101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson , New York, NY - 11777
As an adult when you think back to your own meaningful relationships with teachers, it is often the teacher’s warmth and care that you remember over the content of what was taught in the classroom. Given that all learning and development occurs within relationships-- the practice and cultivation of compassionate and intentional care is paramount in developing these formative relationships with the whole child.
The continued trend and focus in education on what to teach far too often undermines how and why we teach. This trend gives primacy to content of curriculum over the creativity of learning and teaching. This trend puts educators at risk for forgetting the true curriculum is the living and breathing experience between teacher and student.
This professional development conference for educators aims to support and bring forth the importance and the power of cultivating presence within pedagogical relationships.
These workshops are intended to support the remembering of human relationships within education over the focus on content heavy curriculum that permeates education today. The workshops include evidence-based and age old practices from the fields of humane education, narrative medicine, nursing, drama therapy, creative arts, social work, and mind-body medicine.
The workshops will provide educators with a deepening of reflective practices through the use of mindfulness-based practices, close reading exercises, deep listening, and embodied and reflective writing. The workshops will place much emphasis on movement and learning, emotional balance for personal and professional self-care as methods to strengthen attunement within the teacher-student relationships.