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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 **

Facilitating Inclusive Conversations About Diversity and Social Justice
Saturday, January 31, 2015; 9am-12pm at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, 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.

  • 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]

Talking About Socioeconomic Status and Class
Saturday, February 21, 2015; 9am-12pm at Park Day School in Oakland, CA

This workshop is an occasion to lean into the challenges, opportunities and responsibility to educate students and adults about socioeconomic status (SES) and class identities, cultures, diversity and inclusion. We'll consider how our own identities position us in conversations about socioeconomics and class, as we explore everyday SES and class dynamics and challenges in our communities. Participants will identify helpful strategies, tools and language to have intentional and growthful conversations with diverse students, colleagues and families.

This workshop is for preK-adulthood staff, administrators, faculty, trustees and parents/guardians who recognize their opportunity and responsibility to help students, families and colleagues across the socioeconomic spectrum to thrive in their communities.

  • Working definitions of "socioeconomics," "class," "privilege" and other key concepts
  • Current research on children's developing awareness and normative attitudes about socioeconomic and class identities and diversity
  • Tools, strategies and guiding questions for socioeconomic and class inclusion and equity
Registration Form [PDF]

Leaders of Color Professional Learning Community

This program is an opportunity for educators of color to explore their leadership visions, opportunities, and aspirations within and beyond independent schools. For experienced, emerging and questioning leaders of color at all stages of their careers, this yearlong series will offer participants time and support to:
  • Clarify their visions and goals as educators,
  • Identify core leadership competencies and challenges,
  • Design their own professional growth plans, and
  • Network and build vital personal and professional relationships.
With the intention of knowing and sustaining ourselves in our careers, we will lean into case studies; reflect on our own experiences; talk frankly about the challenges, opportunities and expectations for leaders of color; recognize our personal growth edges; and drill down on the skills and knowledge we have and need to thrive on our diverse professional paths.

For educators of color who want to be effective, transformative, and ever-growing in their profession, these working conversations will include all aspects of who we are as leaders and the complexity of the communities in which we work.

Co-facilitated with Steve Morris, Head of the San Francisco School

Meeting dates: October 22, November 7, January 14, March 11;
Meeting times: 10:00-2:00 (Additional Social Networking Event: February 5, 5:00-6:30)
Location: The San Francisco School, 300 Gaven St., San Francisco
Cost: $1450 per participant; ($2100 for non-members)

To register, please go to: Leaders of Color Professional Learning Community

** 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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