Traverse is an annual expedition to "the future of learning" hosted by Watershed School in Boulder each year. In collaboration with a range of national partners, speakers and innovative change agents, we are coming together to re-imagine school as a hub for real-world learning and work that matters. We launched this experiment in 2015 with our founding partners at Big Picture Learning, Catlin Gabel School, and Wonder, by Design.
Traverse is led in the spirit of a camping trip. Everyone brings something to share, everyone gets help along the way, and the best reason to join along is the pleasure of the journey and the people who come along with you. We’re heading further out in 2022, and we’d like to see if it makes sense for you to be part of the journey. This is not a formal invitation - rather, we’d like to hear your ideas, and figure out whether you might be the right fit.
What does it mean to be a program partner? What we’re asking for is an idea for a hands-on, 3 or 6 hour “learning expedition,” which could be presented twice (only once for 6-hour) during the conference. This event should be active, challenge teachers to do the work you do with students, and model a strategy for engaging students in real-world problems and work that matters. If this expedition makes sense for you - and it equally makes sense for us - then we’ll move forward as a Traverse program partner.
The 3-hour “learning expedition” we’re asking you to propose is different than your typical conference workshop. It should be hands-on and experiential. There should be little to no PowerPoint. A Traverse Learning Expedition is:
An opportunity for participants to experience your program hands-on, as a student would. Connected to a real-world problem, audience, or site beyond the classroom. Often in partnership with a Boulder community resource or location. (We can help with this.) Typically held off Watershed’s campus, or on-campus with a real-world audience or partner ensuring authenticity. An opportunity for teachers to deal with ambiguity, rather than a closely controlled experience. An opportunity for teachers to reflect and debrief before departure
If you’re selected to be a program partner, we’ll cover your ticket to the conference and give you $250 per 3-hour presentation, or $500 for a 6-hour presentation. Additionally, we’ll feature your organization’s logo on our website, link to your site, and allow you to distribute literature for your programs at registration.
However, the best reason to participate is to be part of the Traverse experience.
By the end of the conference, you will have had the opportunity to connect with all of our attendees, who will represent some of the most creative educators in the country. And we have no doubt you will have made a powerful impact on all of those that join this expedition.
Are You Interested? The dates are set for June 13-15, 2022, and the website is live at www.traverseconference.org. We expect it to once again sell out: 100 innovative educators from around the country will be part of this experience.
If you’d like to be one of them, we’d love to hear your ideas for a learning expedition.
Next Steps If you’re interested in leading an expedition at Traverse, please respond by November 19, 2022. Shoot me an e-mail with your ideas. I’ll be interested in: What part of your program you’re interested in modeling for our participants The hands-on, real-world component(s) of the workshop Who you propose to lead this expedition (whether you or others) What resources in Boulder (whether equipment or local partners) you would need.
If a formal expedition isn’t the right fit for you, but you’d like to pitch another idea, I’m open to that as well. Once I receive your response, I’ll schedule a call to think it through together, after which I’ll ask for a title and description, for submission by December 17th and to be posted on-line by January 9th.
A Project of Watershed school's Expedition to the Future of Learning
If you have any questions about attendance or presenting, please contact Hannah Nelson