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Sunday, January 26

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?

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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.
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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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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