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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 **

[FULL] Measuring inclusion and equity: Assessment and accountability for advancement
Saturday, January 7, 2017; 9am-12pm at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA

The work of inclusion and equity 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 they're doing in enacting their core values. Participants will explore the purpose, opportunities and responsibilities of measuring inclusion and equity; identify effective practices and processes for individual, community and institutional development; 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, administrators and trustees who committed to and/or responsible for implementing and advancing inclusion and equity in their schools.

Takeaways:
  • Clarity about inclusion and equity, and how to measure them
  • Current models, tools and resources for assessing and advancing inclusion and equity
  • Tools and strategies for beginning, continuing and sustaining institutional systems and processes for measuring inclusion and equity
Registration Form [PDF] for Measuring inclusion and equity: Assessment and accountability for advancement at MCDS


Measuring inclusion and equity: Assessment and accountability for advancement
Saturday, January 21, 2017; 8:30-11:30am at Brentwood School, 100 S. Barrington Place, Los Angeles, CA

In January 2017, Blink is excited to offer Measuring inclusion and equity: Assessment and accountability for advancement, a working conversation for educational leaders.

The work of inclusion and equity 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 they're doing in enacting their core values. Participants will explore the purpose, opportunities and responsibilities of measuring inclusion and equity; identify effective practices and processes for individual, community and institutional development; 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 educators, administrators and trustees who are committed to and/or responsible for implementing and advancing inclusion and equity in their schools.

Takeaways:
  • Clarity about inclusion and equity, and how to measure them
  • Current models, tools and resources for assessing and advancing inclusion and equity
  • Tools and strategies for beginning, continuing and sustaining institutional systems and processes for measuring inclusion and equity
Registration form [PDF] for Measuring inclusion and equity: Assessment and accountability for advancement at Brentwood School


Closing the experience gap for first generation students of color and students from low- income families
Saturday, February 4, 2017; 9am-12pm at Burke's School at 7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA

Independent schools offer an exceptional experience to students, some of whom are able to access that experience more fully than others. In this working conversation, participants will have the opportunity to explore their schools' strengths, growth edges and responsibilities in serving a diverse student body. Grounding in your school's mission and with a specific focus on students from low-income families and students of color who are first-generation attending independent schools, we'll explore common challenges, opportunities and strategies for delivering on mission with all, not just some, of our students.

Participants are encouraged to bring their questions and experiences for discussion and workshopping and will take away language, tools and strategies to enhance inclusion and equity for students from low-income families and students of color.

Takeaways:
  • Language, guiding questions and frameworks for conversations about how identities matter in the experiences of first-generation students in independent schools
  • Tools, frameworks and strategies for mutually growthful, engaging and effective conversations and individual, community and systemic action
Registration form [PDF] for Closing the experience gap for first generation students of color and students from low-income families


Facilitating inclusive conversations about social justice
Saturday, February 11, 2017; 9am-12pm at Park Day School at 360 42nd Street, Oakland, CA

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.

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


Coming soon...
  • Leaders of Color: A Professional Learning Community (offered in 2016-17 in SF, co-facilitated with Steve Morris, Head of the San Francisco School, and Seattle, co-facilitated with Percy Abram, Head of the Bush School), offered in partnership with CATDC and NWAIS
  • Trustees and Heads Working for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, co-facilitated with independent school trustees Barre Fong and Alex Wong


** 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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