AASSA at Avenues São Paulo – February 20 – 22, 2019

Student-Centered Projects as a Vehicle for Authentic Engagement in Real World Challenges

The conference will focus on introducing educators to the practices of student-centered learning as a means to engaging students in purpose-driven work. One of the most challenging aspects of shifting to these practices is understanding what this kind of work feels like to a learner, as most of us have not had opportunities to learn in this way in our own schooling. This conference is designed, in part, to remedy that dilemma. Participants will be guided through experiencing a project themselves, first as learners, then as designers of curriculum by participating in what we call a Project Slice, or a piece of a project.

Conference participants will engage in classroom observations, peer discussions, and strategy workshops to inform and further their understanding and appreciation for student-centered learning in and outside of the classroom. As a means of carrying forward our work together, the conference will culminate in a presentation of findings by conference participants based on their experiences and including potential action steps for their classrooms, schools, and communities. Participants will meet with Avenues students who are currently engaged in project work to learn from their perspectives, join discussions with other participants and Avenues faculty and administration about the advantages and challenges of opening a student-centered school in the 21st century, and engage in purpose-driven work through an immersive experience.

The conference is designed for N-12 public and private school teachers, school-leaders, media and technology specialists, and anyone else who is interested in developing a deeper understanding of student-centered learning.


Wednesday, February 20

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Conference Registration and Campus Tours
6:00 p.m. Conference Introductions and Opening Ceremony
7:00 p.m. Interactive Student-led Project Exhibition

Thursday, February 21
9:00 a.m. Introduction to Conference Strands: Student-Centered Learning Lenses 
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Conference Workshops and Classroom Observations
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Conference Workshops and Classroom Observations

Friday, February 22
9:00am-12:00pm Conference Participant Showcase of Learning
12:00 p.m. Town Hall Reflection and Farewell
1:00 p.m. Conference Ends

*May be subject to change


  • Social Innovation
  • Mastery
  • Design Thinking
  • Problem-Based Mathematics
  • Immersion Language Learning
  • Project-Based Learning


Registrants are invited to book specially discounted rooms at nearby hotels.
Estanconfor Villa Olimpia (Rua São Tomé, 73 – Vila Olimpia)
Daily rate: Single R$ 400, Double R$ 450 (no taxes)
Gran Estanconfor Itaim (Rua João Cachoeira, 292 – Itaim Bibi)
Daily rate: Single R$ 400, DoubleR$ 450 (no taxes)
Estanplaza Funchal (Rua Funchal, 281 – Vila Olimpia)
Daily rate: House suite R$ 400, DoubleR$ 450 + taxes

Please make reservations by email reservas@estanplaza.com.br or by phone (11) 3059-63277 / 0800-7261500. You may also use this link. Use the WORKSHOP AASSA as a discount code.


Wednesday, February, 20 through
Friday, February 22

Avenues São Paulo Campus
Rua Pedro Avancine, 73


Conference Organizers
and Campus Leadership

Hamilton Clark
Head of School
Avenues São Paulo

Anne Baldisseri
Head of Primary Division
Avenues São Paulo

John Ciallelo
Head of Secondary Division
Avenues São Paulo

Lia Muschellack
Director of Technology
Avenues São Paulo

Ivan Cestero
Social Innovation Program: Global Lead
Avenues: The World School

Raina Gilchrist
World Teacher
Avenues New York

Cem Inaltong
Global Academic Dean
Avenues: The World School

Michael Maccarone
Global Academic Dean
Avenues: The World School

Zoltan Sarda
Teacher Mentoring
Avenues: The World School

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