Who should attend the Powerful Learners Symposium?

Educators who are committed to meeting every student's social-emotional needs and who are committed to equity are the target audience for the Powerful Learners Symposium. The  symposium is largely focused on serving students in 5th-12th grades, both in and out of the classroom.

We define educators broadly: teachers, paraprofessionals, resources aids, out-of-school-time youth developers, school and community-based organization leadership and administration, and case managers who work with students -- as well as undergrad and graduate students who will be entering the field.

All experience levels are welcome, but do come prepared to share your insights and participate in skilled and truly collaborative conversations throughout the symposium.

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What are the registration fees?

Sliding Scale Registration Fees

$0 - Student teachers and early-career educators 

$50/$100/$150 - Pay as you are able, allowing accessibility for all educators

What does the schedule include?

**Schedule Subject to Change

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022

9:00 - 9:15am

Welcome - Sharon Olken, Executive Director Gateway Public Schools

9:15 - 10:00am PST

Session #1 - TBA

10:00 - 10:30am PST


10:00 - 10:15am PST

Joy Break - Dance/Movement with Crystal

10:15 - 10:30am PST

Screen-Free Fifteen

10:30 - 11:30am PST

Session #2 - TBA

11:30am - 12:00pm PST


11:30 - 11:45am PST

Joy Break - Black Joy Mini Lesson with Aumornai

11:45am - 12:00pm PST

Screen-free Fifteen

12:00 - 12:45pm PST

Dr. Janette Hernandez and Aaron Watson  - "A Racial Equity Learning Exchange: A model for cultivating a culture off racial equity in schools"

12:45 - 1:00PM PST

Appreciations and Closing


Who is speaking?

We're thrilled to be welcoming some amazing educators from across the Bay Are! View our speaker lineup. 

Are there opportunities to sponsor the conference?

Absolutely! For sponsorship tiers and details please contact Chanda Lockhart

Are scholarships available for the registration fee?

Scholarships are available if you or your organization cannot cover the registration fee. Please contact Chanda Lockhart if the registration fee is a financial hardship. In your email, include your name, school/organization, how long you have worked with students, and how/why attending the symposium will make an impact on your practice, young people, and school/organization.

Why is there a registration fee for a virtual symposium?

The registration fees covers the direct costs of Gateway hosting the virtual symposium, including the digital platforms (Zoom), session recording and production, significant staff skill and time to facilitate and manage the symposium, and symposium materials and participant boxes.