2013 TA7TC Archive

White Oak Middle School
200 S. White Oak Rd.
White Oak, TX 75693


Creating the Classrooms We Need

In the age of information surplus, our schools hold immense potential for authentic and experience-based learning. We are teaching and learning in an educational landscape where the students no longer have to come to school to 'get' the information.  Never have educators had such opportunities to think creatively about their practice. Never has it been so incumbent upon us to provide students with innovative and dynamic learning. This session will provide practical classroom examples of activities and assessments as well as push audience thinking on what it means to teach and learn in modern schools.   

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Keynote Speaker

Diana Laufenberg has taught all grade levels from 7-12 in Social Studies over the past 15 years. She most recently taught at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, an inquiry-driven, project-based high school focused on modern learning. Her practice has deep roots in experiential education, taking students from the classroom to the real world and back again. Prior to her work in Philadelphia, she was an active member of the teaching community in Flagstaff, AZ where she was named Technology Teacher of the Year for Arizona and a member of the Governor's Master Teacher Corps. Diana was featured on TED.com for her “How to Learn? From Mistakes” and recognized for earning National Board Certification.  Her publications include a featured piece on the New York Times Learning blog, co-authoring a chapter in an educational leadership book, an article in the Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy and regular contributions to teachinghistory.org.