Only two more weeks until I travel to Rome with the National AfterSchool Association @national_afterschool_assoc as part of their International Learning Exchange (ILE), which was established to create an educational opportunity for NAA members to gain innovative knowledge that elevates the field of afterschool.
I am beyond excited to join this year's professional learning community of out-of-school time advocates! While in Rome, we will have opportunities to engage with leaders from the Department of Education, and participate in panel discussions with practitioners and professional development experts to discuss key similarities and differences with the U.S. education systems.
The ILE will serve as the launch of my 'Spatial Exploration Research Tour 2018-19', which will also visit Barcelona while in Europe. This research tour is fueled by a passion of mine to explore the factors that create positive experiences for youth in their learning spaces. Visits to U.S. sites in Idaho, Utah, Maryland, New York, and other states are already on the tour's itinerary for this fall/winter (with more locations to be announced). -
The purpose of 'Spatial Exploration' is to add depth to and further the scope of my practitioner research that began in 2015 with an National After School Matters Fellowship and led to Spatialosophy™. Insight gleaned from this research tour will inform Spatialosophy™ curricula and educator resources currently in development. Additionally, a chronicle of Spatial Exploration will be the subject of a forthcoming publication & visual production. -
—Devan B. / Creator of Spatialosophy™
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