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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 **

#talking-notjusttweeting-aboutpolitics: having real conversations with kids
Saturday, September 24, 2016; 9am-12pm at the San Francisco School in San Francisco, CA
  • "Is Trump a bad man?"
  • "Everyone is just so politically correct at this school!"
  • "Anyone who votes for [insert name] is an idiot."
  • "We need to 'Build the Wall!'"
This "what to say when" workshop is about owning and navigating our own political identities and values; engaging questions and comments from students and other adults-not just tweeting or speaking in bumper sticker slogans-and helping kids and ourselves to get smarter, more compassionate and more effective in connecting with others to advance political and social issues that matter, in a climate that can be extremely polarized and antagonistic. Participants will explore everyday opportunities and responsibilities to model and practice mutually growthful political engagement. As we talk about patriotism, liberal bias, political correctness, and the tension between "being neutral" and standing up for what you believe, we'll identify useful language, tools and frameworks for challenging conversations, and practice what we can say when politics comes up in our communities.

This workshop is for preK-adulthood staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who want to and already are having challenging, vital conversations about politics and social justice issues in the world today.

  • Helpful language to understand, name and talk about politics, social issues and social justice
  • Current research on children's developing awareness and normative attitudes about social identity and diversity
  • Tools, frameworks and strategies for mutually growthful, engaging and effective political conversations with kids and other adults
Registration Form [PDF]

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.

  • 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]

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:

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 Ñ not just strive for Ñ 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:

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