Building Partnerships

Jay Parker
On Wednesday, October 10th The Institute for Leadership & Purpose sponsored it’s first professional development workshop for area educators. This event, Building Partnerships, welcomed teachers and administrators from across Maryland and Washington, D.C. to a day filled with presentations and student-led breakout discussions that focused on cultivating student leadership through a public-private partnership.
This event modeled partnership in its evolution. The Institute for Leadership & Purpose collaborated with the Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School and the National Network of Schools in Partnership to make this a unique, dynamic professional experience for over forty educators and students. In attendance were Sandry Sachar (Director of Global Outreach), Susie Silberstein (Tenth Age Homeroom Teacher), Kate Rawson Powell (Calvert Parent), and Jay Parker (Director of the Institute for Leadership & Purpose). Additionally, Eighth Graders Madison Y., Julia P., and Ian R. all facilitated a breakout session on their World Leadership School expedition to Costa Rica in June 2018.

Jim Reese, Program Director at the Professional Collaborative at the Washington International School, served as the keynote. Mr. Reese presented on public-private programming across the Washington region and pinpointed Harvard’s Project Zero Initiative as a key inspiration for his work to bridge the gap between independent, public, and charter schools.

Building Partnerships is an annual event sponsored by the Institute for Leadership & Purpose and is the first in our professional series to bring together educators from across the region to take a deeper dive into building cultures of student leadership.
Calvert School is a coed independent lower and middle school.