• Micro-Training for Virtual Critical Friends Group Work:

    Virtual Compass Points Activity for CFG Coaches

    September 24th, 2020 7:00-8:30AM EDT*

    *Check your equivalent time zone here.

    via Zoom**

    Remember the power of learning your and others' Compass Points in your CFG Coaches' Training? Learning that the differences between your view and others' isn't a character flaw on anyone's part, but in fact it's a huge benefit to the group as a whole? Remember all those "aha" moments when you suddenly understood why others reacted so differently, and how easy it suddenly became NOT to get mad at them for it, and to learn ways of replying to others that honored their perspectives as well as your own? Whether you recently or long ago shared the Compass Points Activity with your colleagues or students, you'll want to engage in this exclusive, online micro-training from NSRF. In it, you will learn how to conduct the Virtual version of this activity via Zoom -- it's a bit trickier than conducting it around the table, but it ends with equally rich results! Plus, during this Micro-Training, we will also unveil a new icebreaker activity for you, easily conducted within Zoom. Both activities can be led with adults or students via Zoom, and you will receive PDF copies upon completion of the training.

    Dates, Times, and other Details

    On Thursday, September 24th, please join other trained CFG Coaches from around the world and discover how they help build trust even within the virtual environment and even among strangers. This Micro-Training is scheduled for 7AM Eastern Daylight Time. You can expect to:
    • learn a new "hidden-in-plain sight" technique within Zoom to quickly build a sense of belonging and connection, survey participants about any multiple-choice question, and invite a bit of playfulness,
    • reflect on your habits and preferences when collaborating around a problem,
    • create a virtual "poster" to share the perspective of you and your "compass-mates,"
    • and more.
    Using NSRF protocols and activities adapted to the virtual landscape, we can promote a much greater sense of belonging and togetherness in this time when physical distancing and massive stresses make us all feel so much more "apart" than ever before. Learning to support each other, we will be stronger together through difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but also during more local or temporary challenges.
    This collaborative session promoting self-care and community will be led by NSRF's amazing, trained facilitators. After your participation in this 90-minute event, we will ask you to write Reflections about this Micro-Training, and we will tell you more of what's in store. Within a day or two, we will email you PDF copies of the icebreaker and the Virtual Compass Points Activity for you to keep and use in your own work moving forward.

    This 90-minute session is open only to certified CFG Coaches AND has limited “seating.” You will need to login with your CFG Coaches account in order to complete the purchase.

    IMPORTANT: You will have a quick task to complete IN ADVANCE OF THIS TRAINING. We require you to complete and submit a short Google Form before the training begins. In this Google Form, you are to self-identify as one compass point "direction," and then submit this form immediately so the micro-training's facilitators have this information in hand. Upon moving through your registration and purchase, you will find a link on your receipt titled "Download Compass Point Artwork HERE." This link will open/download a PDF file which will provide the link to the Google Form you need. If you don't see this link for the download, you may not have moved through the purchase process completely (See technicalities worth noting below)!   Because we will be using breakout rooms and debriefing as a larger group, this is NOT a webinar but a collaborative training experience that will be familiar to those who are accustomed to Critical Friends Group work. Don't delay! Registration will close approximately 30 minutes before the training begins. Please be on time or a few minutes early as we will start and end on time.

    MAKE SURE YOU HAVE MARKED YOUR CALENDAR WITH THE CORRECT TIME FOR YOUR LOCATION.

     

    IMPORTANT TECHNICALITIES TO NOTE FOR THIS REGISTRATION PROCESS:

      1. Be sure to “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT” … and Continue until we thank you and send a confirmation email with download and join links! After entering your information and clicking “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT,” on the next page, you must select the “CONTINUE” button as needed through the process to take all the steps necessary until you come to the screen that reads “Thank you!” You should also receive a receipt of purchase in your email. ____
      2. Because this product is exclusive for CFG Coaches, you MUST LOGIN TO COMPLETE THE PURCHASE PROCESS! As a trained coach, you should have a membership on our site with a login and password. Click on "My Account" on the Main Menu, in the upper right corner, to login and then return to your "cart" or this registration page. ____
      3. Upon completing the transaction, you will be added to our participant list. You will see the links to "Join" the Zoom meeting on the "Thank you" page following your purchase and also in your email notification/receipt that the order has been received. Save the link to either join the meeting via the Zoom App or through your web browser. In most cases, using the Zoom App works best. ____
      4. Once you have registered and moved through the purchase process completely, you should receive an email notification/receipt as well as two "reminder emails" for this Zoom meeting, 24 hours before the date/time and also 3 hours before. If you have not received any emails, go back to be sure you have moved through the purchase process entirely (until you have reached the "Thank you!" page). You may also check your spam or junk filter.

    If you have any questions or concerns about the purchase process, reach out to us right away: nsrf@nsrfharmony.org. We are here to help!

    This event has a limited number of seats—Act now!

    We hope to soon have even more online materials and virtual trainings available soon! If you haven't renewed your CFG Coaches' Membership lately, please do, to gain access to our extended online protocol library!

    RENEW YOUR COACHES' MEMBERSHIP TODAY! (requires Coaches' login/access)

      **Please prepare for your camera to be on and to interact via your microphone. It is helpful to have a headset with mic to avoid background noises. We will be utilizing Zoom’s “breakout room” feature. Your registration for this event is documentation of your permission for us to record the group activity (not the breakout rooms). Zoom is a free application for videoconferencing commonly used in education. Although you may be prompted to download the application once you click on our meeting link, you are not required to sign-up or download Zoom to attend a meeting. Read more about Zoom.  
  • Tools for Stress Management, Belonging and Virtual Work:

    Feelings Pair Share Activity September 24th, 2020 2:00-3:30PM EDT*

    *Check your equivalent timezone here.

    via Zoom**

    In this exclusive, online micro-training from NSRF, come together with other educators from around the world and learn to lead a brand-new activity to use an icebreaker to build trust in groups and to improve our communities. These activities can be used with adults or students in virtual environments like Zoom. You can expect to:
    • reflect on your emotions,
    • articulate how you are feeling to others,
    • listen deeply (without judgment) to the feelings of colleagues and peers, and
    • share possible actions or shifts in thinking so we may all feel a bit better.
    By promoting feelings of empathy and revealing ways we can support each other, we will be stronger together through difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic, but also during more local or temporary challenges.
    This collaborative session promoting self-care and community will be led by NSRF's amazing, trained facilitators. After your participation in the 90-minute event, we'll ask you to write Reflections about this Micro-Training, and then you'll receive PDF copies of the icebreaker and the new Feelings Pair Share Activity. This 90-minute session is open to anyone but has limited “seating.” Don't delay! Registration will close approximately 30 minutes before the training begins. Because we will be using breakout rooms and debriefing as a larger group, this is NOT a webinar but a collaborative training experience that will be familiar to those who are accustomed to Critical Friends Group work. Please arrive on time! Previous CFG experience is NOT required, however.

    IMPORTANT NOTES FOR THIS REGISTRATION PROCESS:

    1. Be sure to “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT” … and continue until we thank you! After entering your information and clicking “PROCEED TO CHECKOUT,” on the next page, you must select the “CONTINUE” button as needed through the process to take all the steps necessary until you come to the screen that reads “Thank you!” You should also receive a receipt of purchase in your email. ____
    2. If you already have an Account and/or Membership on the NSRF website, you will be asked to login before completing the purchase/registration. Click in the upper right corner to login, and then return to your "cart" or this registration page. ____
    3. Upon completing the transaction, you will be added to our participant list. You will see the links to "Join" the Zoom meeting on the "Thank you" page following your purchase and also in your email notification/receipt that the order has been received. Save the link to either join the meeting via the Zoom App or through your web browser. ____
    4. Once you have registered and moved through the purchase process completely, you should receive an email notification/receipt as well as two "reminder emails" for this Zoom meeting, 24 hours before the date/time and also 3 hours before. If you have not received any emails, go back to be sure you have moved through the purchase process entirely (until you have reached the "Thank you!" page). You may also check your spam or junk filter. If you have any questions or concerns about the purchase process, reach out to us right away: nsrf@nsrfharmony.org. We are here to help!

    This event has a limited number of seats—Act now!

    We hope to soon have even more online materials and virtual trainings available soon! Become an Annual Member of NSRF and gain access to our extended online protocol library! You are also invited to become a Trained CFG Coach at one of our upcoming Open Trainings.   **Please prepare for your camera to be on and to interact via your microphone. It is helpful to have a headset with mic to avoid background noises. We will be utilizing Zoom’s “breakout room” feature. Your registration for this event is documentation of your permission for us to record the group activity (not the breakout rooms). Zoom is a free application for videoconferencing commonly used in education. Although you may be prompted to download the application once you click on our meeting link, you are not required to sign-up or download Zoom to attend a meeting. Read more about Zoom.  
  • Building Belonging in Virtual Environments: A 6-hour Virtual MicroCredential Training

    October 26-27, 2020 3:30PM-6:00PM EDT*, each day

    *Check your equivalent time zone here.

    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 trained CFG Coach? Take an additional training alongside this one for a discount!

    Click here to read more about our discounts for CFG coaches.

    If you are already a NSRF-certified CFG coach, sign up for this training and choose either the Managing Change MicroCredential Oct. 28th-29th OR the same training on December 3th-9th, and receive a discount of $36 on the second registration. (This discount may not be combined otherwise or transferred. The Managing Change MicroCredential is ONLY available to CFG Coaches or Building Belonging Coaches in our system.) To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org with the subject line “Registering for multiple trainings” and we will send you a discount code.

    show less

    >> 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 a large number of people to be trained with this content, contact us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org to discuss pricing and scheduling that will meet your needs.

    show less

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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.

    show less

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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, full 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. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    Questions?

    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:

  • Managing Change: An Exclusive Virtual Training for CFG Coaches

    October 28-29, 2020 3:30PM-6:00PM EDT*, each day

    *Check your equivalent time zone here.

    Register Now!

    CFG Coaches, join us via Zoom for this exclusive six-hour training split into two days. In this 6-hour Virtual MicroCredential Training, increase your understanding about how change affects us, and learn how to use NSRF protocols and activities to effectively (and with kindness) help improve collaboration through rapidly shifting circumstances.

    Learn about managing the changes occurring in your school or organization!

    Within this training, you will learn about the process of change, why it’s stressful, and how major change affects learning. You will:
    • learn some NEW protocols and activities,
    • uncover supports that are needed during the change process,
    • collaborate about how to scaffold known NSRF protocols and activities to help your colleagues recognize and manage all the stages of change,
    • get tips on communication systems and particularly the importance of following up.

    For trained CFG coaches only!

    You must be an NSRF-certified Critical Friends Group Coach to attend, as participants need familiarity with the protocols learned during CFG Coaches’ Training. For best results, we encourage you to bring a colleague so you can have a shared experience to build upon when you’re planning to support your colleagues in your own school/district/organization.

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    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 Managing Change in Online Environments for CFG Coaches!
    • Presentations outlining sometimes-unexpected realities of change, supported by new protocols to process that information
    • New activities and techniques that capitalize on Zoom breakout rooms and shared Google docs to collaborate within,
    • Transparent facilitation by NSRF National Facilitators reveal the details of why and how these activities perform effectively,
    • Experiencing (again) the power of Critical Friends Group communities: you will accomplish a lot within a short period of time and feel connection to the other participants because of the shared experience of CFG work.

     

    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 Managing Change for CFG Coaches MicroCredential Badge and certificate citing the number of hours spent in the training.

    >> Are you also interested in the Building Belonging MicroCredential Training? Complete both for a discount!

    Click here to read more about our discounts for CFG coaches.

    Sign up for this training and choose either the Building Belonging MicroCredential Oct. 26th-27th OR the same training on November 3rd-4th, you can receive a discount of $36 on your second registration. (This discount may not be combined otherwise or transferred.) To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org with the subject line “Registering for multiple trainings” and we will send you a discount code.

    show less

    >> 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 a large number of people to be trained with this content, contact us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org to discuss pricing and scheduling that will meet your needs.

    show less

    _____

    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.

    show less

    _____

    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, full 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. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    Questions?

    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:

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

    November 3-4, 2020 3:30PM-6:00PM EDT*, each day

    *Check your equivalent time zone here.

    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 trained CFG Coach? Take an additional training alongside this one for a discount!

    Click here to read more about our discounts for CFG coaches.

    If you are already a NSRF-certified CFG coach, sign up for this training and choose either the Managing Change MicroCredential Oct. 28th-29th OR the same training on December 3th-9th, and receive a discount of $36 on the second registration. (This discount may not be combined otherwise or transferred. The Managing Change MicroCredential is ONLY available to CFG Coaches or Building Belonging Coaches in our system.) To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org with the subject line “Registering for multiple trainings” and we will send you a discount code.

    show less

    >> 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 a large number of people to be trained with this content, contact us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org to discuss pricing and scheduling that will meet your needs.

    show less

    _____

    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.

    show less

    _____

    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, full 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. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    Questions?

    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:

  • Managing Change: An Exclusive Virtual Training for CFG Coaches

    December 8-9, 2020 3:30PM-6:00PM EDT*, each day

    *Check your equivalent time zone here.

    Register Now!

    CFG Coaches, join us via Zoom for this exclusive six-hour training split into two days. In this 6-hour Virtual MicroCredential Training, increase your understanding about how change affects us, and learn how to use NSRF protocols and activities to effectively (and with kindness) help improve collaboration through rapidly shifting circumstances.

    Learn about managing the changes occurring in your school or organization!

    Within this training, you will learn about the process of change, why it’s stressful, and how major change affects learning. You will:
    • learn some NEW protocols and activities,
    • uncover supports that are needed during the change process,
    • collaborate about how to scaffold known NSRF protocols and activities to help your colleagues recognize and manage all the stages of change,
    • get tips on communication systems and particularly the importance of following up.

    For trained CFG coaches only!

    You must be an NSRF-certified Critical Friends Group Coach to attend, as participants need familiarity with the protocols learned during CFG Coaches’ Training. For best results, we encourage you to bring a colleague so you can have a shared experience to build upon when you’re planning to support your colleagues in your own school/district/organization.

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    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 Managing Change in Online Environments for CFG Coaches!
    • Presentations outlining sometimes-unexpected realities of change, supported by new protocols to process that information
    • New activities and techniques that capitalize on Zoom breakout rooms and shared Google docs to collaborate within,
    • Transparent facilitation by NSRF National Facilitators reveal the details of why and how these activities perform effectively,
    • Experiencing (again) the power of Critical Friends Group communities: you will accomplish a lot within a short period of time and feel connection to the other participants because of the shared experience of CFG work.

    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 Managing Change for CFG Coaches MicroCredential Badge and certificate citing the number of hours spent in the training.

    >> Are you also interested in the Building Belonging MicroCredential Training? Complete both for a discount!

    Click here to read more about our discounts for CFG coaches.

    Sign up for this training and choose either the Building Belonging MicroCredential Oct. 26th-27th OR the same training on November 3rd-4th, you can receive a discount of $36 on your second registration. (This discount may not be combined otherwise or transferred.) To pay for multiple registrations and receive the discount, please email us at nsrf@nsrfharmony.org with the subject line “Registering for multiple trainings” and we will send you a discount code.

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    >> 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 a large number of 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, full 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. By submitting your registration you are agreeing to these terms.

    Questions?

    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:

  • Critical Friends Group work and CFG coaches’ training

    Critical Friends Group work originated with the NSRF in 1994. The key differences between CFG communities and other professional learning communities (PLCs) are (1) an intentional cultivation of safety and trust between the members, and (2) a focus on solving problems and accomplishing goals brought by its participants. These distinctions are key to the member educators helping each other improve their practices with honesty and integrity, resulting in a more positive school culture. Groups are led by a certified CFG coach who is trained to use NSRF collaboration tools called “protocols” mindfully. These tools allow all CFG members’ voices to be heard and honored as they give non-judgmental, but open and honest feedback to one another, resulting in accomplishing great things in short periods of time. Worldwide, educators are experiencing how CFG work epitomizes the mindset of continuous growth and improvement, as their CFG communities create and solidify their belonging mindset, all of which translates into a productive system to improve student learning. This downloadable guide walks you through more information about NSRF mission and purpose and defines the training and processes surrounding training.
  • 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

    $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.
  • 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
    Sales for this event have been closed. Watch for more trainings to be scheduled for the coming year. Let us know if you would like to be contacted when upcoming CFG Coaches' trainings are available for registration!  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. (South-Central Indiana is especially lovely in the Fall!) The October training is offered in two segments so you can avoid being out and away for five consecutive days. The first three days are October 19-21, 2020, and, as a participant, you will determine as part of the group when you will return for the last two days, likely within the next month or two. 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's 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! 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. Read more about this training here.
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