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Sunday, January 26

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
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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
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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.


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


Maureen Dowling

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

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

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.


Alisa Braithwaite

English teacher, Milton Academy

Lisa Baker

English teacher, Milton Academy

Sunday January 26, 2020 3:20pm - 4:10pm EST
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Monday, January 27

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.


Emilie Sukijbumrung

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

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