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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 **

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)

  • 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.

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** Ongoing Workshops **

Measuring equity and inclusion: Assessment and accountability for advancement
Location and date: Your campus, date TBD

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.

  • 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
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Equity and inclusion in hiring: A leadership conversation
Location and date: Your campus, date TBD

This workshop includes Foundations for equity and inclusion in hiring (a workshop designed to support the professional growth and practice of any individuals who participate in hiring processes) with two additional leadership components: facilitating equitable, inclusive discussion and discernment with your hiring teams; and designing rubrics and processes that are grounded in cultural competency practice.

This leadership workshop may include:
  • Diversity versus merit: A false dichotomy
    • Understanding the business case for diversity in hiring: Diversity for merit
    • Addressing the myth that hiring used to be merit-based (i.e. fair), and now "it's easier to get a job if you're a person of color (even if you're not qualified)" - Unconscious bias in how we perceive candidates' qualifications and "fit"
    • How we see candidates
    • How candidates present themselves
    • How we talk about candidates because of hiring culture (process, tools and language) and hiring team dynamics
  • What to say when...
    • Scenarios in leading hiring teams
  • It goes both ways: The need for a culturally competent hiring rubric and process while you're trying to hire for cultural competency
Blink recommends 3-4 hrs for the first part of this working conversation, with a follow-on workshop (1.5-2 hrs) scheduled to revisit frameworks and tools, and focus on current/additional hiring challenges and growth.

Note: This workshop will not produce a ready-to-use hiring rubric and process. Following the workshop, Blink can advise on developing these tools (for which Blink would need additional information about current hiring tools and practices, as well as the existing cultural competency foundation).

Blink strongly recommends developing and piloting cultural competency-grounded hiring tools internally (that is, with a vitally diverse working group of internal stakeholders that may be externally facilitated), in order to:
  • Create instruments that reflect school culture;
  • Provide relevant, applicable professional growth in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), that will deepen the team's language, practice and application of DEI values; and
  • Create an internal team who owns these tools, and can explain, model and train colleagues.
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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.

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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
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