About Sessions

The conference is designed to support contribution and learning by educators and researchers across the pre-kindergarten through post-secondary spectrum, and in out-of-school-time settings, in three major categories of sessions:

  • Huddles–to problem solve, collaborate, and network; 
  • Bursts–to share, innovate and activate
  • Deep Dives–to investigate in depth a topic related to one of the conference themes
HUDDLESBURSTSDEEP DIVES
Problem solve, collaborate,
network
Share, innovate, activateInvestigate WALS Conference Strands
(40 minutes)(40 minutes)(40 or 90 minutes)
– Brainstorming Blocks
– Lesson Plan Review
– Lesson Study Sharecase
– Meet-Ups
– Ignites
– Poster Presentations
– WALS of Inspiration Boards
– WALS of Posters
– WALS Talks

– Workshops
– Symposia
– Paper Roundtables

HUDDLES

Huddles are 40-minute sessions organized to share, seek feedback, ask questions, and collaborate around topics related to the WALS conference strands of equity, effective lesson study practices, and enriching lesson study through research.  Huddle session types include: Brainstorming Blocks, Lesson Proposal Reviews, Lesson Study Sharecases, Networking, and Roundtables.

Attendees may move between Huddle sessions every 40 mins.

Brainstorming Blocks

Propose a  brainstorming session to seek new perspectives and/or inspire next steps in your work–and that of your colleagues!  Sessions begin with 3-5 session organizers framing a problem, issue, strategy, or question followed by a free-flowing discussion. You propose the 3-5 session organizers.

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Describe the problem, issue, strategy or question of focus
  • How does the proposed session content relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study, or research?
  • Describe 2-3 key questions or 2-3 expected outcomes for participants
  • Briefly explain the session design–what participants will do

Lesson Plan Review

Submit your lesson plan for review with 2-3 key questions that your team would like to receive feedback on.  Two lesson plans will be reviewed during each session by selected specialists. (See optional Lesson Plan Template).

You will need to submit your lesson proposal by November 1, 2020.

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Upload your lesson plan (pdf format)
  • List 2 or 3 key questions or issues on which you would like to receive feedback

Lesson Study Sharecase

Submit a proposal to share your lesson study work:  What did your team do? What did you learn? How did this change your practice?   Your proposal will be combined with two other lesson study sharecase proposals. Each team will  have 10-minutes to present, and the session will conclude with a 10-minute facilitated discussion.

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Describe your Lesson Study team and the context for your Lesson Study work
  • What did your team do?
  • What did your team learn?
  • What are the implications of your work – for example, how will it change your practice going forward, or what would you like to discuss with others?

Meet-Ups

Propose a topic and network with colleagues around whatever is pressing for you! You can begin to build an informal collegial network based on

  • similar interests – e.g., lesson study in language arts or physical education
  • similar challenges – e.g., online video sharing
  • similar roles – e.g., district lesson study lead or final commentator
  • similar curiosities – e.g., how to measure changes in students or lesson study quality
  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Describe the topic for your meet-up
  • How does your meet-up topic relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • Describe 2-3 networking outcomes your session might support

BURSTS

BURSTS have multiple short presentations in a 40-minute session intended to “enlighten us and do it fast,” igniting future conversations about the WALS conference strands: issues of equity, effective lesson study practices, and the role of research in lesson study.  BURST session types include: Ignites, WALS Talks, Poster Presentations and WALS of Posters and Inspiration Boards.  

Attendees may move between Burst sessions every 40 minutes.

Ignites (Four, 5-minute presentations per 40 minute session).  

Propose an ignite session to present innovations, effective strategies and tools, problems of practice, collaborations around the WALS conference strands. Each presentation is limited to 20 slides.  (Specifications for Ignites).

You need to submit your slide show by November 1, 2020.

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Describe one or more  innovation, effective strategy, tool or problem of practice you will share
  • How does your meet-up topic relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • How does your Ignite topic relate to the conference  strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • Do you give us permission to video-tape your session? 

Poster Presentations (Four, 8-minute poster presentations per 40 minute session).

Submit a proposal to present your poster that reflects in-progress or completed work. Committee will organize presentations by related content.  Each presenter will provide a 2-3 minute pitch with 5-minutes for Q&A.(Specifications for Posters).

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Describe the problem, issue, strategy or question you will present
  • How does your poster content relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • What are the key points for your 2-3 minute pitch?

WALS of Posters and Inspiration Boards 

Posters and Inspiration Boards will be on display in public areas throughout the conference.   

Option to record your pitch and/or provide contact info or “on-site times.”

WALS of Posters 

Submit a proposal for a poster that reflects in-progress or completed research or other  work.  Connect your poster to the WALS conference strand questions.  Posters will be grouped together by conference strand. (Specifications for Posters / Boards)

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • What is the research or work you are presenting in your poster?
  • >How does this relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • Do you choose to provide  a 2-minute recorded pitch?
  • (See pitch instructions)

WALS of Inspiration Boards   

Submit a proposal to inspire others by sharing artifacts from your lesson study.  Make a claim about an issue of equity confronted by your team, an effective lesson study practice, or something you have learned. Include artifacts such as photos, quotes, student work, and/or reflections to support your claim. (Specifications for Posters / Boards)

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • What is the issue of equity confronted by your lesson study team?
  • What did you learn through your lesson study process?
  • Describe the artifacts (photos, quotes, student work, and/or reflections) you will present  to share your learning
  • Do you choose to provide  a 2-minute recorded pitch? (See pitch instructions

WALS Talks (Three, 12-minute talks per 40 minute session). 

Submit a proposal for a 12-minute presentation related to the WALS conference strands to inform, inspire, surprise, challenge, or delight the audience.  WALS Talks will be grouped together by related topics for each 40-minute session. (Specifications for WALS Talks). You need to submit your slide show by November 1, 2020.

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Describe how your WALS Talk will inform, inspire, surprise, challenge, or delight the audience
  • Why is your talk  important for conference participants?Do you give us permission to video-tape your session?

DEEP DIVES

Deep Dives are 40 or 90-minute sessions to allow deeper investigation of a practice, idea, or set of findings. Deep Dives include: Workshops, Symposia, Papers and Paper Roundtables.

Workshops (90 minutes).  

Workshops engage participants in trying effective lesson study practices, exploring new tools and resources, or building skills.  A major portion of the workshop is spent in active participation, skill-building or exploration.

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Summary of session (Up to 500 words)
  • How does session content relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • Describe 2-3 key questions or 2-3 outcomes for participants
  • Describe the flow of the session–what participants will do to address the questions or achieve the outcomes
  • Describe how participants will be actively engaged

Symposia (90 minutes).  

Symposium proposals include 3-4 presentations and a discussant, all focused on building understanding of a shared question, challenge or set of findings. The proposal should include a chair (who may be one of the presenters) to facilitate smooth flow of presentations and discussion. Note that papers may be submitted to session types other than symposia: Paper Roundtables, Poster Presentations or WALS Talks.

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Summary of session (Up to 500 words)
  • How does the session content relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • Name of discussant ( include their affiliation and email)
  • Name of chair (include their affiliation and email)
  • Summary of each paper (up to 250 words) must include author(s) name, affiliation, email and title of paper

Paper Roundtables (40 minutes). 

Types of papers to submit include: research papers, work-in-progress reports, proposals for future research papers, and reports on issues related to teaching and learning.  The session will include three papers (10 minutes each) and 10 minutes of discussion. Authors may submit an individual paper (and have the committee group together three authors with related topics), or may submit a whole roundtable (3 papers and discussant). 

  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Summary of paper (Up to 500  words) to include author(s) name, affiliation, email and title of paper:
  • How does the paper content relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • Title of proposal (Up to 20 words)
  • Proposal abstract (Up to 150 words)
  • Summary of paper roundtable (Up to 500  words)
  • How does the roundtable content relate to the conference strand you selected (equity, effective lesson study practice, or research)?
  • Name of discussant (include their affiliation and email)
  • Summary of each paper (up to 250 words) must include author(s) name, affiliation, email and title of paper