Potential Retreat Name: House of the Spirited but Spent
I wanted to pitch an idea to the teaching community that I feel resonates with aspirations and vision we are longing for...teacher empowerment. It's time for us to take back our profession, and remind ourselves and others what we do. Simply, we do the hard work of building society. I believe in supporting a teacher retreat that encourages play, rejuvenation, writing, silence, and sharing. I've been thinking about how to bring a holistic approach to PD based on the premise of we teach who we are. I've done work with Nurturing the Inner Life of Teachers (meditation/mindfulness practices) and I would like to combine it with work that I've done with creating dynamic, learning experiences.
Audience/Potential Participants: PreK-University educators (We need more teachers talking across disciplines and ages.)
Time: Weekend Retreat (Friday night-Sunday afternoon or some variation)
Place: A space in your community that will nurture play, reflection, introspection, community and the free exchange of ideas, aspirations, frustrations, and celebrations.
Potential partners: Western PA Writing Project, AIU's transformED, Carnegie Science Center, plus the myriad of Remake Learning members...(This list is Pittsburgh-specific, but it's really about partnering with members of your learning ecosystem.)
Values: empathy, creativity, collaboration, sharing knowledge, writing, equity, reflection, diversity, sustainability, compassion
Build a community of educators across geography, schools, age groups, curricular areas...
- Visualizing connections: one of the challenges of life moving quickly is our inability to really see how we're connected. And I believe our greatest suffering comes from the effects of disconnection. What if were able to see how we were interconnected in our schools, districts, communities, cities, and country. I'm a huge of visualizing information and I would love for House of the Spirited But Spent to manifest these type of connections: this example is from visualizing NFL coaches and their influences. More importantly, it could be a means for visualizing the connections made via The Teacher's Guild!
Connect teachers to Remake Learning Network Bring play back play into learning (This is specific to Pittsburgh.)
Break bread together (cook and eat together)
Publish teachers' writings and reflections
Bring a colleague and a stranger to the event and/or recommend someone to attend the next event