Fall Meeting Pre-Conferences are held on Wednesday, November 1, 2017.

Onsite Sessions:

SRI Pre-Service Education Group
1/2 day – 8:30am-Noon – no cost

Equity Not Diversity: Engaging in Anti-Oppression Work in Education
1/2 day – 1:00-4:30pm – $75

#iTLCs: Fostering SRI Critical Friendship Through Virtual Transformational Learning
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own) – $150

Using Protocols to Cultivate a Campus Equity Mindset
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own) – $150

Protocols, Schmotocols: Flipping the Script on our Beloved Tools. What Conditions and Strategies are Necessary for Equity-Centered Transformational Learning Communities that Liberate Rather than Stifle Communities Across Difference.
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own) – $150

A Neurodevelopment Framework for Learning: A Key for Unlocking Each Learner’s Potential
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own) – $150

Offsite Session:

ANCS and CREATE Site Visits
On site at the school from 8am-4pm – $175

 

 

 

 

 

Onsite Sessions:

SRI Pre-Service Education group
1/2 day – 8:30am-Noon
No cost
Max of 30 participants

SRI is offering a half-day learning event for colleagues who are interested in:

  • Supporting teacher candidates in pre-service teacher education
  • Hearing about colleagues’ work,
  • Being a part of an emerging community dedicated to utilizing SRI tools and resources as part of a comprehensive pre-service teacher education program

The goal of the meeting will be to continue to think together about how SRI affiliates might work collectively to develop structures, tools and supports that are specifically designed to support teacher candidates in pre-service teacher education. SRI should have a strong, visible, sustained presence in teacher preparation programs – and preparation programs should be a strong presence in SRI. From the point of view of teacher education, teacher educators understand that they are preparing teachers not only for classrooms and work with students, but also for schools and work with colleagues, families, and communities.  Prospective teachers need knowledge, skills, and dispositions for participating in professional learning communities as participants, facilitators, and leaders as they enter the profession. That way they are ready to continue to learn as well as to contribute in the schools where they are hired.

In this working meeting, we will work to continue to answer the guiding question:

What would it look like to collectively develop and sustain SRI structures that support affiliates working directly with teacher candidates in pre-service teacher education?

 

Equity Not Diversity: Engaging in Anti-Oppression Work in Education.
1/2 day – 1:00-4:30
Facilitator: Dr. Amber Kim
$75/person
Max of 30 participants

While diversity and inclusivity are common themes in education, anti-oppression work is the only way to ensure true equity in education. This workshop helps educators recognize overt and hidden oppression present in their schools, at both the staff and student levels. Equity Literacy is a necessity in combating injustice and this workshop will teach participants to develop Equity Literacy in themselves and others, utilizing counter-narratives and frameworks from leading equity theorists. It uses SRI protocols and engaging videos to spark emotion and thoughtful discussion. All readings, videos, and activities promote humanizing pedagogy and can be used with students, staff, and/or leaders.

 

#iTLCs: Fostering SRI Critical Friendship Through Virtual Transformational Learning
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own)
Facilitators: Dr. Julie Moore & Natalie Berger
$150/person
Max of 18 participants

Participants in this session will engage in a variety of SRI protocols and practices to explore how SRI critical friendship can foster and sustain transformational learning communities in a virtual space. Participants will look at work using three different protocols on three different technological tools. Ample time will be reserved to debrief the virtual experience, examine implications for our work, and develop next steps in using virtual transformational learning communities to engage more teachers and students in SRI’s Mission and Guiding Principles. Our intention is to establish a network of SRI affiliates that will be supportive of each other’s work in online transformational learning communities beyond this session. Participants will need to bring a web-enabled device (laptop with camera preferred) to use during this session.

 

Using Protocols to Cultivate a Campus Equity Mindset
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own)
Facilitators: Dr. Deirdre Williams & Dr. Kelly Brown
$150/person
Max of 20 participants

As our schools become more diverse, leaders are challenged to ensure that all students have access to a quality and equitable education. Before leaders can provide professional learning to teachers related to promising instructional practices, they must know what teachers believe about the diverse learners they serve. The presenters will use SRI tools and processes including barriers and bridges, courageous conversations, personal storytelling, and equity mindset goal-setting to support leaders with creating a cultural paradigm shift in their schools towards equity.  

 

Protocols, Schmotocols: Flipping the Script on our Beloved Tools. What Conditions and Strategies are Necessary for Equity-Centered Transformational Learning Communities that Liberate Rather than Stifle Communities Across Difference.
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own)
Facilitator: Dr. Greg Peters
Cost is $150/person
Max of 30 participants

Most trained facilitators recognize the importance of using structures and rituals to elevate our professional learning spaces beyond the traditional staff or department meeting. Yet, as we deepen our focus on equity for our least reached students, many now recognize that of structures and rituals – without critical thought – can serve to reproduce dominant culture space by limiting what can and cannot be said because of “the rules” implicit within our protocols.

This pre-conference intends to model using our protocols – with a constant and continuous focus on equity – to hold space for (rather than limit) the radical discourse – across difference – that is truly necessary to transform our practice and student results.

*Those who sign up for this pre-conference will be provided readings ahead of time.

 

A Neurodevelopment Framework for Learning: A Key for Unlocking Each Learner’s Potential
Full Day – 8:30am-4:30pm (Lunch on your own)
Facilitators: Kim Carter & Dr. Paul Yellin
$150/person
Max of 20 participants

This session will introduce educators to a framework for understanding each learner’s profile of strengths and challenges.  They will learn how to use this framework to inform the decisions they are called upon to make on daily basis.  Participants will engage with tools, strategies, and resources to integrate the Neurodevelopmental Framework for Learning (NDFL) with SRI practices to support pedagogy and practice for educational equity and excellence.

 

Offsite Session:

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School andCollaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness Site Visits
On site at the school from 8am-4pm (includes lunch)
Coordinator: Matt Underwood
$175/person (includes transportation and lunch)
Max of 20 participants

The Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) is a K-8 charter school with two campuses operating in the Grant Park and Ormewood Park neighborhoods since 2002. The school serves kindergarten through fifth grade students on one campus, and sixth through eighth grade students on the second campus.

ANCS has served as a center for collaboration grounded in the common principles for the Coalition of Essential Schools, and has infused the work of SRI throughout their program, with specific emphasis embedded in their CREATE Teacher Residency Program in collaboration with Georgia State University.

The curriculum at ANCS does not rely on textbooks; rather, it is driven by rich and interesting projects and learning experiences that help students to show understanding and develop meaningful skills.

Come visit this innovative program and learn about their work with both adults and students. Transportation to and from the school provided, along with lunch.

After visiting Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School for the first half of the day, we’ll transition to learning about a federal and state-funded program that has grown out of ANCS’s Center for Collaborative Learning.

Collaboration and Reflection to Enhance Atlanta Teacher Effectiveness (CREATE) merges an innovative new teacher residency model with extensive within-school, cross-school, and cross-institutional opportunities for collaboration, reflection, and professional learning, and is designed with three goals in mind: (1) to recruit, prepare, support, and retain a diverse pool of new teachers to work in schools that serve historically-marginalized students; (2) to support effective, personalized and culturally responsive teaching practices and the development of social capital among all educators working in these schools; and (3) to develop a cross-institutional “third space” to promote reform within and across organizations involved in new teacher induction (i.e., schools, school districts, and universities).

Come see a few CREATE schools – public charter and traditional neighborhood – where you will meet new teacher residents, mentors and principals while learning about the program.