Workshop descriptions

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

Mentoring and 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 in order to provide for diverse student needs while at the same time  reflecting on internalized beliefs, unaware biases, and actions to address the systemic equity issues facing our students and schools today. Mentoring for Equity involves study and practice of reflection, coaching skills, observation and feedback, and strategic conversations that raise awareness and provide the tools for real change.

Culturally Responsive Mentoring and Teaching

Culturally responsive teaching and mentoring begin with adult learning. The first text is our own stories – understanding our own  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? As we become culturally responsive as mentors, coaches, school leaders, and teachers, we make clearer choices on curriculum, management, and community building strategies that allow us to embrace the strengths diverse students, families, and communities bring.

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, mentors, 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 the entire school community.

Mentoring for English Learner Success

Many of our schools are filled with English learners whose academic progress is frozen at an intermediate level of English. We as educators are now called upon to identify language needs in a wide range of students. Teachers across the grades and content areas are called upon to integrate the study of academic language into subject-specific teaching pedagogy. Study and practice finding mentoring entry points to raise teacher awareness and build on student strengths. Analyze best practices that will accelerate student growth in Academic English for all students..

Cognitive Coaching

Cognitive 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.


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 and maintains trust while accelerating effectiveness.

Coaching in Challenging Situations

Even the most effective coaches come into situations where we encounter resistance, are not able to build relationship, 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 positive teacher development. This workshop presumes familiarity and practice with Cognitive Coaching.