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

Prepare Educators

This highly interactive 90-minute workshop will support school and district leaders in their work to prepare and support educators throughout this school year, and, more specifically, how to support them at the start of the year.

Facilitated by Alisa Berger, co-director of the Deeper Learning Dozen and thought leader on deeper learning, coaching and development, school design, innovation, and transformation.



Prepare Educators

Prepare Educators will include the critical steps to ensure that their return to school and subsequent implementation of those plans are holistic and inclusive. This interactive session will enable district and school leaders to:

  • Explore how the model for teacher support and preparation should reflect the model for student support and instruction that is desired;
  • Set meaningful district/school goals that reflect desired changes to the student learning experience; 
  • Support the individual professional development and personal well-being of educators;
  • Understand how designing for the margins can ensure an equitable strategy to teacher support and preparation;
  • Work with and learn from peers in interactive, small break-out sessions.

        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.

                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.