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Schedule of Events

Safe, Strong & Just Institutions

Throughout the week, we'll be offering opportunities for learning and connection around our theme of Safe, Strong & Just Institutions. 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.

Monday, November 13

Take Ten: Hot Chocolate/Coffee Bar + Candygrams
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. 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!

Tuesday, November 14

Take Ten: Muscarelle Museum Art with Steve Prince + Delicious Desserts
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center
Join the Muscarelle Museum of Art’s Director of Engagement Steve Prince in creating a unique piece of art that you can take home. All materials will be provided, all skill levels are welcome; just bring your imagination! Enjoy delicious desserts!

Healing with Laughter
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. presented on Zoom and in Classroom 2066
Laughter is the only technique that allows adults to achieve sustained hearty laughter without involving cognitive thought. It is a mind and body experience that is driven from mindfulness and positive psychology theoretical approaches. This is a powerful experience that often leads to a healthy emotional catharsis and a feeling of joyfulness that can last for days! Warning: This practice can be hazardous to any misery! Join Dr. Coralis Solomon, online clinical assistant professor, as she teaches you the healing power of laughter. Watch this presentation on Zoom or join us at the School of Education in Classroom 2066.

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Courageous Conversation: Actors, Allies, & Accomplices
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. via Zoom
There is an increasing need for advocacy by allies and accomplices on behalf of marginalized populations that are targets of censure and oppression. Join us for a Courageous Conversation exploring the different forms of support that we provide each other and discuss barriers, facilitators, and needs within the School of Education community. 

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Wednesday, November 15

Take Ten: Afternoon Recess with the Dean + Sweet and Salty Snacks
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. on the Patio (rain location: Lobby)
Take an afternoon break and join School of Education Dean Robert Knoeppel for recess with fun games and sweet and salty snacks!

Communicating with our Whole Selves: Exploring Acro Yoga
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. in the Lobby
In this demonstration, led by Professor Joan Gavaler and students from the W&M Dance Program, discover the process of learning Acro Yoga as a way to think about healthy and supportive communication. Volunteers will have a chance to play with some paired movements, and we’ll talk about what the group is experiencing and observations that anyone wants to share. Let’s have some fun together!

Thursday, November 16

Take Ten: Art Therapy + Extraordinary Cupcakes
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. in the Learning Resource Center
Join Sarah Balascio, W&M art therapist for an art-based activity designed to decrease stress and increase positive mood. All materials will be provided, all skill levels are welcome; just bring your imagination! We'll also have mini-cupcakes in assorted flavors from Extraordinary Cupcakes!

Friday, November 17

Faculty Research Brown Bag: Janise Parker
Learning from the Past, Reflecting on the Present, and Planning for a Just Future
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. via Zoom
Join Dr. Janise Parker, associate professor of school psychology, as she presents her work with the Bray School Lab, where she will link key findings from her review of (a) learning material used to instruct the Bray School students and (b) the broader ideology surrounding the institution of slavery/social oppression to contemporary issues in K-12 schools. Participants will be encouraged to identify action steps one could execute in their respective roles to create a more just future for K-12 students.


 **All treats and activities are first-come, first-served.
**We're grateful for the generous partnerships with the Muscarelle Museum, W&M Department of Theatre, Speech, & Dance and W&M Health & Wellness.