Press Release: 2019 Education Conversation

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Thompson Island Outward Bound to Host Education Conversation on Social-Emotional Learning and Closing the Opportunity Gap
Arron Jiron of the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation to Serve as Keynote

Media Contact:
Jennifer Novak
Director of Marketing and Communications
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
[email protected]

BOSTON (May 31, 2019) – Thompson Island Outward Bound is excited to present its 2019 Education Conversation on The Value of Integrating Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning on Thursday, June 6th from 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event features a panel of local and national education experts, who will explore the impact of social-emotional learning and character development on closing the achievement and opportunity gaps. Arron Jiron, Associate Program Director for Education for the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, will serve as keynote. Mr. Jiron leads the Foundation’s grant-making in Education Policy and Advocacy to improve the quality of in-school and out-of-school time learning

Additional guest experts include:

—Charles Grandson, Chief Academic Officer, Boston Public Schools
—Gil Noam, Professor, Harvard Medical School; Director, The PEAR Institute
—Kim Le, Thompson Island Outward Bound Specialist
—Jonathan Gay, Executive Director, Playworks New England
—Shaunda Lewis, Program Director, Social & Emotional Learning, Boston After School & Beyond

Thompson Island is located one mile from downtown Boston in the Boston Harbor Islands. A ferry to the Island will depart from behind 5 Drydock Avenue promptly at 8 a.m. There is cell phone reception and Wi-Fi available on the Island.


About Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
Thompson Island Outward Bound partners with the Boston Public Schools, serving thousands of middle school students annually. Playing a crucial role in closing the achievement and opportunity gaps, we provide a multi-year sequence of hands-on field science infused with Outward Bound’s unique approach to building teamwork, compassion, and service. Our work is free for Boston Public Schools students and is funded by philanthropy and an events business that gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy the Island’s majesty while supporting public education.

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