2018 AASSA Educator's Conference
The American School of Quito, Ecuador
Reaching the Summit: The Power of Yet
Pre-Conference: March 20-21, 2018
Main Conference: March 22-24, 2018
Call for Presentation Proposals
The Power of Yet, a phrase coined by Carol Dweck, is simply about teachers and students having a “growth mindset”: celebrating that we are all on a learning journey and believing that we all have the ability to improve. This hopeful mindset sees success as a future result of engaging with and learning from one’s mistakes.
This is in stark contrast to the “fixed mindset” which has typically defined the educational process—a mindset based in “the tyranny of now” which defines a student’s result at a given point in time as either a success or a failure. This approach has encouraged students to run away from their errors, seek constant validation and rewards for their efforts, or brand themselves a failure and give up.
Carol Dweck’s research has shown that the concept of “not yet” has resulted in students embracing challenges, learning from their errors, and persisting in the face of setbacks. They come to see effort as a pathway to mastery—an idea reinforced by Malcolm Gladwell’s research that expertise develops only after about 10,000 hours of practice. The ultimate result of teaching from the vantage point of “the power of yet” is that students develop the confidence and resiliency so as to persevere and progress.
We are currently accepting the proposals for three
types of presentation:
(All proposals are due by October 16, 2017)
1. Teacher Workshops
2. Ted Talk Workshops
The first step is to select a Ted Talk that you are interested in and supports the conference theme of Reaching the Summit: The Power of Yet, etc... The format of the Ted Talk Workshop is to show the audience the selected Ted Talk, and after the viewing you summarize the talk and share your view of how it relates to the theme and your professional practice; lastly, you facilitate a discussion with the audience on the topic. All Ted Talk Workshops should be approximately fifty minutes to one hour in length.
3. Exhibitor Workshops (Associate Members)
All proposals are due: October 16, 2017
Rankings of workshops by the Head of School are due by October 26th
Heads of School: Ranking of Workshops Form