District Wide & In-School Virtual Workshops
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is constantly working to provide comprehensive and diverse resources for New Jersey educators that meet the moment and address current classroom concerns. You may be familiar with the Foundation’s trainings held in person at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick and virtually via zoom. We also offer virtual programming for individual school and district groups.
Questions? Contact Tabitha Rodriguez at [email protected]
Self-Awareness: A Boost for Ourselves and Our Students (2 hours)—Self-awareness is the keystone competency for SEL. It’s comprised of an inward understanding of yourself and knowing how others see you. This webinar will take a deep dive into the different components of self-awareness to help educators promote it in themselves and in their students. Click here for more information.
Resilience: Getting Through Stressful Times (2 hours)—This webinar introduces educators to different definitions of resilience, focusing on specific aspects of resilience and providing practical applications of resilience for educators and students. Click here for more information.
Motivation: Keeping it Up (2 hours)—Motivation can be a difficult state of mind to achieve. This webinar will cover what motivation is and what forms of motivation are effective. It will also cover the factors that need to be taken into consideration when motivating people. This webinar works to answer these questions, provides resources to use with adults and students and more. Click here for more information.
Workshops (must have webcam and microphone)
Beyond Bias: Unconscious Bias (3 hours)—The Unconscious Bias workshop will introduce participants to the concept of unconscious (or implicit) bias in themselves and in others. This training will demonstrate to participants the many ways that unconscious bias manifests itself. It will also identify strategies to address unconscious bias in ourselves and in our school population. Click here for more information.
Beyond Bias: Talking About Race (3 hours)—Issues of race and ethnicity have been coming to the forefront more recently in schools. Educators may have felt lost in how to talk about race with their students. This training explores the reasons WHY it is important to talk about race. It will introduce educators to proper terminology surrounding the issues of race and ethnicity and have educators feeling more comfortable when talking about these important topics. Educators will leave knowing that it is NOT their responsibility to solve the race issues in our country, but it is their responsibility to create an open forum for students to express their feelings, frustrations and fears. Click here for more information.
Beyond Bias: Being an Anti-Racist (3 hours)—Join us in this virtual workshop as we discuss what it means to actively be an antiracist. In this workshop we will look specifically at anti-Black racism, what it means to be antiracist, analyze the educational system in our country and work to create action-oriented personal goals. Each participant will need to choose an educational area to focus on during the registration process. The areas that we will focus on during this workshop will be: college readiness/access to AP/gifted and talented programs, educator expectations and biases, lack of representation of black educators/role models, school discipline inequities and curriculum. Each participant will also be asked to identify their racial identity when registering for the purposes of specific breakout group. Please be prepared to choose one area of focus during the workshop and your racial identity when you register.
**Please note prerequisite for this workshop is required. Please see notes in application below.**
Breaking Bias: Lessons from the Amistad (3 hours)—This workshop looks at this history through an anti-bias lens and highlights the contributions that African Americans have made to the United States as well as the lessons our country has learned from African American history. It also focuses on how African Americans have not only been victims but agents of their own change throughout history, how racial oppression has transformed over time in the U.S. and what our responsibilities are, both individually and collectively, to respond to racism. Click here for more information.
Social Emotional Character Development (3 hours)—This training shows how to integrate the five competencies of social and emotional learning into the school setting; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. Educators will be able to incorporate these core SEL concepts into existing character education programs through lessons, journaling and habits. This training is designed for elementary, middle and high school educators. Click here for more information.
Trauma Sensitive Schools (3 hours)—Unaddressed trauma can lead to violence, and in turn, providing support for students who have experienced trauma can prevent violence and create stronger communities. While focusing on trauma in the context of returning to school after remote learning, this workshop will define trauma, give examples of how it can manifest in the classroom and school building, and offer practical tips on how educators can incorporate a trauma-sensitive lens into their teaching style.
In School Virtual Workshops:
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation offers this school based virtual program to educators who would like to schedule one workshop or webinar for their school groups, per school year.
District Wide Virtual Workshops:
The New Jersey State Bar Foundation is launching a pilot program that will award 3 school districts the opportunity to select 3 different virtual workshops/webinars for their staff. Districts can request the same workshop/webinar for 3 different groups, or they can select 3 different workshops/webinars for 3 groups of their choosing. Any New Jersey school district may apply.
In-School Virtual Workshop Application Form
District-Wide Virtual Workshop Application Form 2021-2022
In order to receive consideration, district-wide workshop applications must be received by the Foundation by September 30, 2021. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered unless previous arrangements have been made with the Director of Conflict Resolution and Anti-Bias Initiatives.
Applications must include the following:
- A fully completed application submitted online
- Online signature of the person applying for the program
- A commitment to provide the Foundation with workshop feedback and follow-up information on the impact the programming has had on the district and/or staff who participated.
- Workshops must be scheduled within the school year for which the application was approved – by June 30, 2022.
- Districts can apply for this district-wide workshop program once per school year.
- Applications will be reviewed by a team and recipients will be selected based on a variety of factors including leadership buy-in, need, and diversity among recipients in regard to location and student demographics.