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Planning Meeting for a National Initiative on Complex Systems in K-16 Education

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New England Complex Systems Institute
238 Main Street Suite 319, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-547-4100 Fax: 617-661-7711

Organizers: Jim Kaput, Sheldon White, Uri Wilensky, Michael Jacobson,Yaneer Bar-Yam

June 18 - 20, 1999, MIT Endicott House

Program

Friday June 18: 5:00-9:00PM Reception, dinner and brief agenda-setting talks/presentations

  • Chair: Sheldon White - Harvard University
    • Introductory Remarks from NSF --- What Are the Hard Questions?
    • Yaneer Bar-Yam - NECSI --- What Complex Systems Concepts Are Needed in Education? (15 min)
    • Jim Kaput - UMass --- Massive Educational Innovation: Challenges & Opportunities (15 min)
    • Uri Wilensky --- Developing a Modeling Mindset (15 min)
    • Jay Lemke, Terrence Deacon, --- Complex Systems implications for Educational Innovation and Design
    • Brief (2-4 minute) images from projects
    • Discussion of Working Group Structure and Outcomes
  • After 9:00PM - Playing with project toys, viewing videos

Saturday June 1 8: 8:00AM-5:30PM

  • Chair: Sheldon White - Harvard University
  • Charge to the Discussion Groups: Jim Kaput and Sheldon White
    • Discussion Group I: Research issues---Teaching, learning, cognition & classrooms
    • Discussion Group II: Research issues---Complex systems content: What should be in the core & how should a "core" be defined?
    • Discussion Group III: Research issues---Implementing deep, systemic education innovation
    • Discussion Group IV: Framing a national initiative, programs & policy (late Saturday)
  • Reports from Discussion Groups (30 min.)
  • Lunch (1 hr)
  • Repeat Discussion Groups (movement among groups allowed) (3 hours)
  • Reports from Discussion Groups (30 min.)
  • Writing and collating written reports through the evening for distribution before breakfast Sun.

Sunday June 19: 8AM-Noon:

  • Report from Discussion Group IV
  • Discussion of Draft Documents from Groups I-III
  • Design of the Public Conference
  • Assignments for follow-up work

The meeting will produce an outline document entitled: Agenda for a National Initiative on Complex Systems in K-16 education, that will be the basis for the follow-up concept papers as well as the follow-up conference. The concept papers will be widely distributed both in print and on the WWW via a site that will also point to relevant sites around the world.

Confirmed participants:

  1. Yaneer Bar-Yam - NECSI
  2. Liz Bradley - Univ of Colorado
  3. John Cerniavsky - NSF
  4. John Choate - Groton School
  5. Jack Cohen - University of Warwick
  6. Jere Confrey - UT Austin
  7. Terrence Deacon - BU
  8. Andy diSessa - Berkeley
  9. Helen Doerr - Syracuse
  10. Michael Eisenberg - U. of Colorado
  11. Josh Epstein - Brookings
  12. Wally Feurzeig - BBN
  13. Paul Horwitz - Concord Consortium
  14. Beverly Hunter - BC
  15. Michael Jacobson - U. Georgia
  16. Atlee Jackson - University of Illinois
  17. Eric Jakobsson - NCSA
  18. Jay Jaroslav - NECSI
  19. Jim Kaput - UMass Dartmouth
  20. Eamonn Kelley - NSF
  21. Joe Krajcik - U of MI & NARST
  22. Jay Lemke - CUNY
  23. Roger Lewin & Birute Regine - Harvard
  24. Dick Lesh - Purdue
  25. Gottfried Mayer-Kress - Penn State University
  26. David Meyer - UCSD
  27. Ricardo Nemirovsky - TERC
  28. Otto-Heinz Peitgen - Florida Atlantic University
  29. Mitch Resnick - MIT
  30. Alex Repenning - Colorado
  31. George Richardson - SUNY Albany
  32. Nancy Roberts - Lesley
  33. Nora Sabelli - NSF
  34. Judah Schwartz - Harvard
  35. Eliott Soloway - U. Michigan
  36. Bob Tinker - Concord Consortium
  37. Sheldon White - Harvard
  38. Uri Wilensky - Tufts

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