Schedule of Events

Championing Equitable Learning Environments

Throughout the week, we'll be offering opportunities for learning and connection around our theme of Championing Equitable Learning Environments. There will also be events designed to celebrate and thank the educators in our community for the extraordinary efforts they have made to support our students, families and communities during the pandemic.  

Friday, November 12

Project Empower Webinar: Elements of Play in Behavioral Interventions
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Join students and staff from the school's Project Empower to learn about the benefits of incorporating play and activity-based strategies into behavioral interventions in the school setting. 

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Monday, November 15

Admissions Webinar: Teacher Education Programs (Elementary, ESL/Bilingual and Special Education)
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Faculty, students and admissions representatives will share information about how a teaching degree can launch your career in education. 

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Take Ten: Hot Chocolate/Coffee Bar + Candygrams
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the front lobby
Faculty, staff and students, Take ten minutes (or stay as long as you wish!) to unwind and connect. Join us for a Ben & Jerry's hot chocolate and coffee bar featuring multiple flavors, toppings and biscotti. While you sip your drink, write a thank you card to the important educators in your life. We'll deliver the cards with a piece of candy attached!

Courageous Conversation: The Path Forward for Equity
6:00 p.m. via Zoom
Help us kick off Education Week with a Courageous Conversation about the future of equity in our educational institutions. As the topic becomes more and more politicized in the media and national discourse, how do we move forward as educators? Courageous Conversations provide a safe space to share your own experiences and perspectives and to learn from fellow educators. 

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Tuesday, November 16

Faculty Brown Bag Research Talk: Dr. Elizabeth Talbott
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join Dr. Elizabeth Talbott, professor of special education and associate dean for research, as she presents ongoing research during a talk entitled Reimagining use of Multi-Method, Multi-Informant, Multi-Domain Assessments in Education Research.

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Take Ten: Art Therapy + Extraordinary Cupcakes
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Faculty, staff and students, Take ten minutes (or stay as long as you wish!) to unwind and connect. Join Sarah Balascio, art therapist with W&M Health & Wellness, for an art-based activity designed to decrease stress, increase positive mood, and experience mindfulness. We'll also have mini-cupcakes in assorted flavors from Extraordinary Cupcakes!

  • Virtual Option! If you aren't on campus, join us at 4:15 p.m. ET via Zoom to participate in our art therapy activity. Register here for the Zoom sessionSupplies needed: Paper, a dark marker/pen, and something to color with (colored pencils, crayons, paints, etc).

Higher Ed Salon: Dr. Jorge Burmicky
6:00 – 7:15 p.m. (in-person at the School of Education and via Zoom)
Join the Higher Education Program for their Fall 2021 Higher Ed Salon featuring Dr. Jorge Burmicky from Howard University. Dr. Burmicky will present Rethinking Leadership by Design: A Capacity-Building Model for Developing Leaders at Broadly Accessible Institutions.

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Wednesday, November 17

Admissions Webinar: School Psychology
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join faculty, students and admissions representatives to learn more about our graduate programs in School Psychology. 

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Take Ten: Therapy Dogs, Chair Massage + Desserts
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the lobby
Faculty, staff and students, Take ten minutes (or stay as long as you wish!) to unwind and connect. Therapy dog teams from K9 Connection, a local therapy dog organization, will be at the school to visit with students. Get some furry cuddles then enjoy a dessert as you head off to class. Nancy Dodenhoff, massage therapist from W&M Health & Wellness, will offer brief seated massage sessions to students. Arrive early to reserve your time slot. 

2021 Hornsby Lecture: Dr. Howard Fields
5:00 – 6:00 p.m: Reception and Gallery Walk of Student and Faculty Research
6:15 – 7:30 p.m: Lecture and Q&A (in-person at the School of Education and via Zoom)

The 2021 Hornsby Lecture will feature international speaker Dr. Howard E. Fields III presenting How to Achieve Educational Equity. Dr. Fields will present an actionable definition for educational equity as well as practical tools to assist educators in their journey to support students. Prior to the talk, join the School of Education community for a reception of light hors d'oeuvres and a gallery walk featuring research posters from ongoing student and faculty projects related to equity topics. 

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Thursday, November 18

Take Ten: Drop-in Yoga and Mindfulness + Tea and Cookies
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Faculty, staff and students, Take ten minutes (or stay as long as you wish!) to unwind and connect. On Thursday afternoon, Jenny Niles, a doctoral student in counselor education, will offer a brief (10-15 minute) yoga practice that will show you how to incorporate gentle focused movement into your daily routine for increased clarity, focus and calm. (No exercise gear/clothing required!) We'll also have Martha Rouleau, adjunct lecturer with W&M Wellness, offering brief mindfulness sessions to help you find focus, presence and ease in your life. Activities will begin every 15 minutes. Come as you are and while you're here, enjoy from a selection of hot teas and sweet treats.