The Future of Learning is Now!

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When : August 15, 2023
Where : Online
Topics : Relational pedagogy; warm demander;
Cost : $55 per person


The Future of Learning Is NOW!
CAIS Annual Conference 2023

9:00AM – 12:45PM

The Sublime Classroom: Trust and Accountability between Teachers and Students

Spend a morning rethinking and reframing ways to effectively motivate and engage all students while nurturing an  atmosphere of trust and accountability in your classrooms and learning spaces. 

  • What does a supportive learning environment look like?
  • What is a warm demander? How can I apply this to my practice? 

Join teachers, practitioners, and thought leaders Brigitte Leschhorn, and a team of co-presenters as they provide philosophical, pedagogical, and most importantly, practical information about how to build trusting relationships with students as we ask them to continue to take risks in the classroom and beyond. 


9:00AM                     Welcome and Review of Schedule

9:15 – 10:15AM.       Brigitte Leschhorn: The Sublime Classroom: Trust and Accountability between Teachers and Students

10:15 – 10:30AM     Break

10:30 – 11:15AM      First Choice of Breakout Sessions

11:15 – 11:30AM      Break

11:30AM – 12:15PM Second Choice of Breakout Sessions

12:15 – 12:45PM     Closing Panel with Keynote Speaker Brigitte Leschhorn & Co-Presenters

Check out these resources provided by Brigitte Leschhorn to orient your thinking and learning about being a warm demander:


Brigitte Leschhorn is the Transitional Director for the Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion Program as well as an English instructor at Phillips Academy Andover. She has expertise in curriculum practices that reflect equity design thinking and implement a culturally sustaining approach in preparatory school settings. She has presented on CRT practices at NAIS PoCC 2017 and NAIS Annual Conference 2020, and has trained teachers on curriculum design and culturally sustaining practices. She has conducted workshops for the various organizations and conferences, including National Council of Girls’ Schools Conference 2019, and the Horizons National Conference 2019, MICDS’ Summit for Transformative Learning. Through grant-funded research, she has developed educational practices that bring together theories of Culturally Sustaining and Revitalizing Pedagogies, Social Emotional Learning, Standards Based Learning, and childhood and adolescent brain development.


You will have an opportunity to select your choice of breakout sessions closer to the conference

1. Are the girls just alright? Building relationships with girls of color to push beyond fine to excellence.
Erica Moore is the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Charlotte Latin School. Erica Moore was formerly the Director of Faculty Equity & Inclusion and Director of Student Activities at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day School (MICDS). Prior to that role, she served as the Director of Diversity at MICDS. Moore is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences, including INDEX DEI, SAIS Diversity Practitioner Institute, the People of Color Conference, and ISACS.

2. The Six Principles of Nonviolence in a Peaceful Community.
Debby DeGuire serves as Lower Elementary mentor and head teacher at Washington Montessori School. She established an adjunct peace curriculum using the Six Principles of a Peaceful Community from the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She is a member of The Peace and Social Justice Committee at WMS, serves on the board of The Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, and is a Level I Certified Kingian Nonviolence Trainer.

 3. Asking Open-Ended Questions: An Act of Caring For Students.
Nicole Jeter is the Director of Wellness and Prevention Education at a day and boarding school in New England. She is a Queer, Mexican American and Black woman who has over 7 years’ experience in health education, youth program development and program implementation.  She runs the 4 year Empathy, Balance, and Inclusion Program in addition to inclusive sexual health education, and peer counseling programs.

4. Project-Based Learning for Student Inclusion
Dr. Miriam Villanueva is a Latin American historian with a specialization in Latin American dictatorships during the Cold War and an educator at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. In her role, she has developed a holistic approach to working with students both inside and outside the classroom. She has designed courses aligned with her expertise and serves on advisory boards for curriculum design projects and art re-installation projects at the Boston Athenaeum. Miriam has also contributed to committees on re-evaluating book purchases for inclusive stacks at the Oliver Wendell Holmes library and participated in a curriculum review for Andover’s Archive and Special Collections department.

*Register 10 or more from your school and receive a 10% discount off your school’s final cost. Enter discount code: 10+ when registering.

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