Educator Coaching

We help educators encourage and facilitate youth voice and communication skills

Strong facilitation skills are essential to help youth navigate difficult conversations about race and equity and participate in unfamiliar environments, such as online discussions. We define “educator” broadly to include classroom teachers as well as parents and family members who might be supporting communication skills at home.

Professional Development and Coaching to Amplify Youth Voice

We convene together small groups of educators to learn strategies and techniques for teaching public speaking, improving communication, and increasing student participation to hear all voices. Free registration for educators in select districts (West Contra Costa, Vallejo, San Leandro Unified). If you are an educator in one of these districts, scroll down below to apply for a promo code before registering.

Register to attend short evening workshops to better cultivate an inclusive classroom culture, develop student leadership, assess speaking and listening, and design projects to advance youth voice. All workshops build upon our Leaders That Listen Public Speaking curriculum, helping you adapt these resources to best fit your context.

Educator Coaching Classes and Workshops

Creating an Online Culture of Talk

Even online, an inclusive classroom culture is one where everyone’s voice is heard, appreciated, respected, and central to the learning process. In this workshop, we explore how storytelling techniques can be used as a way for students and teachers to strengthen student-teacher relationships online, advance equity, and express social and emotional needs. You learn strategies and techniques for building trust and comfortable routines that centralize student voice, validating your students’ prior knowledge, expertise, and culture through storytelling and debate activities. You also share strategies for facilitating equitable discussions and designing lessons that promote multiple forms of expression and engagement.

This workshop is designed to be interactive, with time for participants to share collective wisdom and latest lessons learned. In addition to walking away with concrete strategies, you also have time to share stories and discuss issues with one another. The workshop itself is 90 minutes, followed by an optional hour of additional facilitated planning time.

Class will be capped at 30 people. After registration, we will reach out via email with the Zoom link for the course. (Thursday, October 15th, 4-5:30pm PST, optional planning hour, 5:30pm-6:30pm).

Student Leaders in Online Classrooms

Online classrooms are challenging for a single teacher to facilitate, so it is important to integrate equitable opportunities for students to lead. In this workshop, we introduce you to methods for “peer coaching”, strategies for helping students facilitate discussions, coach one another to improve public speaking, and develop leadership skills. We question perceptions about who can lead in the classroom and challenge stereotypes about student leadership. You learn techniques for teaching students to teach, provide quality feedback, and encourage diverse voices and perspectives.

This workshop is designed to be interactive, with time for participants to share their own collective wisdom and latest lessons learned. In addition to walking away with concrete strategies, you also have time to share stories and discuss issues with one another. The workshop itself is 90 minutes, followed by an optional hour of additional facilitated planning time.

Class will be capped at 30 people. After registration, we will reach out via email with the Zoom link for the course. (Thursday, October 29th, 4-5:30pm PST, optional planning hour, 5:30pm-6:30pm).

Assessing Speaking and Listening Online

How can we create meaningful, equitable opportunities for each and every student to express what they know? This workshop focuses on performance-based assessment, sharing practices for assessing speaking and listening online. From discussions to presentations, we share rubric examples for assessing different elements of public speaking, including prepared presentations, spontaneous classroom discussions, and demonstrating active listening. You also explore creative ways to integrate high-quality feedback and use performance assessments to help every student express their strengths and what they know.

This workshop is designed to be interactive, with time for participants to share their own collective wisdom and latest lessons learned. In addition to walking away with concrete strategies, you also have time to share stories and discuss issues with one another. The workshop itself is 90 minutes, followed by an optional hour of additional facilitated planning time.

Class will be capped at 30 people. After registration, we will reach out via email with the Zoom link for the course. (Thursday, November 19th, 4-5:30pm PST, optional planning hour, 5:30pm-6:30pm).

Designing Projects to Encourage Youth Voice and Equity

How can online classrooms become places that amplify the voices of youth and develop their public speaking skills? How can we avoid silencing diverse perspectives in this new format? This interactive workshop helps you create projects that advance youth voice and creative expression. You learn principles of project-based learning and collaborate with others to conceptualize a project you can implement in your classroom or community. From classroom debates to student-led conferences to community action and advocacy, you explore ideas for ways to continue encouraging youth voice, even through distance learning.

This workshop is designed to be interactive, with time for participants to share their own collective wisdom and latest lessons learned. In addition to walking away with concrete strategies, you also have time to share stories and discuss issues with one another. The workshop itself is 90 minutes, followed by an optional hour of additional facilitated planning time.

Class will be capped at 30 people. After registration, we will reach out via email with the Zoom link for the course. (Thursday, December 3rd, 4-5:30pm PST, optional planning hour, 5:30pm-6:30pm).

We especially encourage educators from West Contra Costa Unified, San Leandro Unified, and Vallejo City Unified. If you are an educator in one of these districts:

Register to receive a promo code to take courses for free

Please fill out the contact form below to inquire about a promo code to take the course for free (enter the promo code before registering for a workshop). Educators outside these districts are welcome, and should register through the payment link.

Ask us about Youth Advocates cohort program

If you teach in these districts and are interested in a more personalized approach, inquire to learn more about our Youth Voice Advocates cohort program! Educators selected for this cohort receive free virtual coaching, program support, and virtual observation to design and implement an idea that amplifies youth voice and equity. If you are an educator who cares deeply about youth voice and wants to join a community that advances equity, this cohort is for you!

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