Rebekah Madrid and Sam Sherratt

The Disrupt Strand


We’re trying something new this year! We know there’s a big group of you that are ready for something new, ready for the next step in your L2 experience, and ready to collaborate with others to actually create and implement something back at your school based on your learning at L2. So, we’ve created a whole new strand of the conference, called L2 Disrupt.

L2 Disrupt will be like an “unconference within a conference”, where participants will shape their own experience at L2. Instead of going to Extended Sessions, participants will work in teams to develop (and later implement) a project for their school, with the advice and feedback from student reverse mentors. While you’ll attend plenary sessions, unconference, workshops and cohort sessions, at least 6 hours (the Extended Session times) will be spent working in collaborative teams with our L2 Disrupt Facilitators.

Because L2 Disrupt is so new, and so participant driven, we don’t know exactly what it’s going to look like. We do know that this group of participants has the power to disrupt education!

Possible Outcomes

Although we don’t know exactly how this strand will work, we know that:

  • It’s going to be very personalized learning for the participants.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to work in teams to develop something that you want to implement over the next school year.
  • Over the course of the conference, teams will pitch their ideas to other groups (including students), which will lead to one “winning” team at the end of the conference.
  • The “winning” team will be awarded a grant to implement their idea, and then come back the following year and share the outcome with the whole L2 community.

Some of the special elements that we’re really excited about are:

  • Participants in this strand will create their own groups. We will have an introductory session on the first night of the conference (after the opening plenary) where all L2 Disrupt participants get to meet each other and create their own groups.
  • We’re going to have student reverse mentors as part of the Disrupt strand. We’re hoping to have about 25 students with us, but we don’t know for sure yet. Student mentors will provide feedback for all teams in all different formats – small group, panel discussions, and individual advisors.
  • We’ll use the Design Thinking process to help you develop your project ideas.

There will be 2 – 4 facilitators of this strand (see more about them below). All of the facilitators are super excited about working in this new format and have extensive experience as Learning2Leaders in the past.

Intended Audience

We are looking for around 100 people who:

  • prefer learning in an inquiry-based, unstructured environment
  • are comfortable with the unknown and enjoy working in teams
  • are happiest when learning is messy
  • can get things done under pressure, including developing an idea and pitching in front of an audience
  • are often the “early adopters”, the “lone nut” or the innovators at their school
About the Leaders

RebekahMadrid Rebekah Madrid is a Third Culture Adult currently living in Japan, where she teaches MYP Humanities and is Head of Department at Yokohama International School.  She is an experienced IBMYP and IBDP Humanities and Theory of Knowledge teacher, both internationally and in the US. She helped develop the new MYP Humanities curriculum and helped introduced the Connected Learning Community 1:1 MacBook program at YIS.  She was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2010 and Google Certified Teacher in 2013. She is also a COETAIL alumnae and instructor, as well as being an EARCOS workshop facilitator and Learning2 Leader.  She is passionate about thinking about how technology affects her pedagogy and finding the best ways to learn skills and concepts in the 21st Century.

SamSherrattSam Sherratt is the PYP Coordinator at International School Ho Chi Minh City. He has taught and led innovation in the PYP at schools in Thailand, China and Bangladesh as well as facilitated numerous PYP workshops in the Asia Pacific region. As Co-Founder and Director of Time Space Education, Sam is committed to making learning as real, relevant and rewarding for students as possible – both in the schools he works in and beyond.

Why are you excited about this new Disrupt strand?

Rebekah: I think the Disrupt strand will allow teachers explore ways to best serve their students. I don’t need to be an expert in the room, but I am happiest when I’m working with people who have questions about education and possible solutions that will have an impact on student learning. I believe Disrupt strand has the potential to bring massive changes to our schools and our classrooms and I am excited to be a part of that conversation.

Sam: Disruption creates change and, let’s face it, there is a lot about education and schools that needs to change – and is changing. The people behind those changes, or with those hunches about how things could be are innovators, thinkers, creators, questioners, challengers … the people I imagine will really want to take part in the Disrupt Strand. The possibilities for what we could come up with in a room full of those people are endless!

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