In the wake of the pandemic, how can we cultivate a deep sense of agency in our students? We must acknowledge our lingering fatigue, center our healing, and find our own agency in this politically divisive, teacher-undervaluing era. Many schools and districts are still organized around systems of compliance rather than agency. This mini-series will fuel you up with the tools and energy to make the shift! We begin by articulating the purpose of education before centering the story of one student at the margins as the catalyst for your radical dreaming. We tap into the Street Data model to design from the margins, ending with a concrete design for cultivating student agency and a pedagogy of voice. Join us for this dynamic, hands-on workshop series co-facilitated by Abby Benedetto and Shane Safir.
Participants will:
Develop and practice communicating their purpose of education.
  • Anchor their learning in the specificity and story of one student at the margins.
  • Reflect on what it means to design schools and classrooms for student agency.
  • Explore how to redesign assessment in service of student agency and liberation.
  • Develop a plan to cultivate student agency and a pedagogy of voice.

Session 1: Thurs, October 12: 1:00-4:30 p.m. (PDT) - What is the purpose of education?
Session 2: Tues, October 19: 1:00-4:30 pm (PDT) - What does it mean to design for agency from the margins?
Session 3: Thurs, October 26: 1:00-4:30 p.m. (PDT) - How can assessment build learner agency?
Session 4: Thurs, November 9: 1:00-4:30 p.m. (PDT) - How do we cultivate a pedagogy of voice that builds learner agency?
Session 5: Thurs, November 16: 1:30-4:00 p.m. (PDT) - How can we develop a public learning culture?