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Professional Development for Educators

As teachers and students head back to school, our country is struggling with injustice, hateful rhetoric, and unimaginable violence that is dominating the news. Children are looking to teachers to help calm, heal, and unify our school communities.

That is why Beyond Differences is hosting two Professional Development (PD) courses in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’ll be talking about our ground-breaking curriculum, Know Your Classmates, to promote culturally inclusive environments in classrooms.

Sign up to join us in Oakland or Marin County from 8am to 3pm. It’s an opportunity to earn a CEU, and anyone can join from anywhere.

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. If you’d like the CEU, there is a $55 processing fee to Dominican University.

Learn more about the current research on social isolation, how to teach the Know Your Classmates curriculum, and promote student leadership. Sign up for the 2017 Beyond Differences' Professional Development for Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Schools!

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 20, 2017!

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 9, 2018.

Call It Out Day

Call It Out 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, National Call It Out Day is April 27, 2018.

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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