Join 2,000 participants as we hear from two inspirational, thought-provoking leaders in the education community.
Wednesday, December 4
MasterMind: Taking the Mask Off
Ever Forward Club
Taking Off the Mask helps to unlock potential by cultivating emotional intelligence and psychological safety. Recent research from Google, Harvard, and other institutions suggest that the most critical factor for effectiveness is “psychological safety”–an environment with a high degree of interpersonal trust and respect where team members (including students) can take risks without concern of embarrassment, rejection, or punishment. Attendees will experience various exercises to explore topics such as self-awareness, authenticity, and compassion, both toward oneself and others. Taking Off the Mask is a highly experiential, kinestethic keynote that creates a safe space for individuals to engage in an uncommonly open, honest dialogue. Through hands-on activities, discussion, and video, participants learn about “the mask” that we each wear and discuss what it means for us, and our students, to take the mask off.
More About Ashanti
Ashanti Branch works to change how young men of color interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. A construction project manager in his first career, his life changed after he tutored struggling students and realized his passion for teaching. In 2004, during Ashanti’s first year teaching high school math, he started The Ever Forward Club to provide support for African American and Latino males who were not achieving to their potential. Since then, Ever Forward has helped all of its more than 150 members graduate from high school, and 93% of them have gone on to attend two- or four-year colleges, military or trade school.
As educators, we all know parents who rush to school to deliver forgotten assignments, challenge us on disappointing report cards, mastermind their children’s friendships, or interfere on the playing field. Teacher and bestselling author, Jessica Lahey reminds us that teachers don’t just teach reading, writing or arithmetic. Like coaches and others who work with children, they also teach responsibility, organization, manners, restraint and foresight — important life skills that shape stronger futures. In this presentation, Jessica Lahey champions failure as a crucial element of long-term success. By letting go and allowing children to learn how to solve problems on their own, we give them the tools to grow up to be self-reliant, confident and successful adults. That’s the Gift of Failure.
Get to Know Jessica
Jessica Lahey is a teacher, parent, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Gift of Failure. As a speaker, writer for The Atlantic and The Washington Post, commentator for Vermont Public Radio and author of the popular New York Times “The Parent Teacher Conference” column that ran for 3 years, Jessica has covered topics ranging from education and parenting to addiction and child welfare. She earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts and a J.D. with a concentration in juvenile and education law from the University of North Carolina School of Law. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and two sons and teaches high school English and writing in Vermont, and her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence, will be released in 2020.