The Source School
Maine

Maine

Winter 2023 Programs

* Educators Creating Cultures of Connection *

Thursdays, 5:00 to 6:30pm ET via Zoom.

Feb 2, Mar 2, April 13, May 11 and June 1, 2023

Creating Cultures of Connection is a guided peer coaching circle for educators. You will have the opportunity to experience new ways of connecting to your sources of wisdom and knowing and to others around you. Each month you’ll share, be heard, and practice listening using our Levels of Listening tool, and you’ll also leave with a new idea to try out in your classroom to create a nourishing, connected experience for your students – littles ones to tweens to adults. Let us know you are interested in learning more by using the form below. You can join us at any time. We’d love to have you!

Winter 2023 Guides: Jennifer Chace and Lisa Sattell

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* Theory U for Youth *

U Lead Intensive

Two Sessions: March 3 and 10 & May 13 and 27

Fridays, 3:30 to 7:30pm at Portland High School

The U Lead Intensive is an 8-hour experiential course for Portland-area youth to find deeper connection with their own purpose and how to connect their purpose to action. The world needs leaders with this kind of deep, critical awareness. 

The Intensive dives into an hands-on study of why we find ourselves faced with problems such as climate change, war, school violence, and plummeting mental health, and how a new kind of purposeful awareness is needed to put the world on a different path, starting with each of us and how we show up.

Students leave with a deeper connection to themselves, confidence to tackle issues important to them, and tools for change making that use deep stakeholder engagement and learning by doing. The Intensive is a prerequisite for the U Change Portland Cohort.

Students who fully participate and complete the U Lead Intensive receive a stipend of $150. 

Dinner and snacks provided. Transportation support may be available.

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Theory U for Youth 

brings concepts to high school youth that were originated by Dr. Otto Scharmer in his book 

Theory U: Leading from the Future as it Emerges

The U Lead Intensive is a 8-hour course, which dives into an experiential study of the root causes of our current multi-sector crisis and the path forward toward individual and collective thriving. Students leave with a deeper connection to themselves, confidence to tackle issues important to them, and tools for change making that use deep stakeholder engagement and iterative prototyping processes. It will be offered twice in Spring 2023, in March and May. Maximum of twelve participants.

2023-2024 U Change Portland cohort begins with a U Lead Intensive. Those who want to continue on and use the learning in real projects to transform their school’s policies and/or culture, will form teams to dive into specific issues of concern this spring and begin the U Change cohort in September 2023. 

The U Change cohort, is a yearlong experience for a team of students to focus on a specific problem within their community. Students move from identifying a problem through a mixed-methods, hands-on, creative research process to a set of vetted and prioritized prototype solutions that can be experimented with immediately. The process can be repeated over multiple years in the same setting, giving students the opportunity to develop project teams to iterate solutions over time. Maximum of twelve participants.

The work continues…2021-2022-2023 U Change cohort at Portland High School researched the invisibility many Hispanic and Latinx students feel at school. We participated in U.Lab 2x through the Presencing Institute and involved stakeholders including students, parents, community members, educators, and school district administration in finding solutions. The results of our hard work showed in the summer workshop when a group of school stakeholders identified potential prototypes for implementation this year at Portland High School and in October we held an all-staff workshop to further vet potential prototype solutions and now are poised to start implementation of solutions as a part of the Equity Committee.

The U Leadership Intensive and U Change cohorts meet in person. If you live outside the Portland area but are interested in these groups, let us know.