Tuesday, August 9 (1:45 PM - 3:45 PM)

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"I Wish My Teacher Taught This Way"

Kimberley D'Adamo Green and Her Students from Berkeley High
Jonah Arreola-Burl, Emily Christensen, Xalli Gordon-Chavez, Claire Haug, Sajdah Nasir, Chloe Wanaseija

What are the ways that our curriculum structures engage and disengage kids? Students from Berkeley High School talk frankly about their experience in the classroom, and how they wish teachers would teach. They will discuss the importance of community building, metacognition, peer-to peer teaching, and the benefits of involving students in curriculum design. They will also explain how understanding constructivism helps them learn better, and how various grading and assessment structures impact students. Their teacher, Kimberley D'Adamo Green, will be available to provide a teacher's perspective on how changing her own curriculum design and delivery made teaching easier and students more authentically engaged.

Self Care 2.0: An Exploration of Compassionate Practices

Michelle Holdt, Arts Ed Matters, Andrew Nance, Mindful Arts San Francisco

Are you passionate about your work, but struggle to find compassion for self and others? In this hands-on workshop, participants will be introduced to some very simple and effective tools to move from survive to thrive. Learn to cultivate a mindful and creative self-care practice to use in your own homes, and bring to your classroom to share with your students.

TLC- Trauma Literacy and Compassion: Restoring our Capacity to Care

Carlyn ScheinfeldMichele Hamilton, Oakland Unified School District

Only recently, the medical community and society at large, have begun to accept the impact of stress and trauma on human development. Science is finally catching up to what those who have suffered from trauma or chronic stress, have always known. The chemicals produced by stress in the body have been shown to cause all of the leading causes of early death, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. If we hope to build a healthier world, we have to start with ourselves and our classrooms. In this workshop, participants will examine the wide spectrum of responses to stress and trauma to build our capacity to identify stress responses in students, and to widen the lens on what is required to create safe learning spaces for all students to learn, heal, and ultimately find and express their creative selves.

Recycle Your Energy: Play to Reinvigorate Yourself and to Create Community

Clara Kamunde

We know that play is essential for developing the social, emotional, cognitive and psychomotor skills in children. However, play is not just for kids. Play is deeply involved with human development and intelligence at all ages. Play is fun, yes, but it also sparks imagination, ignites spontaneity, relieves stress, improves brain function, and improves our capacity to learn! It’s also energizing and revitalizing. Think of it as the fountain of youth wired into our DNA. Discover your play personality and better understand how you can actualize it to bring pleasure, well-being, creativity and vitality into your life. Learn to understand the practices and benefits of play in private and public life, and the risks of play deprivation.

Oral History: Amplifying Unheard Voices

Cliff Mayotte, Voice of Witness    

If you had a meaningful story to share with someone, what would you need in order to feel safe, to feel brave? Explore this inquiry through authentic dialogue about power dynamics, representation, agency, difference, and empathy. The point of entry into this process is through oral history, storytelling and art making. Engage in practice oral history interviews, a "chalk talk" activity, small group readings of oral history narratives from the Voice of Witness series, reflective writing, and explore of how to best share classroom/community stories (live performance, photo essay, and podcast). Learn how oral history projects connect with Common Core Standards related to Speaking and Listening, Reading History, and Language. Take away sample lesson plans, rubrics, and oral history resources that can be adapted for various grade levels and communities also gain practical information about the kinds of creative "delivery systems" that are best suited for your students/communities: books, photography, and live performance.