Workshops and Institutes

2018-19

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.

2018-19 WORKSHOPS & INSTITUTES

Advisory Programs

Multicultural Programs

    Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

    Capstone Projects

      Custom Programs

      Locations: Workshops take place at either Wildwood School's elementary or middle and upper campuses.

      Fees: Most single-day workshops are $199 per participant. Prices vary for multi-day workshops. Registration includes parking, continental breakfast, lunch (for most workshops), and all program materials.

      Discounts: Available for registrants from public and charter schools for most workshops.


      Advisory is Essential 101

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      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 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 their 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— 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

      • November 15-16, 2018 / Registration closed
      • April 9-10, 2019

      Facilitator: Steve Barrett
      Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 28 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 at schools here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. 


      Advisory is Essential 201

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      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 program, as well as to hone your facilitation skills. Participants will:

      • Observe Wildwood advisories

      • Focus on applying current Advisory research and best practices

      • Apply Advisory and classroom facilitation protocols to strengthen their existing programs

      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 6, 2018 / Registration closed
      • January 17, 2019
      • April 23, 2019

      Facilitator: Steve Barrett
      Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 28 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 at schools here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally.

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      Never Too Young: Elementary Age Social Activism

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      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:

      • January 22, 2019 / Registration Closed
      • April 24, 2019

      Facilitator: Monique Marshall
      Monique is a 5th grade teacher at Wildwood School. A 29-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 2019

      June 24-28, 2019 / Register Now!

      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

      Registration Now Open!

      For Grades K-12
      Location: Wildwood Elementary Campus
      Click HERE to learn more and register.

      Early Bird Rates: Through April 15, 2019
      $1,154 per person (3-5 participants from a school)
      $1,336 per person (1-2 participants from a school)
      All lunches included

      After April 15, 2019
      $1,288 per person (3-5 participants from a school)
      $1,488 per person (1-2 participants from a school)

      Facilitators: Rasheda Carroll and members of Wildwood's Multicultural Leadership Team
      Rasheda is Wildwood School's Director of Equity and Inclusion 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. 

      Past 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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      Systems Thinking Schools™: Summer Intensive Workshop

      June 17-20, 2019 / Register Now!

      Ready for the next iteration of deep learning? click HERE for our introductory video.

      This exceptional four-day workshop supports elementary teachers and administrators interested in integrating Systems Thinking into daily practice.

      Systems thinking stems from the premise that students deepen their thinking and expand their knowledge when they're encouraged to make connections between their learning and the natural and human-made systems around them.

      When students see their learning through a systems thinking lens, they understand that actions taken in one area affect other areas—whether in their classrooms, their communities, or their world.

      Systems thinking fosters a learning environment where students explore ethical, environmental, and global issues holistically encouraging both increased personal responsibility and social action. It also enlivens and invigorates teachers' planning and practice.

      A public/private learning partnership

      Your hosts and facilitators are teachers and administrators from Wildwood School (private), along with Palms Elementary and Mid-City's Prescott Schools (both public)—the founding members of Systems Thinking Schools, a growing community of public and private schools committed to student and school success everywhere through Systems Thinking. 

      Wildwood, Palms, and Mid-City's teachers have worked and learned together over the past 5 years, incubating Systems Thinking in their schools and classrooms. This unique work and its benefits for students and teachers have been documented by researchers at universities in California and Tennessee.

      To learn more about systems thinking practice at Palms Elementary and Wildwood, click HERE for our introductory video.

      Seeking new partners in learning

      The Systems Thinking Schools Summer Intensive Workshop is perfect for educators interested in:

      • Re-vitalizing their practice and teaching more joyfully
      • Fostering competence with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards while increasing student engagement
      • Nurturing collegial collaboration within and beyond their schools
      • Building classroom- and school-wide commitments to social and environmental sustainability
      • Being amazed at what students can accomplish

      Benefits

      All participants receive a year's membership in Systems Thinking Schools which includes access to exclusive online video and print content, educator forum, and member-only discounts on support.

      For Grades K-5
      Location: Wildwood Elementary Campus
      Click HERE to register.

      Public and Charter School Early Bird Rates: Through April 15, 2019
      $500 per person (3+ from same school, including a principal or like administrator / $550 per person without)
      $625 per person (1-2 from same school)
      All lunches included

      Private and International School Early Bird Rates: Through April 15, 2019
      $600 per person (3+ from same school, including a principal or like administrator / $650 per person without)
      $725 per person (1-2 from same school)
      all lunches included

      Instructional On-site Support during the 2019-20 School Year (Optional and recommended)

      Our team of expert consultants can facilitate the successful implementation of your investment. We come to you to provide essential face-to-face follow-up coaching and assistance in systems thinking practices. Support purchased separately from workshop registration. Choose from two options:

      Prix fixe support: Six-week coaching cycles for teachers in a single or adjacent grade-level, facilitated by our systems thinking consultants. Available for LA-area schools.

      • Observe demonstration lessons
      • Plan units and lessons collaboratively
      • Observe peers co-teach lessons with consultants
      • Analyze student work and plan next steps
      • Flexible scheduling (e.g., 6 straight weeks, or 3 on, 3 off, 3 on)

      Cost: $665 per day, total of $3,990 per six-week cycle

      Á la carte support: Any combination of the following face-to-face support provided by our systems thinking consultants. Available for all schools, ideal for non-LA-area schools:

      • Individual teacher or grade-level coaching, $125 per hour, 4 hr. min. (also available online)
      • Professional Development for whole faculty, $250 per hour, 90 min. min.

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      Design Thinking for Systems Learners

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      Want your students to learn more and (maybe) save the world?
      Add two innovative approaches to your professional repertoire: Systems and design thinking. Systems thinking is a pedagogical approach that builds students' learning upon their understanding of the human-made and natural systems all around them. Design thinking affords them the tools to define and find solutions to all kinds of dilemmas—academic, societal, or global. Used together, these approaches equip students with skills and strategies that boost their academic and social-emotional learning.   

      With our experts' guidance, participants in this workshop will:

      • Explore the 'how' and 'why' of systems thinking pedagogy
      • Engage in the design thinking process to address systems thinking problems
      • Create a design thinking learning experience for your students
      • Take away examples of teacher and student work that can be adapted to your classroom context

      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 2:30 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

      • November 14, 2018 / Registration Closed
      • February 25, 2019 
      Facilitator: Carolyn Peralta
      Carolyn is in her 9th year at Wildwood School and currently teaches 3rd Grade. With both public and private school teaching experience, Carolyn uses design thinking to help her students develop empathy for others—with a view toward taking positive social action. Carolyn also facilitates the Systems Thinking Summer Intensive Workshop.


      Facilitator: Grace Lazzarini
      Grace is in her 5th year as a combined K-1 Pod Teacher at Wildwood. As a long-time practitioner of Wildwood's Systems Thinking pedagogy, Grace also infuses her classroom with design thinking strategies, which are well-matched to her young learners' unbridled curiosities. Grace also facilitates the Systems Thinking Summer Intensive Workshop.


      Facilitator: Maria Pizano
      Maria is in her 4th year at Wildwood and serves as a K-5 Instructional Technology Coach. Maria brings her design thinking acumen to Wildwood from her facilitation and research experience at the Harvard Family Research Project, where she learned that design thinking strategies allow all students to find academic success.


      Critical Friends Group™ (CFG®) New Coaches Training

      July 29-August 2, 2019 / Register Now!

      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. $850 per participant ($775 per participant for schools/institutions sending 5 or more people).  

      Registration fee includes:

      NSRF National Facilitators: Deb Christenson and Steve Barrett

      Deb is a history teacher at Wildwood's middle and upper campus. With over 40 years' experience 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 28 years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. 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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      The Global-ready Learner (Elementary)

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      Are your students ready for the world?
      Delve into the skills and mindsets necessary to launch elementary age students as global citizens, with practical examples for teachers at all kinds of schools—public, private, or charter. Examine strategies to help your students speak and listen more thoughtfully, develop greater empathy, and understand the value of multiple perspectives.

      Participants will:

      • Explore the purpose and practice of global citizenship education
      • Analyze global citizenship curricula and their use in Wildwood classrooms
      • Grapple with how to connect with and teach about cultures that they are not part of
      • Leave with ideas for classroom practice—including using the United Nations Global Sustainability Goals for 2030 as a framework for teaching content and student learning

      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 2:30 p.m. One session only:

      • April 25, 2019
      Facilitator: Alli Boas
      Alli is in her 9th year at Wildwood. She currently teaches 2nd grade, after having taught in our K-1 Pods. Alli's work has been pivotal in Wildwood's global citizenship work at our elementary campus. Always the global educator, Alli spends her summers teaching and learning from colleagues at rural schools in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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      The Global-ready Learner (Middle and High School)

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      For Grades 6-12
      $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle/upper campus— 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. One session only:

      • April 30, 2019

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      Life Skills For Lifelong Learning

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      Interested in making your school's core values part of students' learning every day?
      Life Skills are the desired personal qualities and skills that inform Wildwood School's 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.

      Participants will:

      • Engage in Life Skills-focused hands-on activities
      • Investigate Life Skills’ and similar frameworks’ roles in student growth
      • Develop strategies implement their own schools' core values into daily practice 

      For Grades K-5
      Click HERE to register. $199 per person (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood elementary campus— 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. One session only:

      • November 7, 2018 / Registration Closed

      Facilitator: Roxanne Bergmans

      Roxanne is a 3rd grade teacher at Wildwood with over 30 years' experience as an educator—the past 20 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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      Standards-based Assessment: Moving Towards Mastery

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      For Grades 6-12
      $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle/upper campus— 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. One session only:

      • May 8, 2019

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      The Swiss Army Teacher: Versatile Facilitation With Protocols

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      Want some new 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 successes

      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. One session only:

      • May 2, 2019

      Facilitator: Steve Barrett
      Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach, with 28 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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      Brave New Worlds: Augmented and Virtual Reality in the Classroom

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      Don't you want to give it a try?
      This half-day workshop immerses participants in Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) learning environments: What’s available, examples of student work, and how to bring it to one’s own practice—across the curriculum.

      For grades K-12
      Click HERE to register. $68 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus— 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

      • November 13, 2018 / Registration Closed
      • January 15, 2019

      Facilitator: Joe Wise
      Joe directs the Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD), is a career educator, and program development expert. His decades of experience help Joe connect students with contacts in academic and scientific communities nationwide. Joe has explored new models for learning using technology, games, and assessment. His 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, and the PlayMaker School.

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      Disruptive by Design: The Institute Model for Learning

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      Want to re-make your students' concept of school?
      This provocative workshop is for middle and high school educators interested in disrupting the prevailing educational model by making authentic, cross-disciplinary research and development the work of students in school. Participants will explore:

      • Wildwood’s pioneering R & D institutes The Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD) and the Wildwood Institute for Social Good and Community Leadership

      • 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

      • First-hand insights from Wildwood student researchers and developers

      For Grades 6-12
      Click HERE to register. $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus— 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. One date only:

      • January 23, 2019

      Facilitator: Joe Wise
      Joe directs the Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD), is a career educator, and program development expert. His decades of experience helps Joe connect students with contacts in academic and scientific communities nationwide. Joe has explored new models for learning using technology, games, and assessment. His 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, and the PlayMaker School.

      Facilitator: Callie Kamada
      Callie is the inaugural Director of Wildwood's new Institute for Social Good and Community Leadership. A passionate advocate for social change, Callie most recently served as the Director of the Glenn Institute for Philanthropy and Service Learning at The Westminster School in Atlanta.

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      Beyond Final Exams: Authentic Year-End Assessments

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      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 take away 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 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. One session only:

      • May 30, 2019

      Facilitator: Steve Barrett
      Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach, with 28 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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      Into the Wild: Middle School Capstone Projects

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      Want to help your students chart their own learning paths?
      In this full-day workshop participants will engage with Wildwood students, teachers, and each other to unpack examples of Wildwood’s Middle School capstone project, Into the Wild: An independent, student-driven exploration of a topic of personal interest.

      Participants will work with Wildwood experts to envision and design capstone projects for their own students—customizing experiences that reflect their own schools’ missions, values, and/or a variety of Common Core State Standards.

      Come find out how to help students in grades 6-10 build autonomy, master new skills, and strengthen their sense of purpose around learning. 

      For Grades 6-10
      Click HERE to register. $199 per participant (discounts available for public and charter schools). Location: Wildwood middle and upper campus— 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Choose from the following dates:

      • November 5, 2018 / Registration Closed
      • April 22, 2019

      Facilitator: Megen O'Keefe
      Megen teaches middle school humanities at Wildwood, with 20+ years’ experience at schools in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Megen conceived and launched the Into the Wild project in 2014 to help 8th graders guide their own studies, take risks, and become brave learners. Megen’s Into the Wild has inspired similar projects at other Wildwood Outreach Center client schools. In the humanities classroom, Megen is adept at fostering the skills and confidence her middle schoolers will need for their successful transition to high school.

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      CUSTOM FACILITATION AND WORKSHOPS

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

      • Advisory programs
      • Social-emotional learning
      • School leadership strategies
      • Facilitative practices for teachers and administrators
      • Systems thinking pedagogy
      • STE(A)M programs
      • Project-based learning
      • Instructional and assessment differentiation
      • School culture
      • Authentic assessment
      • Graduation by exhibition
      • Common Core-aligned reading and writing practices
      • Internal professional development capacity building
      Contact Director of Outreach, Steve Barrett, for details: sbarrett@wildwood.org or (310) 806-4502

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