Workshops, Coaching, and Facilitation
— For Schools and Other Organizations —
Teachers, Administrators, Students, and Parents
I began my career as a public high school teacher, and education is still where my heart lies. Education is one avenue through which we can choose either to maintain our society’s inequities and neglect of children's needs — or to enact practices that embody a more equitable and life-serving vision. How we work with children can have profound implications for social change and social justice. But schools haven't typically been set up to nurture children's deepest needs, nor to think critically about the society we want to create. Rethinking the way we work with children takes awareness, first, of how we are interacting and what we want to be working toward, rather than repeating the patterns we are used to. I help educators and parents both to explore the fundamental purposes of education and to practice tools for putting respect, empathy, and empowerment at the center of the enterprise.
In my workshops, participants practice tools for listening and speaking that prioritize connection and mutual understanding that can help teachers build classroom cultures of collaboration, trust, and empowerment. School administrators, too, find the skills invaluable in their work giving feedback to teachers and connecting with parents. Beyond communication skills, the practices provide a foundation for creating learning environments where student curiosity, self-direction, and emotional intelligence flourish.
I offer workshops for teachers, students, and parents. Because the skills and ideas require practice, I prefer to work with school groups over time.
I believe that people do their best work when they are empowered both to collaborate and lead within a context of open communication. Often, disagreements or painful disconnection in organizations does not burst into outright conflict; rather, people quietly lose trust that they are fully seen or valued. Sometimes, conflicts ignite in the open. Either way, unresolved issues eat away at team members’ ability and energy to contribute. When we find ways to address conflict productively, we can build trust, accomplish more, and unleash everyone’s creativity.
I offer executive coaching, consultation, trainings, and facilitation tailored to the needs of the organization, whether designed to address an immediate challenge or to provide inspiration, insight, and skills for the long haul. I am most interested in working with organizations that work toward social justice.
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