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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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Friday, September 30
 

8:00am EDT

Arrival
To find the South Beach Parking Lot, drive down Brune Way. The closest address for GPS is: 576 Dover Road, Westwood, MA 02090, which is across the street from Brune Way.

Hale transportation will shuttle you the short distance from the parking lot to breakfast and registration!

Friday September 30, 2022 8:00am - 8:30am EDT
South Beach Parking Lot

8:00am EDT

Breakfast and Registration
Friday September 30, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Hale's Cat Rock Field

9:00am EDT

Opening Event
Friday September 30, 2022 9:00am - 9:45am EDT
Hale's Cat Rock Field

10:00am EDT

Acoustic Collage

Students tell the stories of their lives in a myriad of ways. In this Deep Dive, educators will learn this technique of telling personal stories through sound; and gain the skills to help their own students share about their identities through personal narratives that offer all learners the skills of storytelling beyond the traditional visual and written form.

Specifically, this Deep Dive is for:

a. teachers, regardless of their discipline or age group they interact with. The interdisciplinary focus of making meaning of sounds in our environment transcends discipline or age group boundaries. Listening, interpreting, and making meaning of our sound environment allows for discovery across disciplinary lenses. Teacher participants will explore this practice through their individual lens.

b. administrators / curriculum leaders: building learning communities within school practice starts with the practice of being “present”. Administrators and curriculum leaders will gain insight in how to narrow focus to engage community members on a task that builds communities of learners.


We will ask questions and model what students will learn about human interaction, engagement and empowerment in the environment, so that all students and teachers have more awareness of things that are not visual. Drawing on practices such as deep listening, meditation through sound and sound bathing, participants will practice making brief field recordings, and then go out into the field to collect their own sounds. Once together again, they will share those sounds with the group in a listening session.



Deep Dive Facilitators
avatar for Kathleen Jara

Kathleen Jara

Teaching Artist, Project Step, Boston, and Milton Academy
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Daniel Bisaccio

Director of Science Education - retired, Brown University
Dan Bisaccio was a high school science teacher for 30 years before joining Brown University as Faculty Director of Science Education and Director of Teacher Education. His career included developing inquiry based and project-based art-science curriculum.Dan has been the recipient... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Simches Upstairs

10:00am EDT

Capstone Project: Become an artist-scholar and CREATE something remarkable.

The artivist (artist + activist) uses their artistic talents to fight and struggle against injustice and oppression—by any medium necessary. The artivist merges commitment to freedom and justice with the pen, the lens, the brush, the voice, the body, and the imagination. The artivist knows that to make an observation is to have an obligation. - M.K. Asante In this deep dive, which can connect to elementary, middle and high school contexts, participants will experience the senior capstone experience through a simulation of the process itself.  Participants will interact with artifacts and alumni from actual senior capstone projects.  They will also  come face to face with common challenges encountered when trying to actually manifest an artivist idea into reality.  By the end of the session, participants will understand the potential for students to leave legacies of hope and action in their immediate school and broader communities.   Participants will work to form consensus around an idea they share for how to address a challenge or strengthen an asset in education as well as envision and practice how the arts could be used as a catalyst for the change they wish to see.   As participants reflect on their experience together, they will identify values represented in the Senior Capstone Project Experience and represent those values via found objects in nature or tableau.   Alumni who have gone through this process will help facilitate learning and also share personal reflections on how DL Competencies have impacted their post-secondary experiences thus far.

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Hannah Kehn

Founding and Current Principal, New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV
Hannah founded New Visions Charter High School for the Humanities IV in 2017 with New Visions for Public Schools.  In 2021, "HUM IV" was one of fifty high schools in New York State to pilot awarding students a "Seal of Civics".  Students can earn this seal on their diploma if they... Read More →
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Rachel Todd

Humanities IV Founding Alumni, Binghamton University Student
Howdy y'all! My name is Rachel and I am currently a computer science major at Binghamton University. I am also a proud HUM IV founding alum! Looking back, some of the most memorable times I've had were in high school bonding with faculty and students, or exploring the different interests... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
McGrath (Health Center near Cat Rock)

10:00am EDT

Community, Connection & Restorative Discipline: There must be a Relationship to Repair
Educators will:
- Participate in a community circle in which they will practice tools to build connection and create norms that engage students in holding themselves and others accountable
- Unpack what it means to educate from a restorative lens
- Practice the skills to engage students in a restorative harm circle using student scenarios
- Leave with concrete strategies to build social-emotional skills, empathy, community, and facilitate restorative discipline in schools.

Conflict is natural in the face of differences.  It can be healthy in unpacking different points of view and creating deeper understanding.  It can be harmful if allowed to fester and explode without communication.   The resolution of conflict is an organic and meaningful conduit to practice perspective taking and facilitate children building lifelong communication and advocacy skills.  However, we know that students of color are met with disproportionate consequences after engaging in developmentally appropriate conflict. Restorative practices and discipline in schools can decrease disproportionality and create a system for students to engage in healthy ways with each other to resolve conflict and understand how their actions make others feel, in order to grow in their ability to be empathetic.  

Educators who have integrated the themes of restorative discipline will not only use them to engage students in restorative circles and reflections, but will also be able to bring a restorative lens to multiple situations within a school day. This promotes a culture and climate of curiosity and a belief that people can learn and grow from mistakes. Restorative discipline fosters conflict resolution skills and encourages students to grow in their social awareness and relationship skills, in real time, within their school mileu, instead of surface level inauthentic apologies or forced exiting from a community. Educators with a restorative impulse understand that authentic internal social-emotional change and growth happens with intention and support over time. This workshop will engage educators in unpacking and implementing the tools to facilitate perspective taking and create a community that practices empathy to connect and collaborate.




Deep Dive Facilitators
KD

Kamilah Drummond-Forrester

Principal Consultant, KDRUMM Consulting LLC
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Soundhari Balaguru

Coach, Trainer & Consultant, Integrated SEL
Dr. Soundhari Balaguru is a clinical psychologist and Founder of Integrated SEL, a coaching, training, and consulting business that supports school leaders in centering Social-Emotional Learning, Restorative Discipline, and Culturally Affirming practices in their school climate and... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Fern Valley/Yurts

10:00am EDT

Deeper Learning for Multilingual Learners in Action

Deep dive into linguistic equity by first engaging in a "charla de café" on cultivating an asset-based mindset in teaching multilingual learners.   Participants will reflect, critically think,  and engage in this “coffee chat” with multilingual students, teachers, coaches, and administrators.  In the afternoon, attendees will experience asset-based pedagogy in action through the translanguaging corriente in action in the Hale Outdoors.    Translanguaging, an asset-based pedagogical practice, allows and encourages all language learners to utilize their full linguistic repertoire in the classroom to empower them, to help them access content, and to assist them in realizing their full potential.

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Aketa Narang Kapur

Educator, Hale Education
Aketa Narang Kapur has over 20 years of multilingual teaching and coaching experience in grades K-12.   Her passion for language is grounded in her personal journey as an immigrant from India acquiring Hindi, English, and Spanish. Aketa’s classroom teaching experience began in... Read More →
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Marjorie Pita

Dual Language Teacher Leader, Boston Public Schools
Marjorie is the Dual Language Teacher Leader at the Rafael Hernández School, the first dual-language program in the city of Boston and in Massachusetts. She started her career as an educator when she became a Kindergarten Italian teacher in Panama City.  In Boston, she previously... Read More →
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Nora Hassan Haddadi

Bilingual Teaching Specialist, Boston Public Schools
Nora Hassan Haddadi is a Bilingual Teaching Specialist with the Accelerated Community to Teacher Pipeline Program (BE/ACTT) in Boston Public Schools. She has worked in BPS for the past 16 years. She began her teaching career over 20 years ago in the Los Angeles Unified School District... Read More →
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Paulina Mitropoulos

Director of Multilingual Learner Education, Somerville Public Schools
Paulina Mitropoulos is the Director of Multilingual Learner Education (MLE) for the Somerville Public Schools. As district administrator, Paulina oversees all MLE programming, curriculum, instruction, and assessment of PreK-12 multilingual learners in Somerville. Paulina is also... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
North Beach

10:00am EDT

Infusing Authentic Learning into Extrinsically Bound Schools and Classrooms

As a learning community, participants in this session will explore how to infuse authentic learning experiences in school cultures traditionally bound by extrinsic influences. Attendees will be introduced to the "J-Term" program at Westwood High School (MA), and actively participate in a variety of authentic learning experiences with students and educators from Westwood High School. Participants will reflect on their experience throughout these activities in order to craft authentic learning experiences for their own students, whether across an entire school community or simply within their own classroom. Following the morning activities at Hale, this session will take place at Westwood High School.

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Jonas Sherr

Professional Development Coordinator & Social Studies Teacher, Westwood Public Schools
Jonas Sherr is the Professional Development Coordinator for Westwood Public Schools (MA) as well as a teacher in the Westwood High School Social Studies Department. In addition to his classroom teaching, Jonas has taught a series of Professional Development Courses for educators including... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Westwood High School 200 Nahatan St, Westwood, MA 02090

10:00am EDT

Let's Move: Exploring the Creative Process

This workshop will take the participants into a deep dive through the process of dance making. Workshop leaders will share examples and ideas of how to incorporate the exercises presented into different content areas like Math, Science, and Humanities. This workshop is designed for anyone interested in using movement to learn and discover. NO PREVIOUS DANCE TRAINING REQUIRED. The application of this workshop is not limited to educators in the arts, but educators of all levels who are interested in creative thinking; collaboration; cross-discipline work; or integrating movement into their classroom. A special focus is emphasizing on using text generated by the participants as a source of creating movement as well as weaving text into the dance. Participants will warm up and get their creative juices going through a series of improvisation exercises. They will be given some prompts to do reflective writing, and share words or phrases in small groups. Using these texts, participants will be guided to create their own movement vocabulary, and then building phrases. They will then be guided to develop structures to create a collective dance work. Leaders of the workshop will provide feedback and suggestions throughout the creative process to help each group refine their creation.  In this workshop, the participants will have an authentic experience of the process Continuum Dance Project often uses to create their work. They will be empowered to create their own work beyond this workshop or use these ideas to help their students create original work.

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Fernandina Chan

Artistic Director, Continuum Dance Project
Fernadina Chan was the founding artistic dean and chair of the dance department of Boston Arts Academy, a public high school of visual and performing arts. Retired in June, 2012 as 34-year veteran dance educator in the Boston Public Schools, Ms. Chan has taught at English High School... Read More →
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Adriane Brayton

Co-Director, Continuum Dance Project
Adriane Brayton, is the Co-Artistic Director of Continuum Dance Project, and a 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow Finalist. Born in Boston, Adriane’s work has been performed in The Eustice Estate (Milton, MA), Pao Arts Center (Chinatown, MA), at Emerson College (Boston... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Powissett Lodge

10:00am EDT

Meet The H.O.M.ies! Explore the Inherent Connections Across the Subjects

What are the inherent connections and shared habits of mind embodied by successful writers, artists, scientists, mathematicians and others? How can we and our students embody them ourselves?  What if learning for all age groups (yes, even adults) could be playful and exploratory, authentic, and rigorous? We will meet the H.O.M.ies, a set of 8 characters that each personify those shared H.abits of M.ind. Using case studies, games, "micro-challenges," songs and stories, we will begin to answer these questions for ourselves. Through the HOMies, we will spotlight the inspiration and connection below the surface of the seemingly separate subjects. This session is open and beneficial to all educators and school leaders.

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Demetrius Fuller

Art Teacher/Coordinator, Chealsea Public Schools
As an artist, teacher, musician, writer and actor, Demetrius believes that all subjects are inherently connected. He has been an art teacher in Chelsea, Massachusetts for over 20 years, and Art Department lead for 5 years. In 2005, Demetrius founded the Flying Squirrel Puppet Theater... Read More →
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Will Chapman-Hale

ELL Instructor/Reading Interventionist, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union
I began my teaching career as a third grade teacher in Chelsea, MA, and am now an English Language Learner instructor and reading interventionist for a school district in rural Vermont. As an ADHD-er who struggled through school, and I driven as an educator to expand my understanding... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Owl Pavilions

10:00am EDT

Outdoor Experiential Learning as Culturally & Historically Responsive Pedagogy

In this Deep Dive, you will spend a day in the woods participating in hands-on activities about the intersections between outdoor experiential learning and Gholdy Muhammad’s framework for culturally and historically responsive pedagogy.  Participants will reflect and discuss ways that they can transform their own teaching and learning practices to increase engagement, identity and leadership development, and authentic assessment in their schools. Students and staff from Intrepid Academy at Hale will facilitate a day of team building, outdoor skill building, collaborative discovery, and creativity. Ample time will be provided to synthesize your learning, and to make a plan to bring this framework back to your schools. This session is for all of us: classroom educators, college students, support staff, school leaders, & administrators.

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Erica Pernell

Director of Intrepid Academy, Hale Education, Inc
Erica Pernell is the Director of Intrepid Academy at Hale in Westwood, MA--a semester school for Boston Public School students focused on experiential learning and outdoor leadership. Erica is also a consultant, speaker, and strategist in the Greater Boston area. She partners with... Read More →
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Syd Howland

Facilitator, Hale Education
Sydney expands learning by helping high school students explore the outdoors through Intrepid Academy at Hale—she loves inspiring young people to engage in their communities and connect with the natural world. With more than 20 years of experience working with youth, she previously... Read More →
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Tomas Leyton-Nolan

Outdoor Guide, Hale Education


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Trading Post

10:00am EDT

Play as a Path to Reflection

How does play alter the way we see, hear, and understand the world and our relationships within it? In this session, we’ll consider ourselves, our social contexts & how to facilitate reflection with students through play! Both self-reflection & facilitating reflection with students is essential in developing a critical, justice-oriented teaching practice and curating a thriving learning ecosystem shaped by how our students understand themselves and the world. How can a creative, embodied, playful reflection practice transform how we facilitate and plan instructional experiences? How can reflective play (re)animate our own teaching & learning?


Deep Dive Facilitators
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Febo Anthony

Poet and Educator
Anthony Febo is a Puerto Rican poet, teaching artist, and new dad living in Arlington, MA. Febo has been performing and teaching poetry and theatre for over a decade in the greater Boston area. His ability and love of remixing different forms got him featured as part of WBUR's The... Read More →
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Amanda Torres

writer & educator
Amanda Torres (AT) is a futurist writer, educator & cultural organizer. The director of the Poetry Foundation’s National Incubator for Community Engaged Poets, as well as the co-founder and former director of MassLEAP, a youth literary organization in Boston, they are a designer... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Fox Hill

10:00am EDT

Stuck happens! 5 Questions to Design Your Way Forward—From STEM to SEL to Staff Meetings

Design Thinking and other practices for unsticking problems in fields as varied as science, leadership, and life coaching ask the same 5 questions. We all ask them, just not consistently. What happens when students and adults use these questions as a visual compass to open channels to new possibilities in their everyday challenges—from conflicts to homework? In this hands-on workshop we’ll relate these questions to your diverse experiences. Then, we’ll immediately apply them to challenges you choose—in small and big ways, individually and together,  for your use back home with STEM, SEL, or staff meetings. We’ll learn playful yet powerful methods and coaching cues to dig deeper into each question, by using question marks, drawing our thinking, listening to our bodies, and connecting to the world around us. Along the way, we’ll hear stories from educators and learners using these questions to hear all voices, transcend assumptions, and move forward together. Our reflection throughout will culminate in a final reflACTION—using the same five questions to turn our insights into concrete upcoming actions at Deeper Learning Boston, home, or school. We’ll share this reflACTION along with our navigated challenges at the Share Your Learning showcase. We’ll leave ready to use these questions to navigate challenges of any variety (and with a pocket compass card and some “unstick-ers” to help!).

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Ela Ben-Ur

Founder, Innovators' Compass and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Olin College, Innovators Compass
Ela Ben-Ur is passionate about seeing people of all ages articulate and amplify their natural ways of making things better. She has worked and co-experimented deeply with educators and organizations interested in design thinking since 2012. Ela worked 13 prior years at renowned innovation... Read More →
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Kim Zajac

SLP, Norton Public Schools, Emerson College Virtual Practicum Instructor, MassCUE Board
Kim Zajac, MA CCC-SLP/A is a certified speech/language pathologist and Audiologist at Norton Middle School and Norton High School. She is an affiliated faculty member for the Speech@Emerson Graduate Program as a Virtual Practicum Facilitator. Kim holds specialized certification in... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
Simches basement (walk to pavilion up the hill)

10:00am EDT

The Art of Playback Theatre: Sharing Stories & Storytelling in Action

Come have fun (And make connections) in a meaningful way! Stories are how we understand our world, who we are, where we have come from, and what we may have come through. These Moments of our lives can be touchstones, full of power and significance. They are the glue that holds families, communities, and cultures together. In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the art and form of Playback Theatre, a unique theatre improv form in which the personal stories of audience members are spontaneously 'played back' by a group of trained actors using sound, movement, and spoken word.  No previous theatre experience is necessary.

Through the power of play and improvisation, participants will be able to develop confidence, joy and a deeper sense of empathic connectedness to each other and the Natural world around them. We will learn a brief history of Playback and explore the art and form of Playback through community building, theatre games, and learning 2-3 basic forms of Playback Theatre. We will use Playback to explore topics important to the group, with a focus on our personal stories and experiences. We don’t assume that all are comfortable or feel safe in the outside world, and this too will be explored as well. There will be ample time to consider the ways in which you will be able to take this back to your place of work. The stories and themes are part of the ways in which community, insight and empathy are developed."

Playback Theatre is practiced throughout the world with applications including creating meaningful rituals, empowering diverse voices, supporting conflict resolution, encouraging dialogue, and building empathy and connection to the world around us. Playback, a form of citizen theatre, is practiced in schools, universities, hospices, prisons and in open performances that can respond to, and create discussion about, real world situations. Many Playbackers are not actors in the traditional sense but come from all walks of life. No previous experience is necessary to come and have some fun and engage with the play of Playback Theatre!

Deep Dive Facilitators
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Jennie Kristel

Co-Director, JourneyWorks LLC
Jennie Kristel, MA, REAT, APTT received her degree in expressive therapies and is an adjunct instructor at Lesley University.  She is an accredited Playback Theatre trainer who offers international workshops and training in Playback Theatre, expressive arts therapy, and "The Listening... Read More →


Friday September 30, 2022 10:00am - 3:30pm EDT
ACLC

12:00pm EDT

Lunch Day 1 (No need to sign up)
This will be a boxed lunch delivered to your Deep Dive location. Lunch will take place between 12-1:30, but each Deep Dive will determine the timing that works for your group.

Friday September 30, 2022 12:00pm - 1:30pm EDT
Hale 80 Carby Street Westwood MA 02090

3:30pm EDT

Community Connections
Friday September 30, 2022 3:30pm - 4:00pm EDT
Stay with your Deep Dive Group

4:00pm EDT

BBQ and S'MORES
Connect with other attendees at the conference for our campfire after the Deep Dives end. We will have bbq, vegan options, and s'mores! This conference event is sponsored by What Schools Could Be. There will be information at the event or find out more here: https://whatschoolcouldbe.org/!

Friday September 30, 2022 4:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
Hale's South Beach
 
Saturday, October 1
 

8:00am EDT

Breakfast Day 2 (No need to sign up)
Saturday October 1, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am EDT
Westwood HS Cafeteria

8:30am EDT

Welcome with Mary Skipper
Mary Skipper is the current Superintendent of Boston Public Schools. Skipper has served as the Superintendent of the Somerville Public Schools (SPS) for the past seven years. She joined SPS in July 2015 following years of exemplary service at Boston Public Schools. She quickly made her mark in Somerville as an innovative and visionary thinker, a passionate advocate for all youth, and a strategic systems builder whose approach includes leveraging community resources to support students. Under her tenure, Somerville has emerged as a leader in using data to inform continuous progress and ensure a student-centered approach to teaching and learning driven by an unfailing commitment to equity of opportunity and access for all students.

Before coming to Somerville, Superintendent Skipper was Network Superintendent of High Schools for BPS, where she oversaw 34 high schools serving approximately 19,500 students. During her time as Network Superintendent, Boston's public high schools achieved the lowest drop-out and the highest graduation rates in BPS history. Among her most notable accomplishments while at BPS, Superintendent Skipper helped launch TechBoston Academy (TBA) as the founding Headmaster in 2002. Under her leadership, TBA grew from a 9-12 high school serving 75 students to a 6-12 school with a staff of more than 100 serving a diverse student population of more than 1,000, 30% of which were English Language Learners and 25% of which were Special Education students. The school’s success was marked in 2011 with a visit from then-President Barack Obama where he delivered a major education policy speech.
 


Saturday October 1, 2022 8:30am - 9:00am EDT
Westwood HS Cafeteria

9:00am EDT

Den Talk: Ana Tavares and Peter Kiang

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.

This den talk features Ana Tavares, Elementary School Superintendent for Boston Public Schools, and Peter Kiang, Professor and Director of Asian American Studies at UMass.


Den Talk Speakers
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Ana Tavares

Deputy Superintendent of Family and Community Advancement, Boston Public Schools
Dr. Tavares currently serves as an Elementary School Superintendent for Boston Public Schools. She previously served as a principal of the Rafael Hernández PreK-8 Dual Language School in Roxbury. Her leadership experience spans over 20 years and has focused on increasing the learning... Read More →
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Peter Kiang

Professor and Director of Asian American Studies, UMass Boston
Dr. Peter Nien-chu Kiang (江念祖) is Professor and Director of the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston where he has taught since 1987.  Peter’s research, teaching, and advocacy in both K-12 and higher education with Asian American immigrant/refugee... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Art B111

9:00am EDT

Den Talk: Farah Assiraj and Aysha Upchurch

What are the embodied experiences and memories that bring us joy, belonging and grounding?

How do we construct learning environments and spaces that allow for our students to bring their spirits, bodies and skin to be fully humanized and celebrated?

This den talk features Farah Assiraj, Deputy Chief Academic Officer for Boston Public Schools, and Aysha Upchurch, Harvard GSE & Artist in Residence.

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.



Den Talk Speakers
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Aysha Upchurch

Lecturer on Education; Artist in Residence, Harvard GSE
Aysha Upchurch is an artist, instructor, and an education consultant committed to youth advocacy, social inclusion, artistry development, and transformative education. Whether on stage or in the classroom, hip hop is a thread throughout her work. Upchurch holds an M.A. in international... Read More →
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Farah Assiraj

Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Boston Public Schools
With over 20 years of experience in education, leadership, research, data, writing curriculum, and consulting, Farah Assiraj currently serves as the Deputy Chief Academic Officer for the Boston Public Schools where she oversees Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for the district... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Auxiliary Theatre “Little Theatre”

9:00am EDT

Den Talk: Kassie Infante & Marianela Rivera


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

9:00am EDT

Den Talk: Kim Parker and Charmain F. Jackman

This den talk features Kimberly N. Parker, Director of Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University and Dr. Charmain F. Jackman, Psychologist and Wellness expert.

Hear from two educators who have created spaces where community flourishes, especially for BIPOC folx. They’ll talk about their journeys and offer insights about how and why it’s vital to join or create the communities that we all need.

Den Talk Speakers
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Dr. Charmain F. Jackman

Licensed Psychologist | Wellness Expert
Charmain F. Jackman, PhDPsychologist, Speaker, Writer, Consultant, & Founder/CEO, InnoPsych, Inc.Dr. Jackman is a licensed psychologist with 25+ years in the mental health field. She is the founder and CEO of InnoPsych, Inc., an organization on a mission to disrupt racial inequities... Read More →
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Kimberly N. Parker

Director, Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University
I am the Director of the Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard. I have an unwavering belief in the power and promise of underserved young people, particularly Black boys, and am currently writing for publication about a program I created that successfully detracked my English classes... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Band Room B110

9:00am EDT

Den Talk: Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga and Michael Lipset.

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.

This den talk features Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga, Founding Artistic & Executive Director of OrigiNation and Michael Lipset, Director of Social Impact at 4 Learning/High School for Recording Arts.



Den Talk Speakers
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Michael Lipset

Director of Social Impact, 4 Learning/High School for Recording Arts
Michael holds a BA from the University of Minnesota, an EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Arts in Education, and a PhD in culturally sustaining school change through the arts from McGill University.His research focuses on Hip-Hop based education, collaboration... Read More →
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Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga

Founding Artistic Director, OrigiNation Cultural Arts Center
OrigiNation is a performing arts organization based in Roxbury that has been serving youth since 1994. Founding Executive and Artistic Director Shaumba-Yandje Dibinga has extensive training, teaching, and performance experience in all areas of dance and theater and has been writing... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Chorus Room B104

9:00am EDT

Den Talk: Thabiti Brown and Keith Catone

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.

This den talk features Keith Catone, Executive Director of Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education, and Thabiti Brown, Head of School at Codman Academy Charter Public School.

Den Talk Speakers
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Keith Catone

Executive Director, CYCLE - Center for Youth & Community Leadership in Education
Before CYCLE, Keith served as Associate Director for Community Organizing and Engagement at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education at Brown University. He was the project director for the Youth 4 Change Alliance in Providence, RI and... Read More →
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Thabiti Brown

Head of School, Codman Academy Charter Public School
Thabiti is the Head of School at Codman Academy Charter Public School.  He joined the school as the founding Humanities teacher in 2001 before serving as Academic Dean and Codman's first Principal.  Prior to joining Codman, he taught at the Beacon School in New York and at the International... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 9:00am - 9:50am EDT
Art B107

10:00am EDT

Den Talk: Alexandra Oliver-Dávila and Cicy Po

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.

This den talk features Alexandra Oliver-Dávila, Executive Director of Sociedad Latina, and Cicy Po, Head of School at Baxter Academy for Technology and Science.

Den Talk Speakers
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Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Executive Director, Sociedad Latina
Alexandra Oliver-Dávila has been serving as the Executive Director of Sociedad Latina since 1999. During her 20+ year tenure, she has transformed Sociedad Latina into a cutting-edge, data-driven, creative youth development organization. Under her leadership, Sociedad Latina has increased... Read More →
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Cicy Po

Head Of School, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science
Cicy Po has been an educator and school leader for over two decades. As a science teacher and school leader in Boston and Portland high schools, she served racially, ethnically and socioeconomically diverse students. Her own childhood vulnerabilities as a first generation immigrant... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Chorus Room B104

10:00am EDT

Den Talk: Chris Lydon and Mirko Chardin

A journalist, a black boy and the brothers Karamazov: identity, values and equity.

This den talk features Mirko Chardin, Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, Novak Education and Christopher Lydon, journalist, author, and broadcaster at Open Source.

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.


Den Talk Speakers
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Christopher Lydon

journalist, author, broadcaster, Open Source
Christopher Lydon is the host of Open Source, a conversation on arts, ideas and politics – both online and on public radio.  An unconventional voice in print, television and radio journalism, Chris Lydon is an Internet pioneer, credited with doing the first “podcast” with the... Read More →
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Mirko Chardin

Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer, Novak Education
Mirko Chardin is Novak Education's Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. Before joining Novak, he was the Founding Head of School of the Putnam Avenue Upper School in Cambridge, MA. Mirko’s work has involved all areas of school management and student support. His greatest experience... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Art B111

10:00am EDT

Den Talk: Erin Kelly and Patsy Rembert discussing Winfred Rembert’s memoir, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South

Patsy Rembert and Erin Kelly will discuss the remarkable life story of Georgia-born artist Winfred Rembert who, after getting involved in the civil rights movement, served seven years on chain gangs in Georgia, and went on to become an award-winning autobiographical artist. His illustrated memoir Chasing Me to My Grave, as told to Erin I. Kelly, with a foreword by Bryan Stevenson, was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal of Excellence in Nonfiction and won the 2022 Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature and the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Biography. (An excerpt on Rembert’s surviving the chain gang is readable here.) Winfred Rembert’s life story not only illuminates the lasting impact of trauma from incarceration that so many Black men and women have endured, from the Jim Crow era to the present day, but also the testimonial importance of art, and the power of love.



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Erin Kelly

Co-author of Winfred Rembert’s memoir, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South, Tufts University, Professor of Philosophy
Erin I. Kelly is Professor of Philosophy at Tufts University and co-author of Winfred Rembert’s memoir, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South (Bloomsbury, 2021), which won a 2022 Pulitzer Prize in biography. She and Winfred spent three years working... Read More →
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Patsy Rembert

Featured in Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South
Patsy Rembert is Winfred Rembert’s wife of 46 years. She is featured in Winfred Rembert’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Chasing Me to My Grave: An Artist’s Memoir of the Jim Crow South (Bloomsbury, 2021). Winfred Rembert (1945-2021) was an artist from Cuthbert, Georgia. His... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Auxiillary Theatre “Little Theatre”

10:00am EDT

Den Talk: Keith Maddox and Turahn Dorsey

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.

This den talk features Keith Maddox, Professor of Psychology and Tufts University and Turahn Dorsey, Chief Impact Officer at the Eastern Bank Foundation. 

Den Talk Speakers
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Keith Maddox

Professor of Psychology, Tufts University
Dr. Keith Maddox is a Professor of Psychology and Director of the Tufts University Social Cognition (TUSC) Lab. He received his AB (1991) in psychology from the University of Michigan, and his MA (1994) and PhD (1998) in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara... Read More →
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Turahn Dorsey

Chief Impact Officer, Eastern Bank Foundation
Turahn Dorsey is a researcher, policymaker and strategist whose career has focused on systems change and civic innovation. Dorsey is currently Eastern Bank Foundation's Chief Impact Officer focusing on investing in economic inclusion and mobility solutions, including the transformation... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
A111

10:00am EDT

Den Talk: Nikki Tabron and Dr. Steve Zrike

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.

This den talk features Nikki Tabron, Chief Education Officer of Thompson Island Outward Bound, and Dr. Stephen Zrike, Superintendent of Salem Public Schools. 


Den Talk Speakers
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Dr. Stephen Zrike

Superintendent, Salem Public Schools
As the proud superintendent of the Salem Public Schools, SteveZrike is committed to building a culture of excellence focused onproviding students with cognitively demanding and engaginglessons, creating strong systems for social and emotional supportin all schools and above all, dismantling... Read More →
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Nikki Tabron

Chief Education Officer, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Nikki Tabron serves as the Chief Education for the Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center.  She oversees programming for over 4,500 students annually.  Thompson Island Programs focus on enhancing education and collaboration, building trust and confidence, and teaching conflict... Read More →


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Art B109

10:00am EDT

Den Talk: Shakeeda Bartee and Jal Mehta

Opportunities for attendees to engage in deep conversations on issues that matter in education. No slide decks, just real talk–-the den is a place for attendees to connect with luminaries, hear transformative stories, and ask questions.

This den talk features Shakeeda Bartee, English Teacher and Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Finalist, and Jal Mehta, Harvard GSE, Professor of Education. 

Den Talk Speakers
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Jal Mehta

Professor of Education, Faculty Co-Chair, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would take... Read More →
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Shakeeda Bartee

English teacher, UP Academy Boston
Shakeeda Bartee born and raised in Boston Ma, a product of Boston Public Schools. I teach middle school ELA at an in district charter school, UP Academy Boston, formerly the Gavin middle school. I hold an M.ED, and I am a Massachusetts teacher of the year finalist for 2023.


Saturday October 1, 2022 10:00am - 10:50am EDT
Band Room B110

11:00am EDT

Share Your Learning Showcase Preparation
During this time, please reconnect with your Deep Dive group to prepare for the mix and mingle and Share Your Learning Showcase.

Saturday October 1, 2022 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
Westwood HS Cafeteria

11:30am EDT

Share Your Learning Mix and Mingle
During this time, all Deep Dive participants will share their learning from the previous day's immersive deep dive experience. This will be set up as a mix and mingle, and this will give participants a chance to connect with people they may not have worked with yet!

Saturday October 1, 2022 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Westwood HS Cafeteria

12:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Closing Keynote Experience
Our closing Keynote experience will feature a once-in-a-lifetime immersion in music and interpersonal dynamics led by artist and facilitator Aithan Shapira. Working with musicians from the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, conference attendees will come together and experience a 360 degree immersion that invites participants to consider collaboration, complexity, agency, and trust.

Saturday October 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EDT
Westwood High School Gym

2:45pm EDT

Impact Schools Reflect and Connect
This event is ONLY for teams from the following Impact School: Bates Elementary School, Boston Arts Academy, Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, Boston Day and Evening, Burke High School, Chelsea High School, Fenway High School, New Visions Charter, Quinsigamond Elementary, The Maria L. Baldwin School. and the Frank M. Sokolowski School. 

Saturday October 1, 2022 2:45pm - 3:30pm EDT
Westwood High School Library
 
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