Services Offered:

  • Network Building
  • On-Site Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Equity Audits
  • Equity Consulting
  • Keynote Addresses

Covering a Wide Range of Topics:

  • Equity
  • Restorative Practices
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Cultural Competence
  • Cultural Responsive School Leadership
  • Implicit Bias
  • Trauma
  • Subject/Content Areas

Network Building

In our network opportunities, participants will attend as individuals or as district/organization teams. In these sessions, participants dig deeper into concepts and content learned from one session to the next. The content covered challenges participants to self/peer assess, reflects and applies research based approaches to model and turnkey in their organizations. They will be engaged with other participants from the same township, same county and same state. In some cases, they will learn with participants from another state. The diverse organizations represented give way to a much richer experience, socially, emotionally, economically, demographically, politically, culturally and philosophically for all participants involved.

Equity Leadership Network

Description:

The Equity Leadership Network offers school, district, and organization leadership teams of five people an opportunity to meet over five virtual sessions during each school year. Starting with the high-level discussion of equitable systems, each subsequent meeting builds on topics and concepts from the previous meeting. Throughout each session, the leadership teams are provided many opportunities to engage with other teams to gain greater perspective and insight to each other’s previous and future action plans. Leadership teams walk away from each session with activities that can be incrementally turnkeyed back to their respective ecosystems.

Sep 22, 2021 – Jan 12, 2022

Children’s Restorative Network

Description: 

The Children’s Restorative Network (CRN) is a professional development opportunity that meets over four virtual sessions during each school year and aims to address early childhood trauma, ages 0 – 8, via the trauma informed care (TIC) approach. Throughout each CRN session, presenters model and coach adults, who are responsible and care for younger children, on proactive and researched based methods to help decrease traumatic triggers and build resiliency.

On Site and Virtual Workshops

This service is customizable to the needs of the organization. Whether an organization is looking for training for one hour to a multi-year agreement, we offer high yield and high impact workshops that leave participants desiring more upon conclusion. Our on-site workshops cover a number of equity and learning frameworks that seeks to educate adults about the research that drives best practices and prepares adults with strategies that they can implement immediately after returning to their schools and classrooms or offices.

Conferences

Our conferences are usually one-day events that cover current and hot topics in the field from the best and brightest in the applicable fields. Conferences are usually options for school districts that would like to learn the big picture of content. It is our hope that they are so positively impacted by learning that takes place because of the conferences that there is an interest for on-site workshops.

Redesigning Human Resources: Recruiting, Retaining and Developing Your Leaders for Equity

Session Description:

Regardless of the title for the human resources department in a system, it is the central location where institutions seek, acquire and evolve talent. With the manifold responsibilities of the department, there may be a challenge with seeing the converging coherence between equity and topics like interviewing, observations, professional development and compliance requirements. In this interactive workshop, attendees will engage in activities of reflection of their system’s hiring, recruiting and retaining procedures and practices for inclusivity. Additionally, attendees will walk away from the session with initial plans developed to immediately consider for implementation in their system.

Guiding Restorative Justice in Discipline Policy, Code of Conduct and Practice

Session Description:
As state governments are being challenged to revise policies for individuals that have been excessively or wrongfully incarcerated to diminish further harm, various forms of reparations and restitutions are being considered. Likewise, some school and district leaders have recognized that there may be subjective policies and procedures in their organizations that contribute to excessive disciplinary measures for certain student populations. This session will allow attendees to reflect upon their organization’s current disciplinary policies, procedures and practices and determine the short-term to long-term impact on every student population. Attendees will also participate in a variety of research-based Restorative Practice activities with social emotional learning (SEL) habits.

Building Agency Through Music Therapy

Session Description:

When one hears the term, “music therapy”, it can be inferred that it is usually music as a form of healing people for something outside of education. This session will illuminate the intersection of music therapy and education. The attendees will engage in the dynamics of analyzing and creating lyrics to build agency and advocacy about social and systemic inequalities.

Manifestations of Trauma, Toxic Stress & Resiliency in the Secondary School Years

Session Description:
According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) is the single most unaddressed threat of the nation today. Research indicates that trauma is more prevalent in older children. Therefore, this session will highlight the awareness of trauma triggers in order to help decrease the adverse responses and interactions with children. Finally, attendees will be provided with strategies and resources for building resiliency for themselves and their students.

Equity and Literacy Through a Virtual Lens

Session Description:

In this interactive workshop, participants will hear the K-12 experiences of NJ Literacy Association’s Board Members regarding a focus on equity and literacy given the challenges presented with virtual instruction.  Whether you are a classroom teacher, administrator, or language arts specialist, you will be invited to problem-solve with an active group of literacy experts.  Leave inspired and equipped with practical tips to engage your students and their families. 

Equity Audits

When districts/organizations have not had a comprehensive audit, they can position to seek GOMO Educational Services’ auditing services. The auditing will allow them to best identify opportunity gaps exist and how to address them.

The experience of our experts consultants range from rural, suburban and urban school districts and organizations. The service consists of conducting onsite visits to perform the data analysis, collect interview data, and other onsite activities that help develop a school/district/organization profile. From the profile, the inequities and inequalities within the institution are identified. Finally, an action plan is designed that indicates professional development topics and resources and strategies to communicate with the community.

While the equity audit can be performed by our experts, we highly recommend that this process takes place with a district/organization’s leadership team. It is our desire to build the professional capacity of each team so they can conduct their own future equity audits to sustain the work.

Equity Consulting

As leaders become more aware of their equity challenges and seek out the assistance of equity experts for guidance. Our consultants will discuss these challenges with your organization’s representative(s) to identify some of the barriers hindering the progress of the organization/system. After the consultation meeting, the organization’s representative(s) will receive minutes from the formal consultation identifying the challenges, needs, and potential next steps to begin moving in the right direction of achieving their equity mission, vision, and goals.

Keynote Addresses

GOMO Educational Services’ offers keynote address speakers for any district/organization seeking to get their staff motivated or inspired about a topic that’s aligned district strategic vision and values. Our speakers are well versed in the research and topic that we cover. Moreover, our speakers draw upon their real-life scenarios that align with the topic being discussed. Participants can expect to receive a well-versed address that will help, re-energize and raise morale of staff at any point of the school year.

Session Description:

The presenter will make attendees aware of how his voice was silenced as a child. With the help of the adults that encouraged him to raise his voice, he will clearly display how he was able to do the same for thousands of students as a mentor, teacher, principal and assistant superintendent and higher education administrator. Attendees will also receive concrete ideas and strategies that will help them immediately increase student voice in their schools and organizations.

Session Description:

Due to the difficulty with pronouncing the presenter’s first and last name, his name was changed for him as a student entering school and silenced him for decades. He will help attendees identify some of the deleterious effects of not learning the proper pronunciation of student and adult’s names. Attendees will also receive concrete ideas and strategies that will help them immediately display value of culturally diverse names to increase everyone’s voice in their schools and organizations

Session Description:

Authenticity is the key that fosters the creation of a courageous classroom. But it is difficult, if not impossible, to discuss authenticity without addressing the issue of vulnerability. The fear of being perceived as weak hinders our students’ ability to take risks, tackle challenging tasks or to simply learn. Above all, students would sometimes build shields through aggression or comedic behavior to create distraction from their real fear.

The anecdote of vulnerability is empathy. In this keynote address, attendees will learn:

  • Methods of empowering students to cultivate a culture of empathy, compassion and learning in the classroom.

Session Description:

Throughout human history, psychology provides an answer to the age-old-question, “Why do human beings do what they do?” How is it that one person sacrifices their life for the betterment of others and another individual can murder a stranger for sheer pleasure? Regardless of who you are or what you do in this world, we’re all driven by something. This universal force is “Human Needs.”

In this keynote address, attendees will learn:

  • The Six Human Needs that drive human behavior.
  • How to uncover students’ top two needs.
  • How to empower students to meet their needs in a more positive manner.

Session Description:

At the core of teaching is cultivating and nurturing relationships. This simple human approach has the potential to transform students’ lives. This method of teaching is intended to create safe and productive learning environments where academic excellence thrives. As compassion thrives in the classroom, so does learning.

Learning in the classroom can easily be achieved if the students we are teaching feel valued in the process. It doesn’t matter how outstanding our lessons are, how skilled we are at delivering those lessons or how knowledgeable we are in our subject matter (which are all at the core of great teaching), if our students do not know how much we care about them.

In this keynote address, attendees will learn the different methods of developing a culture of respect, tolerance and understanding in the classroom, which naturally foster learning.

Session Description:

One’s mindset, as research on human intelligence has shown, can often determine one’s success even before one begins the challenge at hand.  This is particularly true for students. Too often, the task of teaching is lost on day one, when many students either have a negative view of school or of themselves.

Our internal beliefs about our own abilities, skills, and potential, fuel learning habits and ensure success. Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck argues that the pivotal quality separating successful people from their unsuccessful counterparts is whether they think their intelligence can be developed versus believing it is fixed. “There is no relation between students’ abilities or intelligence and the development of mastery-oriented qualities. Some of the very brightest students avoid challenges, dislike effort, and wilt in the face of difficulty. And some of the less bright students are real go-getters, thriving on challenge, persisting intensely when things get difficult, and accomplishing more than you expected.”

How do we achieve such a daunting task?

In this keynote address, attendees will acquire the knowledge and skills of cultivating an achievement mindset by understanding the concepts of Quality Quantifier, Limiting vs. Empowering Beliefs and the Driving Forces Behind Human Behavior.

Session Description

When faced with adversity, what determines the outcome?  

 In these unprecedented times, educators are confronted with many uncertainties. Despite the insurmountable challenges to tackle, educators can learn how to develop resiliency and view these challenges as opportunity to create better outcomes for their students.  

 In this keynote address, attendees will learn: 

  • Successful strategies with identifying opportunity in obstacles
  • Successful methods of guiding students to turn challenges into opportunity. 
  • Development of a clear and compelling vision for the future. 
  • Methods of leading uncomfortable conversations that initiate creation of deep and connected communities. 

Session Description

According to a 2012 Loyola University study, which analyzed 213 schools concluded that “Schools with strong Social and Emotional Learning curricula on average outperform their counterparts by 11 points on their state’s standardized exams.” When educators start to really show interest in their students’ well-being, take the time to learn their stories, then they will be better able to engage them because they will know what influenced students. The presenter will discuss the designed before-school program from his high school that consisted of formalized ideas and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) strategies. Since the inception of the program in 2015, about 50-70 percent of the high school seniors voluntarily come to school an hour early to attend the programThe attendance in the before-school program has correlated with the high school’s increasing graduation rate from 31% in 2012 to 84.9% in 2019.

In this keynote address, attendees will learn:

  • How to effectively implement SEL strategies in the classroom.
  • How to “pull” instead of “push” students to succeed.

Session Description:

Every teacher does not need to have an administrative role, position or title in a school building, but every teacher can and should certainly become a teacher leader. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, said it best, “teaching is a profession in which capacity building should occur at every stage of the career – novices working with accomplished colleagues, skillful teachers sharing their craft, and opportunities for teacher leadership.” With each passing day, month and year, teachers should cross-pollinate with other brilliant teachers. They will be able to create more avenues in the profession, where teachers can proactively explore these innovative ideas sprouting up in classrooms all over the nation.

In this keynote address, attendees will learn:

  • The meaning of a teacher leader.
  • How teachers at all levels could cross-pollinate to create better student outcomes.
  • How teacher leaders could usher in a positive school culture.
Session Description:

Many children develop a negative mindset about school at an early age.   They internalize such thoughts as: I hate school.  It’s boring.  I am not smart enough.  Those kids are so much smarter.  Smart kids are not cool.  I can never get A’s.  Even children who have been told that they are bright sometimes suffer from negative thinking once they hit a brick wall and discover that contrary to popular belief, high achievement isn’t merely a product of talent and ability.  It takes persistence, resilience, determination and something called “stick-to-itiveness.”

It is also difficult to strive for something you cannot see. It is therefore incumbent upon educators to empower their students to understand that school is a vehicle that can take them to their desired destination.

In this keynote address, attendees will learn:

  • How their students could create a compelling future through a vision board.
  • How to set clear SMART goals for personal and academic success.
Session Description:

Since the United States’ founding, the purpose of education has continued to evolve. From the need to educate the masses for the preservation of our democracy, preparing workers for factory jobs, to creating more enlightened citizens, we continuously transform our approach to education to meet the needs of the times.

Now more than ever, it is pivotal for us to rethink the goals of educating our students. While it is important to focus on academic achievement, it should be equally important to focus on the development of character. As Emerson said, “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”

In this keynote address, attendees will learn:

  • How to incorporate character education with academic work.
  • How students can achieve academic success through self-actualization.