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Wednesday, April 24 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Afternoon Plenary: Building Adult Capacity and Commitment to Teach, Reach, Lead

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The morning plenary established the importance of getting to a broader, more integrated commitment to learning that puts expanding access to supportive relationships and environments at the center of all efforts to promote youth success. In the afternoon plenary we turn to the practical question – how do we get there? How do we strengthen adult capacity and commitment from the classroom to the citywide initiative? More importantly, how do we address the power imbalances that keep us tethered to old definitions of learning? What roles can schools of education play? How can education researchers help pivot the discussions? What can superintendents really do?

Additional Resources:This link is the temporary home of CYCLE, a new university center for engaged scholarship, youth development, and lifewide learning. CYCLE is directed by Thomas Akiva and co-directed by Kevin Crowley.

This framework synthesizes decades of research evidence, practice wisdom, and theory to capture a holistic view of children’s developmental needs from early childhood to young adulthood. Whether at home or school, in an afterschool program, or out in their community, young people are always developing. Broader societal contexts, systems, and institutions shape youth development—often creating big disparities in opportunities and outcomes. Adults also play a pivotal role, and can give young people a better chance at successful lives by understanding and intentionally nurturing their development.

Whole Child education sees children as individuals, and teachers as their guides. Whole Child education embraces parents, families, and communities as critical partners in the learning journey. Whole Child education honors creativity, confidence, and collaboration: the very same qualities that will enable our children to succeed in the careers of the 21st century, and exercise the collective powers of citizenship.

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Steve Fleischman

Managing Member, Change Dynamics, LLC
Steve Fleischman is an advocate for evidence, excellence, and equity in education. He recently retired as CEO of Education Northwest. Beginning in 2012, Fleischman provided executive leadership for the Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit. He joined the organization in 2009 as its Deputy... Read More →

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Camille Farrington

Senior Research Associate, UChicago Consortium on School Research
Camille A. Farrington is a Senior Research Associate and Director of the Equitable Learning & Development Group at the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. Her work focuses on understanding how learning environments provide opportunities for positive developmental... Read More →
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Valerie Kinloch

Dean of the School of Education and Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Valerie Kinloch is the Renée and Richard Goldman Dean of the School of Education and Professor at the University of Pittsburgh. Her scholarship examines the literacies and community engagements of youth and adults inside and outside schools. Author of publications on race, place... Read More →
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Jonathan Raymond

Principal, JPR Consulting

Wednesday April 24, 2019 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Grand Ballroom