Experiential Workshops

Workshops for Middle and High Schools

All FCLC workshops are empowering, wholistic, dynamic, and interactive.

For Non-Profits & Schools Serving Youth Preparing for International Immersions

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Examples of Past Workshops led or co-led by Chris Fontana

Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly Juanita High School, Kirkland, WA

Students (with no previous arts or civil rights experience) wrote a theatrical piece incorporating spoken word and movement for an all school assembly.

Martin Luther King Jr. Assembly Islander Middle School, Mercer Island, WA

Students (with no previous arts or civil rights experience) learned Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and performed a live “Forum Theatre” in which students in the audience participated in trying new ways to address real micro-aggressions in their lives.

Arts in Nature workshop for Wilderness Volunteer Corps, North Cascades, WA

Students raised their awareness of the natural surroundings thorough a guided meditation. Students created individual sculptures from all natural objects and integrated their sculptures, non-verbally, in the final leg of the workshop.

Hero’s Journey: A Self-Revolution for YMCA Black Achievers, Smoke Farm, Arlington, WA

Students (with no previous formal arts experience outside of school) learned spoken word, visual expression, song-writing and theatre techniques. Students created a performance piece.

Lobbying 101: How to get your Senator to Act

High school youth, parents and community members chose the issues that mattered most to them, learned the fundamentals of how to lobby their elected officials, role played and then collected dozens of letters from fellow students and colleagues and lobbied their Senators the following week.

8′ x 16′ Mural at Rainer Beach Community Center Pool

Students learned how to collaborate through the design process and then painted a mural just after 9/11.

Full Circle Leadership
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The FCLC Experience What they’re saying

  • “As a veteran teacher, I have faced many challenges in the classroom. With the implementation of a democratic classroom, I still face many of the same challenges, but now I have a classroom full of students who are ready, willing and able to find solutions with me. Over the years, I constantly found myself saying to the students, 'You have to learn to be responsible,' or 'I wish you would learn to solve your problems without my intervening.' The democratic classroom strategies showed me that I cannot teach responsibility to the students, but I can share responsibility with them, and that has made all the difference."

    Alexis Guerriero
    Islander Middle School, Mercer Island

  • “Sending a team of teachers to this training created an energy around valuing student voice in a democratic classroom. This energy has inspired other teachers to implement similar systems in their classrooms, with the overall benefits being better classroom cultures and students feeling a greater sense of belonging.” 

    Ted Howard II
    Principal Garfield High School

  • "In my second year of teaching, I have seen leaps and bounds in improving implementation in the classroom. Running a democratic classroom has given me the ability to delegate the "systems management" of running a classroom and relax my workload. This has given me the opportunity to let my personality and preparation shine, and the students have responded in kind. I feel real bonds, have more good days, and look to achieve more and more in the ongoing cultivation of my educational vision." 

    David Zilban
    Teacher, Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver School District

The FCLC Experience

Democratic Classroom Leadership

What they’re saying

  • “As a veteran teacher, I have faced many challenges in the classroom. With the implementation of a democratic classroom, I still face many of the same challenges, but now I have a classroom full of students who are ready, willing and able to find solutions with me. Over the years, I constantly found myself saying to the students, 'You have to learn to be responsible,' or 'I wish you would learn to solve your problems without my intervening.' The democratic classroom strategies showed me that I cannot teach responsibility to the students, but I can share responsibility with them, and that has made all the difference."

    Alexis Guerriero
    Islander Middle School, Mercer Island

  • “Sending a team of teachers to this training created an energy around valuing student voice in a democratic classroom. This energy has inspired other teachers to implement similar systems in their classrooms, with the overall benefits being better classroom cultures and students feeling a greater sense of belonging.” 

    Ted Howard II
    Principal Garfield High School

  • "In my second year of teaching, I have seen leaps and bounds in improving implementation in the classroom. Running a democratic classroom has given me the ability to delegate the "systems management" of running a classroom and relax my workload. This has given me the opportunity to let my personality and preparation shine, and the students have responded in kind. I feel real bonds, have more good days, and look to achieve more and more in the ongoing cultivation of my educational vision." 

    David Zilban
    Teacher, Fort Vancouver High School, Vancouver School District