Welcome Deeper Learners!

We are excited to welcome you to Westwood, MA at the end of September. The Deeper Learning Boston conference has a rich history. Although this is our inaugural year of the conference, the Deeper Learning movement began in the Northeast region and spread domestically and globally from there. Please enjoy this short background on the conference itself, where we honor "On Whose Shoulders We Stand: A Brief History"

This digital program is for all things DL Boston! Be sure to select one Deep Dive for Day 1 and two Den Talks for Day 2. You will only be able to sign up for one Deep Dive! These sessions have capacity limits and will fill up. To see an overview of the event and session types, check out the event flow.

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Saturday, October 1 • 9:00am - 9:50am
Den Talk: Kassie Infante & Marianela Rivera

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How do we collectively raise the next generation of democratic citizens? How can adults support positive youth development in their quest for social change?
Traditional teaching of civics too often centers only the “great man” version of history and reciting of the U.S branches of government-  leaving out the development of tangible civic skills and dispositions along with the history and stories of resistance that are behind social movements for change both in the past and present. Inside or outside of the classroom, place based civic learning opportunities connecting students to activism within their own communities are few and far between. How do we fix this?
In this den talk- we’ll explore these questions and more! Marianela and Kassie will share more about their experiences as communty organizers, educators and former elected school board members for education justice, and how their experience led them to launching HomePlace Collective- a consultancy group that helps educational institutions, community spaces, and non-profits drive social change by building transformational civic skills and critical socio-political literacy.
Homeplace Collective is named after late author bell hook's concept of building critical sites of resistance and practicing, as she iterated, education as a practice of freedom.
We facilitate powerful civics learning rooted in social justice while connecting adult participants to resources to develop standards-aligned lessons and/or other facilitative materials. Our coaching model empowers them to cultivate democratic spaces that build community.

Den Talk Speakers
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Kassie Infante & Marianela Rivera

co-founders, Home Place Collective
Dr. Marianela Rivera and Kassie Infante, MEd, co-founders of HomePlace Collective, are Lawrence MA-based scholar-activists, community organizers, and former elected school committee members. They both believe in the power of activism as a tool for social change and a mindset for developing... Read More →

Saturday October 1, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Art B109