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Professional Development for Educators

Beyond Differences' Professional Development for Positive, Social Emotionally Balanced, and Inclusive Schools!

In partnership with the Marin County Department of Education, this professional development is designed to support administrators, teachers, counselors, social workers, and ancillary staff identify best practices and strategies for creating positive social-emotional environments in their schools and classrooms.

Please join us for an Equity and Social Emotional Learning Professional Development Workshop! Offering instructional support and coaching utilizing Beyond Differences Lesson Plans, Student Leadership Activities and Preparation for National Know Your Classmates Day!

Beyond Differences’ mission is to inspire students at all middle schools to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone. We believe that social isolation is the precursor to teasing, violence and bullying among adolescents. This is one of the most insidious and prevailing concerns today facing educators, counselors and families.

Date: Monday, October 8, 2018
Time: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Location: Marin County Office of Education, Board Room
1111 Las Gallinas Avenue, San Rafael, CA

RSVP to Brian McDaniels at [email protected]

Teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers and ancillary staff who work with students grade 5 – 9 are eligible and encouraged to attend. Because of Beyond Differences' mission to provide access to all, this course is free.

Course Objectives:

National Programs

Know Your Classmates

Our innovative national programs have inspired a cultural and behavioral shift at middle schools and high schools across the country. Join our movement to end social isolation by bringing one or all of these programs to your school.

Know Your Classmates is designed to explore middle school youth's identity and belonging, understand traditions, and recognize stereotypes. Multi-cultural and multi-faith backgrounds are common in today's schools and Know Your Classmates is speaking honestly with children about their feelings and experiences with one another. Know Your Classmates Day is Friday, October 25, 2019!

No One Eats Alone

No One Eats Alone™ teaches everyone how to make friends at lunch, often the most difficult part of the school day. Created and organized by students, this is our most popular program where schools in all 50 United States participate! National No One Eats Alone Day is Friday, February 14, 2020.

Be Kind Online

Be Kind Online is a powerful engagement program for middle school youth, their teachers and families. Focused on creating inclusive communities online, particularly learning to respond to digital gossip to reduce social isolation, Be Kind Online Day is May 15, 2020.

All of our programs encourage taking the pledge to never exclude others, reaching out to someone new, and spreading the word that inclusion is cool!


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