Teachers Teaching Teachers 253 Chris Lehmann, Bud Hunt, Diana Laufenberg, Zac Chase, Matt VanKouwenberg, Larissa Pahomov 6.29.11
There were many wonderful moments at ISTE this year! One of them was the closing keynote by Chris Lehmann, principal of the Science Leadership Academy (SLA) in Philadelphia. That evening we invited Chris, Bud Hunt, and four teachers from SLA -- Diana Laufenberg, Zac Chase, Matt VanKouwenberg, and Larissa Pahomov -- to join us at Rembrandt's Restaurant (aka SLA North) to reflect on ISTE and whatever else they wanted to talk about.
Enjoy the SLA students and Chris Lehmann's speech in this video, check out his reflections, and listen to our conversation. Enjoy!
Chris Lehmann's ISTE Keynote - Process and Impressions: I gave the closing keynote at ISTE on Wednesday, and it was a really wonderful experience. It's an amazing thing to get up in front of 5,000 plus people and talk about what you deeply believe. It was particularly hard for two reasons - one, the ISTE community is as close to a "home-base" outside of SLA that I have in the world of education. There are so many people - too numerous to mention here - who have been friends, co-learners, mentors, sounding boards over the past six years that to speak in front of all of them in one place was both exhilarating and a little intimidating... and many of them had heard me speak at other events, so finding something new for that segment of the audience was a real challenge. But the real reason it was so hard to craft this speech was because I was preceded by my students. (Read the rest of this post on Practical Theory - A View from the Classroom.
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17:56:31 SusanEttenheim: hi can you hear us?
17:58:31 SusanEttenheim: hi chadsansing welcome
17:58:57 SusanEttenheim: hi robd can you hear us?
17:59:08 SusanEttenheim: chadsansing hi - can you hear?
17:59:11 RobD: working on the sound..one sec
17:59:19 SusanEttenheim: hi fb welcome
17:59:21 chadsansing: Looking forward to a wonderful show! You can hear Chris Lehmann's #iste11 keynote here, as recorded by Wes Fryer with Cinch: http://speedofcreativity.org
17:59:31 SusanEttenheim: can you hear us?
17:59:41 chadsansing: Let me test the stream.
18:00:00 SusanEttenheim: hi fb and chadsansing
18:00:10 SusanEttenheim: we should be on edtechtalk A
18:00:20 fb: hi susan
18:00:21 SusanEttenheim: hi cmcgilvery - welcome
18:00:24 SusanEttenheim: can you hear?
18:00:31 SusanEttenheim: we should be on edtechtalk A
18:00:54 cmcgilvery: Hi Susan! I can't year yet, but will check out what is wrong with my connection.
18:01:08 SusanEttenheim: hi christina and robd
18:01:12 SusanEttenheim: can you hear?
18:01:15 Christina: hi Susan!
18:01:19 Christina: working on that part on my end
18:01:24 RobD: I can hear fine
18:01:25 SusanEttenheim: just click on edtechtalk A
18:01:39 SusanEttenheim: thank you rob
18:01:54 cmcgilvery: I can hear now!
18:01:55 SusanEttenheim: now in the chat room - are you in Philly or somewhere else?
18:01:59 SusanEttenheim: I'm in NYC
18:02:03 chadsansing: I can hear you -
18:02:20 SusanEttenheim: thank you chadsansing - where and what do you teach?
18:02:36 Christina: I can hear you now!
18:02:42 chadsansing: Hi, I'm Chad. I teach humanities at a Virginia charter school.
18:02:52 SusanEttenheim: great christina - where are you? downstairs?
18:03:03 SusanEttenheim: welcome chad - what grades?
18:03:22 chadsansing: 6th through 8th grades.
18:03:43 SusanEttenheim: have you joined us before?
18:04:12 RobD: Agreed, Chris' final comments at end were great
18:04:51 chadsansing: I am quantum.
18:05:00 RobD: Rob is still in Philadelphia, too...but from California :-) Former principal of an online charter school.
18:05:26 SusanEttenheim: ahh well everyone in Philly - buy a drink for me too!
18:06:05 chadsansing: I'm curious about the SLA built and maintains its culture -
18:06:13 SusanEttenheim: alright everyone - you don't have to run up and down the stairs either!
18:06:26 SusanEttenheim: Just pop your questions in this chat room!
18:06:42 SusanEttenheim: chad - say more?
18:08:04 chadsansing: How did the SLA settle on its mission, and who settled on it? How as the team assembled - including both adults and kids? How does the SLA refine its work and maintain its identity over time?
18:08:19 chadsansing: "How was the team assembled?", I mean.
18:08:24 SusanEttenheim: ahh ok chad!
18:09:36 RobD: Good to have a variety of students at ISTE in many sessions!
18:09:42 chadsansing: Sorry for the typos. I'll grab a reader down here :)
18:10:14 RobD: Is there a link for the "infographics" presentation?
18:12:24 Bud Hunt: http://tinyurl.com/iste2011infographics
18:12:31 SusanEttenheim: rob if the people downstairs can find it -ahh thanks bud!
18:12:42 Bud Hunt: http://tinyurl.com/iste2011infographics
18:12:46 Bud Hunt: hope that works
18:12:58 Bud Hunt: (this is Diana on Bud's lovely laptop)
18:13:17 SusanEttenheim: worked great - thanks bud -I'm always nervous about going out searching while broadcasting :)
18:13:26 SusanEttenheim: ahh thanks Diana :)
18:14:20 Bud Hunt: @chadsansing there was a real effort to build SLA with the teachers and students involved in the process
18:16:26 SusanEttenheim: ahh yes - I remember the first year of each of our grades!
18:16:59 SusanEttenheim: hi val welcome!
18:17:02 RobD: Thanks for the Infographics link...
18:17:09 SusanEttenheim: where are you and what do you teach?
18:17:11 Bud Hunt: @chadsansing and then from there we look for processes to sustain them... advisory is one, PLC's is another, writing UbD's and narrative report cards
18:17:17 chadsansing: @Bud I'm interested in the particulars, or the most successful and least successful bits, of institutional histories from organizations like SLA that create distinct school cultures.
18:17:29 RobD: Can they describe their school schedule? do students have a typical high school 6 period day?
18:17:35 chadsansing: Great to learn about SLA operations.
18:18:12 SusanEttenheim: zac you're going to a new school?
18:18:22 SusanEttenheim: hi cmcgilvery welcome
18:18:24 Bud Hunt: @susan zac is attending Harvard in the fall
18:18:40 SusanEttenheim: how exciting! congrats - to study?
18:18:54 Bud Hunt: @RobD we meet with classes of 32-33 4x/week for 65 min.
18:19:09 Bud Hunt: @susan zac will be studying Ed Policy
18:19:14 SusanEttenheim: ahh
18:19:18 RobD: so does a student have 4 classes per day?
18:19:33 SusanEttenheim: bud remember the chemicals of the world class at vhs - always thought that was great
18:19:41 Bud Hunt: @RobD students will have 5 classes and lunch... all 65 min. each day
18:20:12 SusanEttenheim: bud what time do you start and finish?
18:20:32 RobD: @Bud so students attend the same courses every day?
18:21:29 Bud Hunt: (Bud=Diana... I'm using his machine)
18:21:59 Bud Hunt: School starts at 815 and finishes at 305... and two days a week we have advisory until 4pm
18:22:07 SusanEttenheim: are these published onthe sla site?
18:22:28 SusanEttenheim: ahh similar day
18:22:33 SusanEttenheim: to our school
18:23:15 Bud Hunt: @susan http://scienceleadership.org/pages/curriculum
18:23:26 SusanEttenheim: thanks Diana :)
18:23:37 RobD: i like that : organic-ness!
18:25:14 RobD: What are the things the teachers do to create the "organic-ness" with their students?
18:26:50 Bud Hunt: @RobD often we allow for a ton of student choice, outline the types of skills/project to be evidenced and then let them go
18:28:27 RobD: @Bud/Diana - thanks... how do you train teachers to do that? Very different from typical high school teaching...
18:29:40 RobD: Yoda says: Do or do not, there is not try... :-)
18:30:23 chadsansing: Does the SLA have an outreach strategy (we are going to get the message out at Conference X), a common approach to advocacy/exporting work amongst staff, or both?
18:31:07 Bud Hunt: @RobD allow for them to play ... experiment... refine... accept that not all units will be perfect the first time out, provide PD time to work with colleagues to refine/improve/do better
18:31:46 SusanEttenheim: hi rita welcome
18:31:58 Bud Hunt: @chadsansing our outreach strategy is to speak as much as time will allow... many of us travel extensively
18:34:10 RobD: if there is time, can you describe some of those systems that facilitate open ness and the organic-ness?
18:35:07 SusanEttenheim: Thank you Rob, I will ask
18:37:23 RobD: ISTE is a good combination of teachers, administrators, company people, etc. That is one of the strengths of the largeness of ISTE
18:37:25 chadsansing: How does the SLA work with pre-service teachers?
18:38:05 Christina: writing revolution at ISTE! :)
18:38:13 Bud Hunt: @chadsansing we have a TON of preservice teachers in from a 'wack sack' of local universities
18:39:14 chadsansing: And the hack jams!
18:39:17 Bud Hunt: @chadsansing we also are working with one particular univeristy to try and make those systems more deliberate and solid.
18:39:25 Bud Hunt: yay, hack jam!
18:39:36 SusanEttenheim: bud are you at sla now?
18:39:40 SusanEttenheim: did I miss that?
18:39:52 Bud Hunt: @susan Bud=Diana
18:40:03 SusanEttenheim: Diana - is Bud at SLA?
18:40:08 Bud Hunt: (diana) I'm on his computer... i'm not carrying mine
18:40:26 Bud Hunt: Bud works in CO
18:40:43 RobD: The ISTE unofficial number was 12,999 participants...just lost audio...
18:40:53 RobD: But I can hear you Susan
18:41:13 chadsansing: I hear Susan, but not the folks upstairs.
18:41:27 SusanEttenheim: ok they're back
18:41:35 SusanEttenheim: did you loose power downstairs too?
18:42:05 SusanEttenheim: Diana... right... you're there of course!
18:42:05 chadsansing: Power downstairs has been fine.
18:42:11 SusanEttenheim: haha forgot
18:42:21 SusanEttenheim: hum well, glad upstairs is back hehe
18:42:57 Christina: late post as I help with them figure out where the cab for Bud was headed ... #isteunplugged was great. My favorite place ... among the teacher and student work.
18:43:01 Bud Hunt: (diana) - I am at SLA and will be for the next year... even though @mrchase is abandoning... I mean loving on. ;-)
18:43:38 Bud Hunt: (diana)- moving on... typo.
18:43:49 SusanEttenheim: aww Diana - do you want to go to Harvard too :)
18:44:20 Bud Hunt: @susan not at all. but am excited to have Meenoo Rami @mrami2 joining us next year (NWP teacher)
18:44:36 SusanEttenheim: oh how great! congrats!
18:44:50 SusanEttenheim: where is meenoo now?
18:44:56 Christina: (slow question .. is Bud Hunt really Diana ... just checking)
18:45:23 Bud Hunt: (diana) - Meenoo was at Franklin Learning Center in Philly
18:45:29 SusanEttenheim: ahh
18:46:01 Bud Hunt: (diana) @Christina I didn't bring my laptop... so Bud=Diana for this evening
18:48:49 Christina: @diana got it, thanks :)
18:48:57 chadsansing: What was school like for the SLA team? How do the experience and care you work to give compare to your own educations?
18:49:57 chadsansing: I'm en educational engineering interfacer.
18:50:12 chadsansing: "an"
18:50:17 Bud Hunt: (diana) - for me personally... I was in a tiny farm town where everyone knows my name, my entire lineage... most of the teachers are still there and I graduated almsot 20 years ago. We had no AP, IB, HOnors... but had incredibly committed teachers that bought into community
18:51:02 Christina: @chad love that. no wonder you are such a good hacker!
18:51:10 chadsansing: Yes - Paul - the flash mob inquiry!
18:52:07 chadsansing: Are many SLA students Philadelphia Student Union members?
18:52:43 Bud Hunt: @chadsansing I really do not know the answer to that
18:54:21 Bud Hunt: @chadsansing - lehmann says... some not a lot
18:54:24 chadsansing: What would have happened if the flash mob was in the Exhibition Hall or the Marriott lounge, and not in the Bloggers Cafe?
18:55:17 Bud Hunt: we have a library. for sure a library.
18:55:24 RobD: @chrislehmann via Twitter just posted the pic of the assembled group...can't paste in the link, but maybe someone else can
18:56:48 RobD: Right on...good to know there is a library at SLA! Very important to connect kids to information
18:57:16 Bud Hunt: http://t.co/IUqPAr4 - pic of the group
18:57:30 SusanEttenheim: fun to see that!
18:57:47 RobD: @Bud/Diana - Thanks...
19:00:45 RobD: Just want to encourage all the SLA teachers to continue sharing what they do and make sure you write about your teaching/learning experiences to impact other educators
19:02:14 chadsansing: Get Mr. Chase a bowl of honey nut cheerios. That is all.
19:03:42 SusanEttenheim: night all