This year’s CEI Winter Virtual Conference (#CEIWinter21) was centered around the vision “We’ve Got This.” The goal was to arm leaders with actionable strategies throughout the conference. Additionally, we wanted to create a different experience for participants. Not sit-and-get. BUOY had the opportunity to partner with the conference team to imagine how we might do this. We wanted leaders to think about and discuss questions that truly were meaningful.
WHAT IS THE GREATEST CHALLENGE BLOCKING YOUR SYSTEM (SCHOOL/DISTRICT) FROM BECOMING TRULY RESTORATIVE?
Speakers facilitated conversations that offered new insights as well as some solutions. Networking, pair-ups, and sessions provided opportunites to continue the conversation.
BUOY’s task was to develop the conference e-workbook for the participants. As the conference launched it was so rewarding to see Self-Care and Health & Wellness be front and center for educators. We designed the e-workbook to be printed so participants could write, doodle, and color as they learned.
In addition to providing space for reflection, we also used the CASEL Framework to highlight key alignments to conference topics. Our goal was to practice SEL as adult leaders.
While this first virtual CEI conference was not perfect (we had a few glitches) the learning was amazing. Seeing leaders be willing to invest in their own self-care, leadership, and health and wellness so they could be the best for others was inspiring. The conversations around equity and inclusion, trauma, and innovation challenged thinking. We know that next year is only going to get better!
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IMPROVE IN YOUR FEEDBACK MODEL? HOW CAN YOU IMPROVE EFFICACY IN YOUR ORGANIZATION?
If you missed this event check in to see what recordings are available and be sure not to miss next year’s conference. Be sure to visit the conference website to learn more.
It was truly an honor to be part of this community and we hope you will join us next year for this amazing experience!
Check out a copy of the conference e-Workbook HERE
It was truly an honor to work with all the conference organizers! A special thank you to Tom Davis who brought us all together!