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Educating in our reality: building community
This two-week residential program is a professional development and self-growth opportunity in which educators will gather to practice dialogue, share tools, build community, and support youth voice in an inclusive, warm environment on the shores of Pleasant Lake. The educators’ program mirrors and intersects with the youth summer program hosted at the Seeds of Peace Camp in Otisfield, Maine.
Session I: July 11-28 for campers and educators from the greater Boston area (including Vermont and New Hampshire), the greater New York City area (including New York City, New Jersey, and Connecticut), and Syracuse.
Session II: August 1-18 for campers and educators from Maine.
Cost of participation
$500, all room and board included. Accommodations are in shared rooms in rustic cabins; cabins include basic amenities. Scholarship is available.
Seeds of Peace will provide a certification of completion for participants seeking to apply for professional development credits where relevant.
Who is eligible?
Any educator who works with youth (including teachers, school administration, school counseling, after-school programming, etc.) in the greater Boston, New York City, or Syracuse (Session I) or in the state of Maine (session II).
COVID-19 and Camp
All participants, including participants in the educators’ program, are required to remain on site for the duration of the session, and must commit to adhering to all COVID-19 protocols, including mandatory testing, masking, and distancing.
Seeds of Peace COVID-19 protocols are subject to change, and will be updated prior to and throughout the summer. All participants are required to follow these protocols to maintain a healthy community.
For their own health and the health of our community, educators must be fully vaccinated in order to participate in the program.
• How can we deepen our curiosity, resilience, compassion, and creativity?
• How can we honor our stories and responsibilities as educators during this challenging year?
• What is our role in navigating our lines of difference and supporting students of different racial, religious, political and gender identities?
• What is our responsibility in creating just and inclusive school environments?
• How do we support youth, youth action, and youth voice?
We believe that educator exploration and growth is critical to developing supportive environments for youth-initiated leadership. Together, we will build a supportive community of fellow educators, who we can learn from and connect with. Through this community, we will:
• build a supportive community of fellow educators, who they will learn from, connect with, and rely upon as they navigate the dialogue experience.
• explore and reflect on their own teaching practice and gain an enriching and experiential professional development and personal reflective experience alongside other educators from around the Northeast.
• experience dialogue: engage in listening with compassion, curiosity and empathy; reflect our identities across lines of difference; share our stories.
• support youth in their home communities through relationship building, skills-development, and resource-sharing.
This initiative is an ongoing collaboration between Seeds of Peace facilitators, youth, and the educator-participants. As we move through our time together, we will both collect, design, and share relevant resources. We look forward to our work and exploration this summer as we face our collective reality in the support of youth.
Helen Sturgis-Bright, 2021 Seeds of Peace Camp Educators’ Program Director, email@example.com
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