oriented project for your school."
Kevin, a Google-certified teacher, introduces his speech this way:"Student-centered learning is wonderful. Even better is audience-centered learning, in which students discover their passions and talents by creating real solutions for real people. By merging Common Core standards with the latest digital publication and distribution tools, students can learn to work with peers to empathize with others, prototype ideas, iterate with feedback, and design products and solutions that meet real-world needs."
The California League of Schools is a nonprofit educators’ association encompassing the communities of elementary, middle and high school educators, with the goal of student learning through useful, evidence-based professional development and other resources.
The other keynoters at the conference will be Dr. Ernest Morrell, Director, Institute for Minority and Urban Education, Columbia University Teachers' College, on Friday; and Dr. Nancy Frey, San Diego State University professor, on Saturday.
Left: Kevin Brookhauser, Humanities Teacher
Right: Sean Raymond, Academic Dean