Schedule of Events


COVID-19 Guidelines at the SJA Summer Educational Symposium
Vermont has successfully kept COVID-19 cases low over the past year, and we expect this trend to continue into the summer. Vermont’s reopening plan is available here, and we will use the guidance laid out in the plan as we make decisions about safety measures that we will implement during the Symposium. We will be making a number of adjustments with the health of our participants in mind which will include the use of outdoor dining spaces, masking by participants and staff, and double rooms upon request for peers from the same institution only.


Sunday, July 25

ARRIVAL

 

3:00 – 6:00 Registration

 

5:30 – 6:30 Social Hour

 

6:30 Dinner followed by Keynote Speakers: Ivonne Chand O’Neal and Jennifer Mergel

 

8:00 Music

 


Monday, July 26

SYMPOSIUM DAY ONE

 

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast

 

8:15 – 9:30 Choose Panel Session 1 or 2

 

PANEL SESSION 1:

Fostering Creative Response

 

PANEL SESSION 2:

Moving Beyond “Lost Learning”

 

9:30 – 10:00 Coffee Break 

 

10:05 – 11:05 Group Discussions: Moving from Inquiry to Transformation

How do we move through this experience to affect change and bring about intentional transformation at our own schools?

 

How do we build community after this event?

 

11:05 – 11:55 Lunch

 

12:00 – 1:15 Choose Panel Session 3 or 4

 

PANEL SESSION 3:

Using the Arts to Engage Marginalized, Underrepresented, and Disconnected Students

 

PANEL SESSION 4:

Students Inspiring Students

 

1:30 – 2:30 Group Discussions: Moving from Inquiry to Transformation

How do we move through this experience to affect change and bring about intentional transformation at our own schools?

 

How do we build community after this event?

 

3:00 – 5:30 Activities

(Examples: Hike Mt. Pisgah or Devils Hill, Kayak Shadow Lake, Bike the Rail Trail from Danville to St. Johnsbury, Guided Tour of St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Mountain Bike at Kingdom Trails)

 

5:00 – 6:30 Social Hour, Hors D’oeuvres, and Music in the Amphitheater  

 

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner

 

7:00 – 8:00 Keynote Speakers: Howard Gardner and Wendy Fischman

 

8:00 Evening Activities

(Bocce on the Lawn, Trivia Night, Vermont Craft Beer Tasting at the Red Barn Brewery)

 


Tuesday, July 27

SYMPOSIUM DAY TWO

 

7:00 – 8:00 Breakfast

 

8:15 – 9:30 Choose Panel Session 5 or 6

 

PANEL SESSION 5:

Creative Placemaking

 

PANEL SESSION 6:

Meeting the Mental Health and Social-Emotional Needs of Students—and Teachers

 

9:30 – 10:00 Coffee Break 

 

10:05 – 11:05 Group Discussions: Moving from Inquiry to Transformation

How do we move through this experience to affect change and bring about intentional transformation at our own schools?

 

How do we build community after this event?

 

11:05 – 11:55 Lunch

 

12:00 – 1:15 Choose Panel Session 7 or 8

 

PANEL SESSION 7:

Where to Begin? Seeding Justice in Our Schools

 

PANEL SESSION 8:

Rethinking the “Class-Room” and the Student Learning Experience

 

1:30 – 2:30 Group Discussions: Moving from Inquiry to Transformation

How do we move through this experience to affect change and bring about intentional transformation at our own schools?

 

How do we build community after this event?

 

3:00 – 5:30 Activities

(Examples: Hike Mt. Pisgah or Devils Hill, Kayak Shadow Lake, Bike the Rail Trail from Danville to St. Johnsbury, Guided Tour of St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Mountain Bike at Kingdom Trails)

 

5:00 – 6:30 Social Hour, Hors D’oeuvres, and Music in the Amphitheater  

 

6:00 – 7:00 Dinner

 

7:00 – 8:00 Keynote Speakers: Jessica Lahey and Richard Weissbourd

 

8:00 Evening Activities

(Bocce on the Lawn, Trivia Night, Vermont Beer Tasting at the Red Barn Brewery)

 


Wednesday, July 28

DEPARTURE

 

6:00 – 10:00 Breakfast

 

2:00 Check Out

 

Hosted by St. Johnsbury Academy in the beautiful Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.

 

Vermont Kayaking

Siitting on Stowe Green

Vermont stream in the summer

Morse Center for the Arts

Three musicians

Biking in Vermont

Lake Willoughby overlook

Smiling group of attendees

 

Hiking in Vermont

Streeter outdoor amphitheater


 


 

 

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