Kathy has a B.A. in Literature from Harvard University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University. She is the author of the award-winning Moral Questions in the Classroom: How to Get Kids to Think Deeply About Real Life and Their School Work and co-author of other books on teacher professional development and school reform. She directed the Coalition of Essential Schools and has served on the faculties of the Stanford Teacher Education Program and the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute.
In recent years, Kathy’s work has shifted more toward supporting collaborative, compassionate communication within families, schools, and other organizations. Active in the founding of BayNVC, Kathy has taught Nonviolent Communication since 2005. She directs the BayNVC Immersion Program, a nine-month intensive program for gaining fluency in NVC; she leads organizational workshops and mediations, and she offers private coaching in compassionate communication for parents and couples. She lives in Oakland with her partner and their 14 year old son.
Joshua Hathaway is a dedicated father and husband, devoted to the “ordinary awakening” that is taking place all over the planet as we remember our wholeness, interdependence and purpose. A 2005 graduate of the BayNVC North American Leadership Program and a 2008 Master’s Graduate in Holistic Counseling, Joshua has a passion for supporting the development of self-awareness and transformational strategies in everyone he meets. He has been doing so as a teacher, mentor, and counselor for over ten years, and is currently pioneering ecotherapy approaches with youth and families, leading Men’s Circles and Rites of Passage work, and supporting diverse clients in both in-person and digital formats, while growing his Holistic Counseling practice in Santa Cruz, CA. You can find out more about Joshua and his work at www.anordinaryawakening.info, or at https://sites.google.com/site/connectionquestadventures/home.
Jared Finkelstein is a consultant and trainer who specializes in communication that transforms conflict into connection. He works with schools and other organizations that serve students, teachers, and parents. Jared works with young people as well as adults to develop the skills to build a quality of connection that supports confidence, self-esteem, and positive engagement with the world. In addition, he provides the tools for programs to implement strategies that work for their community as a whole.
Jared brings to his role 12 years working with children inside and outside of the classroom at schools, camps, and community programs. In addition, he is a Collaborative Trainer for Bay Area Nonviolent Communication (BayNVC) with a specialty for bringing these tools and skills to youth, and youth program facilitators.
Jared offers a wide range of programs and services. He facilitates workshops and trainings, offers lectures, and provides consultation and individual mentoring to parents and teachers for specific issues that arise in classrooms, playgrounds and in homes.