Workshops

Combine expert insights with peer learning in Building Blocks virtual workshops


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UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Massachusetts district leaders looking for free workshops sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education may register for workshops specified for Massachusetts.

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Set Priorities for Learning

Set Priorities for Learning

This 90-minute, highly interactive workshop will lead participants through an exploration of the 10 Building Blocks framework, with a particular emphasis on the Set Priorities for Learning Block. Come ready to participate by working alongside your district and state colleagues to:

  • Set guiding principles for teaching and learning that are consistent with state guidance;
  • Create actionable goals;
  • Refine your plans and processes in small break-out sessions;
  • Access examples from other districts as well as related resources; and
  • Learn how the 10 Building Blocks can help streamline the planning process for district reentry.

Facilitated by Karen Shakman, Ph.D., who has extensive experience designing workshops and tools that support continuous improvement.

Engage Learners

Engage Learners

This 90-minute highly interactive workshop will assist Teaching and Learning workgroups, teachers and school leaders in their planning efforts. Participants will explore the 10 Building Blocks framework, with a particular emphasis on the Engage Learners Block. Come ready to participate by working alongside other educators to:

  • Explore strategies to build, deepen, and understand student engagement in remote, hybrid, and in person learning models;
  • Take a deep dive with peers on the challenges and opportunities provided by different state and district guidance;
  • Create actionable goals for your specific context;
  • Work with and learn from peers in small break-out sessions;
  • Access examples from other districts as well as related resources; and
  • Learn how the 10 Building Blocks can help support your work for those critical first six weeks of school.

Engage Learners Deeper Learning Secondary & Elementary will dive deeper into this content, with a special emphasis on age group context. Please sign up for the session that best fits your context. These are open to all educators, including teachers and support staff. You do not need to have participated in a previous Engage Learners session to learn from this workshop.

Facilitated by Alisa Berger, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and thought leader on deeper learning, coaching and development, school design, innovation, and transformation.

Ensure Equitable Access

Ensure Equitable Access

This 90-minute highly interactive workshop will assist education leaders in ensuring underserved students have access to learning opportunities, provided through remote learning.  Participants will explore the 10 Building Blocks framework, with an emphasis on the Ensure Equitable Access Block. Come ready to participate by working alongside your district and state colleagues to:

  • Identify how systemic racism impedes remote learning opportunities for underserved students; 
  • Prioritize equity and set equity-related goals within and across schools.
  • Explore strategies to raise learning outcomes for underserved students;
  • Take a deep dive with peers on the challenges and opportunities linked to equitable access for all students;  
  • Create actionable goals for your specific context;
  • Access examples from other districts as well as related resources; and
  • Learn how the 10 Building Blocks can help support your work for those critical first six weeks of school.

Facilitated by Dr. Andre Morgan, Deputy Academic Officer at LearnLaunch, Inc.

Guest speaker Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson, founder and CEO of the Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP).

Support Parents

Support Parents

This 90-minute highly interactive workshop will provide Massachusetts district and school leaders with the information they need to prioritize family support in the Fall Reopening planning and implementation process. Participants will engage deeply with the Support Parents Block of the 10 Building Blocks Framework. Come ready to participate by working alongside your district and state colleagues to:

  • Create a plan to help support parents and families in their new role in remote learning;
  • Identify communication priorities for parents, families, and guardians;
  • Work with and learn from peers in small break-out sessions; and
  • Access curated resources and district examples. 

Facilitated by Windy Lopez-Aflitto of Learning Heroes. Windy is a former elementary school teacher, and brings 20 years of experience in family engagement, education and philanthropy. Previously, Windy was with Scholastic for nearly a decade helping to develop family and community engagement initiatives.

Select Aligned Tools

Select Aligned Tools: Consider Student Privacy and Security

This 90-minute interactive workshop will provide Massachusetts technology and information education leaders with the information they need to maintain student data privacy. Participants will engage deeply with the Consider Privacy and Security “bucket” of the Select Aligned Tools Building Block of the 10 Building Blocks Framework. Come ready to participate by working alongside your colleagues to:

  • Understand requirements of student privacy laws and their operational impacts on day-to-day policies and procedures;
  • Learn how the Student Data Privacy Consortium can help with the day-to-day issues that districts and schools face;
  • Work with and learn from peers in small break-out sessions; and
  • Access curated resources and district examples. 

Facilitated by Steve Smith, Chief Information Officer of the Cambridge Public Schools and the Founder the Student Data Privacy Consortium.

Include Social-Emotional Learning

Include Social-Emotional Learning

This highly interactive 90-minute workshop will lead school and district leaders through one of the critical steps to ensure that their fall reopening plans and the subsequent implementation of those plans are holistic and inclusive. Specifically, it will explore the Include Social-Emotional Learning Building Block. This interactive session will enable district and school leaders to:

  • Work with a nationally recognized expert on Social-Emotional Learning to prioritize steps to sustain Educator and Community Well Being
  • Access examples and resources to facilitate planning for incorporation of trauma-informed practices as part of regular instruction and student support
  • Set actionable goals and explore with peers how to operationalize those goals to move beyond academics and build systems of support
  • Receive insight into the most recent DESE guidance on Social-Emotional Learning for Fall Reopening and learn how to utilize the Building Blocks Framework to support your efforts to improve your practices in this critical area of need
  • Work with and learn from peers in interactive, small break-out sessions
  • Hear from a Massachusetts educator on their experience working to focus on Social-Emotional Learning and learn more about what they have discovered in that process.

Facilitated by Shai Fuxman, Ed.D.

Prepare Educators

Prepare Educators

This highly interactive 60-minute workshop will explore the Prepare, Support, and Collaborate with Educators Building Block. This interactive session will enable district and school leaders to:

  • Support the professional development and personal well-being of educators;
  • Explore how the model for teacher support and preparation should reflect the model for student support and instruction that is desired;
  • Understand how designing for the margins can ensure an equitable strategy to teacher support and preparation;
  • Work with and learn from peers in interactive, small break-out sessions; and
  • Hear from a Massachusetts educator on their strategies to Prepare and Support Educators and learn more about what they have discovered in that process.

Facilitated by Alisa Berger, faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education and thought leader on deeper learning, coaching and development, school design, innovation, and transformation.

Support Educator Well-Being

This highly interactive 60-minute workshop will lead school and district leaders through steps to be able to support the development and well being of educators. Specifically, it will explore the bucket Support Development and Well-Being, within the  Prepare, Support, and Collaborate with Educators Building Block. This interactive session will enable district and school leaders to:

  • Learn from a national expert and work with and learn from peers in interactive, small break-out sessions; 
  • Discuss strategies to provide continuous support and professional development of educators;
  • Discuss strategies to ensure educators can take care of their mental well being and support one another;
  • Learn how to incorporate opportunities for educators to collaborate and share best practices. 

Facilitated by Alisa Berger, faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education and thought leader on deeper learning, coaching and development, school design, innovation, and transformation.

Address the Needs of English Learners

Address the Needs of English Learners

Details and dates coming soon.

Communicate Clearly

Communicate Clearly

This highly interactive 90-minute workshop will lead school and district leaders through one of the critical steps to ensure that all internal and external stakeholders are aligned and informed during an intense and complex school reopening period and throughout the critical first six weeks of school. Specifically, it will explore the Communicate Clearly Building Block. This interactive session will enable district and school leaders to:

  • Breakthrough the complexity, fear, and information overload, and formulate a well-developed narrative to all stakeholders;
  • Develop strong relationships, and build foundations, with all stakeholders through impactful communications.  Our focus will include strategies for delivering information on big-picture expectations and the changing learning models;
  • Provide just-in-time supports when challenges arise;
  • Understand how to effectively utilize  surveys to tailor communications to different stakeholder groups;
  • Find examples and resources to develop communications that will foster connection and community, which is grounded in the common humanity of the current situation;
  • Work with and learn from peers in interactive, small break-out sessions; and
  • Hear from a Massachusetts educator on their strategies to Communicate Clearly and learn the pros and cons of what they have discovered in that process

Facilitated by Sarah Silverman co founder of Outside Angle, a human-centered organizational development and strategy consulting firm that helps organizations to strengthen the way they operate and communicate so they can better serve their clients.

Plan for Special Education

Plan for Special Education

Details and dates coming soon.