To spark participants' creativity with developing session topics, Charles Sebek, coordinator for Clark County School District's Equity and Diversity Education Department, gave an inspirational keynote speech. Some participants were apprehensive about facilitating sessions and Mr. Sebek focused on this unease in his speech. He had participants write their three E's on a notecard. He asked us:
- "What are you excited about?"
- "What are you an expert at?"
- "What would you like to explore?"
- "What might the ideal unconference session look like?"
- "What would be the benefits, to us, if we engaged in that way? What could we accomplish?"
- "What behaviors or obstacles might stand in the way?"
- "What is one thing you are willing to do to help us all achieve the ideal unconference experience today?"
Because not all participants could attend each session, one person at each session took notes on a collaborative Doc. This record was an important document, as participants could draw from the information after the unconference.
During the unconference, each session incorporated honest collaboration and communication between the participants.
The unconference ended with a closing circle led by Robert Jones, project manager for the Nevada Ready 21 program in Clark County School District. Each participant shared their insight and detailed what they took from the event and explained how they were going to share this with the teachers and staff at their school site.
If you would like to run an #NR21 unconference at your school, download the materials using the links below.
- Handouts and signs
- Editable unconference logo Photoshop file
- Blank session board
- unconference presentation with rules, quotes, and types of sessions
- unconference narrative
- unconference focus (agenda for the day)
- Blank collaborative notes