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Webinars and Workshops

During the pandemic, all workshops are offered in a webinar format. Please contact us if you would like to arrange a customized version for your school. Most topics can be expanded into half, full-day, or longer trainings.

Recorded Webinars

Navigating as a Teacher in Troubled Waters Series 2022

  • Remembrance, Education and Building Resiliency: Teaching the Holocaust and Genocide, with Tom White, April 2022. Genocide is an extraordinary event, but the product of ordinary human behavior. How and why must we confront the past? Explore some guiding thoughts to navigate difficult issues using frameworks for civic education that promote democratic citizenship. We will examine process, choice, and prevention.
    Watch: Remembrance, Education and Building Resiliency
  • Nurturing Social Identity Development, with Dottie Morris and Beth Aronson, March 2022. Our multiple identities effect our worldview, how we make sense of the world, and how we interact with other. Our own identities affect how we engage with students with other identities. We’ll look at identity development stages, thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with each stage, plus strategies for working with individuals based on where they are in their own social identity development.
    Watch: Nurturing Social Identity Development
  • Why Black History Month?, with Dottie Morris, February 2022. Black History Month offers an opportunity to unearth American history from the diverse perspectives of people of African descent. Explore the origins of the month, what it means to people of African descent within the U.S. and throughout the diaspora, and the importance of acknowledging, celebrating, and teaching about the contributions of this community.
    Watch: Why Black History Month 2022?

Implicit Bias Series 2021, with Dr. Dottie Morris

Dr. Morris offered webinars to explore implicit bias, the attitudes and stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious way. The unconscious aspect is really important. We learned together how to become aware of it and co-create more inclusiveness.

  • When Implicit Bias Runs Amok, April 2021. Our own implicit biases and assumptions can separate and divide us unnoticed. Genocide is the horrific end of a trajectory that begins with low level aggressions that can have their start in implicit bias. What can we do to remember those who suffered unimaginable tragedy, and to prevent future atrocities? We can become aware and we can learn to speak up. Watch: When Implicit Bias Runs Amok

  • Challenging the Call-Out Culture, March 2021. Conversations that could have been learning opportunities are too easily turned into bitter battles these days. What would it mean to call someone in instead of calling them out? How can we have uncomfortable conversations based in compassion?
    Watch: Challenging the Call-Out Culture

  • Why Black History Month? Why February?, February 2021. Black History Month offers us an opportunity to unearth American history from another perspective. Come explore the origins of the month, what the month means to people within the U.S. black community, and the importance of celebrating the contributions of this community to our country.
    Watch: Why Black History Month 2021? Why February?

  • A Time of Healing: Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community in our Classrooms and Schools, January 2021. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote of creating a Beloved Community based on justice, equal opportunity, and love of one another. Using his concept as a case study, we will explore how to truly co-create, with our students, our own beloved communities in our classrooms and schools.
    Watch: A Time of Healing: Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community webinar recording

  • Honoring Inclusivity in Holiday Celebrations: It’s Not All or Nothing!, December 2020. Winter celebrations in schools are hard. Do you do nothing? Everything? At the heart of all winter celebrations is celebration of life and light in the darkest time of the year, and we can co-create from there. We will explore how implicit bias can affect our thinking and planning, and how to be respectful and allow for multiple perspectives to be honored and celebrated.
    Watch: Honoring Inclusivity in Holiday Celebrations webinar recording

  • Implicit Bias: Unearthing Unconscious Racism in Your Classroom and School, with Dottie Morris and Kelsey Kilburn, November 2020. Using Thanksgiving as a case study, we will explore how implicit bias can can potentially play out in our schools. Implicit bias is unconscious - we don’t even realize it exists. This is different from thoughts we might hide in order to keep the peace, and the opposite of explicit bias, which are attitudes or beliefs to which we fully admit. Note there is a 5-minute pause about four minutes in which was while people were in breakout rooms.
    Watch: Unearthing Unconscious Racism webinar recording

Educational Leadership

  • Mentoring from the Inside Out: Tips and Tools for Today’s Mentors, with Erin Zaffini, August 2020. Learn about the novice educator and stages of teacher development, then dive into the mentor-mentee relationship. Learn “what to do when” as you coach your mentee, and how to instill reflection in real-time and asynchronously through remote means. Explore common pitfalls, online mentoring tools, avoiding mentor burnout, and remote and in-person observation strategies. There are a couple times when breakout rooms were used and the recording goes blank - just fast forward until you see action again.
    Watch: Mentoring webinar

Curriculum and Instructional Practices

  • Rethinking Our Book Choices: Create safe spaces for students through culturally responsive teaching and the interactive read aloud, with Jen Alexander, November 2020. Whenever possible, read culturally diverse books with your students! Even in a remote setting, you can use an interactive read aloud as a powerful tool to promote cultural awareness and create safe spaces for all students, while building background knowledge, vocabulary, and comprehension. We’ll review culturally responsive teaching and key concepts of awareness, learning partnerships, information processing and community building. We’ll then walk through selecting a diverse book and preparing with it for an interactive read aloud.
    Watch: Rethinking Book Choices webinar

  • Engaging Students In-Person or Virtually with Integrated Inquiry in Science and Social Studies, with Heather Pelkey, October 2020. Get a brief overview of the inquiry and engineering models supported in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the College, Career, and Civic Life Social Studies Framework (C3). Practice creating a unit outline with others teaching the same grade level, working with a real-life issue connected to both science and social studies standards. We’ll talk about how to implement this in a remote and in-person settings.
    Watch: Integrated Science and Social Studies Inquiry webinar

  • Supporting Student Engagement in Science and Engineering Practices in a Remote Learning World, with Jacob Pleasants, August 2020. I’ll present a framework that will help you develop high-quality online materials to support students’ learning of science and engineering practices (as well as their learning of science content). I’ll provide some examples of the framework in action.
    Watch: Student Engagement in STEM Remote Learning webinar. You can fast forward through the pause times.

  • Rethinking Grading: Using Research-Driven Practices to Increase Grading Effectiveness, with Jayme Hines, August 2020. Let’s rethink the purpose and use of grading and consider the role of rubrics and feedback. We will discuss current research, unpack current grading habits, and share ideas for shifting our own grading practices. We will also cover grading in the remote teaching and learning environment. This webinar is based on the work of Thomas Guskey.
    Watch: Rethinking Grading webinar. We stopped the recording during breakout room times.

Past Webinars, no recording

Trauma-Informed Schools

  • Transcending Crisis and Trauma: How Meaning-Making Facilitates Healing, with Dr. Cassie Yackley, March 2021
  • Relationship-Building and Belonging: Capitalizing on the “Flock” Response, with Dr. Cassie Yackley, February 2021
  • Regulation is the Root of Reflection, with Dr. Cassie Yackley, January 2021 
  • Taking Care in Crisis: Understanding the Stress Response System and Functioning, with Cassie Yackley, June 2020 
  • Brain-Based Approaches to Managing Overwhelming Stress: Safety and Post-Traumatic Growth, with Cassie Yackley, June 2020
  • Trauma-Informed Responses to Global Crisis: Brain-based approaches to staying socially connected during physical distancing, with Cassie Yackley, April 2020

Special Education

  • Supporting the Complex Learner
  • Math Standards and Competencies, for paraprofessionals
  • Special Education and Section 504, for paraprofessionals
  • Positive Behavioral Supports and Strategies, for paraprofessionals


  • Mindfulness for Educators, with Tom Bassarear, Spring 2019

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