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Member School Conferences, Workshops and Events


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Connecting Seattle to Mexico: A hands on workshop with artist Fulgencio Lazo

Date: Thursday - November 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: UCDS Main Campus
The UCDS Institute Thursday Night Workshop series presents a wide range of topics that extend from early childhood to 12th grade.  All sessions are $40 and include clock hours. Space is limited.

Since the 1990's Fulgencio Lazo has worked with Museums and Schools to create tapetes (sand paintings) for Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Fulgencio's tapetes are inspired by Oaxaca's beautiful traditions for celebrating Dia de Los Muertos. In this workshop Fulgencio will share about his new art book, current body of work, and he and will talk about the process for creating a tapete. Participants will learn by doing as they make mini tapetes of their own.

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Instructional Growth Cohort

is our newest cohort for our newest educators. In this cohort educators in their first five years of independent school teaching will meet regularly over the course of 6 months, to discuss ideas of pedagogy, planning, and professionalism.

Registration to Open Fall 2019




Emerging Leaders Cohort

is a two-year program to develop independent school leaders in taking the next step in their career.

Applications for Next Cohort Due May 2020




Pathways to Leadership Cohort

is a two year program to develop women who are interested in becoming a Head of School in the next 3-5 years.

Applications for Next Cohort Due May 2020




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