Workshops and Institutes

2016-17

The Wildwood Outreach Center is housed at Wildwood School, an independent, coeducational K-12 school in Los Angeles. We put theory into practice every day in every classroom, and share our work with you through our professional development workshops and custom on-site consulting services.

To receive updates, please contact Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach, at sbarrett@wildwood.org or (310) 806-4502 to be placed on our email list.

2016-17 WORKSHOPS & INSTITUTES

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)

Multicultural Leadership 

Critical Friends Group® (CFG®) Training

    Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

    Custom Programs

    Location: Workshops take place at either Wildwood School's elementary or middle and upper campuses, unless otherwise noted.

    Fees: Most single-day workshops are $199 per participant. Price varies for multi-day workshops. Price includes parking, continental breakfast, lunch (for some workshops), and all program materials.

    Discounts: Available for participants from public and charter schools. Please contact Director of Outreach Steve Barrett, at sbarrett@wildwood.org or (310) 806-4502.


    Advisory is Essential 101

    Just starting out? Want a complete program re-design?
    Choose this in-depth, 2-day session to create an advisory program that fits your school—public, charter, or private—and leave with a plan to succeed. Participants will:

    • Observe Wildwood middle and high school advisories

    • Analyze current research on advisory and best practices

    • Learn from Wildwood advisors and students

    • Practice advisory and classroom facilitation protocols

    • Generate a plan to implement your program

    For Grades 5-12
    Click HERE to register. $375 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus. Sessions run from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

    • November 17-18, 2016
    • April 20-21, 2017

    Facilitator: Steve Barrett
    Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 25 years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. Advisory is one of Steve's professional passions and he has facilitated professional learning for schools here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. 


    Advisory is Essential 201

    Already have a program in place that needs a tune-up?

    Our advanced, 1-day session provides strategies to strengthen and sustain your existing advisory programs, as well as to hone your facilitation skills. Participants will:

    • Observe Wildwood middle and high school advisories

    • Analyze current research on advisory and best practices

    • Practice advisory and classroom facilitation protocols

    For Grades 5-12
    Click 
    HERE to register. $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus—8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

    • November 10, 2016 
    • January 19, 2017
    • April 25, 2017

    Facilitator: Steve Barrett
    Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 25 years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. Advisory is one of Steve's professional passions and he has facilitated professional learning for schools here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally.

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    Never Too Young: Elementary Age Social Activism

    Want to facilitate young students’ conversations around race, class, gender, and other social issues?
    Join us for this thought-provoking, interactive one-day workshop. Leave with developmentally appropriate teaching strategies and tools to help you to normalize conversations about often-silenced social topics. Participants will:

    • Learn to facilitate young students’ conversations around race, class, gender, and other social issues

    • Observe examples of this work in action at Wildwood

    • Explore the “doll stories” instructional model to help elementary-age children explore big social justice topics

    • Acknowledge and validate their own multicultural identities 

    For Grades K-5
    Click HERE to register. $199 per participant( discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood elementary campus— 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

    • November 9, 2016
    • April 26, 2017

    Facilitator: Monique Marshall
    Monique is a 5th grade teacher at Wildwood School. A 25-year+ teaching veteran, she is a founding member and current board member of SoCal POCIS (Southern California People of Color in Independent Schools). Monique passionately works to create multicultural learning opportunities that spring from her young learners’ naturally inquisitive worlds.

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    Multicultural Leadership Institute 2017

    June 26 – 30, 2017

    SOLD OUT! To be added to this summer's waitlist, please contact Outreach Director, Steve Barrett, at sbarrett@wildwood.org

    Interested in creating and sustaining a multicultural school?
    This five-day institute is designed for educators to create and sustain authentically multicultural schools through reflection, understanding, planning, and implementation.

    Our Multicultural Leadership Institute provides responsive professional development by leveraging current research and practice, along with Wildwood School's institutional experiences. The setting is intimate, and intentionally small, limited to 40 participants.

    The Institute supports individuals and cohorts committed to developing a shared vision of institutional and cultural change within their schools. Participants will consider, generate, and refine strategies to foster authentically inclusive and equitable practices.

    The Institute features:

    • Expert guest presenters and facilitators

    • Dynamic protocols and learning experiences

    • Overview of Wildwood School's multicultural program

    • Personal and school focused application

    • A multicultural framework for personal and school focused application

    • Introduction to stages of white racial identity development and white anti-racist practices

    • Multicultural leadership team development

    • Breakout sessions focused on participant needs, including:

      • School-wide multicultural curriculum

      • Student and faculty affinity groups

      • Gender diversity and inclusion

      • Socio-economic differences

      • And more

    Ideal training opportunity for:

    • Multicultural/diversity coordinators

    • Administrators

    • Deans and curriculum directors

    • Teacher leaders

    • Board members and parents

    For Grades K-12
    Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus

    Early Bird Rates (Through April 14, 2017)
    $918 per person (3-5 participants from the same school)
    $1,118 per person (1-2 participants from the same school) 

    Click HERE to register:

    Facilitators: Rasheda Carroll and members of Wildwood's Multicultural Leadership Team

    Rasheda is Wildwood School's Director of Multicultural Affairs and is a highly sought-after facilitator, noted for her numerous presentations at NAIS's People of Color Conference and Annual Conferences. She coordinates Wildwood's student affinity groups, as well as Wildwood's annual student-led Multicultural Symposium. 

    Featured Presenters:

    • Dr. William Cross—Academic legend in the field of clinical psychology and originator of racial identity theory

    • Alison Park—Educator and lead facilitator of Blink Consulting; nationally-known facilitator on socio-economic differences in schools

    • Terry Berman—Expert facilitator on alliance building and anti-racism; multiculturalism consultant from Visions, Inc.

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    Critical Friends Group® (CFG®) New Coaches Training

    June 19 – 23, 2017

    Ready to develop peer-to-peer coaching at your school?

    This five-day workshop provides educators with research-based tools for developing a collaborative culture that fosters professional learning communities and improves student achievement. Beginning Coaches Training offers an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of CFG coaching by experiencing them firsthand. Participants also meet and work with like-minded professionals engaged in similar work across the country.

    By the end of the workshop, participants will:

    • Be CFG coaches certified by The National School Reform Faculty
    • Embrace adult learning in service of student achievement
    • Know how to “mine” a text for maximum meaning
    • Understand how to match protocols to particular examples of student and adult work
    • Know how to give and receive productive feedback on professional practice
    • Develop CFG facilitation skills
    • Have several strategies for increasing adult learning by examining student and adult work
    • Develop skills to create equitable opportunities for all students
    • Have a plan for starting a CFG at their school or district

    For K-12 and University Educators
    Click HERE to register. Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus. $815 per participant ($715 per participant for schools/institutions sending 5 or more people). Fee includes: One-year membership in and CFG Coaching Certificate from The National School Reform Faculty®.

    National Facilitators: Deb Christenson and Steve Barrett
    Deb is a history teacher at Wildwood's middle and upper campus. With nearly 40 years as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools, Deb has helped to start and sustain schools dedicated to authentic and engaged student learning. 

    Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 25 years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. As a teacher and advisor, Steve has guided students through these authentic assessments. As a professional development facilitator, Steve uses numerous CFG protocols to guide the professional learning of educators here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally.

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    Life Skills For Lifelong Learning

    Interested in making your school's core values part of students' learning everyday?
    Life Skills are the desired personal qualities and skills that inform every aspect of our elementary program. They're woven into students’ everyday experiences and provide a framework for faculty and parents to support students’ academic learning, as well as social and emotional growth. 

    This workshop meets in two full-day sessions.

    • Day 1: November 16, 2016
      Participants will:

      • Observe Life Skills in action at Wildwood

      • Investigate Life Skills’ and similar frameworks’ roles in student growth

      • Develop ideas to implement in their own classrooms   

    • Day 2: January 18, 2017
      Participants will:

      • Share their implementations and learn from others' experiences

      • Dive deeper into teaching, learning, and assessment through Life Skills

      • Develop plans to sustain implementation

    For Grades K-5
    Click HERE to register. $289 per participant for both full-day sessions (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood elementary campus. 

    Facilitator: Roxanne Bergmans
    Roxanne is a 3rd grade teacher at Wildwood with 30 years' experience as an educator—the past 18 in Wildwood classrooms. Roxanne's enthusiasm for Life Skills at Wildwood stems from her love of learning from her students every day; from their thinking, perspectives, and creativity.

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    The Swiss Army Teacher: Versatile Facilitation With Protocols

    Want some new essential tools for your classroom practice?
    Versatility is the theme of this hands-on workshop. Participants will practice and reflect upon a variety of multi-use protocols to help them meaningfully facilitate student learning. Whether your goal is to increase student engagement, implement Common Core State Standards, or simply enliven your craft, you'll leave with new skills, ready to use in class the next day. Practice protocols to help facilitate your students' abilities to:

    • "Mine" texts for deeper meaning

    • More respectfully converse with each other

    • Ask good questions

    • Generate strong ideas

    • Thoughtfully reflect on their learning

    • Identify and build upon success

    For Grades 6-12
    Click HERE to register. $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus— 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

    • January 17, 2017
    • April 28, 2017

    Facilitators: Deb Christenson and Steve Barrett
    Deb is a history teacher at Wildwood's middle and upper campus. With over 35 years as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools, Deb has helped to start and sustain schools dedicated to authentic and engaged student learning. Deb is a nationally-recognized facilitator and Critical Friends Group (CFG) coach.

    Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 25 years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in California and Illinois. As a facilitator he's guided the professional learning of educators here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. Steve is also a national Critical Friends Group (CFG) facilitator.

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    Beyond Final Exams: Authentic End Assessments

    Want to see authentic capstone assessments in action?
    See Wildwood students’ end-of-year Gateway and Exhibition Presentations demonstrating their academic and personal growth and takeaway ideas to implement similar authentic assessments for your students. Participants will:

    • Attend 8th, 10th, and 12th grade presentations

    • Engage in Q & A with student presenters

    • Analyze the elements and design of Wildwood's capstone projects

    • Identify ways to design and implement capstone projects at your school

    For Grades 6-12
    Click HERE to register. $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus— 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. One session only:

    • June 1, 2017

    Facilitator: Steve Barrett
    Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 25 years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. As a teacher and advisor, Steve has guided students through these authentic assessments. As a facilitator he's guided the professional learning of educators here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. 

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    Institute It: Engaging Students In Authentic STEM Research & Development

    Curious about incorporating real-world R & D into your STEM program?
    This provocative workshop is for middle and high school educators interested in integrating authentic R & D into students' classroom experiences. Participants will explore:

    • Tapping student interest and expertise to guide learning

    • Fostering student identification of real-world problems and solutions

    • Shifting their roles as educators toward facilitation and guidance of student learning

    • Wildwood’s Institute model, along with our pioneering R & D institute: The Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD)

    • First-hand insights from Wildwood student researchers and developers

    For grades 5-12
    Click HERE to register. $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus— 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Choose from the following dates:

    • November 7, 2016
    • April 24, 2017

    Facilitator: Joe Wise
    Joe directs the Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD), is a career educator, and program development expert. He brings to his work decades of knowledge, teaching experience, and connections with academic and scientific communities throughout Los Angeles, and the U.S. Joe has explored new models for learning using technology, games, and assessment. Joe's current work at Wildwood is informed by insights gained as a creator of the W.M. Keck Math/Science Institute, the Center for Effective Learning, the Learning Tool, the PlayMaker School, and the Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development.

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    Seminar on Best Practices in the Question Formulation Technique™ 

    (Offered In Partnership with the Right Question Institute)

    Ready to shift your practice and teach your students to ask the questions?

    This half-day workshop provides participants the opportunity to learn and practice the Question Formulation Technique™, a research-proven strategy that helps students deepen and take greater ownership of their learning.

    Designed for educators who want to help their students:

    • Be more curious and joyful in their learning
    • Build the thinking skills required by the Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
    • Be confident in the power and value of their questions

    For grades K-12
    Click HERE to register (through Eventbrite). $65 - $120 per participant (group and early bird discounts available). Location: Webster Middle School, 11330 Graham Place, Los Angeles, CA 90064— 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. One session only:

    • May 4, 2017

    Facilitator: Luz Santana
    Luz is an internationally-known facilitator and author. She is the co-Director of the Right Question Institute in Cambridge, Mass. and co-author of Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions (ASCD: 2016) and Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011).

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    Introduction to the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy

    (Offered In Partnership with the Right Question Institute)

    Looking for strategies to more authentically involve parents in their children's education?

    This full-day session will introduce you to a simple, new way of working with families. You will learn how to use the Right Question School-Family Partnership Strategy to help your students' parents build their skills to ask better questions, support their children's education, and advocate for them when necessary.

    The session is designed for educators, school staff, and organizations looking to build partnerships with parents, and are especially interested in:

    • Implementing the California Family Engagement Framework
    • Working with parents of students who are English Language Learners (ELLs)
    • Working with families of children with special needs

    For grades K-12
    Click HERE to register (through Eventbrite). $110 - $160 per participant (group and early bird discounts available). Location: Webster Middle School, 11330 Graham Place, Los Angeles, CA 90064— 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. One session only:

    • May 5, 2017

    Facilitator: Luz Santana
    Luz is an internationally-known facilitator and author. She is the co-Director of the Right Question Institute in Cambridge, Mass. and co-author of Partnering with Parents to Ask the Right Questions (ASCD: 2016) and Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions (Harvard Education Press: 2011).

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    CUSTOM FACILITATION AND WORKSHOPS

    Let us come to you!
    We can custom-design programs at your school that target your goals. Our specialties include:

    • Advisory programs
    • Social-emotional learning
    • STE(A)M programs
    • Project-based learning
    • Instructional and assessment differentiation
    • Mindfulness strategies
    • Authentic assessment
    • Graduation by exhibition
    • Internal professional development capacity building
    Contact Director of Outreach, Steve Barrett, for details: sbarrett@wildwood.org or (310) 806-4502

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