Empowering Teachers Program




July 8-12, 2019

Empowering Teachers is a week-long intensive program for educators and graduate students at any stage in their careers who are working with children in early childhood, elementary, and middle school settings. Last year's theme was Democracy and Education: Social (In)justice in Classrooms, Schools, and Society and focused on ways teachers can collaborate to support children in the classroom, building, district, community, and national levels. The program’s general focus was on shared experiences, reflection on one’s own practice, mutual support, and exploration of ways to maintain the child as the center of the educational process through experiential workshops and discussion with experts and colleagues in the field.

The Empowering Teachers Program will include:

  • A keynote address (Thomas H. Wright Lecture)
  • A roundtable conversation with the speaker just for the Empowering Teachers group
  • Small working groups meeting throughout the week to share their reflections and practices
  • A series of experiential workshops that are both stimulating and fun
  • Colleagues from across the New York City Metropolitan area and beyond who work with students of varied ages
  • Sarah Lawrence faculty and guest presenters
  • A chance to reflect, experience, and collaborate in a relaxed environment on a beautiful campus
  • Participation for two years in an ongoing consideration of how to keep childhood alive at school and children meaningfully connected to the physical and social world and their imaginations in this era of standardization.

Sarah Lawrence College is an Approved CTLE Sponsor and offers CTLE hours for this program.

Scholarships are available for New York City Public School Teachers through a grant from the Seth Sprague Education and Charitable Foundation. For more information, call the Child Development Institute at 914.395.2630 or e-mail cdi@sarahlawrence.edu.