SUMMER Institute overview
The inaugural Humanities Amped Learning Community Summer Institute, attended by nearly 50 participants representing EBRPSS educators from five schools, Amped Educators, and high school and middle school youth apprentice leaders, ran online for three weeks in June 2020. Our learning network members have engaged in community building, workshops, and reading and reflection focusing on culturally sustaining pedagogies, restorative justice practices, mind-body wellness, and arts integration. Sessions leaders included Eric Butler from Talking Piece, Toni Bankston from the Baton Rouge Children's Advocacy Center, Lorena German from The Multicultural Classroom, and Forward Arts Teaching Artists Desiree Dallagiacomo and Donney Rose. Throughout the institute, planning teams have sought to address the following driving questions:
What are the conditions of student and educator well-being, connectedness, and engagement as civic-minded problem-solvers?
We celebrated the close of this institute with an online forum highlighting the collaboratively designed class plans of four teams and were joined by special guest Dr. David Stovall.
Amped Lab Classes
These electives infuse culturally sustaining practices, student-led action research, and student facilitation to engage broader school communities in activities that promote well-being, connectedness, and confidence as community-minded problem-solvers. Each elective is co-taught by a EBRPSS teacher and an Amped Community Educator.
Amped Enhanced Classes
These class sections of any subject that infuse restorative practices, positive youth development, and arts-integrated learning at least once a week into instruction. These classes are taught by an EBRPSS teacher and are supported by an Amped Community Educator.
These teams include EBRPSS educators new to Humanities Amped. They will practice infusing restorative practices, positive youth development, and arts-integrated learning with the help of an Amped coach.
Learning Community Forum 2020
We celebrated the close of this institute with an online forum highlighting the work of four of our institute's collaborative planning teams. We were joined by special guest Dr. David Stovall, who provided framing for this work and a response to each of our teams. As you view the forum, we invite you to engage with us in what Dr. Shawn Ginwright calls "radical imagination," or "our collective dreaming about how things should be" (2016, p. 23).