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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Check Yourself: Cultivating Self-Aware Restorative Practitioners

Build skills to cultivate connected relationships and approach engagement with others through deep self-awareness. Through a series of exercises, participants will build an awareness of how social identities and privilege can create challenges that, when left unexamined, can cause unintentional harm and present obstacles to relationships with others and restorative practice. Establishing a foundation of social and emotional awareness allows participants to be present for others as restorative justice practitioners that are not only rooted in practice but also equity-rooted engagement.

Date: August 19, 2020

Creating Safe Spaces for Necessary Conversations: Self-Discovery, Reflection, & Radical Compassion

This self-discovery workshop will challenge participants to deepen their equity and advocacy practices through self-reflection on the power, privilege, and responsibility associated with aspects of their own identities. Participants will explore their personal social identities to develop a deeper understanding of personal blind spots. The workshop will consist of several tools for self-awareness, empathetic listening, and reflection activities designed to support professionals as facilitators of safe and connected classroom communities

Date: August 28, 2020

Past Workshops

Dig, Build, Advocate: Implicit Bias, Community-Building, & Coaching as Advocacy (2-part series, AM & PM)

This two-part experiential workshop will challenge participants to deepen their equity and advocacy practices through self-reflection on the power, privilege, and responsibility associated with aspects of their own identities. Participants will engage with self-awareness tools that can be incorporated into their daily practice, as well as exploring compassionate disruption and coaching as forms of activism.

Date: July 31, 2020
Cost: $120-160

Supporting Students as Individuals: Creating Space for Important Conversations

Individually supporting students to achieve personal and academic goals is critical to fostering the relationships that keep students on track. This session supports educators with Umoja’s best-practice tools to effectively lead 1:1 student conferences. Participants will learn more about the benefits of individualized support, receive Umoja's inquiry-based toolkit, and have time for action-planning. Participants will engage in elements of a best-practice 1:1 check-in in addition to engaging with best-practice resources. Time will be allotted for participants to plan a 1:1 check-in and practice being part of one. Participants will exit this workshop with a deep understanding of the importance of 1:1 check-ins and the tools to replicate them in their own practice.

Date: July 29, 2020
Cost: $75-100

Virtual Circles in a School Setting

In this highly interactive workshop participants will experience a virtual community-building circle (also known as a talking circle) and plan to facilitate a student-centered virtual circle using Umoja’s collection of best practices, tools, and templates. The workshop is designed to encourage and support participants to reflect on the transition to remote learning and will model tools for virtual engagement. Participants will learn the essential elements of circles, explore tools for relationship-building and connection, and plan their own student-centered circle.

Date: July 22, 2020
Cost: $75-100