Massachusetts Workshops

Massachusetts Workshops

Our workshops combine expert insights with peer learning in Building Blocks virtual workshops. Workshops are aligned with the research-based Building Blocks framework and are highly interactive to promote collaboration, idea sharing, and encourage productive discussion.

All workshops are free to Massachusetts district and school leaders and educators through a generous grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Massachusetts Department of Education

Upcoming Workshops

LearnLaunch is offering a 2-part workshop series on Building and Sustaining a Community of Care designed to support school and district teams.  These two highly-facilitated sessions will focus on the why and how of creating sustainable communities of care for our teachers and students.

Teams will reflect on successes and challenges during the 21-22 school year through various data sources, identify specific goals, and craft an action plan that prioritizes student and teacher well-being in the 2022-2023 school year.

Teams will consider classroom-, school-, and district-level roles and strategies to ensure a strong start to the 2022-2023 school year, as well as how to sustain and amplify these practices throughout the school year. These two 3-hour sessions will be offered two weeks apart, to allow time for teams to gather information and insight between sessions to support their action planning.

Supporting social-emotional regulation requires balancing consistency and predictability with flexibility and adaptability. As the end of the school year approaches, educators can and should plan proactively to support students’ social-emotional regulation through the predictable moments of dysregulation that the end of the school year brings. This free 90-minute virtual workshop will support leaders to reflect on predictable and consistent structures and systems that are already in place across the school or district, while also exploring opportunities for flexible and adaptive interventions. These strategies are compatible with any social-emotional curricula and for any grade level.

Come prepared to participate and:

  • Learn about the importance of balancing consistent and predictable interventions with flexibility and adaptability to student needs, particularly as the end of the school year approaches;
  • Explore intervention strategies, both proactive and responsive, to add to your toolkit/menu of options;
  • Learn with and from peers; and,
  • Leave with an actionable next step.

Note: This workshop was previously offered in March 2022. Some adjustments have been made to target the end of the school  year.

Facilitated by:

Lindsey Minder, MS, CCLS, works with educators, school leaders, and partner organizations to create holistic educational experiences at the classroom, school, and system level. After over a decade in the classroom, she has deep experience and expertise in supporting students’ holistic growth, as well as, a strong commitment to the social-emotional development and well-being of educators. She currently collaborates with school leaders across the country seeking trauma-informed, equitable and inclusive ways to integrate social-emotional learning into all elements of their school models. Lindsey is dual certified in Elementary and Special Education, holds a BA in Psychology from Marist College, a Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies from Wheelock College and is trained as a yoga and mindfulness teacher. Most recently Lindsey was a Lead Partner at Transforming Education. Prior to that she was a founding teacher and later became the Director of Social Emotional Learning at Codman Academy. She also taught at Dorchester Collegiate Academy and The Fayerweather Street School and was a Certified Child Life Specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital and Albany Medical Center. Lindsey currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.