Thursday, March 05, 2009

Help Needed!

So I'll be moderating the opening keynote panel for a wonderful professional development day that we have planned at my school this coming Monday, March 9th. We have an excellent group of panelists from Stanford who have a great deal of experience in the area of interdisciplinary learning, differentiated instruction, assessment, and global education.

I'm fairly nervous about moderating this panel and could really use some help in developing some questions that we'll use to guide the keynote panel discussion. If you have any suggestions, I certainly would appreciate you jotting them down in the form of a comment here at this post.

By the way, we will ustream broadcast the keynote and a few other sessions. The link to the ustream channel that we'll use to broadcast the keynote is here...we'll also post the links to the ustream channels over at the mini-conference website. The broadcast of the keynote will begin at 8:30 am pacific (click here to convert to the time in your region of the globe).

Thank you for your help.


  1. Hi Matt,

    I went to the wiki and saw these questions:

    What are the questions we should ask ourselves as we think about teaching and learning in the 21st century? How is the world changing? What must we preserve? Our panelist will help us frame the focus for the day by posing their own set of questions.

    You've got a fairly wide-ranging panel, and only 45 minutes, so this is a great base. And, as these questions are meant to frame the "big ideas" for the day, I don't know that they should be more specific than this.

    I love the "what must we preserve" question!

    Will you be giving these questions (and others?) to the panelists today so they have some time to think about them?


  2. Hey Cindy,

    Thanks tons for your thoughts and comments...yes, I am going to forward the questions to the panelists prior to Monday so they have time to reflect. I haven't emailed this blog post out to our faculty, but I very well may do this.

    You're totally right...many of the questions are already there, including the one about "...what we must preserve."

    Thanks again for taking the time to leave a note and help me frame the panel discussion...appreciated.

  3. Assuming you had the power and resources, what would you change about schooling? If you had to reinvent "school," what would it look like? How can we better maintain students' curiosity and inquisitiveness as they progress through the grades? How do we attract (and keep) innovative thinkers to be our educational leaders (principals, directors, administrators, teachers)?