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Saturday, October 19, 2019

Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School | Boston, MA

On Saturday, October 19, 2019, the Center for Artistry and Scholarship (CAS) will host Next Wave: What’s Next, What Works, a summit to showcase innovations developed by and for school communities that foster democratic practices, student growth, and creative approaches to racial and social justice. The Next Wave summit will gather students, educators, administrators, policymakers, funders, and families to highlight, celebrate, and advance our collective commitment to the belief that the people who are closest to and most immediately affected by opportunities and challenges in schools are those who must lead the way to develop responses, strategies, and solutions.

A highlight: we are beyond thrilled that Ms. Esperanza Spalding, an amazing musician and creator, will join us for the day! Keep your eye on this space during June and July for more details. Registration, with financial assistance available to those in need, will open on August 1, 2019.

Tell Me More about Next Wave!

The Next Wave summit will feature school-based teams that have developed projects and initiatives focused on leveraging creativity, social justice, and community in the service of student learning and sustainable student-centered school design.

Program highlights include:

  • Conversation with extraordinary musician and creator Esperanza Spalding exploring music's role in trauma-informed education

  • Welcome from Dr. Brenda Cassellius, incoming Boston Public Schools Superintendent

  • Workshops facilitated by school-based teams that have developed projects that leverage creativity, social justice, and community; many of these workshops will share the work of Perrone-Sizer Institute for Creative Leadership (PSi) graduates

  • Opportunities for hands-on art-making

  • Talks from artists, policymakers, and thought leaders

A mix of 300 students, educators, community stakeholders, policymakers, and funders come together for the Next Wave. We invite everyone seeking a network that elevates democracy, creativity, and school-based leadership to join us as a participant, presenter, sponsor, or artist. Please see our Next Wave Call for Participation for more details.

Additional Information

For more information about the Next Wave: What’s Next, What Works summit, please contact Jill Davidson, Center for Artistry and Scholarship Program Director at

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