Workshops for 2021-22

We put theory into practice every day in every classroom at Wildwood School. Let us share our work with you through the professional development workshops and custom consulting services of the Wildwood Outreach Center.

For questions or more information, please contact Steve Barrett, Director of Outreach, at or (310) 806-4502.


Advisory Programs

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB)

Education Technology (Ed Tech)

Project-Based Learning and Authentic Assessment

Systems Thinking

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Stay Tuned: New Workshops Added Throughout the Year!

Locations: Mix of in-person and online workshops. Please note specifics in each workshop description. Proof of COVID vaccinations and negative test required for in-person workshops.

Advisory is Essential 101: Program & Curriculum Development

Looking to build or improve your Advisory program?

Advisory 101 sets the standard in Advisory program development workshops. Create a new program or re-tool your existing one. Design a program to fit your school—public, charter, or private—and a plan to succeed. Participants will:

  • Analyze current research on Advisory practices and social-emotional learning (SEL)

  • Generate targets for program success and criteria for evaluation

  • Envision a program to foster each student's sense of purpose and belonging

  • Gain and utilize versatile program development tools (with applications beyond Advisory)

For Grades 5-12 Advisory program leaders and development teams at all schools.
Click HERE to register. $375 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools)

  • April 14-15, 2022 / Two-day workshop / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Pacific Time
  • In-person @Wildwood School, Middle/Upper Campus (proof of COVID vaccination and negative test required)

Facilitator: Steve Barrett
Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 30+ years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. Advisory is one of Steve's professional passions: In the past decade, he has worked with well over 100 schools across the US and around the world to develop and improve their advisory programs to meet all students' needs. 

Advisory is Essential 201: Grow Your Advising Practice

Looking to level up your advising?

This session provides strategies for advisors to strengthen their practice and abilities to connect with students and serve their needs to develop a sense of purpose and belonging. Participants will:

  • Focus on applying current Advisory research and best practices

  • Participate in a mock Advisory session and analyze its structure and content

  • Practice Advisory facilitation protocols to enhance their advising, increase student engagement, and embed social-emotional learning (SEL) into their advisories

For Grades 5-12 advisors at public, private, and charter schools.
Click HERE to register. $99 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools)

  • January 13, 2022 / 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Pacific Time
  • Now Online (due to COVID surge)

Facilitator: Steve Barrett
Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach with 30+ years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools. Advisory is one of Steve's professional passions: In the past decade, he has worked with nearly 1,000 educators at schools across the US and around the world to help them develop and deepen their advising practice. 

Multicultural Leadership Institute 2022

June 27-30, 2022 / SAVE THE DATES / In-Person at Wildwood School, Los Angeles

Interested in deepening and sustaining DEI work in your school?

Come with your personal and institutional DEI goals and leave with deeper insights and plans for action.

Revamped for online participation, this three-day institute is designed for educators to create and sustain authentically multicultural schools through reflection, understanding, and planning.

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 45 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—for themselves and their schools.

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
  • Multicultural leadership team development
  • Specific sessions on:
    • Anti-racist practices
    • White racial identity
    • Gender identity
    • Socio-economic diversity
    • and more

Ideal training opportunity for:

  • Multicultural/diversity coordinators
  • Administrators
  • Deans and curriculum directors
  • Teacher leaders
  • Board members and parents

For Grades K-12 / June 27-30, 2022 / In-Person


Institute Director: Karen Dye

Karen is Wildwood's Director of Equity and Inclusion. She brings with her over 30 years of dedicated service in both independent schools and at the collegiate level. An established DEI practitioner, Karen calls upon her experiences in guiding DEI initiatives, as well as admissions and college counseling, to serve the needs of all students and faculty.

The Game Plan: Meaningful Ed Tech Integration Planning

Looking to build your ideal school-wide program or upgrade your existing one?

The ultimate back-end builder’s dream: This workshop is designed for educational technology teachers and school leaders looking to construct (or reconstruct) their school-wide ed tech program—suited to tomorrow’s needs.

Participants will gain key insights into EdTech standards selection and program mapping and leave with clear action steps for developing, implementing, and evaluating a meaningful technology scope and sequence—centered on the unique needs of each school’s students and community.

For all schools, grades 6-12.
Click HERE to register. $75 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools).

Online workshop: 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

  • November 18, 2021

FacilitatorNicholas Smith
Nicholas is an Instructional Technology Coach at Wildwood's Middle & Upper School Campus. From his career beginnings in the music industry to his current role as an educator and program developer, Nicholas strives to foster creativity in design while providing personalized and accessible professional development. A self-proclaimed futurist and advocate of the inevitability of technology, Nicholas challenges educators to consider all futures when teaching tomorrow's leaders.

Beyond Final Exams: Year-End Reflective Presentation

Are you ready to broaden your definition of rigor?

Throughout their middle and upper school years, every Wildwood student prepares and delivers reflective, year-end presentations on their intellectual and social-emotional learning to a panel of their teachers, family, and peers. Their goal: Make the case for why they're ready to move on to the next grade (or graduate).

Participants in this unique workshop will be special guests at Wildwood students’ end-of-year Gateway and Exhibition Presentations and will consider ideas to implement rigorous, reflective assessments at their schools.

Participants will:

  • Attend multiple student presentations
  • Engage in Q & A with student presenters
  • Analyze the elements and design of Wildwood's approach to student metacognition and reflection
  • Identify ways to prototype and implement authentic student reflections at your school

For Grades 6-12
Click HERE to register. $199 per participant (30% discount for Mastery Transcript Consortium member schools + all public and charter school participants).

  • Thursday, June 2, 2022 /  8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • In-person @ Wildwood middle and upper campus (Proof of vaccination and negative test required)

Facilitator: Steve Barrett
Steve is Wildwood's Director of Outreach, with 30+ years' experience as a teacher and administrator in public and private schools in California and Illinois. As an advisor, he's guided dozens of Wildwood students through their Gateway and Exhibition presentations. As a facilitator, he's guided the professional learning of educators here in Los Angeles, nationally, and internationally. Steve is also a certified national Critical Friends Group (CFG) facilitator with the National School Reform Faculty (NSRF).

Systems Thinking Schools 101 Workshop

Future Workshop Dates Coming Soon!

Ready to help your students see the world in a whole new way?

This transformative 6-session workshop supports K-8 educators interested in integrating systems thinking into daily practice.

Systems thinking helps students see concepts, objects, and subjects as interconnected systems, rather than isolated entities, in order to enhance learning, deepen understanding, and change their world.

Systems thinking helps students learn more deeply and effectively and also fosters the exploration of ethical, environmental, and global issues—encouraging increased personal responsibility and social action. It also invigorates teachers' planning and practice.

The Systems Thinking Schools 101 Workshop provides:

  • Certification as a Systems Thinking Schools Educator
  • Versatile go-to systems thinking tools for classroom use
  • Experience and practice with strategies to increase student achievement
  • Guided planning time to implement systems thinking in your classroom– for the next day and throughout the year
  • Collaboration: Learn, plan, and share with fellow educators
  • Dedicated coaching from our expert facilitators

For All Educators, Grades K-8

Facilitators: The Educators of Systems Thinking Schools

The hosts and facilitators of this workshop are a team of teachers, administrators, and consultants from schools across Los Angeles. These include independent schools like Wildwood, as well as LAUSD’s Palms Elementary and Mid-City's Prescott Schools—the founding partners of Systems Thinking Schoolsour educator community of committed to student success through systems thinking. 

Click HERE for our video gallery to see Systems Thinking in action at Palms Elementary and Wildwood School.

Click HERE for a research study from Chapman University on the teaching and learning implications of systems thinking in a 5th grade classroom.

Visit us at for more videos, lesson plans, our podcast, and much more.


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
  • Mathematics instruction
  • 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: or (310) 806-4502.

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