Mid-Atlantic ISEEN Regional Expedition Spring 2020

From Silos to Collaboration:
Integrating Community Engagement, Leadership, and Equity and Inclusion Programs

**This event has been postponed until Fall 2020 (date TBD). Thank you for understanding!**

Hosted By
Edmund Burke School

Cost: $150 ISEEN Members/$170 non-Members


About the Expedition

At the Edmund Burke School, faculty and students consider Washington, DC an extension of their campus where critical learning and connections happen. Over the past few years, Burke has engaged in a huge and necessary institutional shift; the creation of the Center for Social Justice Pedagogy, that brings together three traditionally siloed and peripheral programs (service, leadership, equity, and inclusion) to make them core experiences of students, faculty, and staff.

At the ISEEN Mid-Atlantic Regional Expedition, participants will start their morning at Burke before hopping on the Metro to meet with one of Burke’s community partners to participate in a quintessential DC experience: advocacy! After a leisurely networking lunch amongst Farragut Square’s food truck scene, participants will return to Burke to learn more about how the school is integrating three core student-centered programs -- community engagement, leadership, and equity and inclusion -- around the common theme of social justice.

During the afternoon at Burke, the participants will hear students’ reflections on the grade-wide integrated experiences and their impact on shaping their civic identities. Attention will be given to making these student reflections an interactive showcase.

  • To share Burke’s efforts - both its successes and missteps - in undertaking a huge and necessary institutional shift to create the Center for Social Justice Pedagogy

  • Participants will come away with an understanding of why we’re engaged in this work, its significance, and its applicability in other school contexts.

Schedule at a Glance

Note: The following schedule is tentative and is subject to change. 

Thursday, March 19, 2020 
9:00 am 

Meet at Edmund Burke School Library for coffee

  • Damian Jones, Head of School welcomes the group
  • Community builders: essential questions
  • Kolb Cycle 
  • Introduce Burke’s Social Change, Activism and Leadership Initiative and Episocpal High School’s Center
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Visit Community Partner Organization Downtown DC
  • Field trip about gentrification- lower Georgia Ave
  • Meet-up at Colony Club with community members
 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 
  • Burke School Faculty and Students reflecting on their Social Change, Activism and Leadership Initiative 
  • Round-robin discussion groups facilitated by Burke faculty
  • Final Reflection
4:00 pm  Happy Hour in Van Ness

About the Edmund Burke School

The Burke School: In 1968, during a time when educational philosophies and practices were being questioned, it became clear to Burke's founders that a more egalitarian, democratic and participatory approach would make for a better school environment and more successful students.

They started with the idea that an important goal of education should be to cultivate a sense of civic responsibility. For inspiration, they looked to British statesman Edmund Burke, who spoke for those whose rights were denied in his support of the American Revolution and his opposition to slavery. The quote attributed to him, "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," is still an inspiration to us today.

Burke’s mission is to consciously bring together students who are different from one another in many ways, actively engage them in their own education, hold them to high expectations, give them power and responsibility, and support and advance their growth as skilled and independent thinkers who step forward to make positive contributions to the world in which they live.

Burke’s dedicated commitment to equity and inclusion is acted upon through the service and leadership programming at the school. This regional expedition will introduce participants to Burke’s social justice mission in action.

About the Facilitators

Christiane Connors directs grades 6 to 12 Community Engagement programs at Edmund Burke School. Along with Stacy and Steven, she co-leads the integration of social justice pedagogy throughout the curriculum. Prior to Burke, she worked at George Washington University's Center for Equity and Excellence in Education and several other education and civic-oriented nonprofits. She is a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Gabon) and originally from Hawaii where experiential and outdoor education was an important part of her learning.

After twenty years at Edmund Burke School, Stacy Smith has worn many hats. She is most proud of the work she does in the classroom as a Health, Values, and Ethics teacher, ensuring that students graduate from Burke with a top-notch education in sex and healthy relationships. She also helped to create the Health Values and Ethics Department as well as the Student Leadership program.


Steven Lee
is Edmund Burke School’s Director of Equity and Inclusion and Chairperson of the Department of Health, Values, and Ethics. Prior to joining the Burke community, he taught high school English for 10 years at San Francisco University High School and The Athenian School in California. He has served as a facilitator for the NAIS People of Color Conference Asian Pacific Islander South Asian Affinity Group as well as on the steering committee of multiple Asian Educators Alliance National Conferences. 


The program fee is $150 for ISEEN members/$170 for non-members. This includes all programming fees, breakfast, lunch, and Metro cards for Ex Ed excursion.

Space is limited so register early. Priority registration for the ISEEN Members through Feb 1, 2020. After that, registration will open to non-members schools.


Logistics, Travel, and Lodging

The Edmund Burke School is located at 4101 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008 — a very quick walk (almost next to) the Van Ness-UDC Metro stop on the Red Line. You can search the best routes getting to/from Burke and information on using the DC Metro at www.wmata.com

Recommended Hotels

The following hotels are all on the Metro’s Red Line for easy public transit access. Because this is peak season in Washington, DC, some hotel rates are higher, so we recommend booking in advance if you find a good deal. Below are metro-accessible (red line) hotels that are a quick metro ride or walk to Edmund Burke. We also recommend checking out deals on other booking sites. Look for hotels that are on the red line near stops at Dupont Circle, Woodley Park, Cleveland Park, Friendship Heights, or Bethesda.

Windsor Park Hotel
2116 Kalorama Rd NW, Washington, DC 20008
Room rate approximately $145-160
15-minute by Metro (from Woodley Park stop) to Burke School

Days Inn by Wyndham Washington DC/Connecticut Avenue
4400 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
Room rates for approximately $145-160/night 
7-minute walk to Burke School


Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions about the event by emailing ISEEN’s Executive Director, Shoshanna Sumka or expedition facilitator, Christiane Connors Christiane Connors.