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Programs for Educators

We offer two kinds of programs for educators — professional development sessions during which teachers learn how to facilitate community-building for their students, and educator experiences during which teachers participate in community-building themselves as a staff team. All professional development courses and trainings include a takeaway toolkit for reference and implementation. We can work with a maximum number of 15 participants in one group.

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Educator Experiences:

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Community Building 101 will be offered August 30, and community Building 201 will be offered on August 31, as open enrollment courses. Both will take place at NYC Outward Bound Schools in Long Island City, Queens.

Community Building 101

This program takes place in a classroom space on-site at your school. If you are new to facilitating advisory and team building activities, this program will teach you the basics of facilitation and group development. You will take part in basic activities and have time to practice your facilitation skills with other participants. We will cover:

  • Routines and structures
  • Stages of group development
  • Different types of activities:
    • Greeting/check-in
    • Getting to know you
    • Openers/ice breakers

Pricing: $3,000 – 5 hr/ group  |  $1,700 – 2.5 hr/group

Community Building 201

This program takes place in a classroom or outdoor space at or near your school. If you already have some experience facilitating advisory and/or team building activities, this program will introduce you to new, slightly more complex activities, along with how to frame and debrief them. We will cover:

  • Facilitation of small or large groups in and outside of the classroom
  • Framing and debrief
  • Different types of activities:
    • Communication
    • Problem-solving
    • Trust-building

Pricing: $3,000 – 5 hr/ group  |  $1,700 – 2.5 hr/group

Crew 101

This program takes place in a classroom space on-site at your school. Learn about Crew, NYC Outward Bound Schools’ supercharged version of advisory, by jumping right into a sample 45-minute Crew session! Afterwards, you will debrief the Crew session, unpack your experiences as a participant and pivot toward learning how to lead a Crew session by stepping into the role of “Crew Advisor.”

Pricing: $3,000 – 5 hr/ group  |  $1,700 – 2.5 hr/group

Staff Community Building

This program takes place in a classroom or outdoor space at or near your school. Come together as a staff team to build community throughout the year!

Fall – September through early November

Kick off the start of a new school year together and learn how to build a strong foundation as an educator team. Engage in:

  • Getting to know you activities
  • Trust- and relationship-building activities
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Creation of staff community agreements

Winter – Late November through early March

Take some time to reflect on the fall semester. Reset and reenergize with your colleagues in preparation for the spring. Engage in:

  • Cross-departmental community building through shared challenge and accomplishment
  • Activities that encourage reflection and improvement
  • Creation or review/revision of community agreements
  • Communication activities
  • Trust- and relationship-building activities

Spring – Late March through June

Come together to reflect on and celebrate the end of the school year with one another! Engage in:

  • Celebration and reflection
  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Collective goal-setting activities for next year

Pricing: $2,000 – 5 hr/ group  |  $1,200 – 2.5 hr/group

Staff Rock Climbing

This program takes place at NYC Outward Bound Schools’ rock climbing wall in Long Island City, Queens.

Outward Bound has utilized climbing as an educational experience for over 60 years! Discover importance of focus, commitment, tenacity and trust as you learn how to balance on steep faces, pull through overhangs, and practice belaying your peers. Our skilled instructors review knots, rope systems, and movement techniques before climbers begin to ensure that the experience is safe and fun for all. During the session, you will:

  • Get fitted for a harness and helmet
  • Learn belaying and climbing basics
  • Climb, climb, climb!
  • Debrief and share takeaways

Pricing: $900 – 2.5 hr/group

Browse programs for students:

Half-Day Community-Building: Crew Connect

This 2.5-hour program helps foster relationships among participants and create a stronger sense of belonging within and connection to their team or Crew.

Full-Day Community-Building

This 5-hour program builds on the half-day experience and is centered around a participant-directed learning exploration that allows students and staff to build a sense of belonging within their school community, collaborate with one another, take initiative, and exercise ownership over their learning.

Crew Climbing

This 2.5-hour program helps participants step out of their comfort zones and develop focus, commitment, tenacity and trust as they scale the tallest outdoor rock climbing wall in New York City!

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For more information or to book a program, contact:

Badari Ambatti, Director of Client Relations
[email protected]
Office: (718) 706-9900 x125

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