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. Registration is free to attend short afternoon workshops to learn how to use storytelling to promote Social and Emotional Learning or how to integrate debate into your classroom. All workshops build upon our Leaders That Listen Public Speaking curriculum, helping you adapt these resources to best fit your context.
Spring 2021 Educator Coaching and Workshops
Social and Emotional Learning Through Storytelling
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) lies at the heart of how young people engage in school. Stories are an essential vehicle for expressing emotions, culture, and personal histories. This two-part workshop offers practical guidance for how to integrate storytelling into your classroom as part of the daily practice of Social and Emotional Learning. You will be introduced to public speaking methods for helping students construct engaging stories and deliver them confidently. We will tell stories using protocols and warm-up structures and discuss how to use storytelling strategies in a variety of disciplines. You will walk away with concrete ideas for supporting students to combat powerlessness and build meaningful connections with others through stories. Educators of all grades and subject areas are welcome.
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 60 minutes, capped at 30 people. After registration, we will reach out via email with the Zoom link for the course. (Thursday, February 4th, February 25th, March 11th, and March 25th, 2021, 4:30pm-5:30pm PST via Zoom).
Introduction to Debate-Centered Instruction
Debate-Centered Instruction (DCI) is an interactive method for engaging students in structured dialogue and discussion exploring multiple sides of controversial issues. This two-part workshop focuses on how to use debate to promote inclusion and equity in the classroom, teaching them to speak their minds and push back against the silencing of diverse perspectives. You will be introduced to public speaking methods for teaching debate in the classroom, including how to design constructive topics, teach argumentation, and avoid common pitfalls. We will cover how debate can be used to heal and encourage civic engagement and empathy. Educators of all grades and subject areas are welcome, especially teachers of Dual Immersion or English Language Learners.
This workshop is designed to be interactive, with time for participants to share their own collective wisdom and walk away with concrete strategies. The workshop itself is 60 minutes and capped at 30 people. After registration, we will reach out via email with the Zoom link for the course. (Wednesdays, February 3rd, February 24th, March 10th, and March 24th, 2021, 4:30pm-5:30pm PST via Zoom).
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 inaugural Youth Voice Advocates educator cohort this February 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 February-May, and includes 2 hours of Professional Development each month and up to 4 hours a month of coaching (meeting times to be determined based on context and need). Stipends available upon completion! Group/department applications are strongly encouraged!
Apply Now! Application Deadline: January 22nd, 2021
Summer 2021 Educator Coaching and Workshops
Youth Voice Advocates Educator Institute (online summer program)
Get ready for the school year with an intensive summer institute to help you increase youth voice and equity in your classroom! This three-day summer institute equips educators with strategies, tools, plans, and activities to incorporate storytelling, self-advocacy, presentation, and debate in a range of subject areas and grades. You will learn how to promote social and emotional learning through storytelling as well as the fundamentals of debate-centered instruction. Each day is interactive with access to expert coaches, ready-to-go curriculum resources, and plenty of collaborative planning time to feel prepared for the year. Resources and plans address increasing student engagement in both virtual and (hopefully) in-person learning environments.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 27th, 28th, and 29th PST, via Zoom (time TBD)