Workshops

From Achievement Gap to Equity Pedagogy: Connecting with Children in Poverty  

Description:  Educators hold biases that inform how we teach, lead, and relate to students in poverty. Participants become cognizant of these biases while engaging in self-reflective practices. This workshop assists in building recognition of the personal misconceptions and stereotypes, and understand the systemic inequities faced by marginalized groups of students, specifically children in poverty.

Estimated Length: 6-hours

Audience: School District personnel, Administrators, Teachers

Learning Objectives

As participants in this workshop, teachers will:

  • Engage in self-reflective practices around issues of biases, equity, and expectations
  • Explore the differences between “achievement gap” and “opportunity gap”
  • Shift mindsets from deficit thinking to equity pedagogy
  • Engage in reflective practices and strategic activities for gaining cultural proficiency around issues of poverty and equity.

Moving Beyond the Classroom:  Using Critical Literacy to Make Connections

Description: Students should be encouraged to participate in critical social issues in their communities. Classrooms should be spaces where students are introduced to social justice education and practices.  Educators can provide opportunities for activism, while engaging in rigorous academic environments. In this workshop participants will create Inquiry-Connectors—active, critical lessons which address relevant social issues—which impact students’ communities and daily lives and align these critical issues with  Common Core Language Arts Standards (or local school district standards).

Estimated Length:  1 full day or 2 half-day workshops

Audience:  Teachers, Grades 6-12

Learning Objectives

As participants in this workshop, teachers will:

  • Learn the foundational tenets of critical literacy
  • Identify a social justice issue that’s relevant/meaningful to local communities
  • Engage in the process of creating multiple perspectives (through multiple media sources) into a lesson
  • Create Inquiry-Connectors™ using various texts and common core standards

Related Workshops:  Rethinking and Retooling Your Classroom with the Curriculum Instructional Connections Model™

Additional Resources:  See how this workshop connects to Common Core Standards

From Deficit to Resilience: Connecting & Responding to the Black Male Initiative

Description: The federal initiative My Brother’s Keeper highlights the need to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. Statistics show that a large percentage of Black males are falling behind academically and being pushed into the School-to-Prison Pipeline, due in part to the Zero Tolerance Education Policy. Deficit Theory addresses the idea that the lower achievement of Black males is due to a problem with the students rather than pondering the role of school and instructional practices and structures. This deficit model sees cultural diversity as problematic and locates that problem within the students, their families and communities. This workshop then redirects instruction from remediating the “problems” to appreciating the strengths Black males bring to the classroom upon which a teacher can build to extend knowledge. The workshop also bridges the gap between student-blaming deficit model and using the social capital and community culture wealth that Black male students bring to the classroom. This workshop provides participants with an alternate perspective of the “plight” of Black males in the educational system and offers tools to support the resilience that is necessary for young Black men to thrive in school and in society. In addition, participants will be receive relevant Inquiry Connectors designed specifically for working with Black males.

Estimated Length:  1 half-day workshop

Audience:  Teachers, Grades K- 5, 6-12

Learning Objectives

As participants in this workshop, teachers will:

  • Examine the need for President’s Obama’s My Brother’s Keepers Initiative
  • Examine media literacy & its impact on boys of color
  • Experience various value systems and cultural nuances
  • Engage in cross- culture communication
  • Create a classroom culture that embraces and supports young men of color

Related Workshops: Moving Beyond the Classroom:  Using Critical Literacy to Make Connections

Additional Resources:  See how this workshop connects to Common Core Standards 

Novice Teacher, Urban Schools: Connecting the New Teacher to Urban Students

Description:  Current trends show that more new teachers are leaving the teaching profession before their third year.  More novice teachers experience difficulty providing substantive instruction to diverse student populations where cultural, academic and/or motivational concerns pose limitations.  These types of trends create retention and budgetary challenges for educational leadership.  This workshop introduces proactive approaches that novice teachers can use to sustain success in the classroom.  These practical and motivational approaches are designed to empower the new teacher.

Estimated Length:  1 half-day workshop

Audience:  Teachers, Grades K-12

Learning Objectives

As participants in this workshop, teachers will:

  • Learn about common challenges associated with the teaching profession, as well as solutions to address these challenges
  • Learn about teacher survival strategies
  • Participate in workshop activities that address relevant topics such as classroom management, student engagement, effective teaching

Related Workshops: Rethinking and Retooling Your Classroom with the Curriculum Connections Instructional Model™; Making Connections: Improving Student Engagement with Ed Connections

Additional Resources:  See how this workshop connects to Common Core Standards 

Flipping Your Classroom with EdConnections

Description:  The Flipped Classroom concept has significantly impacted student performance and how teachers approach teaching in various disciplines.  The daunting task of rethinking and redesigning your classroom is made easy with the six-step process introduced in this workshop.  Teachers can increase student engagement, enhance student performance and transform instruction with the utilization of this innovative technique.

Estimated Length:  1 half-day workshop

Audience:  Teachers, Grades 6 – 12

Learning Objectives

As participants in this workshop, teachers will:

  • Learn the basic characteristics of the flipped classroom concept
  • Understand the steps for flipping the classroom to promote student achievement
  • Participate in a design activity and process for initiating steps for flipping the classroom

Related Workshops: Making Connections: Improving Student Engagement with Ed Connections

Additional Resources:  See how this workshop connects to Common Core Standards 

LGBTQ in Schools: Curriculum Inclusion & Anti-bias Connection

Description:  The 21st century classroom should be a learning environment that celebrates difference, promotes tolerances and adheres to principles of social justice for all students. There are many common practices that divide groups of people and reinforce hierarchies in education today.  One of the divisions that continues to come under fire is the sustained dominance of the heteronormative classroom practices that accept and reinforce (knowing or unknowingly) heterosexual student privileges. This practice perpetuates the marginalization and silencing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) students and families.  This workshop is organized around the notion of “curriculum inclusion” and will focus on the need for the integration of LGBTQ themes into the classroom. Teachers are equipped with the confidence, courage, and knowledge to teach a curriculum that is inclusive of LGBTQ students and their families and has emphasis on anti-bias language and name-calling. The interactive workshop will ask participants to contemplate their perceived fears of addressing LGBTQ topics with students and engage in open dialogue and critical literacy practices.

Estimated Length: 1 half-day workshop

Audience:  Teachers, Grades K – 5, 6-12

Learning Objectives

As participants in this workshop, teachers will:

  • Understand best practices and tips for promoting tolerance and social justice in learning communities
  • Gain a better understanding of teacher’s perceptions regarding the barriers and benefits of including LGBTQ-themed literature and curriculum in their own classroom.
  • Gain knowledge of appropriate critical literacy tenets and practices that facilitate inclusive instruction and social justice practices.
  • Engage in strategies and techniques (including literature and interactive, relevant lessons) that integrate LGBTQ-themed topics that are developmentally appropriate for the elementary and secondary classrooms.

Related Workshops: Novice Teacher, Master Teacher: Connecting the New Teacher to the Profession

Additional Resources:  See how this workshop connects to Common Core Standards 

Planning Strategically with EdConnections

Description:  The Strategic Planning workshop introduces planning approaches based on select models that promote organizational solutions. Strategic planning efforts are developed according to mission, primary goals, implementation timeline and methods of assessment. The daunting task of rethinking and redesigning your classroom is made easy with the six-step process introduced in this workshop. Teachers can increase student engagement, enhance student performance and transform instruction with the utilization of this innovative technique.

Estimated Length:  1 half-day workshop

Audience:  School Districts, Organizations, Teachers

Learning Objectives

As participants in this workshop, teachers will:

  • Determine which strategic planning model will satisfy outline objectives
  • Align strategic goals/objectives with mission, vision, etc.
  • Receive teacher tools/ tips that make writing fun, engaging and relevant
  • Participate in a design activity and process for initiating steps for strategic planning