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
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
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
Director of Harvard Project Zero
Harvard Graduate School of Education
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.