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NWAIS Conferences, Workshops and Events

Building a Pedagogy of Belonging (Part 2)

Date: Tuesday - March 30, 2021
Time: 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM
Location: Zoom Workshop
1:00-2:30PM PST Each Day - 2-Part Virtual Workshop


Building a Pedagogy of Belonging


Two Session - Virtual Workshop

March 29 & 30, 2021 - 1:00-2:30PM PACIFIC Each Day




Who Should Attend

For CLASSROOM TEACHERS of all academic subjects in grades 4-12, as well as department chairs and academic administrators


Workshop Description

Creating a sense of belonging means more than doing an occasional community-building activity. While such activities can be fun, they can send the implicit message that community is something that happens separate and apart from the “real“ business of school: the academic learning. Belonging to an authentic community means (1) having something meaningful to contribute to it, (2) knowing that those contributions will be fully heard and taken seriously, and (3) actively listening to and appreciating other members’ contributions—all so that a sense of solidarity emerges.

Session 1: Establishing an Authentic Community. Collaboratively explore what a learning community is. Then, discover how to use protocols to establish a learning community where every student feels a sense of belonging.

Session 2: Helping Students Engage with the Material and One Another. First, practice a protocol that helps students discover and deepen their own thinking about the material so they can contribute meaningfully to the learning community. Then, practice another protocol that helps students listen to and learn from one another, so that everyone is seen, heard, affirmed, and appreciated as an important member of the learning community.

Facilitator Biography


Lauren Porosoff presents and writes about how students and teachers can bring their values to their learning, work, and relationships. An educator with 18 years of classroom experience in independent schools, Lauren has developed applications of contextual behavioral science to various education practices, including instructional design, social-emotional learning, and professional development. She is the lead author of EMPOWER Your Students: Tools to Inspire a Meaningful School Experience (Solution Tree, 2017), Two-for-One Teaching: Connecting Instruction to Student Values (Solution Tree, 2019), Values & Questions (Hawker Brownlow Education, 2020), Teach Meaningful: Tools to Design the Curriculum at Your Core (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020), and the upcoming The PD Curator: How to Design Peer-to-Peer Professional Learning That Elevates Teachers and Teaching (ASCD, 2021). Follow her on Twitter at @LaurenPorosoff.



NWAIS Attendees: $65


Non-NWAIS Attendees: $95



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 March 22, 2021 are eligible for a refund after a $25 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after March 22, 2021 are ineligible for any refund.



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