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New Specialized Trainings

Responding to requests from our CFG® community and other collaborators, NSRF is creating some new training opportunities on specialized topics.

Building Belonging in the Classroom trainings are piloting at some amazing schools and are available for booking at yours as well! Emerging Leaders trainings are coaches’ trainings shaped for new leaders  in which coaches’ will be certified to use NSRF facilitative leadership tools to build collaborative, inclusive learning environments for all stakeholders. If these topics are of special interest for you, please do not hesitate to call.

If you’re interested in anything here, let us know. Trainings will provide new certifications and all will provide a deeper reach into important topics, leveraging the wisdom and experience of staff as well as administrators.

New for 2024: NSRF Emerging Leaders Training!

Great leaders don’t arrive, fully formed, from birth. Most great leaders grow their skills over time, learning from others’ modeling and personal experience. 

New leaders may find some administrative tasks surprisingly daunting. Yet many school systems assume leadership of adults will come “naturally” and fail to offer emerging leaders the benefit of education and training.  Why not accelerate their capabilities by providing practical tools and the confidence they need to successfully fulfill their new role?

For 30 years, NSRF Critical Friends Group Coaches’ Training has been empowering new coaches to guide teams toward productive, effective collaboration using our activities and protocols. Our new 5-day training for Emerging Leaders builds upon that history to offer new leaders the skills and tools to:

  • Build a culture of safety and trust, helping ensure a sense of belonging for all
  • Communicate clearly
  • Develop systems to ensure learning, growth, and success
  • Effectively deal with challenging situations
  • Use core values to align actions with the organization’s mission and vision  
  • Become more self-aware and continue to grow, along with their team, through the use of open and honest feedback
  • Manage change

By the end of this training, new leaders will be certified to use NSRF facilitative leadership tools to build collaborative, inclusive learning environments for all stakeholders. 

If your school/district or organization would like to help us pilot this new training in 2024, please contact us soon to learn more!

Building Belonging in the Classroom, a coaches training for educators

Secondary teachers, did you know you could use NSRF protocols in your middle school or high school classrooms to build a sense of belonging and trust, resulting in better learning?

This new on-site training explores the concept of Building Belonging in the Classroom and its intersection with Critical Friends Group work and NSRF protocols. Michele Mattoon recently gave a TEDxBloomington talk about the power of Belonging and our responsibility to help create that feeling in our local environments.  By promoting a sense of belonging in the classroom and/or in advisory groups, you’ll see positive transformation in your school culture, educator job satisfaction, and student achievement.

In this new training, teachers learn practical activities and protocols specifically for the classroom. The training teaches the basics of growth mindset, belonging mindset, and purpose and relevance mindset so you can strengthen your students’ sense of belonging while boosting their academic achievement. This five-day training will give you tools to:

  • build an atmosphere of safety and trust in your classroom,
  • encourage active participation and equity of student voice,
  • promote critical and creative thinking in your students,
  • encourage students to develop skills in active listening and deep reflection.

If your school or district might be interested in hosting a pilot Belonging Mindset training, please contact michele@nsrfharmony.org.

So much more to come!

If your school or district has a need to focus on a particular aspect of Critical Friends Group work, NSRF would be delighted to help with that. Experienced Coaches’ Trainings can provide a one- to three-day deep-dive (length depending on the content desired) into areas such as Observation Protocols, Facilitation Skills, Leadership, Equity, Inquiry, or Strategic Planning. These events are custom-built for a specific group of attendees, so if you’re interested in hosting or attending such a training, please let us know.

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