Where did Walt Disney come up with the idea for Disneyland?
This question appeared in the presentation “Design Like Disney 2" at Summerjam, the annual JUSD workshop where educators share insight, camaraderie and innovation.
The half-day event, held June 4 at Mira Loma Middle School, drew more than 200 teachers and staff members to connect with peers, share ideas, and learn without limits. Attendees could sample from 33 sessions – taught primarily by Jurupa teachers – on topics such as 3D printing, data analysis, mapping software, tech-based literacy tools and design inspired by Disney.
“The timing of Summerjam is perfect," said Patriot High School teacher Theresa Mendoza-Kovich. “The variety of sessions allows people to find the resources they are likely to implement next year and consider as they plan over the summer."
The sessions are geared to be flexible, individual and based on educators' needs, said Veronica Gonzalez, Coordinator of Education Technology. The event is designed by the JUSD Education-Information Technology Department to have flair: “We want it to be a celebration of learning, creativity and talent within our district."
Summerjam was born five years ago as JUSD Tech Fest, held in the fall. Shifting the sessions to early summer has given teachers more time to adapt or revise curriculum based on peer sharing and learning, Ms. Gonzalez said.
This year, the program contained several new elements, including student presenters, guest presenters from partnering districts, and some sessions focused on pedagogy rather than tech tools.The student presenters, in particular, excelled, educators said.
“Having my four students from MMS being presenters was my favorite aspect of #jusdSummerjam," said Jose Ramirez, a teacher at Mission Middle School. “With their knowledge of technology they shared their tech tools with the attendees. It was a proud moment observing my students taking a bold step to lead our teaching community."
Asked to relay other highlights and describe how they might apply Summerjam learning in the classroom, JUSD teachers offered a range of perspectives:
It was Mr. Roughton who delivered the popular “Design Like Disney" presentation, emphasizing imagination, captivating visuals, and simple fun in learning.
“The energy and innovation that Mr. Roughton shared from his experiences studying Disney reminded me that we are never done innovating and energizing our lessons," Ms. Mendoza-Kovich said. “Rather, it's an ongoing process that requires us to consider new technology, current pedagogy, and modern brain shifts. … Summerjam helps us replace, or at least reconsider, our usual instructional strategies."
And as for where Walt Disney conceived Disneyland? The answer is on a bench.