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Founding Principles of Dropout Learning Center

Notes from meeting on January 21st 2014


Roger Dennis
Cristina Cortes
David Weksler
Jon Mannion

Roger stresses the inclusion of the word dropout
In an effort to shame the mainstream

Cristina comments that yoga, dance and mindfulness can be part of the strategy

The Founding principles can be grouped thus

covering passion based learning, no coercion, listening to individual learners interests. Interest based learning
Solution or project based initiatives

to facilitate remote and blended learning, different resources, collaboration, learner organizations, publicity,

use the resources of the city such as museums, municipal resources, parks, libraries and anytime anywhere learning (aided with technology)

to develop abilities of concentration and focus, develop interests and priorities for study and action

following from Manhattan and Brooklyn Free Schools, learners will be responsible to join in the direction of the school, the setting of policy, the judicial process (student court)

and the social capital of the mentors and “teaching” staff,

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OLA meeting


From 3 to 6 pm


  • Anna Healy
  • Courtney Furlong
  • David Weksler
  • Jon Mannion
  • Maria Cecilia Salcedo
  • Mariana Vergara
  • Roger Dennis
  • Sandra Lesibu
  • Yvonne Dennis

Current location IUME

3 to 4 pm


First Person Action Inquiry

Anna Healy:

  • Mother experiencing the 3rd head on her own
  • Thursday pilot at Lincoln HS, Yonkers, NY

Courtney Furlong:

NexGen Arts Festival at Zembo Shrine Auditorium in Harrisburg, PA

David Weksler:

  • Group: Ballet Tech. NY, NY education and dance at Joyce Theater

Jon Mannion:

  • Autumn in NYC amazing

Maria Cecilia:

  • TOEFL test
  • Anxious- studying and doing her best
  • Anxiety – outcome
  • Excited – go to SIPA

Mariana Vergara:

  • Being present -seeing things we did not see before
  • 13moon
    • Women’s rights – Tracking the transition of women from Feudalism to Capitalism.

Roger Dennis:

Sandra Lesibu:

  • Meeting with Professor Perkins
    • Request: write conversation to be presented to Board
    • Building a circle of influence
    • What is your intention?
      • Consult on an international level and teach on a university level

4 to 5 pm


Second Person Action Inquiry

  • Mindfulness phone music app. 432Hz
  • Logo
  • Podcasts – second level and 3rd level in archives

Conference: Presentation in December 2013

  • Describe – How I came here
  • WDU website – ask members to go through process

Why we sit in a circle vs. at table?

Book: Ingenious; Tina Seelig ‘Crash course on Creativity’

  • Study on creativity able to create more without a table in the middle
  • Table in middle bring separation
  • When standing we are more creative = especially kinesthetic learners

Creativity, Open source Stanford University

Progressive – creativity and creativity movements

  • Transition into 3rd head
  • Progressive thinkers – baby steps
  • Ex. having a class where everyone stand up


Dover HS in Dover, NJ

  • Fridays 2:30pm
  • 15 freshmen
  • Students creating club
  • Becoming more serious future entry university
  • Friday October 25th, 2013 Maria Cecilia Salcedo and Courtney Furlong

Pilot Lincoln HS in Yonkers, NY

  • Starts Thursday October 24th, 2013

Mindfulness into action club

  1. Training for NVivo
  2. Training for to be researchers IRB
  3. Research – How the kids transform
  4. Preparing the field
  5. Context presented to faculty
  • Ways for students – No theme- journal and articulate post-graduation
  • Experience going into all these schools
  1. Context of being mindful in schools [DW]
  • Sports
  • Community service
    • Collaboration with arts
    • Community clean up


Jon Mannion’s review on education – Researcher being a substitute teacher

  • Parents a now choosing high schools
  • NYC competition and family choice

Manhattan Center for Math and Science (Former Benjamin Franklin High School) – Leonard Covello [Roger Dennis]

Mission: Connecting the community with the school

Music frequency = sound is energy


  • When we sit in a circle we connect to the field
  • Divine intelligence will guide us and provide anything we need to have
  • Planning comes from future oriented attitude
  • Being committed to what we are doing it will come through
  • Focus on what we want to achieve
  • And we will go there
  • The Higher force is inside of you – It empowers you
  • Before you were afraid – you had doubts
  • Self manifest: if there are fears, then the self will manifest this in dreams
  • Personal with own fears = manifests in own dream

5 to 6 pm

Working Groups:

Working on the blog – Jon



Working on searching grants for Native Americans – Yvonne


Working in looking for a room for next meeting – Anna

Working in WDU class – Mariana


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RH 202 1600-1800


  • Anna Heely
  • Courtney Furlong
  • David Weksler
  • Elizabeth Negrete
  • Mariana Vergara
  • Nadia Eran
  • Roger Dennis
  • Sandra Lesibu

Systemic Therapy training

Systemic Therapy or Family Constellations work has a powerful, healing and reconciling effect on a spiritual level, which mirrors itself in a positive way in the physical body. It was discovered by Bert Hellinger inspired by his 16 years observing the ancient knowledge of the Zulus in Africa.

Senior Planet proposal [David Weksler]

Lecture-Video clip – Education children acting like scientists [Elizabeth]

  • Cognitive abilities vs. non-cognitive abilities to be successful
  • Developing resultants
  • Building portfolios

Singing mantra concert [Maria Cecilia]

  • Finding meditation for self
  • Being in action
  • Inner voice being at peace when singing mantras

Mindfulness work group at TC [Elizabeth]

Concentrate on the present moment [Nadia]

Being in the third person [Mariana]

  • Observing your own behavior
  • Please read:
  • Action Inquiry by Bill Torbert, 2004
  • Collaborative Inquiry by Bray, Lee, Smith & Yorks, 2000

Creative Live – Learning channel [Roger Dennis]

  • Free online
  • Mindfulness and yoga

Norway government grant for Latin America research facility [Mariana]

Discussion of Second Person Action Inquiry

Re: TEDx Brain storming meeting

  • Need for technology in education
    • Is education flat?
    • Need for diversity in TEDx
    • Recording be interactive idea more of an experiential things than a lecture
    • What will the focus be? Theme?

Speaker- Stacy Robbins

Received with Victoria Marsick a grant for diversity initiative

Curriculum of adult learning leadership developing program

Develop master’s program curriculum to meet needs of students

  • Student voice – What do the students need?

Collaborative processes -What is design thinking?

• Methodology proven and repeatable problem solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results.

Collaboration – ‘standing on the shoulders of others’

  • What has already been done?
  • Where are the students coming from?
  • What is the learning environment?

Bring together people who care:

  • Faculty
  • Students

Wine and cheese gathering October 17th, 2013 2000-2100 Check AWILDA

Advisor- Victoria Marsick

  • Ways to get involved
  • Check adult learning website- how must we develop Adult learning…
  • Teachers College adulating learning and leadership page


  • OLA
  • Dean’s Fellowship program [Stacy Robbins]




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OLA- Mindfulness into Action 2013-9-19

RH 306 1600 – 1800


  • Anna Healy
  • David Weksler
  • Farah
  • Maria Cecilia Salcedo
  • Mariana Vergara
  • Pierre Faller
  • Roger Dennis
  • Sandra Lesibu

David – Met with engineers that have created a software for students to use a career search resource

Sandra – Becoming more aware of personal environment, clearing out house and clutter.  Cultivating a greater awareness of synchronicity and manifesting goals

Farah: Lying in bed, wasting time and decided that she should do something.

Organizing before starting work and passion.  Time management and freed schedule

Keeping journals to track progression during daily exercises.  We are our own research as we connect with the field.

Mariana – children from Africa are going to participate in the reflections exercises.

Mindfulness into Action website to do this process and go within.

Sandra – Washington at a national conference with the major 9 sororities and fraternities about education and how to stop school-to-prison, change curriculum

Pierre – Brings back to a few years ago and where he sees an opportunity to apply this to situations to make systematic.  Making this process part of daily regimen

2. Life has changed a lot in the last 2-3 months, left his job to focus on dissertation, interesting place to be a master of his own domain without any external structures.

3. Mother is visiting and interesting dynamic between parents/children, act on mindfulness when entering tough/tense situations.  Feels better aware of what is happening and how to act/react on what is going on

Maria Cecilia – challenging to create a new habit, learning there are multiple ways to change subconscious and creating new habits to meet goal.  Clear on goal and it is now looking very close to obtaining goal.   Enjoying journey to apply

Roger Dennis – Epigenetics

Pulling demographic data on public schools and noticing

Action Items:

Sandra to introduce Reflection Exercise to associates from the Washington conference.

Pierre: Idea that club should establish clear objectives and agenda:

1. To introduce projects/and or update status on progress

2. Two dimensions: relfection and process of mindfulness

Contribution of club: through projects and potential initiatives as it relates to TC, Columbia and community



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OLA- Mindfulness into Action_2013-9-12

Rh 302 1600-1800


  • Anna Healy
  • Beverly Chang
  • Courtney Furlong
  • David Weksler
  • Elizabeth Negrete
  • Maria Cecila Salcedo
  • Mariana Vergara
  • Sandra Lesibu

We are “Mindfulness into Action”, an initiative through OLA (Organizational Leadership Association).

Advisors: Victoria Marsick and Lyle Yorks

Working with NPO (Non-profit Organization) – CEJJES Institute; Edmund W. Gordon

1600-1700- Research eSeminar on NVivo: Critical incidents

  • Software for qualitative research
  • Produce scientific work

Two research training:

  • Nvivo
  • CITI – RB (Institutional Review Board)

Pilots for “Mindfulness into Action”:

  1. Lincoln High School, Yonkers, NY
  2. Dover High School, Dover NJ

Intervention vs. observation [DW]

Elizabeth Negrete comments: [EN] please can you help us with this information?

Higher education department club; Christine Arlene

  • Hepsy (higher education…)
  • OSAP (office of students affairs and programs); Marlene Heva

Grant writing:

  • Applying for $1,500 grant for meeting food and supplies
  • Community theme
  • Diversity and Community Initiative (DCI)
  • Ford Fellowships programs for under representative groups

Our next meeting will be held on Thursday 19th of September 2013 from 1600 – 1800 in room 306 Russell Hall Library, Teachers College.

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Anna Healy

Courtney Furlong

David Weksler

Roger Dennis

Roger Horton

Jon Mannion & Lilli

Maria Cecilia Salcedo

Mariana Vergara

Lyle Yorks


  • Mariana Vergara accepted the president position at OLA
  • Mariana Vergara invited us to be part of OLA
  • We accepted and we are “OLA” (Organization Leadership Association)
  • Mindfulness into Action will apply for the Diversity and Community Initiative (DCI) through OLA
  • Dr. Lyle Yorks accepted to be our advisor and came to our meeting.

For DCI, we need training to become Research Assistants training for action research using Collaborative inquiry

  • IRB training
  • Nvivo training


Going through reflection exercises Object and subject separation

  • 2-3rd week you are observing
  • Having this tool we are not agitated we are out in this 3rd head
  • Process of reflecting and seeing it.

Mayan Aztecs adding into the 5th Agreement (YouTube)

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best
  5. Be skeptical, but learn to learn
  • Toltec’s ancestors of the Aztecs and Mayans

Cultural paradigm [See attached picture]

  • Intension is beyond integrity
  • Beyond organizational learning à it’s from the heart
  • The mind goes in the way that we need it (heart) to go.  [MIV]

Overwhelming love after effects of systemic therapy [MCS]

  • Forgiveness

How do we pay for our higher education?

Ford Foundation offering fellowship for pre-doctoral students 2014 [SI]

  • For under representative grounders – for college teaching
  • Professor of education –teaching teachers
  • Deadline – November

NGO (Non-governmental Organization) in Kenya  [LY]

Massai of Kenya Lion defenders

Massai warriors tradition = Go kill lions

  • Focus to protect the lions
  • Hunt the people who are hunting the lions

FUTURE: Trip to Kenya for interview –phenomenology

Look at from different paradigm

  • Scientist tracking a lion by the indigenous


You Are Here: Why We Can Find Our Way to the Moon, but Get Lost in the Mall, Colin Ellard

  • Impact of the phenomenology in the western consumerism
  • People are very concerned with sustainability that they are un-sensitized of the action problem
  • Non-connected and be external

Looking at integration from 2 paradigms

Q: What is it?

  • Transformational learning perspective
  • Look at as lion protectors

Manila [JM]

  •  How informal mentor handle mentoring
  • Social constructionist environment

Methodology: Same template [MIV]

  • Rainforest
    • Ex. Ecuador
    • Schools for youth
      • Ex. Lincoln HS

Yonkers, NY [ALH]

  • New principal
    • For trip the club will ask the principal for funding
    • Repeating theme to help kids go to college

Becoming comfortable in isolation:

Ask self: Why do I feel…

  • Happier with others
  • Less happier with isolation

The field will answer – field is inside of self

  • Energy levels different by self vs. with others
  • When we are born… We are by ourselves = complete
  • We are taught to look outside self for happiness by societal systems morals and values.
  • Look within and finding peace


  • Energy Freedom Technique
  • Self empowering – People being brought back into their own power
    • Pain
    • Fear
    • Shame
    • Our body is telling us about the blockages of our energy

OLA members- community diversity initiative

  • Active inquiry
  • Collaborative inquiry

Grant- community diversity initiative [MIV]


  • Master within
  • Journey within
  • Collaborative Inquiry

ADD in ‘Master within’

  • EVENT: Shanti mantra concert – September 28th, 2013 in Staten Island

Key words:

  • Emergence
  • Phenomenology
  • Transformation leadership