How do we support the development of community members who are knowledgeable, reflective and compassionate, as well as engaged in promoting our collective thriving? We develop formidable skills through contemplative practices. We can combine these skills with cultural responsiveness, with the knowledge from our professional disciplines, and with an understanding of the conditions that lead to structural inequity. Our ability and willingness to use these combined tools, competencies and courage can lead to the birth of a deeper and informed compassion in action. Through presentation and conversation, Dr. Petty will engage us in a reflective dialogue about the conditions under which diverse youth and adults are living, struggling, learning and growing, and the skills we all need to cultivate in order to work together as agents of healing and social transformation.
Dr. Sheryl Petty has worked in education, systems change, equity and organizational development for nearly 20 years. She has been a high school teacher, executive director and consultant to districts, nonprofits, foundations and schools, and is a national Education Equity and Systems Change Consultant, an associate consultant with Movement Strategy Center (Oakland, CA) and Management Assistance Group (Washington, DC), and was a principal associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.
Dr. Petty’s work currently focuses on promoting aligned approaches to improving our collective life across education sectors including contemplative practice, research, capacity building, policy, community organizing, educator preparation and development, messaging and communications. Dr. Petty was most recently a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, practices indigenous African and Buddhist traditions, and holds a B.A. in Mathematics, an M.A. in Systematic & Philosophical Theology, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership & Change.