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2018 BCLC Conference

Conference Highlights

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Please join us to build, grow, and support compassionate

and resilient learning communities at the inaugural conference of

Building Compassionate Learning Communities (BCLC).


Thanks to the generosity of the Grable Foundation and with support from the University of Pittsburgh and

Mt. Lebanon School District , we are excited to bring educators together with the best teachers, researchers, and practitioners in the fields of social emotional learning (SEL) and contemplative practices - mindfulness, resilience, and the science of human flourishing.


W H E N  & WHERE?  

Monday, October 8, 2018 

Mt. Lebanon High School

155 Cochran Road, Pittsburgh, PA


W H O ?

We welcome all stakeholders from Pre-K through Higher-Ed, including school counselors, health professionals, principals, administrators and other school leaders, superintendents and assistant superintendents, professors, pre-service teachers, and Intermediate Unit leaders.  (Act 48 credits will be offered.)


W H A T ?  

A day filled with learning, connection, and practice as we explore how we can collectively Build Compassionate Learning Communities through social emotional learning, mindfulness, and resilience.


 The conference will begin with an expert panel of Keynote Speakers.  They include:

  • Dr. Mark Greenberg, Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in Penn State's College of Health and Human Development and Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development, Emeritus Board Member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

  • Andres Gonzalez, Co-Founder and Marketing Director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD

  • Dr. Robert Roeser, Bennett Pierce Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development at Penn State University, Fulbright Scholar, and Senior Program Coordinator for the Mind and Life Institute.

  • Dr. Brian Galla, Assistant Professor of Applied Developmental Psychology in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.



After lunch we will have a series of concurrent breakout sessions from a variety of organizations.  Please see the schedule below for a list of organizations.  


We have a wonderful, dedicated team working on the conference to provide you an exciting day filled with learning and practice.  We look forward to having you join us!



Tina Raspanti

Mt. Lebanon School District   

Conference Team   

Stephanie Confer, Jessica Peconi-Cook, Natasha Dirda, Roddy Gibbs, Michelle King, and Leah Northrop


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7:30 - 8:00

Morning Yoga

7:45 - 8:25

Registration and Breakfast



9:00 - 12:00

Keynote Speakers

& Instructional Sessions


Morning session will consist of Keynote speakers sharing stories of social emotional learning, mindfulness, resilience, empathy, and compassion


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Lunch with MyIntent


David Pan

Head of Marketing and Operations



Dave Pan is the COO of the MyIntent Project (  MyIntent's mission is to be a catalyst for meaningful conversations and positive action.  MyIntent's "What's Your WORD?" activity is fast becoming a hit with teachers and students as an interactive way to enhance social emotional learning and positive psychology programs in schools.  Over the past 4 years, MyIntent has activated over 1 million WORDs and has been worn by influencers from Beyonce to Larry King and featured on the Today Show, Oprah, and was worn by Kanye West on the cover of TIME.  Dave previously worked at and P&G.  He is from Cincinnati, Ohio, attended the Ohio State University (B.S. Mechanical Engineering), and currently lives in Seattle, Washington.



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Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent breakout sessions will occur for targeted audiences: elementary, high school, community leaders, counselors etc...


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Schedule Overview
Sponsors & Supporters

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Springhill Suites by Marriott 

611 Washington Road

Pittsburgh, PA 15228

(Mt. Lebanon)

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Please park in the teacher or student parking lots, or along Horsman Drive.  It's best to enter through entrance    "A-2," parallel to Cochran Road.  If you park along Horsman or Stadium drive, enter through entrance "C-20."

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Register/Contact Us


BCLC Conference

October 8, 2018, 8:00-4 PM | Pittsburgh, PA

Register now! 

General Admission pre-sale ends 10/4/18.

Onsite registration only after 10/4/18.

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