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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 **

"I" is for injustice: Talking to kids about -isms and inequality
Saturday, March 29, 2014; 9am-12pm at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA

In order to teach about social justice, you have to talk about injustice. How do you help children have safe, inclusive and growthful conversations about -isms and inequality?
  • How do you explain injustice in a way that's honest, helpful and developmentally supportive?
  • What's too much too soon, and what's necessary to name now?
  • What do you do when the conversation becomes unsafe for a student?
  • How do you respond when a student shares an opinion that you personally find offensive?
In this workshop, participants will explore the challenges of facilitating conversations about social justice for the mutual safety and inclusion of diverse students and themselves. 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-8 staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who are interested in, or are already, facilitating conversations about social justice with children.

Takeaways:
  • Practical "try tomorrow" (Pollock, 2008) tools and strategies for facilitating safe, inclusive and growthful conversations
  • Frameworks for understanding social identity development and group dynamics
  • Guiding principles for having planned or unplanned challenging conversations
Details and registration information [PDF]


** Ongoing Workshops **

Leadership: A Personal and Professional Exploration for Educators of Color
Multiple dates, 9:00am - 12:00pm at The San Francisco School

Blink is thrilled to offer this professional growth opportunity through the Bay Area Teacher Development Collaborative with colleague Steve Morris, head of The San Francisco School.

Details and registration information

Session Dates:
  • October 16th, 2013
  • November 12th, 2013
  • January 29th, 2014
  • March 20th, 2014
  • social networking event TBD
Please feel free to e-mail if you have any questions.


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 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: alison@rethinkingdiversity.com.


** To be offered Fall 2014 **
Look for information early in the 2014-15 school year.

Admissions for inclusive communities
Date and Location TBD

Are you seeing the diversity you'd like to have in your school's admissions? And are you seeing that diversity thrive at your school? If not, what can you do about it? This workshop is an opportunity for participants to critically and creatively examine inclusion and equity in their school's admissions culture, processes and outcomes. Leveraging participants' questions, experience and expertise, we will consider:
  • What outcomes is your school's admissions process designed to achieve?
  • What makes a prospective student a "good fit" for your school? How does this
  • idea of "good fit" impact your school's admissions process and outcomes?
  • How do race and socioeconomics intersect in admissions and student retention?
  • How can you help all students thrive in your community, from the moment they step on campus?
This workshop is for preK-12 admissions directors, admissions staff and school leadership who are committed to inclusion and equity in their admissions processes and outcomes. Guests: Prasant Nukalapati, NW Region Program Manager, A Better Chance; and Nonoko Sato, Executive Director, SMART.

Takeaways:
  • Language and frameworks for understanding inclusion and equity opportunities and responsibilities in admissions
  • Practical "try tomorrow" (Pollock, 2008) tools and strategies to integrate into admissions practices and processes
  • Guiding questions and lenses for assessing inclusion and equity in your school's admissions process and outcomes


Not just a game: Identity, -isms and inclusion in multiplayer online and mobile gaming
Date and Location TBD

Maybe you're a gamer. Maybe you're not. But odds are you know an adolescent or teen who is among the millions of people playing multiplayer online and mobile games. And as they're playing Minecraft, Clash of Clans or Call of Duty, they're doing much more than just raiding for gold or fighting off enemies: every player creates an identity, interacts with other players and negotiates diversity within a virtual society that inevitably privileges some over others. Through real choices and real interactions with real people in games that we think of as "just for fun," youth are practicing who they are and forming identities that persist even after they log off.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to support youth to:
  • Be intentional in how they brand themselves online
  • Cultivate discernment regarding the media they consume
  • Stand up to racism, sexism and homophobia
  • Navigate the socioeconomic disparities among players in games where money buys advantage
This workshop is for middle and upper school (6-12) faculty, staff, administrators, trustees and parents/guardians who recognize their opportunity and responsibility to help youth learn about themselves and the diversity of the world through online and mobile game play, as well as high school students accompanied by an adult. Co- facilitated with Noah Cho, English Teacher, Marin Country Day School.

Takeaways:
  • An understanding of online and mobile multiplayer gaming worlds and
  • cultures
  • Language for talking to youth about online and mobile gaming
  • Guiding questions and lenses for helping youth discern their opportunities
  • and responsibilities to create inclusive gaming communities
  • Practical "try tomorrow" (Pollock, 2008) antidiscrimination tools and
  • strategies to share with youth


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