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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 for Trustees: Foundation and Best Practices for Governance
Saturday, November 7, 2015; 8:30am-12:30pm at Burke's School, 7070 California St., San Francisco, CA

In Fall 2015, Blink is collaborating with Bay Area Trustees Advancing Diversity (BATAD) to offer Diversity for Trustees: Foundation and Best Practices for Governance, a workshop designed to critically rethink diversity through the lens of independent school governance. This morning workshop offers a framework for diversity for new and experienced independent school trustees, whether you're leading your school's diversity initiatives or wondering why your board still needs to talk about diversity (because you've got more important matters to attend to).

During this working conversation, participants will identify the business case for diversity, develop a working vocabulary for talking about diversity, learn about effective practices for boards and explore the responsibilities and opportunities an independent school board has in cultivating diversity and creating accountability for equity 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.

Registration Form [PDF] for Diversity for Trustees: Foundation and Best Practices for Governance

[Conference Session] Facilitating Inclusive Conversations About Diversity and Social Justice
Friday, October 9, 2015, Workshop Session A (10:00am-11:00am) at the Northwest Association of Independent Schools Fall Educators Conference

[Conference Session] Talking About Socioeconomic Status and Class
Friday, October 9, 2015, Workshop Session A (1:15pm-2:15pm) at the Northwest Association of Independent Schools Fall Educators Conference

[Conference Session] Beyond Nice: A Systems Approach to Equity
Saturday, December 5, 2015, Workshop Session D (8:30am-10:00am) at the People of Color Conference

Alison will facilitate a discussion of institutional accountability for cultural competency and the necessity of creating a diversity and inclusion dashboard for your school.

[Conference Session] Trustees and Heads Working for Diversity, Inclusion and Equity
Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 8:00am-9:00am at the 2016 NAIS Annual Conference

Alison and BATAD's Barre Fong and Alex Wong will facilitate this workshop.

#talking-notjusttweeting-aboutrace: having real conversations with kids
Saturday, March 5, 2016; 9:00am-12:00pm at San Francisco Day School, San Francisco, CA

Discuss strategies and tools for getting beyond PC, vindictive protectiveness and the culture of shaming to have authentic, growthful conversations about race, racism and racial justice with kids.

Registration details TBD

To affinity... and beyond! Affinity programs for inclusive communities
Saturday, March 12, 2016; 9:00am-12:00pm at Marin Country Day School, Corte Madera, CA

A working conversation about best practices for affinity programs

Registration details TBD

** 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:

** 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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