Professional Development Resources

Thanks for attending our webinar

We’re so glad you could join us for “Building Emotional Connection: The Key to Learning” and we hope you feel excited and empowered to bring social-emotional learning into your educational spaces.

Below are the resources used in our workshop, along with key definitions and suggested reading should you want to delve deeper. We also invite you to attend another professional development training or workshop:

Professional Development Training & Workshops

When we begin offering them again next school year, details about the next free event can be found here.

If our current offerings don’t work for you, we can customize a private professional development training to meet your staff’s needs, whether you’re looking to run a single workshop, a half-day, full-day, or multi-day training. Reach out to to explore a custom training for your community.

Interested but unsure whether your leadership will support a program they might see as “just for girls?” Let them know that our curriculum and training is designed to benefit students–and educators–of all genders and ages. We know that rigid gender expectations and racial inequity harm everyone. By centering the voices, experiences, and identities of students who have historically been silenced, everyone can learn new ideas and perspectives, and everyone can benefit from greater equality in and out of the classroom.


Resources from the webinar

Try our FREE Social-Emotional Check-ins for Distance Learning (or In-person Learning) to jump-start conversations and connections with the youth you serve.

Read our Ready to Lead research findings on how race, gender, and income impact identity and leadership development.

Read Why We Lead, and then join us in amplifying the first national study of AANHPI girls and gender-expansive youth.


Brave Spaces encourage mutual learning and accountability, where participants can feel comfortable sharing and growing. This space is inclusive to all identities and centers those whose voices and experiences have been historically marginalized. Participants honor each other’s experiences and opinions to encourage vulnerability and achieve understanding.

Equity is a process of ensuring fairness. This often includes strategies and measures to compensate for one group’s historical and social disadvantages that prevent them from otherwise operating on a level playing field. Equity leads to equality.

Gender equity is the process of creating “fairness and justice in the distribution of benefits and responsibilities between women, men and all genders.” being fair to women and men. To ensure fairness, strategies and measures must often be available to compensate for women’s historical and social disadvantages that prevent women and men from otherwise operating on a level playing field. Equity leads to equality. Source, UN Population Fund (European Institute for Gender Equality)

Leadership is, by Girls Leadership’s definition, making others and situations better as a result of your presence, and making that impact last in your absence. This work can begin at any age, and doesn’t require a title or role.

Racial equity is a intentional and continual practice of changing policies, practices, systems, and structures by prioritizing measurable change in the lives of people of color so that they have the “dignity, resources, power, and self-determination to fully thrive.” (Race Forward)

Transformative Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) critically examines root causes of inequity to support the development of collaborative solutions that lead to personal, community, and societal well-being. (CASEL)


“The first right question is not what do I need to do, but rather: how do I need to be/who do I need to become?” – DR. SHAWN GINWRIGHT

Further reading


We encourage anyone looking for more information about racial equity and social-emotional learning to check out these books, especially if you’re checking them out from your local library! 

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students by Zaretta Hammond

Designing for Belonging by Susie Wise

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower by Brittany Cooper 

Emergent Strategy and Pleasure Activism by adrienne maree brown

The Four Pivots: Reimagining Justice, Reimagining Ourselves by Shawn A. Ginwright, Ph.D.

How Girls Achieve by Sally A. Nuamah

We Want to Do More than Survive by Bettina Love 

Resources & Studies

Many universities and nonprofits make their studies available, and some offer additional resources specifically for educators to help them turn information into action.  

Girlhood Interrupted: The Erasure of Black Girls’ Childhood is a study from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality on the “adultification” of black girls.

Learning for Justice is a collection of resources and reports from the Southern Poverty Law Center intended for both classroom use and for professional development. 

Liberatory Design is a resource from Stanford University specifically designed for K-12 equity-based learning.