Developmental Designs for Elementary School: Teaching for Education Equity



Renew your love for teaching!

Four Day Professional Development

To create an equitable foundation for learning, certain conditions and experiences are necessary to meet the basic needs of children for autonomy, competence, relationship, community, play and safety.

When we base our practice on meeting these needs, we base our practice in equity. To meet these needs we provide educators practices to strengthen and maintain classrooms and schools where equity is a lived reality, creating a Zone of Proximal Development for ALL Learners.

Developmental Designs for Elementary School is a powerful collection of research-based teaching strategies and practices:

  • Build cultural understanding, reduce bias and encourage a strong inclusive classroom community
  • Trusting student-teacher relationships foster attunement and shared learning, creating reciprocal, culturally aware relationships
  • Focus on personalized learning provides students diverse ways to utilize their interests and strengths, inviting self-expression and critical inquiry
  • Engaged whole class learning with active and inclusive opportunities for creative learning together, maximizing academic and social growth
  • Learn communication and scaffolding strategies to increase understanding
  • Encourage productive academic conversations between students
  • Develop skills of listening to and observing students
  • Cultivate self-regulation and responsible independence in children
  • Equitable Discipline
  • Make room for weekly, goal-oriented teacher-student check-ins
  • Increase the role of family engagement in student learning

Maximize the collective intelligence and collaborative potential of the adult community

Call 612.822.3422 or email School Services with questions or to schedule for your school.  

Note: The Origins Program reserves the right to cancel workshops and is not liable for any travel-related or other expenses incurred by a registrant or payee due to a canceled workshop.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

Jun 15-18, 2020 in St Paul, MN (see map)
Community of Peace Academy
Jun 22-25, 2020 in East Greenwich, RI (see map)
Rocky Hill Country Day School
Jun 29, 2020-Jul 2, 2020 in Brattleboro, VT (see map)
Brattleboro Union High School
Jul 20-23, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA (see map)
The Philadelphia School
Jul 27-30, 2020 in Pittsburgh, PA (see map)
Pittsburgh Urban Christian School
Aug 3-6, 2020 in Keene, NH (see map)
Keene Middle School
Aug 10-13, 2020 in Chicago, IL (see map)
Shields Middle School
Sep 29, 2020-Nov 17, 2020 in MINNEAPOLIS, MN (see map)
The Origins Program
7 Tuesday evenings | sessions 4:15-8:30 pm | September 29, October 6, 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17

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What to Expect

All Origins workshops are highly interactive, providing many opportunities for you to talk with other educators and ask your most compelling questions to workshop facilitators.  You will be seated in a circle during presentations.

Workshop schedule

Most workshops begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. 

Lunch arrangements for on-site workshops will be subject to the school agreement.

Certificate of attendance

You will receive a 28-hour certificate of attendance for participation in the entire workshop.


After you register, you will receive a confirmation email with more detailed information and the schedule for the workshop.