New Specialized Trainings

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

One- and two-day “What’s Next?” workshops are available for booking now.

If you’re interested in anything here, please let us know. Trainings will provide new certifications and all will provide a deeper reach into important topics, leveraging the wisdom and experience of your staff.  We want to pilot these programs with care, ideally with a group of people who are friends of Critical Friends Group® work.

“The Bind” Identified: Now What?

If you have a connection to high-stakes independent schools, perhaps you are aware of the book At What Cost: Defending Adolescent Development in Fiercely Competitive Schools by Dr. David Gleason, founder and director of Developmental Empathy LLC. (If not, you can purchase a copy on our website by clicking the title above.)  Dr. Gleason speaks internationally about his research around the stresses adolescents experience in those environments. After he completed CFG Coaches’ Training and experienced the value of dilemma protocols, he teamed up with us to create workshops for his audience to process their problem more directly.

One- and two-day “Now What?” Workshops help schools begin to (1) dislodge themselves from the “bind” resulting in imposed stress and anxiety for adolescents in highly competitive schools, and (2) generate specific plans and “next steps” for becoming a more “developmentally empathic” school. “Now What?” workshops can be scheduled at your school to leverage the experience of your staff, and will be co-facilitated by NSRF Director Michele Mattoon and Dr. Gleason.

Participants in this workshop will collaborate to identify specific practices that contribute to their students’ ongoing struggles, as well as concrete and effective ways of changing or replacing those practices. Our shared goal is to help the schools reclaim their primary commitments to educate their students in healthy, safe, and balanced ways, and to simultaneously create healthier school cultures that respect the developmental integrity of their students.

Read more about this workshop here and click here to purchase a copy of the book.

Belonging Mindset Training for Classroom Educators

Secondary (middle school through high school) teachers, are you interested in learning more ways to use protocols in your classroom? Why not turn your classroom into a Critical Friends Group community?

Next on our horizon is a new on-site training to explore the concepts of “Belonging Mindset” and its intersection with Critical Friends Group work and NSRF protocols. NSRF Director Michele Mattoon recently gave a TEDx talk about the power of Belonging and our responsibility to help create that in our groups (video link to come when it’s available.)  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 will learn practical activities and protocols specifically for the classroom. The training will teach the basics of growth mindset, belonging mindset and purpose and relevance mindset so you can strengthen your students’ belonging while boosting their 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

And 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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