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 monthly 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 245 schools and organizations.

January 2019 Event

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The 2018-2019 Reflect : Innovate : Act Series


Recent RIA Program Highlights

RIA Program Topics 2013-Present

May2018The Science of Happiness: How Practitioner Well-Being Matters for You, Your Colleagues, and Your Students with Special Guest Dr. Martha CarmodySep2015Teacher Leadership
Mar2018Colloquy 8: Teaching, Leading & Taking Action in the Aftermath of School ShootingsMay2015Year in Review & Mapping the Road Ahead
Feb2018Reflective Practice: Models for Deepening Practitioner Skill & WisdomMar2015Ritual & Ceremony in Education
Jan2018What's Your Superpower?Feb2015Colloquy 4: Movement & Learning       
Dec2017Colloquy 7: Gender EquityJan2015Mindfulness and Education
Nov2017The Power of StoryDec2014The Idea Exchange
Oct2017When Grief Comes to School: Navigating Grief with Students, Families, & Colleagues                                      Nov2014Reggio Emilia & The Wonder of Learning: NM Museum of Natural History & Science                        
Sep2017"Education is an Act of Love" (Paulo Friere)Oct2014Colloquy 3: Place-Conscious Education      
Apr2017Ritual + Ceremony in the SchoolhouseSep2014The Labyrinth of Teaching & Learning
Mar2017Mindfulness + Education with Special Guest Michelle Duval Apr2014Design Thinking for Educators
Feb2017Building Authentic Community Partnerships: Pedagogy, Purpose, & Models with Keynote Speaker Dr. Monica KowalMar2014Teaching as a Creative Act
Jan2017Inspiration 2017Feb2014Colloquy 2
Dec2016Setting the Stage: How We Use Space, Materials, and Design for LearningJan2014Social Justice & Cultural Competence
Nov2016Colloquy 6: Teaching + Leading after the ElectionDec2013Tell Your Story: Educators’ Voices
Oct2016The Labyrinth of Teaching + Learning, 2.0: Bosque Retreat CenterNov2013Reclaiming Wonder
Sep2016Play + Learning, Play + LeadingOct2013Colloquy 1
May2016Diversity + Equity: 3 Workshops on Race, Gender, Power and Privilege     Sep2013Listening Matters
Apr2016RestoreSep2013Building Inspirational & Innovative Professional Development Programs (Sat. Retreat)
Mar2016Educators as Artists: National Hispanic Cultural CenterApr2013What’s Your Superpower?
Jan2016Colloquy 5 Mar2013Seminars & Conversations
Dec2015Emotional IntelligenceFeb2013Mid-Winter Mini Retreat
Nov2015Imagination + LearningJan2013Share What Works
Oct2015Reflective Practice: Define + Discuss + Design


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, for inquiry, rejuvenation, and strategy focused on leading with intention and passion.  Wild Leadership is designed for educators leading at the organizational level.

Wild Leadership retreat leaders have included Elsa Menéndez, education director at National Hispanic Cultural Center; Thomas Hoerr, former head of New City School in St. Louis and author of The Art of School Leadership, Becoming A Multiple Intelligences School, and The Principal Connection, a regular column in Educational Leadership; Tamisha Williams, Director of Adult Equity and Inclusion at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco; Michelle DuVal, director of The Mindful Center, and Sheryl Chard, director of the Sofia Center. 


APRIL 4-6, 2019





Please join us for a vibrant, restorative gathering of educators – where the focus will be on individual rejuvenation, collective inquiry and reflection, and reconnection with the larger purposes of our work as educators. There will be no talk of standardized tests, assessment protocols, article deadlines, or papers to grade! Instead, there will be rich discussion with colleagues, walks in the beautiful high desert, inspirational readings, and time for your own renewal and reconnection with your calling. This retreat is open to all teachers, pre-K through university level; from public, charter, or independent schools; and whether working in traditional school settings or educational non-profits.

The first educator renewal retreat was held at the beautiful Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Please check back for information about future retreats.

As a public educator and school administrator I have benefited personally from the innovative professional development efforts of Bosque School’s Sofia Center. The Sofia Center offers a place where teachers and school leaders can come together and imagine an educational setting in which the art of teaching is celebrated, whether it is bringing mindfulness into the classroom or engaging young minds with play.  I am a better leader and our teachers are better educators – all because of the unique learning opportunities offered by the Sofia Center.

                             – Julie Radoslovich, Principal/Director at South Valley Academy, Albuquerque