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 **
You belong here: Helping students of color and students receiving financial assistance to thrive in independent schools
Saturday, February 1, 2014; 9am-12pm at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA
How are students of color and students receiving financial assistance doing at your school? And how is your school doing in its efforts to include their families in community life and school leadership? In this workshop, participants will explore common issues and experiences of lower income and racial minority students and families in independent schools. We will identify opportunities and effective practices to create environments where all children and their families can thrive.
This workshop is for middle and upper school (6-12) faculty, administrators, staff, trustees and parents/guardians who are committed to making their schools places where students and families of color and students and families receiving financial assistance can thrive. Co-facilitated with Nonoko Sato, Executive Director of SMART.
Not just a game: Identity, -isms and inclusion in multiplayer online and mobile gaming
Saturday, March 15, 2014; 9am-12pm at Marin Academy in San Rafael, CA
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:
"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?
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.
Admissions for inclusive communities
Friday, May 2, 2014; 9am-12pm at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco, CA
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:
** 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
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: email@example.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:
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