Conference Program and Events

Conference Program and Events

Saturday, July 20th

9:00-5:00 International trainers – day long session

Sunday, July 21st

Orientation for Newcomers: 2:00-4:00

Led by:

Ruben Chiza and Jennifer Rich

Courtyard by Marriott Downtown Tulsa- Atlas Meeting Room

2nd Floor

At Hotel: Registration: 8:30 – 5:30

At Gala: Greenwood Cultural Center: 5:30 – 6:00

 

GREENWOOD CULTURAL CENTER

6:00 – 9:00 George Gala Awards/Dinner

Remarks by:

Superintendant Deborah Gist

Judge Damon Cantrell

Keynote Speaker:

Katie Edicott

At 31 years old, Katie Endicott lead the largest and longest teachers’ strike in West Virginia history, where teacher salaries ranked 46th in the nation. Against all odds, she lived the power of unity and subsequently inspired teachers in Oklahoma, where salaries were the lowest in the country, and elsewhere. For her leadership and courage, Endicott has been featured in the New York Times and The Washington Post and on Democracy Now!

At 31 years old, she received MIT Media Lab’s Disobedience Award, an award designed to honor work that positively impacts society and is consistent with the principles of nonviolence, creativity, courage and and taking personal responsibility. To be eligible, an awardee, among things, must have taken personal risk in order to effect positive change.

Katie is a proud MicroSociety Alum from Atenville Elementary School.

 

 

Monday, July 22nd, 2019

Thoreau Demonstration Academy – Day 1

Monday, July 22nd, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 9:15 Welcome/Announcements [Auditorium] –
Milt Williams, Chris Bozzone

Remarks – Ebony Johnson

Superintendent Deborah Gist,

Deputy Chief of Staff Christina da Silva, Office of
Mayor

9:15- 9:40 Model School/Fireside Chat [Auditorium]  

9:40 – 9:45 Transition

9:45 – 10:40 Preparing Future – Ready Students Through
Coding
[Rm. 212]
Marcus Navas
By equipping students with foundational
digital literacy, computational thinking and
coding skills, they will not only build strong
foundations needed for school now, but also
for the largely unknown, technology-oriented
careers of tomorrow. In this session you will
explore the many ways we can start preparing
our students for the future by implementing
and integrating computer science and coding.

Digital Banking Makes Sense [Rm. 212]
For Experienced MicroSociety Practitioners ONLY
Lad Heisten, Jennifer Rich
Is your bank ready to go digital? With a digital
backbone and other resources, you can create a
realistic financial and banking experience and
even move you to a cashless MicroSociety. You
will learn how to set up traditional business
checking accounts with check printing, balance
bank statements (paperless), create and
maintain a digital record of bank activity, using
debit cards and so much more.

A Lifetime of Learning! [Rm. 202]
Suzanne Downing
There is something compelling about collecting
and looking at stamps from all over the world.
Learn how to use a hobby that enthralls learners
in your classroom and MicroSociety. Each
participant will leave with MicroSociety
strategies, a resource starter kit, and a fired-up
sense of urgency bout infusing stamp collecting
as a motivating, integral part of your society
along with securing a new pool of partners!

Banking Basics [Rm. 205]
Deitrya Anderson
If the world of finance is new for your school,
join us to learn the basics of banking.
Facilitators will discuss how scholars create
their own learning goals and apply them in their
MicroSociety businesses, specifically the bank.
You will learn how the Micro bank runs at
Monroe Demonstration, the services the bank
offers its customers the forms needed to keep it
running smoothly.

Making MicroSociety Work: Faculty Buy – In is
Crucial for Success [Rm. 203]
Rebecca Hunt
Educators are often overwhelmed by the ever
changing landscape of today’s curriculum and
expectations. This workshop will offer
strategies to use MicroSociety to support
programs and infrastructure that are already in
place at your school. Faculty buy-in will be
increased through the customization of
MicroSociety to meet their needs. Participants
will leave with a basic framework of ideas and
plans personalized for their faculty and school
themes.

Community Service is at the Center of HEART
[Rm. 204b]
Candice Pierce
Service lies at the heart of every community
and every MicroSociety. Why is that? Young
people value service in greater and greater
numbers so it is essential that we adults know
why they hold it in such regard and how to help
them get started from clarity of purpose to the
nuts and bolts logistics. Thoreau students
implement school wide community service
projects to support the greater Tulsa
community. It is their way of passing it
forward. From singing holiday carols to linking
with the Better Business Bureau, the
opportunities are endless. But let’s not forget
the importance of integrating this work into the
curriculum so that students grow in mind and
spirit.

10:40 – 10:45 Transition

10:45 – 11:40 Just Getting Started? No Problem! [Rm. 202]
Susannah Williams
Are you new to the MicroSociety model? Not
sure where to start? Don’t panic! During this
session, we will address your questions,
concerns, thoughts, and ideas.

It Takes Social Emotional Skills to Build a
Community [Rm.203]
Stephanie Andrews
Participants will be introduced to the Three
Signature Practices Playbook as a simple way
for getting started with social emotional
learning in the classroom. It is designed to help
users create safe, generous, equity-centered
learning spaces for adults and students.

MicroSociety Messy Problems Inspire Messy
Solutions
[Rm. 204b]
Francie Summers
Real Life Is MESSY! In order to prepare
students adequately for life outside of school
and to thrive in the workplace, they will need
to be able to solve real world messy problems
with “out of the box solutions”. This session
will focus on the “how” of accomplishing this
by using MicroSociety messy problems.

Formative Assessments Help You Chart a Path
Toward Mastery [Rm. 205]
Yvonne Aguilera, Joe Ibarra
Join us as we explore instructional tools and
applications to facilitate the use of technology
and engage in best teaching practices by
providing immediate feedback to students on
formative assessments!

What’s Your Story? Using Technology to Tell the
Tale and Build your School’s Brand [Rm. 212]
Marcos Navas
How students can use technology to tell their
story and yours to build your school’s brand.
With the access to technology and digital
platforms, students in MicroSociety have the
opportunity to create their stories into digital
media that can be shared with the world!
Through this sharing of ideas and these student
stories, MicroSociety School’s best practices and
branding can be shared with millions. Explore
how students can assist in building your school’s
brand through digital story making.

Teaching History through MicroSociety Concepts
[Rm. 213]
C.J. Davison
This session will focus on American History,
primarily post Reconstruction, but it is
relevant to helping anyone think about
connecting their classroom to the real world of
MicroSociety. Historical Units will be matched
with MicroSociety Financial Components with
examples of implementation. Think margins,
tariffs, supply and demand, buying power,
inflation, monopolies and stock market
crashes. These topics make history gripping
for kids.

11:40 – 11:45 Transition

11:45 – 12:40 Business Plan Basics: It’s a New Skill for Teachers
[Rm. 204b]
Robert Marshall
This workshop offers a practical overview of
the fundamentals required to get a business off
the ground, from start-up to success. The
basics of developing the business plan is
essential to that effort. Don’t be intimidated.
You can do it and so can your students.

Business Plan Development
For Experienced MicroSociety Practitioners
ONLY !
[Rm. 212]
Shintaro Kaido
Developing a sound business plan is essential
for a successful business venture – from
securing a loan from your Micro bank to
getting buy-in from business partners. This
workshop focuses on two important elements
of a business plan; market assessment (is there
a real need in your MicroSociety for what I
want to do?) And profitability (can I make
money from doing it?). This workshop will
discuss potential ways to incorporate cutting
edge entrepreneurial tools in your
MicroSociety ventures.

Growing a Culture for Student Centered
Learning
[Rm. 203]
Suzanne Downing
A master-gardening session focused on using
MicroSociety as a tool to cultivate communities
where mutual respect, a quest for knowledge,
trust, and communication drive autonomous
learner behavior. Using MicroSociety to foster
independent creative problem solving while
shifting the teaching focus to a learning
paradigm.

Flipping the Classroom with MicroSociety
Connections [Rm.202]
Yvonne Aguilera, Joe Ibarra
This session will focus on the pedagogy of
Flipping the Classroom as it applies to teaching
and learning. This approach will center on the
Pros and Cons of Flipping the Classroom by
facilitating solutions by preparing and
preventing for future tribulations. Inquiry,
application and assessment of student-centered
learning will be demonstrated. Please bring a
charged laptop.

Digitizing Your MicroSociety Ventures and
Agencies
For Experienced MicroSociety Practitioners
ONLY !
[Rm. 213]
Lad Heisten
We hear a lot about the digital landscape, the
digital workforce and digital marketing. One
thing is clear, digital is driving business and to
succeed, students need to be on top of their
digital game. This workshop will explore in
depth why and how you can harness emerging
digital technologies and resources to simplify
and more effectively implement your
MicroSociety goals, objectives and practices.
Digital tools help you create a “digital
backbone” to improve efficiency and
effectiveness at adapting and scaling up your
MicroSociety to fit your school size, student
age, maturities, skill sets and the specific goals
you’ve set for your school, staff and students
and reduce everyone’s learning curve.
Digitizing MicroSociety as our Society is today.

Social Entrepreneur x Social Issues =
Capstone Project For the Younger Set
[Rm. 205]
Gabrielle Dondici, Rebecca Nathanson
A workshop that is all about leaving a mark,
in our world we face major global issues but
at a smaller scale we face the monster under
our beds – anxiety, stress, and everyday
worries. The participants will assemble in a
circle after an introduction to social
entrepreneurship, and have an open
discussion of how we can bring this into
MicroSociety. It’s time to make a change by
leaving a mark.

12:40 – 1:30 LUNCH

Special Presentation- STEM from our friends in Canada

1:35 – 2:30 Business Procedures and Customer Service
Practices to Keep You on Top of Your Game
[Rm. 202]
Kal Patel
Customer service is the core of a successful
business and a prerequisite for procuring repeat
business. Each employee must be presentable,
clean and focused on making the customer’s
experience a positive one from the time they
walk in the door and make eye contact. After
business hours, a strong, productive team is the
backbone to that success so making your
employees and your customers happy is the
key. How do you manage all of this when
problems that arise? Join us! You will learn
how to break down issues into manageable
pieces and streamline processes. Our
experiences in life shape our business and make
us the leader we are.

Cultivating Student leaders with Character in a
MicroSociety School [Rm. 204b]
Valerie Finney
Is leadership nature or nurtured? Come and
explore this concept through discussion on
characteristics of great leaders and student
leadership roles in MicroSociety. Learn how
to recognize future leaders and to cultivate
leadership through MicroSociety processes.

Breakthroughs in Environment Entrepreneurship
[Rm. 203]
Allan Baile
The human impact on our world has created
huge learning opportunities for our students.
Seeking solutions to ongoing and significant
problems allows entrepreneurs the ability to
create meaningful and impactful ventures and
corporations. We will explore the
opportunities and educational programs that
students can create in order to inform and
educate your communities about a variety of
entrepreneurial possibilities. Young people
have an emotional connection to our world.
We need them to create long term solutions
and by doing so creating economic benefits for
our communities.

Design Studio Generator for Tweens & Teens
[Rm.205]
Gabrielle Dondici, Rebecca Nathanson
During this workshop, an instant book will be in
process of creation, to show how easy it is to
create something based in design with minimal
time. The presentation itself will breakdown
“What Design is?”, And how design is
everywhere. It is something that should be
looked at like engineering – it can be
categorized, vary in skill and be integrated into
every subject. Not only will this workshop
expand educators but give knowledge to young
students in MicroSociety that this is a career
possibility. Design is
everywhere, what does it mean to you?

What’s Your Story? Using Technology to Tell the
Tale and Build your School’s Brand [Rm. 212]
Marcos Navas
How students can use technology to tell their
story and yours to build your school’s brand.
With the access to technology and digital
platforms, students in MicroSociety have the
opportunity to create their stories into digital
media that can be shared with the world!
Through this sharing of ideas and these student
stories, MicroSociety School’s best practices and
branding can be shared with millions. Explore
how students can assist in building your school’s
brand through digital story making.

MicroSociety Offers a Rich Ecosystem for
Problem Based Learning (PBL) [Rm. 213]
Yvonne Aguilera, Joe Ibarra
MicroSociety meets science and math problems
for grades K-12. Steps for facilitating problembased learning will be defined for both the
teacher and learner. The participant will
practice different skill sets for facilitating a
PBL.

2:30 – 2:35 Transition

2:35 – 4:00 Stock Market Live! [Cafeteria]
Parker Childers, C.J. Davison
Special Guest: Steve Mitchell

2:35- 4:00 Tulsa Meet- Up:
What Works, What Doesn’t for Middle Grades
[Auditorium

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

Wilson Teaching and Learning Academy – Day 2

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 9:25 The Future Ready Face of MicroSociety
[Auditorium]

9:25 – 9:30 Transition

9:30 – 10:25 Upgrading your Business Process from Idea to
Prototype [Rm. 112]
Ray Parris
In this session participants will get an
understanding of the power of a k12
entrepreneurial experience, by seeing how
MicroSociety and NFTE can create a k12
learning experience like no other. MicroSociety
curricular experiences help cement a sound
understanding of supply/demand and profit and
loss fundamentally, while helping students
embrace their passion product/idea. NFTE’s
technical entrepreneurial journey allows a
student to design ideas and shape prototypes by
leveraging learning with an activated
entrepreneurial mindset and makerspace
resources. Students will experience radical
growth and change when activities are
entrepreneurial, experiential and project based.

Laying the Groundwork for Empathy in Your
Society [Rm.216]
Stephanie Andrews
Participants will be able to describe the
difference between empathy and sympathy
based on Dr. Brene Brown’s work and make
crucial connections on how empathy lays the
groundwork for a healthy society.

Five Critical Steps to Orienting & Preparing New
Staff in an Existing MicroSociety School [Rm. 217]
For Experienced MicroSociety Practitioners ONLY
Sheryl Dunton
How are you preparing your new staff to join
your MicroSociety school? While they are
excited to become a part of your school, there
are five critical steps you need to take that will
help them become familiar with MicroSociety,
how to get them off to a good start and tips for
a successful first year.

The Lens for Developing 21st Century 6 Cs Skills
[Rm. 121]
Francie Summers
This interactive session will focus on how Micro
will enable students to develop the 21st century
6 Cs skills of creativity, critical thinking.
communication, collaboration, character
building, and citizenship in order to be prepared
for the world that they will be facing when they
enter the workplace. A world where artificial
intelligence, robots, and jobs of the future that
are not even in existence today will change how
they live, work, and relate to each other.

Funding Your MicroSociety with Community
Support
[Rm. 123]
Amy Castleberry
Help fund and build a stronger MicroSociety
by utilizing community support (PTSA,
Sponsorships, Partners in Education, etc.).
Learn the ins and outs of showcasing your
Micro Society through a “Micro Mania”
community night, which allows students to
showcase their business skills and knowledge
to prospective parents, students, and sponsors,
while raising funds for your program. Just
combine a pinch of creativity, a dash of
organization, and a bunch of energy, mix
thoroughly and serve with passion! It’s a
recipe for success! 21st century learners!

What it means to be an Administrator in a
MicroSociety School? [Rm. 116]
Amy Bottomley
The struggle is real! But we have a unique
advantage…Micro! This workshop is an
opportunity for school leaders to network,
discuss and share ideas and perspectives on
how being a MicroSociety school leader is
distinctly different. Do we practice what we
preach? Are we comfortable delegating,
empowering and trusting our staff? Let’s chat!

10:25 – 10:30 Transition

10:30 – 11:25 Building a Culturally Responsive Community
[Rm. 112]
Kiana Smith
This session will help educators leverage the
experiences/structures of micro-society to
create an inclusive school environment to
improve school culture and decrease behavior
disruptions. Educators will be able to access
frameworks and tools to help lead a 21st
century school that is inclusive and responsive
to the needs of marginalized scholars.

Shark Tank: Where Budding Entrepreneurs Get a
Chance to Bring Their Dreams to Market [Rm.
123]
Rachael Blair, Bernice Chavez
Time to grow, a workshop demonstrating the
possibilities when involving the community.
MicroSociety Entrepreneurs present their
business plans to local community members,
partners in education, business partners,
family and friends. We will discuss the process
and how a student create the ventures and
agencies seek out potential investors/donations
of their business concept, idea, product or
service.

What is a Corporate Faculty and Why is it
Crucial for Long Term Success? [Rm. 121]
Suzanne Downing
The who, why, and how of creating an adjunct
faculty of community partners to
exponentially expand the opportunities of
MicroSociety learning!

Social Emotional Skills and Central to Building a
Community [Rm. 116]
Stephanie Andrews
Participants will be introduced to the Three
Signature Practices Playbook as a simple way
for getting started with social emotional
learning in the classroom. It is designed to
help users create safe,
generous, equity-centered learning spaces for
adults and students.

Ventures for 21st Century Tweens & Teens [Rm.
216]
Marcos Navas
Today’s modern learner is heavily influenced
by the ever changing world of technology and
innovation. This allows for MicroSociety
School’s to create and develop ventures to
capture the interest of the 21st century learner.
In this session Marcos Navas will explore
some 21st century ventures that can relate to
21st century learners!

Teaching History Through MicroSociety Concepts
[Rm. 217]
C.J. Davison
This session is designed to challenge educators
to use components of real world while teaching
US History, particularly Financial Literacy. If
students understand financial topics as they
pertain to their specific MicroSociety business,
they can relate to how those topics effected
America’s History. This session will focus on
American History, primarily post
Reconstruction, but it is relevant to helping
anyone think about connecting their classroom
to the real world of MicroSociety. Historical
Units will be matched with MicroSociety
Financial Components with examples of
implementation. Think margins, tariffs, supply
and demand, buying power, inflation,
monopolies and stock market crashes. These
topics make history gripping for kids.

11:25 – 11:30 Transition

11:30 – 12:25 Monrovia Bureau of Investigation (MBI):
Integrating Forensic Science & Math into the
Classroom [Rm. 112]
Theodore Simonelli
Have you ever wanted to give your students
the opportunity to experience real world
Special Agent training? Have you ever
wondered how to learn to develop student
leaders centered around forensic science and
math? Learn how these student leaders can
experience learning through the MBI
experience. Intertwining MicroSociety, Math
and Forensic Science in the classroom.

So you want to raise $25,000? [Rm. 121]
Suzanne Downing, Allan Baile
At the heart of successful Micro funding are
tried & true strategies from fellow Micro
practitioners including how to identify and
approach potential funders and how to score
financial support!

Incorporating Those with Special Needs So They
are an Asset to the Community and the
Classroom [Rm. 116]
Sheryl Dunton
Special needs students in your MicroSociety
can pose particular considerations. What are
some avenues to ensure success for all
students in your MicroSociety Community?
Come and find out ideas that can spark new
ways of thinking!

Infusing MicroSociety, 21st Century Skills and
Blooms Taxonomy with Daily Instruction. Oh My!
[Rm. 123]
Francie Summers
Content without relevancy is only teaching
students “trivia”. Therefore, come participate
in this hands-on session in which you will
experience first hand strategies and learning
activities for embedding Micro, 21st century
skills and Bloom’s Taxonomy into your
lessons. Thus, resulting in relevant,
meaningful, real world learning for your
students.

Reflection: Let’s Get Messy! [Rm. 216]
Marcos Navas
Due to its direct reflection to real world
society, MicroSociety Schools all across the
world are constantly confronted and
challenged by “messy” problems. These
“messy” problems can be used as
opportunities to challenge to foster innovation
and creative problem solving. In this session
Marcos Navas will explore how to use
MicroSociety’s “messy” problems to drive
Reflection Day!

Have a problem? MicroSociety Can Help you
Solve it!
[Rm. 217]
Amy Bottomley, Susannah Williams
Is your Micro program data driven and
purposeful? Are your teachers looking at
assessment data and using that to develop
goals? Do you incorporate Micro activities to
enrich and remediate skills? Join us and learn
how the Micro program can help!

12:25 – 1:15 LUNCH

1:15 – 2:10 Following one STEM Venture from Start Up to
Success [Rm.112]
Allan Baile
All students have a keen desire to learn about
our environment and the impact that they can
have on our world. Engaging students in a
viable STEM Environmental Venture creates
immense learning opportunities and allows the
students to explore the fundamental issues
facing our communities, country and world. In
this session we will explore the incredible
enthusiasm of the students and staff and how
they created, evolved and molded one small
venture and created three award winning
ventures and agencies.

The Nuts & Bolts of the Department of Economic
Growth
[Rm. 116]
Shelly Buller
The DEG is a vital component of any Micro
Society. Employment, unemployment,
approval of business proposals, completed
business plans, food handlers permit,
business licenses are the daily, weekly and
monthly activities the employees of the DEG
are responsible for at Cleveland Middle
School. During this session you will receive
the outlines and guidelines that have worked
for us. You can take these and tweak them
for your needs in your Micro Society.
Crashes. These topics make history gripping
for kids.

Got Sustainability?
Sustainable Ventures and Business Practices
[Rm. 121]
Gabrielle Dondici, Rebecca Nathanson
Let’s get creative! Build and create a world
centered on your global footprint. During the
workshop, participants will be building a
sculpture out of recyclables. While building
sculpture there will be a lecture on
sustainability practices that can be
implemented in MicroSociety. Focusing on the
Important facts of sustainability, up-cycling,
and recycling.

Tying MicroSociety to Your State’s College and
Career Pathways [Rm. 123]
Suzanne Downing
Explore natural opportunities of the Micro
daily living experience to bring this learning to
life! What is implemented within a
MicroSociety can apply in the real world.

Making Micro Work: Faculty Buy – In is Crucial
for Success
[Rm. 216]
Rebecca Hunt
Educators are often overwhelmed by the ever
changing landscape of today’s curriculum and
expectations. This workshop will offer
strategies to use Micro to support programs and
infrastructure that are already in place at your
school. Faculty buy-in will be increased
through the customization of MicroSociety to
meet their needs. Participants will leave with a
basic framework of ideas and plans
personalized for their faculty and school
themes.

Fundraising is a SNAP: It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
[Rm. 217]
Erin Leggett
Snap! Raise is a fundraising solution for
educators that was founded on the idea that
educators and youth coaches would be able to
freely focus on the work they love without two
barriers that often get in the way: financial
concerns and administrative tasks. The average
program leader has been found to spend 13.5
hours each week on administrative work. Snap!
Raise takes this burden out of the equation by
helping educators fundraise for educational
initiatives and giving them back more time to
do the work that matters most by providing an
online platform for completing a successful
fundraiser in just 28 days. Learn how Snap!
Raise can help you start a fundraising
campaign, easily process donations, and
broaden your reach to raise funds that will help
you continue building your MicroSociety.

2:10 – 2:15 Transition

2:15 – 3:10 Look What’s “Popping Up” in the Crawfish
Bayou Marketplace! [Rm. 112]
Noi Mills, Antoinette Alexander Givan
Are you looking for a unique MicroSociety
learning experience to offer young citizens?
Well, “C’mon down to the Bayou!” and get
inspired. Pop-up ventures are creating a new
buzz around town and will allow creative
entrepreneurial experiences and innovative,
standards-based markets for both consumers
and producers. Our traditional business
models are yielding to the future of retail…
pop-up shops.

Adding STEM to your MicroSociety on a Dollar a
Day
[Rm. 121]
Marcus Navas
With educational budgets and opportunities
constantly being cut and slashed, and schools
being pressured to incorporate STEM ideas
and topics into their curriculum, many
believe this comes with a hefty and high cost.
However, the materials and resources to
create and integrate STEM (Science
Technology Engineering Math) programs and
curriculum into your MicroSociety school can
be found in your supply closets, recycle bins,
or Dollar Store. In this session Marcos
Navas will discuss how to create integrated
lessons and projects on a dollar budget!

Coordinators, Let’s Network! [Rm. 123]
For Experienced MicroSociety Practitioners ONLY
Susannah Williams
This is your chance to network with other
Micro Coordinators and take advantage of a
hive mind experience. Come and share what
is working for your MicroSociety, discuss
questions you have, and learn from each
others’ vast pools of knowledge!

Motivate Individual Leadership for Public
Advocacy and Develop Tools, People and
Resources to Support You
[Rm. 216]
Sandy Warren
This workshop introduces teachers to the
principles of student advocacy on various
topics of interest, with an aim to provide
students the tools to be effective agents of
change in today’s society. Teachers will
receive a guide to direct student advocacy,
including how to select an issue of interest to
the student that will have an impact on society.
Further, participants will learn how to help
students determine key persuasive components
of the issue and how to frame a response to
opponents. The seminar was developed in
conjunction with political leaders in
Oklahoma, and is designed to be relevant,
effective, and positive.

The Intersection of Social Justice and
MicroSociety
[Rm. 217]
Magda Maldonado
Learn how the Chula Vista Learning
Community Charter School gives students a
voice in the process of challenging perceptions
of injustice in their world. You will participate
in teaching opportunities that allow students to
change inequities through participation in
grass-roots organizations, and by initiating nonprofit ventures in their school as they establish
their own knowledge of our political,
economic, social & educational system.
Guided by problem-posed educational projects,
students learn to integrate their curriculum to
solve real-world dilemmas. Students are
exposed to community agencies through our
Annual Social Justice Summit where they are
encouraged to become change-agents. We will
explore concepts of culture, individual identity,
and empowerment as students learn how to
transform institutional.

3:10 – 3:15 Transition

3:15 – 3:45 Micro Reboot: What To Do When MicroSociety
Gets Stuck Or Goes Off Course [Auditorium]

3:15-3:45 Networking For Newcomers [AssemblyHall

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

Thoreau Demonstration Academy – Day 3

Wednesday , July 24th, 2019
8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast

8:30 – 9:25 Business Day Live! The Café that Offers so Much More than a Latte [Rm. 212]
Patrice Todd Phillips
Timberlodge is so much more than a cafe’ that
sells latte’! This business employs 27 students
and houses three smaller businesses. Waiter/
Waitress table, Sno-cones and Cotton Candy
are just a few choices on the menu. We will
discuss the nuts and bolts of running
Timberlodge: from job applications, interviews,
job placement, acceptance and rejection to how
students rotate on the job schedule, how sales
are tracked and taxes and sales are calculated.

Now That’s a Good Question! Promote Cognitive
Rigor and Deliver Deeper Learning Experiences
Through Questioning Techniques [Rm. 203]
Donna Wilson
This workshop will give you a new perspective
on questions and the role they play. Like a
good question, it will encourage you to think.
Join this session as together we tease, toss
around, and tackle creating answers to
intriguing questions such as these: What’s the
difference between a bad question and a good
question? , What tools are available to help
write better questions? and much more.

Monrovia Courts: The Basics [Rm. 204b]
Brenda Reyes
One is innocent until proven guilty, various
court cases will be highlighted in addition to a
live reenactment of a court case and what
strategies are used in order to design and
implement a successful justice system.

Courts for Advanced Thinking [Rm. 205]
Sandy Warren, Judge Daman Cantrell
Based on 16 years of student Law at Thoreau,
this workshop will provide basic components of
courtroom procedure. Student lawyers will be
able to try cases on behalf of their peers who
have grievances within the school’s
MicroSociety, and to represent them fairly and
professionally. Materials will be provided that
prepare students to define a legal issue,
interview witnesses, determine questions to ask,
and conduct a trial.

State your Case: on Job, in Legislature, in
Town Meetings, to the Press and as a Social
Activist [Rm. 213]
Jewel Hurt
Being an active citizen goes beyond merely
following the rules. There will be times when
kids disagree, become unsatisfied with the
system, and have imaginative ideas for
change. This workshop will provide tips and
tricks for how we may teach kids how to state
their case in a MicroSociety and beyond.

9:25 – 9:30 Transition

9:30 – 11:15 Moving from Being a Victim to Having a Voice:
Rebuilding Public Service to Get Things Done
[Cafeteria]
Rep. John Waldron, Rep. Melissa Provenzano
Oklahoma House of Representatives
“Young people are disgusted with the way
Washington officials behave and want no part
of it,” says Jennifer Lawless, professor and coauthor with Richard L. Fox of Running From
Office:Why Young Americans are Turned Off
From Politics. MicroSociety Founder, George
Richmond wrote: “If we want our children to
be thoughtful and engaged citizens, we should
help them be part of social change now in their
MicroSocieties.” So, how do we move from
being a victim to having a voice to being a
force for positive change? Oklahoma teachers
turned legislators are bridging that divide and
so can we. The institutions and organizations
of MicroSociety offer the spheres of influence
we need.

11:15 – 11:20 Transition

11:20 – 12:15 Squeeze Your Ideas – Rebrand Your Classroom
[Rm. 212]
Gabrielle Dondici, Rebecca Nathanson
It’s time to stop, listen, and just do. During this
workshop the participants will learn about the
design process of defining the problem, ideate,
prototype and test it out. It’s about squeezing
the ideas, tossing the bad and embrace the
good. While sitting in the classroom, groups
will develop design plans of the best way to
rebrand the classroom and that one will be
executed.

Move Your Business from Inside the School to the
World Outside Without Mixing Economies [Rm.
203]
Kiana Smith
This session will help teachers support
scholars in transitioning their micro venture
into a real venture by establishing high
expectations, infusing appropriate vocabulary,
setting ambitious visions to help students
understand their micro business as a business.

On Your Mark! Get Set! Go! … & Keep Going!
[Rm. 204b]
Suzanne Downing
Create and practice strategies at the heart of
building momentum for Micro (organizational
change) and fueling long-range sustainability
practices for success
and succession.

Digitizing Your MicroSociety Ventures and
Agencies
[Rm. 213]
Lad Heisten
We hear a lot about the digital landscape, the
digital workforce and digital marketing. One
thing is clear, digital is driving business and to
succeed, students need to be on top of their
digital game. This workshop will explore in
depth why and how you can harness emerging
digital technologies and resources to simplify
and more effectively implement your
MicroSociety goals, objectives and practices.
Digital tools help you create a “digital
backbone” to improve efficiency and
effectiveness at adapting and scaling up your
MicroSociety to fit your school size, student
age, maturities, skill sets and the specific goals
you’ve set for your school, staff and students
and reduce everyone’s learning curve.
Digitizing MicroSociety as our Society is today.

Teaching History with MicroSociety Concepts
[Rm. 205]
C.J. Davison
This session is designed to challenge educators
to use components of real world while teaching
US History, particularly Financial Literacy. If
students understand financial topics as they
pertain to their specific MicroSociety business,
they can relate to how those topics effected
America’s History. This session will focus on
American History, primarily post
Reconstruction, but it is relevant to helping
anyone think about connecting their classroom
to the real world of MicroSociety. Historical
Units will be matched with MicroSociety
Financial Components with examples of
implementation. Think margins, tariffs, supply
and demand, buying power, inflation,
monopolies and stock market crashes. These
topics make history gripping for kids.

12:00 – 1:15 Marketplace – Lunch/Reflection

1:15 – 1:45 MicroSociety Mindset: Five Dispositions Key to
Success for Teaching in a MicroSociety Setting
[Auditorium]

1:45 – 2:15 Inspiration Impact [Cafeteria]