Professional Development



Building the Restorative Classroom

Participants will learn practical strategies for building a restorative environment in the classroom. Training will focus on relationship building, the 4 Essential Elements of the Restorative Classroom, responding to challenging behavior, and taking care of ourselves so we can effectively do this work.  We recommend that participants have completed “Introduction to Restorative Practices” training.

Register by clicking on the link and filling in the Google form.

Restorative Room and Tier II Intervention Strategies

Participants will learn how to support students in addressing harm, making amends, and learning SEL skills that will help them avoid conflict in the future.

This training is intended for staff who are facilitating Tier II Restorative Practices Interventions.  Staff will be invited to attend.


Taproot Series 1:  Self-Awareness and Self-Management

Spend a day devoted to you and your well-being.  Learn about and experience Self-Awareness and Self-Management skills, and have time to reflect on how these skills impact you at work and at home.  Leave with a clear understanding of the benefits of these skills and habits that will help you feel more grounded and energized in your day to day life.

Register by clicking on the link and filling in the Google form.


Dr. Ernie Mendes

Working with Challenging Behavior

Manage the oppositional/defiant learner; the unmotivated learner; and the gifted learner. Understand the causes of misbehavior, resistance and oppositional behaviors of the adolescent student and how to reduce and diffuse those effectively. Learn how to address the top 8 reasons for lack of motivation in students. Understand the often misunderstood characteristics of the gifted learner, and how to engage them.

Dynamic Conversation Coaching Skills

Learn the conversation skills to bring out the best in colleagues and students and to promote learning, thinking, and motivation.

This course will teach how to:

– conduct conversations that move people to insight and change

– craft questions that elicit an individuals internal resources and build resiliency

– reduce defensiveness in conversations

– increase accountability

– increase rapport

– increase influence


Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness

A look at the current research on mindfulness practices and their positive effects for the classroom teacher and for students. Experience mindfulness as a tool to increase one’s emotional intelligence, reduce stress, and create a more peaceful classroom. Teachers who effectively manage their cognitive-emotional states get better results with the students they are teaching. Participants will gain tools to regulate mind-body states more effectively and efficiently, resulting in reduced stress. Participants will experience several practices that they can use immediately.


GSA Adviser Training

Description: In this training, participants will:

  1. Explore concepts and ideas around the acronym  “LGBTQIA+”.
  2. Learn how to run, organize, and maintain a GSA (and related clubs).
  3. Engage in discussion and activities about identity.
  4. Connect with advisors around the district and gain new tools and resources.


National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC)

The department of Equity, Culture and Support Services has partnered with the National Conflict Resolution Center to bring a variety of effective training programs in the areas of communication and conflict resolution.

The Bystander Challenge

This workshop examines a bystander’s role in decreasing inappropriate communication and behavior in the workplace.  Colleagues in a work environment often hear comments and witness behaviors that can escalate to the point of an individual feeling harassed by their coworker.  Increasingly, bystanders are being asked to become “up-standers;” to stand up to perceived harassment issues. As many recognize, that is easier said than done.  Many times, workplace dynamics make it challenging to know the correct course of action.  Long-term working relationships, workplace culture, lack of diversity on a team, and discomfort with the topic can all get in the way of taking action.

While notices and directives abound in workplaces to raise awareness of what constitutes harassment, few programs teach people how to communicate to their co-worker when they perceive red flags. NCRC’s strength is teaching people how to have challenging conversations in ways that demonstrate respect, inclusiveness, and dignity for everyone involved.  This workshop on empowering bystander communication builds on the tools we know work to help employees gain confidence in conducting these conversations.


The Art of Inclusive Communication

Participants learn a model for understanding intercultural (and other identities) awareness and learn skills that help their own development in all kinds of diverse settings.  Fun, yet -provoking exercises help participants learn about how the unwritten rules we live by are not always universal. Diversity in the fullest sense of the word, including not only race and ethnicity, but also gender, sexual orientation, age, lifestyle, and abilities are explored and valued.  Recognition of the advantages some have and the history of exclusion are touched upon in a way that helps people move forward together.  Additionally, a look at how respectful communication can address  difficult  comments from others that might be considered racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic, or in other ways derogatory to others. All of this is done in a safe and respectful learning environment.

The Artful Conversation

The Artful Conversation helps participants learn how to communicate their needs with people in a way that helps build the relationship, rather than hurts it. Actual examples shared from the lives of the participants helps them to apply these skills to their lives in a practical way. A deeper understanding of how others perceive and process conflict allows participants to gain new insights into their relationships and how to adapt their style to work more effectively with those around them in the work environment or in the community.