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Current Workshops
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Blink's Saturday workshops are designed to support educators who are striving to engage the cultures and diversities of their schools to create more inclusive communities where each and every person can thrive.

In all Blink workshops, the medium is the message: sessions model guiding questions, techniques and tools that participants can implement in their own classroom, office and community work.


** Upcoming Workshops **

Critically rethinking affinity
Saturday, February 3, 2018; 9am-12pm at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA

To affinitize, or not to affinitize? Maybe your school is wondering about whether-and how-to offer affinity groups for students and/or adults. Or maybe your school is wondering what to do about affinity programs that are struggling to maintain membership and relevance. This working conversation is an opportunity to critically rethink affinity for individual, community and institutional growth. We'll start with clarifying what affinity groups are (and can be); reframe why they're vital in diverse learning communities; and explore how you can build, sustain and transform the culture and practice of affinity groups to advance equity and inclusion.

This workshop is for preK-adulthood educators (including administrators, faculty, staff, trustees and parents/guardians) and high/upper school student affinity group leaders, who are interested in starting or already advising/ leading affinity programs for students and/or adults in your communities.

Takeaways:
  • Helpful language to articulate the "what" and "why" for affinity groups
  • "Try tomorrow" tools, frameworks and strategies (Pollock, 2008) for introducing, sustaining and re-envisioning affinity in your community
  • Effective practices from peer schools beginning, continuing and advancing their affinity work
Complete workshop and registration information [PDF]

Online registration [eventbee.com]



Measuring equity and inclusion: Assessment and accountability for advancement
Saturday, March 3, 2018; 8:30am-12:30pm at The Bay School of SF in San Francisco, CA

The work of equity and inclusion is never done-but that doesn't mean we can't or shouldn't hold ourselves accountable for advancing our practices, impacts and outcomes. This working conversation is an opportunity for educators to learn about assessment tools and processes-including institutional dashboards, program inventories and community climate assessments-that schools can create and implement, in order to understand how you're doing in enacting your core values. Participants will explore the purpose, opportunities and responsibilities of assessing equity and inclusion; identify effective frameworks, practices and processes for assessment; consider existing tools and models (and how to discern relevance, fit, useful takeaways and applications); and engage in dialogue with peers from other schools doing or beginning this work.

This workshop is for preK-adulthood educators, including administrators, faculty, staff, trustees and parent/guardian leaders, who are committed to and/or responsible for ensuring and advancing equity and inclusion in their schools.

Takeaways:
  • Clarity about equity and inclusion, and what quantitative and qualitative assessment of E&I comprises
  • Frameworks, strategies, tools and language for advancing equity and inclusion assessment
  • Models, effective practices and resources from other schools and organizations
Complete workshop and registration information [PDF]

Online registration [eventbee.com]



The Class Conference
Thursday and Friday, April 26-27, 2018; 8am-4pm
Peace Lutheran Church in Mill Valley, CA

The Class Conference is a two-day professional growth opportunity that's all about class-and socioeconomic status (SES). Over two days in dialogue together, participants will engage in a practice-focused workshop about SE and class diversity, equity and inclusion in their communities, facilitated by Alison Park of Blink Consulting and guest facilitators Rosetta Lee, teacher and professional outreach specialist, based out of Seattle Girls' School; and Mark Mitchell, Vice President, National Association of Independent Schools.

Workshop Schedule

Thursday, April 26, 2018
AM: Can we talk about class? Foundations for vital conversations about socioeconomic status and class (Alison)
PM: Socio-economic diversity: Affirming purpose, removing barriers, assuring inclusion (Mark)

Friday, April 27, 2018
AM: Socioeconomic class affinity groups: Why, what, how (Rosetta)
Panel discussion with student and adult leaders of the financial assistance affinity group at Marin Academy
PM: Accountability for socioeconomic equity and inclusion: How do you know how you're doing? Assessing experiences and outcomes (Alison)

Takeaways:
  • Shared understandings and lexicon to have growthful conversations about SES and class that advance equity and inclusion in our learning communities
  • Practical "try tomorrow" (Pollock, 2008) tools and strategies for enacting the intentions of equity and inclusion in impactful everyday practice
  • A framework for institutional accountability for growing as SE and class-inclusive communities where all-not just some-students, employees and families can thrive
This workshop is for preK-adulthood staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who are interested in, or are already, facilitating conversations about socioeconomic and class identity, diversity, equity and inclusion in their communities.

Complete workshop and registration information [PDF]

Online registration [eventbee.com]



** Ongoing Workshops **

More Than a Pizza Lunch
Location and date: Your campus, date TBD

This workshop is for student leaders and adult sponsors who want to focus on organizational vision and planning.

Feel like you're preaching to the choir? Tired of inspiring conversations going nowhere? Frustrated because pizza lunches aren't your idea of making a difference? This two-hour visioning and action planning workshop is for student identity/social justice group leaders and adult sponsors who want to more fully realize the intention and possibilities of their organizations. Through an aspirational and practical discussion of student organizations as individually-driven and institutionally-critical forum for youth voice and action, students and sponsors will identify organizational goals, assets, challenges and actionable plans to realize the groups they want to become — including getting the most out of those pizza lunches! In this workshop, the medium is also the message: Alison and Sara will model inclusive facilitation skills and tools that students and sponsors can use in their own leadership practices.

To register, please contact: alison@rethinkingdiversity.com.


Inclusive Facilitation (formerly Facilitating for Social Justice)
Location and date: Your campus, date TBD

Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi understood that we cannot strive toward social justice without practicing it. The challenge for educators is not just to lead, but to lead inclusively and equitably, facilitating others to their best thinking and action. With social justice as both the vision and the practice, educators will:
  • integrate core social justice values into everyday leadership and facilitation;
  • identify the voices and perspectives that feel more or less welcome in the groups they lead;
  • explore how to transform the challenges and hurdles that include some and exclude others;
  • reflect on their own identities, perspectives and privileges as leaders; and
  • learn facilitation tools to include more voices and practice -- not just strive for -- equity.
This workshop is for faculty, administrators, staff, trustees and parents who facilitate groups and want to deepen their everyday practice of inclusion and equity.

Intended outcomes:
  • Practical understanding of facilitation as a tool for social justice
  • Frameworks for understanding dynamics of diverse groups
  • Tools for facilitating for inclusion and equity
To register, please contact: alison@rethinkingdiversity.com.



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