Professional Development Workshops

Umoja offers customized workshops with topics spanning the three pillars of Umoja’s work: Restorative Justice, Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) principles, and postsecondary readiness. We work with schools to customize a series of workshops to meet specific needs and to cultivate participant’s abilities to build purposeful relationships with young people and adults.

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Avoiding Power Struggles & De-Escalating Conflict

In our work with young people, we can serve as powerful models for social and emotional competence, especially in situations when we're feeling heated. In this workshop, we'll explore how choosing the right time and tone to address student behaviors can prevent escalating conflict in and out of the classroom. You'll leave with strategies to depersonalize interactions with students by contextualizing impulsive behaviors within a trauma framework. As you learn to ‘choose your battles,’ you will also practice de-escalating conflicts by speaking to young people in a way that inspires rigor rather than fear.

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Date: September 25, 2017
Location: Chicago Literacy Alliance
Cost: $55-85

Implicit Bias in Educational Settings

Please join us to unpack the ways in which implicit bias impacts our work and lives as educators. We'll explore the most current research which describes the ways unconscious beliefs particularly impact our young people of color and students with disabilities. As we uncover common origins of bias, we'll also identify specific conditions in which implicit bias can flourish. Though we can never eliminate our own biases, we'll learn meta-cognitive and procedural strategies to increase self-awareness and activate a commitment to fairness and transparency.

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Date: October 25, 2017
Location: Chicago Literacy Alliance
Cost: $55-85

Leading with a Community Organizing Lens

One of the most challenging aspects of working with young people can often be mobilizing the adults who support them. Many leaders struggle to get colleagues to collaborate on behalf of students. This workshop is designed to support you to understand your role through a community organizing lens in which partnership is central, whether the focus of your work is team leadership, professional development, or coaching. Our objective is to ensure you leave with strategies and next steps to move peers in a positive direction to support the success of youth development initiatives. Even if your organization does not directly serve youth, you can still benefit from the strategies for moving adults in this workshop.

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Date: November 30, 2017
Location: Chicago Literacy Alliance
Cost: $55-85

Adult Healing & Self Care

As a person in a helping profession, you likely bring immense passion and dedication to your work, yet it also demands a lot from you. Inspired by the saying "restoration starts with me," this workshop offers you the opportunity to explore what you need in order to operate at your optimal level of wellbeing, remembering you can only be good to the people you serve if you are good to yourself. Together, we will explore how personal experiences shape mindsets and interactions with others, generate specific self-care practices to support our wellbeing, and rejuvenate our personal and professional self through engaging conversations and mindful practices.

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Date: December 19, 2017
Location: Chicago Literacy Alliance
Cost: $55-85