It’s Unanimous. The 2013 Education Summit Was a Winner
Our thanks to the more than 300 education professionals from seven states who converged on The Enterprise Center in Mt. Laurel, NJ on Monday, March 18th to hear noted author Paul Tough and a high-powered panel of researchers and academics talk about the power of resilience and grit and the need for a deeper understanding of the social and emotional underpinnings of success in childhood and beyond.
What set the conference apart was the sheer diversity of the group. Representatives from every sector serving children were there – from pre-school specialists to university researchers, professors, and students; charter, district, parochial, and private schools administrators and teachers; guidance counselors; educational psychologists; social workers; funders; parents, and government officials. They came together to learn more about the latest research on the physiological and neurological impact of poverty and trauma on young lives, to share ideas and resources, and to reinforce for one another the need to first help children deal with the daunting challenges they face every day.
After the keynote address, presentations by the panel members, and audience Q&A, smaller groups met in 8 facilitated workshops led by the presenters to learn more effective classroom and school-based strategies for improving behavior, resilience, academic achievement, and parental engagement. For more about the speakers, click here.
Attendees came away armed with strategies for turning developmental theory into meaningful practice. They heard about the practical interventions that have been shown to reverse the negative impact of violence and poverty and get children on the right academic path.
They learned how mindfulness strategies and practice create a safe and emotionally healing space for learning. And they discussed the critical role of parents at home and in school in ensuring positive student outcomes.
To read the story in the Philadelphia Inquirer http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/20130319_N_J__summit_looks_at_effects_of_stress_on_learning.html
And in Camden’s Catholic Star Herald
Just a few of the impressions from the Summit:
I was not only impressed but moved by the commitment of Catholic Partnership Schools to the children of Camden. The Summit was both thought provoking and inspiring.
Rob Kutzik , Educational Consultant
Thank you so much for an outstanding seminar. It’s so rare and exhilarating to go back to my classroom and feel like I have something I can’t wait to try with my students tomorrow. I’m sorry I didn’t get a chance to say a proper goodbye, but I wanted to let you know how much I appreciated being a part of this dynamic day. Thank you for all of your hard work, and to your marvelous team for making this possible. Great job and deep gratitude for inspiring 300 educators today!
Jodi Sabra, Radnor Middle School, Language Artist, 6B
What an amazing day of learning from the researchers! Thank you for your initiative in hosting such an event! From an outsider’s perspective, it was well organized. We host annual educators’ conferences in Virginia, so understand the preparation that goes into such an event!
Wanda Parks, MEd. Admin., P.C.E.T., Virginia State Director, NILD Certified Educational Therapist
I loved the summit. It was so incredible- the speakers, the huge attendance, the ever-so important topic. We need to do this more often. Your kids are amazing!
Cindy Quinton, Founder & Executive Director, Shared Ground at Domenica Farm
As a team, we truly can’t begin to share how much we took away from the summit. It was a wonderful experience full of deep insights and collaboration. I have worked the past 3 years with first and second year teachers in Camden through Teach For America and the take-aways from Monday will be very beneficial in my work with our corps members. My team was truly inspired by the way your schools are thinking holistically about student needs and the communities in which they live.
Morgan Craig, Director, Teacher Leadership Development, Teach For America- Greater Philadelphia