OESIS has a simple mission statement: Our mission is to catalyze the considerable 21st century opportunities for independent school growth. We do that by maximizing collaboration between the many schools that constitute the independent school tapestry, by provoking innovative conversations, by globalizing connections for independent schools and by using research and information to lead.
Once again, I attended the annual OESIS Conference in Los Angeles at the end of February. In some ways, it is the anti-NAIS Conference. The sessions feature Classes of the Future, 30 minute sessions run by teachers, who present on the great things they are doing in the classroom. In some ways, I wish these were longer and more interactive. Also featured are Think Tanks, which are deeper dives into curricular innovations. Again, I wish these were more interactive but I’m always impressed by the transformative teaching and learning taking place in independent schools across the country.
I presented two sessions at OESIS: Physics, Design and Social Justice; as well as Entrepreneurship 101. It’s always great to talk about my students’ work.
I also attended several interesting sessions. Laurel Springs School’s Director of Education Megan Palevich spoke on looking at blended learning and personalized instructions. She shared many success stories from Laurel Springs and it sparked the idea that this approach to learning could be successful for many students. Their “goals and objectives” suggest the following.
I’m looking forward to taking the course on Personalized Learning through OSG this summer!
I also attended a Think Tank session by Berwick Academy on their transition from AP courses to innovation pursuits. This is an awesome program for sure and an interesting partnership between the Director of Innovation and the Director of College Counseling.
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