INVENTING THE WORLD:
Supporting empathy and agency
through a pedagogy of play
Susan MacKay and Matt Karlsen
from Opal School
Saturday, March 2, 2019
9am – 4:00pm
$125 (lunch included)
Short Avenue Elementary School
12814 Maxella Ave. Los Angeles 90066
We live in a world of our making. Having a strong sense of agency comes from embracing the idea that we have the ability, right, and opportunity to design and create the world we want to live in. Negotiating that process of invention with others is hard work. It requires empathy, curiosity, flexibility, and capacity to embrace different perspectives.
School can be where we practice and strengthen these skills among others – it’s where strangers become community. At school, we can learn the benefits of taking safe risks, to become comfortable with uncertainty, to build emotional intelligence, and to exercise civic responsibility.
"In the past, jobs were about muscles; now they're about brains; but in the future, they'll be about the heart."
— Minouche Shafik, Director, London School of Economics
100% of the proceeds from this event will support our work in LAUSD Title I TK classes and play spaces for refugee children living in Greece
Opal School is a small school serving children ages 3-11 in Portland, Oregon. During this workshop, Opal School’s Susan Harris MacKay and Matt Karlsen celebrate the courage, wisdom, and tremendous capacity to navigate complexity children and adults discover when they invent the world together. We hope our time together inspires you to re-imagine the vital role of school for children and democracy: Let’s leave better equipped and more strongly committed to working with children to invent more just, whole-hearted, and beautiful worlds.