2023 Pennsylvania Department of Education (In-Person) Conference

51. Let's Build a Generation of Creative and Successful Problem Solvers with Generative Instruction

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center Google Maps

Session Dates

Friday March 03, 2023 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - Hershey Lodge and Convention Center


Educators cannot possibly teach everything that needs to be learned to be an effective, independent adult. Even full mastery of the K-12 curriculum will not do the trick. The most pressing question for teachers is how to teach children to be successful lifelong learners. Morningside Academy, a laboratory school in Seattle, WA, has investigated best practices in education to discover how to develop generative learners: students who can engage in a wide variety of new academic performances without specific instruction. In a single school year, students at Morningside are guaranteed two years’ growth in their skill of greatest need or their tuition is refunded. To date, less than 1% of tuition has been returned. The Morningside Model of Generative Instruction is built on five key features: (1) Curriculum and instruction is focused on the components of typical holistic classroom activities and real-world challenges, (2) Students are grouped based on common academic strengths and challenges, (3) Skills are taught to mastery using direct and explicit instruction, (4) Once accurate, skills are built to fluency using Precision Teaching, (5) Students are taught generative repertoires, which allow them to use all of their fluent skills to figure out new and exciting classroom and real-world challenges.

Target Audience

General education and special education administrators and teachers, paraprofessionals, school psychologists, professional development staff, and families of students with disabilities are encouraged to attend.

Topics Covered: Special Education Law

Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this event. Contact: Debra Jordan at (610) 878-7224 or djordan@pattan.net.

Event Info

Event Type:



Andrew Kieta

Event Contact:

Content Contact:

Barbara Gilligan
(800) 441-3215 ext. 7247

Additional Info

By registering for the PDE Conference, you authorize PDE/BSE/PaTTAN to record and edit into the program and related materials your name, likeness, image, voice and participation in and performance on film, tape or otherwise for use in the above program or parts thereof. You agree that the Program may be edited and otherwise altered at the sole discretion of the producer and used in whole or in part for any and all broadcasting, non-broadcasting, audio/visual, and/or exhibition purposes in any manner or media, in perpetuity.

Inclement Weather: The conference will take place rain or shine, regardless of weather conditions.