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Kaleidoscope Connect Workshops - Anchorage, AK

  • Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa 401 East 6th Avenue Anchorage, AK USA (map)

Want to change the trajectory of the lives of children and youth? Then, you need to join us for one of these two professional development workshops in beautiful downtown Anchorage on November 9-10, 2019.

Who should attend?

Anyone who works with children and youth, whether in a school, family-serving organization, faith-based community, parents, relatives, or friends of teens. We also encourage teens/young adults to join us.

** These two workshops are concurrent. Please register for the workshop that best meets your needs. **

Creating Resilient Youth: The Power of Webs of Support


November 9-10, 2019

Relationships matter! For youth to succeed in school and life, they need a network of caring, connected adults to guide and help them thrive amid life’s challenges.

Based on extensive social-emotional and other research, this workshop will equip you with innovative tools to amplify each youth’s strengths and help them self-activate their complex system of support. You’ll learn how to help youth build protective factors to mitigate trauma and decrease risk behaviors, such as bullying, drugs, alcohol, suicidal ideation, and more.

Using a strengths-based approach, this workshop will enable you to recognize, appreciate, and magnify what is right about youth, assuring their chance to flourish.

During this interactive session, you will

✓Learn about a framework that builds Webs of Support to help students thrive socially, emotionally, and academically;

✓Learn proven practices that will encourage positive outcomes and decrease negative behaviors;

✓Receive tools and practice strategies for connecting with all students, including those with trauma and other challenges, to enable them to positively engage;

✓Practice methods for interpreting, presenting, and teaching individuals across community sectors to share the responsibility for preparing children and youth for an unknown future;

✓Discover the online Student Support Card assessment, identifying strengths and empowering students for growth.


Preparing for Lift-off: Applying Trauma-informed Practices to Launch Student Success

November 9-10, 2019

Participants can expect a deep dive into practical strategies that can better regulate classroom communities. Using brain science and trauma-informed practices participants will explore ways to maximize learning and develop resilience for launching youth into thriving lives.

Additionally, participants will take away a handbook of information and practices for teachers and students to meet each day with the knowledge, skills, structures, and supports necessary to change the trajectory of every life.

During this interactive session, you will

✓Learn to apply brain science to elevate classroom management and learning;

✓Increase teacher efficacy through understanding neuroplasticity and changing brains;

✓Maximize self-regulation strategies and empower students to do the same;

✓Understand and know how to manage power struggles from a trauma-informed lens;

✓Understand how the “Window of Tolerance” impacts a student’s ability to gain and retain information and communicate effectively; and,

✓Learn mindful practices that create a calm, safe place for learners to take healthy risks.


For each workshop, the registration fee covers two full days of hands-on training and materials

  • Adult Only - $249

  • Student Only (high school or college) - $89

  • Adult + Student together - $315

20% discount for 4 or more registrants on one order!

LODGING: Sheraton Hotel and Spa — Book your group rate for Brightways Learning November 2019 to receive the block rate of $101.00 + tax per night. The discounted hotel rate expires 10/26/19. 

AIRFARE: When booking Alaska Airlines flights to Anchorage for these workshops, you can use the discount code ECMC813 to receive a 7% discount. The discount code is good for arrival 4 days before the event.

COURSE CREDITS FOR EDUCATORS: We intend to offer one 500-level credit through UAA PACE. Fee must be paid by the participant. Registration information will be provided to attendees in advance of event.

Workshop Facilitators

Our team is committed to making a difference in the lives of youth, educators, parents, and communities. These experts bring decades of experience and knowledge to ensure optimal learning and lifelong success.

Facilitators for Creating Resilient Youth Workshop: The Power of Webs of Support


Derek Peterson - Derek is a youth development leader, writer, teacher, and advocate who works to show and measure the intersections of youth development with issues in education, youth risk behaviors, community, and social change. As the founder of Integrative Youth Development (IYD)™ and the Student Support Card™, his work translates the complexity of youth development into an easy to understand framework that inspires adults and youth to thicken the web of support each needs to thrive. Derek currently serves as a Consulting Associate for Brightways Learning’s Kaleidoscope Connect program and an Associate with the International Institute for Children’s Rights and Development in Victoria, B.C., and as the CEO of the Institute for Community and Adolescent Resilience – Unifying Solutions. His work takes him around the world leading workshops, lectures and retreats, working in areas as diverse as villages near the Arctic Circle to classrooms in Juarez, Mexico. In 2016, he was a member of the Think Tank of the National Partnership to End Violence Across the Lifespan. Today, Derek supports leaders in increasing student achievement, mitigating trauma and adverse childhood experiences, and decreasing youth risk behaviors while increasing ethical development and resilience.


Corrie Hruby - Corrie is an Alaskan educator who loves explaining fascinating topics, making connections with interesting people and exploring the world. Her experience as a certified teacher and adjunct professor of education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has given Corrie a unique set of skills allowing her to work with both youth and adults. With a combined 15 years of experience in the fields of education and research, Corrie consistently brings to light new ideas and concepts. She lives with her husband and struggling houseplants in Wasilla, AK.

Facilitators for Preparing for Lift-off Workshop: Applying Trauma-informed Practices to Launch Student Success


Beth Buchanan - For nearly three decades, Beth has served communities and children through her passion for growing youth in varying capacities. Beginning in 1992, she served the bulk of her career on the banks of the Yukon River in Alaska as a classroom teacher and coach. In the last decade, she has turned her attention to discovering how the brain learns and heals, and how technology can be used to change the way adults work with youth. Beth and her husband Jon, also a teacher, have three biological children, have fostered many, and formally adopted two. They believe in the strength and wisdom of the village and its essential place in the health and happiness of future generations. Beth has a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and in Leadership Education. She has also has expert knowledge in Trauma Informed Education, Social-Emotional Learning and recent developments concerning the healing capacity of the brain.

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Kerrie Carl - Kerrie has nearly 20 years of teaching experience in K-12 schools in rural Alaska, including a K-8 Type A Teaching Certification. Some of Kerrie’s teaching experience has been in single-teacher sites, where she was responsible for the education of all students, regardless of grade level. One of her strengths is mentoring — students and teachers, alike. Currently, Kerrie is a Regional Leader with Brightways Learning’s Kaleidoscope Connect and participates in and co-leads events for youth and adults. Kerrie provides exciting and creative opportunities and is the go-to person for youth in her school.

(This workshop) had such a profound effect on me and the way I look at student support and how we all need to help them and support them. I always knew this, but you’ve opened my eyes even more. I can’t thank you enough.
— Past Participant