ADOLESCENT
DEVELOPMENT
CONVENING

We are excited to invite you to a three-day convening at the new Lone Rock Retreat campus in Bailey, Colorado on Adolescent Development. We are bringing together 50 practitioners and researchers to foster a learning environment of reciprocity between these groups. We are also inviting local youth as advisors and participants to center the perspectives of those we serve.

Participants will have an opportunity to gather feedback on current work from each other and other education practitioners.

 

This event is an adolescent development convening for practitioners and researchers brought to you by Pahara Fellow Chris Plutte and the UCLA Center for the Developing Adolescent, sponsored by the Bezos Family Foundation.

OUTCOMES
Intended outcomes of this convening include:

To spark ongoing collaboration between practitioners and researchers

To foster knowledge sharing across roles and problems of practice

WHO WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE?

To foster a learning environment of reciprocity, this convening will include a mix of learning structures and perspectives we hope you’ll enjoy:

RESEARCHERS

  • Researchers who are deeply engaged in the work of adolescent development will be in attendance. Researchers have been selected by UCLA Center for the Developing Adolescent due to their expertise.​

PRACTITIONERS

  • Superintendents, CEOs, Assistant Superintendents, CAOs, Chief Schools Officers from schools districts and charter school networks: we hope to bring together a mix of Pahara Fellows as well as other phenomenal leaders to bring together a diverse, robust set of perspectives and expertise.

YOUTH

  • Local youth currently in high school.

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING?

Bringing together practitioners and researchers, we will explore how the following three research areas come to life throughout school systems. The research topics we will center are:

LEARNING

  • Learning is the process of acquiring understanding, knowledge, skills, behaviors, values,  attitudes and preferences that is applicable to educational, social, and community settings.

CONTRIBUTION & BELONGING

  • In many ways, the developments of adolescence create a very real need for them to find ways to make contributions to their social world, in ways large and small, and to figure out whether and where they belong.

  • These topics have implications for motivation and engagement both in and out of the classroom.

  • They also are important mechanisms by which the development of both personal and social identity takes place during adolescence.

EXPLORATION &
RISK-TAKING

  • The motivation to explore and take risks in order to better understand the environment, solve problems, and learn is one the primary hallmarks of adolescence.

  • Crucial to this motivation is the opportunity to problem solve, try new things, take chances, and fail. All of these are central to the learning process of adolescence.

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