Are you a passionate educator who is interested in providing innovative, creative, and meaningful learning opportunities for your students?

Join a group of dedicated educators, master teachers, and dynamic leaders for an interactive, two-day workshop exploring strategies for deeper learning to all students. iLab is the first annual conference sponsored by the Center for Innovation in Learning Design, and will be held in conjunction with SURN’s Annual Leadership Conference at William & Mary’s School of Education. You’ll come away from iLab with new ideas and tools, and inspiration for reimagining your classroom and school.

iLab is limited to only 150 participants and is purposely designed differently than your typical conference:

iLab is active. iLab will bring together classroom teachers, school leaders and other educators to explore and design ways to incorporate innovative practices in their teaching. The sessions will be active, participatory and actionable.

iLab is collaborative. Rather than sitting alone at sessions, iLab participants will have opportunities to interact and plan with others who are passionate about providing deeper learning opportunities that prepare students for college and careers. In addition to the active sessions, we’ve built in opportunities to debrief and take action on what you’re learning.

iLab is fun. With a spirit of exploration and experimentation, iLab brings together dynamic, adventurous, and ambitious educators working to change teaching and learning, one classroom or one school at a time.  

William & Mary
School of Education
301 Monticello Ave.
Williamsburg VA, 23185

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017, 5PM
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Thursday, June 22nd, 2017, 1PM

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
5:00: Registration
6:30: Welcome and screening of the documentary Most Likely To Succeed

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
8:00-9:00: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 -10:00: Plenary Session: Introduction to Deeper Learning: Developing a Hack Mindset
10:00-10:15: Break
10:15-11:30: Breakout Session 1
11:30-12:30: Lunch
12:30-1:45: Breakout Session 2
1:45-2:00: Break
2:00-3:15: Breakout Session 3
3:15-3:30: Break
3:30-4:30: Plenary Session & Team Meet Up
4:30: Dinner on your own and activities in Williamsburg
Optional Organized Evening Activities include:

  • Paddling on Lake Matoaka
  • Carriage Ride/Ghost Tour of Colonial Williamsburg
  • Virginia Brewing Company
  • Cruise with Yorktown Sailing Charters
  • And more!*

*Additional options for individual exploration: Outlet Mall, Escape Room, Williamsburg Winery, etc.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
8:00-9:00: Registration and Breakfast
9:00 -10:15: Breakout Session 4
10:15-10:30: Break
10:30-11:45: Breakout Session 5
11:45-12:30: Closing Keynote + Moving the Work Forward


Blended Learning: Mixing It Up in the 21st Century Classroom
Blended learning is gaining momentum as a strategy for deepening understandings of content, motivating students, and fostering 21st century skills. Its value comes from its ability to serve students with diverse needs by making learning individualized and more accessible. By nature, blended learning is differentiated and student centered. Participants in this blended learning crash course will gain a brief theoretical understanding of the practice, walk through a year in the life of a blended classroom, and explore blended strategies that can be implemented in any classroom immediately.

Design Thinking for Collaborative Lesson Planning
Learn how to design think your way to more inclusive, creative, and student-centered lesson designs. This session will utilize design thinking techniques to equip educators with strategies that leverage collective knowledge and imagination. Participants will hone-in on key principles of design thinking, such as empathy, to learn how to collaboratively design action-oriented lesson plans. The techniques experienced in this session can be broadly applied within professional learning communities, content-area departments, or across disciplines.


Leading in the Digital Age: Teacher as Activator
Teachers are a powerful influence in the classroom. Teacher as activator is a practical teaching strategy that leads to deeper learning. In this presentation, self-reflection will guide the differences between teacher activator and teacher facilitator. These ideas will be developed through the three specific components of teacher as activator: Feedback, metacognition, and behavioral objectives. Assuming the role of teacher as activator, teachers will create and share a one-week timeline for innovation in their content of choice.

Productive Not Problematic- Creating Efficient PBL Teams
This session will explore the role of school leaders in fostering PBL teams in their school. How can school leaders promote innovation and risk-taking for their staff within the institutional framework? Participants will learn about how entrepreneurial skills can aid leaders in enhancing teachers’ capacity and coaching strategies that can be utilized to lay the groundwork for creating efficient PBL teams.


Who Dunnit? CSI, Forensics, and Project Based Learning
Crime dramas and mysteries fascinate and engage students and teachers alike. Concepts, skills, and techniques learned across a variety of disciplines (not only science!), as well as creative and critical thinking skills are required to observe, interpret, and analyze evidence, as well as solve a crime. In this session participants will learn how to design a crime scene and analyze several forms of evidence as they participate in a project based learning activity.

What if I asked a question, and nobody answered?
Participants in this session will learn basic techniques designed to engage learners and stimulate students to formulate their own questions. Participants will engage in an exploration of a physical phenomenon to practice their own questioning strategies, and perform a meta-analysis to determine which strategies to precipitate questions from students worked well.


Diving Deep into Online Collaborative Group Work
Collaboration is a key competency of deeper learning, but providing numerous opportunities for student interaction in an online course can be challenging. How do you design and facilitate meaningful group work online while maintaining the flexibility of time and place? In this session, you will explore best practices and models for conducting online collaborative group work. In addition, you will work collaboratively to design a group project or activity for an online course that utilizes the four C’s. This session is intended for anyone interested in online teaching and learning.

Joy By Design: Using Design Thinking to Create Joyful Learning Environments
This session will immerse participants in the power of using their empathy lens to design and cultivate equitable joyful learning environments. Using design thinking and some other innovative and heartfelt “hook” activities, participants will leave with a toolbox filled with ideas ready to implement with their schools.


Ready, Set, Go Deep! Six Essentials for Group Work in Online and Blended Courses
Collaboration is a key competency of deeper learning, but providing numerous opportunities for student interaction in online and blended courses can be challenging. In this session, you will explore how to overcome these challenges through group discussion and discovery activities. You will create a resource that outlines best practices for conducting group work in online and blended courses centered around six essentials: purpose, preparation, assessment, group formation, facilitation, and technology. This session is intended for anyone interested in online and blended teaching and learning.

TEAM-ing Up For Interdisciplinary High Schools
Learn to create interdisciplinary units, projects, and activities to pair high school content and create engaging learning experiences! Participants will work through an Algebra/Earth Science interdisciplinary project (from the perspective of a freshmen student) and use provided planning protocols and project guide templates to evaluate the planning of the project (and learn to create their own interdisciplinary activities). Participants will leave with two full Projects and planning guides to create future interdisciplinary projects (via Google Drive).

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