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WORKSHOPS

& INSTITUTES

Ideally, we will work together to design a consulting plan and determine professional development services that meet the unique requirements of your school community. That personalized plan could include some or all of the pre-designed workshops listed here, or it is a custom track, specific to your strategic goals and vision. All in-person workshops include consultation with key stakeholders and general content customization to address your community’s needs.

Confronting Implicit Bias:
Facilitating Difficult Conversations in the Classroom
 

This interactive workshop explores commonly held beliefs and biases that influence educators’ abilities to be responsive to all students. Engage in personal reflection; explore strategies for facilitating difficult conversations; plan student-centered instruction; and investigate ways to challenge implicit bias in school.

 

Objectives:

  • Reflect on personal assumptions and implicit bias

  • Identify strategies and resources to help students explore their own identities and the identities of others

  • Build and draw upon intergroup awareness, understanding and skills

  • Implement anti-bias attitudes and beliefs into curriculum and school goals

  • Apply instructional strategies that support diverse student groups and allow for the development of critical thinking skills

  • Gain tools for teaching about race and racism

 

Length options: Full day and 2-day

Instructional Practices for Cooperative and Collaborative Learning

 

This workshop introduces participants to specific cooperative learning structures for K-12 classrooms. We will focus on methods for incorporating interactive strategies into current practice using research-based best practices in cooperative and collaborative learning and culturally responsive pedagogy.

 

Participants will become familiar with key features of true collaborative learning, including:

  • Clear expectations of respect for diversity

  • Explicit respect for and incorporation of multiple perspectives and identities

  • Individual and group accountability for learning

  • Proactive strategies to ensure equal participation and to dismantle existing racial, gender, socioeconomic, linguistic, academic or other divisions

  • Shared goals that promote interdependence and require meaningful participation

  • Strong attention to group process skills, including communication, decision making, trust building, facilitation, conflict management, compromise and other cross-cultural skills

  • Thoughtful, data-driven grouping of students that brings together different demographics, skills and needs

 

Objectives:

  • Define critical engagement with material;

  • Explore structures of cooperative and collaborative learning that support differentiated instruction;

  • Identify key components of cooperative and collaborative learning, how they overlap and how they diverge;

  • Use student data to inform application of cooperative learning structures in lesson planning.

 

Length options: full day, 2 day, 3 day, with recommendations for on-going implementation support

Anti-bias, Literacy-based Curriculum 

Comprehensive, literacy-based, anti-bias curriculum provides students the opportunity to engage deeply with meaningful texts, and read, discuss, write about and critique ideas from four unique anti-bias perspectives: identity, diversity, justice and action. The Perspectives Texts provide students with windows into others’ realities as well as mirrors that reflect their experiences and underscore the interconnectedness of our personal, familial and community identities.

 

In this workshop, participants will tour the suite of online resources within the curriculum tool; including, a multi-media, multi-genre anthology of rigorous anti-bias texts that meet the demands of text complexity. Using a flexible web-based and interactive learning plan builder, teachers will learn how to assemble lessons plans using the meaningful and rigorous texts, instructional strategies and assessment tasks that include options for differentiation and authentic assessment. Learn how to match content and strategies that empower students and teachers to engage with a new kind of literacy experience—one that includes both prejudice reduction and collective action. This interactive workshop highlights research and best practices that underscore the importance of culturally responsive content and meaningful literacy experiences for all students.

 

Objectives:

  • Describe the goals of anti-bias education and apply them to your practice.

  • Explore the anti-bias texts and practice diverse text selection.

  • Explore literacy-based instructional strategies and assessment tasks and explain their alignment with content standards and critical literacy.

  • Integrate the Social Justice Standards and Perspectives texts into your own authentic planning and practice.

 

Length options: 3 hours, full day, 2-day, with recommendations for on-going implementation support

Using an Equity Literacy Framework to Disrupt School-based Inequities
 

Strategies for reaching marginalized students that rely solely on individual interventions give educators permission to ignore systems of inequality, rely on stereotypes and focus on deficits. This interactive professional development addresses how to move from a deficit-based approach to an equity literacy framework for meeting the needs of students and families experiencing poverty. Using a common definition of equity, participants will work together as a professional learning community to define a shared vision of equity in their school, uncover existing inequities, devise a plan to disrupt those current inequitable policies and practices and draft a plan to create and sustain equitable policies and practices for all students and their families that move from mitigative short-term changes to transformative long-term solutions.

 

Objectives:

  • Describe equitable approaches to reaching and teaching students in poverty

  • Apply equity literacy principles to practice

  • Commit to disrupting systems of inequity

 

Length options: 3 hours, full day or 2-day, with recommendations for on-going implementation support

Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework®

 

This professional development explores the first-of-its-kind Social Justice Standards: The Teaching Tolerance Anti-bias Framework® and equips educators with the language and tools to infuse anti-bias attitudes and beliefs into academic content and school policy. Explore how to infuse the examination of identity, diversity, justice and action into teaching and learning as well as how explicit anti-bias education bridges the goals of prejudice reduction and collective action. Participants will receive use-tomorrow strategies and resources for classroom lesson and building-level strategic planning.

 

Objectives:

  • Describe the goals of anti-bias education.

  • Understand the importance of diverse experiences as well as the importance of shared experiences and solidarity.

  • Integrate identity, diversity, justice and action into classroom lessons.

 

Length options: 3 hours or full day, with recommendations for on-going implementation support

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

This professional development takes the big picture work in culturally responsive pedagogy and offers a set of critical practices to help educators effectively implement culturally responsive components in their own practice. This workshop is designed to help classroom teachers and building-level administrators take action and create the conditions that bring the seven main components of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy to life:

 

  • Building and drawing upon intergroup awareness, understanding and skills

  • Creating classroom environments that reflect diversity, equity and justice

  • Engaging families and communities in ways that are meaningful and culturally competent

  • Encouraging students to speak out against bias and injustice

  • Making the implementation of anti-bias curriculum part of larger individual, school and community action

  • Supporting students’ identities and making it safe for them to fully be themselves

  • Using instructional strategies that support diverse learning styles and allow for the development of critical thinking skills.

 

Objectives:

  • Support students’ identities and make it safe for them to be their full selves.

  • Build and draw upon intergroup awareness, understanding and skills.

  • Create classroom environments that reflect diversity equity and justice.

  • Engage families and communities in meaningful, culturally competent ways.

  • Encourage students to stand up against bias and injustice.

 

Length options: 3 hours and full day, with recommendations for on-going implementation support

Additional Workshop Topics

 

  • Religious Diversity in Schools

  • Explore Identity and Build Understanding to Facilitate Conversations About Race

  • Lesson Planning to Content Standards

  • Restorative Justice Practices

  • Interdisciplinary Teaming: What is up with these themes?