Free Virtual Learning for Washington Educators and Leaders

Equitable & Inclusive Solutions for Returning to In-Person Learning

Virtual Learning for Washington Educators and Leaders

As we move into the spring and fall of 2021, schools are welcoming students back for in-person instruction. However, there are a lot of questions for educators and district/site leaders to consider as we embark on this transition together.

  • Will I be able to meet my students' needs with this transition?
  • What type of trauma have they faced through the pandemic and how has this impacted them? 
  • What behavior concerns should I be prepared to address and am I equipped to support or help my students?
  • How best should I prepare to support students, staff, and myself?
  • How do I create a safe and supportive learning environment where students can engage and succeed?

We've got the answers! We rounded up our team of experts and practitioners to dive deeper into these questions and the topic of safely returning to in-person learning. Join us for our first-ever grant-funded webinar series where you'll get practical and tactical strategies and resources that are inclusive and equitable.

*The following webinars are available to all Washington educators and leaders in partnership with Collaborative Learning Solutions, Washington State Office of Superintendents of Public Instruction (OSPI), and Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession (CSTP).

Upcoming Webinar

1. Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 3 - 4:00 PM PST: Restorative Practices and MTSS Integration Panel Discussion - Empowering Voices from the Field

Registration Link

Description: This session promises to be a real treat! Tying it all together...this can be challenging work at times, but oh so rewarding! You will hear from a panel of Collaborative Learning Solutions Consultants who have provided training for schools in Washington the last year as well as students, educators, administrators, and parents who have been committed and engaged in the work. We'll discuss the topics and impact of Equity & Inclusion, Restorative Practices, Restorative Justice Centers, and Responsive Discipline Guidelines. 

Open Format for Optimal Discussion and Engagement

Past Webinars & Recordings

Building Communities of Belonging After a Pandemic

Webinar Recording

Description: Join us as we take you on a journey of reopening schools with effective supports and strategies that meet the social-emotional needs of students. We will navigate activities and resources to help build communities during challenging times. Participants will receive virtual downloadable supports. This session will provide “ready-to-go” materials that can be used the very next day. Register now and learn effective ways to meet the emotional needs of all learners!

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of infusing Social Emotional Learning throughout the academic day
  • Equip educators with ready to go SEL lessons and activities
  • Equip educators with supports for community building circles
  • Equip educators with resources to support “morning meetings”
  • Equip educators with virtual journals that focus on gratitude and emotional regulation

6 Critical Components to a Successful Return to School (Part 1 of 2)

Webinar Recording

Description: COVID-19 thrusted us all into a situation of fear, chaos, and overwhelming confusion. Schools were forced to adapt quickly, get creative, and ensure that students had continued access to learning. Some students have excelled without the stressors related to peer interaction and academic pressures, while many have not. As districts are being instructed to return students to campuses, we return to those feelings of fear and anxiety and we navigate deciding what the best methods for returning are. School closures have provided us a rare opportunity in education and that is the opportunity to evolve. Join us as we reimagine what education might look like and identify key components to consider for a successful return to in-person learning.

Learning Objectives:

  • Equip educators with critical skills for maintaining personal well-being
  • Understand the behavior indicators for common trauma responses
  • Identify and implement trauma-informed and restorative techniques for successful student return

6 Critical Components to a Successful Return to School (Part 2 of 2)

Webinar Recording

Description: We'll continue the conversation from our second webinar in this part two discussion of the critical components that will help with a successful return to shcool.

Learning Objectives:

  • Equip educators with critical skills for maintaining personal well-being
  • Understand the behavior indicators for common trauma responses
  • Identify and implement trauma-informed and restorative techniques for successful student return

Authentic Relationships with Ourselves and Others

Webinar Recording

Description: This interactive webinar will provide participants with the foundational components needed to experience authentic relationships to identify social-emotional learning skills. Participants will learn why authentic relationships are so important on a personal level and for our communities. We will also look at how personally they align with Washington’s educational values of Inclusion, Ensuring Equity, Collaboration and Service, and Achieving Excellence Through Continuous Improvement. Through self-reflection, journaling, and other activities, participants will experience opportunities to uncover their own social and relationship skills and create strategies for maximizing the impact of authentic and healthy relationships, starting with themselves.
Participants will practice identifying specific social-emotional learning and relational skills in themselves that lead to deeper learning and development of the whole child. Self-reflection and interactive experiences will be used to positively impact self-discovery and the discovery of others. Finally, everyone will have the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and discuss collaboratively at the end of the webinar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn why authentic relationships with yourself and others are crucial
  • Learn the how of authentic relationships following four key concepts (know, develop, maintain, and restore)
  • Learn what authentic relationships look like for yourself and with others at your school
  • Learn more about yourself and then your colleagues through self-discovery, discussions, and reflections
  • Create goals and action plans to put into practice immediately

Equity - Understanding Implicit Bias

Webinar Recording

Description: Foundationally this experiential session is designed to examine the prevalence of unconscious bias and how it influences an individual’s actions without conscious awareness. Through self-exploration (implicit association measurement tools), self-monitoring (goal setting and action planning), and the application of the Recognize, Interrupt, and Repair (RIR) Protocol, participants will learn how to heighten their awareness, analyze their actions, and neutralize their emotions. Participants will analyze the effects of implicit biases at the individual, structural, and institutional level to ascertain how it impacts others. Participants will be introduced to interventions (i.e., mindfulness and intergroup contact) that can be implemented to mitigate unwanted biases and social disparities to ultimately address inequitable student outcomes.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understanding Implicit Bias - How good, well-meaning people can produce and perpetuate harmful behaviors and outcomes
  • Discussing how to utilize the Recognize, Interrupt, and Repair (RIR) Protocol to center equity by engaging in compassionate dialogue
  • Build capacity around the drivers of distinct forms of implicit bias (e.g., microaggressions, microinvalidations, microinsults)
  • Learn how to consciously choose an alternate way of responding to a diverse array of external stimuli
  • Utilize tools to analyze the root cause of biased based beliefs by identifying characteristics of such through the cross-pollination of mind science and narrative research (qualitative data) aimed at promoting sustainable change

"If you get a chance to work with Collaborative Learning Solutions, seize the opportunity!  Collaborative Learning Solutions provides top-notch professional development and consultation on Restorative Inclusive Practices.  Our principals and staff raved about CLS instructors, content, and learning design.  In fact, the training was so engaging and responsive to our needs that we are now trying to figure out how to bring Collaborative Learning Solutions into every school in our district.  They are that good at what they do!"

- Cherlyn Pijanowski, Director of Student Achievement | North Thurston Public Schools (WA)

"After completing the workshops with CLS, my staff and I now have a more thorough understanding of restorative practices and how we can use them to support the academic and social needs of our students. Thank you!"

- Kathleen Delpino, Principal | Lydia Hawk Elementary (WA)

"Our work with Collaborative Learning Solutions this year has been and will continue to be an important part of cultural belief system and day-to-day practices. On behalf of the Jefferson Elementary School staff, thank you for this tremendous learning experience."

- Jim L. Bruce, Principal | Pullman Public Schools (WA)