INVITATIONAL EDUCATION WEBINARS


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Upcoming Webinars

We present regular webinars to make the concepts of Invitational Education more accessible to our members and to the general public. The topics may vary, but the goal of promoting and growing the Invitational Education movement remains the same: Creating more positive environments for learning, working and life. We hope you join us for these webinars and welcome your feedback on the webinars we offer as well as content and topics you would like to see. Please contact us with those suggestions and/or comments!
 

Past Webinars

In case you missed it, here are a few of the webinars we have enjoyed in the past. Some will offer recorded sessions, some will not have recordings available, depending on the presenter's preferences. We hope you enjoy these webinars and we welcome your feedback, including suggestions for content and topics you would like to see. Please contact us with those suggestions and/or comments!
Invitational Education Webinar

How to Change Your School, One Message at a Time!

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST This presentation includes a concise and insightful introduction to Invitational Education, a theory of practice and application for authentically creating and sustaining welcoming environments intentionally based on trust, respect, optimism, and care, for increased outcomes and personal growth.

The founding principal and executive director of Esperanza Elementary School will describe the school’s journey with Invitational Education as one of its core principles.

Presenter: Eulogio Alejandre, M.S.
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How to Change Your School, One Message at a Time!

Monday, March 8, 2021 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST In this webinar, Joan Fretz explains how to develop an inviting school with a new book as your guide. Joan had the honor of co-authoring Developing Inviting Schools: A Beneficial Framework for Teaching and Leading with Drs. William Purkey and John Novak, the creators of Invitational Education. This simple framework helps educators to understand how everyone and everything in your school messages staff, students and caregivers that they are able, valuable and responsible, or they are not. The people, places, policies, programs, and processes of a school influence our self-concept, which in turn, influences our choices of behavior. Through an inviting lens, staff begin to understand that they are really not in charge of the meaning of their messages to others. We may set an intent and choose our words and actions. However, it is the receiver of our message that gives it meaning.

Included in the webinar are ways to get started, activities to use with staff to introduce Invitational Education, and like-minded strategies that will help you create a “doing with” rather than a “doing to” approach in your school.

Presenter: Joan R. Fretz is a school climate consultant, past ED of the International Alliance for Invitational Education, Co-Founder of the LI SEL Forum, Trainer for the Lions Quest SEL program, author of the Lions Quest Mindfulness Supplement, and a 42-year veteran public school teacher and district administrator.
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Communicating Without Judgment or Blame

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST This FREE workshop serves as an introduction to Joan Fretz’s recommended strategies for creating a nonjudgmental way of communicating our feelings and needs and improving our personal and professional conversations. It is a foundational skill for all school adults during these challenging times and positively influences the success of any school climate initiative.

Participants will learn how to:

  • - Say what you observe happening without evaluation
  • - Listen for and acknowledge the feelings and needs of others
  • - State your needs and
  • - Make requests instead of demands



This simple process, created by Marshall Rosenberg, provides a consistent way for all staff to develop respectful and trusting relationships with colleagues, students, and parents, while getting their own needs met. Developing inviting schools begins with how we all message each other. Examples of how to use this approach in personal and professional communication will be included.

Presenter: Joan R. Fretz is a school climate consultant, past ED of the International Alliance for Invitational Education, Co-Founder of the LI SEL Forum, Trainer for the Lions Quest SEL program, author of the Lions Quest Mindfulness Supplement, and a 42-year veteran public school teacher and district administrator.
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Communicating Without Judgment or Blame

Wednesday, March 24, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST This FREE workshop serves as an introduction to Joan Fretz’s recommended strategies for creating a nonjudgmental way of communicating our feelings and needs and improving our personal and professional conversations. It is a foundational skill for all school adults during these challenging times and positively influences the success of any school climate initiative.

Participants will learn how to:

  • - Say what you observe happening without evaluation
  • - Listen for and acknowledge the feelings and needs of others
  • - State your needs and
  • - Make requests instead of demands



This simple process, created by Marshall Rosenberg, provides a consistent way for all staff to develop respectful and trusting relationships with colleagues, students, and parents, while getting their own needs met. Developing inviting schools begins with how we all message each other. Examples of how to use this approach in personal and professional communication will be included.

Presenter: Joan R. Fretz is a school climate consultant, past ED of the International Alliance for Invitational Education, Co-Founder of the LI SEL Forum, Trainer for the Lions Quest SEL program, author of the Lions Quest Mindfulness Supplement, and a 42-year veteran public school teacher and district administrator.
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How to Change Your School, One Message at a Time!

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST In this webinar, Joan Fretz explains how to develop an inviting school with a new book as your guide. Joan had the honor of co-authoring Developing Inviting Schools: A Beneficial Framework for Teaching and Leading with Drs. William Purkey and John Novak, the creators of Invitational Education. This simple framework helps educators to understand how everyone and everything in your school messages staff, students and caregivers that they are able, valuable and responsible, or they are not. The people, places, policies, programs, and processes of a school influence our self-concept, which in turn, influences our choices of behavior. Through an inviting lens, staff begin to understand that they are really not in charge of the meaning of their messages to others. We may set an intent and choose our words and actions. However, it is the receiver of our message that gives it meaning.

Included in the webinar are ways to get started, activities to use with staff to introduce Invitational Education, and like-minded strategies that will help you create a “doing with” rather than a “doing to” approach in your school.

Presenter: Joan R. Fretz is a school climate consultant, past ED of the International Alliance for Invitational Education, Co-Founder of the LI SEL Forum, Trainer for the Lions Quest SEL program, author of the Lions Quest Mindfulness Supplement, and a 42-year veteran public school teacher and district administrator.
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Deep Cultural Differences and Maintaining an Inviting Classroom and School

Thursday, February 18, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST Instruction in cross-cultural differences often covers superficial characteristics such as foreign food, holidays, clothes, and movie stars. This information seldom helps us understand how a foreign student walking through our classroom door will interpret us and the wider school environment.

Deep culture involves paradigms that inform individual interpretation of reality. The same event or circumstance when it occurs in different cultures, will result in completely different interpretations and evoke unexpected student or teacher reactions.

These misunderstandings happen without fault on either side, but being aware of these potential landmines can make our success as teachers and administrators easier.

This webinar will cover several deep cultural paradigms, provide information to help prevent seriously misunderstanding our foreign students, while enabling us to create a more inviting classroom environment for them and their classmates.

Presenter: Dr. John Ivers is a professor at Brigham Young University Idaho in the Department of Languages and International Studies. Dr. Ivers is the author of For Deep Thinkers Only: How Culture Manipulates Your Reality.