Tuesday, August 9 (10:45 AM - 12:45 PM)

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Creating Space to Heal; Classroom Ritual and Teacher Self-Care

Candice Valenzuela, Teach for America

This workshop will walk participants through a hands-on, experiential exploration of how intentional rituals in the classroom, along with the teacher's practice, can create healing, calming, restorative, and welcoming classroom spaces. This will be a space in which students can thrive and teachers can sustain themselves as they grow in their practice. Engaging in group discusses, partner work and individual reflection, this workshop will centralize on teacher wellness as the most powerful place to boost student achievement and participation. Healing is a collective experience in which both student and teacher must participate and co-create.

Defining Trauma and Trauma Triggers for Young People in School Settings

Maeven McGovern, Youth Radio

Realizing that a student who seems withdrawn, disengaged or who is struggling in class may be struggling with PTSD gives educators more tools and resources to engage students and mitigate the impact of traumatic experiences on student success. Learn culturally relevant tools to implement trauma-informed health and wellness activities in school or group settings. Engage in relevant activities including song analysis and guided self-regulation that are rooted in youth development and trauma-informed care philosophies from Youth Radio.

Integrating Social Emotional Learning and Academic Content Learning

Carrie WilsonDaniela Mantilla and Mills Teacher Scholars
Juliana Houston, Heather Porter, Molly Shannon, Malia Tayabas-Kim

What are Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies and how are they connected to academic content learning? How can participants use this inherent interconnectedness to strengthen learners’ cognitive and non-cognitive skills? Deconstruct a video clip of Bay Area students engaged in an academic discussion, then identify the SEL competencies required to be successful in the instructional practice, and build a plan for enhancing an aspect of the instructional routine through attending to students’ SEL competency needs. Consider your own instructional environment and identify the SEL competencies embedded in high leverage instructional practices in the classroom. Leave with a deeper understanding of what SEL and academic content integration looks like, how to integrate SEL competency building with academic learning, and more broadly, how using video data for practice improvement, is a valuable tool by making the process of student learning visible.

Decolonize your Educational Practice

Derek FennerJessa MorenoMariah LandersSerian Strauss, Integrated Learning Specialist Program

This is an interactive workshop, held on Ohlone land amongst the redwoods at Chabot Space and Science Center. Be inspired to create and think in decolonized ways for your classrooms and communities. Through movement and embodied pedagogy around the social body of teaching and learning, learn to disrupt power structures. Engage in an immersive circle process supporting indigenous and ancient ways of knowing. Learn about finding the comforting place in connecting in affirmative ways with students beyond the realms of our classrooms.

Playback Theater - Embodying Stories From the Community

Eric Engdahl, Cal State East Bay

Playback Theater (PT) finds and embodies stories from the community, drawing participants together and allowing them to see their stories from fresh perspectives. It is through seeing their story that the teller can gain insight and see their story through a different lens. Through enacting/embodying another’s story, we can deepen our understanding of others, building compassion. Playback Theater is a tool that educators can use to develop Social and Emotional Learning Skills in a classroom. Learn these basics of PT, how to use these techniques with students, and some of the educational applications of PT.

Taking Off the Mask

Ashanti Branch, Ever Forward Club

Taking Off the Mask team works on the premise that all people have a desire to be respected, held in high regard, held to high expectations, and held accountable for their actions and supported to achieve their goals in life. And there is often a disconnect between our work-lives and our true selves. Through team building and learning strategies to look behind the mask we will engage more deeply to see those things that adults often hide, deny, repress, or ignore. Learn tools to reach your youth in a more powerful and meaningful way. Explore ways to better understand your students, grow closer and stronger. Learn how to provide groups of individuals with the space and freedom to release emotional baggage that could be causing blockages in their daily life.