SJA Summer Educational Symposium


GETTING BACK INTO PLACE

Improving Learning, Creative Engagement, and Just Spaces In Our Post-COVID Schools


July 25-28, 2021

Hosted by St. Johnsbury Academy


Keynote Speakers

Howard Gardner

Howard Gardner

 

Renowned Developmental and Cognitive Psychologist
Father of Multiple Intelligences Theory
Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Co-director, The Good Project
Author, A Synthesizing Mind

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

BIO

 

Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

 

Teacher, Writer, and Mom
Author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

 

Shelburne, Vermont

 

BIO

Richard Weissbourd

Richard Weissbourd

 

Senior Lecturer on Education
Faculty Director, Human Development and Psychology
Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

BIO

 

Wendy Fischman

Wendy Fischman

 

Director of Harvard Project Zero
Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Cambridge, Massachusetts

 

BIO

 

Ivonne Chand O’Neal

Ivonne Chand O’Neal

 

Principal, MUSE Research

 

Kensington, Maryland

 

BIO

 

Jen Mergel

Jen Mergel

 

Curator

 

Boston, Massachusetts

 

BIO

 


Panelists

Eliza Alexander
Managing Director, Northern New England, AISNE
BIO

Aaron Bryan
Director of Arts Education for the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
BIO

Kathleen Coghill
AP Capstone and Environmental Science Teacher
BIO

Jody Fried
Executive Director, Catamount Arts
BIO

Paul Gambill
Executive Director, Community Engagement Lab
BIO

Ping Ho
Founder & Director, UCLArts & Healing
BIO

Dairrick Khalil Hodges
Performing Artist, Vocalist, Musician, Activist, Survivor
BIO

Jim Klipfel
High School Teacher, Coach, Adviser, Saugus High School
BIO

Gerardo Munoz
Social Studies Teacher, Denver Center for International Studies
BIO

Martha Neubert
Dean of Equity and Social Justice, Northfield Mount Hermon School
BIO

Janae Peters
Founding Faculty, The Mastery School of Hawken
BIO

Rosie Prevost
Photographer, Educator, Fine Arts Department Chair at St. Johnsbury Academy
BIO

John Rosinbum
Teacher, BASIS Tucson North
BIO

Ira Rounsaville
Social Worker, William S. Hart Union High School District
BIO

Lauren Shelton
Director of the Butler Community Arts School
BIO

Molly Shepley
Educator
BIO

Julia Toews
Chief Academic Officer, BASIS Charter Schools
BIO

Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf
Principal Researcher, WolfBrown
BIO

 

 

Disrupted Spaces

The pandemic has disrupted so many aspects of how we teach and learn in secondary schools but perhaps none so much as how we take up space. We have been literally displaced from the usual sites of our teaching relationships, and more broadly, from the focused, intentional space-making that happens when we are together in one “place,” whether it’s actual or virtual.

An Opportunity to Reimagine Learning

As we move on from the pandemic, we have an opportunity to reimagine the nature and quality of our students’ learning—and to bridge the distances that have opened between teacher and teacher, teacher and student, student and student. How do we come back together in a space that is more just? Is there room to reimagine where and how school “takes place”? What can we learn from the creative arts and community connections as we explore the meaning of “school” and “not school” as we help students find their voices and inspire each other to be better? How can we help students and each other find new sources of strength and agency, and ultimately prepare for success, based on all we’ve learned in the last year?

 

Recreate in Beautiful Vermont

This two-day Summer Educational Symposium for secondary educators and administrators will bring professional colleagues together in a beautiful setting in the green mountains of Vermont to refresh mind, body, and spirit for the new school year. From July 25th-28th in residence at St. Johnsbury Academy, symposium attendees will gather, consider, listen, and problem-solve during the day—listen to music and inspiring keynotes in the evening—and hike, kayak, make art, bike, cook and eat food from local farms, and enjoy each other’s company throughout.

  • Old wooden barn in rural Vermont countryside
  • Vermont Kayaking
  • Morse Center for the Arts
  • Smiling group of attendees
  • Biking in Vermont
  • Streeter outdoor amphitheater
  • Kayaking on Vermont lake
  • Creek mouth and river in Vermont
  • Playing bocce ball
  • Lake Willoughby sunset
  • Mayo Center
  • Lake Willoughby overlook
  • Vermont sunset over the mountains
  • Eating a lobster dinner
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Dr. Sharon Howell | Headmaster, St. Johnsbury Academy | St. Johnsbury, Vermont | BIO

 

 

For questions about the Symposium, contact Steve Jolliffe at (802) 745-7498 or stjolliffe@stjacademy.org.