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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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: October 22, 2020
Cost: $75-100

Safe Spaces for Necessary Conversations

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: November 17, 2020
Cost: $75-100