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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 **

Gender inclusion: policy and practice for everyone
Saturday, January 30, 2016; 9am-12pm at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA

[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.

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

Diversity for Heads and Trustees: A Working Conversation about Governance
Saturday, March 19, 2016; 8:30am-12:30pm at Town School for Boys, 2750 Jackson St., San Francisco, CA

Diversity for Heads and Trustees: A Working Conversation about Governance is Blink's second collaboration with Bay Area Trustees Advancing Diversity (BATAD) to provide professional growth for the leaders who are responsible for setting institutional vision and goals for inclusion and equity in schools, offering heads and trustees the all too rare and valuable opportunity of a working conversation with peers, focused on the three core governance responsibilities for advancing inclusion and equity:
  • A clear and useful purpose/philosophy statement,
  • A dashboard for assessing progress toward articulated goals, and
  • Systems and structures to empower and hold community members accountable for their roles and responsibilities.
With a shared understanding of why schools need to invest in each of these governance tools, participants will consider examples, identify useful criteria and guiding questions for developing or reassessing your schools' tools and systems, and propose next steps to continue the work back at your schools. The morning will include large and small group discussion, working time with others who are focused on the same area of opportunity and growth in their schools, and the chance to share and workshop your schools' current or in-progress tools and plans. Trustees and heads will leave this workshop with criteria and guiding questions to assess and advance your schools' commitment to and progress toward greater inclusion and equity, action items for your leadership teams, practice having essential governance conversations about diversity, and a network of colleagues at other independent schools to help further your board's mission-vital diversity work.

** 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.

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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
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