Are you currently implementing a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Character Development, and/or Positive Discipline system at your school?
Practitioners of systems like SEL, PBIS, Restorative Justice, MTSS or RTI often find themselves caught in various common roadblocks during implementation that are difficult to work through without an experienced community of practice to work with.
This Practitioners Convening is designed for administrators, discipline leads, and other school leaders who are interested in participating in a community of practice focused on exploring other models, sharing dilemmas and problem-solving issues affecting SEL and Positive Discipline system implementation.
What this is NOT:
This is NOT a "typical" conference in that there will be no ‘expert presentations’ or ‘trainings’.
This is NOT a pitch for any one system of practice.
What this IS:
This IS a place to bring your existing system and have other practitioners give you feedback.
This IS a chance to share a dilemma you are experiencing in your practice and hear other practitioners discuss your questions and share their own solutions.
This IS a chance to connect with other progressive administrators and form collegial relationships to support your efforts.
This IS a chance to gain a more holistic understanding of how aspects of a variety of SEL or Positive Discipline programs can complement and strengthen your current programs and systems.
This IS an ‘unconference’ style meet up with a facilitated agenda. However, the specifics of the day will unfold depending on the needs of those who sign up for the event.
This IS a chance to improve your practice with the help of others actively implementing their own system.
Who is organizing and facilitating this convening?
Greg Callaham and Melissa Agudelo are two charter school leaders who are working to implement different styles of social-emotional and/or positive discipline systems. We attended a graduate school School Leadership program together and have continued to be collegial partners. As we have used each other as a sounding board to support our professional efforts, we realized that we would greatly benefit from other educators grappling with dilemmas similar to our own.
Greg Callaham: Greg is currently the Director of Social-Emotional Learning at Alpha Public Schools in San Jose, CA. Greg started out as a Psychology Research Coordinator in a Veterans Hospital before changing careers to become a Math Teacher and Advocate at Open Meadow Middle School in Portland, Oregon. Greg has been designing SEL curriculum for schools and non-profits for the last 12 years and developed Alpha's open-source 6 - 12 SEL curriculum and programming (called "PLT"), starting as an Assistant Principal at Alpha's flagship middle school before moving into his new role last year. On top of his SEL program work, he also coaches Alpha's Administrators, Instructional Coaches, and Faculty in the implementation of PBIS and MTSS systems across the network's elementary, middle, and high schools.
Melissa Agudelo: Currently, Melissa is in her first year as Vice Principal at KIPP Adelante middle school in San Diego, California. She started working in education in 1995 when she joined the Teach for America Phoenix Corps. After working in numerous schools in Arizona and Virginia, she has spent the last 8 years at High Tech High working as both a high school history teacher and Dean of Students. She received her Masters in School Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education and began using restorative and positive discipline practices in her work at the High Tech Media Arts campus. Currently, she is helping spread restorative practices into her KIPP school.
Who should come to this convening?
Although we will be focusing mostly on school or district-level implementation questions and problem-solving, any educators currently implementing an SEL and/or Positive Discipline system in a K-12 school environment are welcome. The number of years of implementation doesn't matter, as long as you are currently engaged in this work.
Will there be lodging or transportation options?
We will not provide any specific lodging but recommendations are available upon request. You will also need to provide your own transportation to get yourself to and from the event. If you are driving yourself, there will be plenty of parking available in our campus lot.
What does my registration fee cover?
The fee will cover breakfast, lunch and snacks on the day of the convening. It will also cover basic office supplies for use at the convening, as well as overhead for staff support and logistics. If you are having difficulty covering the registration fee but would like to attend, please contact Greg to see how we can help.
Is there anything happening on Friday or Sunday?
We will arrange a social meet-up on Friday and Saturday evening, for anyone interested. During school hours on Friday, an optional tour of Alpha's SEL program (PLT) will be available at no additional cost. There will be no activities planned for Sunday.
What should I bring?
Please bring any artifacts or documents that you might use to share your model with a group of practitioners. You might also want to bring anything that illustrates any dilemma or challenge you are facing. Data is definitely welcome. (Wifi will be available for laptops but on the spot printing will not.)
Will there be professional instructors or trainers available?
No. Well…. Kind of. This will be a group of professionals who are currently implementing a positive discipline or social emotional strategy. While we each will bring our own expertise, no one will be present to formally train on any particular method.
What should I expect to gain from this experience?
The goal is to meet collaborative partners and make connections. We also hope you will explore different examples of positive discipline strategies already in use at various schools. In addition, we are hopeful that each person will leave with a toolbox with resources and models from other participants. For those who are interested, we will organize a virtual follow up to this convening and keep our options open for future meetups and collaborative opportunities.
Is there a dress code?
No. It is a Saturday! Please come comfortably dressed.
How many spots are available for the convening?
While there is no set number of spots, we will monitor registrations closely and limit the final count to ensure a small group for greater sharing and collaboration.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
You can contact Greg Callaham through the link below or at: firstname.lastname@example.org