Summer Professional Development Series

Looking to incorporate restorative and culturally responsive techniques into your work and personal life? Join Gandhi Institute staff and board this summer for one or more of the following learning opportunities!

Attn RCSD teachers: Sessions qualify for Professional Development Incentive hours for RTA members.

Requested donation: $25/session. No one turned away for lack of funds. All fees benefit the work of the Gandhi Institute.

Bring a bag lunch or order lunch with us afterward.

Please register in advance to ensure that we have adequate space.


July 12: Conflict Without Contempt

Conflict is often presented as a negative experience to avoid, which locks down creativity and prevents necessary conversations from taking place. Through interactive exercises, discussion, and role play, this workshop focuses on:
•       Exploring thoughts and people who we associate
with conflict
•       Discussing different conflict resolution frameworks
•       Exploring the relationship between trust, creativity,
and conflict

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July 19: Implicit Bias

This workshop is an opportunity to explore some of the underlying dynamics that create persistent issues of exclusion and inequity in many settings. Topics include an overview of cognitive blind spots, creating shared definitions of terms, and exploring the framework of intention vs impact. This experiential workshop includes hands-on activities, small group and large group conversations.

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August 02: Cultural Humility

Through interactive exercises, this workshop supports understanding of a process-oriented mindset in relation to other cultures. Cultural Humility is a discipline of seeking to understand in the spirit of inquiry rather than from a sense of embarrassment or shame. This workshop will introduce tools related to systems thinking and perspectives, to support understanding of systemic issues and clues to create systemic change.

Registration Closed


August 09: Technology and Mental Health 

Smartphones and social media have become major parts of our lives. They are designed using cutting edge research about how human brains and attention spans work to make them incredibly compelling, impacting mental health and relationships especially when families clash over their use. These conflicts can offer opportunities for dialogue about values and about coexisting with care in a technologically dynamic world. We’ll review some of the research on smartphones and discuss ideas for optimal responses.

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