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Thursday, December 1 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Welcome to NEASC2022 & KEYNOTE: From burned out to burning bright: How school leaders can leverage the science of purpose and belonging to thrive at school (and in life)

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We are honored to have Mary Skipper, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, kick off our conference. Her commitment to the innovative use of data to inform continuous progress, to ensure a student-centered approach to teaching and learning, and to equity of opportunity and access for all students is exemplary of the leadership and dedication to community that will resonate throughout the conference.

Following her welcome, the student choir from the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Boston will perform.

We are pleased to announce Kam Chohan as this year’s recipient of NEASC’s 1885 Award for Exemplary Service to Education.

Even pre-pandemic, many people were working harder than ever to get ahead in the workplace, while feeling disengaged and questioning their purpose and calling. Covid-19 amplified these struggles, especially in education. It’s estimated that as much as 44% of educators are considering leaving the profession altogether. This reflects a more global crisis: more than half of workers suffer from burnout and 80% say the pandemic has taken a personal toll. In response, millions have quit their jobs in what has been dubbed the Great Resignation.

Dr. Belle Liang and Timothy Klein, LCSW devote their careers both to training educators and to cutting through the daily pressures to show a better way, a framework, and a set of questions to help educators reclaim their “true north”: the intrinsically motivating and noble aspirations that drew them to the field of education in the first place.

Liang and Klein will reveal the real cause of the educator burnout crisis. Here’s a hint: it’s not the long hours or the demands from students and parents. It’s the emotional exhaustion that arises from a sense of powerlessness and meaninglessness. Thankfully, there is hope. When we tap into the science of purpose, research shows it makes educators more engaged in their work, more resilient in the face of daily stressors, and more likely to education work as their calling.

In this highly interactive talk, school leaders will learn why we don’t have to do “more” to better support our teachers and ourselves. Instead, we must create the space to reflect and reconnect to why we came to education in the first place. In doing so, not only will this change educators' personal experience, it will change the culture and climate of the school as well.

Join two educators as they share their award-winning work on purpose and belonging. They will show how what’s good for educators is also good for students. They will unpack the science of purpose and share why purpose-driven students are more engaged in school, are more successful in college, and more likely to be thriving in their careers and lives.

Educators and administrators will come away with evidence-based best practices and tangible strategies they can immediately implement in their schools. Liang and Klein will show every school leader how to transform their schools, and their teachers by tapping into the power of purpose-belong informed education.

This session is proudly supported by Jostens 

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Mary Skipper

Superintendent, Boston Public Schools
In June 2022, the Boston School Committee selected Mary Skipper to serve as the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools (BPS). Mary previously served as the Superintendent of Somerville Public Schools (SPS). Before going to Somerville, Superintendent Skipper was a Network Superintendent... Read More →
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Belle Liang

Professor of Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology, Boston College - Lynch School of Education and Human Development
Dr. Belle Liang is a professor of counseling, developmental, and educational psychology in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, and an expert in mentoring and youth purpose. She is an American Psychological... Read More →
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Tim Klein

Co-Founder, How To Navigate Life, LLC
Tim Klein is an award-winning urban educator, clinical therapist, a former teaching fellow at Harvard University, and lecturer at Boston College. Prior to his work at Boston College, he helped launch Stanford University's Project Wayfinder, where he trained educators across the globe... Read More →

Thursday December 1, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm EST
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