Capacity Building Initiative
Building Intentional Communities
Monthly Social Hour
The Building Intentional Communities model is designed to deepen the integration of Social Emotional learning, by centering core values to support a positive school climate while shifting the classroom culture towards inclusion and engagement as well as providing youth with leadership opportunities to develop into well-rounded critical thinkers and ethical citizens of the world.
Our diverse team of facilitators bring over a decade of experience in the field of education and are experts in youth development, social-emotional teaching, and creating inclusive classrooms. In one hour you will have an opportunity to learn about the Building Intentional Communities Initiative through a brief introduction to the framework, training and curriculum. Our team will demo activities as well as support you with strategies to support your teams.
Freiberg and Stein (1999) describe school climate as “the heart and soul of the school,” the feeling that either encourages teachers and students to engage, love the school, and to want to be a part of it, or to reject the school and disengage from it. It is the outcome of the school’s norms and values, the way in which people at the school relate to and interact with one another, and the way systems and policies manifest.
Having a positive school culture does not happen overnight—it takes practice. School leaders have the agency to build relationships with teachers and staff and include student voices to create policies and practices that promote student learning and a positive and safe school environment. This process is an intentional effort by leadership to connect the student experience to the learning environment and focuses on both instruction and systems to sustain a positive school environment. The Building Intentional Communities model creates a strong foundation of ethos, climate, and culture that allows strong teaching and learning to come to life.
About the Social Hours
Who should attend?
- Anyone who has bought the BIC Curriculum and is getting started
- Anyone who is interested in learning about the BIC Curriculum
- Anyone who is interested in seeing more of the activities demoed
Thursdays, 10:00-11:30 am Pacific
(Training and Q&A)
Pick one or come to them all.
- October 14, 2021
- November 4, 2021
- January 20, 2022
- February 3, 2022
- March 3, 2022
Before you join us, check out our BIC videos.
How it got started:
Register for a session
Register for a session here to let us know about your experience level with the BIC curriculum. After you register, you will get an email from us with the Zoom Link.
For more information about the Building Intentional Communities Initiative and curriculum, please contact our Director of Training and Capacity Building, Fong@bethechangeconsulting.com.
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We have been using the Building Intentional Communities Curriculum for a decade now and continue to come back for more curriculum, more PD, and support. We have continued, renewed, and recommended BTCC’s services because they are exactly what our communities need. Thoughtful, communal, Read More
This year we were excited to partner with Be the Change Consulting, Hellman Foundation and the Walter & Elise Haas Senior Fund to launch a virtual training series just as the pandemic hit and the shelter in place order was announced. We wanted to offer relevant and responsive training and Read More
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Be the Change Consulting has been a key partner over the years providing training and support that tends to both content expertise and humanizing processes. The workshops are engaging, thought-provoking, and grounded in the latest academic research, and I most appreciate that their facilitators Read More
Participating in Be The Change Consulting’s Antiracism capacity building series has supported tremendous growth for me professionally through the development of an anti-racist perspective and actions, from big picture project goals and assessments all the way down to how our team opens Read More
Excellent and I attend a LOT of these training sessions. Well organized. Clear and courageous content.
I really appreciated the hands on skills at the end of the session.
Very engaging and extremely informed – presented material in an accessible and interesting manner.
I would recommend at least 3 hours for this training.
It’s a different facilitation style that you have but I can see how it works. It’s a much more human experience, rather than a student teacher discussion. I’m impressed.
Thank you for demonstrating your passion: Be The Change; was evident. I appreciate the copy of the PP.
I love this organization. Their curriculum is some of the best I’ve ever used! Tried and true.
I adapted the Lemonade activity from your Ice Breakers and Team Builders to Build Social-Emotional Skills for my advisory yesterday. Used the watering pot like a spin the bottle. After saying something they wanted to wash away from the week, they sprinkled water onto the classroom plants. I ❤ Read More
I am taking away the way that capitalism and racism are inextricable in causing our micro and macro aggressions against each other. I’m sitting deeply with how the sense of urgency stems from perfectionism and also how it perpetuates how we treat each other as cogs in the wheel instead of Read More
Appreciate y’all Aminta & Thomas! I wish we could combine our collective superpowers in facilitating.
It was really helpful to have to say the actual words. Because it highlighted an issue that could have easily been glossed over- Thank you group.
Thank you all for an amazing learning experience.
Thank you so much. These strategies are really helpful and actionable!!
Thank you for this extremely enriching experience!
Thank you for a great session. This has been really informative and helpful.
Thanks y’all. I am leading a capacity building cohort of 49 orgs. I am definitely going to share your info with them and explore with the foundation partners funding options for this work. Thank you!!!!! Love all of it 🙂
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