• Critical Friends Group® Virtual Coaches' Training:

    A 26-hour training conducted within Zoom, culminating in Virtual CFG® Coaches’ Certification

    July 11-15, 9AM-12PM EST* + 18-20, 9AM-12:30PM EST*

    *Check your equivalent timezone here.

    Build trust and a sense of belonging, improve your practice, and keep your priorities at the forefront: Critical Friends Group work!

    Please join us for Critical Friends Group Coaches' Training, conducted virtually. We'll meet synchronously via Zoom for about 26 hours, and you'll have about five hours of homework (replacing what would be 33+ hours in a traditional classroom). To be certified as a Virtual CFG Coach, you will need to participate in the entire training including your homework. In this hands-on and brains-on training (this is NOT a webinar!), participants will:
    • experience a range of proven activities to recognize and value our differences as well as our similarities,
    • further build trust by learning to give and receive feedback skillfully, including learning the phrasing that converts ideas from criticism to gifts,
    • remove the "teeth" of dilemmas by reframing them with new perspectives,
    • increase equity by ensuring we hear from everyone in meetings and classes (rather than just those who are comfortable speaking in large groups) and demonstrate that those voices are heard,
    • absorb how to use these tools by reflecting on every activity and protocol, documenting "what isn't on the written page,"
    • work to improve YOUR real-life problems brought by the participants, rather than content shared around theoretical examples.

    In short, you'll experience the power of Critical Friends Group communities during our days together, and you'll learn how to improve your work environment by creating that experience with your colleagues.

    Expect to collaborate and participate!

    You will be on-camera and on-task! This is not a "sit-and-get" webinar format, but one that requires your attention and interaction. And all that pays off handsomely. Upon completion of this training, you become a certified CFG coach with coaches' status on the NSRF website for life!   You will be certified (and prepared) to form and lead trusted Critical Friends Group learning communities, as well as to use these materials in meetings, classes, and other virtual settings. And because you'll have a Coaches' membership to the website for a full year, you will also have access to similar materials designed for use when we can all meet safely again in traditional, non-virtual settings.

    Time well spent!

    Your investment for the full training is only $850 for 26 hours of training and includes a PDF copies of all the new protocols and activities used in the training, a year-long coaches' membership in the NSRF® with full access to the coaches' online protocol library, and ongoing support from your facilitators well beyond the training dates. If you bring a friend or colleague to this training, each of you will receive a $50 discount, so the price becomes $800 each (one discount per organization, please).  It's extremely helpful to have support as you do this work in your own organization, so having a "training buddy" greatly enhances your chance for success. To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org.

    Seating is limited so act quickly!

    Only 20 people will benefit from this training! If you're interested, please register soon to hold your seat. If you are registering and need to pay with a purchase order, please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org right away to make arrangements. We need at least ten participants for this training to happen. We will confirm this training for you and send some preparatory materials the week before training begins. If you need to cancel, we strongly urge you to find someone else to transfer your registration, and can only offer refunds before this confirmation date.

    Refund policy

    NSRF works hard to keep the costs of our trainings low and only accepts a limited number of participants per cohort, which makes it an especially high-value training opportunity. Because of the limited number of seats and the low margin, refunds are only available with cancellations at least two weeks before this event. If you find you cannot attend, please try to find a colleague who can take your seat and contact us with the information so we can correct the Zoom link for that person. If we should cancel this training due to lack of participation or other circumstance, you will be notified immediately via email and fully refunded. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    A few Tech Agreements

    For the best experience for you and everyone else, we ask that you review and follow our agreements around the technologies we're using.

    Click here to review these.

    • Days in advance, connect to your virtual classroom to complete a bit of advance homework. You will receive an email from your facilitator welcoming you and sharing a direct link. You’ll also receive an email from the virtual classroom to notify you of your enrollment.
    • Join Zoom using a computer (desktop or laptop) rather than a mobile device. Otherwise you will miss key experiences.
    • Use the Zoom application rather than connecting in a browser window. Visit Zoom.us to ensure you have the latest download. Using the application helps ensure you can access all the abilities of Zoom.
    • Bring a headset with a microphone rather than using the microphone and speaker on your device. This ensures that we’ll all be able to hear one another well, that you will not inadvertently interrupt others, that background noise will not disturb the group, nor the group disturb others in your local environment.
    • Keep your camera on, especially in breakouts, unless you experience bandwidth/connectivity issues. Being able to see one another, read facial expressions, and feel “seen” are all vital parts of this work. We respect your privacy if you need to use a virtual background or throw a sheet over your background, but it’s important to see your face as much as we can. However, if your Internet or WiFi connectivity causes disruption for you, you may turn off your camera while in the large group space. We hope you’ll be able to participate with camera on in breakouts.
    • There are a few more tech agreements, which we'll introduce on Day 1.

    show less

     

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about CFG trainings in general, or about purchasing and registering for this NSRF® Open Coaches Training, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org. We are here to help!

    We look forward to working with you in 2022!

     

    Your registration form:

  • Critical Friends Group® Virtual Open Training for ADMINISTRATORS:

    A 17.5-hour training conducted within Zoom

    April 4-8th, 9AM-12:30PM ET*

    *Check your equivalent time zone here.

    The business of education presents its own, unique problems. Critical Friends Group work can build trust, improve your practice, and keep your priorities at the forefront!

    Administrator-only CFG® communities provide a trusted environment to work out dilemmas that may be inappropriate to share with your teaching staff. CFG work can help your administrative team to share and learn from best practices throughout your organization and beyond and to create structure for meetings so work is actually accomplished rather than simply discussed. Almost everything YOU do as a manager of people and resources can also benefit from NSRF protocols and an administrative CFG community of your very own. School administrators around the world use our protocols to:
    • improve communications with internal and external constituencies (including addressing chronic and “unsolvable” dilemmas),
    • structure and lead more effective and efficient meetings,
    • create and fulfill strategic plans,
    • refine project plans and other documents,
    • make brainstorming sessions result in actual next steps,
    • and much more.

    Register TODAY for this Open Critical Friends Group Virtual Training exclusively for ADMINISTRATORS! For three-and-a-half hours a day for five days, administrators gain a solid understanding of CFG work and can learn protocols to improve their meetings and other administrative tasks. 

    We encourage administrators to be trained separately from their staff to facilitate openness and trust, and since admins may not need coach certification, this shortened option works best for everyone!  

    Expect to collaborate and participate!

    You will be on-camera and on-task! This is not a "sit-and-get" webinar, but one that requires your attention and interaction. And all that pays off handsomely!  Expect to experience the power of Critical Friends Group communities during our days together and to learn how to improve your own work environment by creating that experience with other professional colleagues from various schools and organizations from across the country or even around the world.  While full CFG Coaches’ Trainings for classroom educators sometimes include protocols designed to Look at (or Learn from) Student Work, this shorter administrative training has been shaped to fit the challenges admin face and includes additional protocols designed specifically for administrative work!  Participant administrators will learn:
    • the importance of consciously setting agreements and norms,
    • specific perspective and tools on giving and receiving feedback that avoids defensiveness and increases understanding,
    • activities that build trust in the group and enhance group dynamics and collegiality, and
    • protocols that help participants address dilemmas, or improve and create materials, including
    • specific instructions on incorporating said protocols and materials in virtual meeting environments!

    Time well spent!

    Your investment for the full training is only $600 for 17.5 hours of training and includes PDF copies of all the newest protocols and activities used exclusively in our virtual training. You also receive a one-year Coach membership in the NSRF® (worth $75 annually) with full access during that year to the online and searchable Coaches' Protocol Library, as well as ongoing support from your facilitators well beyond the training dates. 

    Seating is limited so act quickly!

    Only 20 people will benefit from this training! If you're interested, please register soon to hold your seat. If you are registering and need to pay with a purchase order, please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org right away to make arrangements. We need at least ten participants for this training to happen. We will confirm this training for you and send some preparatory materials the week before training begins. If you need to cancel, we strongly urge you to find someone else to transfer your registration, and can only offer refunds before this confirmation date. NOTE: This Administrator’s training does NOT culminate in a coaches’ certification. If you would like to become CERTIFIED as a Virtual CFG COACH and be able to continue a Coach membership, you’ll need to register for a FULL coaches’ training!

    Refund policy

    NSRF works hard to keep the costs of our trainings low and only accepts a limited number of participants per cohort, which makes it an especially high-value training opportunity. Because of the limited number of seats and the low margin, refunds are only available with cancellations at least two weeks before this event. If you find you cannot attend, please try to find a colleague who can take your seat and contact us with the information so we can correct the Zoom link for that person. If we should cancel this training due to lack of participation or other circumstance, you will be notified immediately via email and fully refunded. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    A few Tech Agreements

    For the best experience for you and everyone else, we ask that you review and follow our agreements around the technologies we're using.

    Click here to review these.

    • Days in advance, connect to your Virtual.NSRF classroom to complete a bit of advance homework. You will receive an email from your facilitator welcoming you and sharing a direct link. You’ll also receive an email from the virtual classroom to notify you of your enrollment.
    • Join Zoom using a computer (desktop or laptop) rather than a mobile device. Otherwise you will miss key experiences.
    • Use the Zoom application rather than connecting in a browser window. Visit Zoom.us to ensure you have the latest update. Using the application helps ensure you can access all the abilities of Zoom.
    • If you have one, bring a headset with a microphone rather than using the microphone and speaker on your device. This ensures that we’ll all be able to hear one another well, that you will not inadvertently interrupt others, that background noise will not disturb the group, nor the group disturb others in your local environment.
    • Keep your camera on, especially in breakouts, unless you experience bandwidth/connectivity issues. Being able to see one another, read facial expressions, and feel “seen” are all vital parts of this work. We respect your privacy if you need to use a virtual background, but it’s important to see your face as much as we can. However, if your Internet or WiFi connectivity causes disruption for you, you may turn off your camera while in the large group space. We hope you’ll be able to participate with camera on in breakouts.
    • There are a few more tech agreements, which we'll introduce on Day 1.

    show less

     

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about CFG trainings in general, or about purchasing and registering for this NSRF® Open Admin Training, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org. We are here to help!

    Would you rather bring an Administrator’s Training to 10-20 admin at your school, district, or organization? We can do that! Read more here.

     

    We look forward to working with you in 2022!

     

    Your registration form:

  • Critical Friends Group® Virtual Coaches' Training:

    A 26-hour training conducted within Zoom, culminating in Virtual CFG® Coaches’ Certification

    February 14-18, 2PM-5PM EST* + 21-23, 2PM-5:30PM EST*

    *Check your equivalent timezone here.

    Build trust and a sense of belonging, improve your practice, and keep your priorities at the forefront: Critical Friends Group work!

    Please join us for Critical Friends Group Coaches' Training, conducted virtually. We'll meet synchronously via Zoom for about 26 hours, and you'll have about five hours of homework (replacing what would be 33+ hours in a traditional classroom). To be certified as a Virtual CFG Coach, you will need to participate in the entire training including your homework. In this hands-on and brains-on training (this is NOT a webinar!), participants will:
    • experience a range of proven activities to recognize and value our differences as well as our similarities,
    • further build trust by learning to give and receive feedback skillfully, including learning the phrasing that converts ideas from criticism to gifts,
    • remove the "teeth" of dilemmas by reframing them with new perspectives,
    • increase equity by ensuring we hear from everyone in meetings and classes (rather than just those who are comfortable speaking in large groups) and demonstrate that those voices are heard,
    • absorb how to use these tools by reflecting on every activity and protocol, documenting "what isn't on the written page,"
    • work to improve YOUR real-life problems brought by the participants, rather than content shared around theoretical examples.

    In short, you'll experience the power of Critical Friends Group communities during our days together, and you'll learn how to improve your work environment by creating that experience with your colleagues.

    Expect to collaborate and participate!

    You will be on-camera and on-task! This is not a "sit-and-get" webinar format, but one that requires your attention and interaction. And all that pays off handsomely. Upon completion of this training, you become a certified CFG coach with coaches' status on the NSRF website for life!   You will be certified (and prepared) to form and lead trusted Critical Friends Group learning communities, as well as to use these materials in meetings, classes, and other virtual settings. And because you'll have a Coaches' membership to the website for a full year, you will also have access to similar materials designed for use when we can all meet safely again in traditional, non-virtual settings.

    Time well spent!

    Your investment for the full training is only $850 for 26 hours of training and includes a PDF copies of all the new protocols and activities used in the training, a year-long coaches' membership in the NSRF® with full access to the coaches' online protocol library, and ongoing support from your facilitators well beyond the training dates. If you bring a friend or colleague to this training, each of you will receive a $50 discount, so the price becomes $800 each (one discount per organization, please).  It's extremely helpful to have support as you do this work in your own organization, so having a "training buddy" greatly enhances your chance for success. To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org.

    Seating is limited so act quickly!

    Only 20 people will benefit from this training! If you're interested, please register soon to hold your seat. If you are registering and need to pay with a purchase order, please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org right away to make arrangements. We need at least ten participants for this training to happen. We will confirm this training for you and send some preparatory materials the week before training begins. If you need to cancel, we strongly urge you to find someone else to transfer your registration, and can only offer refunds before this confirmation date.

    Refund policy

    NSRF works hard to keep the costs of our trainings low and only accepts a limited number of participants per cohort, which makes it an especially high-value training opportunity. Because of the limited number of seats and the low margin, refunds are only available with cancellations at least two weeks before this event. If you find you cannot attend, please try to find a colleague who can take your seat and contact us with the information so we can correct the Zoom link for that person. If we should cancel this training due to lack of participation or other circumstance, you will be notified immediately via email and fully refunded. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    A few Tech Agreements

    For the best experience for you and everyone else, we ask that you review and follow our agreements around the technologies we're using.

    Click here to review these.

    • Days in advance, connect to your virtual classroom to complete a bit of advance homework. You will receive an email from your facilitator welcoming you and sharing a direct link. You’ll also receive an email from the virtual classroom to notify you of your enrollment.
    • Join Zoom using a computer (desktop or laptop) rather than a mobile device. Otherwise you will miss key experiences.
    • Use the Zoom application rather than connecting in a browser window. Visit Zoom.us to ensure you have the latest download. Using the application helps ensure you can access all the abilities of Zoom.
    • Bring a headset with a microphone rather than using the microphone and speaker on your device. This ensures that we’ll all be able to hear one another well, that you will not inadvertently interrupt others, that background noise will not disturb the group, nor the group disturb others in your local environment.
    • Keep your camera on, especially in breakouts, unless you experience bandwidth/connectivity issues. Being able to see one another, read facial expressions, and feel “seen” are all vital parts of this work. We respect your privacy if you need to use a virtual background or throw a sheet over your background, but it’s important to see your face as much as we can. However, if your Internet or WiFi connectivity causes disruption for you, you may turn off your camera while in the large group space. We hope you’ll be able to participate with camera on in breakouts.
    • There are a few more tech agreements, which we'll introduce on Day 1.

    show less

     

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about CFG trainings in general, or about purchasing and registering for this NSRF® Open Coaches Training, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org. We are here to help!

    We look forward to working with you in 2022!

     

    Your registration form:

  • Out of stock

    ~ A second cohort has opened! ~

    Critical Friends Group® Virtual Coaches' Training:

    A 26-hour training conducted within Zoom, culminating in Virtual CFG® Coaches’ Certification

    October 18-22nd, 3:30PM - 6:30PM EDT* + October 25-27th, 3:30PM - 7PM EDT*

    *Check your equivalent timezone here.

    Build trust and a sense of belonging, improve your practice, and keep your priorities at the forefront: Critical Friends Group work!

    Please join us for Critical Friends Group Coaches' Training, conducted virtually. We'll meet synchronously via Zoom for about 26 hours, and you'll have about five hours of homework (replacing what would be 33+ hours in a traditional classroom). To be certified as a Virtual CFG Coach, you will need to participate in the entire training including your homework. In this hands-on and brains-on training (this is NOT a webinar!), participants will:
    • experience a range of proven activities to recognize and value our differences as well as our similarities,
    • further build trust by learning to give and receive feedback skillfully, including learning the phrasing that converts ideas from criticism to gifts,
    • remove the "teeth" of dilemmas by reframing them with new perspectives,
    • increase equity by ensuring we hear from everyone in meetings and classes (rather than just those who are comfortable speaking in large groups) and demonstrate that those voices are heard,
    • absorb how to use these tools by reflecting on every activity and protocol, documenting "what isn't on the written page,"
    • work to improve YOUR real-life problems brought by the participants, rather than content shared around theoretical examples.

    In short, you'll experience the power of Critical Friends Group communities during our days together, and you'll learn how to improve your work environment by creating that experience with your colleagues.

    Expect to collaborate and participate!

    You will be on-camera and on-task! This is not a "sit-and-get" webinar format, but one that requires your attention and interaction. And all that pays off handsomely. Upon completion of this training, you become a certified CFG coach with coaches' status on the NSRF website for life!   You will be certified (and prepared) to form and lead trusted Critical Friends Group learning communities, as well as to use these materials in meetings, classes, and other virtual settings. And because you'll have a Coaches' membership to the website for a full year, you will also have access to similar materials designed for use when we can all meet safely again in traditional, non-virtual settings.

    Time well spent!

    Your investment for the full training is only $850 for 26 hours of training and includes a PDF copies of all the new protocols and activities used in the training, a year-long coaches' membership in the NSRF® with full access to the coaches' online protocol library, and ongoing support from your facilitators well beyond the training dates. If you bring a friend or colleague to this training, each of you will receive a $50 discount, so the price becomes $800 each (one discount per organization, please).  It's extremely helpful to have support as you do this work in your own organization, so having a "training buddy" greatly enhances your chance for success. To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org.

    Seating is limited so act quickly!

    Only 20 people will benefit from this training!  If you're interested, please apply soon to hold your seat. If you are registering and need to pay with a purchase order, please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org right away to make arrangements. We need at least ten participants for this training to happen. We will confirm this training for you and send some preparatory materials the week before training begins. If you need to cancel, we strongly urge you to find someone else to transfer your registration, and can only offer refunds before this confirmation date.

    Refund policy

    NSRF works hard to keep the costs of our trainings low and only accepts a limited number of participants per cohort, which makes it an especially high-value training opportunity. Because of the limited number of seats and the low margin, refunds are only available with cancellations at least two weeks before this event. If you find you cannot attend, please try to find a colleague who can take your seat and contact us with the information so we can correct the Zoom link for that person. If we should cancel this training due to lack of participation or other circumstance, you will be notified immediately via email and fully refunded. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    A few Tech Agreements

    For the best experience for you and everyone else, we ask that you review and follow our agreements around the technologies we're using.

    Click here to review these.

    • Days in advance, connect to your virtual classroom to complete a bit of advance homework. You will receive an email from your facilitator welcoming you and sharing a direct link. You’ll also receive an email from the virtual classroom to notify you of your enrollment.
    • Join Zoom using a computer (desktop or laptop) rather than a mobile device. Otherwise you will miss key experiences.
    • Use the Zoom application rather than connecting in a browser window. Visit Zoom.us to ensure you have the latest download. Using the application helps ensure you can access all the abilities of Zoom.
    • Bring a headset with a microphone rather than using the microphone and speaker on your device. This ensures that we’ll all be able to hear one another well, that you will not inadvertently interrupt others, that background noise will not disturb the group, nor the group disturb others in your local environment.
    • Keep your camera on, especially in breakouts, unless you experience bandwidth/connectivity issues. Being able to see one another, read facial expressions, and feel “seen” are all vital parts of this work. We respect your privacy if you need to use a virtual background or throw a sheet over your background, but it’s important to see your face as much as we can. However, if your Internet or WiFi connectivity causes disruption for you, you may turn off your camera while in the large group space. We hope you’ll be able to participate with camera on in breakouts.
    • There are a few more tech agreements, which we'll introduce on Day 1.

    show less

     

    Questions?

    If you have any questions about CFG trainings in general, or about purchasing and registering for this NSRF® Open Coaches Training, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org. We are here to help!

    We look forward to working with you this summer!

     

    Your registration form:

     
  • Here you may pay or renew your Membership Fee in order to initiate or continue your Member-level access with the National School Reform Faculty. A paid membership also includes subscription to our publication, Connections, which offers you tips on using our protocols and activities effectively, facilitation tips, media reviews, and much more. With your membership, you are also helping lead the effort to fulfill our mission: empowering educators to create meaningful learning experiences for all, by collaborating effectively in reflective democratic communities that foster educational equity and social justice.

    Are you a trained CFG Coach? If so, then you should renew your CFG Coaches' Membership* instead!

    *Be sure to be logged in to your account with your applied coaches' status in order to see the Coaches' Membership as a product in the store. Need help logging in? Call our office or email us for assistance.

    Interested in becoming a trained CFG Coach? We would love to have you at one of our upcoming Open Trainings, or NSRF can come to your school for an On-Site Training!

  • This sturdy coated poly-canvas tote with a gray and white reflective band is perfect for carrying all of your NSRF essentials whether it be day or night. This shoulder tote features the NSRF logo and its partnered affiliate the Harmony Education Center, in a tri-band pattern of black, white and green. This bag can be carried with ease on the shoulder or resting on the arm with the aid of its straps and with an added bonus an attached zipper to keep all your belongings safe and secure. Approximate Product Measurements: Height: 16 in. Length: 21 in. Width: 5 in. Carrying Capacity: 0.972 cubic feet Should you need to pay with a purchase order, you will need to email or call us with that information.
  • Out of stock
    This companion volume to the Courageous Conversations About Race provides chapter summaries and activities, writing prompts, and artwork for overheads and handouts. Positively reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Connections.
  • Collaborative Cue Cards assist participants engaged in CFG work with several key skills, adding to the efficiency and effectiveness of the NSRF protocols.
  • Collaborative Cue Cards assist participants engaged in CFG work with several key skills, adding to the efficiency and effectiveness of the NSRF protocols.
  • Out of stock
    This companion volume to the Courageous Conversations About Race provides chapter summaries and activities, writing prompts, and artwork for overheads and handouts. Positively reviewed in the November 2014 issue of Connections.
  • Sequel to the 2006 Courageous Conversations About Race book (also available via this website), this 2013 edition expands the discussion of equity and social justice in schools.
  • Inquiry

    $28.00
    Positively reviewed in the December 2011 NSRF® Connections, this book helps districts define, develop, and implement a systematic inquiry-based process with a focus on both adult and student learning. NSRF protocols play an important role in how this district improved school culture.
  • The Resource Book was formerly used in our Critical Friends Group® Coaches' trainings, and contains a selection of the older protocols and activities from the NSRF library.

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