The Sofia Center launched two of its signature series this month: Professional Learning Groups for Bosque faculty and staff, twice-monthly professional development experiences which invite ongoing learning about a wide range of teaching and learning topics; and Reflect : Innovate : Act, a monthly professional development series which convenes educators from diverse schools and organizations for shared expertise and learning.
On September 5 and 19, the Sofia Center launched the Professional Learning Groups with a session led by Sofia Center Director Sheryl Chard, “Professional Learning Groups as Reflective Practice” and with faculty-led discussions and modeling of how looking at student work together can inform, guide, and manifest Bosque’s academic mission. Through a series of twice-monthly meetings, Bosque faculty and staff members will explore and study a range of teaching and learning topics related to the school’s academic mission, using our summer reading collection as the guiding text for the year.
On September 20, the Sofia Center launched the 2018-19 Reflect : Innovate : Act series with its second annual exploration of love as a critical framework for educators entitled, “The Pedagogy of Love: Exploring the Transformative Possibilities of Centering Love in Our Education Practice.” The Schoolhouse was packed with a diverse and dedicated group of 67 educators representing over 40 schools and organizations. After participating in an interactive presentation by Sofia Center Director Sheryl Chard highlighting the scholarship of love and education in the works of bell hooks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Paulo Freire, participants worked in small groups led by six educators from across the community to generate Guiding Principles for a Pedagogy of Love, as well as action items to manifest in their own classrooms and leadership roles.