**CANCELLED Meant for More: Real Talk about Classrooms Built on Dignity, Authenticity, and Connection**

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Registration Closed.
Last Date to Register: 4/16/2024 11:59 PM
Last Date to Cancel: 4/18/2024 11:59 PM
Agency: Metro ECSU
Agency Contact: Christina Streiff Oji
Agency Assistant: Brittany Stepan -
Location: BrightWorks
2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101
Arden Hills, MN 55112
Facility: BrightWorks
4/18/2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
5/2/2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM
5/9/2024 09:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Meant for More: Real Talk about Classrooms Built on Dignity, Authenticity, and Connection

Facilitators: Angie Freese & Joy Fredrickson

Discover a team-oriented approach to reshaping classrooms into safe spaces where each student feels valued, inspired, and invested in their learning! During this three-day workshop, participants will experience a readiness framework for building a classroom/school community that honors the unique perspectives, experiences, assets, and needs of each learner. The workshop will engage participants with six essential elements for classrooms and schools that bring hope and dignity to each learner (authenticity, connection, curiosity, voice, resilience, and grace), and will also examine how to best prepare oneself, the team, and the students in order to craft a sustainable culture of belonging. Participants will leave each session equipped with practical strategies and tools that empower educators to create inclusive learning environments that close opportunity gaps and build skills and dispositions necessary for future success. 

Participants will:

  • Explore the six attributes and core tendencies that evolve within Meant for More classrooms
  • Study the infrastructure needed to elevate each attribute within the learning environment
  • Dignify and celebrate their individual strengths and assets as an educator
  • Lean into their vulnerability regarding the barriers to district, school, and classroom success
  • Use a continuum to monitor their comfort level with and progression through each Meant for More attribute
  • Develop and practice methods for bringing student voice into the dialog around meaningful, relevant classroom instruction

The workshop will utilize a variety of strategies and methods that honor the evolving needs of adult learners.

Angie Freese is the founder of the Meant for More Collaborative, an organizational network committed to rejuvenating school systems by igniting creativity, inspiring hopre, and investing in the power of human connection. As a former classroom teacher, school administrator, and district-level leader, Angie now spends her time working alongside educators across all levels of the organization - from classroom to boardroom - as a facilitator, coach, practitioner, and mentor. She empowers educators' efforts to interrupt antiquated and ineffective practices that only work for some by revitalizing collaborative teams with the competencies, skills, and tools required for sustainable growth and performance for all. Angie is also a Gallup-Certified Global Strengths Coach, teaching people how to identify, understand, and appreciate their own unique talents. She reconnects individuals and teams to what they already do well and actively coaches them on how to maximize those innate talents into strengths for their own personal and professional excellence.

Joy Fredrickson is an educator, facilitator of learning, and coach. She has 20+ years of experience in education, serving as a special education teacher, site-level administrator, and district-level coordinator. As the Founder and Principal Revolutionist at Edulution Consulting, Joy supports educators and administrators locally, nationally, and internationally (India & Ukraine) in implementing student-centered learning practices and creating cultural transformation in schools. Joy is a fierce leader committed to centering student voice, teaching to diversity and identity, designing inclusive educational experiences and environments that eliminate barriers and ensure access and success for all, and rising to equity.

Tuition (includes lunch):

$825 - BrightWorks Member

$990 - Standard Rate

Please make checks payable to BrightWorks and mail to: 

Attn: Brittany Stepan
2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101
Arden Hills, MN 55112

Please note: If an invoice is required, an additional fee of $10 will be applied. 

Cancellation: You can cancel your own registration for an event before the cancellation deadline. (Please check the event information for specific cancellation details.) If the event has a fee, refunds are possible only if cancellation is prior to the deadline. If you do not attend and do not cancel prior to an event, you are still responsible for payment and will be billed.

Special Accommodations: Please alert BrightWorks 2-3 weeks prior to the workshop/event if you need special accommodations, including sign language interpreters. (BrightWorks requires a notice of 2 business days to cancel a sign language interpreter. If you fail to cancel, we reserve the right to bill your school/district for this expense.) Update your profile as needed. Special accommodations are not included with each registration, but are stored in your profile until you make changes.