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Workshop Descriptions

2013 Proctor Institute Workshops 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Tuesday July 16 Wednesday July 17
Thursday July 18
Breaking the Chains: Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline

With Eric Brown, Shakya Cherry-Donaldson, Damien Durr and Ndume Olatushani

Developing a Trauma Informed Child Advocacy Ministry

With the Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets
Creating Safe Schools: Ending Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies and Nurturing Conflict Resolution Practices

With Chandra Banks and George Halfkenny

CDF Freedom Schools® Program

With Robin Sally and Ms. Shaquite Pegues

From the Sanctuaries into the Streets: Partnering with People Directly Impacted by the Struggles in Impoverished Communities of Color Freedom Riders Documentary Screening

With Oleta Fitzgerald

Stepping Into the Media “Pulpit” to Be an Effective Voice for Children and Justice

With Erica Williams Simon

Preaching Social Justice

With the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.
Planning a Children’s Sabbath as a Catalyst for Change

With the Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris

From Promise to Reality: Connecting Families with Benefits 

Tearing Down the Walls

With Shane Claiborne
Taking Proctor Home

With Scott Jacobsen

Power Tools: Non-Violent Organizing Strategies
Part 1: A Force More Powerful


With the Rev. Jim Lawson and the Rev. Janet Wolf


(3-Part, Extended Workshop Option)
Power Tools: Non-Violent Organizing Strategies
Part 2: Why the Nonviolent Struggle Works


With the Rev. Jim Lawson and the Rev. Janet Wolf
Power Tools: Non-Violent Organizing Strategies
Part 3: How to Ignite a Nonviolent Campaign


With the Rev. Jim Lawson and the Rev. Janet Wolf

 

Proctor Bonus Workshops 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

The Birmingham Children’s March Documentary Screening

With Oleta Fitzgerald

Continuing the Conversation with Bishop C. Joseph Sprague Continuing the Conversation with Damien Durr,  Roy Martin, Carlin Rushing, and Alexis Vigil
An Introduction to the CDF Freedom Schools Program

With Robin Sally and Shaquite Pegues

Protect Children, Not Guns: What Can We Do To Win?

With the Rev. Thomas Bowen

An Introduction to the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® Celebrations

With the Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris
Storytelling for Building Safe Communities and Strong Hearts in the World of the Bully, the Bullied, the Bystander, and the Baiter  

With Helen Wise

Storytelling for Building Safe Communities and Strong Hearts in the World of the Bully, the Bullied, the Bystander, and the Baiter  

With Helen Wise

Introduction to Creating Safe Schools: Ending Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies and Nurturing Conflict Resolution Practices 

With Chandra Banks and George Halfkenny

Legislative Update Part I: Ensuring Every Child a Safe Start

With MaryLee Allen

Legislative Update, Part II: Catching Up on Budget Cuts, Investments in Early Childhood, Immigration, and Other Actions

With MaryLee Allen

We Can Do Better: Protect Children, Not Guns

With Patti Hassler

 

Tuesday, July 16
Workshops 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Breaking the Chains: Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline

Facilitated by Eric Brown, Shakya Cherry-Donaldson, Damien Durr and Ndume Olatushani

Interactive panel presentation that will include CDF's Nashville team, Eric Brown, Shakya Cherry-Donaldson, Damien Durr and Ndume Olatushani, as well as young people directly impacted by unfair zero tolerance policies. We will explore practical solutions for changing those policies and other feeder systems into the pipeline to prison.

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CDF Freedom Schools® Program:  A Summer Reading Enrichment, Mentoring, Parent and Community Engagement Model
   
Facilitated by Shaquite Pegues and Robin Sally, CDF Freedom Schools® Program

(Please note that an abbreviated, one-hour version of this workshop is offered on Tuesday from 4:15–5:15 p.m.)

Examine the concept and vision behind this successful summer and after-school enrichment program for children ages five to 18. The CDF Freedom Schools program integrates reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural and historical awareness. Our annual Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute has hundreds of participants and college-age interns, representing dozens of states and cities. This summer, these interns will help run CDF Freedom Schools programs operating at more than 180 sites across the country, serving thousands of children.

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Stepping Into the Media “Pulpit” to Be an Effective Voice for Children and Justice

Facilitated by Erica Williams Simon

Auburn Media equips faith leaders to use media to bridge religious divides, build community, pursue justice and heal the world.  Media is the pulpit of the 21st century: from immigration to gun violence to LGBT equality to money in politics, religion and faith dominate today's headlines. Over the past ten years Auburn Media has established itself as a key media trainer for the religious movement, having trained more than 3,500 religious leaders and experts on religion. Participants will learn top tips for speaking powerfully through the media and a messaging strategy designed for faith voices. These tools will equip leaders with skills to take their authentic voices and social justice or values issue and create a media-ready message that can platform their work to a new audience through television, radio, effective blogging, social media and op-eds.

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Power Tools: Non-Violence Organizing Strategies

Facilitated by the Rev. Jim Lawson and the Rev. Janet Wolf

Please Note: In order to participate in this special three-day, extended session training, participants must register for all three double-sessions (2:00-5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday). If you will participate in this special training, you should not register for any other workshop choices.

In this special extended training taking place over three days, through lectures, conversations, film clips and role playing, we will explore how the Nonviolent Movement of America, 1953-1973, could form our 21st century struggle for equality, liberty and justice. 

Tuesday:  A Force More Powerful (Part 1 of 3)
Wednesday:  Why the Nonviolent Struggle Works (Part 2 of 3)
Thursday:  How to Ignite a Nonviolent Campaign (Part 3 of 3)

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Tuesday, July 16
Bonus Workshops 4:15-5:15 p.m.

The Birmingham Children’s March Documentary Screening

Facilitated by Oleta Fitzgerald, Director of CDF’s Southern Regional Office

Come for a screening of this inspiring documentary to discover strategies and lessons, insights and inspiration that we can take from the movement chronicled in the film and apply to our own nation and efforts to build a movement for children in this country that creates real change and brings justice and peace to America’s children.

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An Introduction to the CDF Freedom Schools® Program:  A Summer Reading Enrichment, Mentoring, Parent and Community Engagement Model

Facilitated by Shaquite Pegues and Ms. Robin Sally, CDF Freedom Schools® Program

(Please note that an extended, two-hour version of this workshop is offered from 2:00–4:00 on Tuesday.) 

Participants will gain an overview of the concept and vision behind this successful summer and after-school enrichment program for children ages five to 18.  The CDF Freedom Schools program integrates reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural and historical awareness. Participants will gain an overview of the concept and vision behind this successful summer and after-school enrichment program for children ages five to 18.  The CDF Freedom Schools program integrates reading, conflict resolution and social action in an activity-based curriculum that promotes social, cultural and historical awareness.

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Legislative Update Part I:  Ensuring Every Child a Safe Start

Facilitated by MaryLee Allen, Director of CDF’s Child Welfare Division

(Participation in Legislative Update Part II not required)

Every three hours and 15 minutes a child or teen is killed by a gun. There were more preschool age children killed by guns in 2010 than there were police officers killed in the line of duty. It has to stop. Learn more about steps Congress can take now to ensure every child a safe start through common sense gun safety laws, strengthened mental health resources and a commitment to counter the culture of violence. Help to educate your Members of Congress about the need to for universal background checks, bans on assault weapons and high capacity magazines, and consumer product safety standards and childproof safety features for all guns.

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Storytelling for Building Safe Communities and Strong Hearts in the World of the Bully, the Bullied, the Bystander and the Baiter

Fascilitated by Helen Wise

(Please Note: This is an intergenerational workshop designed for adults, youth, families and unaccompanied children; given twice, stories and activities will be different each day.)

Since the beginning, people have told stories to build community and identity, to pass on faith and values.  Narrative is the way humans find meaning or make sense out of their lives.  Through stories, the imagination explores new possibilities for thinking and doing. And besides all of the above, a good story is fun for everyone at any age.  Join storyteller Helen Wise for participatory/interactive (that means participants will add as much to the telling, meaning and future usefulness of the story as the teller does!) storytelling. Stories of compassion, inner strength, accountability, and human nature will challenge youth and adults while still entertaining even the youngest. These will not be didactic stories that explicitly teach behaviors, rather stories that open discussions about characters who were not defined by abuse, about our responses to the Bully, Bullied, Baiter, and Bystander, about being a community accountable to and for all.

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Wednesday, July 17
Workshops 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Developing a Trauma Informed Child Advocacy Ministry

Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Frederick J. Streets

This workshop will provide tools for creating a trauma informed ministry to children and youth and a framework of understanding the psychosocial and spiritual development of children and the impact a traumatic experience or experiences can have upon them and their families.  Many members of a congregation or a community and their families and friends have histories of a trauma induced experience including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual violence, domestic violence, gun violence, war related, and death of a loved one, bullying and being a witness to any or all of these or other events.  People who have been traumatized often turn to ordained and lay religious leaders for help.  A trauma informed ministry is crucial for religious providers of social and pastoral care services to members of their community who have been impacted by such forms of violence.

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From the Sanctuaries into the Streets: Partnering with People Directly Impacted by the Struggles in Impoverished Communities of Color

Facilitated by Eric Brown, Shakya Cherry-Donaldson, Damien Durr and Ndume Olatushani

Interactive panel presentation will include CDF's Nashville team, as well as young people directly impacted by poverty and other forms of systemic violence. Presenters will also include Lorraine Stallworth, Director of Student Services for Metro Nashville Public Schools, and Rashedat Fetuga, Director of Gideon's Army.

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Preaching Social Justice

Facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr., retired Senior Pastor of Olivet Institutional Baptist Church; Proctor Co-Pastor-in-Residence

When Jesus told the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, what did he really mean? This workshop will give you the courage to preach, teach and lead with a commitment to nonviolence and social transformation.

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Tearing Down the Walls

Facilitated by Shane Claiborne

From picket fences and gated neighborhoods to office cubicles and prison cells, we live in a world of walls.  We can end up lonely people… stuck in the ghettoes of poverty and the ghettoes of affluence. But God is all about tearing down walls. We are not alone. Stories of compassion and reconciliation invite us into the promise that the gates will not prevail. Poverty and injustice become personal, as we gain the eyes to see the suffering around us. The Gospel comforts the afflicted and afflicts the comfortable… but is good news to all of us. 

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Wednesday, July 17
Bonus Workshops 4:15-5:15 p.m.

Continuing the Conversation with Bishop C. Joseph Sprague

In this session, participants will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Bishop Sprague in a smaller, more informal and interactive setting about Communities of Shalom and other topics raised in the morning plenary session. This will be a time to go deeper into topics that were raised in the morning plenary session and to raise questions, relate experiences or share thoughts that were raised by the plenary.   

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From Promise to Reality: Connecting Families with Benefits

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Storytelling for Building Safe Communities and Strong Hearts in the World of the Bully, the Bullied, the Bystander and the Baiter

Fascilitated by Helen Wise

(Please Note: This is an intergenerational workshop designed for adults, youth, families and unaccompanied children; given twice, stories and activities will be different each day.)

Since the beginning, people have told stories to build community and identity, to pass on faith and values. Narrative is the way humans find meaning or make sense out of their lives. Through stories, the imagination explores new possibilities for thinking and doing. And besides all of the above, a good story is fun for everyone at any age. Join storyteller Helen Wise for participatory/interactive (that means participants will add as much to the telling, meaning and future usefulness of the story as the teller does!) storytelling. Stories of compassion, inner strength, accountability, and human nature will challenge youth and adults while still entertaining even the youngest. These will not be didactic stories that explicitly teach behaviors, rather stories that open discussions about characters who were not defined by abuse, about our responses to the Bully, Bullied, Baiter, and Bystander, about being a community accountable to and for all.

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Legislative Update, Part II: Catching Up on Budget Cuts, Investments in Early Childhood, Immigration, and Other Actions

Facilitated by MaryLee Allen, Director of CDF’s Child Welfare Division

(Participation in Legislative Update Part I not required)

Members of Congress have other important opportunities this year to invest in children and strengthen their futures. They can start by repealing the draconian budget rules, called “sequestration “ that are depriving children of Head Start, school teachers and other critically needed supports across the country. Learn more about CDF’s “Be Careful What You Cut Campaign” that can be used to dramatize the impact of these cuts and steps that must be taken to prevent them. President Obama’s Early Childhood Development and Learning initiatives offer the promise of a significant expansion of quality early childhood programs for our youngest children. Learn how it can help children in your state. Anticipated action on the immigration front also offers new opportunities and protections for children and teens. Learn more about each of these and other actions to help children.

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Thursday, July 18
Workshops 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Creating Safe Schools: Ending Zero Tolerance Discipline Policies and Nurturing Conflict Resolution Practices

Facilitated by Chandra Banks, Ed.M. District Wide Conflict Mediator for Cambridge Public Schools, and George Halfkenny

(Please note: An abbreviated one-hour version of this workshop is offered on Thursday from 4:15-5:15 p.m.)

George and Chandra will demonstrate the use of Restorative Practices to include diverse voices in the effort to eliminate zero tolerance policies in schools and other child serving agencies. For the past three years George has been using peace circles in the community to educate men and boys about the School to Prison Pipeline and gather recommendations for addressing this phenomena in the city of Cambridge. Participants of this effort include students, parents, grandparents, outreach workers, mental health providers, corrections officers, former felons, police personnel and general residents of the city who have, and have not been successful in avoiding the pipeline. Since 2006, Chandra has been using peace circles and mediation within the school district to address conflict, student behavior, school climate issues and the achievement gap. Participants have included students (with excellent records and those who have low grades, poor attendance, and get suspended regularly), school personnel and parents.

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Freedom Riders Documentary Screening

Facilitated by Oleta Fitzgerald, Director of CDF’s Southern Regional Office

Come for a screening of this inspiring documentary to discover strategies and lessons, insights and inspiration that we can take from the movement chronicled in the film and apply to our own nation and efforts to build a movement for children in this country that creates real change and brings justice and peace to America’s children.

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Planning a Children’s Sabbath as a Catalyst for Change to End the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty

Facilitated by the Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris, CDF Religious Affairs Advisor and Director of the Proctor Institute

Explore how the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths® celebration, a national multi-faith program of the Children’s Defense Fund, can enliven your congregation to work for justice for all children.  This will be an interactive workshop generating practical planning strategies and creative ideas for worship, education, outreach and advocacy that you can take back to your congregation and community to engage them in the 2013 Children’s Sabbath, Beating Swords Into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty.

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Taking Proctor Home

Facilitated by Scott Jacobsen, CDF Deputy Director of Communications and Outreach

Participants in this workshop will outline ways they can take the skills they learned at Proctor to engage their own faith community back home in action. Participants will go over the importance of building relationships with elected officials, draft outlines of action plans, and discuss how communities can leverage their own constituency and build power. We will examine tactics and action plans that work in influencing decision makers to do the right thing for children with a particular focus on stemming the toll gun violence is having on children and communities, as well as the federal and state budget battles and ways to protect children and vulnerable populations from cuts to critical programs.

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Thursday, July 18
Bonus Workshops 4:15-5:15 p.m.

An Introduction to the National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths

Facilitated by the Rev. Shannon Daley-Harris, CDF Religious Affairs Advisor and Director of the Proctor Institute

After a brief overview of the Children’s Sabbath celebration, participants will be given a quick guided tour of the 2013 National Observance of Children’s Sabbaths resource manual, followed by a lively time of discussion and interaction to gain fresh ideas and inspiration on how this annual October event can help launch your congregation into an effective justice ministry for children.

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We Can Do Better: Protect Children, Not Guns

Facilitated by Patti Hassler, CDF Vice-President for Communications

Description to come.

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