R4 Empowering Educator Program (Alameda Office of Education)

Complete this Cohort Sign Up and INTEREST SURVEY to learn more about being a member of the cohort!!


Greetings R4 School Staff, CBOs and Community College partners:

The R4 grant focus for next year (2017-2018) is LIVE.  There are many ways that we will be supporting our students to LIVE more healthy and successful lives in the next year.  It is important for us, as an adult community, to also put into place support structures that take care of our own health, hearts and desire to learn.   

That is why ACOE is offering to you a very special FREE professional renewal and development opportunity called Empowering Educators.  Empowering Educators is designed with you in mind, the educator, who works with the students who fall within the gaps of our schools and our communities.  This program is meant for anyone who anyone who touches the lives of young people!

Empowering Educators will offer you the opportunity to:


your love of teaching,


upon their your personal strengths, and


a transformative environment for your students.

Our goal is to nurture the best in each participant in ways that will pay it forward to your students.

There are 2 different ways that you can participate in the R4 Empowering Educators professional development opportunities.  Become a member of a cohort that travels through the year’s professional development together OR attend workshops that specifically interest you! More information about each option is below:  

Be apart of the R4 Empowering Educators cohort:

  • Become a member of a circle of educators who work with similar students for similar goals
  • Learn to understand your own transformative journey within the Hero’s Journey
  • Attend a special cohort Summer Institute August 3-4 at ACOE
  • Attend all of the Empowering Educators Exploratory Workshops
  • Post workshop debrief with coach and expert presenter
  • Receive 4 hours of personalized mentoring and support
  • Participate in a bi-monthly Peer Learning Circle conference call
  • Receive CEU credits upon completion

Complete this Cohort Sign Up and INTEREST SURVEY to

learn more about being a member of the cohort!!

Choose to attend one or all of the 1 day Exploratory Workshops:

  • Each workshop is designed to peak interests in innovative approaches and transformative processes that support educator renewal, student learning, community building, and emancipatory pedagogy.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a student with them to the workshops.  We see these workshops as opportunities to create live encounters with students, therefore opening dialogue for true application of practice.
  • Workshop participants receive a book related to the workshop topic and students receive $25.00 gift card for attending.

Cohort Orientation Session: August 3-4 – 8:30am – 3:30pm



Exploratory Workshops Dates and Topics:

Embracing a Strengths-Based Teaching Practice

Friday, October 27, 2017 – 8:30am – 3:30pm

Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Introduction to Mental Health First Aid: Helping Kids in Crisis

Friday, December 1, 2017 – 8:30-3:30pm

Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Trauma Informed Care for Social Justice and LGBTQ Youth

Saturday, February 10, 2018 – 8:30am – 3:30pm

Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: TBD


Transformative Facilitation

Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 8:30am – 5:00pm

Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: TBD


Transformative Whole Community Engagement: Vision to Action Planning

Friday, May 4, 2018 – 8:30am – 5:00pm

Cohort continues: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Cohort Final Celebration

Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:30 – 2:00pm


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.



New Leaf Collaborative

Rona Zollinger, Ph.D