Cultivating a Sense of Belonging

Learner-Centered Workshop:

Cultivating a Sense of Belonging – FREE mini workshop

  • 90-minute virtual session
  • Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021
  • 9:00 – 10:30 am PT

About This Workshop

Research indicates that students who feel a strong sense of belonging have positive emotions and feelings of self-worth and social acceptance. They are more likely to have increased motivation and engagement with their learning, a higher self-belief in their chances to succeed, and will experience greater academic success.

As we start a very unique school year—one where many students and teachers have not experienced in-person learning for quite awhile—our team is hosting a free workshop to help you build community and cultivate a sense of belonging. During this 90-minute, collaborative, learning experience, you will:

  • collaborate with fellow educators who are preparing to shift back to in-person learning.
  • explore and experience protocols and activities to help you create a culture where all learners feel safe, seen, and valued.
  • access a mini toolkit of activities that you and your colleagues can implement right away to help students have a stronger sense of belonging.

Whether you are an educator, school leader, or district administrator, you will leave the workshop with a renewed sense of community and tools to cultivate a sense of belonging for more learners, together.

Includes a Toolkit

When: Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, 9:00 – 10:30 am PT

Where: Zoom link will be sent to all registrants


Gratitude for this time and space to dive deeper into better understanding how to make assessments meaningful! Grateful for all the awesome educators in all of our breakout rooms!

– Poonam Leonard, Instructional Coach, El Segundo Unified School District

As a result of my learning, I will approach curriculum and content with more purpose and intention.

– Educator, The Hewitt School, site-based Workshop participant

This gave me time to be creative and thoughtful – and I am really excited about some assignments I’ve created as a result.

– Science teacher, El Segundo Unified School District, Fall 2020 Workshop participant

I used to create lessons because I had to cover the content. Now, I create meaningful lessons with a targeted objective, centered around student collaboration and growth.

– Math teacher, El Segundo Unified School District, Fall 2020 Workshop participant

Thank you for this training which pushed me to think more deeply about backwards design and about involving students in every step of the learning process. Having ownership over one’s learning is empowering.

– Faculty, Mercersburg Academy, site-based Workshop participant

Symon Hayes


Symon Hayes

Director of Professional Learning

Symon has extensive experience designing, leading, and facilitating professional learning experiences that support educators who are shifting to learner-centered practices. With over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher, school-based and district-wide instructional coach, learning designer, and professional learning facilitator, he has a deep understanding of instruction and assessment practices for learners of all ages. His work is informed by deep collaborations with schools and districts across the country, as well as his tenure at Eagle County School District in Colorado, teaching in the UK where he is from, and degrees in Art, Education, and Education Design Technology. He also presents at conferences and is a regular at High Tech High’s annual Deeper Learning Conference.

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