Where: Town School for Boys
8:15 AM Registration and Light Breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome and Announcement of POCIS Educator Tribute Awards
9:30 AM New Wilderness Project: Borderless “Playnote” and Break-out Sessions
New Wilderness Project is Benji Howard and Wade Colwell-Sandoval. They are songwriters, musicians, performers and educators who partner with universities, school districts, and non-profit organizations. NWP engages communities via interactive multimedia performance, professional development for educators, youth leadership programs and wilderness educational expeditions. They engage students and educators in a process of understanding their personal journey and social accountability through a critical social justice lens. All of our programs are a living example of commitment to diversity, democracy, equity and inclusion.
Borderless Performance BORDERLESS™ is a musical exploration of the societal dynamics of race, class, identity, immigration, sexual orientation, gender, and environmental and indigenous justice. At the crossroads of folk and hip hop musical expression this keynote engagement weaves original song, spoken word and video storytelling together to engage audiences in a journey beyond our cramped headspace intothe endless landscape of the heart. BORDERLESS™ is designed to encourage and empower educators and students in learning communities from K-12 to university-level as a passionate re-vision for how we can thrive in the 21st century; how we heal our relationships across our many differences, how we can overcome the myth of separation between humans and the natural world and how we revitalize a soulful commons.
11:45 – 12:15 PM Gathering for Lunch
12:20 PM -1:40 PM (LUNCH)
Leading in Color: Taking Courageous Action During Difficult Times
Moderated panel discussion with Bay Area School Heads and Division Heads of Color
1:45 PM -2:45 PM Black Boys Matter: Finding Humanity in Posthumanism Sessions
As a conclusion to the 2015 POCIS Adult Conference, “Black Boys Matter” will addressthe racial and cultural discourses that determine how Americans and even foreigners perceive black boys and men. While providing an overview of the liberal humanist conception that permeates education and subordinates black boys to the margins of humanity, this talk will also offer concrete recommendations that independent schools can implement to acknowledge, defend, and celebrate the humanity of black boys.
2:45 PM -3:00 PM Closing remarks
3:00 PM- 4:00 PM Networking reception