Alumni Symposium

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Wheelock's Brookline Campus
43 Hawes Street
Brookline, MA

The Alumni Association Board held the annual Spring Alumni Symposium on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Wheelock's Brookline Campus (43 Hawes Street, Brookline, MA). This popular event always provides alumni and friends of the College with a thought-provoking day of professional development and networking. 

Attendees of the Symposium had the opportunity to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) for a fee of $10 per contact hour. If you attended the Symposium in its entirety, it provided five CEU (five contact hours).


8:30 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:45 a.m.  Welcome & Wheelock Update

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  Faculty and Alumni Presentations - Session I  (Choose 1)

  1. Notable Books, Notable Lessons: Putting Social Studies Back in the K-8 Curriculum
    Mary Battenfeld, Associate Professor, Humanities, Wheelock College
  2. Caring for the Caregiver: The Importance of Self-care
    Lisa Cantore ’89, President, New England Child Life Professionals, Inc. & Independent Child Life Specialist
  3. Substance Use Disorder: Innovations in Harm Reduction and Trauma-Informed Care
    Billie Starks, Instructor, School of Social Work, Wheelock College and Behavioral Health Clinician, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Keynote Address

Dr. Catherine O'Connor, Professor of Education and Linguistics, Boston University & Dean Ad Interim, BU School of Education 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon & Presentation of the Elizabeth Palmer Peabody Award

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Faculty and Alumni Presentations - Session II (Choose 1)

  1. Emotional Education in Schools: Toward an Integration of Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness, and Positive Youth Development
    Petra Hesse, Associate Professor, Psychology and Human Development, Wheelock College
  2. Tell Me a Story: Creating a Storytelling Kit
    Kerrie Colantonio McNay ’97, Creator of KeyWords Creative Writing
  3. Rebuilding after Hurricane Maria: the Resiliency of the Puerto Rican People
    William Rodriguez, Asst. Professor and Chair, Youth Justice and Advocacy, Wheelock College

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Networking Reception Hosted by the Alumni Association Board 

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