"Redesigning Education: A Future Beyond Standardized Tests" Symposium

Tue, 11/08/2022 - 8:30am - 3:00pm
Members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated PreK-12 unions are invited to join fellow educators from across the state to explore innovative classroom strategies and assessments that build on students’ strengths and passions. The event is organized by the Teacher Leader Fellowship Academy (TLFA) at Sacred Heart University.
The keynote speaker is Yong Zhao, professor and author of Learning for Uncertainty: Teaching Students How to Thrive in a Rapidly Evolving World. The event also features a business panel discussion on the portrait of a graduate, and 11 practical workshops led by educators (including several by members of affiliated locals):
  • Building a Performance Assessment Accountability System: An Examination of the School Change Process; 
  • Self-Reflective Grading: Enhancing Student Ownership and Focusing on What Was Learned (features AFT CT members);
  • Incorporating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) as a Priority Within Academic Instruction (features AFT CT members);
  • Implementing Presentations of Learning (POLS): Creating a Culture of Reflection;
  • Engaging and Supporting Learners Through Drawing to Learn (features an AFT CT member);
  • (Re)Vitalizing Instruction via Participatory Action Research (PAR);
  • C.A.R.E.S.: Creating Attitudes and Relationships that Empower Staff and Students (features AFT CT members);
  • Teaching and Learning Mathematics to Address the Needs of the 21st Century (features an AFT CT member);
  • Reimagining Education - If Not Now, When?; 
  • Mastery Based Learning; &
  • Addressing Equity – Read School, Bridgeport.
This event fulfills professional development (PD) credit hours and is free for educators in participating Teacher Leader Fellowship Academy (TLFA) districts. Union members may also be eligible for complimentary admission.
Click here to learn more about the TLFA program. 
Click here to register and for more information on complimentary admission.
Sheraton Hartford South
100 Capital Boulevard
Rocky Hill, CT
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Contact name: 
Jennifer Benevento
Contact phone: 
(860) 257-9782
Contact email: 
$80 per attendee (see above)