During each of the six breakout sessions throughout the weekend, a large number of conversations will take place. This site will help you organize your plan for the weekend and provide the relevant information for each conversation. After signing in, search through the conversations below and mark the sessions you are interested in to populate your personal schedule on the right (or below if on your mobile phone).

Breaking the Burnout Cycle: Weaving Wellness and Building Bonds among School Staff

Session 1
Travis Delancey-Goodman, Jeannette Bautista, and John Clemente

Teacher mental health is a real thing! It’s no secret that youth mental health is in crisis. Teachers aren’t okay either. Educators experience substantially higher rates of depression than the overall population. Nearly 50 percent leave the classroom within five years. Teaching is considered as stressful as working as an emergency room doctor (Hechinger Report August 2023). Educators are invited to learn more about a unique program "Adult Rites of Passage", which mirrors the siblinghood groups offered to students at South Bronx Community Charter High School. The Adult ROP space provides two functions: one is to learn more about the types of activities that can be conducted in the student space by doing them in groups of adults. The second is to provide respite from busy weeks of lesson planning and give adults a space to unwind, be silly, reflect and connect.

Do collaborations really work? Exploring lessons learned from a successful seven-school community of practice in Philly implementing student-centered initiatives.

Session 4
Crystal Cubbage, Jennifer Brevoort, Robbie Marsden and two additional CoP members (To be confirmed)

Cross-school collaboration can be a powerful way to expand teacher, administrator, and school capacity. In this conversation, teachers from seven Philadelphia schools - public and charter - share what it took for their Community of Practice (CoP) to introduce a new SEL advisory curriculum in their school communities.

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