Immersive Workshops

Dive into an Immersive workshop with an expert!





David Jakes returns to DL to lead two workshops.

Create, Mashup, and Remix Media for Engaged Learners: Monday, 8:00-10:15AM

The enormous capacity of the Web provides access to a variety of interesting and compelling media that portray experience, knowledge and the social interaction of people. The Web, along with the technology tools that we have, provide the capacity for creating and sharing media instantly and in a variety of ways. In this workshop, we’ll explore the importance of media as a communicative tool, and then do a deep dive into the tools that can be used for capturing, creating, remixing, and sharing media creations. We’ll apply this to teaching and learning and what it means for helping students become visually literate and competent and creative producers of media that matters. Leave the session with a global yet practical understanding of what is available to create and share media, how this applies to teaching and learning, and how you can get started tomorrow.


Developing the Design Mind: Using Thinking in Education: Monday, 1:00-4:00PM

You can build your own schedule by creating a free account with by selecting “SIGN UP” in the top right corner. To use the filter options, find the “Filter by Type” heading on the right side of the page and select one of the sessions.   A navigation bar will appear, showing all of the tracks.  Hovering over the “Schedule” tab at the top of the agenda will show the different ways to view the schedule.

Check out more of David’s work Nationwide on his website!







Diana Laufenberg (TED talk) returns to DL to lead two workshops!

If you’ve missed joining in Diana’s workshops over the last couple years at DL… now’s your chance!

Reading for Truth in the Age of Information: Tuesday, 8:00-10:15AM

In this workshop, participants will gain experience in letting inquiry drive conversation an investigation of the differences among facts, information, opinion, and ideas. We will examine how to value and privilege student curiosity while helping to gird their paths to answers against misinformation. Specific examples and resources will be shared. Our time will be spent in investigation and creation mode.

Breaking Habits – Challenging the Traditional School Status Quo: Tuesday, 1:00-4:00PM

Going to school is one of the most ingrained habits of the American culture. In our considerable efforts to change, reform and shift, educators have struggled to get those efforts to stick. Join Diana for an exploration of guiding questions, potential pathways and advice on how to not only propose and attempt change, but get that change to take hold and form a new way to go to school in your community.

Check out more about Diana’s work Nationwide on Diana’s website!








Brad Latimer returns to DL to lead an incredible full day workshop on Project Based Mathematics!

Project Based Mathematics (Part 1): Monday, 8:00-10:15AM  

Project Based Mathematics (Part 2): Monday, 1:00-4:00PM

Do you love hearing the question, “When will I ever need to know this?” from your students? Would you like to spend time exploring how to create math projects that can help your students answer that question in meaningful ways? This session will focus on a deep dive into Project Based Mathematics, as participants will workshop project ideas collectively, and will emerge with challenging and engaging project ideas to be used with students in grades 9 – 12.

Brad is working with Marlboro College to extend this workshop into a graduate course as well!






Author and Teacher Extraordinaire Matt Kay joins DL this year to lead two incredible workshops on:

How to Talk About Race in Your Classroom: Monday, 8:00-10:15AM

How to Run a Student Centered Classroom: Monday, 1:00-4:00PM

Kristina Peters 

Department of Education, K-12 Open Education Fellow

The Phases of Going Open: Tuesday, 8:00-10:15AM

How do we move away from textbook-centered classrooms to more personalized learning environments with instructional materials that are timely and relevant? Join Kristina for a discussion and exploration of the phases that districts work through to transition to the use of openly licensed educational resources.

Copy. Right? Using Resources Responsibly: Tuesday, 1:00-2:45 PM

What do lip dubs, Google image searches, and Teachers Pay Teachers have to do with your classroom? Let’s discuss the use of instructional materials, learn the difference between proprietary, free, and openly licensed, and explore these resources in the context of our curriculum.

 Life LeGeros 

Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Students as Partners in Change: Monday, 8:00-10:15AM

As Vermont schools seek to transform structures and practices, our students represent our most powerful (and too often untapped) partners in change. We will share examples of student leadership driving innovations in curriculum, MakerSpaces, and Personal Learning Plans.

 Susan Hennessey 

Professional Development Coordinator, The Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education

Student Agency in the Classroom: Tuesday, 12:30-2:45PM

Supporting authentic student agency is central to efforts by Vermont schools to define and implement personalization, proficiency, and flexible pathways. We will share examples of self-paced curricular approaches and students taking on jobs and classroom leadership to illustrate the importance of students taking charge of their day-to-day learning.


What happened last year?
2016 Immersive Speakers Rocked the House!
Click here for the full 2016 Immersive Workshop Schedule to get more ideas!