School Climate Workshop Offerings
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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 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: 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
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.