Massachusetts Workshops

Massachusetts Workshops

Our workshops combine expert insights with peer learning in Building Blocks virtual workshops. Workshops are aligned with the 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 Individual Workshops

Lead for Equity Series

School leaders must actively combat the systemic inequities that produce gaps in educational opportunities and achievement by prioritizing equity in all areas of schooling.  Because many of these gaps persist due to implicit biases, leading for equity requires leaders to ensure that all stakeholders are both equipped with a common language through which to discuss equity and supported to examine their own beliefs and practices to address potential implicit biases.  In addition, leaders must audit and examine school policies, practices, and curricula to ensure they are inclusive and free from biases. Leading for equity requires establishing a vision for equitable learning and engaging all stakeholders in upholding this vision.  In August, LearnLaunch is offering the first two of a three-part series that will support leaders in their work towards leading for equity. 


Lead for Equity Part 1: Getting Started

This 90-minute, highly interactive workshop will assist school and district leaders in their work to prioritize and facilitate conversations and professional learning for staff focused on implicit bias, privilege, and anti-racist teaching. Come ready to participate by working alongside other leaders  to:

  • Deepen understanding of how systemic inequities and implicit bias affect K-12 education;
  • Begin to develop an integrated understanding of how our own identities and experiences affect how we approach our work and our interpersonal relations with colleagues, students and families;
  • Consider strategies to develop a common language with staff for how to talk about equity, implicit bias, privilege, and anti-racist teaching;
  • Strategize about ways to support our staff’s learning and practice to ensure we interrupt the patterns of institutionalized inequities in our schools; and
  • Learn from and with peers about actionable steps and promising practices.

    Facilitated by Thandi Center

    Thandi has 25 years of experience in public education, with a focus on developing teacher and school leader capacity on behalf of students we have perpetually failed to serve well. Most recently, Thandi served as Vice President of Programs at New Teacher Center, where she spent 10 years cultivating innovative partnerships across New York City, Newark, and nationally, developing thousands of educators in hundreds of schools. Her team’s work saw significant gains in teacher retention, quality and impact on student learning. Thandi previously served as NYC Program Director for Institute for Student Achievement, and as Senior Program Officer for Teacher Preparation, Induction, and Support at New Visions for Public Schools, where she supported founding teams of leaders and teachers across a portfolio of 86 schools.

    Thandi is currently enjoying work as an independent consultant with a variety of clients including the Deeper Learning Dozen out of Harvard, LearnLaunch, and the Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia.

    Lead for Equity Part 2: Auditing Your Materials, Policies, and Practices with an Equity Lens

    This 90-minute, highly interactive workshop will assist school and district leaders in their work to examine and transform structures, policies, and practices to more equitably serve all students. Come ready to participate by working alongside other leaders to:

    • Understand the urgency for advancing equity now; 
    • Gain the skills and knowledge to implement an Equity Audit;
    • Engage with an example from the field;
    • Leave with tools and strategies to move towards data informed, equity driven policies and practices;and 
    • Learn from and with peers about actionable steps and successful strategies.


      Facilitated by Brian Fuller

      Brian Fuller is an educational leader and strategist, with a passion for addressing the needs of historically underserved students, especially Black and Brown children. Brian launched the Philadelphia region of The DREAM Program, a youth development non-profit that serves children living in low-income housing across the city of Philadelphia. He also taught 3rd grade at Success Academy Charters in New York City, worked on the New York City Community Schools initiative, and was Chief of Staff to multiple senior leaders at the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE), including the Deputy Chancellor.

      Most recently, he served as Chief Strategy Officer overseeing School Planning and Development at the NYC DOE implementing innovative initiatives that empower communities to create schools that positively impact 1.1 million students.

      Positive Adult Relationships

      Facilitated by Glenn Manning of the Making Caring Common. Glenn formerly served as a high school Wellness Coordinator, English teacher, and professional firefighter.

      Glenn leads MCC’s school-based initiatives where he supports research efforts, helps school systems gather and use data to guide their programming and practice, develops and assesses evidence-based strategies to promote ethical capacities in young people, and consults with districts and schools to create positive changes in their cultures and climates.



      Positive Adult Relationships

      This 90-minute, highly interactive workshop will assist school and district leaders in efforts to build a strong adult culture and community in their building(s).  Participants will learn about a staff relationship mapping tool that is in development by Making Caring Common Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Come ready to participate by working alongside other leaders to:

      • Understand what strong adult staff relationships look like; 
      • Learn about a tool that can help you build positive staff relationships; 
      • Contribute to the development of the tool;
      • Work together with peers to prepare for staff relationship mapping; and
      • Leave with an actionable step.

          Powerful Learning Experiences

          Powerful Learning is a set of principles that enables educators to design learning experiences that fully engage learners. Participants will leave with actionable strategies and resources, with an emphasis on voice & choice, purposeful assignments, and meaningful assessments.

          Facilitated by Alisa Berger of the Deeper Learning Dozen and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Alisa, a former school leader, is a thought leader on deeper learning, coaching and development, school design, innovation, and transformation.



          Powerful Learning Experiences

          This 90-minute highly interactive workshop will assist school and district leaders as they work to cultivate Powerful Learning Experiences in their schools.

          Come ready to participate by working alongside other educational leaders to:

          • Explore strategies to assign and assess students;
          • Create actionable goals for your specific context;
          • Work with and learn from peers in small break-out sessions;
          • Access high-quality examples from other districts as well as related resources; and
          • Learn how the 10 Building Blocks and the Powerful Learning Experiences Framework can help support your work and student learning moving forward.

            Workshop Series: Developing Well-Being for the Education Triangle: Students, Staff, and Families

            As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a severe toll on student and staff mental health, educators everywhere have been understandably keeping well-being and strong relationships top of mind. To build well-being across school communities, educators will need new frameworks for understanding trauma and innovative strategies to sustain strong relationships with students and families.

            This engaging, informative, interactive, and fast-paced workshop series is open to educators at each level, from the classroom to the district office. Educators will walk away with practical tools and tips for immediate use and additional resources for long term shifts in practice. The description and takeaways for each workshop in the series are listed below: 

            Facilitated by the LearnLaunch team.


            Understanding the Impact of Trauma and Building Educator Resilience

            This workshop will help educators learn the science behind trauma and understand the impact of stress on their lives and their students’ lives. In addition, this session will help educators map out a plan to build resilience.

            Participants will leave this 90-minute workshop with:

            • Materials to actively engage with their trauma and resilience content;
            • Actionable strategies and templates to plan for trauma-informed resilience; and
            • Time to reflect on your practice and collaborate with peers.

            Strategies for Building Secure Relationships and Positive Classroom Culture

            This workshop will help educators use their understanding of students’ experiences to create a toolkit for developing secure relationships with students. Further, this workshop will teach about the factors that not only create but also sustain positive classroom culture year-round.

            Participants will leave this 90-minute workshop with:

            • Activities to use in building and sustaining secure student relationships;

            • Actionable exercises to develop sustainable and positive classroom culture; and

            • Time to reflect on your practice and collaborate with peers.

            Building Strong and Sustaining Partnerships with Students’ Families

            While it is understood how important students’ families are in the education triangle, significant barriers often exist to sustaining strong partnerships with families. This workshop will give educators practical strategies to address those barriers and understand families’ unique strengths and needs.

            Participants will leave this 90-minute workshop with:

            • Exercises for building strong relationships with students’ families;

            • Strategies for understanding families’ strengths and needs; and

            • Time to reflect on your practice and collaborate with peers.

            Upcoming School Team Workshops

            Setting Priorities for Summer and Fall 2021

            This free workshop is for school leaders and their instructional leadership teams who are interested in receiving targeted support to set a vision for teaching & learning outcomes in SY 21-22. In these two, two-hour workshops, participants receive:

            1) curated resources for data collection and analysis;

            2) one-on-one problem-solving support with a facilitator;

            3) direct support building an action plan that addresses critical learning needs.


            Available Sessions


            July 27th & August 3rd 10am-12pm

            August 5th & 12th 10am-12pm.