Workshops and Professional Development

I can provide…

customized professional development, with an equity lens, adapted to on-line platforms as needed, in:

  • Culturally responsive instructional coaching
  • Leadership coaching
  • Coaching, communication and listening skills
  • Effective observation and feedback for professional growth
  • Anti-bias work
  • Addressing systemic inequities
  • Team building and addressing conflict
  • Adult social and emotional skills and competencies
  • On-line tools and practice for interactive, meaningful group work

“Yesterday’s workshop, “Mentoring for Equity,” was one of the most, if not the most, powerful workshops I have attended in 23 years in this profession. It was highly relevant, emotionally effective and thought-provoking beyond anything I have experienced in recent memory. Curiously, It did not leave me in need or distraught but feeling relevant, listened-to, and part of a group of educators who addressed one of the most important issues in our profession.”

Tom Carter

Mentor and Teacher, San Lorenzo Unified School District

Workshop descriptions

All workshops are highly interactive and participatory. Workshops will be tailored to the specific needs of the program and participants.

Mentoring & Coaching for Equity

Mentoring for Equity engages teachers and leaders in the most challenging aspects of our profession. Most of us are united in wanting to provide access to an equitable education for students from diverse race, class, language, gender, and other identities. It takes study, practice, and support  to engage in the complex tasks of providing for diverse learning needs, while at the same time reflecting on internalized beliefs,  and taking action to address  the systemic inequities  facing our schools today. Mentoring for Equity involves study and practice in coaching skills and stances, observation and feedback, self-reflection, and strategic  conversations that raise awareness and provide tools for real change.

Culturally Responsive Mentoring and Teaching

Cultivating culturally responsive practice as mentors, coaches, school leaders, and teachers, supports making clear choices on curriculum, management, and community building strategies that supports all students to thrive. Culturally responsive teaching and mentoring begin with adult learning, telling our own stories  understanding  unique cultural identities, challenges, strengths, and blind spots. How do we employ empathy, curiosity, and humility as adult learners in order to build muscles of cultural competence and awareness? How do we create safety to have honest conversations about race between white people and people of color? 

Social and Emotional Learning and Resilience for Adults

Research has shown that social and emotional competencies are vital not only for student success, but for teacher effectiveness and retention as well. We as teachers, coaches, and school leaders can cultivate resilience and empathy in ourselves and others, in order to strengthen commitment to the profession and help students succeed. Engage in study and practice in the parallel process of social and emotional learning that will positively impact adult relationships, as well as the entire school community.

Blended Coaching

Blended Coaching involves an intentional use of language and non-judgmental ways of being to promote self-reflection and independent problem solving abilities in the person being coached. in this workshop we will practice coaching stances and language, collecting observation data and giving feedback. We utilize real life situations in our practice, and receive supportive, targeted feedback on our coaching approach. New and experienced coaches are invited to participate in this differentiated workshop.

Coaching in Challenging Situations

Even the most effective coaches come into situations where we encounter resistance, or feel ineffective in moving teacher practice forward. In this workshop we will look at challenging case studies, our own responses and triggers, as well as forming a bigger tool kit to transform coaching and mentoring challenges into learning opportunities for professional development. This workshop presumes familiarity and practice with Cognitive or Blended Coaching.

Observation and feedback

There are many discrete skills involved becoming an effective observer and provider of meaningful, data-based feedback. Practice collecting data that demonstrates student engagement and comprehension, formative assessment, or cultural awareness. Observe, analyze, and practice giving feedback to adults that builds relational  trust while accelerating effectiveness. Apply observation and feedback skills to the unique challenges of working in a virtual environment.