Special Events

Bridging the Gap: Storytelling as Connection--Special Workshop
Tuesday, June 18, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m., Incanto I & 2
Hosted by Akiea Gross, Equitable Schools Inc.

Join educator, writer, and social entrepreneur Akiea Gross in this interactive, empowering workshop focused on how you can help your students (and yourself) tell their stories. This mini storytelling workshop is designed to harness the power of empathy and connection through personal narrative and the art of constructivist listening. Come prepared to dig deep into emotions, empower voices, and truly connect with your peers over passionate topics and tough conversations. 

Meet Akiea:
Akiea Gross is a graduate of Columbia University's Teachers College and an educator, writer, and social entrepreneur who believes that every child is entitled to a racially and culturally equitable education. Akiea founded Equitable Schools, Inc. based on her experiences teaching in charter schools. She is also the creator of #BlackTeachersMatter and the curative education brand, Woke Kindergarten. In her "spare" time, Akiea is part of the Collective W.A.V., started by her partner and musical artist Sonic. Akiea is a powerful storyteller who believes in equipping and empowering communities with knowledge and tools they need to make change.

Yoga Break
Wednesday, June 19, 2:40 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

We know the pressure may feel like it’s on you all the time as teachers, but you can learn successful strategies for calming your body and mind and reducing your stress. Come take part in a gentle yoga course. Mats will be provided. Wear comfortable clothes for stretching. Beginners welcome!

Not a yogi? We encourage you to take this time to step out onto the beautiful porch and take in the view or drop into Sala Vista for a quiet space for reflection and meditative coloring. Take this time to practice self-love and inner reflection. You are doing amazing things and deserve a break!
Connecting Through Sound
Wednesday, June 19, 2:40 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

NuMinds Enrichment invites you to engage, reflect, and immerse in the meditative and healing power of connecting through sound. As we seek verbal and nonverbal expression, we step out of our inhibitions by creating a safe space where creativity thrives and courage flourishes in the midst of vulnerability. During this reflection session, we explore removing the barriers of language to find voice and experience the power of unison in playing, creating, moving, and thinking together.  

Geeks Who Teach Trivia Night
Wednesday, June 19, 5:30 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Quick! Which famous science fiction author keynoted a former TAGT conference not once, but twice? Grab a team or join a table of your fellow teachers and trivia geeks and compete for awesome prizes at this fast-paced, super fun trivia session Afternoon snacks and a cash bar will be available!
*Answer: Ray Bradbury