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.
Family Life Education (FLE)
Family Life Education (FLE) is the practice of equipping and empowering family members to develop knowledge and skills that enhance the well-being of children and adolescents while strengthening interpersonal relationships through an educational, preventive, and strengths-based approach. This in-service workshop will provide effective tools for helping school staff and parents to build bridges, use common language, and refine communication skills. FLE’s goal is to create a shared vision of defining problem behaviors while collectively finding solutions for youth. This is a train the trainer workshop and is intended for staff.
Finding Confidence in Conflict
This 90-minute workshop allows participants to have an honest conversation about conflict; specifically, this discussion explores having difficult conversations but also having difficult conversations with difficult people. There is a difference between the two, but both can be challenging! The presenter provides an honest conversation and tips to increase your confidence when it comes to engaging in these types of conversations, even for the most conflict avoidant individuals. You have the Competence, Now Own Your Confidence!
Fostering a Supportive Classroom Climate
In this workshop, educators reflect and collaboratively plan strategies for building relationships with students and families based on mutual trust and respect, clear expectations, and effective support. Participants start by focusing on specific student behaviors that negatively impact engagement, reflecting on the function of each problematic behavior. Participants then build on this work by developing, sharing, and using role-play to practice proactive and reactive strategies to help students meet expectations in various settings throughout the day.
Foundations of a Healthy & Happy Life: Self-Care for High School Students
Being a high school student can be stressful and preparing to graduate can be exciting and nerve-wracking. In this workshop, you will learn the importance of taking care of yourself beyond an occasional bubble bath and a pedicure. Self-care is the daily, consistent, foundational way you take care of yourself to show up as the best you possible. You will learn many quick, easy, cost-accessible self-care practices that you can add to your toolkit and start using immediately. Take care of yourself now; your future self will thank you!
From Awareness to Action: Building an Equitable and Antiracist School Culture
In response to our nation's racial reckoning, schools have committed to equity and inclusion initiatives. While many schools have been "talking the talk," not all have been "walking the walk." Promoting antiracism in education is about more than diversity statements and one-off professional development sessions; it's about growing a collective desire for justice shared across constituent groups and taking action to challenge the status quo. Antiracist schools need visionary and consensus-building administrators, forward-thinking and compassionate teachers, and empowered students who feel a sense of belonging and purpose. This in-service workshop, geared towards K-12 educators, will address what "walking /the walk" looks like for equity and antiracism work in schools.
Gender: Identity, Expression, and Pronouns
This 90-minute workshop explores the social construct of gender, with interactive exercises for participants to better understand one’s own gender identity as well as gender expression, and most importantly, how this information can best support young individuals. A focus of the workshop will be discussing gender pronouns and answering some of the most frequently asked questions that include:
- What are binary and gender-neutral pronouns?
- How can faculty and staff introduce their own gender pronouns when speaking with students?
- What do I do if I misgender someone?
- What are some best practices when it comes to fostering inclusive conversations?
Growth Mindset: Raising Student Achievement by Promoting a Growth Mindset (Remote Only)
The Growth Mindset model was developed by psychologist Carol Dweck more than 20 years ago. It has proven itself to be a very effective way of helping students of all ages manage the challenges of any skill or task, including how to cope with imperfections and mistakes. Perhaps a good way of describing this model is to throw away the adage “Practice makes perfect” and instead say “Practice makes progress.” The Growth Mindset model addresses this, and this presentation covers how it does so. This workshop is 75 – 90 minutes.
Healthy Balance: Screen Time
Increasingly, data suggests that exposing youth to large amounts of time in front of screens (TV, computer, tablet, or smartphone) can have negative effects on physical and mental development including issues with memory, attention, and language skills. This workshop is designed to provide the tools and vocabulary needed for children and adolescents to make wise choices about balancing daily screen use while focusing more attention on exercise and nutrition.
Helping Students Develop Healthy Relationships - New!
Today’s adolescents are among the most socially connected people in human history thanks to the prevalence of digital devices and social media. Countless teens and tweens, however, continue to struggle to develop healthy relationships with their peers and partners. In partnership with the One Love Foundation, this in-service workshop can be tailored to the unique topical interests and needs, school leaders serving students in grades 6-12. Workshops can focus on healthy friendship development, social media and relational health, and healthy dating practices, among other topics. All workshops, whose learning objectives are aligned to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework, are anchored in One Love’s signature “10 Signs of a Healthy Relationship” and “10 Signs of an Unhealthy Relationship.” Participants will also learn how they can lead their own One Love workshops, including free lesson plans, discussion guides, and student activities.
How to Stay Out of Trouble Without Really Trying
"Who wants to get suspended?" This one-hour workshop engages current/graduating high school seniors' and provides them with honest/"real world" information about college success OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM, in RESIDENCE HALLS, and WORKING WITH COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATION. This interactive conversation emphasizes safety, what to expect when you get to college, and community expectations including but not limited to alcohol and other drugs, noise, damage, and all the typical things that plainly speaking, first-year college students find themselves getting into trouble. This workshop can also be done for high school administration and designed to encourage practitioners to think about what information they most want students to understand as they prepare for higher education.