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International Education Workshop

August 25 @ 8:00 am - August 28 @ 6:00 pm

International Education Workshop: How to Respect Student’s Rights, Promote Social-Emotional Development, and Facilitate Agency: Lessons From Janusz Korczak

Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Location: Seattle Pacific University (3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119)

Join renowned practice-oriented researchers and educators for an engaging, interactive workshop on the work and legacy of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942). A Polish/Jewish educator, pediatrician, and writer, Dr. Korczak was a strong advocate for youth and an author of the first Declaration of Children’s Rights. His work has influenced educational practices around the world, led to creating International Korczak movement and helped establishing compassionate schools, culturally responsive classrooms, and providing unique opportunities for social emotional learning in schools.

Learn more about the inspirational legacy of Dr. Korczak and apply his innovative ideas, tools, and practices into your own classrooms and schools. This daylong, professional development workshop will feature expert speakers (see list below) and expound on Korczak’s work and its pedagogical implications across nations. Participants will develop a greater understanding of Korczak’s role in promoting student agency and self-advocacy. As youth consider the importance of actively engaged citizenship, this workshop is both timely and important across nations and cultures.

Educators will also be presented with teaching resources and learn how to translate and apply Korczak’s framework into appropriate pedagogical materials. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to collaborate with presenters and teachers to design and share Korczak-based projects for classroom use. Overall, this unique workshop will provide educators with new strategies for developing innovative ideas and projects supporting students’ emotional and social development across diverse communities.


  • Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Seattle Pacific University
  • Sara Efrat Efron, Ph.D, Professor, National Louis University, Chicago, IL
  • Carrie Basas, Director, Washington State Governor’s Office of the Education Ombuds
  • Jonathan Levy, teacher trainer and trainer of child professionals, CATS (Children as Actors for
    Transforming Society) Director, Paris, France
  • Darcia Narvaez, Ph.D, Professor of Psychology, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
  • Julie Scott, 8th Grade English/Language Arts Teacher, East Valley Middle School, Spokane, WA
  • Ira Pataki, Instructor, Sharpsville Middle School, Sharpsville Area School District, Sharpsville, PA
  • Colleen Bell, Ph.D., Hamline University, St. Paul, MN
  • Susie Oppenheim, teacher, Southside Family School, Minneapolis, MN
  • Helma Brouwers, lecturer, author of a famous textbook for teachers based on Korczak’s ideas,
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Wojciech Lasota, educator and researcher, Warsaw, Poland
  • Alsu Nikonorova, Aliya Shakirova, and Alina Talmanova, leaders and organizers of the Dutch
    summer camp “Nash Dom” (Our House), Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

For the agenda and more information, visit the Conference page or email Dr. Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady (tsyrlinaspat@spu.edu) or Ryan Hauck (rhauck@world-affairs.org).

This event is posted as a courtesy to the event sponsors. It is not sponsored by the Confucius Institute of the State of Washington.


August 25 @ 8:00 am
August 28 @ 6:00 pm


Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W
Seattle, WA 98119 United States
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