Empowering Teachers Program




Social Justice at School: Making Room for the Complex Personal Identities of All Children

This year's sessions will include: 

  • exploration of race, class, gender and other identities children bring into the classroom
  • representation in children's literature
  • a teacher panel on classroom challenges
  • a field trip, and more!

Empowering Teachers is a 4-day 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. The program’s general focus is 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.

This program is limited to 20 participants in order to create a more intimate atmosphere and encourage connections. The Empowering Teachers Program will include:

  • 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 28 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.