Gain Skills for a New School Year AND Enjoy Disney World

Summer Educator Retreat to be led by School Reform Initiative co-founder

By Pegasus Springs Staff

  • Educators are invited to join colleagues from across the country this summer for three days of learning and inspiration at Walt Disney World. Gene Thompson-Grove, a founding member of the School Reform Initiative (SRI), will lead the professional development retreat.
  • The educator retreat runs concurrently with the Building Our Leaders of Tomorrow (BOLT) Student Leadership Institute.
  • Educators who attend the retreat can also receive $100 off their registration for every student (including their own children) they enroll in the BOLT program, up to 4 students.

Pegasus Springs Education Collective is pleased to host its 2019 Summer Educator Retreat July 1-3 at Walt Disney World’s Coronado Springs Resort. Thompson-Grove will lead the retreat, designed for educators who want to reflect on their practice; engage in in-depth conversations with colleagues about teaching, learning and leading for equity; and improve learning for every student.

Thompson-Grove’s work focuses on building the capacity for transformational learning. Through her sessions, we will…

  • Build our capacity to access, engage, and sustain complex and challenging conversations about equity, identity, and implicit bias that lead to changed practice;
  • Identify the dispositions and skills of culturally responsive educators, and explore how to develop these in both ourselves and our colleagues;
  • Use SRI protocols and resources that support adult learning, collaboration, and reflective discourse through the lens of equity;
  • Invite feedback by taking a close, collaborative look at the we, and our students, produce.

Thompson-Grove has over 35 years of experience leading seminars on creating professional learning communities, coaching collaborative learning groups, examining student work collaboratively, developing facilitative leadership skills, and designing and facilitating adult learning experiences.

She worked at Brown University for 12 years, where she was an associate professor in the education department, a professional development associate for the Coalition of Essential Schools, and a teaching fellow at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Prior to forming her own consulting business, she was co-director of clinical teacher education for the Boston Teacher Residency Program and also served as the director of professional development and special initiatives for the Public Schools of Brookline, where she was responsible for the district’s Equity Project and several adult learning initiatives.

Her career began in Watertown, Massachusetts, as a high school and middle school English teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree in English and secondary education from Boston College and her master’s degree in education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.

Detailed information about registration and arrangements for the Summer Educator Retreat are available at this link. All registered participants will receive a copy of the SRI Protocol and Resource Book, and breakfasts and lunches are included with registration. (Note, retreat sessions wrap-up mid-afternoon—allowing time for twilight fun in the parks. Bonus!)

Information about the BOLT Summer Student Institute is available at this link.