Eight Manhattan Country School educators are participating in this week’s PEN 2017 National Conference. This three-day, bi-annual event offers a host of workshops, place-based experiences and keynote presentations. The theme of this year’s conference is Continuous Lines: Amplify students’ voices, agency, conscience and intellect to create a more equitable, just and sustainable world.
Three MCS educators are presenters at this year’s conference. On Friday, Nassim Zerriffi, seventh and eighth grade history teacher and activism coordinator, led a workshop titled “Combating Islamophobia: The Impact of Islam on Western Civ. and America from the Renaissance to the Blues.” Saturday Upper School Math Coordinator Flannery Denny is presenting a workshop titled “Middle School Math Is an Important Tool for Democracy and Social Justice,” while Upper School Director Maiya Jackson is conducting a session called “Progressive Leadership: Building Schools That Educate for Democracy.”
Also attending the conference are Paulo Arango, 4-5s teacher; Bonnie Greenwald, learning specialist; Jay Fung, librarian; Farm Director John McDaniel and Annie Pevear, nature teacher. The PEN Conference is just one example of the professional development opportunities that MCS makes available to teachers and staff each year.