In-Person Professional Development

Collective Belonging: SEL Strategies for Gender + Racial Equity

Join Girls Leadership this summer at Mills College for a three-day professional development training. In this training, you will experience, share, and practice social-emotional learning tools and strategies that promote gender and racial equity to support you in creating spaces where every student feels like they belong. You will receive a robust SEL curriculum, designed with the needs of the most marginalized girls in mind, that will prepare you to support all of your students.

We will create a powerful community of collective belonging, where participants give each other permission to show up with authenticity and compassion for self and others. Our community is where we practice wellness, tap into our bravest selves, take risks, make mistakes, laugh, learn, and grow.

Dates

Wednesday, June 22, 2022–Friday, June 24, 2022

Location

Mills College
5000 MacArthur Blvd
Oakland, CA 94613

Cost

$750; includes food and beverages, and the full curriculum. Price does not include travel or lodging. Scholarships are available upon request and are processed on a first come, first served basis. Space is limited to 35 participants.

Registration is closed for this training

Group Discount
15% off for groups of 3 or more from the same school or organization. Use discount code PDGROUP2022 at checkout.

If you are interested in sending a group, let us know and we can put something together for you. Please reach out to us if you have any questions, or if you would prefer to talk about support in August for the upcoming school year. Call (866) 744-9102 x 0 or email info@girlsleadership.org.


Who is this program for?

  • Professionals who work with girls in grades 5–12.
  • Teachers, coaches, counselors (in private practice, school, etc.), program staff, formal volunteers, etc.

What is Collective Belonging Professional Development?

  • It’s an experiential two and a half day training with a duration of 20 hours.
  • It will bring professionals together to develop skills, strategies, and mindsets to address social-emotional learning, cultural responsiveness, and trauma-informed best practices through a gender and racial lens. 
  • It will prepare participants to implement the Girls Leadership 90-lesson curriculum for grades 5–12 in their spaces.

Participants will:

  • Create a powerful community of caring adults committed to supporting the wellness, leadership, and power of themselves and the young people you teach
  • Examine your own relationship with social-emotional skills to effectively model strategies
  • Identify bias as it shows up in your work with youth and take steps to interrupt it
  • Gather in identity-based affinity groups to process your individual learning, support others, and prepare to take learning back to your community
  • Engage in culturally responsive mindsets and practices and identify ways to implement
  • Understand trauma/trauma responses and experience creating a healing-centered environment
  • Recognize signs of compassion fatigue and ways to take care of your own mental health
  • Experience the Girls Leadership curriculum as a participant and facilitator
  • Laugh together, eat good food, and experience many of the games from the Girls Leadership curriculum
  • Receive a printed curriculum to make the training easily actionable in the year ahead

 

Sample Daily Schedule

Day ONE

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Grounding, & Opening

9:30 a.m. Introductions

10:00 a.m. Community Contract

10:30 a.m. Debunking Safe Spaces & Brave Space Making

12:00 p.m. Lunch & Energizer

12.45 p.m. Social-Emotional Learning & Girls Leadership Way

1:30 p.m. Implicit Bias & Educator Bias

3:15 p.m. Importance of Play & Curriculum Samples

4:00 p.m. Day One Ends

Day TWO

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Grounding, & Opening

9:30 a.m. Check In 

10:00 a.m. Bias Intervention with Scenarios

10:45 a.m. Culturally Responsive Mindsets

12:00 p.m. Lunch & Energizer

1:00 p.m. Practical Use with Girls* & Gender Expansive Youth

1:45 p.m. Compassion Fatigue

3:00 p.m. Addressing Compassion Fatigue

4:00 p.m. Day Two Ends

Day THREE

9:00 a.m. Welcome, Grounding, & Opening

9:30 a.m. Check In 

10:00 a.m. Trauma Informed Care / Healing-Centered Engagement

11:00 a.m. Four Pivots & Healing-Centered Approach

11:45 a.m. Dreaming & Imagining [“The Cure”]

1:00 p.m. Day 3 Ends

Curriculum

Our gender and culturally responsive middle school curriculum includes 93 lessons and focuses on five domains with lessons aligned to developmentally appropriate outcomes at three levels: Introductory, Developing, and Advanced.

It was developed in partnership with middle school girls in grades 6–8 from across the country, including Girls Athletic Leadership School in Denver and Los Angeles, The Young Women’s Leadership Schools in the Bronx and Astoria, and United Playaz and West Bay Pilipino Multi-Service Center in San Francisco to support the development, testing, and iteration of our lessons.

  • Each participant will receive an electronic and hard copy of the curriculum which includes 90+ lessons
  • Curriculum is culturally responsive and trauma-informed
  • The ratio of practice and activity versus instruction is 2:1 for optimal collaboration
  • Lessons are developmentally appropriate and adaptable for grades 5–12 (Introductory, Developing, and Advanced)
  • Lessons cover five domains (Mindfulness + Self-Compassion, Identity + Self-Awareness, Diversity + Social-Awareness, Community + Relationship Skills, Advocacy + Action)

 

Facilitators

California Program Manager Alie Jones, National Program Director, Hénia Belalia, and Chief Program Officer, Kendra Carr.

Participants Tell Us

“Every part of this training was valuable and I believe that all nonprofits that work with trauma impacted youth should attend.“

“While going over these topics, I felt as if these meetings held a safe space for me to share and feel valuable.”

“I want to thank you all for the wonderful training; it was very much needed and appreciated. It was nice taking the time to reflect and think of the small wins and victories and how I can celebrate those. I enjoyed learning about the four pivots and how I can implement them into my life and as a case manager. I am looking forward to using the SEL tools you’ve shared with us with my youth. Thank you for holding the space for us to come and think of problems that can turn into possibilities one day!”

100% of Power Collaborative participants would recommend the training to a friend or colleague.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I receive credits for this professional development? 
If your supervising organization approves this professional development to meet CEUs, we can approve documentation that certifies your hours of participation.

Who is the professional development for? 
The sessions are designed for educators, administrators, district leaders, youth-serving professionals, counselors, and formal volunteers who work regularly with girls in grades 5– 12.

Can I train others to teach the curriculum? 
Completion of this professional development does not authorize individuals to sell the program or train others to teach it.

What do we mean by “collective belonging” and why does it matter? 
When girls feel seen and feel like they belong in a community, they feel like they can show up authentically, be fully present, do their best work, and learn. You will get to experience this in an intentional way, so you can recreate this experience for your girls and all of your students.

COVID Safety Guidelines

COVID-19 Safety and Preventative Measures  
With the safety and wellness of all participants and facilitators as the highest priority, Girls Leadership Professional Development will run in accordance with the most up-to-date COVID guidance from the local health department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Outdoor space will be utilized and indoor mask-wearing will be recommended if it is not required by the local health department or the CDC. Facilitators will all be fully vaccinated, and we require that training participants show proof of vaccination by the start of the program.