Educator Coaching

We help educators encourage and facilitate youth voice and communication skills

We offer workshops to schools and departments, educator coaching, and written feedback on classroom videos and lesson plans. Our coaching helps educators create inclusive, kind communities to support multilingual learners, girls, and underrepresented voices. Our coaches are educators and experts in public speaking, project-based learning, learning sciences, and Universal Design for Learning.

Pioneer of Expression-Driven Teaching

The Practice Space is a trailblazer for Expression-Driven Teaching, a facilitation method for developing the oral literacy, communication skills, and inclusive environment to cultivate youth voices and learn from what they have to say. Through professional development for educators and direct service for youth to practice public speaking, our mission is to build confident communication skills and elevate underrepresented voices through equitable, anti-racist facilitation practices where “equity” is an environment.

We help educators integrate storytelling, debate, self-advocacy, poetry, presentation, and listening in classrooms.

“It got students excited, bringing a little storytelling, about sharing their thoughts and opinions and that their experience matters and has value. I saw students take that on and really grow in that area, really build that confidence and feel empowered.”

Educator Coaching and Workshops

Introduction to Expression-Driven Teaching

Advance youth voice and equity in your classroom! This interactive, intimate workshop offers educators a framework for increasing youth participation and engagement and creating an inclusive classroom environment driven by youth expression. In 90 minutes, you will learn strategies, tools, plans, and activities to incorporate storytelling, self-advocacy, presentation, and debate in a range of subject areas and grades. You will have access to expert coaches, ready-to-go curriculum resources, and plenty of collaborative planning time to apply what you have learned about Expression-Driven Teaching. This workshop is also the kick-off session for our Youth Voice Advocates cohort.

Youth Voice Advocates Coaching Program

Are you an educator who is passionate about youth voice? Do you want to increase student engagement in your virtual classroom? If so, join our Youth Voice Advocates educator cohort this school year, starting October 2021! In a supportive community of peer educators, you will learn how to integrate more speaking and listening routines that promote student engagement, English Language Development, and student leadership opportunities. This includes how to facilitate debates, storytelling activities, and advocacy and presentations that impact your community. This is also a great way to receive strategic support on work you might already be doing and connect with like-minded educators.

The cohort will meet October through April, and includes 4 whole group professional development sessions and 6 hours of small group and personalized coaching (meeting times to be determined based on context and need). Stipends available upon completion! Group/department applications are strongly encouraged! Stay tuned for the application link! 

We especially encourage educators from West Contra Costa Unified and San Leandro Unified. If you have additional questions, we encourage you to reach out!

“My mindset has changed. I’m aware of the possibilities and I’ve learned specific strategies, activities to support the students in this work at the same time to support myself”

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