Upcoming Blink workshops!

29 Aug

Fall 2012 calendar:

A:  You belong here: Helping traditionally underrepresented students thrive in independent schools

Saturday, October 20, 2012; 9am‐12pm at SMART in San Francisco, CA

B:  “That’s racist!” Talking to students, families and colleagues about what is (and isn’t) really racist

Saturday, October 27, 2012; 9am‐12pm at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA

C:  “You can’t say that! (Can you?)” Facilitating inclusive conversations about social justice

Saturday, November 3, 2012; 9am‐12pm at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA

For more info, read on below…

A:  You belong here: Helping traditionally underrepresented students thrive in independent schools

Saturday, October 20, 2012; 9am‐12pm at SMART in San Francisco, CA

As a group, how are financially disadvantaged students of color doing at your school? And how is your school doing in its efforts to include traditionally underrepresented 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 and effective practices to create environments where all children 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 traditionally underrepresented students and families thrive. Co-facilitated with Nonoko Sato, Executive Director of SMART.

Takeaways:

  • Language for talking about inclusion and equity with students, families and colleagues
  • Frameworks for understanding institutional and community diversity dynamics, issues and opportunities
  • Practical “try tomorrow” (Pollock, 2008) tools and strategies to engage students and families
  • Guiding questions and lenses for assessing inclusion

B:  “That’s racist!” Talking to students, families and colleagues about what is (and isn’t) really racist

Saturday, October 27, 2012; 9am‐12pm at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA

What’s racist… and what’s not? Is it racist to have affinity groups? To consider race in admissions or hiring? To bring up race at all? Can only white people be racist? And how do you tell someone you think they just said something racist? These are some of the questions our students, our colleagues and we ourselves are wrestling with as we navigate a world that is confusing and confused about race. In this cultural-competence-in-action workshop, we’ll define bias, discrimination and racism, and identify useful, developmentally supportive tools and approaches for helping students, families, our colleagues and ourselves think about race, and the difference between what’s racial and what’s racist.

This workshop is for preK-adulthood faculty, administrators, staff, trustees and parents/guardians who want to develop the language and skills to speak up about and against racism.

Takeaways:

  • Language, tools and strategies for talking about race, racism and antiracism with students, families and colleagues
  • A framework for understanding racial awareness and identity development
  • Resources for teaching and learning and what is (and isn’t) racist

C:  “You can’t say that! (Can you?)” Facilitating inclusive conversations about social justice

Saturday, November 3, 2012; 9am‐12pm at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA

As a facilitator, how do you elicit your group’s best thinking and action around controversial social 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. Participants will use scenarios and their own experiences to identify effective tools and strategies to facilitate 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 social justice in their communities and work.

Takeaways:

  • Practical “try tomorrow” (Pollock, 2008) tools and strategies for facilitating inclusive conversations
  • Frameworks for understanding group dynamics
  • Guiding principles for having planned or unplanned challenging conversations

To register, go to: http://www.rethinkingdiversity.com/workshops.html to download the registration form.

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