Training Opportunities

Nonprofit Management

Nonprofit Startup Resources by State: Washington

Start-up Guides

State Agencies

Nonprofit Associations

  • Nonprofit Network of Southwest WashingtonThe Nonprofit Network of Southwest Washington offers workshops, board training, networking events, an annual conference, and other resources for the region’s nonprofits.
  • Northwest Nonprofit ResourcesCommitment to a cause and Dedication to service are central to community-based action. Northwest Nonprofit Resources (NNR) was formed in 1993 to bring awareness among nonprofit and community-based leaders about the issues and trends facing their organizations and the knowledge, skills and practices leaders need to address those issues.
  • Washington NonprofitsNewly established in 2011, Washington Nonprofits is dedicated to building a strong, collaborative network of nonprofits who serve Washington’s communities.

Legal Resources

Management/Technical Assistance Providers

  • * Chapters | Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) represents more than 30,000 members in 230 chapters throughout the world. Find your local AFP chapter for access to regional resources, including consultants and area grant writers.
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals | South Sound chapterThe WA, South Sound Chapter was founded in 2006 and serves the South Sound region of Washington State, including South King County, Pierce County, Thurston County, Mason County and Kitsap County. For a full listing of AFP chapters, visit http://www.afpnet.org/audiences/chapters.cfm?navItemNumber=525
  • Jefferson County Nonprofit Alliance | Jefferson County Community FoundationJefferson County Nonprofit Alliance, JCCF’s educational arm, provides workshops and learning opportunities for community nonprofits to work together and learn ways to strengthen their organizations.
  • Kittitas County Retired and Senior Volunteer ProgramRSVP and Volunteer Center of Kittitas County engages people in volunteer service by providing quality experiences that will enrich the lives of the volunteers and those they serve.
  • North Olympic Volunteer CenterThe North Olympic Volunteer Center connects volunteers to meaningful and impactful opportunities to serve and strengthen our communities in Clallam and Jefferson Counties.
  • NPower NorthwestSince 1999, NPower has assisted over 1,200 nonprofits in Washington and Oregon, delivering technology consulting and training to thousands of staff and volunteers.
  • Pierce County Volunteer CenterThroughout Pierce County, there are hundreds of agencies and organizations that need your help. United Way of Pierce County’s Volunteer Center connects people with those opportunities to serve, creating a way for them to share their time and talents with others.
  • Seattle WorksSeattle Works provides volunteer referrals, training in volunteer management, and board matching services for area nonprofit organizations.
  • Skagit County Community Action AgencyAs a Community Action program, the Volunteer Center works to improve the quality of life in Skagit County through recruiting and placing volunteers and supporting nonprofit organizations to do their important work well.
  • Spokane County United WayThe Spokane County United Way’s Volunteer Center is committed to addressing social service needs in our community by promoting and supporting individual, family and corporate volunteerism.
  • Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory | 501 CommonsUsers can search or browse this directory of consultants or technical service providers in Washington state to find organizations that offer services or products to nonprofits.
  • Volunteer Center | United Way of King CountyAn affiliate of the national HandsOn network, the United Way of King County provides volunteer matching services for local nonprofits and government agencies.
  • Volunteer Center | United Way of Snohomish CountyPart of the national HandsOn network, the Volunteer Center connects individuals and groups with volunteer opportunities at nonprofits and agencies in Everett, Lynnwood, Monroe, Mountlake Terrace, and Snohomish Counties.
  • Volunteer Connections | Human Services CouncilVolunteer Connections includes Clark County RSVP, the Volunteer Center and Ameri*Corps VISTA. Its primary focus is to match interested volunteers with local volunteer opportunities.
  • Washington-Idaho Volunteer CenterConnects nonprofits in Idaho and Washington with prospective volunteers.
  • Whatcom Council of NonprofitsA program of the Whatcom Community Foundation, the Whatcom Council of Nonprofits seeks to strengthen Whatcom County’s nonprofits by building relationships, sharing resources, and communicating the vital role of nonprofit organizations in our community.
  • Whatcom Volunteer CenterWhatcom Volunteer Center’s mission is to promote and support effective service to improve our community, linking more than 4,000 volunteers with more than 400 opportunities to serve in Whatcom County.

Funding Information Network Partners

The Foundation Center provides free funding information through a network of more than 450 partners — libraries, community foundations, and other nonprofit resource centers located across the U.S. and in several countries.
View a list of network partners in Washington »

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Does your organization provide services for new or startup nonprofit organizations?Contact us to be considered for inclusion in this listing. Please note that listings are limited to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, or organizations that provide substantial resources free of charge.

June 12-Nonprofit Bylaws Workshop

Date and Time: June 12, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Place: 2100 Building, 2100 24th Ave South, Seattle, WA 98144

Speakers: Nonprofit Attorney Judith Andrews, The Apex Law Group

Cost:  General- $25.00 ($26.87 w/service fee)

Attorneys (CLE 1.75 Credit)-$50.00 ($52.74 w/service fee)

This workshop is intended for nonprofit staff and board members to understand the purpose and use of nonprofit organizational bylaws. Participants will learn what the key components of nonprofit organizational bylaws are and how to individualize template bylaws for your own organization.

1.75 CLE Credit approval pending.

To Register: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/555780

Nonprofit Web Advisor
Live and on CD:
Webinars Just for Nonprofit Organizations
NonprofitWebAdvisor offers expert-led webinars covering the most relevant issues of today’s nonprofit sector. And, all webinars are available live or on CD so that you may attend at your convenience — wherever and whenever is suitable for your team.
Join us for in depth discussion and analysis of the following issues in upcoming webinars. Just click on the title for more detail and registration information.
TODAY – STILL TIME TO SIGN UP!
February 11, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
A nonprofit’s intellectual property (IP) is one of the most important assets it has, and if you fail to protect it from misuse, you could be undermining your position with possible donors, volunteers, and ultimately even impacting your ability to effectively perform your mission. In this Internet age, however, it is increasingly difficult to always know if your IP has been “hijacked.” Please join us as we guide you step-by-step through a self-audit of your intellectual property, pointing out actions you can take to protect your logos, brochures, and other communications that appear both on the Internet as well as in print.
TOMORROW – DON’T MISS OUT!
February 12, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
For nonprofits in general, private donors represent the primary source of funding — far outpacing even government grants. Fundraising, particularly from individual donors however, is typically not what most nonprofit executives are most familiar with or for that matter comfortable doing. Please join us as we guide you through how to develop and administer a major gifts program, emphasizing the critical elements of influence and passion and how both represent keys to your success.
NEXT WEEK — REGISTER NOW!
February 20, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Once you have successfully received a grant or negotiated a contract, problems can develop while the grant or contract is implemented. The risk of problems, however, can be reduced by thoughtful administration of the grant or contract. Please join us as we describe the contract management challenges faced by nonprofits and take you step-by-step through a checklist of strategies you can use to manage your grants and contracts and reduce your risk of common contract problems.
MORE WEBINARS TO HELP YOUR NONPROFIT!
February 26, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Most often a nonprofit organization — in order to carry out its mission — not only desires approval by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization for federal income tax purposes but once received also wishes to avoid revocation of that status for failure to comply with the ongoing requirements. The consequences of revocation can be significant, and as important as 501(c)(3) is, many nonprofits appear to be unfamiliar with the ongoing requirements for keeping that status. Please join us as we discuss various causes for 501(c)(3) revocation by the IRS and offer guidance for avoiding these pitfalls.
March 4, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Nonprofit organizations collect sensitive information from donors, employees, volunteers, and clients, and mishandling of this type of confidential information could lead to a data breach. Even for nonprofits, confidential information is subject to an ever-growing list of privacy and data security rules. Most nonprofits, however, think they do not have the resources needed to devote to improving their privacy and data security procedures. Please join us as we review the tools you need to better protect the private data your nonprofit collects and enhance your reputation with donors and clients as a trustworthy organization.
March 5, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Nonprofits that don’t comply with federal Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and various state fundraising requirements run the risk of losing their tax exempt status and various other penalties as well. In addition they may be exposing their donors to unforeseen penalties. There are certain basic guidelines which all nonprofits should be aware of in their fundraising activities. Please join us as we review the nonprofit fundraising rules and offer guidance for nonprofits to follow to help minimize their fundraising risks.
March 6, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Significant changes have arrived for all federal grantees! With OMB’s recent release of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards (the “Supercircular” or “Omnicircular”), there are significant modifications to the rules that govern how you administer and manage all federal grants. Grantees and sub-grantees should begin to understand the ins and outs of the new “Common Rules” for grants administration, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements so that you can come into compliance rapidly. Please join us to understand the new Supercircular/Omnicircular requirements and identify where changes will be required that affect your organization legally and operationally.
March 13, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Everyone agrees that volunteers are essential in assisting a nonprofit fulfill its mission. Yet experience shows that nonprofits often have difficultly recruiting qualified volunteers and also find it difficult to retain and productively utilize those that they do recruit. Not taking the time in advance to build a solid volunteer program may mean that yours will suffer from a continuous “revolving door” of coming and going volunteers, and your ability to focus on your mission may be undermined. Please join us as we discuss the key elements that go into building a successful volunteer program.
March 18, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Compensation planning can be an intimidating process for a nonprofit organization. While budgeting salary and benefits may seem like an objective calculation based on straightforward numeric information, it is actually a process influenced by a number of factors. The risks associated with not having a well-reasoned and documented compensation plan are just too great not to take seriously. Please join us as we review the critical elements that need to be included and assist you with the necessary timeframes for developing a reality-based compensation plan.
March 20, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Some ethical issues are easy to navigate, but we all face challenging ethical dilemmas from time to time. While laws such as Sarbanes Oxley and provisions of the Internal Revenue Code offer guidance, nonprofits need to demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles which are based on a culture of accountability and transparency. This can often include having appropriate policies and procedures and internal controls in place. Please join us as we describe some of the common ethical challenges nonprofits face and offer suggestions for addressing these in an effective manner based on supporting written policies and procedures and internal controls.
April 1, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Federal grantees have numerous rules to follow when it comes to the strings that attach to their funding streams. Getting these wrong can have serious — and costly — consequences. One of the biggest areas of risk is time and effort reporting. Developing appropriate and comprehensive personnel activity documentation systems is critical to grants management and compliance. Please join us as we provide clear and practical explanations of time and effort reporting responsibilities to help improve your compliance with the federal requirements.
April 8, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET)
Board members and directors have three basic duties: a duty of care, a duty of loyalty, and a duty of obedience. How they interpret and respond to each of these responsibilities will often go a long way to determining whether a nonprofit is able to focus on fulfilling its mission or whether it becomes bogged down by legal concerns. Please join us as we offer guidance for recognizing and dealing with the many legal issues that a nonprofit, its directors and board members will face over the life of an organization, from its formation through its dissolution.
April 9, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Although managing a successful volunteer program begins before a volunteer even walks through the door, it is what you do once the volunteer is “on the job” that determines whether your volunteer program will turn out to be a success or whether you will always be recruiting new volunteers to replace those that have left. Too many nonprofits miss this and find themselves spending more time than they should recruiting and fewer hours focusing on fulfilling their mission. Please join us as we explain step-by-step seven essential requirements that your volunteer management program will want to consider.
April 23, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
The failure of nonprofits to adequately check or test the background of applicants can result in harm and liability for negligent hiring and reckless endangerment. BUT the “victims” of improper background investigations legal challenges. Please join us as we explain a nonprofit’s need for secure and effective hiring while avoiding improper practices. We will review the key points relating to: negligent hiring, criminal background checks, reference checks, pre-employment testing, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the ADA, Title VII discrimination, honesty, “right fit” and personality traits testing.
April 30, 2014 @ 1 PM (ET) 
Nonprofit executive directors are required to juggle multiple complex roles and understand that even as they lead, manage and motivate, their most important responsibility remains as the caretaker of their nonprofit’s mission. It does not take long for those new to the nonprofit world or for more seasoned executive directors to understand how their roles differ from similar roles in the for-profit sector. Understanding these differences and the responsibilities that go along with them can often determine an executive director’s success. Please join us as we discuss the key executive director responsibilities, competencies, and strategies for how to go about aligning your team for success in achieving your organization’s mission.

Volunteer Management

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Fund Raising

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Grant Writing

August 7-8, Grant Management Class

Date and Time: August 7-8, 2014, 9:00 to not later than 4:00 both days

Place:  The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission 19010 First Avenue South Burien, Washington 98148

Cost: $595 per person

Welcome!  If your agency receives or plans to receive government grants, this class is for you.  Beginning and experienced grant managers and administrators from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.  You do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency.

Itinerary and Location:  This workshop is August 7-8, 2014, 9:00 to not later than 4:00 both days with lunch on your own from noon to 1:00.  View a map of the workshop location, learning objectives, or a sample email confirmation like the one you’ll receive immediately after you register.

Also consider attending the upcoming Burien / Seattle grant writing class, May 19-20, 2014, where you’ll learn how to find grants and how to write winning grant proposals.  Register for the management and the writing class and get $100 off your combined tuition.  Click here for information on the grant writing class in Burien / Seattle.

This is a …
√ grant management class grant writing class
what’s the difference?

Tuition:  Tuition is $595 per person and includes everything: two days of world-class instruction and a 400 page participant guide and reference binder.  You’ll also have lifetime, free access to our exclusive Alumni Support Forums.

CEU Credits:  Various CEUs and university credit are available for this class.  For complete details click here.

Payment Policy:  Payment by credit card at the time of enrollment is preferred, however, you may pay later by check.  Our registration system will auto-generate a personalized invoice/receipt for you immediately after you enroll.  If you choose to pay by check, it is your responsibility to print the online invoice and guide it through your purchasing channels.  We do not mail invoices.  Payment by check or card is required by the workshop date unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Purchase Orders:  If you work for a government agency and want to pay by purchase order, when you register online choose the “pay by check” option.  The web site will auto-generate a printable invoice.  Print the invoice, give it and your purchase order to your purchasing department and they’ll send the check.  That’s it!

Cancel Policy:  Withdrawals are allowed up to one week prior to the workshop.  Tuition refunds – less a $30 admin charge – are made by check and mailed within 5 working days of receiving your cancellation.  If you cancel within one week of the workshop or if you’re registered for a workshop and fail to show up, you are obliged to submit your tuition in full and are then prepaid for and welcome to attend any future workshop we offer within one year of the workshop you cancelled.

Late Registrants:  If you register within 10 days of the class, you may cancel your registration up to 5 days after by notifying us via email at cs@grantwritingusa.com.  Your tuition refund will be made by check and mailed within 5 working days of receiving your cancellation notice or will be refunded to your credit card.

Questions?  Email or call The Client Services Team at Grant Writing USA, at 800.814.8191.

Ready to enroll?  Great – it’s easy

Click here to register!

 

 

 

 

 

May 19-20-Grant Writing Class

Date and Time: May 19-20, 2014, 9:00 Am – 4:00 Pm

Place: The Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission 19010 First Avenue South Burien, Washington 98148

Cost: $425

Welcome!  If you’re ready to learn how to find and write grants you’ve come to the right place.  Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges and universities are encouraged to attend.  You do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency.

Itinerary and Location:  This workshop is May 19-20, 2014, 9-4 both days with lunch on your own from noon to 1:20.  View a map of the workshop location, learning objectives, or a sample email confirmation like the one you’ll receive immediately after you register.

Also consider attending the upcoming Burien / Seattle grant management class, August 7-8, 2014, where you’ll learn how to administer your government grants and stay in compliance with rules and regulations.  Register for the management and the writing class and get $100 off your combined tuition.  Click here for information on the grant management class in Burien / Seattle.

This is a …
√ grant writing class grant management class
what’s the difference?

Tuition:  Tuition is $425 per person and includes everything – workbook, the 300+MB resource CD, two days of terrific instruction and lifetime, free access to our exclusive Alumni Forums.

CEU Credits:  Various CEUs and university credit are available for this class.  For complete details click here.

Payment Policy:  Payment by credit card at the time of enrollment is preferred, however, you may pay later by check.  Our registration system will auto-generate a personalized invoice/receipt for you immediately after you enroll.  If you choose to pay by check, it is your responsibility to print the online invoice and guide it through your purchasing channels.  We do not mail invoices.  Payment by check or card is required by the workshop date unless other arrangements are made.

Purchase Orders:  If you work for a government agency and want to pay by purchase order, when you register online choose the “pay by check” option.  The web site will auto-generate a printable invoice.  Print the invoice, give it and your purchase order to your purchasing department and they’ll send the check.  That’s it!

Cancel Policy:  Withdrawals are allowed up to one week prior to the workshop.  Tuition refunds – less a $30 admin charge – are made by check and mailed within 5 working days of receiving your cancellation.  If you cancel within one week of the workshop or if you’re registered for a workshop and fail to show up, you are obliged to submit your tuition in full and are then prepaid for and welcome to attend any future workshop we offer within one year of the workshop you cancelled.

Late Registrants:  If you register within 10 days of the class, you may cancel your registration up to 5 days after by notifying us via email at cs@grantwritingusa.com.  Your tuition refund will be made by check and mailed within 5 working days of receiving your cancellation notice or will be refunded to your credit card.

Questions?  Email or call The Client Services Team at Grant Writing USA, at 800.814.8191.

Ready to enroll?  Great – it’s easy!

Click here to register!

 

 

Financial Management

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Social Media & Communication

July 14-16: MozCon 2014

Date: July 14-16, 2014

Time: TBA

Place: Washington State Convention Center

For a List of Speakers: http://moz.com/mozcon#speakers

For Cost Information: http://moz.com/mozcon#register

We bring you three days of forward-thinking, actionable sessions on SEO, social media, community building, content marketing, brand development, CRO, the mobile landscape, analytics, and more. MozCon speakers share next-level advice on everything from building a loyal community to making data-driven decisions in your marketing.

You won’t find any stuffy networking events here — you can connect with our amazing community of industry leaders, chat with the speakers and Moz staff, pick up some cool swag, and even get a hug from our friendly robot, Roger.

To register and for more information: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/mozcon-2014-tickets-5612160122?aff=es2&rank=10&sid=2a1f55e398ec11e3899822000ae901a9

 

6/12/14-The Social Media Marketing Conference

Date: 6/12/14 from 9:00 Am – 4:00 Pm

Place: SpringHill Suites by Marriot, 1800 Yale Avenue, Seattle, WA

Speaker: SkillPath Seminars

Cost: $199

You’ll learn …

  • How to make social media “connect” for your business
  • New tools and new ways to grow your business you may not have thought of
  • How to define your strategy and create your plan before taking the plunge into social media
  • The most common mistakes being made—spot them on the horizon and take a detour
  • And much more!

If it seems like nearly every business on the planet is connecting with fans on Facebook®, Tweeting, uploading videos on YouTube™ and getting LinkedIn®—except you—you’re not alone. Many organizations who haven’t gone “social” yet are feeling the same way, scratching their heads and wondering: Are businesses really making money using social media? Can my business still get in on the action—and the profits?

The businesses that are making money set goals and objectives, follow a plan, choose and use the best tools, carefully monitor their results and faithfully measure their ROI. In other words, there are a lot of things you’ll need to get up to speed on to get started with social media and be successful.

Our conference is set up in a convenient 2-track format with 10 exciting sessions to choose from. Attend one track from start to finish, or mix and match the sessions to customize the conference to your own particular needs.

Program hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Track One

Session 1: 9:50 – 10:40 a.m.

Show me the money: How social media actually pays off

  • The truth about who’s using social media networks and tools to market—and why
  • 10 proven ways even companies with tiny budgets and few employees can profit
  • How to reframe your thinking about social media and shape it into what you need for your business
  • Why it’s a mistake to think social media is just for business-to-consumer companies
  • What social marketing can do for you that traditional marketing can’t

Session 2: 10:55 – 11:45 a.m.

The key to social media success: Getting off to a good start

  • Know what you hope to achieve before you begin
  • A handy tool kit for launching a winning social media campaign
  • How to accurately predict how much time you’ll need to invest
  • Why the best social marketers know their target market inside and out
  • The importance of a well-thought-out strategy to get you where you want to be
  • Getting buy-in from higher-ups—especially those who think it’s all nonsense

Session 3: 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

Facebook, YouTube, Twitter: Choosing the right platform for your business

  • 3 specific goals you can’t afford to lose sight of when choosing a platform
  • The most popular business platforms and what really makes them work
  • Other not-so-obvious platforms you may not know about, but should
  • The first 3 questions to ask when choosing a platform
  • Want to gain traction and build momentum? How to choose and use multiple platforms

Session 4: 2:05 – 2:55 p.m.

Measuring what’s really important—your return on investment

  • The most important social media metric of all
  • What can—and should—you measure? The number of fans, page views, Tweets, social bookmarks?
  • How not to get caught off guard by these measurement roadblocks
  • Using analytics to better understand your ROI and make better decisions
  • A look at monitoring tools and how they can simplify the job

Session 5: 3:10 – 4:00 p.m.

Success stories: What the best social marketers do better than the rest

  • A close-up look at some successful social media campaigns … and why they worked
  • “They don’t use social media in my industry”—why you can’t use this as an excuse anymore
  • A proven Fortune 500 social media model—and how to set up your own campaign based on it
  • Small businesses getting big results: What you can learn from them
  • 5 business best practices that can define the success of your initiatives

Track Two

Session 1: 9:50 – 10:40 a.m.

Cool tools and how to use them to grow your business

  • From blogs to wikis: What you can do with social media tools (and why you’d want to)
  • The best business uses for Facebook and LinkedIn
  • A key business benefit of using Twitter that makes it almost impossible to resist
  • Beyond silly videos of babies and pets—15 creative ways to use YouTube for business
  • Could blogging be your front door to social media?
  • Social bookmarking: Everyone’s talking about it … here’s why

Session 2: 10:55 – 11:45 a.m.

Mistakes rookies make … but you don’t have to

  • 7 critical mistakes social media pros NEVER make
  • 5 reasons why campaigns fail
  • Believing social media is all about Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube—are you guilty?
  • What failing to turn prospects into customers can cost your company
  • Avoiding poor decisions that translate into poor ROI

Session 3: 1:00 – 1:50 p.m.

The art of writing for a social audience

  • How the social audience is different—and what this means to your writing
  • 6 foolproof tips for writing compelling posts, Tweets and blogs
  • Out with the fluff! There’s no room for it in this new social world
  • Reusing content: A good practice—or not?
  • How to sound like a genuine, caring human being—not a corporate robot
  • Responses can be automated—but should they be?

Session 4: 2:05 – 2:55 p.m.

Managing your on-line reputation

  • The dangers to companies who are oblivious to what customers are saying
  • Do’s and don’ts for responding to harsh criticism and negative comments
  • Getting your timing, target and tone just right
  • How to view criticism as an opportunity—not a threat
  • The first and most important thing to do when a criticism surfaces

Session 5: 3:10 – 4:00 p.m.

Monitoring what people are saying about you on-line—in 15 minutes a day

  • How to skillfully listen to what customers are saying—you won’t believe what you’ll learn
  • Strategies for monitoring the on-line chatter about your brand
  • 8 steps to successful social media monitoring
  • Using Google Alerts™ to monitor your brand
  • Gathering data and what to do with it

CREDITS

CPE Credits: 5.5

Seminar Time:

Seminar Check-In:  8:15AM  Seminar Program:  9:00AM – 4:00PM

Register: http://www.findaseminar.com/MARKETING-Training/The-Social-Media-Marketing-Conference-Seminar-by-SkillPath-Seminars/10470.html?filter=ON&city=Seattle&state=wa#desc

Others

August 4-8: ​​​​​​​​Global Leadership Summer Institute 2014

Designed by Teachers for Teachers

Exploring Global Issues & Creating a Democratic Classroom

 Building on the enthusiastic response from our one day workshop for educators last August, we have developed this interactive and transformative five day workshop for global educators.

​​​​​​What is Global Leadership?​​

Global Leadership is both a methodology and a course designed to empower and engage high school students by developing leadership skills through service learning.

  • Teachers and students become agents of change.
  • True democracy in decision-making is practiced through weekly class meetings and group grading systems.
  • Students draw from their work to teach an adopted classroom of elementary students through the “adopt-a-school” component.
  • Solution-driven Facing the Future curriculum challenges students to think critically about relevant global issues.​

​​Why is Global Leadership Essential Now?​

  • Global Leadership directly addresses the 21st century skills that students must develop in order to participate in a global society: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity.
  • In a Global Leadership classroom, students learn about their own role in our global society and, through collaborative exploration, they devise solutions and take action on issues they deem relevant.
  • In Global Leadership students enter as learners and emerge as communicators, problem solvers, and collaborators.

​​​What’s in it for me?

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  • This Summer Institute for Teachers will provide teachers of all content areas with a highly effective approach to creating a climate of mutual respect and shared ownership in which student leaders become engaged global leaders both in and out of the classroom.
  • The workshop will be interactive and transformational. There will be time allocated for reflection and group collaboration; you will leave the week with lesson plans, sample course policies, and a access to a wealth of ready-to-use ​curriculum.

About the Facilitators

 

Chris Fontana

Chris Fontana is the co-founder and Executive Director of Global Visionaries (GV).  Launched in 1999, through Chris’s leadership GV has led more than 1,200 students and adults to Guatemala. An important aspect of his work is the co-creation of Global Leadership curriculum for Seattle area schools, first taught at the Global Studies Academy at Cleveland High School.  He has an extensive background in cross-cultural training, and taught Spanish to middle and high school students for 13 years.
Chris’s passion for engaging youth in global leadership was evidenced in 1995 through his organization of YES, youth-organized Global Youth Environmental Summits. The 1995 Summit, sponsored by the United Nations Environmental Program, brought 300 high school students from 32 countries and 40 states together for one week of education in environmental and peace issues, social action, leadership skills, and direct environmental service. For his efforts, Chris won the 1995 Colorado Partners in Education Award.
In 2007, Chris was Antioch University’s Distinguished Alum, in 2008, Chris was an honoree of the Thomas C. Wales Passionate Citizen Award, and was honored by Seattle University’s Albers School of Business with its 2011 Redwinged Leadership Award. ​​​
Vicki small.jpg Vicki Weeks

A native of Seattle, WA, Vicki has a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed in International Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  She has lived in Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Germany, England, Peru, Panama and both Washingtons during a 30-year career teaching, advising, creating and leading global educational experiences.
Most recently, in her 13 years at Lakeside School, Vicki led the creation and implementation of one of the most comprehensive independent school global service learning programs in the country.  She developed all aspects of the program and worked in sites as varied as an Indian reservation and an apple orchard in the US, to urban and rural communities in China, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Korea, India, Morocco, Peru and Senegal. In 2011, she left Lakeside to start Global Weeks, working with schools, organizations and individuals to create and develop global education programs. She maintains broad and deep connections in the educational world through board and advisory roles in the Independent Schools Experiential Education Network, Global Education Benchmark Group, Global Washington, Awamaki, and Global Circles.
noah small.jpg Noah Zeichner

Noah Zeichner is a National Board-certified social studies teacher at Chief Sealth International School in Seattle, Washington. He currently teaches Global Leadership, American Government and IB Theory of Knowledge. He works in a hybrid role, spending part of his day supporting the Center for Teaching Quality’s global teacher-leadership initiatives. During his teaching tenure, Noah has traveled with students to Guatemala and China. In 2012, he journeyed to Brazil as part of the Teachers for Global Classrooms fellowship. For the past three years, Noah has coordinated a student-led, school-wide festival called World Water Week.​​

 

​​Details

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Dates:
August 4 – 8, 2014
Monday – Friday
9:00am – 3:30pm
Location:
Global Visionaries Office
El Centro de la Raza Building, Beacon Hill
2524 16th Ave S, Room 206
Seattle, WA 98144

Cost

 
Tuition: $500
$50 discount for completed applications submitted by May 1, 2014!

Due Date: Tuition is due at the time of application submission, by June 1, 2014.

​Cancellation Policy: If you need to cancel your participation in the Institute after you have​​ paid, your tuition will be refunded minus a $30 administrative fee until July 14th.

Tuition Waiver and Stipend:
Teachers who commit to implementing a Global Leadership course receive full tuiton waiver AND $250 stipend upon completion of the first year of implementation. For more information, contact Chris Fontana.
Scholarships:
A limited number of scholarships are available for educators serving low-income student populations.

​​​​​​Purchase Tuition Here

​ApplyingApplication Process:

  1. ​​​​Complete the form below.
  2. Complete a Letter of Intent including:
  1. ​A concise paragraph-long statement of interest addressing these questions: Why now? Why me? How do you see your personal passion and professional learning goals aligning with the Global Leadership Class? ​
  2. A paragraph from the Principal or District Administrator stating, (1) how you see the Global Leadership and professional development process supporting school and district goals, (2) your commitment to communicate key learnings with faculty, district and community.

​       ​​3.  Send your Letter of Intent to
chrisfontana@global-visionaries.org.​

​Application Deadline:
June 1, 2014 is the application deadline, however we encourage you to inquire about space availability.

​Credit

Clock Hours:
30 Free Clock Hours provided for Summer Institute. Additional 20 hours provided through professional development follow-up through school year.​​
College Credit:
All participants are eligible for 4 - 6 credits through the Seattle University College of Education. Each credit hour costs $45 payable to Seattle University. More information and registration forms coming. Please check back.

 

 

To Apply: http://www.global-visionaries.org/global-leadership-summer-institute

Free Curricula for Global Sustainability Education
 Buy, Use, Toss? A Closer Look at the Things We Buy – Lesson Plan PDF

Teacher Lesson Plan PDF | Free
Buy, Use, Toss? is a free interdisciplinary unit that includes ten fully-planned lessons. This unit is correlated with national science and social studies standards and will lead your students through an exploration of the system of producing and consuming goods that is called the materials economy. Students will learn about the five major steps of the materials economy; Extraction, Production, Distribution, Consumption, and Disposal. They will also be asked to analyze the sustainability of these steps, determining how consumption can benefit people, economies, and environments.

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  Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 6-8 – Lesson Plan PDF

Teacher Lesson Plan PDF | Free
This free two-week lesson plan PDF encourages students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems framework, examining interconnections among environmental, social, and economic issues. Facts and figures in this unit were updated in July 2013.

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  Climate Change: Connections and Solutions, Grades 9-12 – Lesson Plan PDF

Teacher Lesson Plan PDF | Free 
This free two-week curriculum unit for grades 9-12 encourages students to think critically about climate change and to collaborate to devise solutions. Students learn about climate change within a systems framework, examining interconnections among environmental, social, and economic issues. Facts and figures in this unit were updated in July 2013.

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  Engaging Students in Conservation: Protecting the Endangered Snow Leopard – Lesson Plan PDF

Teacher Lesson Plan PDF | Free
This free interdisciplinary 1-2 week unit was developed in collaboration with the Snow Leopard Trust. It includes five dynamic lessons and culminates with a service learning project. The unit is designed for 5-8thgrade students in science and social studies. Though the lessons are designed as a comprehensive unit, each lesson can stand alone.

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  Newspapers in Education – Series of twenty biweekly articles

Newspapers in Education | Free
This ten-week series of articles first appeared in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer‘s Newspapers in Education series Skills for Everyday Living.

Written for grades 5-10, the series can be used in full or in part to study specific topics. Each week features two articles on a particular topic. All articles include a student activity and “take action” idea. The articles complement specific Facing the Future lessons, many of which are available to download for free.

  • Grades: 5-10
  • Subjects: Social Studies, Science

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