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Unlocking Time: Let’s Make Every Minute Count
Tuesday August 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Bob Lenz, Executive Director, Buck Institute for Education; Kimberly Swan, Program Director, Unlocking Time; and Dr. Christina Casillas, Principal, San Diego Unified School District, CA
Sponsored by Unlocking Time
72% of principals say they “lack the necessary resources, such as time and staff support, to accomplish all that is required to lead the school effectively.” Clearly, it’s time to stop doing the same old thing.
Our panel of experts share innovative ways that schools around the country are reshaping time to fuel student-centered learning, from letting students choose their own learning activities, altering the schedule to increase teacher collaboration, or shifting to a later start for teens. Walk away with practical strategies you can implement this school year.
We’ll demonstrate how your school team can quickly use the free School Time Assessment at UnlockingTime.org to get key insights on your calendar, bell schedule, academic programming, and staff time to spark a rich dialogue about time at your school.
About the Presenters
Bob is the Executive Director of the Buck Institute for Education (BIE) – the leader in professional development and resources for Project Based Learning. Bob is a nationally recognized leader in high school redesign, Project Based Learning, 21st century skills, and performance assessment. Prior to BIE, Bob co-founded Envision Education and served as a Senior Deeper Learning Fellow at The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He is also the author of Transforming Schools: Using Project-Based Learning, Performance Assessment and Common Core Standards. Bob earned his BA from St. Mary’s College and an MA in education from San Francisco State University.
Kimberly is the Program Director for Unlocking Time – which empowers K12 schools to adopt new time strategies that fuel student-centered learning. Kimberly loves designing digital products that change hearts and minds. Prior to Unlocking Time, Kimberly led ambitious digital programs for customers like PG&E, T-Mobile, and Williams-Sonoma. Most recently, she created “Compare and Connect K12” with Education SuperHighway. Challenge and adventure are part of her DNA, whether she is backpacking, leading the PTA, or biking down the backside of Hawk Hill on her Sam Hillborne.
Christina currently serves as principal of Roosevelt International Middle School (RIMS) in San Diego, CA. RIMS offers an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program to a student population where nearly 70% qualify for free and reduced lunch. Christina is an expert master scheduler who ensures that each of her students (65% Hispanic, 14% SPED) has the opportunity to access rigorous, academic coursework. Previously, Christina was a classroom teacher, diagnostic resource teacher, and site support teacher providing assistance to schools across San Diego Unified. She received her admin credential from Chapman University and earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership at San Diego State University.
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Unlocking Time helps K12 schools adopt new time strategies that fuel student-centered learning. The free online tools and resources at UnlockingTime.org serve as a hub for everything related to time in schools, including a visual encyclopedia of bell schedules, practical time strategies, case studies from schools across the country, and a library of supporting resources. The School Time Assessment provides school teams with key insights on their calendars, bell schedules, academic programming, and staff time, and sparks a rich dialogue on ways to re-shape time to better serve students.