Course Offerings

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Leadership Workshops

Authentic Leadership

Authentic leadership is knowing and acting on, what is true and real inside yourself, and your organization AND knowing and acting on what is true and real in the world. Credibility/Authenticity is key to leadership. We must believe that leaders' words can be trusted, that they'll do what they say, that they're personally excited about the organization, and that they have the knowledge and skills to lead. This workshop will address the six pillars of character, four dimensions of trustworthiness and self-restraint.


Team Building - Working Collaboratively with Colleagues

How do you build collaboration? Do all staff “buy-in”? This workshop can be implemented with individuals or customized to work with groups. Attendees will explore their own work style and how to work more cohesively with others. Participants will analyze program outcomes to clarify a common goal. After determining common goals, attendees will participate in hands-on activities that can be easily transferred back to the program. Activities will also include identifying the fallacies of leadership, how to have a difficult conversations and positive communication skills.


Teamwork, Power, & Accountability: Your Role in Collaborative Teams

What are the characteristic of effective teams? How do you build collaboration? This workshop explores the roles we play and the relationships we foster to create collaborative teams. Teamwork is based on communication, trust, and valuing diversity. Participants investigate various work styles and determine how their own style affects group dynamics. Attendees explore how the management of power and accountability in teams can result in either the success or failure of the team. Participants analyze program outcomes to clarify common goals. They also participate in hands-on activities that can be easily implemented in the workplace. Activities include addressing hidden expertise, managing conflict, and fostering positive communication skills.


 Work-Life Balance

For a lot of people, the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance seems like an impossible goal. With so many of us torn between juggling heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, and squeezing in outside interests, it's no surprise that more than one in four Americans describe themselves as “super stressed.” And that’s not balanced—or healthy. While we all need a certain amount of stress to spur us on and help us perform at our best, the key to managing stress lies in that one magic word: balance. Not only is achieving a healthy work/life balance an attainable goal but workers and businesses alike see the rewards. When workers are balanced and happy, they are more productive, take fewer sick days, and are more likely to stay in their jobs. (http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/work-life-balance)


Transformation Through Reflection
This workshop explores the importance of personal reflection to raise the bar to become transformational leaders. Transformational leadership inspires wholeness of being, so your thoughts, feelings and actions are consistent. It is about leading with integrity and authenticity that resonates with others. Participants will reflect on how their experiences have shaped their leadership styles. Attendees will have the opportunity to share personal experiences and participate in hands-on activities.


Collaborative Leadership

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” Edward C. Register, 1915

This workshop is a 9 hour interactive training series on Collaborative Leadership. Collaborative leadership is a mutually beneficial and well-defined relationship entered into by two or more people to achieve common goals. This model of leadership promotes shared concern, adds diversity, overcomes gridlock, increases the ability to handle complex issues, and pools power and resources from multiple sources. The participants will increase their knowledge of collaborative leadership through small and large group work, print materials, and hands on activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on current practice, as well as design a Development Action Plan (DAP) to determine next steps towards implementation of the model.


Communication & Conflict Resolution Workshops


Effective Communication

 What is your communication style? Are you direct or indirect in your conversations? This workshop focuses on the methods used to hold the most effective conversation. The participants will learn how to utilize a questioning process to facilitate conversations, as well as how to use reframing to clarify, specify and depersonalize information. Attendees will participate in hands-on activities and collaborative assignments.


Fostering Change: Combating Negative Attitudes

Day in and day out dealing with challenging behaviors and pessimistic beliefs? Do your colleagues, students, or family members approach every situation with a negative attitude? This workshop will explore the causes of what instigates negative perceptions, the spectrum of attitudes and how to foster change by promoting a positive environment. In addition, participants will explore tools to assist in putting aside biases, addressing stereotypes, and confronting roadblocks.


How to Have a Difficult Conversation

This interactive workshop develops skills and introduces practical processes that can be used during a difficult conversation. People are often reluctant to discuss difficult topics for fear of the consequences. Learn how to get to core issues within a conflict and find resolution. Participants will practice raising and clarifying the issues, learn how to gather information within difficult conversations, and enhance problem solving skills. As a group, participants will discuss and illustrate how people “get stuck” in a position which is just at the surface, like the tip of the iceberg. There will be an opportunity to role play and practice difficult conversations.


The Elephant in the Room - Dealing with Unacknowledged Conflict

Do you sense the presence of the “elephant in the room” at staff meetings, with administrators, or with parents? This workshop explores the most effective responses to unacknowledged conflict and the five styles of conflict management. Participants will investigate the style they are most comfortable with and the styles that create more conflict. Proactive strategies for addressing and resolving conflict will be identified. Activities include Iceberg Theory, Medicine Wheel, and Addressing and De-escalating Techniques.


Conflict Management

Hours This training leads participants through a variety of experiences to explore their most effective responses to anger and conflict. This workshop will also explore the five styles of conflict management. It is an experiential introduction to alternatives to violence based on community-building, cooperation, communication, and conflict resolution. Whether the attendees are working with youth or parents, participants will gain skills as current/future leaders to enter into and negotiate conflict in creative ways that work toward win-win solutions.    


Additional Titles:

  • Time Management
  • Setting Boundaries
  • Respectful Workplace
  • Stress Management


Cultural Competency Workshops


Increasing Cultural Competencies - Dealing with Diversity

Blue hair, pierced tongues, and economic status - How do they affect your decisions? How do they affect your reactions? When is being colorblind ever helpful? Everyone has biases; it is human nature to have ingrained stereotypes, but what part do they play in our leadership abilities or our decision making process? Join us for a training regarding the barriers that influence our efforts to support others and tackle conflict. The training will explore tools to assist in putting aside biases, addressing stereotypes, and confronting roadblocks.


Making Connections & Building Relationships

“No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” Dr. James Comer In this workshop, participants will explore the concrete experience of people in generational poverty. Through the use of mental models participants will view poverty, middle class, and wealth to identify how personal perspectives can help or interfere with building relationships. Participants will investigate the “tyranny of the moment” and how to apply this knowledge with students, clients, and/or colleagues. The workshop will also discuss the hidden rules of the three economic classes. Participants will work in small groups to generate examples of personal experiences with the hidden rules. The workshop will also include hands-on tools to work with people in all three classes and well as provide information on building resources.


Living without Resources: Exploring Class Systems through Mental Models

“The need to act overwhelms any willingness to learn.” Peter Schwartz Mental models are our internal pictures of how the world works. This workshop utilizes mental models to view economic class. Mental models often reveal perspectives that exist below awareness and often unconsciously determine how we act. To foster a productive and honest dialogue about class, we must first address and then suspend our mental models. Poverty as defined is the extent to which an individual does without resources. This workshop will also review and discuss the importance of and access to resources for our students, clients, and/or colleagues.


Challenging Perceptions: Discovering the Hidden Rules of Class

This workshop takes a look at the fact that schools and businesses operate from middle class norms and use hidden rules of middle class. How does that affect students or clients from other classes? What are the hidden rules? The hidden rules of class are those rules that we have all known, but don’t talk about and often when discussed become controversial. For example; hidden rules of food in poverty the key question is – did you have enough? Quantity important. In middle class the key question is – did you like it? Quality important. In wealth the key question is – was it presented well? Presentation important. This workshop will look at hidden rules around clothing, personality, education, social emphasis, love, and money.


Additional Titles:

  • Dealing with Diversity II
  • Addressing Implicit Bias
  • Understanding Privilege


School Based / Youth ServingWorkshops


How to Make the Move – Transitions in and out of the classroom

Transitions provide opportunities for supporting social skills and emotional competencies. What are your students doing when the going from one activity to the next? What do your students need to learn before they transfer into another classroom? This workshop explores the expectations and outcomes as children move through various classrooms. The workshop will review daily structures and routines to determine appropriate transitions within the classroom.


Spark Creativity

Why is creativity important? Research has shown that the cultivation of creativity is a key component of schools/programs and strategies to produce positive outcomes for youth. Schools/Programs that teach children creative problem-solving skills help them to become successful adults who can question the accuracy of information and put information to constructive use. (National 4H 2012) This workshop explores the methods of sparking creativity in youth and adults. Participants will engage in activities that foster creative thinking, group problem solving, critical thinking, and suspending judgment.


Building Positive Parent-Teacher Relationships

Research states that building positive parent-teacher relationships contributes to children’s success in school. Outside of the immediate family, teachers are one of the most important people in a child’s life. Children need the support of both teachers and parents in order to succeed academically, physically, and emotionally. This workshop explores the importance of building positive parent-teacher relationships. Participants will investigate the benefit and challenges in maintaining these relationships. Attendees will have the opportunity to share personal experiences and participate in hands-on activities.


Nurturing Resiliency in Children and Youth

Resiliency is the ability to cope with adversity and has been described as the human capacity to face, overcome and be strengthened by the adversities of life. Key places where a child develops resiliency are in the family and at school. This workshop will explore where resiliency comes from, how to build resiliency, and how to apply strength based programming in a classroom setting. Participants will also enhance skills in reaching stressed and anxious children and youth.


Understanding Youth Culture

High School Musical, Kanye West, Britney, My Space, and YouTube – what is youth culture? This workshop will guide participants through the maze of what engages today’s youth with a focus on the interaction between adults and youth. A variety of experiences will explore effective adult responses to youth culture. Participants will learn a questioning process to facilitate effective conversations; explore personal feelings and biases about youth while gaining knowledge about how to work with them effectively and professionally; engage in hands-on activities and collaborative tasks; and examine tools to assist in putting aside biases, addressing stereotypes, and confronting roadblocks.


Interactive Academics

It is a fact that adults and youth learn in fundamentally different ways. The Educere Institute delivers training in a simple, open-ended method for dealing with learner diversity and for engaging all learners. This workshop will introduce participants to creative academics. How can you integrate literature with math and science? Can you create research projects that are interactive and interesting? Become actively involved in developing curriculum materials that are academic and experiential. Some of the interactive activities include: Zoom; Giving Tree; Lifeboat; Three Minute Challenge; Unrolling Tape/Painter’s Tape; House of Cards; Cave In; Phonebook; Work of Art; Yada, Yada, Yada; and others.


Grab Bag - Bag of Tricks Activities

Grab Bag ~ Bag of Tricks Activity Training is for anyone who comes in contact with youth. This hands-on interactive training teaches activities that require little or no materials, keep children and youth engaged, and foster teamwork and collaboration. It is a simple, open-ended method for dealing with learner diversity while engaging all learners. Participants will learn a variety of games to be used with groups of varying abilities: such as, Weigh Both Sides, Truth or Fiction?, Color Your Day, Find Your Partner, Cave In, Pattern Ball, and many more. Each game has a specific purpose: to get acquainted, to raise energy, or to provoke thought. These games require minimal props and can be used in any setting.


Grab Bag II – All New Bag of Tricks

Grab Bag II ~ All New Bag of Tricks Training is for anyone who comes in contact with youth. This hands-on interactive training teaches activities that require little or no materials, keep children and youth engaged, and foster teamwork and collaboration. It is a simple, open-ended method for dealing with learner diversity while engaging all learners. Participants will learn a variety of games to be used with groups of varying abilities. Each game has a specific purpose: to get acquainted, to raise energy, or to provoke thought. These games require minimal props and can be used in any setting.


On the Bus, Standing in Line: Activities to Keep 'Em Busy

This workshop is for anyone who works with children and youth. It specializes in those “down times” when youth are more likely to act out, because they have nothing to do. This hands-on interactive training teaches activities that require little or no materials, keeps children and youth engaged, and fosters teamwork and collaboration. It is a simple, open-ended method for dealing with learner diversity while engaging all learners. Participants will learn a variety of games to be used with groups of varying abilities. These games require minimal props and can be used in any setting.


Programming with Children's Literature

How can you integrate literature with math and science? Can you create research projects that are interactive and interesting? This workshop encourages participants to design cross-curricular activities for early care or non-school programs. Academic and experiential, the tasks fit seamlessly into existing syllabuses.


Caught Doing Good

Positive behavior management is assessing patterns in children and making proactive changes to prevent challenging circumstances. Positive behavior management is a community based approach that involves learning about the environment of the program,  working collaboratively with everyone in that setting to design strategies for promoting positive social and communication skills in children. This workshop will examine all aspects of programming to provide a setting where children are interacting in positive and meaningful ways. Participants will practice effective praise and positive reinforcement. The workshop will also include hands-on tools to work with children as well as provide information on building resources.


Experiential Learning

I hear, and I forget I see, and I remember I do, and I understand -Ancient Chinese proverb

If your goal is to teach information, telling the person, or having them read the information works well. Sometimes watching a video about what is to be learned works well too. If on the other hand, your goal is to have the person understand the concept at a level that they can generalize and apply the understanding to new situations, or combine the understanding with other concepts that they have learned, experiential education is the best way to develop that level of mastery. The experiential approach to education and group work is based on the idea that change and growth take place when people are actively (physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally) involved in their learning rather than just being receivers of information. The participants will increase their knowledge of experiential learning through small and large group work, print materials, and hands on activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to reflect on current practice, as well as learn more about best practices in the field.


Customized Training

If your business or organization requires a different type of training other than what is described, let us know, and we will design a training program to fit your needs.