Public Programs

Welcome!  The Sofia Center’s public programs are designed to bring together educators from diverse schools and organizations for collegial, dynamic, and aesthetic shared learning.  From the importance of play to the role of wonder, from design thinking to place-conscious education, topics and themes are chosen to offer intellectual challenge, invite reflection, and inspire individual and organizational shifts in practice.  We hope you will join us.


Connect with colleagues.  Investigate a topic.  Refuel and rethink your practice.  Act!

Reflect : Innovate : Act is a monthly series of seminars and workshops open to educators throughout the community.  These events encourage professional inquiry and shared expertise, while also offering rich content, inspiration, and an aesthetic experience that honors the passion and hard work of educators.  Each month we investigate a different topic or issue, and sessions are led by the Sofia Center Director and educators from across the community.  Sofia Center participants represent a wide range of schools and organizations, including public, charter, and private schools, pre-K through university level.  Since launching Reflect : Innovate : Act in January 2013, we have been thrilled to welcome educators from over 330 schools and organizations.

The 2021-2022 Reflect : Innovate : Act Series

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October 2021 Event

Please join us! Free & open to any educator, but registration is required. Click on link below.


What happens when we lead with a sense of wild possibility?  What emerges when we shift the wild ride of leadership from something stressful or out of control to something wonderfully innovative and full of heart?  Each spring, the Sofia Center brings together education leaders from public, independent, and charter schools, pre-K through University level, along with education leaders working beyond schools, for inquiry, rejuvenation, and strategy focused on leading with intention and passion.  

What is Wild Leadership?

The Wild Leadership Retreat began in 2015 as an exploration of what it means to lead with courage and wisdom, defining wild as going being conventional expectations and doing so with passion.  Over the last five years, the Sofia Center has developed a set of eight Wild Leadership principles, informed by a wide range of education scholars and practitioners.  These principles offer a vibrant framework for our retreat and a pathway for education leaders as they navigate the challenges of leading with a strong combination of savvy skills and full heart.  Please join us to expand your leadership capacity, build your leadership network, and refine your leadership mission.

NOTE: For Spring 2021, we have designed a virtual offering for education leaders.

Our 8 Wild Leadership Principles
Our 8 Wild Leadership Principles

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Sofia Center Course Offering

Fall 2019