Learn from the best, most sought-after experts in education at the 4th Annual Summit for Transformative Learning in St. Louis, Missouri. Created and hosted by Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS), the “STLinSTL” conference is distinct because it offers participants opportunities to interact with keynote speakers and presenters in small group settings. The 2017 conference drew nearly 400 educators from across the country, providing invaluable networking opportunities for all attendees. This year's keynote speakers are Timothy O'Leary, General Director of Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, and Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Founder and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc.
STLinSTL is highly affordable and all-inclusive. The conference ticket includes breakout sessions, deep dive workshops, most meals, and a social hour. All sessions take place on the beautiful campus of MICDS in McDonnell Hall and Brauer Hall, the premier STEM facility in the Midwest.
This year’s conference features six primary strands that will explore common questions around a central theme. The 2018 strands are:
Amplifying STEM Schools everywhere are working to define STEM or STEAM and to identify ways to implement this definition into their program. There is much to consider including what computation tools and technologies to incorporate, how to include programming concepts, ways to make room for engineering, and the extent of integration. This strand will pose questions to help teachers discuss and better understand STEM or STEAM education and will provide curricular ideas and strategies for use in the STEM classroom.
Best Practices in Pedagogy and Assessment With the abundance of research on learning and the trend toward ubiquitous technology, the pedagogical and assessment practices needed in the classroom have evolved. This strand will feature work by experts in the field and the opportunity for participants to engage in conversation about contemporary best practices. A range of topics will be covered, including motivation and engagement, thinking routines, standards based formative feedback and grading, creating authentic assessments, building relevance, project-based learning and more!
Contemporary Literacy Today’s students need traditional skills including reading, writing, and arithmetic but they also need to develop global, digital, and media literacy skills. Technology can help today’s students connect and collaborate to develop a contemporary skill set. It also provides ways to better monitor and teach the traditional literacies. This strand will ask participants to consider the best ways to prepare our students for a life of learning.
Excellence in Athletic Development A healthy body is the key to a healthy mind. This strand will explore how to achieve excellence in teaching, coaching, athletic development, and physical literacy by exploring topics that apply to physical education, sport coaching pedagogy, as well as the development of grit. Discover the strategies used by some of the country's top educators, coaches, and researchers to produce well-rounded student-athletes who excel in the classroom and on the field.
Fostering Diverse, Equitable, and Inclusive Schools While schools have made considerable strides in addressing 21st century skills, they frequently leave out the crucial components of diversity, equity, and inclusion. For students and faculty to be relevant in the future, they must strive to be culturally competent, able to engage in conversations about and across difference and, most importantly, have a clear understanding of self. They must translate their understanding into a culturally responsive curriculum and environment that values and celebrates all students. This strand will help guide attendees in a deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion and what it means for students and faculty in schools.
New for 2018! School Leadership Strong, visionary leadership is an essential requirement for a successful, forward-thinking school. This strand will explore how to develop and sustain leadership at all levels, from the classroom to the boardroom. Learn how to connect sound methodologies to educational research while exploring ways to transform leadership practice, build and empower a leadership team, and incorporate all stakeholders into the leadership conversation.
The Summit for Transformative Learning will be held in the School’s state-of-the-art McDonnell Hall and Brauer Hall STEM Building. The 86,000 square-foot building includes an 800-person auditorium, nine large math classrooms, 10 science clabs (classroom/labs) and a commons and hearth room area designed for collaboration. The building serves as a teaching tool with visible working systems allowing students to track the energy the building consumes as well as the energy it produces. Take a virtual tour by visiting stem.micds.org.