As the workshop descriptions and speaker biographies for the 2016 Qualey-Skjervold Professional Development Conference flow in, I get increasingly excited for the three days we will be spending together next week. Here are a few snippets of what’s in store.
“People who want social change must be co-creators of communities for all, and together address the inequality around us,” says Jim Scheibel, professor of practice at Hamline University and former mayor of St. Paul. Scheibel will give the opening keynote, We Are the Ones: Creating Opportunity for All.
“Locating and disrupting social classed hierarchies in schools and communities” and “Changing broader school and classroom policies and practices to reflect an anti-classist and anti-poverty commitment” — these are two of five Principles for Social Class-Sensitive Change. Mark Vagle, award-winning instructor and researcher — and former middle school administrator — will introduce all five principles on Day 1 and take a deeper dive into two of the principles on Day 3.
“Everyone has something to teach and everyone has something to learn,” the Northside Achievement Zone (NAZ) team writes. “One of the most powerful keys to building meaningful relationships and inspiring empowered change in clients is the ability to see and believe in every person’s assets.” On Day 2, Andre Dukes, Rebecca Nathan, and Allegra Kennedy — a NAZ parent herself — will share their experiences learning alongside traditionally marginalized clients and their families.
And this doesn’t even cover the general and breakout sessions! From a panel discussion on the immigrant and refugee experience to a two-part experiential learning session exploring strategies for developing an asset-based mindset, this conference has something to teach everyone. See the full agenda here: 2016 Qualey-Skjervold Professional Development Conference.