Pre-Conference Visits

TITLE:  Brooklyn in Solidarity: Exploring Multi-School Community Partnerships: A Pre-Conference Workshop

Presenters:  Tene Howard, Natania Kremer, Matt Budd

Location:  The Brooklyn Schools

Over the last three years, Brooklyn Friends School, Berkeley Carroll School, The Packer Collegiate Institute and Sait Anns School have partnered with local community organizations to highlight and take action on timely social justice issues identified by a cross-school group of students. What began as a collaborative desire to explore and respond to the ban of asylum seekers and refugees in 2017, has grown into a project that engages students in examining an important local and national social justice issue. Brooklyn in Solidarity hosts an annual student organized workshop event that connects their peers to action through partnerships with local community organizations addressing those issues. During this workshop participants will learn about the multi-school collaborative model used to develop the Brooklyn in Solidarity Program. There will also be an opportunity to visit with key community partners during the visit, hearing from them about the ways in which student leaders and local community organizers have galvanized around collective awareness-raising and action.


TITLE: Nightingale-Bamford School and Riley’s Way Foundation

Presenter:  Damaris MaClean

Location:  The Nightengale-Bamford School

How do schools develop partnerships around shared values and sustain the work over the course of several years? Four unique all-girl schools — two public, two independent — and the Riley’s Way Foundation have developed councils to empower students to practice leading with kindness and building bridges across barriers in their communities. PSPP participants in this pre-conference workshop will learn about this journey’s successes and challenges from the faculty, the Riley’s Way program director, and the students in the program themselves. We will also share information about Riley’s Way Call for Kindness, an award open to students across the country, and field questions about how to build similar partnerships in their school contexts.


TITLE: Social Justice Curriculum Planning at the Elementary Level

Presenter:  Katy Swalwell

Location:  The Spence School

This pre-conference workshop will introduce participants to a framework for planning interdisciplinary elementary units rooted in social justice and guided by inquiry, share resources to supplement these curricula, and highlight model lessons to help 2nd graders explore economic inequality through a study of food scarcity in their city. Participants will have the chance to workshop ideas and discuss dilemmas related to teaching about equity and social justice at the elementary level in private schools. It may not be easy, but it is possible and so necessary!” Please feel free to edit as you see fit!

Information on signing up for pre- conference workshops for those who have registered will be available shortly.