Workshops

Workshops for Educators and Staff

Unpacking Inclusion

Inclusion of all students in a school community strengthens the fabric of the community, encourages empathetic collaboration and communication, supports understanding and respect of diversity, and, ultimately, benefits all learners. In this workshop, we will unpack inclusion into digestible chunks so that any educator can begin to consider practical ways that they can create a more inclusive classroom. We will cover three types of inclusion: academic, physical, and social. In addition, participants will walk away with their own inclusion checklist to begin making tangible changes in their schools.

What Is Disability Awareness?

essential piece of improving outcomes for all students is nurturing greater self- and peer-awareness. When we educate students about differences, we create opportunities to honor individual strengths and weaknesses. Students who feel confident in their uniqueness can advocate for themselves and are able to collaborate and communicate with their peers in safe, respectful ways. This workshop will define the concept of disability awareness, highlight positive impacts of implementing disability awareness in your school and classrooms, and offer specific strategies for embedding these themes into everyday curriculum.

Empathy and Sympathy: What’s the Difference?

Empathy is recognized as one of the most important 21st century skills and is a driver for more meaningful and positive relationships. This workshop explores the difference between empathy and sympathy and the roles they play in nurturing connected, engaged learning communities. Educators will reflect on their own abilities to demonstrate empathy while gaining tools to explicitly teach empathy to their students through the lens of disability.

Where Do I Begin? Conversations Around Sensitive Topics

In this group professional development session, Changing Perspectives presents five steps for initiating and guiding student discussions about disabilities and other sensitive topics. Educators gain valuable tools to use in their daily teaching practice. Awareness is the foundation for empathy. In order for students to achieve greater empathy, educators must be able to facilitate conversations about sensitive issues with their students confidently and effectively.

SEL Embedded as Curriculum

Social-emotional learning is not an add-on; it is an integral element of education that teachers and schools are integrating into standard curriculum every day. In this workshop, we will explore strategies for seamlessly embedding SEL into any school’s existing curriculum. Through case studies, resources, and an opportunity for educators to consider what supports they need, participants will be better equipped to strengthen SEL in their classrooms.

What is SEL and Why Is It Important?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a critical part of every child’s education and can be nurtured even when students are not in school. SEL is a framework for helping students develop critical skills for how they interact with others, manage their own emotions and behaviors, and develop into confident, productive, and empathetic individuals. This workshop serves as an introduction to SEL and its value for supporting students in a variety of ways (e.g., academically, socially). In this training, we will break down SEL into core areas of focus, review impact data, and provide participants with context for social-emotional skill building in the classroom and beyond.

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Workshops for Paraeducators

Empowering Students with Differences

Empowering students with differences helps them cultivate greater self-confidence and self-advocacy skills. This workshop highlights the value and positive outcomes of this critical process and introduces paraeducators to specific techniques for empowering students with differences in organic, impactful ways.

Facilitating Inclusive Play

Inclusive play supports students in breaking down social barriers, fostering continued respect of diversity, and becoming inclusion leaders in their schools and beyond. In this workshop, we will explore the importance of inclusive play and strategies for how to facilitate these activities throughout the school day. We will evaluate best practices and case studies to provide paraeducators with specific tools and strategies they can use in their daily practice.

What Is Inclusion?

How do schools create authentically inclusive environments for all students? Inclusion can be an overwhelming concept. In this workshop, we will provide an overview of inclusive education and the role paraeducators can play in building inclusive classroom and school environments. We will explore multiple strategies, such as push-in services, pull-out services, inclusion throughout all aspects of the school day, and more.

What is SEL?

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a critical part of every child’s education. SEL is a framework for helping students develop critical skills for how they interact with others, manage their own emotions and behaviors, and develop into confident, productive, and empathetic individuals. This workshop serves as an introduction to SEL and the role paraeducators play in fostering social-emotional skill building to support students academically and socially.