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WORKSHOPS

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Companies thrive when the work environment is conducive to personal and professional growth of employers and employees alike. A strong commitment of Next Level Educators is to offer workshops which yield observable and measurable return on investment.

We specialize in custom designed workshops for corporations, governmental agencies, colleges/universities and non-profit organizations. The modules of each workshop include cutting edge content, skill development activities, and assessment tools to monitor progress. The modules are designed with the flexibility to be delivered in varying time frames including: two-day retreats and full days/half days combinations. Each participant in the workshop develops a personal plan of action, executes that plan of action and documents progress made.

A variety of instructional methods are used including:

  • Mini Lectures

  • Case studies

  • Role plays

  • Group exercises

  • Experiential exercises

  • Inventories

  • Videos

  • Personal assessment tools

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Signature Workshops Include:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The workplace should be an inclusive environment which promotes respect, growth, and interconnectedness. Individual experiences often point to a different reality; therefore concerted efforts are necessary to continually improve the culture and environment. Diversity training which addresses personal and professional development results in a more productive work place where differences are celebrated.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the series, participants will be able to:

  • Outline key benefits of a diverse workforce

  • Identify major challenges encountered by minority groups based on race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; religion and spirituality 

  • Discuss specific strategies that serve to advance the productivity of a diverse workforce 

  • Highlight key indicators that point to individual comfort level in dealing with workforce diversity

Workshop Modules

A survey is conducted to determine training needs and establish a baseline of the current climate of the team. The customized survey measures:

  • Perceptions of current organizational climate

  • Knowledge and understanding of key Diversity, Equity, and  Inclusion principles.

In a multi-part series, participants explore thought-provoking issues and engage in meaningful conversations on the following: 

  • Universal Principle A: What happens when groups that are unlike occupy the same geographic area?

  • Universal Principle B: Techniques of Dominance Continuum practiced by the group that gains control.

  • Core Concepts: Diversity, EEO, Equity, Inclusion

  • From Ethnocentrism to Cultural Relativism

  • Understanding race, ethnicity, culture, gender, religion, micro-aggressions, stereotypes, and unconscious bias

  • Individual discrimination vs Institutional discrimination

  • Four foundational components of inclusion

Executive Briefing for Managers covers:

  • Developing a supportive culture

  • Holding staff accountable for civil behavior

  • Value of effective communication

  • Rewarding good behavior

  • Encouraging participation in staff development opportunities

  • Important issues uncovered during staff training

Effective Communication

Communication is by far one of the most significant components affecting organizational success. It is essentially the connective tissue that joins together all the other key aspects of organizational performance. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to a range of communication principles and we will use pre/post personal inventory tools to assess each participant’s progress as a result of the workshop.  

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Benefits of Effective Communication

  • Increases productivity

  • Decreases employee turnover

  • Improves office atmosphere

  • Enhances good customer relations

  • Builds trust and loyalty within the organization

  • Promotes constructive ways to manage conflicts

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • State at least three primary benefits of effective communication in organizations

  • Describe and demonstrate the importance of non-verbal communication

  • Show how preparation contributes to effective communication

  • Assemble and use key strategies to improve their own communication effectiveness

 

Workshop Modules

The modules include an in-depth look at:

  • The communication process

  • Active listening skills

  • Effective speaking skills

  • The Importance of non-verbal communication

  • The significance of preparation

  • Tools to monitor personal progress

Who's in Charge

Whether it is a professional or personal connection, you can take that relationship to a whole different level if you learn how to elevate each other’s power through unconditional support, open communication, and positive regard. In this engaging and practical workshop, we will help participants uncover the power imbalances in their relationships and equip them with the tools to maximize the strengths each partner brings to the table.

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Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role power plays in a relationship

  • Identify major ways power is used in a relationship, e.g. employer/employee, teacher/student, husband/wife

  • Explain ways to detect imbalances in a relationship

  • Explain features of the three primary relationship combinations

  • Demonstrate how the principle of “benign neglect” works

  • Demonstrate effective strategies to increase one’s power in any relationship.

 

Workshop Modules

The modules include an in-depth look at:

  • Explanation of the Commitment test

  • Features of the three types of relationship combinations (Interdependence, Co-dependent, Imbalance)

  • The exercise and impact of power in a relationship

  • The assertiveness scale

  • Strategies to equalize power in a relationship

  • Strategies to increase personal power

  • The practice of the principle of “benign neglect”

  • Key features of a personal improvement plan

Implicit bias

Implicit bias is an inevitable condition of the human experience - all of us engage in it. Left unchecked however, implicit bias can have serious negative impact on personal relationships, organizational productivity, and societal cohesiveness. In this workshop we take an up-close and personal look at the prevalence of implicit bias, its pervasive impact, and then we  recommend key strategies all of us can use to combat the role implicit bias plays in our personal and organizational lives.

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Workshop Outcomes

 

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why implicit bias is a common human experience

  • Identify specific ways implicit bias has negative consequences

  • Demonstrate effective practices to minimize the impact of implicit bias

  • Identify effective practices that combat personal and professional biases

 

Workshop Modules

 

The modules will examine:

  • Principles of implicit bias

  • Effects of implicit bias

  • Differences between personal bias and institutional bias

  • Identify how implicit bias operates in various settings including personal interactions, the workplace and in  academia

  • Benefits of an inclusive work environment

  • Managing personal implicit bias: stereotypes and relationships

  • Managing professional implicit bias in areas of recruitment, promotions, evaluations, etc.

  • Personal responsibility: Call to action

 

 

Sexual Harassment

This workshop addresses the pervasiveness and consequences of sexual harassment in the workplace and then provides participants with the tools to transform their workplace into a vibrant, supportive, respectful, and civil culture. We take an organization beyond the mere obligation of training to avoid legal liability (EEOC and Title IX compliance). Instead, we use the organization’s unique characteristics to design an evidence-based training program that will result in a practical, cutting-edge, proactive approach to dealing with sexual harassment.

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Workshop Outcomes

 

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and explain specific incidents, including “gray areas” of sexual harassment in the workplace

  • Describe some of the negative impact of sexual harassment

  • Outline policies an organization can implement to effectively manage sexual harassment

  • Explain why a comprehensive sexual harassment program is beneficial to  both the institution and its employees

  • Demonstrate ways to support someone who has experienced sexual harassment

  • Articulate personal commitment to the prevention of sexual harassment

 

Workshop Modules

 

  • Unpacking sexual harassment: victims, victim blaming, perpetrators and bystanders

  • Reporting harassment - Fear of discrimination or retaliation

  • Real-life examples of sexual harassment

  • Understanding respect inside and outside of the workplace or the classroom

  • The punitive ramifications and emphasis on change in workplace culture

  • A shift to a culture of awareness, respect and personal responsibility

  • Ways to transition from being a bystander to an advocate

  • Resources for victims of harassment