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 200 schools and organizations.

May 2018 Event

The 2017-2018 Reflect : Innovate : Act Series


Recent RIA Program Highlights

RIA Program Topics 2013-Present

Jan2018What's Your Superpower?May2015Year in Review & Mapping the Road Ahead
Dec2017Colloquy #7: Gender EquityMar2015Ritual & Ceremony in Education
Nov2017The Power of StoryFeb2015Colloquy 4: Movement & Learning                                    
Oct2017When Grief Comes to School: Navigating Grief with Students, Families, & ColleaguesJan2015Mindfulness and Education                                       
Sep2017"Education is an Act of Love" (Paulo Friere)Dec2014The Idea Exchange
Apr2017Ritual + Ceremony in the SchoolhouseNov2014Reggio Emilia & The Wonder of Learning:  NM Museum of Natural History & Science
Mar2017Mindfulness + Education with Special Guest Michelle Duval                                       Oct2014Colloquy 3: Place-Conscious Education                         
Feb2017Building Authentic Community Partnerships: Pedagogy, Purpose, & Models with Keynote Speaker Dr. Monica KowalSep2014The Labyrinth of Teaching & Learning      
Jan2017Inspiration 2017Apr2014Design Thinking for Educators
Dec2016Setting the Stage: How We Use Space, Materials, and Design for LearningMar2014Teaching as a Creative Act
Nov2016Colloquy 6: Teaching  + Leading after the ElectionFeb2014Colloquy 2
Oct2016The Labyrinth of Teaching + Learning, 2.0: Bosque Retreat CenterJan2014Social Justice & Cultural Competence
Sep2016Play + Learning, Play + LeadingDec2013Tell Your Story: Educators’ Voices
May2016Diversity + Equity: 3 Workshops on Race, Gender, Power and PrivilegeNov2013Reclaiming Wonder
Apr2016RestoreOct2013Colloquy 1
Mar2016Educators as Artists: National Hispanic Cultural CenterSep2013Listening Matters
Jan2016Colloquy 5      Sep2013Building Inspirational & Innovative Professional Development Programs (Sat. Retreat)
Dec2015Emotional IntelligenceApr2013What’s Your Superpower?
Nov2015Imagination + LearningMar2013Seminars & Conversations
Oct2015Reflective Practice: Define + Discuss + DesignFeb2013Mid-Winter Mini Retreat
Sep2015Teacher LeadershipJan2013Share What Works


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