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Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist

We are pleased to announce that the Horace Mann School will host the second Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artistconference, on June 12-14, 2014.

Registration for the 2014 Social Artistry Conference is now closed.

Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist is a three-day introduction to Social Artistry designed specifically for members of school communities—teachers, administrators and school staff.

Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist

  • Provides conceptual tools and introduces capacities and practices that enable us to sustain our well-being and to engage our curriculum, our classroom practices and our school communities with new    depth and creativity;
  • Celebrates teachers and our role in preparing our students to live meaningful and purposeful lives;
  • Affirms our work in creating a world that works for everyone.

The daily schedule is below. A detailed schedule will be available at the event check-in.

Thursday, June 12th

8:30-9:20 a.m.Event Check-In and Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m.Morning Session Begins
12:00 noonBuffet Lunch
1:30 p.m.Afternoon Session Begins
5:30 p.m.Closing

Friday, June 13th

8:30-8:50 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.Morning Session Begins
12:00 noonBuffet Lunch
1:30 p.m.Afternoon Session Begins
5:30 p.m.Closing

Saturday, June 14th

8:30-8:50 a.m.Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m.Morning Session Begins
12:00 noonBuffet Lunch
1:30 p.m.Afternoon Session Begins
5:30-8:30 p.m.Closing Session and Special Dinner Hosted by Horace Mann School

Refreshment breaks are scheduled daily.

The content for the Conference will be similar, but not identical to the 2012 Conference. If you would like more information about the 2012 Conference, see below.

To meet the 2014 faculty, click here.

History: The Teacher as Social Artist 2012 Conference

Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist convened at the Horace Mann School, Bronx, NY, June 14-16, 2012.

The conference was first envisioned in 2007 and evolved throughout the subsequent five years to become the first “Introduction to Social Artistry” designed specifically for school faculty, staff and administrators and the first to be sponsored by an educational institution.

Drawing on the work of Dr. Houston and Dr. Howard Gardner’s Five Minds for the Future, among other sources, the conference supported participants in exploring and developing their human capacities and the social analysis and social capacities that can enable one to look afresh at curriculum, classroom dynamics, schools and the societal expectations and systems that impact the educational process.

Participants had opportunities to work individually and in small groups on curriculum development informed by the practices and concepts presented at the conference. View the 2012 Conference Schedule here.  Visit the 2012 Faculty page here.

2012 Participants

Thirty-nine people gathered for the conference. They represented all educational levels from nursery years through college. They represented a range of disciplines: science, theater, dance, visual arts, marketing, English, environmental education, life skills, health and counseling, computer science and technology, library staff, foreign language and school staff and administration. There were men and women, and younger to senior faculty. Nineteen came from HM representing all 5 Divisions of the School, Pre-K through 12th and the Dorr Nature Lab. Others came from Chicago, Long Island, New York City, Arizona, upstate New York New Jersey and Georgia! Without exception the participants were bright, open, enthusiastic and creative.



The feedback to the conference was overwhelmingly positive. Here is a very small selection of the comments:

I can say without hesitation that it was one of the best designed,     thoughtfully researched, professionally presented, and innovative workshops I have experienced. The content was relevant to every aspect of the life of the School, every discipline and every office in the School that exists to support our collective efforts to nurture “great and giving lives” in our students.

—Environmental Educator & Administrator

I felt that I regained new energy, not only physically but spiritually as well.... I feel I can make a significant difference in my teaching, school, and community with my new desire, hope, energy, and tools that I acquired from this conference.

I felt that singing and dancing together brought us—all 50 unique individuals—together as one. ... (and) made me forget my age—freedom within the structure!

—Pre-School Teacher


Singing and dancing together created a joyful feeling among our group of strangers. It was the perfect way for us to feel comfortable with one and other.

The exercise of deep listening and imagining taught me how to be more receptive to others and how to expand my mind. It made me want to try it with family and friends.

I especially enjoyed the walk in silence around the campus. A walk I take most days turned into a journey of exploration of sky, shapes, colors, sounds, textures and feelings. For the first time, I noticed objects I had never seen before yet have always been there.

The pacing of the days worked well. Shifting from sitting and listening to speakers to actively dancing and singing kept everyone “on their toes”.

—School Library Staff Member


Future Conferences:

Please watch for opportunities to participate Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist conferences.

During the summer of 2013, a Horace Mann Social Artist joined with a Georgia Social Artist to discuss Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist with potential public school, private school and college sponsors across Southwestern Georgia.

In June, 2014, Horace Mann will sponsor a Curriculum Development Retreat at the School’s environmental education center, the John Dorr Nature Lab, in Washington, Connecticut. An inter-generational team of young adults and mentors will develop the training materials for “Emerging Leaders as Social Artists" for young adults and "Youth Lead the Way: An Introduction to Social Artistry" for youth.

Horace Mann School will host a special internationally focused Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist conference on February 14-16, 2015.

If you want to explore sponsoring Re-Imagining Education: The Teacher as Social Artist in your school, district or region write socialartistry.ed@horacemann.org

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