The theme of using adventure education as a tool for creating respectful communities in schools and agencies was embraced by over 100 administrators, educators, counselors and policeman under clear blue skies on Oct. 2 at Alley Pond Adventure Park.
Opening remarks from C. Warren "Pete" Moses, Chief Executive Director of The Children's Aid Society, set the tone for the interactive event sponsored by Project Adventure's Metro NYC Advisory Board. Moses recalled how his own experiences shaped his belief in the power of adventure as a tool for helping to increase social and emotional competency in children, youth and adults.
Jane Panicucci, the leading expert in incorporating active learning and adventure into curriuclum and culture in schools and agencies delivered a keynote on how self-efficacy is increased through the use of adventure. Leading the group through activities to experientially highlight the key points of her message, Panicucci helped participants then connect how increased self-efficacy supports increased ability to learn new behaviors and change norms, culture and climate.
Participants broke into groups lead by local practitioners who incorporate the core concepts of Project Adventure into their work.
Presenters included: Colleen Morey, Greenwich Public Schools, Director of PE, Health and Consumer Science; Rick Levine, Principal, NYC Public Schools; Vince Canziani, Director, Wagon Road Camp and Jane Panicucci, Vice President, Project Adventure.
Following a networking lunch, participants who so desired were able to experience Alley Pond's outstanding challenge course which was designed and installed by Project Adventure.
Feedback on the day from participants was overwhelming positive.