Thursday, May 28th
4:30pm – 7:30pm
Friday, May 29th
9:00am – 3:00pm
NonProfit Center, 2nd Floor Conference Center
89 South St, Boston, MA 02111
Both days of this Institute are required for Summer Learning Project non-profit leads and BPS site coordinators. SLP is a school-community approach to summer learning, integrating academics and enrichment in full-day programming, through direct funding from Boston After School & Beyond and Boston Public Schools.
Aligned Cohort sites are invited to send 2-3 site managers per site to the Institute.
Day 1 of 2: Thursday, May 28
4:30pm Doors Open
4:45pm – 5:00pm Welcome, BPS and BASB
5:00pm – 6:30pm Setting the Conditions for Student Skill Development
3 Concurrent Workshop Sessions
6:40pm – 7:30pm Networking Dinner and Drinks
Remarks from Rahn Dorsey, Chief of Education, City of Boston
Day 2 of 2: Friday, May 29
9:05am – 9:45am Panel: Student Power Skills in Summer: Opportunities, Challenges, & The Charge
- Moderator: Max Fripp, Executive Director, Playworks Massachusetts
- Gil Noam, Director, PEAR
- Lex Mathews, Principal, Sarah Greenwood School
- Tisha Nguyen, VP of Expanded Learning, Thompson Island Outward Bound
- Georgia Hall, Senior Research Scientist, NIOST
9:45am – 10:00am Transition to Workshops
10:00am – 11:30am Demystifying the Common Core – Standards, Skills, & Student Success
3 Concurrent Workshop Sessions
11:30am – 11:40am Transition to Lunch
11:40am – 12:20pm Lunch
12:20pm – 12:30pm Transition to culminating PEAR workshop
12:30pm – 3:00 pm Power Skills 2.0: Coaching Your Team to Strengthen Student Resiliency
All attendees will attend this workshop.
- Facilitator: Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR)
- In this interactive session, attendees will learn how to use an observation tool to identify your program’s strengths and areas of growth in the socio-emotional skill development of students. Furthermore, attendees will discuss how to provide suggestions and feedback to your staff through the use of observations.
Setting the Conditions for Student Skill Development
Thursday, May 28: 5:00pm – 6:30pm
- Workshop 1 – Best Practices for Positive Program Climate: Moving from Reactive to Proactive Behavior Management
- Program in Education, Afterschool, and Resiliency (PEAR)
This will be an experiential workshop, exploring the impact of program culture on student behavior. By intentionally creating a positive program climate, students will learn the skills to become more resilient, reducing the impact of behavior concerns on the group as a whole. Using participants’ and PEAR coaches’ experience and knowledge, we will explore best practices.
- Workshop 2 – Strengthening Instruction: Providing Constructive Feedback to Teaching Staff
- Dean Martin, Marcia Riddick, Connie Henry – Academic Response and Transformation Team, Boston Public Schools
This session is required for BPS site coordinators who are part of the Summer Learning Project. Site managers have much to do during summer – from organizing opening circle, to ensuring meals arrive on time, to making sure both students and staff are engaged in the learning experience. Monitoring the quality of academic instruction and implementation of curricula is an important element of every site manager’s responsibility. Come to this interactive workshop to discuss strengthening instruction, including strategies for providing constructive feedback to teaching staff and modeling instructional best practices. Leave this session with a toolkit that will enhance your teaching staff’s abilities and your students’ learning.
- Workshop 3 – Preparing Your Personnel: Training and Supporting Enrichment Staff
- James Reinhold, Director of Camp Programs, Hale Reservation
- Olga Feingold, Program Director, Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
From spring through the final closing circle, training and supporting enrichment staff is vital to summer learning success. Come to this workshop to learn how Hale Reservation and Thompson Island Outward Bound support their enrichment staff in developing students’ socio-emotional skills. Hale Reservation will discuss its Achieve, Connect, Thrive lesson plan template, and Thompson Island will feature its training process for enrichment staff. Attendees will walk away with new “to dos” for their own work with enrichment staff.
Demystifying the Common Core – Standards, Skills and Student Success
Friday, May 29: 10:00am – 11:30am
- Workshop 4 – Designing for Engaging and Effective Learning Experiences
- Kim Carter, Executive Director, Q.E.D. Foundation
- Janice Hastings, Q.E.D. Foundation
- Elizabeth Ochs, Q.E.D. Foundation
Essential questions and project-based learning have a strong evidence based track record for delivering engaging and effective learning experiences – when designed and implemented well. Join us for a hands-on design workshop, incorporating power skills and Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards within the time-proven practices of project-based learning. You’ll leave with a draft design, peer feedback, and a portfolio of resources to support your ongoing design and implementation work.
- Workshop 5 – Using NGSS Science and Engineering Practices to Boost Program Quality and Youth Outcomes
- Melissa Higgins, Director of Curriculum Development, Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science
- Natacha Meyer, Senior Curriculum Developer, Engineering is Elementary, Museum of Science
Site managers will wear both their “learner hat” and “educator hat” throughout different portions of this hands-on, interactive session. Through activities, a video, and discussion, participants will gain firsthand experience applying the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) practices and coaching other educators in how to highlight science and engineering concepts. The workshop will explore the intersection of NGSS, power skills, hands-on learning, and student socio-emotional development from a site manager’s perspective. Participants will walk away with a rubric, guide, and video resources to support their future work.
- Workshop 6 – Supporting Teachers of English Language Learners
- Sarah Ottow, ELL Specialist, Center for Collaborative Education
In order to support teachers of ELLs effectively, we need a basic understanding of what works with English Language Learners (ELLs). By watching videos of teachers in action, we will examine research-based language acquisition strategies connected to the Common Core State Standards and the four power skills (critical thinking, perseverance, relationships, and self-regulation). Participants will have the opportunity to practice giving teachers descriptive feedback so that they can continue to improve teaching and learning for ELLs.