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GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat

GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat
SAVE-THE-DATE
March 8-10, 2019 • Provincetown, MA

The GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat in Provincetown is a signature event for GLSEN Massachusetts. Teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school nurses, athletic coaches, educators and other K-12 education professionals come to Provincetown to share ideas and explore best practices. Providing a safe and welcoming environment is the cornerstone of the Educator Retreat. Through workshops and networking events, participants engage with a diversity of topics that are critical to their personal and professional development. LGBTQ educators and allies come to the Educator Retreat for different reasons. However, everyone shares common goals of supporting our students by enriching their lives with an educational setting that embraces all students.

Provincetown in the winter is magical. The beaches and streets are quiet, yet the energy brought by educators from across New England make the town vibrant. Retreat attendees arrive Friday evening to a casual welcome reception. Programming begins early Saturday morning and ends late in the afternoon. Through workshops and intentional dialogue, educators collaborate to problem solve and create ideas they can bring back to their schools and communities. Whether it's energizing a GSA, discovering curriculum designs, or being inspired by personal stories, every educator leaves with a renewed sense of purpose. A Saturday evening reception and dinner leads the way to new friendships and partnerships. The weekend programming ends Sunday morning with structured opportunities do address real world challenges and solutions. The weekend would not be complete without a fabulous Sunday brunch just before heading off the Cape.

Tentative Schedule - for planning purposes only

Friday, March 8, 2019

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Welcome Reception

Kick off the weekend with an informal reception. Join us whenever you're able to arrive in Provincetown. Swing by to relax, enjoy, meet new people and get geared up for a great weekend. Light snacks and beverages will be provided.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Skill-Building Workshops, Breakout Sessions & Panel Discussions

Programming begins early Saturday morning and ends late in the afternoon. Through workshops and intentional dialogue, educators collaborate to problem solve and create ideas they can bring back to their schools and communities. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

6:00 PM- 6:45 PM Educator Social & Reception

Retreat participants are invited to kick-back and relax after a long day. Spend time chatting and socializing in a less structured environment before enjoying a memorable GLSEN Massachusetts Family Dinner.

6:45 PM GLSEN Massachusetts Family Dinner

This GLSEN Massachusetts Family Dinner will be an opportunity to build community, network, share stories.

8:00 PM Evening Networking Opportunities

March in Provincetown is an ideal time to treat yourself to peace, beauty and TLC. Get out and enjoy yourself... take a walk in the downtown area, along the beach or checkout the nightlife. Provincetown has a great deal to offer visitors all year long.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

9:00 - 11:00 AM Morning Program & Activities

The weekend programming ends Sunday morning with structured opportunities do address real world challenges and solutions.

11:00 AM GLSEN Family Brunch

The weekend would not be complete without a fabulous Sunday brunch just before heading off the Cape.

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Below you will find brief stories from past GLSEN Massachusetts Educator Retreat participants. Please feel free to share your story of participation by emailing us at massachusetts@chapters.glsen.org.

image of D'Lynn Jacobs

Community Building Space that Nourishes the Soul

"Ms. Jacobs, Ms. Jacobs" one of my new highly inquisitive 4th grade students exclaimed as she ran to catch me in the hallway. "Hey Jess! Walk me to my office, you know I'm scared of the hallway monsters," I quipped. She giggled as she quickly started, "so, I heard Mrs. Schuster is a..." She paused and looked down whispering and swallowing the word "Lesbian".

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Image of Bill Ivey 

Seeking Intersections

When progress reports are due, I’ve developed a comfortable routine of going from McCusker’s to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters to Bread Euphoria to Starbucks to Rao’s back to Starbucks and so on until all my skills assessments and narrative comments are done and I’m ready to return to school and enter them in FileMaker. So each fall, when I see the first announcement of the GLSEN Massachusetts Educators Retreat and it falls right at winter midterms, I feel - conflicted. Sad. This year, however, I simply decided it was by far my best opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with educators who, whether or not they personally are LGBTQ etc., want to support our students who are. So, with some trepidation at what I was taking on, I set out for Provincetown right after classes on Friday with my trusty laptop and a few changes of clothes.

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When progress reports are due, I’ve developed a comfortable routine of going from McCusker’s to Shelburne Falls Coffee Roasters to Bread Euphoria to Starbucks to Rao’s back to Starbucks and so on until all my skills assessments and narrative comments are done and I’m ready to return to school and enter them in FileMaker. So each fall, when I see the first announcement of the GLSEN Massachusetts Educators Retreat and it falls right at winter midterms, I feel - conflicted. Sad. This year, however, I simply decided it was by far my best opportunity to meet, learn from, and network with educators who, whether or not they personally are LGBTQ etc., want to support our students who are. So, with some trepidation at what I was taking on, I set out for Provincetown right after classes on Friday with my trusty laptop and a few changes of clothes. - See more at: http://www.glsen.org/article/seeking-intersections#sthash.GrAGJZEn.dpuf

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of Provincetown in the evening.