Current Public Exploratory Workshops


“We must look on our children in need not as problems, but as individuals with potential… I would hope we could find creative ways to draw out of our children the good that there is in each of them.”

– Archbishop DesmundTutu

You’re invited to experience the 2017-2018 

Empowering Educators Workshops!

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All cohort sessions and exploratory workshops will be held at Alameda County Office of Education -313 W Winton Ave, Hayward, CA 94544 unless otherwise indicated.


Embracing a Strengths-Based Teaching Practice

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Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 8:30am – 3:30pm at Location TBD

This 2 day workshop introduces educators to the paradigm of learning and teaching from a positive, strengths-based paradigm, rather than one of deficit and weakness. Participants will discover their own strengths, and learn how to magnify them in ways that transform their lives from one of focusing on what is wrong, to what is right.  Participants will explore the power of positive psychology and strength-based classroom design and practices that support and appreciate the intrinsic nature of each person.


Emotional First Aid for Youth (& Adults) – Caring for Ourselves & Each Other

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Friday, December 1, 2017 – 8:30-3:30pm and Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Participants in this workshop will gain a greater understanding of the profound impact of mental health and mental illness on young people. Participants will learn to identify students in crisis and practice strategies to return those students to a point of coherence.  This workshop is an introductory workshop and will not provide mental health first aid certification.

Trauma-Informed Care for Social Justice and LGBTQ Youth

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Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 8:30am – 3:30pm and Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


The focuses of this workshop are to understand the impact of trauma on both students and educators, and to begin imagining and creating classrooms and schools that provide healing and inspiring environments. Six key principles will be presented and discussed: 1)  safety, 2) trustworthiness and transparency, 3)  peer support, 4) collaboration and mutuality, 5) empowerment, voice and choice, and, 6) cultural, historical, and gender issues.

Transformative Facilitation

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Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 8:30am – 5:00pm and Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


21st century education is rapidly living up to the old adage that states “Don’t be the sage on the stage, but rather the guide on the side.”  Participants will discuss and practice various methods of powerful classroom facilitation that balance the needs of the students and the requirements of the curriculum. Facilitation is one of an educator’s most effective tools that has been largely overlooked; this workshop will teach participants to begin wielding this tool with strength and skill.