Blueprint of a Journey

Spatialosophy™ has been a journey of spatial exploration, which began many years ago, (informally) while I was a student, very sensitive to the spaces around me.

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In its formal sense, the Spatialosophy™ journey was made possible through the National After School Matters Fellowship, an incredible opportunity which enabled me to conduct this practitioner research, beginning in 2015.

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Based at the National Institute on Out-of-School Time (NIOST) and at the National Writing Project (NWP), the National After School Matters Fellowship is an intensive professional development opportunity in which out-of- school time professionals from a range of youth-serving organizations engage in a two-year, facilitated inquiry-based experience.

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NASM Fellows, seen as agents of education reform, produce published manuscripts, conference presentations, and other resources for the purpose of: bettering their own practice; improving OST program quality; and, enhancing the experiences of youth & practitioners in the OST field.

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The Spatialosophy™ journey that began with a National After School Matters Fellowship, continued through study with The Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools, a professional learning community and mentoring program led by experts in the field of social-emotional learning (SEL), school culture and climate (SCC), and character development (CD).  The Academy is a collaboration between the College of Saint Elizabeth and Rutgers University, under the direction of Dr. Maurice Elias (Rutgers) and Dr. Patricia Heindel (CSE).

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The Academy offers a professional certificate from the College of Saint Elizabeth in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development. Participants in the certificate program benefit from exclusive access to a professional learning community (PLC) online, which provides a wealth of resources for SEL and SCC professionals, including forums on a variety of topics, access to a resource library, and access to program mentors.  The Academy provides a space for educators and practitioners to discuss current trends, explore the latest research, and find ongoing support and mentoring for implementing SEL-centered initiatives in K-12 schools and districts.

http://sel.cse.edu/academy/

In January of 2017, after working for sixteen months with skilled mentors (Donna Black, Victoria Blakeney, and Dr. Scott Taylor), I earned a Certificate in School Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development from The Academy. This educational experience added Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), Character Development (CD), and School Culture and Climate (SCC) to the design of a Spatialosophy™ framework to be implemented in school settings and other learning environments (pilots set to begin in the fall of 2018).