Emotional Equity

Empower All Students to Honor and Learn From Their Feelings

Tuesday, August 3 | Thursday, August 5
Location: Virtual, using Zoom
9:30 - 11:00 a.m. EST each day

For Teachers, Deans, Counselors, Psychologists, Social Workers, Learning Specialists, and Student Life Administrators

To help gain the most impact from your investment in this program, AISNE encourages each participating school to send a team of community members.

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Pictured: Lauren Porosoff

About This Workshop

Our common language is full of expressions that imply we should control or change how we feel: "cheer up”, “chill out”, “calm down”. Even when we say “it’s ok to be sad” or “you have every right to be angry”, we imply these emotions are allowed, but not ideal.

Given this, it's no surprise some social and emotional learning (SEL) programs focus on managing or coping with certain emotions. Meanwhile, community members with marginalized identifiers are often the ones most quickly and frequently told to manage their emotions so those with power can stay comfortable.

Emotional equity is achieved when all members of a group are empowered to notice, name, honor, and learn from their feelings.

This highly participatory workshop will provide psychological science evidence-based tools and strategies to help independent school faculty members and administrators respond to emotions in values-based ways, rather than in ways that fail to see the whole person.

Workshop Agenda: At a Glance

Making Space for All Emotions at School

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. EST

We will explore messages we receive about emotions and how those messages relate to our sociocultural identifiers such as race and gender. 

  • Learn a protocol called the Emotions & Values Audit. This tool helps students notice their own emotions, name the personal values to which those emotions connect, and choose actions in accordance with their values.
  • Explore how to use this protocol within academic classes, advisory groups, parent conferences, and disciplinary incidents, supporting all students in being empowered to connect their actions to their values, both inside and outside of the classroom.
Thursday, August 5
Caring for Your School Community After a Bias Incident

9:30 - 11:00 a.m. EST

Learn how school communities can center the experiences of students from historically marginalized groups when a bias incident occurs, either within the school community or in the world. 

After exploring what care means, you will:

  • Discover a framework that helps educators provide targeted care for the students who need it most in the short, medium, and long term
  • Discuss the need for educators to take care of themselves, and the need for schools to create systems that reduce harm and promote care.

About Our Facilitator

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.

Testimonials from Lauren's program participants:

  • Lauren is incredible. Her delivery style is hands-on, interactive, and attendees "walk away with tons of resources" and things to do. She REALLY knows her stuff.
  • Lauren holds the attendees’ interest and does a great job. Folks will walk away with knowledge and ideas to bring back to their school communities.

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Lauren Porosoff 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 Lauren on Twitter: @LaurenPorosoff

Registration Details

Virtual Format Rates

AISNE Workshops are open both to AISNE member schools and non-member schools. The rates for this particular workshop reflect the depth of experiences offered, including the three bonus discussion opportunities.

AISNE Member Schools

  • $99 per person
  • $89 per person for 3-4 participants*
  • $75 per person for 5-19 participants*
  • $60 per person for 20+ participants*

Non-Member Schools

  • $149 per person
  • $139 per person for 3-4 participants*
  • $125 per person for 5+ participants*

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*To utilize our Group Savings Rates, please designate one person from your school to register all participants at the same time.

If you have a question about placing a group registration, please contact Betsy O'Brien, Manager, Program & Communications, AISNE.

AISNE Workshops include takeaway content, tools and resources. Notes and prompts are provided to support asynchronous and follow-up participant engagement. These resources are summarized and provided on a password accessible web page.

Thank you to AISNE's Platinum and Gold Sponsors

AISNE - Association of Independent Schools in New England