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Aug 9, 2019: WHOLE CHILD, WHOLE DAY: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium

POSTED ON May 18, 2019

WHOLE CHILD, WHOLE DAY: A Social & Emotional Learning Symposium

An interactive professional development symposium to strengthen your capacity to create equity based learning environments that support  the whole child across the whole day, with a focus on shifting adult practices and systems to better serve youth of color in the Road Map region.

Registration is now open! A range of admission fees available, including $50 General, Pay What You Can, and Scholarship Admission. Check out our event flyer and help spread the word! Sponsored by Seattle Public Schools for Washington State Clock Hours and in partnership with School’s Out WA to offer STARS Credits to eligible attendees.

Refund Policy and Photo Release
This event tends to fill quickly. There will be no refunds for any reason after August 2nd. If you are not able to attend, please email us and we will give you the opportunity to gift your seat to a colleague or open up a space for someone on the waitlist. By registering for and/or attending the Symposium, you consent to the use of photographs and/or video taken of you on August 9, 2019 at Highline College to be used in publications, news releases, online, and in other communications related to the mission of YDEKC.

Practitioners and leaders within organizations and systems working in the education and youth development sectors to eliminate opportunity gaps for children aged 5 to young adult

Time & Location
Friday, August 9th, 2019
8:15AM-9:00AM Registration
9:00AM-4:15PM Symposium
4:15PM-5:15PM Happy Hour
Highline College

Symposium Themes
Identity Development to Celebrate the Whole Child
What does it look like to create learning environments where children, especially children of color, feel seen, heard, and valued in positive ways every day? Through curriculum, teaching methods, role models, and more, we can support positive identity development in youth. Workshops include:

  • Uplifting Viable World Males of Color through Intentional and Restorative Relationship Building – Presenters Marcus Harden, CPO, and Clarence (CJ) Dancer, COO, The Academy for Creating Excellence
  • Journey Through the Fearless Imagination: Writing and Storytelling with SEL – Presenter Bryan Wilson, Programs Manager, Bureau of Fearless Ideas

Strengthening Adult Mindsets and Social and Emotional Skills
How can we develop social and emotional skills in youth, when we (the adults) struggle with it? From promoting a sense of belonging and self-care for all staff in the workplace to addressing our biases around race and gender, we must reflect on and strengthen our own skills in order to model them for youth. Workshops include:

  • Cultivating a Culture that Leads with Racial Equity – Presenter Angela Griffin, Chief Program Officer, Treehouse
  • UN-Settled: Recognizing And Dismantling White Supremacy in Our Classrooms – Presenter Damithia Nieves, Educator/Founder, Thrive Yoga

Trauma Informed and Healing Practices 
What does it mean to support young people holistically as they navigate racially unjust systems? We aspire to center children’s strengths and culture, understand the roots of trauma and its collective impact, incorporate strategies for healing, and build relationships where we are accountable to each other. Workshops include:

  • Healing Communities with Creativity – Presenters Aaron Counts, Lead Artist, Creative Justice, and Youth Leadership Board members, Creative Justice
  • Trauma-Informed Youth Work: From Healing Relationships to Just Communities – Presenter Briana Herman-Brand, Founder/Educator, The Capacity Project

Centering Youth and Family Leadership 
When developing equity-based environments for youth, how do we seek, value, and honor the expertise and leadership of youth and families, especially those who have been marginalized? Cultivating opportunities for authentic engagement with youth and families is vital to supporting the whole child and improving our education systems so that race is no longer a predictor of student success. Workshops include:

  • Dear White Teacher, Do You See Me? – Presenters Theresa Hardy, Founder & Executive Director, Inspirational Workshops, with Trailblazers Program participants
  • Zero Youth Detention: Leading with Racial Equity – Presenters Claudia Pineda, Zero Youth Detention Program Coordinator, King County, and Derrick Wheeler-Smith, Zero Youth Detention Director, King County

Teaching SEL with Cultural Relevance 
What does social and emotional skill development look like when we explicitly integrate racial equity into the way we teach and model core competencies? Embedding intentional skill building in self-awareness, self-management, self-efficacy, social awareness, social management, and social engagement into curriculum and activities using a racial equity lens enables youth to learn and practice these critical life skills. Workshops include:

  • Equity in the Classroom: Strategies that Build Relationships, Promote Student Voice, and Develop the Whole-Child – Denisha Saucedo, 2018 Regional Teacher of the Year, Kent Elementary
  • SEL: A Tool for Domination or a Practice for Liberation? – Presenters Porter Eichenlaub, SEL Program Manager, School’s Out Washington, and Deepa Bhandaru, Youth Program Curriculum Developer and Strategist, Refugee Women’s Alliance (ReWA)

Learning Objectives
Building Content Knowledge

  • Understand and articulate the value of social & emotional learning to youth success in and outside of school
  • Understand the role social & emotional learning can play in racial equity within learning environments and systems

Improving Adult Practices

  • Identify and elevate practices from our region that cultivate a whole child approach across the whole day
  • Identify and practice techniques to support each other in improving our social & emotional skills and addressing our identity-related biases

Strengthening Our Cross-Sector Community

  • Network, share perspectives and expertise, and cultivate relationships and partnerships within and across sectors

For More News & Updates about the Symposium…

Learn more about our past Symposia here: 2016 Symposium, 2017 Symposium, and 2018 Symposium.