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 JULY 5 – 14, 2023

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Are you ready to reflect deeply about teaching, learning and well-being from a unique educational, cultural and historical perspective? Join us for this unprecedented mindfulness and education experience, carefully designed to intimately engage us with the exquisite land, culture, traditions, and people of Bali

Created with educators in mind, psychologists, therapists, leaders, and other practitioners will also delight in this captivating adventure which promises to awaken a deeper sense of inquiry, insight and imagination.  The lasting effects of this magical retreat are sure to transform our own reflective and teaching practice and will also touch the lives of students that we care deeply about.

Expect to spark playfulness and elevate well-being in body, mind and spirit. 


Program Price:

Double Occupancy – $2,945

Single Supplement – $850

*Special early bird rate of $2,795 if you register and pay deposit by December 15, 2022.

–> If you are not traveling with someone you would like to share a room with, we will pair you with another solo traveler, if no one is available, single room occupancy fee may apply. Each traveler will have their own bed unless you have indicated otherwise.

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Dr. Harper Keenan
Robert Quartermain Professor of Gender & Sexuality in Education at the University of British Columbia


Boxed in: Trans Life and the Struggle for Self Determination at School 
with an opening performance by Per Sia, 
Educator & Drag Performer with Drag Queen Story Hour 


Thursday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m. EST via Zoom


This event is free and open to the public. 

ASL interpretation and live transcription will be provided. 

This event will not be recorded.  

What are the conditions currently facing trans and gender non-conforming children and teachers in PK-12 public schools, and what might those conditions reveal about the role of school in society? This talk will begin by addressing the current political context of mounting hostility against trans people in education, and then present data drawn from two studies: first, a mixed-methods study of nearly 400 trans-identifying workers in PK-12 schools across the United States and Canada, and second, from a two-year ethnographic project examining the struggle for gender self-determination in primary education in a large urban school district in Northern California. Taken together, the findings from these studies offer insights into how schools serve to teach the public about the social meaning of gender, including how gender interacts with race.

Dr. Harper B. Keenan was appointed as the inaugural Robert Quartermain Professor of Gender & Sexuality in Education at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education in 2019. In that role, he serves as the faculty director of SOGI UBC, which is a program supporting self-determination in gender and sexuality throughout PK-12 education. His work has been accepted at a variety of peer-reviewed academic journals and edited volumes, including Educational Researcher, Harvard Educational Review, Teachers College Record, Curriculum Inquiry, Theory & Research in Social Education, Teaching Education, and Gender & Education. He has also written for or been interviewed by a number of popular press outlets like NPR, NBC National News, Reuters, Slate, and EdWeek. In 2022, he was awarded a NAEd/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship

Per Sia is currently a regular performer in the Internationally acclaimed "Drag Queen Story Hour" as well as an educator in residence at the Children's After School Arts (CASA) program in the San Francisco Unified School District which was recently profiled on KQED Arts and National Public Radio. With a pedigree from weekly performances at the late, iconic Esta Noche, Per Sia's trajectory has gone on to include art curation, stand-up, television, and maybe a quinceañera or two, in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and México. 

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The Annual 2022 MSUNER Summer Conference
The 2022 MSUNER Summer Conference is hosted by the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal.  This virtual event will take place on June 27th from 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM, and feature keynote speaker Michael D. Hannon, PhD, LAC (NJ), NCC, Associate Professor, Department of Counseling, Montclair State University, Editor, Black Fathering & Mental Health. The MSUNER's goal this year is to shift the agenda to look at “Equity” realities through the lens of mental health in P-12 education settings. In the academic year 2022-2023, in addition to race, class and culture, the MSUNER will highlight special professional development opportunities in: Speech & Language Applications for the General Education Classroom; NeuroDiversity; Mental Health/Trauma Response; Self-Care for Teachers and Students; and Supporting/Addressing STEM Student Anxiety.
Conference Schedule:
  • 8:30 - 9:00 AM: Welcome, Introductions, Land Acknowledgement 
  • 9:00 - 10:00 AM: Keynote Address: Your Role in Advocating for Mental Health Equity in Your Schools, Dr. Michael Hannon 
  • 10:00 - 11:00 AM: The Inclusive Classroom, Dr. Jessica Bacon 
  • 11:00 - 12:00 PM: Equity Oriented Leadership, Dr. Patricia Virella, with Panel Members from: Paterson, Leonia, and Roselle 
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