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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 **

Diversity 101 for Trustees: Foundations and Effective Practices for Governance
Saturday, October 28 2017; 8:30-12:30pm at the Bay School of San Francisco in SF, CA

Registration form [PDF] for Diversity 101 for Trustees: Foundations and Effective Practices for Governance

This workshop is designed specifically to address diversity through the lens of independent school governance, offering a foundation and framework for diversity for new and experienced independent school trustees, whether you're leading your school's diversity initiatives, wondering what "diversity" even means at your school, or searching for tools to help you respond to issues coming up in and beyond your community. During this working conversation, participants will identify the business case for diversity, develop a working vocabulary for having vital conversations about diversity, learn about effective practices for boards, and explore the responsibilities and opportunities that governance has in cultivating diversity and creating accountability for equity and inclusion 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. Heads of school and other administrators who sit on the board and/or act as board liaisons are welcome to join this governance-focused conversation.


Facilitating Inclusive Conversations for Social Justice
Saturday, November 4, 2017; 9am-12pm at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA

Registration form [PDF] for Facilitating Inclusive Conversations for 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 and political, in a political climate that is increasingly polarized? In this facilitate-the-facilitators workshop, participants will explore the challenges of facilitating conversations not just about, but for social justice, meaning 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.

Takeaways:
  • Shared understanding of "diversity," "inclusion" and "social justice" as facilitation dynamics, opportunities and responsibilities
  • Practical "try tomorrow" (Pollock, 2008) tools and strategies for facilitating inclusive planned and unplanned conversations
  • Frameworks for working with diverse groups

Diversity for Heads and Trustees: Advancing Equity and Inclusion Systemically and Strategically
Saturday, November 11, 2017; 8:30-12:30pm at Town School for Boys in San Francisco, CA

Registration form [PDF] for Diversity for Heads and Trustees: Advancing Equity and Inclusion Systemically and Strategically

Blink's second collaboration with DiG provides professional growth for heads and trustees who are responsible for setting institutional vision, goals and accountability for equity and inclusion in schools, offering these governance teams the all too rare and valuable opportunity of a working conversation with peers. In this morning workshop, we will focus on core institutional responsibilities for advancing equity and inclusion:
  • A clear and useful statement of vision and philosophy
  • Accountability for progress toward articulated goals
  • Structures, systems and resources to empower leaders and stewards of this work
  • A shared practice of everyday cultural competency
  • Ownership in everyone's role
Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their schools' "gots" and growth edges, explore examples from other schools and organizations, identify useful criteria and guiding questions for developing or reassessing their schools' tools and systems, and propose next steps to continue the work back at their schools.

The morning will include large and small group discussion, working conversations with colleagues whose schools are focused on the same area of opportunity and growth-as well as those at different stages, and the chance to share and workshop your schools' current or in-progress plans and tools. Trustees and heads will leave this workshop with criteria and guiding questions to assess and advance their schools' commitments to and progress in advancing equity and inclusion, action items for their leadership teams, more practice having essential governance conversations about diversity, and a network of colleagues at other independent schools to help further their governance team's mission-vital diversity work.

This workshop is for teams of heads and trustees who are striving to advance their schools' equity and inclusion efforts and impacts, for the mutual benefit of all students, educators and community members.


** 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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