Last year, we held our inaugural Powerful Learners Mini-Conference in which educators, youth workers, tutors, professionals, and administrators from across the Bay Area came together to learn concrete strategies designed to increase students’ belief in themselves as learners and their power in the classroom and beyond. Due to the success of the first event, we’re thrilled that on Saturday, February 1, 2020, the Powerful Learners Conference will return with expanded offerings and new partners.
Unlike many education conferences, which can be organized around one content area or student age range, The Powerful Learners Conference is focused on student agency, or non-cognitive skill development, including social emotional learning through an equity lens. This refers to skills like self-advocacy, organization, and effective collaboration, which can be taught to students of all ages and incorporated into any class, regardless of academic subject. Not only are these skills essential for thriving in grades K-12, they are foundational for success in college and the workplace, as well.
For the second year of our Powerful Learners Conference we will be collaborating with experts from Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, Peninsula Bridge, and the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP). This wide range of expertise and perspectives allows us to provide sessions that will prove useful to anyone and everyone who supports K-12 students, whether they work in the classroom, in the non-profit sector, or are still in university studying to become a teacher.
If you know an educator who has an amazing strategy to share, send them our way! We are currently accepting presentation proposals through November 30. Registration for interested attendees opens soon.