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Welcome to the 2019 High AIMS Summer Institute! 

High AIMS is a consortium of 30 public school districts in southwest Ohio. Fairfield City Schools will serve as this year’s host to 2,000+ educators for our 6th annual Summer Institute. We will offer two nationally acclaimed keynote speakers and 250 breakout sessions as teachers and administrators immerse themselves in dynamic and inspiring professional learning.


                                          August 1-2, 2019                                                                                            Held at Fairfield High School
                                          8:30 am - 4:00 pm                                                                                           8800 Holden Blvd.
                                                                                                                                                                   Fairfield, OH 45014

Keynotes:        August 1 - Hall Davidson
                         August 2 - Ron Clark

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Thursday, August 1 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
From Dictator to Facilitator - Collaborative Learning and Student Engagement in the Classroom (45 min) LIMITED

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What happens when students are charged with learning and presenting their own ideas with little to no aid from a teacher? In what ways are students empowered and engaged with the elements of learning (e.g. Bloom's Taxonomy) under these conditions? How might such an approach enrich the education of students at all levels of instruction? This session will provide a successful approach to student-led collaborative learning through the lens of a large instrumental ensemble setting. Videos of the musicians of the Anderson Concert Band rehearsing a piece without the aid of a conductor/ coach will serve as the basis of our learning. Concepts presented are applicable to all content areas.

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Matthew Gaal

Music Educator, Forest Hills
Matt Gaal, a native of Columbus, Ohio, is currently the Assistant Band Director at Anderson High School in Cincinnati, OH. His teaching duties include concert band, concert percussion, marching band, jazz band, elementary band, and music history. Recently he was appointed Brass Caption... Read More →

Thursday August 1, 2019 11:15am - 12:00pm EDT
HS 3212