The following workshops are available remotely on Zoom for staff and parents. If mutually agreed upon by the presenter and requesting district, workshops may be offered in person.


 
Anti-Racism Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Building An Antiracist Classroom 101 (Remote Only)

Despite decades of progress, racial disparities still remain in learning communities today. Designed for K-12 educators, this in-service workshop will delve into the roots of structural racism built into the fabric of our education system. Topics will include recognizing and addressing implicit bias in pedagogy and curriculum, dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline, and creating a classroom culture that prioritizes student voice. Participants will gain the social emotional learning tools needed to transform their classroom into a safe space where young people feel free to honestly share their beliefs, hopes, fears, and questions.
School Safety

Bullying and Cyberbullying: How to Keep Your Students Safe and Your District Out of Court - New!

In 2010, the Commonwealth passed an anti-bullying statute with the intention of creating safe learning environments. In 2013, this statute was amended to extend to school employees. Because of this and other statutes, Massachusetts currently has some of the strongest anti-bullying laws in the country. This in-service workshop will explore what the applicable anti-bullying laws require a district to do and what exposure it might have if it fails to do so.
School Safety

Bullying and Power Differential

All schools have bullying response guidelines but sometimes school staff struggle with understanding the causes of bullying. This workshop addresses the dynamics between bullies and victims and explores the role bystanders play. Practical suggestions to deal with bullying will be given. This presentation is only available to school staff and administrators.
School Assemblies

Bystander or Upstander: Where do you stand? - New!

This workshop will empower students to transform from bystanders to upstanders by promoting the importance of being an upstander and give them the tools to protect themselves and their friends from bullies.
Self-Care

Caring for Ourselves is Caring for Our Students

Every day, educators bear witness to the impacts of trauma in their classroom. Young people share their stories with us through behaviors (acting out, withdrawing, overachieving), attitudes (angry, distracted, anxious), and their own words. We care deeply about our students and creating a safe and supportive learning environment. As teachers, we also have our own stories and our own pain- both past and present. The goal of this workshop is to create a space to acknowledge the cumulative toll bearing witness to trauma can have on us and develop strategies to care for ourselves and support one another in doing this important and impactful work.

Considering Safety - In the Cloud and On the Ground

Adolescents are commonly targets of attacks, be those attacks through social media, physical violence or emotional manipulation, coercion and blackmail. Prevention is not always possible, but this presentation identifies ways that we can make ourselves less vulnerable - and considers methods of maximizing security and safety.
Anti-Racism Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Conversations on Race

"What can I do?" It’s a question many are asking right now. This in-service workshop provides participants with an opportunity to discuss and listen to different perspectives to better understand the implications of intention versus impact this question may have. Resources, book recommendations, and takeaway materials will be offered.

Courageous Conversations Around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Remote Only)

So, you started to think about diversity, equity, and inclusion. You may be doing the work, but something needs to be added. It's time to get help and support building your team's capabilities around diversity, equity, and inclusion in your workplace. Talking about race or sexual orientation can be among the most challenging conversations in schools and workplaces today. However, to disrupt inequity and provide a learning environment for people confronting their privilege, it's necessary to dissect beliefs, mindsets, and behaviors that harm our ability to be effective in true equality. One uncomfortable conversation is nothing compared to the discomfort and fear that some people live with every day. This workshop will strengthen your ability to have challenging conversations to empower folks to communicate about crucial social issues that affect diversity, equity, and inclusion in your schools or workplace. This workshop teaches you the difference between diversity, equity, and inclusion. The difference between equity and equality. How to set up your team for success by figuring out what they need to be successful in doing this work and supporting others. A tailored guide on how to have courageous conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion in your school or workplace.

Courageous Conversations on Diversity (Remote Only)

In this workshop, participants will learn that a courageous conversation around diversity, equity and inclusion is a process. As you probably know, when you plan a process beforehand, it often goes better. Knowing what steps to take and when will help you have courageous conversations not just at school but also in your personal life. We’ll also discuss the age-old concept of thinking before speaking, and a newer phenomenon called “Inclusion Exhaustion”.

Creating Partnerships with Parents to Maximize Outcomes Across Settings

For students to maximize outcomes across home, school, and community, it is integral that parents be considered partners in their child’s education, including behavioral programming that both decreases challenging behavior and promotes skill development. Oftentimes, however, there is a lack of communication between educators and parents that can lead to misunderstandings, frustration and mistrust. As a result, a student’s learning and generalization of skills may be negatively impacted. Bridging the gap between home and school may be done through compassionate communication and collaboration with all team members at school and at home. In this workshop, we will discuss ways to improve our communication and collaboration skills with parents.