Online Workshops for 2020-21

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.

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


(Please Check Back in August for Our 2021-22 Offerings!)

Advisory Programs

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

    Teaching, Learning, and Assessment

      Custom Programs

      Locations: All workshops for the 2020-21 school year will be on Zoom.

      Discounts: Available for registrants from public and charter schools for most workshops at the time of registration.

      Advisory is Essential 101: Building or Re-building Your Program

      Looking for a program revamp or full redesign for your return to onsite school?

      Advisory 101 is our flagship Advisory program development workshop. Create a new Advisory program or re-tool your existing one, with a view to your school's return to onsite learning. 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)

      • Practice Advisory facilitation protocols for both onsite and offsite school

      • Generate targets for program success and criteria for evaluation

      For Grades 5-12 Advisory program leaders and developers at public, private, and charter schools.
      Click HERE to register. $180 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools)

      Virtual workshop via Zoom: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (with multiple breaks).

      • April 21, 2021

      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 and he has facilitated professional learning at schools and presented at conferences across the US and the world.

      Advisory is Essential 201: Re-boot Your Advising Practice

      Looking to tune-up your practice?

      Our advanced session provides strategies for advisors to strengthen their practice their advising. 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. $162 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools)

      Virtual workshop via Zoom: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time (with breaks).

      • April 19, 2021

      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 and he has facilitated professional learning at schools and presented at conferences across the US and the world.


      Never Too Young: Engaging Elementary Age Activism

      Ready to facilitate young students’ conversations around race, class, gender, and other social issues?

      “Never Too Young” is Monique’s teaching mantra. She creates age-appropriate learning opportunities that are both intentionally anti-bias, and creatively responsive to community needs. Today's students are already awake; they are listening and watching to see what we do with the pain and energy of today. In this workshop, Monique provides participants with tools to support young students’ conversations around race, class, gender, and other social issues. 

      In addition, participants will:

      • Share space for dialogue about often silenced topics
      • See Monique’s students model intentional multicultural curriculum
      • Explore the use of ‘doll stories’ to help younger students engage with social justice topics
      • Experience community building activities in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
      • Be able to implement tools and strategies in their K-6 classrooms immediately

      For Grades K-6 teachers, administrators, and parents at public, private, and charter schools.
      Click HERE to register. $180 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools).

      Virtual workshop via Zoom: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time (with multiple breaks).

      • April 15, 2021

      Facilitator: Monique Marshall
      Monique is a 5th grade teacher at Wildwood School. A 30+ 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.


      (Tech)niques for Transformative Learning

      Looking to boost student learning and build your tech repertoire?

      Join us for a workshop unlike any other! No tech expertise required—just a willingness to dive in.

      Participants in this 90-minute online workshop will discover (and rediscover) strategies that amplify the ways that students can learn with technology and learn how to design meaningful, interactive experiences for all K-12 students. Topics discussed will include gamification, experiential learning, and student choice through technology while participants experience a learning adventure themselves.

      For all Grade K-12 educators.
      Click HERE to register. $68 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools).

      Virtual workshop via Zoom: 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. One date only:

      • December 9, 2020

      Facilitators: Nicholas Smith and Maddie Bradshaw

      Nicholas is an Instructional Technology Coach at Wildwood's middle/upper campus. From his career beginnings in the music industry to his current role in education, he strives to foster creativity with an affinity for 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.

      Maddie is an Instructional Technology Coach at Wildwood's elementary campus. With a graduate degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education, Maddie's background includes work as a researcher and education fellow at organizations including Sesame Workshop and the Graduate Schools of Education at Harvard and Stanford.


      Wellness Wednesdays: Mindfulness Practices for Greater Resilience and Joy
      (Six-Session Series)

      Need to address teacher overwhelm?

      In this online series, participants will learn and practice the essentials of mindfulness meditation in six, expert-facilitated 75-minute classes. The results: Reduce stress and learn how to apply activity-based mindfulness practices in the classroom, whether in-person or online. This series emphasizes helping all educators develop their own personal mindfulness practice with a view toward enhancing classroom regulation and systemic wellbeing.
      Meets Wednesdays from February through May. Topics include:
      • Session 1 (February 24): Teaching Mindfully and Cultivating Resiliency 
      • Session 2 (March 10): Unwinding the Stress Response 
      • Session 3 (March 24): Overcoming Overwhelm through Sensory Clarity 
      • Session 4 (April 14): Working with Challenging Thoughts and Emotions 
      • Session 5 (April 28): Nurturing Positive Emotions
      • Session 6 (May 12): Bringing Mindfulness Into the Classroom and Beyond

      All Sessions 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

      For all Grade K-12 educators. Virtual workshops via Zoom
      Click HERE to register. $180 for all 6 sessions (25% off for all public and charter school participants).

      Facilitator: Kelly Barron
      Kelly teaches mindfulness practices to students and teachers at Wildwood. She also instructs at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center and eMindful and works with corporations and schools throughout California. Kelly has been a mindfulness practitioner for more than 20 years, beginning her practice while working as a deadline-driven journalist. Learn more at


      Systems Thinking Schools 101 Workshop

      New Cohorts Forming Fall 2021 / Click HERE to Learn More!

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

      This transformative five-day workshop supports TK-5 educators interested in integrating systems thinking into daily practice.

      Systems Thinking encourages students (and their teachers) to uncover the interconnectedness of all knowledge and deeply analyze the systems that underlie everything from subject-matter learning, interpersonal dynamics, and cause-and-effect relationships.

      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.

      STS 101 Workshop

      The Systems Thinking Schools 101 Workshop is perfect for educators interested in:

      • Implementing Systems Thinking teaching in both virtual and in-person classrooms
      • Understanding Systems Thinking and the mindset shift it creates in students and teachers
      • Tapping students prior knowledge and strengths 
      • Applying a variety of high- and low-tech tools to deepen Systems Thinking in the classroom
      • Aligning Systems Thinking with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
      • Enlivening their practice and teaching more joyfully
      • Helping students access their true learning potential and ability
      • Educating tomorrow’s change-makers

      For 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 Schoolsa community of public and private schools committed to student and school success everywhere through systems thinking. 

      Join us this summer and become a new partner.

      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 news, content, teacher profiles, and much more.


      Multicultural Leadership Institute 2021

      Online / June 28-30, 2021  

      Click HERE to register (MLI sells out quickly!)

      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 28-30, 2021 Online / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm Pacific Time

      Registration Opens Soon
      Click HERE to register.

      Early Bird Rates: Through May 1, 2021
      $650 per person (3-5 participants from a school)
      $700 per person (1-2 participants from a school)

      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.


      Raising the Rigor in Your Virtual Middle School Mathematics Classroom

      Looking to align the realities of online teaching with your curriculum's high standards?
      Many of the familiar skills that math teachers employ to maintain rigor in face-to-face school don’t easily translate into today’s virtual classrooms. Gain expert insights into helping students meet high standards, online, in this 3-workshop series. Participants will work together to acquire tools and strategies particularly suited to the realities of virtual teaching and learning—including using accurate assessments while helping students build fluency and application skills in novel situations.

      All 3 sessions 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. 

      Session 1: November 17, 2020 (Framing and Focus)

           - Re-frame your courses for optimal online teaching and learning
           - Embrace depth over breadth: focusing on mastery of fewer topics
           - Analyze your own curricula for viability in online teaching

      Session 2: December 1, 2020 (Conceptual Understanding)

           - Discover quick, accurate assessments for distance learning
           - Use tech tools for more effective visual modeling of concepts
           - Develop more interactive lesson notes for students

      Session 3: December 8, 2020 (Fluency and Application)

           - Share what you’ve tried and get feedback on what works
           - Adapt familiar strategies, like RBWEs and Sprints for the online classroom
           - Develop novel, online applications for student learning

      For Grades 5-8 math teachers and leaders
      Click HERE to register. $180 per participant (30% discount for public and charter schools). Virtual workshop via Zoom. 

      Facilitator: Anna Gardner

      Anna has taught and coached math and science from grades 5 through 12 in private, public, and charter schools and currently teaches math to 7th graders at Wildwood. In her online and in-person classrooms, Anna cultivates rigorous, hands-on learning experiences for students at all academic levels. With teachers, she specializes in curriculum mapping, math/science integration, project-based learning, and standards-based assessment. Anna’s been a much sought-after consultant working with a variety of education leaders, including Eureka Math and Khan Academy.



      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
      • Rigorous online math intstruction
      • 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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      Wildwood School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, gender identity, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. Wildwood School also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

      The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:

      Alberto Duarte
      Karen Dye
      Director of Human Resources
      Director of Equity and Inclusion
      (310) 806-4531    
      (310) 806-4505

      Wildwood School
      11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064
      12201 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA 90066

      For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at or 800-421-3481.
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