Background

Rosa E. González creates transformational teaching and learning experiences that foster deep participation, critical inquiry, and the capacity of individuals and groups to effectively address complex challenges.  With more than 15 years experience in the field, she brings a balance of heart and rigor to her practice in facilitative leadership.

Facilitator: Ms. González has been facilitating diverse groups since 1996 when she got her start in education, guiding groups of teachers and students to deepen learning, leadership and community building in school and community settings.  She has collaborated with scores of organizations and agencies, facilitating trainings, summits, town hall meetings, and conflict resolutions.  Her greatest skills are listening and connecting the dots, which contribute to her ability to manage complex group dynamics, adapt to the changing needs of individuals and groups, ensure all voices are heard, and inspire focused action.  Rosa is dedicated to creating breakthrough spaces where people share and reflect on life experiences, engage in critical questioning and dialogue, work together to generate solutions to shared challenges, and leave feeling more connected, inspired, and clear about next steps. She is currently working on her first book, Why Am I Talking? Seven Secrets to Dynamic Facilitation for Changing Times.

Curriculum Designer: With years of experience in Popular Education and Participatory Theater, Rosa González designs processes and programs that creatively engage groups in critical dialogue, problem solving, and action planning.  Rosa has designed standards-based K-12 curricula for a range of subjects, college-level courses, interactive study guides for theatrical performances and plays, trainings for teachers, administrators, organizers, and services providers, and leadership development experiences for youth and adults in a variety of settings.

Program Design: Rosa E. González takes an empowerment approach to program design, creating conditions that support the participation of all stakeholders.  Having designed education, training, engagement and leadership development programs over the last 15+ years for organizations such as the Alliance for Climate Education, Green For All,  The Partnership for Immigrant Leadership and Action, The Museum of Children's Art, and The San Francisco Urban Service Project, she manages a wide range of polarities to creatively meet multiple needs and objectives.  She uses program design as an opportunity to deepen and shift organizational culture if/as needed.

Consultant/Coach: Ms. González supports artists, educators, organizers, service-providers and program directors in improving facilitation, program design and curriculum development through one-on-one and whole group sessions.  Since 2006, she has been coaching community-based organizations participant-centered methodologies through trainings, curriculum consulting, and the articulation and fostering of relevant best practices.

Education: Rosa E. González holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Latin American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz with an emphasis on sustainable development, a Masters of Arts in Latin American Studies from Stanford University with an emphasis on education reform, and a Master of Arts in Education from the University of San Francisco.

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