The SCRR 2023 Winter Institute for Educators
A Call Inward: An offering of space and grace for collective renewal
A no cost virtual event
January 12, 2023
9:00 am – 12:30 pm PT / 11:00 am – 2:30 pm CT / 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm ET
(convert to your time zone)
One of our project’s central tenets is to listen and learn from educators: What is most needed at this moment? What is most needed to recover from a school crisis? How might we create spaces for educators to experience their own processing so that they feel more resourced and supported?
Start the new year with a collective breath, together.
Join us in community on Thursday, January 12th, for an opportunity to slow down, remember, and forge meaningful pathways towards renewal. During SCRR’s half-day institute, we hold space that allows us to catch our breath and dive inward for healing and exploration using processes that uplift storytelling and coherent narrative construction and visual arts.
This year, our institute focuses on growing our attunement skills and understanding what activates us so that we can reimagine activation as an opportunity for our growth and healing.
Holding the wisdom that our ability to authentically connect with ourselves is the transformative work that allows us to return to purpose and do the work, our time together will fortify us as we embark on the new semester. This winter, we focus specifically on building deeper self-awareness and attuning to our emotional landscape so that we might welcome the new year and semester more deeply reengaged in providing for and protecting our personal and collective needs.
2023 SCRR Winter Institute Goals
- Create a safe, generative, and regulating experience for educators, school-based mental health providers, and people who tend to the emotional well-being of youth.
- Provide an opportunity for attunement, wholeness and healing for educators and other school professionals through connection, storytelling and art after a big thing (crisis event).
- Engage participants in community values and evidence based, art centered, ritual activities that positively impact the process of recovery and renewal after a crisis.
- Support participants in imagining new ways to incorporate ritual and art into their personal practice in crisis recovery.
Anyone who tends to the wellness of young people within a school setting (school leaders, educators, community service providers, guidance counselors in higher education, social workers, etc.).
Our time together will consist of:
9:00 am – 9:55 am PT / 12:00 pm – 12:55 pm ET
Welcoming and Arriving
- Introduction to SCRR & orientation to the day
- Framing the day: Attuning and attending to activation as a pathway towards healing with Oriana Ides
- Keynote Address with Amber McZeal: Breath and Embodiment Practice
10:00 am – 11:00 am PT / 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm ET
Workshop One: Attuning to our stories with Michelle Mush Lee
11:05 am – 12:05 pm PT / 2:05 pm – 3:05 pm ET
Workshop Two: Attending to our hearts with Noor Jones-Bey & Emeka Ekwelum
12:10 pm – 12:30 pm PT / 3:10 pm – 3:30 pm ET
Integration, share out and closing
Exact time and details of agenda subject to change; full workshop descriptions forthcoming
Amber McZeal, M. A. in Somatic depth psychology and Ph. D. in Community, Liberation, Indigenous, and Ecological depth psychology; Founder, Decolonizing the Psyche
Writer, vocalist, sacred scholar, and artivist, Amber utilizes sound therapy and guided somatic imagery to engage the knowledge of the body within an interactive and liberatory arts practice. In 2018, Amber launched her organization, Decolonizing the Psyche, where she weaves somatic praxis with Afro-Indigenous spiritual technologies and social justice—deep decoloniality—in efforts to end oppression and create more humane social relationships.
Her approach centers imagination as foundational to movements to end oppression and create more humane social relationships. Her research explores the decolonial turn in maternal healthcare for Black women.
Michelle Mush Lee, M.A. Education, Equity, and Social Justice; Executive Director, Youth Speaks
Mush is a poet, narrative strategist, and pioneer of spoken word pedagogy. A Harvard University Project Zero Fellow, Mush is frequently a featured speaker on the intersection of emergent cultures, racial justice, and solidarity movements, and women of color in leadership. Her talks and writings have been featured on Vogue, HBO, PBS, AfroPop, Summit Series, Social Venture Network, National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE), and the Berkeley Communications Conference.
In 2019, Mush was invited to serve the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division as a Cultural Strategist-in-Government (CSIG), where she worked in City departments to infuse policymaking and practices with radically creative and culturally-competent thinking and problem-solving to promote civic belonging. Mush is the Vice-Chair of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Commission and a member of the City’s Funding Advisory Committee. In her spare time, Mush enjoys running, organizing her bookshelf, and laughing at mom jokes with her son.
Noor Jones-Bey, Doctoral Candidate, NYU; Program Director, EXCEL Academy, Educational Consultant
Noor Jones-Bey is a transdisciplinary educator, researcher and artist from the Bay Area, CA. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she is pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Education at the Steinhardt School and holds fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the Urban Doctoral Research Initiative at New York University. Jones-Bey is program director of EXCEL at NYU, a critical literacy and college access program for youth in the South Bronx housed at the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools.
As a scholar deeply interested in the movement between theory and practice, Jones-Bey has served as an educational equity consultant for public schools and serves as a founding member of the Radical Listening Project. She received an M.A. in Sociology of Education from New York University and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Jones-Bey’s scholarly work engages sociology, gender and sexuality studies, Black and Native studies, cultural studies and visual culture to examine issues of liminality, identity, space, and power as they relate to education. Her dissertation examines intergenerational knowledge of Black women and girls navigating in and out of schools.
Nnaemeka Ekwelum, Ed.M and Doctoral Candidate, Northwestern University, Educational Consultant
Nnaemeka (Emeka) Ekwelum is a transnational, multidisciplinary researcher, educator, artist, and curator from Boston, MA. He currently lives in Chicago, IL, where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in Black Studies (African American Studies) at Northwestern University. Emeka’s scholarly and creative interests converge at the intersection of history, critical theory, creative expression, comparative ethnography, and curatorial practice. His current research project examines the role of wonderment in contemporary and craft art collaborations between and amongst Black creatives. Prior to beginning his doctorate at Northwestern, Emeka held a professional career as an educator in his home state of Massachusetts, formally and informally working with youth and adult learners across a range of cultural contexts in the Boston/Greater Boston Area. His teaching philosophy reflects his training in Comparative Ethnic Studies (Columbia University, B.A.) and Arts in Education (Harvard University, Ed.M.), drawing on theories of Black feminist and political thought to interrogate ideas of power, privilege, and personhood through art and artmaking.
Oriana Ides, M.A. Clinical Psychology, APCC, PPS, SCRR Field Coach
Oriana Ides approaches healing the wounds of trauma and oppression as core elements of social justice and liberation. She has worked with young people across life’s course from elementary school to college, and has served as administrator, school-based therapist, classroom educator and program director. She is deeply committed to generating equity within school structures and policies by focusing on community valued mental health techniques and institutional design.
- This is less of a space to learn how to do for others (training) and more of a space that centers how to be for yourselves (centering).
- Can I come to some of the Institute if I can’t make the whole time? Yes, please come to as much of the program as you can!
- Are CEs offered? Yes. More information to be added soon.
- Are certificates of completion offered? Yes, upon request.
- Will this space be recorded? Yes.
Resources for Extended Learning
- Recording of the 2nd Annual SCRR Winter Institute in 2021 (Workshop 2 “What Color Is Your Heart Today? An intentional Practice of Checking In” with Francine Ostrem was not recorded to respect confidentiality of the content shared during the event)
- 2nd Annual SCRR Winter Institute slide deck with welcome practice, interlude, and closing practice (PDF)
- How to Use Affirmations by Brittany Together (PDF)
- My Body is a Vessel: Cultivating Joy and Wholeness playlist by Shirley Johnson
In the words of the participants from previous SCRR Winter Institutes:
“A beautiful, loving, and healing day. Thank you!”
“It felt so good to have a chance to recalibrate my body and mind as an educator towards feeling joy and connection again.”
Questions? Email program designer and SCRR field coach Oriana Ides
Oides [at] cars-rp.org