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YOUR CO-HOSTS Gilman School is a school for boys serving over 1,000 students in grades K-12 in Baltimore, MD.
The Bryn Mawr School provides a non-sectarian, college-prep program for nearly 700 girls in grades K-12. PK program is coeducational.
Roland Park Country School's college prep curriculum serves over 600 girls from pre-K to grade 12. The PK program is coeducational.
SEPT. 21, 2017: You can now sign up and reserve your spaces in the Forum's Student Sessions. (Sessions are held in classrooms, so there are capacity limits.) Sign up by first signing up for the Forum via the orange button above, complete the signup form and be directed to a link that will access the student session signup form.
Also, check out the Forum Program Schedule (see the left-hand vertical menu) to view the events of the day.
Powerful Ways to Improve Critical Thinking & Writing w/ Nathan Levy, Educator & Author, Nathan Levy
Explore numerous, proven methods to reach and effectively challenge highly capable children with well-known author and educator Nathan Levy. Come away with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help learners become better creative and critical thinkers. Bring your thinking caps and your funny bones.
Developing Voice through Choice w/ Dan Sanz, Young People's Studios Instructor, MD Institute College of Art
It is critical that students be provided opportunities to not just apply their knowledge of curriculum but also to use their knowledge in self-directed ways. This is easier said than done with the current focus on standardized testing. Yet, the development of conceptual prowess is just as important as acquiring technical skills for it enables students to transform foundational knowledge into engines that engender broader understanding and applications. Often, in today’s educational environment, it is the art room that provides the student with the widest platform upon which ownership and a strong sense of self, i.e. conceptual prowess, are developed. Listen in on how art and art instructors foster the higher order decision-making skills so beneficial for any career trajectory.
The Changing Face of American Education w/ Bart Griffith, Asst. Head of School, and Tye Campbell, Dir. of Technology, Gilman School
Globalism and the on-going development of technology are impacting our educational approaches as never before. With technological advances that have enabled greater multi-cultural engagement and information flow, our educational system is being transformed to adjust how we learn and how we prepare with our world evolving about us. Discover how the rise of globalism and the pace of technology are changing how students are being taught to heighten their abilities to adjust and succeed in the future.
The Essential Guide to Gifted Education w/ Sean Conley, Chief Academic Officer, Lara Ohanian, Dir. of Differentiated Learning, Dennis Jutras, Coord. of G&T Learning, and Rae Lymer, Educational Specialist for Gifted & Advanced Learning, Baltimore City Public Schools
Join a panel discussion by the educational experts and administrators who have guided the district that has achieved the fastest growth of G&T programs as recently recognized by the MD State Department of Education. Whether or not you hail from the district (Baltimore City Schools), now is the opportunity to understand the trends of gifted education at local, state and national levels. More significantly, tap the expertise that will give you a better understanding of how to deal with the specific challenges that concern you. Come with questions – leave with answers.
The Importance of Teaching Entrepreneurship w/ Kelsey Schroeder, Entrepreneurship Coordinator, Roland Park Country School
Having grown up with the internet, today’s data- and technologically-savvy students are uniquely equipped to handle our fast-paced world. Teaching entrepreneurship synthesizes the students’ familiarity with technology, their sense of creativity and their commitment to positive change for the common good. Explore how young people can research, prototype, and refine products that respond to a specific need they have identified in the world. Entrepreneurship in the classroom celebrates the power of students to be real agents of change, while helping to shape their identities as leaders in their communities.
Experiential Learning Explained w/ Pat Whitehead, Executive Director, Waldorf School of Baltimore
It is an educational approach we have often heard of, but of which we may not be completely familiar. Experiential learning integrates social, cognitive, and intellectual developmental factors into a curriculum that has long been proven effective. Montessori and Waldorf schools, based on the philosophies of Maria Montessori and Rudolph Steiner respectively, are well-known examples of the “Experiential” approach. Discover the importance of engaging children’s heads, hearts, and hands for fostering the intellectual curiosity, academic comprehension, and emotional resiliency they need for the future.
Addressing the Challenges of Modern Parenting w/ Armond Lawson, Middle School Counselor, Gilman School
Family roles and priorities are more ambiguous than ever with the constant flux we encounter with social, political and environmental norms. As a result, today’s parents are left to perform with minimal direction, often creating a script with little preparation; families have become more unsettled and many grapple with constant worry and anxiety. While many of the challenges that families face are unique to our time, there are lessons to learn from previous generations. Join with an experienced counselor, and a parent, in a discussion that addresses many of the challenges contemporary families face. Gain perspectives that will help relieve some of the pressures we all face and that will promote a hopeful outlook.
The Heart of EQ: Tools to Empower w/ Dr. Kate Bachtel, (Board President of SENG) Learner, Educator, Equity Activist, SoulSpark Learning
Emotional intelligence – EQ - is inextricably tied to cognition, achievement and well-being. Join in this presentation and acquire a variety of evidence-based strategies and tools to cultivate the development of discrete social and emotional skills in gifted learners. Learn ways to avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism, develop optimism, engage intrinsic motivation and enhance emotional literacy while growing healthy relationships. You will leave empowered with practices to support student social and emotional development in school and at home.
The Value of Civic Engagement in Education w/ Rommel Loria, Dir. Civic Engagemnt & Service Learning, and, Paul Worley, Chair Mid.Sch. Social Studies, The Park School of Baltimore
Many schools commit themselves to prepare their students for active citizenship. Guided by this objective, curricular and co-curricular opportunities provide avenues for students to explore socially responsible action linked to academic learning and reflection. These programs provide a real world context for students' work, allow schools to contribute to their communities, and promote the development of citizens who actively participate in their communities. Explore how schools are incorporating civic engagement work into the lives of their students.
Encouraging Student Learning Ownership Through STEM w/ Kristin Kennedy, Dir. Upper Sch. Innovation & Computer Sci. Teacher, &, Frank Ecker, Upper Sch. Math Teacher, The Bryn Mawr School
When students are given the chance to explore their passions, they become more engaged in learning. Allowing students to focus on topics that are meaningful to them personally, the depth and direction of their work can far exceed expectations. By using Computer Science and Mathematics principles along with the Maker movement, students can solve personal and meaningful issues/problems, discover ownership of their learning through personalization, and develop an entrepreneurial, growth-based mindset.
An Argument for Out-of-Level Testing w/ Frank Williams, Assoc. Dir. of Testing & Assessment, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
At a time where the frequency of testing is higher than in recent years, it is difficult to make the case for additional testing. However, for instances where the ability level of a test’s targeted group is not aligned with the ability level of a particular student, above-grade-level testing can be informative. Join a discussion that will address common questions and concerns that parents have regarding the utility of this testing practice.
Mission: Possible (grades 4-6, 7-12) with MD Destination Imagination
Your mission, should you decide to accept, is to confront an undisclosed challenge. with nothing more than your imagination, the qualities of your team, and some sundry, everyday, supplies. You may have to build a bridge of “x” feet in length, a tower of “y” feet in height, or create a presentation that emulates a Shakespearean drama ... and, there is that time limit pressure element. Behold the power of teamwork, appreciate the inner reserves of creativity. With these qualities, success is within your grasp. Think fast and create!
(grades 4-6 & 7-12, session limit: 25)
The Pastel Landscape (grades 4-8) with David Anderson, faculty, Gilman School
If you like to draw, or even if you think you like to draw, come find out how to make your creations better – how to make them stand out more than ever. Take a step-by-step, hands-on, lesson, keying off an oil pastel landscape, and learn skills and concepts related to perspective, color theory, oil pastel techniques, and much, much, more. You will have created a work, based on the landscape that is set in front of you, that will make you stand back and stare. All the great artists have copied and learned from each other. And, you will see why.
(grades 4-8, session limit: 16)
We Have Lift-Off (grades 4-8) with Barry James, faculty, Gilman School
This is “Rockets 101”. To be sure, the rocket you design and construct will be made of paper and the propulsion will be provided by compressed air. But, there’s a lot more to this than taking advantage of your BFP (body fat percentage) to exert maximum PSI (pounds per square inch) onto a SLP (stationary launch platform) – (i.e. stomping on an air pump). For optimal performance, you will need to know specific design concepts, experimentation techniques, aeronautics and scientific method. All this knowledge will be provided in order for you to propel your craft into upper space, to slip the surly bonds of earth.
(grades 4-8, session limit: 16)
The Power of Heightened Perspective (grades 7-12) with Beth Knapp, upper school English, Gilman School
“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true”. Award winning playwright, composer and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, may well have thought this when he created his Broadway hit, Hamilton. Miranda’s Hamilton is a story of human challenges set in the context of American history and articulated through the rhythms and sounds of rap, hip-hop and slang. Come examine Miranda’s inspiration and desire to “re-tell” an account of America’s past. But whether considering Miranda’s Hamilton, or Langston Hughes’s poem, Harlem, as it’s used in a Nike shoe commercial, the power of the message is greatly enhanced when arts and culture are applied. Make your life richer and widen your awareness in ways you have never imagined.
(grades 7-12, session limit: 20)
Experimental Approaches to Seeing & Making (grades 4-12) with Raissa Rosenbaum, Young People's Studios Instructor, MD Institute College of Art
Creating art the traditional or “right” way can sometimes feel stifling. Come and discover how to think outside the box with regard to artistic conventions and how to follow your own artistic impulses so that your uniqueness can shine through. Explore, through the medium of art, and realize that there are infinite possibilities at your fingertips that your imagination can provide.
(grades 4-12, session limit: 25)
Art History: Call & Response (grades 7-12) with Stephanie Goldberg, Young People's Studios Instructor, MD Institute College of Art
Many great works of art are visual representations of the times within which they were created. The significance of some of the imagery are obvious: the clothing, or jewelry, people wore, the architecture of the buildings, the construction of machinery … However, there are less obvious depictions that conveyed how people thought of themselves and the environment in which they inhabited: how religious figures were made to look human rather than as symbols to be worshipped, how heroes looked like heroes rather than someone who was approachable … Responding to the world around us, we pose this question in a structured art making session: what story do we need or want to share with future generations about our times?
(grades 7-12, session limit: 25)
Techno-Intro (grades 6-8) with Donald Abrams, faculty, Gilman School
Come discover an innovation lab at the intersection of creativity and problem solving. Visitors will be introduced to 3D design/printing, laser cutting, and robotics. Get ready to have some fun in this hands on romp through robotics and programming!
(grades 6-8, session limit: 12)
Mathematics & Origami - Combined (grades 4-8) with David Kandell, Teacher, Waldorf School of Baltimore
Delve into angles, surfaces, lines and points as you explore the intricacies of 2- and 3-dimensional geometry. The approach involves “origami” – the ancient Asian art of paper folding – so you will be needing your mental and physical focus. Get into the flow by folding two-dimensional figures (polygons), then extend into three-dimensional Platonic solids – known for over 2000 years for their unique geometric properties.
(grades 4-8, session limit: 20)
The Art of (Natural) Dyeing (grades 4-8) with Cate Mulvihill, Teacher, Waldorf School of Baltimore
Enhance your awareness of colors, your appreciation of ecology, your understanding of biology and your concept of chemistry by learning and practicing the art and craft of dyeing with plants. Using pure natural colors, while experimenting with resist dyeing techniques, transform a simple, white silk handkerchief to a unique piece of art.
(grades 4-8, session limit: 20)
Poetry Boot Camp (grades 7-12) with Rebecca Simone, Online Programs Instructor/Supervisor, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Poetry - it is an art form that applies concentration, introspection and awareness to transport us to the unfamiliar while making the familiar wonderfully strange. As the Pakistani poet Allama Iqbal writes, "When truth has burning from the heart, it becomes poetry." So come push the boundaries of language; flex your creative muscles; dare to create. Whether or not you have ever crafted a couplet, Poetry Boot Camp gives you the tools to turn the raw materials of your life into poems that matter to others and, most significantly, to you.
(grades 7-12, session limit: 25)
Learning & Developing Your Strengths (grades 6-8) with Toni Woodlon, Lower School Teacher, Roland Park Country School
We all have strengths – strengths that are defined by personal traits that can meaningfully and beneficially impact our interpersonal relationships. The challenge is to recognize our particular talents and to draw them out so that they can bolster our own confidence and our capacity to interact positively with others. Participate in a session that will help you to identify, and then show you how to focus on, your strengths. Boost your personal confidence levels and stand ready to reap the rewards of heightened social and emotional wellness – you won’t regret it.
(grades 6-8, session limit: 20)
Algebra-Ca-Dabra! (grades 4-7) with Mike Rudie, 6th Grade Math Teacher, The Bryn Mawr School
It’s secrets revealed with the power of mathematics. Those many card tricks that left you agog at those birthday parties are in fact trivial manipulations that can be explained simply by using algebra. You are hereby invited to be in on the secrets by being informally introduced to the application of variables and an assortment of algebraic expressions. Even if you have some familiarity with algebra, you will still find pleasure stripping away an assortment of heretofore intriguing mysteries. And, you will also see the possibilities of solving even greater challenges with nothing more than your knowledge of math and your use of abstractions.
(grades 4-7, session limit: 20)
The Wonder of the Water Cycle (grades 6-12) with Sarah Howell, Science Faculty, The Park School of Baltimore
It is an infinite, complex system with many variables. It is the water cycle, and you may well experience it up close by investigating its various pathways, including precipitation, infiltration, evaporation and condensation. An adventure awaits you beyond the four walls of the classroom, literally in your backyard. You will come to investigate how surfaces influence the pathways water takes after precipitation. By exploring the water cycle as it occurs at the Gilman School, you will understand water, and its cycle, first-hand and in settings at once familiar and different. You will come away with a better awareness of the importance of water, of ecology and the world around us.
(grades 6-12, session limit: 20)