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Sunday, January 26
 

8:00am EST

Pre-conference workshop: How do we know? Various ways to collect data, measure value, and assess the impact of your community engagement and partnership programs.
We all assume the value of partnership and community engagement programs.  We predict the impact that they have on our students, our community and the community at large.  But how do we really know our IMPACT? How are we involving our community partners in establishing our program goals, are we improving our students' skills and competencies, and are our partnerships creating authentic relationships that have a sustainable impact on our communities?  Join NNSP as we convene schools from across the country who are invested in taking different approaches to measuring the impact of their programs.  We will share program visions, discuss student outcomes we track, review how we collect data and use this information to drive our programming.  This 4.5-hour workshop will not only expose you to a variety of measurement tools but provide you the time and space to reflect on your own programming and develop your own plans and programs aligned to this work.  There is an imminent need to track the value of this work and we look forward to coming together to share ideas and provide feedback and support to one another.  Register here


Sunday January 26, 2020 8:00am - 12:30pm EST
William Penn Charter School 3000 W School House Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19144

12:00pm EST

Registration
Sunday January 26, 2020 12:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Outside Benjamin Franklin 3,4,5

2:00pm EST

Kyra Atterbury
Kyra Atterbury is a Program Director at Need in Deed, a Philadelphia based education non-profit organization. She manages teacher recruitment and professional development for Need in Deed's city-wide teacher network and has nearly 20 years of experience in Philadelphia's public education system.

Prior to coming to Need in Deed, Kyra spent nearly a decade working with students both in and out of the classroom.  She served as a Social Emotional Learning teacher for high school students where she focused on building relationships between students and staff.  She has also served as the Education Director at the National Liberty Museum where she led a staff of educators and wrote curriculum on conflict resolution, the rights and responsibilities of freedom, and heroism in the community.  

Kyra holds a BA in history from Loyola University Maryland and an MA in Public History from Temple University. In addition, she proudly serves on the Advisory Board of the Rustin Community Change Axis at West Chester University.


Sunday January 26, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5

3:00pm EST

Coffee Break
Sunday January 26, 2020 3:00pm - 3:20pm EST
Outside Benjamin Franklin 3,4,5

3:20pm EST

Creating a Mindful Community of Practice
We know that educators bringing mindfulness-based social and emotional learning to their students often feel alone in their classrooms. Many tell us that they are lacking both curricular resources and professional and emotional support as they engage in this critical and transformative work with their students.

Join us to learn about Peace of Mind, a mindfulness-based SEL program for Prek through Grade 6 that fosters the development of community within the classroom and also among educators bringing this work to their students.

Using the Peace of Mind Curriculum, educators help their students to self-regulate, build healthy relationships and solve conflicts peacefully. In the process, they are building more inclusive and positive classrooms and schools, in which students feel at home and supported.

We know this is challenging and sometimes isolating work. We recognize the importance of creating a community for educators outside of their classrooms in which they can share ideas, ask questions, think through solutions, feel supported and heard by others doing the same work in different venues. Through our regular Community of Practice gatherings and annual conference we provide nurturing spaces in which supportive relationships among educators at public, charter and independent schools can grow.

In this interactive workshop we’ll talk about the transformative power of mindfulness based SEL for our students and classrooms and encourage a conversation about how to build the kind of communities of practice that truly support educators.


Sunday January 26, 2020 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
University 2

3:20pm EST

Design Thinking for Social Change: Equipping Young People to Change the World
A hands, interactive workshop to introduce educators to design thinking and how it can be used to equip students to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Educators will 1) Experience the DFC USA design thinking process 2) Learn how to apply it in their classroom and 3) Receive FREE access to the DFC USA Web Portal and 4) See how this process is being used in 65+ countries around the globe.


Sunday January 26, 2020 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
William Penn 1

3:20pm EST

E.E. Ford Fellowship: Youth-Driven Community Engagement in Action
In this session, I will present a project now in its fourth year, supported by the E.E. Ford Fellowship Foundation. Through the Fellowship, upper school students at RCDS connect with a partner at a local organization and together, they come up with a project they design and implement in the summer. Student projects are 4 or 8-weeks long, and students are paired with a faculty member to support them.

Projects from this year include: running a STEM/dance/literacy camp at a local youth-serving organization, building a Gaga pit at a local Boys and Girls Club, constructing a children's library at a community resource center, redesigning an organization’s website and creating an online volunteer management system, partnering with the NY League of Conservation Voters to analyze data, co-authoring a children’s book about heart disease with kids in a hospital, and several more.

Before the summer begins, Fellows participate in four intensive seminars exploring the larger issues their organizations face (financial, race-related, etc.), their own social identities and why that matters while doing service learning work, and how to run their projects in a way that is truly beneficial to their partner organization. All students receive a materials stipend to manage, helping build budgeting skills. We also meet throughout the summer to brainstorm challenges, celebrate successes, and continue reflecting on the process.

The Fellows are financially compensated for their work through the grant, allowing students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to participate. Faculty mentors are given a stipend, and at the end of the project, the partner organizations are given a $500 check to be used on something related to the fellowship project (a ballet bar, compensation for counselors, etc.).

In these 20-minute presentations, I will discuss how we facilitate this project, manage the budget, and sustain the partnerships. If allowed by the conference, I’d like to bring a few of our student Fellows so they can speak from a student perspective about how powerful the experience has been and what they have learned about community service in the process. Students already have hand-made trifold presentations showcasing their work, and are eager to discuss their projects, learning outcomes, and impact they made.

Speakers

Sunday January 26, 2020 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
William Penn 2

3:20pm EST

Federal Education Programs and Benefits for Private School Students and Teachers
The U.S. Department of Education will provide a general overview of federal education programs that provide benefits and services to private elementary and secondary school students and teachers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Blue Ribbon Schools, Green Ribbon Schools, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools and other federal education programs. Participants will gain a general understanding of these programs and receive official Department of Education resources and materials. Attendees will learn about professional development opportunities for teachers and other educational personnel, programs for academically at-risk students, services for students with disabilities, resources for English language learners, programs to support schools following natural disasters, and how schools can gain national recognition through the Blue Ribbon and Green Ribbon Schools programs. In addition, attendees will learn how these programs operate at the local level and the responsibilities of their local public school district to consult with private school officials and provide services and programs that meet the needs of the private school students and teachers. Abundant resources related to ensuring the maximum participation of private school students and teachers in federal education programs are available on the U.S. Department of Education's website. Exploring these resources and knowing how to find them will increase the participants' knowledge and equip them with additional tools to help their students access programs for which they are eligible.

Speakers
MD

Maureen Dowling

Supv, Education Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Education



Sunday January 26, 2020 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
Chestnut

3:20pm EST

Hudson Scholars: Building Bridges within Community
This session will explore the founding of Hudson Scholars and the way in which the program provides meaningful opportunities for enrichment, for service learning, and for growth for all participants: Scholars, upper school mentors, and teachers. We will begin with a brief overview of the program and how it came to be, discussing things that worked, things that didn’t work, and challenges faced. We will then discuss the meaningful partnerships that Hudson Scholars has created within the local community and the curriculum around these partnerships that has allowed for great service learning opportunities and a deeper connection to our communities. We’ll conclude with a conversation/panel with a handful of our upper School mentors who can talk about their experience volunteering with the program and the impact it’s had on them.

Speakers
DC

Dawn Crainer

dcrainer@hackleyschool.org, Hackley School


Sunday January 26, 2020 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
Ben Franklin 2

3:20pm EST

The Humanities Workshop: Inspiring Social Change Through the Humanities
In this session, we will detail the launch of the Humanities Workshop, a consortium of public, private, and charter schools, dedicated to promoting the humanities as a change-making field that can prepare students for tackling the social issues of the present and future.  Through participant discussion, we will imagine possibilities for expanding networks like ours across the country, while examining lessons learned about the real challenges of connecting diverse educational communities.

Speakers
AB

Alisa Braithwaite

English teacher, Milton Academy
LB

Lisa Baker

English teacher, Milton Academy


Sunday January 26, 2020 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
Universtiy 1

4:25pm EST

200 Women: who will change the way you see the world. "We can't empower women without listening to their stories." Gloria Steinem
This landmark multi-media project is founded on original interviews and accompanying photographic portraits. This landmark project is the realization of an epic global journey to find two hundred women with diverse backgrounds, and to ask them what really matters to them.

The project's contributors include amazing women of moral courage from around the globe.Some are quite famous such as Jane Goodall & Margaret Atwood, but many others are equally remarkable though not necessarily high-profile.For the project, each of the 200 Women reflects on the same universally human questions:

What makes you happy?
What is the lowest depth of misery?
What really matters to you?
What single word do you most identify with?
What would you change if you could?

Speakers
avatar for Gage Dobbins

Gage Dobbins

Director of Institutional Advancement, Brooks School
200 Women Exhibit - the partnership with colleagues, alumni, parents and local partners to celebrate the exhibit and make new connections.
avatar for Babs Wheelden

Babs Wheelden

Arts Department Chair and Director of the Robert Lehman Art Gallery, Brooks School



Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 1

4:25pm EST

Being Proactive, Flexible and Resilient: Meeting the Challenges of a Private / Public School Partnership and Appreciating the Benefits
Participants will learn about the challenges and benefits of establishing a three year suburban and urban school partnership. They will be introduced to the Maryland Youth Partners in Change middle school program which brings together 32 students from the Glenelg Country School in Howard County and the Booker T. Washington School for the Arts in Baltimore City. Application procedure, curriculum and assessment measures will be discussed along with lessons learned.

Speakers

Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 2

4:25pm EST

Community Based Data Analysis
This presentation is on a course that focuses on grappling with problems of a social nature. In this highly interactive session, we will explore how community-based learning can impact students in a meaningful way. It entails re-envisioning how a data analysis offering in schools can enhance community development and connect learning and assessment to the real world.

Speakers
avatar for Noureddine El Alam

Noureddine El Alam

Mathematics Instructor, Phillips Academy


Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 3

4:25pm EST

E.E. Ford Fellowship: Youth-Driven Community Engagement in Action
In this session, I will present a project now in its fourth year, supported by the E.E. Ford Fellowship Foundation. Through the Fellowship, upper school students at RCDS connect with a partner at a local organization and together, they come up with a project they design and implement in the summer. Student projects are 4 or 8-weeks long, and students are paired with a faculty member to support them.

Projects from this year include: running a STEM/dance/literacy camp at a local youth-serving organization, building a Gaga pit at a local Boys and Girls Club, constructing a children's library at a community resource center, redesigning an organization’s website and creating an online volunteer management system, partnering with the NY League of Conservation Voters to analyze data, co-authoring a children’s book about heart disease with kids in a hospital, and several more.

Before the summer begins, Fellows participate in four intensive seminars exploring the larger issues their organizations face (financial, race-related, etc.), their own social identities and why that matters while doing service learning work, and how to run their projects in a way that is truly beneficial to their partner organization. All students receive a materials stipend to manage, helping build budgeting skills. We also meet throughout the summer to brainstorm challenges, celebrate successes, and continue reflecting on the process.

The Fellows are financially compensated for their work through the grant, allowing students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to participate. Faculty mentors are given a stipend, and at the end of the project, the partner organizations are given a $500 check to be used on something related to the fellowship project (a ballet bar, compensation for counselors, etc.).

In these 20-minute presentations, I will discuss how we facilitate this project, manage the budget, and sustain the partnerships. If allowed by the conference, I’d like to bring a few of our student Fellows so they can speak from a student perspective about how powerful the experience has been and what they have learned about community service in the process. Students already have hand-made trifold presentations showcasing their work, and are eager to discuss their projects, learning outcomes, and impact they made.

Speakers

Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 4

4:25pm EST

Five Minutes, But Miles Apart: Connecting Two Communities
How do two very different school communities come together to work toward a common goal to enrich students’ lives academically, socially, and emotionally? Hear from representatives of the Taylor Elementary School (K-5 Boston Public System) and Milton Academy (K-12 independent boarding/day
school) who will share their partnership strengths and challenges, and provide participants the opportunity to brainstorm solutions.


Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 5

4:25pm EST

Public-Private Partnership Around College Readiness
This Inspire Mini Session will discuss the process by which a private and public school worked in partnership with a non-profit organization to present college readiness workshops designed by high school students.

Speakers

Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 6

4:25pm EST

Roots & Pathways: Philadelphia Outward Bound Partnerships
Philadelphia Outward Bound School (POBS) staff will provide a fundamental understanding of the programming roots and partnership pathways in which we engage schools, non-profit and youth-serving organizations, and their participants, in outdoor and experiential learning opportunities.

Speakers
KG

Kim Glodek

Director of Education and Partnerships, Philadelphia Outward Bound School
8 years serving partners at Philadelphia Outward Bound. Interested in creating space in the outdoors for youth to develop socially and emotionally, learn and grow skills, deepen relationships with peers and recognize there is more in them than they know.



Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 7

4:25pm EST

4:25pm EST

Transforming our schools to prioritize students' sense of Belonging, Meaning and Purpose
Having purpose is fundamental to cultivating a meaningful life because it connects you to the things that matter deeply to you and give your life direction. Purpose amongst teens has been shown to facilitate identity formation, increase positive attitudes towards diversity, attenuate antisocial behavior and bullying, decrease engagement in risky behaviors, and increase academic engagement. Furthermore, interventions to promote purposeful behavior have been found to lead to significant increases in grade point averages and overall wellbeing.

Casey Pettit is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), an adjunct instructor at Brown University and the Director of Strategic Partnerships with Project Wayfinder, an organization launched through Stanford's Design School for K-12 education innovation. She will facilitate a discussion about adolescent purpose development and provide an opportunity for educators to reflect on their own purpose journey.

Speakers
CB

Casey Babcock

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Project Wayfinder


Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 9

4:25pm EST

Transforming Schools & Communities into Equitable Learning Ecosystems
Imagine your community as a human library. Every day, educators and students connect with community members who are ready to share their passion, wisdom, and experience. CommunityShare will share its unique model and give a brief tour of the online platform that allows community partners to connect with educators and students with the goal of co-designing learning experiences. Participants will be guided in a storytelling and asset mapping activity as part of this mini-session.

Speakers
avatar for Josh Schachter

Josh Schachter

Founder, CommunityShare
I am an educator, artist and founder of the nonprofit CommunityShare. We have developed an online platform and offline strategies to connect community partners’ skills and expertise with teachers and students to ignite real-world, place-based learning experiences.



Sunday January 26, 2020 4:25pm - 5:35pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5 Table 10
 
Monday, January 27
 

7:00am EST

Registration
Monday January 27, 2020 7:00am - 8:00am EST
Outside Benjamin Franklin 3,4,5

7:30am EST

Continental Breakfast
Monday January 27, 2020 7:30am - 8:00am EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5

8:00am EST

Evan Ehlers
Evan Ehlers is the Founder and Executive Director of Sharing Excess; a movement of students fighting food insecurity both on campus and in the community. In just over 12 months, his nonprofit has delivered more than 115,000 LBS of excess food from grocery stores and restaurants to a network of over 25 hunger relief organizations throughout Philadelphia. Sharing Excess also partners with universities to prevent student food insecurity with meal swipe donation programs and food scholarships.
Evan is a recent graduate of Drexel University, where he studied Entrepreneurship and Innovation, founded his nonprofit, and was later honored as Drexel's 2019 Student of the Year. His work has been featured in numerous publications both

Monday January 27, 2020 8:00am - 9:00am EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5

9:00am EST

Coffee Break
Monday January 27, 2020 9:00am - 9:30am EST
Outside Benjamin Franklin 3,4,5

9:30am EST

City as Our Campus: A Classroom Perspective
Winchester Thurston School’s City as Our Campus program, established in 2003 and embedded in our core academic curriculum, empowers our students, PK-12, to take an active role in understanding and addressing the various issues that impact their community. This session will explore two similar community-based learning experiences, a first grade unit and a high school course, that both focus on engaging students in urban design and community development. The first grade project engages students in community exploration activities and project-based learning experiences that ask students to consider how their community is designed and built while having conversations about equity and accessibility. Urban Research and Design is an advanced level course that challenges students to investigate and address community issues through community engagement and urban design. Attendees will hear from two classroom teachers to learn about the impact of City as Our Campus on student learning and teacher practice. Research findings will be shared from a project with the University of Pittsburgh that studies the City as Our Campus program learning and its perceived impact on student learning. A toolkit of resources developed through this research project will be provided.

Speakers
MN

Michael Naragon

History and Social Studies Department Chair, Winchester Thurston School
DJ

Desiree Jennings

Lower School Faculty, Winchester Thurston School



Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
Chestnut

9:30am EST

Closing the Opportunity Gap through School & College Partnerships
The Berkeley Academy is a free, signature service program offered by Berkeley Preparatory School aimed at helping highly motivated, low-income students in our Tampa Bay community reach their unique potential and achieve their dream of going to college.

We utilize a teachers-teaching-teachers model to train our team. We have created a partnership with a local college (The University of Tampa) to extend the impact of our program, where education majors are able to serve as "instructional coaches "to receive additional experience in the classroom. Research shows us that one of the best ways to learn is to teach; education majors are able to observe high school students teaching elective-style classes and use our coaching method to provide constructive feedback that the high school “teachers” can implement immediately. This invaluable experience allows education majors to not only grow our high school student-teachers, but also grows their own pedagogical repertoire. This partnership with the University of Tampa and our school mutually benefits both parties with an overall goal to help close the opportunity gap and help build/strengthen the educational leaders of tomorrow.

Speakers
ES

Emilie Sukijbumrung

Assistant Director & Math Teacher, Berkeley Academy, Berkeley Preparatory School


Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
William Penn 1

9:30am EST

Equipping students to become social advocates
This workshop is designed for educators who want to empower their students to embrace a culture of equity, belonging, and social advocacy in their schools and society. Participants will engage in an immersive activity exploring identity, purpose, and the actions needed to create a more just world. Participants will also gain free access to an extensive suite of high-quality classroom resources and planning tools on topics such as unconscious bias, unpacking racism, empathy, microaggressions, cultural lens, stereotypes, active listening, and more.

Speakers
LD

Lindsay Danielson

Dean of Students, Ransom Everglades
avatar for Josh Densen

Josh Densen

CEO, North America, High Resolves
I'm a former teacher, school founder and administrator. Now I lead High Resolves, an organization dedicated to creating a generation of young people resolved to make a positive difference to the world. Talk with me about Citizenship Education for Middle and High School students.


Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
University 1

9:30am EST

Making Across the Curriculum Consortium: Supporting Teachers through Maker-Centered PD
In Washington, DC, a consortium of four schools is participating this year in “Making Across the Curriculum,” an initiative begun jointly by Washington International School and Project Zero, a research group at Harvard University. The 50 teachers involved--across grade levels and subject areas--apply maker-centered practices in their classroom and collaborate with one another in an effort to build agency in young people to act positively on their world. In this interactive session, participants will consider the complexities of making with adults, engage in a making activity to reflect on ourselves and our teams, and discuss a design approach to strategically composing a collaborative cohort.

Speakers

Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
Ben Franklin 2

9:30am EST

Preschool Citizenship: Young Children as Present-Day Citizens

What happens when we see young children as citizens in the here and now, not as future or hypothetical citizens? This interactive session will focus on various ways PreK teachers in a DC public school have cultivated civic agency in their students. Inspired by their participation in a project called Children Are Citizens--which brings together teachers and children from early childhood and elementary classrooms from across the city to explore ways to make the city a better place for everyone--they have developed projects based on their students' ideas about how to make the community a better place for everyone. Participants will hear about the origins of the project, explore lessons learned from developing partnerships with other schools and cultural institution partners, and engage with some of the activities teachers have experienced in professional development seminars.


Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
University 2

9:30am EST

Social Media Wellness in Girls
A recent survey at Roland Park Country School (RPCS) found that 52 percent of the fourth and fifth graders and 72 percent of high schoolers feel that social media, messaging and gaming makes their work longer to finish or harder to complete. In this workshop, we will take a closer look at the survey questions and results and share details about a new program created by the faculty at RPCS and Lillie May Carroll Jackson School to help students make better choices around social media use to improve their overall wellness, confidence and endurance. We will demonstrate one of our peer health developed lessons and talk about how public private partnerships help develop intrinsic motivation.


Monday January 27, 2020 9:30am - 10:20am EST
William Penn 2

10:35am EST

Community Engagement that Centers on Student Voice
What happens when students select a social issue they want to investigate in their community? How does this affect students’ sense of agency, development of critical inquiry skills, and understanding of social justice? And what are the challenges and possibilities of integrating this project-based approach into classroom teaching, while meeting other curricular expectations? Join us for a deep dive: exploring and discussing artifacts and images of high-quality service learning from a 4th grade classroom at the McCall School in Philadelphia.

Speakers
JC

Janet Chance

Program Manager, Need in Deed
MM

Meg Merlini

Community Engagement that Centers on Student Voice, McCall Elementary


Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
University 1

10:35am EST

Creating whole school relationships in local communities through statewide collaborations.
In 2014, Chewonki, an independent school and camp in Wiscasset, Maine, committed to a minimum of ten years in collaboration with our two neighboring public school districts, focused on nature-based education projects that encourage active, place-based learning. Through joint efforts with other mission-aligned organizations we were able to connect our local districts to two multimillion dollar statewide projects with foundation support. Transitioning away from a vendor-client relationship and stepping towards a deeper “whole school partnership,” we sought to discover the most effective collaborative models that would best serve our local learners and educators. Enlisting University partners to lead data collection and analysis, we are piloting and evaluating pre-k to 12th grade learning pathways - nature-based and youth-development activities - integrated with public school curriculum. This work includes strengthening resilience and capacity in teacher-leaders through professional development, jointly designing STEM-based curriculum, acquiring teaching materials and equipment, reimagining learning spaces, and on-boarding a 6-year mentorship program. Join us as we celebrate successes, reflect on challenges and consider what the next 5 years of partnership should include.

Speakers
KC

Keith Crowley

VP of Education Partnerships and Risk Management, Chewonki Foundation
Chewonki is a school and camp that engages in education partnerships with schools around Maine and New England to enrich educational opportunities. In my role I have the privilege of overseeing the programs that serve 26,000+ participants annually with our traveling science lessons... Read More →
WM

Willard Morgan

President, Chewonki
Chewonki is a school and camp in Wiscasset, Maine that provides life-changing learning in nature for ages 5-18. We do this work in three divisions: Camp Chewonki - overnight summer programs for ages 8 - 18, Chewonki Schools - comprised of Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki and Chewonki... Read More →


Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
Ben Franklin 2

10:35am EST

Design to Make a Difference: Altruistic Maker-Ed
The maker movement continues to influence STEAM education in all levels of schooling. Many elementary, middle and high schools continue to develop their STEAM programs to include aspects of the popular Maker Movement. However, access to equipment, human capital, professional development, and support structures in K-12 schools are far from equitable and inclusive. Design to MAKE a Difference (D2MD) aims to reduce the gap in availability to quality maker-ed, by providing access to equipment, training, and pedagogy through a common-themed design challenge.

Today’s youth are more interested than ever before in helping others, joining social justice causes and speaking out about their ideals. This momentum is leading to new aspects of business and industry referred to as altruistic entrepreneurship. D2MD capitalizes on this momentum by utilizing PRODUCT-based learning, having teams of students create products that benefit others either locally and/or globally.

This session will share details about the D2MD to explore opportunities that exist for schools to work together to engage students in social justice initiatives that will have an impact on their local and global community. Learn about program details and best practices to help inform your community engagement efforts. Also, learn about program details and best practices to consider how product-based learning could be utilized in your school.


Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
Chestnut

10:35am EST

Expanding Partnerships Using a Creative Collaborative Approach
This session will expand on the use of a creative collaborative approach to engage and sustain community partnerships. Through the use of this process, our organization has been successful in creating sustainable programs that are used throughout the greater community. Examples and resources will be shared to illustrate this journey.

Inspiration for the approach was taken from the Design Thinking model. and includes five cyclical components.

Speakers
avatar for Thomas Savage

Thomas Savage

Outreach Coordinator, Marburn Academy
Marburn Academy was founded on the conviction that every child is capable of succeeding. Our charge, as educators, is to meet our students where they are, to seek an understanding of them as the incredible individuals that they are, and to empower them to leverage their strengths... Read More →


Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
University 2

10:35am EST

Partnering Toward Peace: Peaceful Schools NC in Action
Peaceful Schools NC is a vibrant, growing school-climate initiative of Carolina Friends School in Durham NC. The Peaceful Schools community consists of six Charter Schools, three Universities, and is hosted by an independent Quaker School. Each year we host a Student Day in which 100 stuents from each of our partner schools come together for programming. We also host a conference for educators called School to Peace Pipeline in partnership with Duke University. We believe that healthy relationships are central to creating schools in which everyone flourishes. Working with teachers, administrators, staff, students, and parents, we work to support other schools as they develop and sustain a healthy school climate in which all students can thrive socially, emotionally, and academically.  During this lively, interactive session, participants will learn some of the history behind how we developed this program, the way we engage with our partner schools, how we plan to continue expanding our programming, and the valuable lessons we have learned along the way. Participants should expect to be actively engaged, not just sit and listen, and will leave informed about how we create the kinds of classrooms and school climates that foster equity, authentic student-teacher connections, restorative justice practices, and wellness.

Speakers
avatar for Ida Trisolini

Ida Trisolini

Facilitator, Peaceful Schools NC/teacher Carolina Friends School, Carloina Friends School
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Christel Butchart

Peaceful Schools NC Coordinator, Carolina Friends School
Peace EducationRelationship-Based Approach to Discipline Restorative PracticesSystem of BullyingConflict Resolution


Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
William Penn 1

10:35am EST

Purpose Clarification for Educators
Most teachers have a deep sense of purpose, but few are able to express it — much less bring it alive through story. In this session, we will understand the theory and science of purpose and why it’s a game changer for both students and teachers. We’ll try an activity called Calling Cards, which is the first in a three-step process to help teachers clarify their unique purpose. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation,” says Brené Brown, who challenges teachers to create safe spaces where students can remove their emotional armor and engage in deeper learning. But teachers can’t give away what they don’t own. In other words, teachers need to do the hard work of clarifying their own purpose before they can help students do the same. This workshop will give teachers both an overview and an experience of purpose in learning.

Speakers
avatar for Ross Wehner

Ross Wehner

Founder, Director, World Leadership School
Ross Wehner is a writer, teacher and social entrepreneur who founded World Leadership School. He believes the question guiding the future of learning is “How can K12 schools helps students explore, discover and articulate purpose?"Ross worked as a journalist in Latin America during the tumultuous 1990s, after which he decided to shift from reporting on problems to finding... Read More →


Monday January 27, 2020 10:35am - 11:25am EST
William Penn 1

11:30am EST

Lunch
Monday January 27, 2020 11:30am - 12:30pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5

12:30pm EST

Building Networks and Connections: A Civically-Engaged, Design-Minded, Public/Private Partnership
From January 2017-May 2019, Lab Atlanta operated as a pilot public/private partnership to bring honors-level 10th graders together in the city for a civically-engaged, experiential semester using the city as the classroom. The exciting promise of this partnership led the founding director to leave the independent school where the program was launched, and with their blessing, establish Lab Atlanta 2.0 as its own non-profit in partnership with universities and Atlanta area public and private schools. In this session, participants will hear from stakeholders why this model is so promising for Atlanta--and for cities who are interested in connecting their students to the diverse ecosystems that are unfolding.

Speakers
LD

Laura Deisley

Executive Director, Lab Atlanta



Monday January 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:20pm EST
William Penn 2

12:30pm EST

Classroom Exchanges: Bringing Classes Together though Civil Dialogue
This session will focus on the Classroom Exchange program offered by the National Constitution Center, through which high school teachers can register their classes to discuss major, constitutional questions with classrooms elsewhere in the United States. Through modeled classroom activities, online educational resources, and multimedia materials, educators will gain insight into how to prepare their students for the online discussion, what to expect during the program, and how to support student learning when the conversation concludes. Among other classroom ready resources, participants will also receive a lesson from the First Amendment plan of study, which students use to answer the question “When does the Constitution allow the government to limit free speech?” through civil dialogue techniques.

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Monday January 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:20pm EST
University 2

12:30pm EST

Community Partnerships: What's Culture Have to Do With It?
We all know that effective community partnerships are vital to affecting positive change in our world. But how do we ensure that these partnerships are truly reciprocal, meaningful and sustainable and not patronizing or frustrating for anyone? What role do cultural competency and humility play in building trust and openness with partners outside of our own organizations in order for us all to reach our greatest capabilities?


Monday January 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:20pm EST
William Penn 1

12:30pm EST

Find Purpose in Repurposing:
Look at your current curricular and co-curricular programs to see where you can infuse impact. Learn practical tangible ideas and programs to create a culture of purpose on your campus.

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Monday January 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:20pm EST
Ben Franklin 2

12:30pm EST

Getting started: How to Design a School Partnership to Support Families of Color
Over the last two years, Seattle-area independent schools have developed an event for families of color that’s designed to enhance community and connection across area schools. I’ll share our story of how it got started (while eating salad at a conference) and the strategic ways in which we designed a program that’s now operating without involvement by the initial leadership team. I’ll share practical lessons I learned along the way and support participants to consider how they can mobilize in their own communities. For participants interested in creating their own initiatives, I’ll lead a facilitated exercise to consider initial questions, identify effective partners, and design a meaningful event.

Speakers
avatar for Anitha Pai

Anitha Pai

Former Diversity Director, Consultant


Monday January 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:20pm EST
University 1

12:30pm EST

Opening Doors: Hutchison and Girl Scouts Community Engagement
Learn how a strategic partnership between Hutchison and Girl Scouts Heart of the South Council has impacted both nonprofits by extending their resources and reach. Explore how a strategic partner can help create a nontraditional student pool and extend programmatic impact far beyond the school's neighborhood and also optimizing exposure of the school as a teaching and learning resource. Logistics of sharing a school's spaces, camp collaborations, and teachers as resources will be addressed. Hear how this partnership most recently inspired a Strong GIRL Fest for 2000+ girls from a tri-state area.


Monday January 27, 2020 12:30pm - 1:20pm EST
Chestnut

1:35pm EST

A Systems Thinking Approach to Partnership Development
Patient navigation and persistence are foundational to building any successful partnership. Using your existing (or envisioned) public-private partnership as source material, you’ll spend this workshop engaged in employing the tools of systems thinking to analyze and pilot your partnership’s development and growth, including identifying and understanding its inherent complexities.

Systems thinking acknowledges the interrelationship among the web of factors that affect the outcome of any endeavor and provides tools to navigate them successfully.

Your facilitator is Steve Barrett, the Director of the Wildwood Outreach Center and its public-private partnership, Systems Thinking Schools. Steve will guide you through an interactive systems thinking process to plan and/or assess your partnership’s path.

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Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
William Penn 2

1:35pm EST

ChangeMaker Spaces: Building a culture of student-led social innovation
We believe in the power of young people to change the world. For many of us, that is why we became educators. This belief is central to many of our core missions and values. Yet acting on this philosophy is often easier said than done. Through this workshop we will model the entrepreneurial process - analyze, innovate, act, reflect - as we think creatively about how to carve out more spaces for social innovation on campus. We have found social entrepreneurship creates opportunities for students to engage with the social injustices and environmental challenges that anger them most.  But how can we most effectively build these conversations, and actions, into the culture of the school?  We will draw on LearnServe International's more than 15 years of meaningfully bringing students together across difference through social entrepreneurship.  We work with a network of more than 40 high schools and middle schools in the DC metro area, representing all school types.  If you share our belief in the power of young people to change the world -- and are eager to identify more opportunities to coach them through that process -- we hope you will join us.

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Scott Rechler

Director and CEO, LearnServe International
A Washington DC native, Scott is Director and CEO of LearnServe International, a non-profit organization that prepares high school and middle school students as community leaders, with a focus on social entrepreneurship and global awareness. Scott graduated from Harvard College with... Read More →


Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
Ben Franklin 2

1:35pm EST

How Learning Partnerships are Essential to Learning at St. Mark's School
According to Professor Micheal Fullan, “learning partnerships” are essential for deep, impactful learning. This session will situate St. Mark’s School as a case study through which to explore the ways learning partnerships have helped us to (in Fullan’s words) “go outside to get better inside” (Deep Learning, 2018. p, 126). In particular, we will explore the centrality of partnerships to our Lion Term program and the work of our Center of Innovation in Teaching & Learning, both of which come out of our strategic plan, St. Mark’s 2020. We will consider the “why” of learning partnerships, along with the what, how, and “so what” of these signature programs so that participants can learn from and with us as we strive to create the best learning environments for faculty, students, and the broader school community.


Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
University 1

1:35pm EST

Long term change as a result of strong partnerships
This session will explore several models of the Horizons partnership with independent schools. The interactive presentation will have three parts: 1) an overview of the Horizons partnership approach 2) a panel discussion of how this model benefits school culture and host school students, and impacts the greater community, 3) an interactive small group guided discussion to look at the sustainability of these partnerships. Participants can use many of the lessons and best practices shared in their own initiatives or explore ways to bring Horizons to their school.

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Meg Reed

Executive Director, Horizons at Lancaster Country Day School
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Kathy Jacoby

Executive Director, Horizons Greater Philadelphia


Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
William Penn 1

1:35pm EST

Museums Go Global: Teachers Partnering with Museum Educators
From February-December 2019, DC-area teachers from a mix of traditional public, public charter, and independent schools gathered monthly for seminars on teaching for global competence and museum-based learning. They had opportunities to work closely with local museum curators and educators to design lessons for their classrooms that employed Global Thinking Routines (GTRs) with museum collections. They also learned about sharing with a wider community through the Learning Lab, an initiative of the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Their published lessons now live on this digital platform for use by teachers from all over the world. This session will provide the professional development approach of the project; introduce participants to the Learning Lab; and highlight collections created by a Museums Go Global teachers.

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Tess Porter

Digital Content Producer, Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Sher Anderson Petty

Mrs., Seneca Valley High School



Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
University 2

1:35pm EST

Teaching with an Activist Lens
Amy Argenal, Courtney Rein, and James King will share their intentions and experiences in teaching multidisciplinary courses that seek to amplify unheard voices and inspire students to enact change. Global Migrations and Voices of Incarceration are two high school elective classes that rest on three elements: deep engagement with a current political issue, experiential learning, and deep partnerships with community organizations. The co-presenters, who have roots in the policies, practices, and lived experience of their social issue, will engage participants in activities and discussions that help examine how we can teach strong disciplinary skills that aim to serve the community organizations on the front lines.

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Amy Argenal

Service Learning teacher and professor, Urban School of San Francisco
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Courtney Rein

English Dept. Chair, Urban School of San Francisco
Multidisciplinary StudiesTeaching Activism Skills and AwarenessPrison Reform and AbolitionismHigher Ed in Prison
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James King

Prison University Project Associate, Urban School of San Francisco & Prison University Project


Monday January 27, 2020 1:35pm - 2:25pm EST
Chestnut

2:25pm EST

Coffee Break
Monday January 27, 2020 2:25pm - 2:45pm EST
Outside Benjamin Franklin 3,4,5

2:45pm EST

Is Purpose the Future of Learning? with Ross Wehner
As educators, we know school must change but how? We are told that learning should be place-based, project-based, diverse and equitable, social and emotional . . . we are in a fog and it’s hard to see our way forward. Purpose Learning is a simple framework that integrates much of today’s school reform in a focused effort to help students understand who they are on the inside and how they connect to the world on the outside. Traditional learning is about thinking, or helping students develop key cognitive skills and content knowledge. Purpose Learning combines thinking with rich forms of feeling and doing, all at the same time. At the intersection of these three domains, students can drop into deep learning and explore purpose. We will see examples of purpose-driven learning at independent and charter schools and understand how these schools are changing culture, reinventing professional development, and creating new learning experiences. We will reflect on thinking, feeling and doing at our schools and what strategies for change we could pursue.

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avatar for Ross Wehner

Ross Wehner

Founder, Director, World Leadership School
Ross Wehner is a writer, teacher and social entrepreneur who founded World Leadership School. He believes the question guiding the future of learning is “How can K12 schools helps students explore, discover and articulate purpose?"Ross worked as a journalist in Latin America during the tumultuous 1990s, after which he decided to shift from reporting on problems to finding... Read More →


Monday January 27, 2020 2:45pm - 4:00pm EST
Ben Franklin 3-4-5