In Summer 2020, supported through a generous 1:1 matching grant from the E.E. Ford Foundation, we will launch FORGE, a new professional learning experience. FORGE is designed for academic leaders who see possibilities and seek to shape solutions and refine them in a community of fellow educators dedicated to reflective practice, professional growth, and positive change in schools. FORGE begins with a four-day in-person learning experience and continues online through the academic year with coaching and peer mentoring through practical steps to implement change.
Standing in a forge, a blacksmith with a piece of iron in hand sees possibility. This iron can become many things – a horseshoe, nails, a ladle, or a work of art. This transformation is not effortless. It takes heat, strength, vision, determination, and reflection. It involves a process of shaping, reshaping, and refining to create the finished work. Like the blacksmith, educators too stand in a forge – of ideas about and practices of teaching, learning, and leading. By refining our vision, honing our practices, and reflecting on and adjusting our actions, we can shape ourselves and our schools in remarkable ways.
When and Where is FORGE?
The first FORGE will be held July 14-17, 2020 at Albuquerque Academy. We'll begin at 8:00 am on Tuesday, July 14 and conclude at 4:00 pm on Friday, July 17.
How much does FORGE cost?
The cost of the seminar is $1,500. This fee includes
- all seminar materials
- breakfast and lunch each day
- welcome reception
- farewell dinner
- coaching through the school year
- fun and networking with amazing colleagues
Lodging and travel are not included in the cost of the seminar. A group rate at a nearby hotel will be available to participants.