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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Bringing Humanity to Virtual Spaces-Assessing and Refining Our Practice

Date: Wednesday - January 27, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Zoom Workshop
2:00-4:00PM PST - Virtual Workshop


Bringing Humanity to Virtual Spaces—Assessing and Refining Our Practice

A Virtual Workshop

January 27, 2021 – 2:00-4:00PM PACIFIC





Who Should Attend

This workshop will use reflective and design-based structures to iterate on current practices. It is therefore a good fit for all k-12 educators.


Workshop Description

Bringing Humanity to Virtual Spaces—Assessing and Refining Our Practice

Being physically apart from our students and colleagues does not mean we can’t still build strong human connections. In this two-hour workshop, participants will reflect on how they’ve fostered a sense of connection and belonging in their schools and classrooms; identify what has worked and where the gaps are; learn core principles for bringing more humanity into our virtual spaces, and collaborate on ways to center social emotional learning, equity, and cultural responsiveness into lesson and meeting design. Participants will engage in reflection and conversation; learn about the theories that support relationship-building and human-centered approaches to online learning; and practice with some tools for connection. Participants will come away with a renewed sense of what it means to bring humanity to virtual spaces.

Intended Outcomes:

●  Understand more about who you are and what you bring to online spaces

●  Explore opportunities available with virtual learning (while being realistic about challenges)

●  Connect with colleagues and share ideas

●  Practice with some tools for connection and receive resources to support classroom culture building and meeting design



Facilitator Biographies


Lori Cohen has worked in education (both public and independent schools) for over 20 years, serving as a teacher, instructional coach, school leader, and professional development facilitator. She taught middle school english language arts and social science, high school english, humanities, and religion/philosophy courses and worked to create curriculum that was student centered and equity focused. Lori also has been a professional development leader who has facilitated workshops ranging from new teacher development, to growth and evaluation, to curriculum development and scope/sequence work. While at her previous school, Lori developed a Teaching Fellows program for new teachers, in-house professional development tailored to the needs of the staff, built the school's instructional coaching program, and served as the Dean of Faculty where she oversaw the overhaul of growth and evaluation. She brings a broad range of skillsets to her consulting work, from culturally responsive classroom practices to systems thinking, leadership, and school oversight—all through the lenses of equity and inclusion. 

Malika Carter is a middle school teacher, a dedicated curriculum designer, a coach, and a believer that engaging, equitable education can change the world. She has been an elementary and middle school teacher for 20 years. She graduated from Carleton College in Minnesota in 1996 with a B.A. in Political Science. She spent her twenties teaching in independent schools in California and Arizona, staffing for President Clinton and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and working in high tech in Colorado. Malika received her California teaching credential in 2003 from Mills College and has taught lower and middle grades, in addition to coaching and teaching teachers new to independent schools. Malkia currently works at Live Oak School in San Francisco, CA where she serves as the Director of Curriculum Design and Continuity.


NWAIS Attendees: $45


Non-NWAIS Attendees: $75



TO RECEIVE THE REGISTRATION DISCOUNT: Your registration must be complete by the appropriate deadline.

• For online registrations with payment by check, payment must be postmarked by deadline date.

• Online registrations paid by credit card must be completed by 11:59pm on the deadline date.


Cancellation Policy
Substitutions may be made any time prior to the conference. Written cancellations received by January 19, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after  January 19, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.



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