Connection + Reflection Crew
What is Crew?
At this convening, there will be identified time in the schedule in small "crews" or groups, interspersed with the shared learning sessions and learning excursion experiences. We aim to provide space for connection, reflection, and vulnerability based around your learnings at the convening through the lens of and shaped by the identities you hold and the context you find yourself in at home.
We hope you can find connections to what you are experiencing in Tucson to bring home and carry forward and that you with each other in community.
Hear more about this from our own Crew below:
The Tucson Convening
at a Glance…
Tuesday, Feb. 14:
Most participants will arrive at the conference hotel, Loews Ventana Canyon, in the afternoon. The experience officially kicks off in the evening with a welcome reception and orientation to the place we are convening and the community we hope to cultivate with one another over the following three days.
Wednesday, Feb. 15:
We’ll spend most of the day reconnecting as a community, connecting our individual identities, inquiries, and insights to a shared ALP learning agenda. Expect a mix of mainstage provocations, small group discussions, topical workshops, peer-to-peer consultancies, and unstructured space to connect. We will also meet our “crew” a group of folks with whom we have affinity with whom we will be invited to make sense of learning and shared experience throughout the gathering. We will also get into our Learning Excursion groups and prepare for our time immersed in Sunnyside and Tucson learning environments. Start your day with optional morning wellness activities, and end the day with opportunities to go explore Tucson through a group hike or dine arounds.
Thursday, Feb. 16:
What can we learn together from Tucson about how assessment for learning relates to learner belonging, equity and liberation? The main event of the convening takes place on Thursday morning when we head out in small groups to explore a big idea or question in the context of a local school or community organization. These are not your everyday “show and tell” site visits. Experiences will be led and designed and led by pairs of local leaders and ALP lead learners, and topics will combine assessment in concrete practice with inquiries about belonging, agency, student voice, indigenous knowledge systems and lifeways, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, family engagement, and more. The afternoon will be divided between synthesizing learning from the learning excursions, connecting with our crew who will have participated in a mix of learning excursions, and more opportunities for ALP community members to share learning or engage in problems of practice.
Friday, Feb. 17:
In our final morning together, we will prepare and share presentations of learning from excursion groups and then move toward collaborating for the future. Participants will reflect on what they are carrying home and identify ways that microgrants learning groups, storytelling and other ALP activities can support future learning. Programming will end at 12pm mountain time.