Authenticity in the Classroom

Addressing student stress through an authenticity-focused social-emotional learning (SEL)  approach.

May 5th and 6th • 10am - 4pm

The Earth School, 600 E 6th Street, NY, NY


This unique professional development opportunity for K-5 educators will focus on supporting students’ emotional well being and creating a learning environment where students can thrive.

Participants will:

  • Acquire techniques to invite students’ full, authentic experiences into the classroom;
  • Hone the skills of self-reflection, social-emotional critical thinking, and reframing;
  • Learn to teach storytelling and creative expression using a wide range of materials;
  • Build skills in using metaphor and materials;
  • Develop strategies and action plans for self-care;
  • Develop an implementation plan that connects authenticity-focused SEL to your school’s performance standards;
  • Learn how to explain and advocate for authenticity-focused SEL with your school/district leadership, peers, and parents;
  • Participating NYS Educators will receive 10 CTLE hours.

After the training, educators will have the opportunity to continue their training, connect with peers, and earn professional development credits and micro credentials through an exclusive online follow up program.

  • Areas of focus will include support for implementation, peer curriculum review, and self-care

Participants will also receive discounts to the 2018 Children & Authenticity Conference, October 27th and 28th. This conference, which brings together practitioners from around the world, will provide educators the opportunity to deepen their practice of authenticity-focused SEL and to build training skills to bring this approach to their school community.

Training Leaders

Lesley Koplow : Director of the Center for Emotionally Responsive Practice at Bank Street College

Laura Simms : Award-winning storyteller, writer, arts-educator, and The Artistic Director of the Hans Christian Andersen Storytelling Center

Maya Projansky : Elementary School Teacher, Fellow and Teacher Consultant at the Hudson Valley Writing Project

Mark LaRiviere :  Chief Program Officer, Children’ Arts Guild

Alexander Kopelman : President & CEO, Children’s Arts Guild


The registration fee for this workshop is $250 and includes:

  • Two-day training (including materials, lunch and snack both days);
  • 10 hours of NY CTLE credit;
  • Exclusive access to online follow up training and three micro credentials;
  • Discounts to the 2018 Children & Authenticity Conference.

Children's Arts Guild is a NYSED Certified Professional Development Provider.

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