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Professional Development for Educators

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

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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.

Contact our Regional Progam Manager in your area for more information:

San Mateo County Peninsula, to Eva Iglesias, San Mateo County Regional Program Manager [email protected]

Marin County to David Tarpinian, Marin County Regional Program Manager [email protected]

East Bay to Dr. Louise Malandra, Oakland Unified Regional Program Manager [email protected]

Portland, Oregon Regional Program Manager Sheri Louis [email protected]

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 23, 2020!

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 12, 2021.

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 14, 2021.

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!