Recently completed workshops:
#talking-notjusttweeting-aboutpolitics: having real conversations with kids
Saturday, September 24, 2016; 9am-12pm at the San Francisco School in San Francisco, CA
This workshop is for preK-adulthood staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who want to and already are having challenging, vital conversations about politics and social justice issues in the world today.
Saturday, March 19, 2016; 8:30am-12:30pm at Town School for Boys, 2750 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA
Diversity for Heads and Trustees: A Working Conversation about Governance is Blink's second collaboration with Bay Area Trustees Advancing Diversity (BATAD) to provide professional growth for the leaders who are responsible for setting institutional vision and goals for inclusion and equity in schools, offering heads and trustees the all too rare and valuable opportunity of a working conversation with peers, focused on the three core governance responsibilities for advancing inclusion and equity:
To affinity... and beyond! Affinity programs for inclusive communities
Saturday, March 12, 2016; 9:00am-12:00pm at Marin Country Day School, Corte Madera, CA
A working conversation about best practices for affinity programs
#talking-notjusttweeting-aboutrace: having real conversations with kids
Saturday, March 5, 2016; 9:00am-12:00pm at San Francisco Day School, San Francisco, CA
Discuss strategies and tools for getting beyond PC, vindictive protectiveness and the culture of shaming to have authentic, growthful conversations about race, racism and racial justice with kids.
[Conference Session] Trustees and Heads Working for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 8:00am-9:00am at the 2016 NAIS Annual Conference
Alison and BATAD's Barre Fong and Alex Wong will facilitate this workshop.
Gender inclusion: policy and practice for everyone
Saturday, January 30, 2016; 9am-12pm at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA
[Conference Session] Beyond Nice: A Systems Approach to Equity
Saturday, December 5, 2015, Workshop Session D (8:30am-10:00am) at the People of Color Conference
Alison will facilitate a discussion of institutional accountability for cultural competency and the necessity of creating a diversity and inclusion dashboard for your school.
Diversity for Trustees: Foundation and Best Practices for Governance
Saturday, November 7, 2015; 8:30am-12:30pm at Burke's School, 7070 California St., San Francisco, CA
In Fall 2015, Blink is collaborating with Bay Area Trustees Advancing Diversity (BATAD) to offer Diversity for Trustees: Foundation and Best Practices for Governance, a workshop designed to critically rethink diversity through the lens of independent school governance. This morning workshop offers a framework for diversity for new and experienced independent school trustees, whether you're leading your school's diversity initiatives or wondering why your board still needs to talk about diversity (because you've got more important matters to attend to).
During this working conversation, participants will identify the business case for diversity, develop a working vocabulary for talking about diversity, learn about effective practices for boards and explore the responsibilities and opportunities an independent school board has in cultivating diversity and creating accountability for equity in education. The morning will include large and small group discussion, experiential learning activities and Q&A with (1) a panel of trustees who are experienced diversity leaders and (2) a panel of diversity directors and consultants.
Trustees will leave this workshop with language, effective practices and a network of colleagues at other independent schools to help further their board's mission-vital diversity work.
This workshop is for trustees who are striving to engage the diversities of their schools to create more inclusive communities where each and every student, educator and community member can thrive.
Registration Form [PDF] for Diversity for Trustees: Foundation and Best Practices for Governance
[Conference Session] Facilitating Inclusive Conversations About Diversity and Social Justice
Friday, October 9, 2015, Workshop Session A (10:00am-11:00am) at the Northwest Association of Independent Schools Fall Educators Conference
[Conference Session] Talking About Socioeconomic Status and Class
Friday, October 9, 2015, Workshop Session A (1:15pm-2:15pm) at the Northwest Association of Independent Schools Fall Educators Conference
Facilitating Inclusive Conversations About Diversity and Social Justice
According to facilitation guru Sam Kaner, "The facilitator's job is to support everyone to do their best thinking and practice." As a facilitator, how do you elicit your group's best thinking and action around social identities and issues that are sometimes personal, as well? In this facilitate-the-facilitators workshop, participants will explore the challenges of facilitating conversations about social justice for the mutual safety and inclusion of diverse individuals and beliefs, when different points of view are not represented -- or valued -- equally. This workshop will help participants build a foundation for authentic engagement in conversations about identity, diversity and social justice. Participants will consider the role and responsibilities of the facilitator; identify effective tools and strategies for creating safe learning spaces for important -- and sometimes challenging -- conversations; and explore the practice of facilitating for inclusion and equity not just as content or concept, but as an experience and process for groups.
This workshop is for preK-adulthood staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who are interested in, or are already, facilitating conversations about diversity and social justice in their communities.
Talking About Socioeconomic Status and Class
This workshop is an occasion to lean into the challenges, opportunities and responsibility to educate students and adults about socioeconomic status (SES) and class identities, cultures, diversity and inclusion. We'll consider how our own identities position us in conversations about socioeconomics and class, as we explore everyday SES and class dynamics and challenges in our communities. Participants will identify helpful strategies, tools and language to have intentional and growthful conversations with diverse students, colleagues and families.
This workshop is for preK-adulthood staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who recognize their opportunity and responsibility to help students, families and colleagues across the socioeconomic spectrum to thrive in their communities.
Leaders of Color Professional Learning Community
This program is an opportunity for educators of color to explore their leadership visions, opportunities, and aspirations within and beyond independent schools. For experienced, emerging and questioning leaders of color at all stages of their careers, this yearlong series will offer participants time and support to:
For educators of color who want to be effective, transformative, and ever-growing in their profession, these working conversations will include all aspects of who we are as leaders and the complexity of the communities in which we work.
Co-facilitated with Steve Morris, Head of the San Francisco School
Leadership: A Personal and Professional Exploration for Educators of Color
A professional growth opportunity through the Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative with colleague Steve Morris, head of The San Francisco School.
"I" is for injustice: Talking to kids about -isms and inequality
In order to teach about social justice, you have to talk about injustice. How do you help children have safe, inclusive and growthful conversations about -isms and inequality?
This workshop is for preK-8 staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who are interested in, or are already, facilitating conversations about social justice with children.
Equity: How a community discerns and enacts fair treatment, opportunity and access to resources for diverse community members.
Action: What we do, even when we don't think we're doing anything.
Because nice is not enough (Nieto, 2009), we can't just intend equity, we have to do it. And how we strive for equity matters as much as what we do. Designed to empower educators with the understandings, skills and tools to align the intention and impact of their commitments to equity, this workshop is a focused inquiry opportunity for you to connect, reflect and work with others to help diverse children and youth to thrive as learners and leaders in and beyond schools.
This workshop is for: teachers, school staff and administrators, mentors, advisors, parents/guardians, coaches, community organizers, and board members of schools and community organizations who work with or for preK-college students.
In Service of Social Justice
Designed to empower schools with the knowledge, skills and tools to align the intention and impact of their service and community engagement projects, this workshop explores how these initiatives and experiences do-and don't-serve social justice. Using case studies like KONY2012, Haitian relief efforts and participants' own service and community engagement projects, participants will:
As a group, how are students of color doing at your school? And how is your school doing in its efforts to include students receiving financial assistance and their families in community life and school leadership? In this workshop, participants will explore common issues and experiences of lower income and racial minority students and families in independent schools. We will identify opportunities, responsibilities and effective practices to create environments where all youth and their families can thrive.
This workshop is for middle and upper school (6-12) faculty, administrators, staff, trustees and parents/guardians who are committed to making their schools places where students and families of color and students and families receiving financial assistance thrive.
Co-facilitated with Nonoko Sato, Executive Director of SMART.
When to Say What: Talking to Children about Identity, Diversity, and Inclusion with BATDC
Talking Back to White Entitlement at the White Privilege Conference
Teaching about immigration is necessarily teaching about identity, diversity and social justice. Learning about immigration can be a personally transformative, socially engaging experience that empowers students of diverse identities to learn about themselves and the world. How do we help students to engage this complex subject and each other with intellect and compassion? In this workshop, educators will explore issues, opportunities and responsibilities in teaching children about immigration. We will consider content and pedagogy as we identify developmentally supportive language, frameworks and strategies for teaching and learning about immigration in diverse groups. This workshop is for preK-12 staff, administrators, faculty and parents who teach or have conversations about immigration with children.
This workshop begins with the premise that while we may be surprised by an unjust action or attitude, we can also be prepared. Whether we're confronted by a complaint about students "getting special accommodations" or the persistently casual use of homophobic slurs, we can stand up. Participants are invited to bring their own "say what?" scenarios for discussion. Since social justice is a process that requires sustained and mutual individual, community and institutional commitment, we will:
According to facilitation guru Sam Kaner, "The facilitator's job is to support everyone to do their best thinking and practice." This workshop will help participants build a foundation for authentic engagement in conversations about identity, diversity and social justice. Participants will consider the role of the facilitator, and identify best practices for creating safe, professional spaces for important, and sometimes challenging, conversations. We will use somatic techniques for getting centered and staying grounded when the unexpected happens (as it always does), and share proactive and responsive strategies, activities and tips for cultivating collaborative thinking and practice. This workshop is for staff, administrators, faculty and parents who are interested in, or are already, facilitating diversity work in their communities (from preK-adulthood).
Navigating Your Role in Transforming Your School
Workshop participants will explore and share strategies to engage school leaders and potential allies in examining and re-imagining equity within schools. We will share vital information that will strengthen and expand our communication and support for one another.
Multiculturalism as Core Practice: Creating Rubrics for Educators
Multiculturalism is a core value for 21st century schools. What does that value look like as systemic practice? Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton is in its third year of creating and piloting a rubric that guides all of its staff, faculty and administrators in understanding and enhancing how to enact multiculturalism as a SHS educator. This discussion will overview that process, and pose essential questions and considerations for schools interested in developing and integrating professional rubrics to clarify values, intentions and expectations for the practice of inclusion and equity in their schools.
This workshop will focus on normative experiences of whiteness (the encounter with the Other, the experience of being called a racist, the denial of whiteness, the attempt to be an ally in the struggle for racial justice, the insistence on colorblindness) as pivotal opportunities to help individuals develop self-awareness and empowered racial identities. Participants will leave with an understanding of occasions and issues in white identity development, and frames and tools to help them to decide what to say and how to act to foster their own and/or their white allies' identities.
As Sonia Nieto writes, even in the most well-intentioned school, "nice is not enough" to ensure inclusion and equity for all students and adults. This workshop will tap the knowledge and skills participants already bring to their work, in addition to current research on bias and discrimination, to identify proactive and responsive opportunities to address unconscious biases and subtle, yet stunning forms of discrimination within their communities. Participants will explore the process and effects of: covering, aversive discrimination, microaggressions and stereotype threat on minority and majority-identified students and adults. With the goal of creating actively antidiscriminatory campuses, this workshop will challenge a "difference-blind" approach, and offer a perspective that affirms the whole individual and empowers each person to be a stakeholder in school culture and life. This workshop is for staff, administrators, faculty and parents who want to deepen their anti-discriminatory practice (preK-adulthood).
This workshop starts with the premise that we can empower children and adults to leverage their privilege for social good by helping them to reflect on their own identities and attitudes about privilege, and redefining privilege as an opportunity to enact equity and justice. We will explore race, class, sexuality and learning-ability privilege, and challenge the deficit ideology that disempowers people by dividing us into "haves" or "have-nots." Drawing on participants' experiences, as well as research on children's developing awareness and normative attitudes about privilege, we will explore strategies for transformatively teaching and learning about the p-word. This workshop is for staff, administrators, faculty and parents who are interested in exploring and working with privilege (from preK-adulthood).
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