• Building Belonging in Virtual Environments: A 6-hour Virtual MicroCredential Training

    January 14-15, 2021 3:30PM-6:30PM EST*, each day

    3:30EST = 12:30 PCT / 1:30 MST / 2:30 CST / 8:30PM GMT

    Register Now!

    In this 6-hour Virtual MicroCredential Training, learn protocols and activities to increase students’ sense of belonging in virtual and physical classrooms as well as adults’ sense of belonging in collaborative settings.

    From the safety and comfort of your own home, please join us via Zoom for this six-hour training split into two days.

    Experience and learn new protocols!

    Together, we’ll experience (and you’ll learn to lead) several protocols and activities designed to help us all feel a stronger sense of Belonging even through our computer screens. Some of these are variations on materials designed last year for our in-person Building Belonging in the Classroom five-day training, and others are new, designed specifically for Zoom.

    Anyone can join this training!

    If you’re already a Critical Friends Group Coach OR a Building Belonging Coach, you will learn NEW materials and strategies in these two days with us! And if you have not completed one of our five-day coaches’ trainings, you’ll experience the real power of Critical Friends Group work — a LOT of connection-building just within our short time together. Everyone will leave with great tools to take into your own classrooms, virtual meetings with colleagues, and maybe even Zoom gatherings with your extended family! This MicroCredential is open to all, regardless of your prior experience with NSRF.


    Expect to collaborate and participate!

    This is not a “webinar” to half-listen to while doing other things. Expect to be on-camera and on-task, and the results will be worth it! This is an NSRF professional learning EXPERIENCE. Completing all of this training will gain you a MicroCredential certification in Building Belonging in Online Environments!

    Use protocols & practice to strengthen a sense of belonging in classrooms and meetings!

    Teachers will gain skills to strengthen students’ sense of belonging in the classroom (and colleagues’ belonging in collaborative meetings). They will also gain tools which help improve student learning and support equity. Administrator participants will learn new ways to improve meetings and support school-wide collaboration. All participants will enhance their professional performance through the use of protocols and reflective practice.

    New materials designed to foster an environment of caring and acceptance!

    New and familiar protocols, activities, and techniques shared here were designed specifically to foster an environment of caring and acceptance within a Zoom (or other virtual) environment. As we do face-to-face in the same room, we accomplish this by methodically building trust, ensuring equity of voice, and emphasizing the need to listen for understanding rather than judgment. The NSRF Facilitators leading this training will transparently share facilitation details of these activities that help us overcome (as much as possible) the separation we all feel due to physical distancing.

    Experience proven protocols and activities tweaked for virtual environments! Here are some of the activities you can expect:

    • Virtual Quotes Introduction Activity
    • Aha! Protocol
    • Agreement Makeover Activity
    • Virtual Three Levels of Text Protocol
    • Commonalities Activity
    • Celebration Share Activity
    Even if some of those titles are familiar to you, you’ll learn how NSRF has tweaked them to work better within virtual environments, a process which is not always as straightforward as it may seem!


    Time well spent!

    Your investment to attend this Open MicroCredential Training is $180 to complete six well-spent hours. Leave with clear action steps to use within your school community to help everyone through this unprecedented time of change. Receive PDF copies of the materials used in the training for your future use. (We ask you to please respect our copyright and do not share the materials broadly — We trust that you will use them with care and regard.)

    Participants who complete the full training will receive a Building Belonging MicroCredential Badge and certificate citing the number of hours spent in the training.

    >> Are you a school or organization interested in bringing this training to several professionals?

    Click here to learn more about options available to you.

    Open MicroCredential Training options are best if you would like to train single participants or small groups. If you have 10 or more people to be trained with this content, contact us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org to discuss pricing and scheduling that will meet your needs.

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    Logistics & Tech Agreements

    We commit to beginning and ending on time so we recommend that you connect to our Zoom link a few minutes in advance of the training time. There will be a break midway through each of these sessions. (You will receive the Zoom link to “join” upon completion of your purchase. Do not share the Zoom link as it is specific to you.) For the best experience for you and everyone else, we ask that you review our Tech Agreements.

    Click here to review these.

    • Connect using a computer (desktop or laptop computer) rather than a mobile device.
    • Use the Zoom application rather than connecting in a browser window. Visit http://Zoom.us for the download. Using the application helps ensure you can access all the abilities of Zoom.
    • Use a headset with a microphone rather than 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.
    • Do not record or take screenshots of the activities without express permission. NSRF may use screenshots for our future promotions, however, but will confirm your permission if we do. This agreement, combined with the use of a microphone/headset allows all participants to feel more confident in group confidentiality.
    • Stay muted unless it's your turn to speak, and mute yourself again after speaking. There will be opportunities for open conversation, but because we begin and end on time, we do our best to stay on-task.
    • 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 experiencing a sense of belonging. If you need to use a virtual background or throw a sheet over items in the background that you wish to keep private, we respect your privacy in those matters, 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.
    • In this training, the Zoom Chat box is not for informal chatting, but for the business-at-hand. We will share important links and other information with you in Chat, and at times we will be watching Chat to get your responses, but we ask that you not send informal chat messages to everyone in the group and instead that you help us all keep our attention on the work at hand.

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    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.


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

    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 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 to have access to ALL of our protocols and activities, including the most updated and complex! 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!
  • 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.
  • Anxiety, depression, and their dangerous manifestations-substance abuse, eating disorders, self-injury and suicide- are increasing student conditions at many competitive high schools. Paradoxically, most of these schools promote themselves as being committed to students' holistic development in academics, athletics and the arts, and in their personal, social, and emotional growth. So why are so many students struggling? Dr. Gleason has investigated these concerns in competitive high schools throughout the United States and around the world, and has found almost complete unanimity in how educators and parents have responded to his interviews. In sum, these caring and dedicated adults fully admit to overscheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming their students and teenaged children. This conflict - adults wanting to educate and parent adolescents in healthy and balanced ways, but simultaneously, overscheduling, overworking and, at times, overwhelming them - is at the heart of this book. In At What Cost?, Dr. David Gleason recruits educators and parents to more empathic ways of operating that not only respect adolescent's true developmental capacities but also don't interfere with their growth trajectories or threaten their mental health.
  • Inquiry

    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    Due to the pandemic, this training is not yet official on our calendar, but we want you to know it is a possibility. It is not "Out of Stock," but it is not yet available for official registration. Contact Us if you are interested in becoming a CFG Coach in this Open Training or in future coaches' trainings yet to be scheduled! 
    Contact Us

    Complete the form below and then click the "Add to Cart" button to complete the purchase. Please join us in beautiful Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University for this five-day training in the summer. The July training is five full days of intense, personal Critical Friends Group work. The fee for the week is $850 and includes a copy of the new CFG Coaches' Handbook, one 12-pack of Collaborative Cue Cards to bring back to share with your school or organization, and a year-long coaches' membership in the NSRF® with full access to the coaches' online protocol library as well as life-long support from your training facilitator and NSRF's offices. If you bring one or more colleagues with you to training, each of you will receive a $50 discount, so the price becomes $800 each. To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please call our office at 812-330-2702. Seats ARE limited. There are only 15 available. If you prefer, you may call NSRF at 812-330-2702, and we can take your registration information over the phone and answer any questions you may have. Upon completion of this training, you become a certified CFG coach with coaches' status on the NSRF website for life! Please do not book any non-refundable travel arrangements until we confirm this training will occur. We will confirm our trainings for you at least six weeks prior to the first day of training. If you need to cancel before this confirmation date, you can receive a full refund of the cost of registration. When we confirm this training, we will give you a link to book your hotel room at a discounted rate! Read additional details and our refund policy here. Note: If after submitting this form, you do not see a window that says "Thanks for registering for the New Coaches' Training!" please email nsrf@nsrfharmony.org or call us at 812-330-2702, as we may not have received your registration information. If this has happened to you, please contact us as soon as possible.
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