School Climate Workshops

School Climate Workshop Offerings

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Building Authentic Relationships
Trusting relationships are essential to learning and resilience. They enable us to process information, take risks, and overcome challenges.

Building Authentic Relationships Part 1: The Why and How of Relationships In this workshop we will draw upon a combination of neurobiology and our own personal  experiences to build and strengthen our understanding of the crucial role relationships play in  learning and resilience. We will identify both obstacles and possibilities for building trust and  connection in our classrooms, schools and communities.

Building Authentic Relationships Part 2: Building Rapport, Authenticity, and Partnership In this workshop we will practice and reflect upon specific practices for building authentic  relationships including listening without an agenda, building rapport, intentional vulnerability  and sharing commonalities and experiences. In the process we will reflect together upon the  identities and experiences we each bring to our relationships and how we locate ourselves and  strive for authenticity with young people, colleagues and other community members.

Restoring Connections
Our challenges, conflicts, and mistakes are opportunities for deepening relationships,  addressing harm, developing skills and strengthening our community.

Restoring Connections Part 1: Conflict and De-escalation 

In this workshop, we will explore conflicts that occur in our learning environments. Using a tool  called “the conflict cycle,” participants will reflect upon their role in escalating conflicts. We will  identify strategies for de-escalating, modeling and teaching social and emotional skills and  disrupting harmful cycles of conflict.

Restoring Connections Part 2: Recognizing and Exploring Triggers 

In this workshop we will identify adult and youth triggers that impact our learning  environments. In particular, we will examine how our triggers are shaped by our self-concept,  identities, beliefs and experiences. Participants will create plans for recognizing and managing  their own triggers and default response to challenge, conflict or crisis.

Developing Skills
We are all capable of learning and growing. Together, we identify and develop the social,  emotional, academic and life skills needed to thrive in our community and beyond. Building Relationships, Inspiring Success.

Developing Skills: Social Emotional Skills for Self-Management 

In this workshop we will share and experience routines for grounding and calming, focusing and  energizing and increasing engagement in virtual settings. We will identify the importance of  the brain to body connection. We will explore ways routines and practices can support learning  virtually and in-person, as well as experience and practice specific exercises that can be used in  K-12 classrooms

Developing Skills: Supporting Learning & Skill-Building 

What skills are needed for successful participation and engagement in your community? How  can we develop these skills together? In this workshop we will identify practices for supporting  learning by teaching skills and building partnership. We will consider strategies for meeting  varied learning needs, modeling intentionally and developing shared goals.

Trauma Informed Framework Workshops

Trauma Informed Framework Workshops 

Intro to Trauma Informed Practice (2-session series) 

In this two-part workshop, we will explore commonly held beliefs about trauma and resilience.  Deepening our understanding of how trauma and resilience impact our whole being, we will  identify the critical considerations in creating caring educational environments. Since we are all  navigating traumatic times, we will highlight the necessity of relationships and collective care  for resilience.

Intro to Trauma-Informed Framework (Session 1)

Intro to Resilience-Informed Framework (Session 2)

Self-Care for Staff  

In this workshop, we identify societal and cultural messages about self-care. We explore  obstacles to consistently implementing our individual self-care strategies, and we discuss how  we can be better role-models for self-care in our schools and programs.

Trauma and Resilience Informed Community Working Group 

In collaboration with Ramapo, school or network communities will identify and convene a  working group of stakeholders who are committed to creating more trauma and resilience  informed communities. In addition to building a shared understanding of core concepts and  practices we will focus on putting these ideas into practice in your specific communities. Over  the course of 6-8 sessions, working groups will create plans for building staff capacity, changing  harmful practices and uplifting and embedding practices, rituals and routines that nurture  resilience and are attuned to trauma. Ramapo facilitators will work with the group to tailor the  content, goals and areas of focus based on emergent needs and priorities.