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 175 schools and organizations.

December 2017 Event

The 2017-2018 Reflect : Innovate : Act Series


Recent RIA Program Highlights

RIA Program Topics 2013-Present

Jan 2013Share What WorksJan 2015Mindfulness and Education
Feb 2013Mid-Winter Mini RetreatFeb 2015Colloquy 4: Movement & Learning
March 2013Seminars & ConversationsMarch 2015Ritual & Ceremony in Education
April 2013What’s Your Superpower?May 2015Year in Review & Mapping the Road Ahead
Sept 2013Listening MattersSept 2015Teacher Leadership
Sept 2013
Sat. Retreat
Building Inspirational & Innovative Professional Development ProgramsOct 2015Reflective Practice: Define + Discuss + Design
Oct 2013Colloquy 1Nov 2015Imagination + Learning
Nov 2013Reclaiming WonderDec 2015Emotional Intelligence
Dec 2013Tell Your Story: Educators’ VoicesJan 2016Colloquy 5
Jan 2014Social Justice & Cultural CompetenceMarch 2016Educators as Artists: National Hispanic Cultural Center
Feb 2014Colloquy 2April 2016Restore
March 2014Teaching as a Creative ActMay 2016Diversity + Equity: 3 Workshops on Race, Gender, Power and Privilege
April 2014Design Thinking for EducatorsSept 2016Play + Learning, Play + Leading
Sept 2014The Labyrinth of Teaching & Learning Oct 2016The Labyrinth of Teaching + Learning, 2.0: Bosque Retreat Center
Oct 2014Colloquy 3: Place-Conscious Education Nov 2016Colloquy 6: Teaching + Leading after the Election
Nov 2014Reggio Emilia & The Wonder of Learning: NM Museum of Natural History & ScienceDec 2016Setting the Stage: How We Use Space, Materials, and Design for Learning
Dec 2014The Idea Exchange
Jan 2017Inspiration 2017
Feb 2017Building Authentic Community Partnerships: Pedagogy, Process, and Models
March 2017Mindfulness and Education, 2.0
April 2017Ritual + Ceremony in the Schoolhouse


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. 


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