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Friday, December 2


Cultivating Tomorrow's Leaders: How Students Teaching Students Builds Community
What tools do student leaders need to teach their peers about complex issues of identity, diversity, and social justice? How can student leaders help build positive school culture? For several years, New Haven Academy has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational and professional development organization, to train student leaders to facilitate conversations with their peers around difficult topics in advisory and other school forums. We will discuss benefits and challenges of this model and how it fits into a whole school Facing History and Ourselves approach. We will share topics, tools, and training from our experience to help participants plan for their own schools. Middle and high school teachers interested in Facing History or student leadership are encouraged to attend.

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David Levy

Facing History and Ourselves
David Levy is the Director of the Facing History Partner Schools Network.   Ask me about the PSN Common Principles and Facing History's resources on Reconstruction and immigration. Prior to joining Facing History in 2001, David taught history for eight years to middle and high school... Read More →

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Meredith Gavrin

Co-founder and Program Director, New Haven Academy
Meredith first attended a Facing History teacher seminar when she was teaching in New York City in 1996, and she has been working with the organization in one way or another ever since. She co-founded New Haven Academy (NHA) with her husband, Greg Baldwin, in 2003. NHA is a public... Read More →

Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 10:15am
Bristol Room


'Like the Circles that You Find in the Windmills of Your Mind'
In today's society, many of us have faced trauma in our past personal history. We all bring baggage into the classroom, although school leaders and school communities haven't always made it safe to work these things out. Circles and restorative practices provide a model for helping students, educators, and counselors to support a school community in holding students' needs and serving as a trauma-sensitive school. We present an argument that schools can fight bias and embrace diversity through the application of these student-centered circles. Our school, Bronx Collaborative High School, combines clinical social work and social justice restorative practices as a value added approach to enhance academic achievement. We have found that it supports a well-developed school climate and culture.


Brett Schneider

Principal, Bronx Collaborative HS

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Valerie Coleman Palansky

Lead Social Worker, Bronx Collaborative HS
I'm a social worker educator supervisor at BxCHS and a CES workshop presenter. I am interested in understanding how brain science can help us help students as well as ourselves to heal trauma and aid recovery on multiple levels-emotions, mind and body. When people are less frozen/less... Read More →

Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Rotunda Room


Growing Equity Together: Using Student Independent Projects and Improvement Science to Ensure Success for All Students
Students need choice and independence in school so they can self-actualize and walk into successful futures in this complex world. These rigorous, personalized learning opportunities are all too rare, and our most vulnerable young people are least likely to have these opportunities. Students and staff at Eagle Rock, along with a cohort of schools across the country, are using improvement science to address this problem together. In this workshop, we will explore concepts of equity, deeper learning, and improving equity through rigorous student independent projects. You’ll hear examples of successful school improvement strategies that were facilitated by students. This action-oriented workshop will engage you with concepts and tools that you can immediately implement in your class, school, or organization.

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Sarah Bertucci

Professional Development Associate, Eagle Rock School
Sarah works and learns alongside courageous high schoolers, while facilitating education change work around the country. She does this work at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center. Eagle Rock is both a tuition-free, residential high school for students who weren't... Read More →

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Nigel Taylor

Hi -- my name is Nigel Taylor. I’m from Detroit, Michigan, but I also grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. I’m 18 years old. I plan on going to college for neuroscience. I love to listen to music, and I’m an open minded person, so I Iike to try new things. I just want to do all I... Read More →
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Soren Arvidson

Student, Eagle Rock School
Hello my name is Soren and I'm from Boston, Massachusetts. I grew up playing all kinds of sports: boxing, hockey, baseball, soccer, football etc. I also have a deep passion in music, and I play the bass guitar. I came to Eagle Rock School to get an education that worked for me... Read More →

Friday December 2, 2016 8:45am - 11:30am
Providence Ballroom I


Democracy in Action: Dilemmas of Student Government by the Students, for the Students
In this student-facilitated workshop, students, and the adults who support them, are invited to bring their own dilemmas of student government for discussion and advice. Working in critical friends-style groups, we will explore dilemmas brought by schools whose student governments are facing a challenge or whose schools do not yet have functioning student government structures. Our hope is that students will have the chance to connect with other students in an opportunity to further the reach of their voice within their schools. Participants are encouraged to come as a team of student government participants and the adults who support them. Participants are encouraged to think about a dilemma or school issue they are facing in advance of the workshop.

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Laura Smith

Arts and Humanities Teacher, Francis W. Parker Charter School
I am a teacher and teacher-leader at the F.W. Parker Charter Essential School. I work mainly with students in 9th and 10th grades in their Arts and Humanities class, but also teach "7th Seminar,"a study skills and introduction to Parker class for 7th graders. I work with our school's... Read More →


Chris Tamilio-Awed

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School

Collin Pember

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
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Emily Wanzer

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
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Evan Osofsky

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
Hi! I am a senior at Parker and one of the leaders of the Justice Committee, a student-run body that seeks to resolve conflicts within our school community through mediated discussions with an emphasis on restorative justice. I attended Fall Forum last year and am excited to return... Read More →
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Laura Warner

Teacher Leader, F.W. Parker Charter Essential School
I have been teaching and advising at Parker since 2003. Our school uses mastery-based assessment and portfolios, and students gateway from Divisions with a public presentation of their learning. We use narrative transcripts to send to colleges and I am one of the teachers who writes... Read More →

Sophie Kramer

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School

Sophie Wanzer

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
A leader of the Justice Committee (student government) at F.W. Parker Charter School!
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Taylor Ehwa

Student, Francis W. Parker Essential School
Hi! My name is Taylor and I am a Senior at Parker. I am one of the three moderators in the Community Congress at my school. The Community Congress is part of the student government that looks over and passes new policies or revisions of policies. We strive to improve our school using... Read More →

Friday December 2, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Washington Room
Saturday, December 3


Power/Play: Educating Young People to be Joyful, Responsible, Powerful, Communicative Participants in Healthy Relationships
We live in a world where messages about sex are ubiquitous, exploitative, and confusing, while education about sexuality is obtuse or non-existent. If we believe that young people should be central to their own learning, then we can not omit this piece of content that is so central to their lives. If we want our students to be able to have healthy relationships; safe, empowered sexual encounters; and to be good communicators, partners, and friends; we need to help them learn and think about how to do so. Using the 10th grade Power/Play curriculum created at The Crefeld School, participants will engage in embodied activities using themes of power, communication, and consent. We will discuss some of the challenges and skills needed to teach a progressive sexuality curriculum.

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Sara Narva

Teacher, The Crefeld School
I have worked at The Crefeld School for 11 years as the dance and theater teacher, an advisor and the sexuality education teacher. This year I am at the Fall Forum presenting about our Power/Play curriculum , so you can ask me all about that progressive, interactive, respectful approach... Read More →

Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 10:45am
Providence Ballroom III


Implementing Restorative Justice Practices Through Participatory Action
How can a school implement restorative justice as both policy and culture? YouthBuild Charter first trained its staff in restorative justice five years ago to promote a culture of care and combat the school-to-prison pipeline. Since that time, the school has been challenged to consistently implement all components of restorative justice. In this workshop, a teacher, students, and assistant principal will share a participatory action model to engage student voice, increase academic ability, and change school policy. English teachers Crystal Maillet and Matt Crehan adopted restorative justice as the theme of an English course. Students researched restorative practices, developed workshops for staff and students, made policy recommendations to the school, and presented their work at education conferences. Workshop participants will learn how participation action promotes democratic school change.

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Tizoc Brenes

Assistant Principal, YouthBuild Charter

Crystal Maillet

YouthBuild Charter School of California

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Matthew Crehan

Lead and English Teacher, YouthBuild Charter School
I teach and facilitate Restorative Justice at YouthBuild Charter School.

Saturday December 3, 2016 9:15am - 12:00pm
Bristol Room


When Work is Play: Investigating Student-Centered Project Time
In this high-stakes accountability climate, how is learning made visible when students actually get to choose, design, and reflect on their own questions, projects, and collaborations? How do students enact agency and creativity during their work and play during project time? How do teachers use descriptive review to reflect on the ways we nurture authentic choice while also holding expectations? Join us in collaborative inquiry into project time in a NYC public progressive elementary school. Using a descriptive review of work process, participants will view photos and videos of project time in action, listen to students' recorded reflections, and explore examples of student work and project journals. You will leave with inspiration, tools, and habits of work and mind for cultivating children's work-play, and for engaging in collaborative inquiry with your colleagues.

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Corinthia Mirasol-Spath

4/5 Elementary Teacher, Neighborhood School
I am a 4th/5th grade teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom at The Neighborhood School in NYC. My interests lie in the role of play, particularly in Project Time, which I came to know during my eight years at Central Park East 1 Elementary. It was there with my colleagues... Read More →


Alisa Algava

Educator/Graduate Student, CUNY Graduate Center/Bank Street College of Education
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Laura Tiktin-Sharick

4th/5th Grade Teacher, The Neighborhood School
I am a 4th/5th grade teacher in an Integrated Co-Teaching (ICT) classroom at The Neighborhood School in NYC. During my 11 years as a classroom teacher, I have considered the powerful role of student choice and agency in curriculum. I have also a vested interest in anti-racism work... Read More →

Saturday December 3, 2016 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Providence Ballroom IV