2020 – 2021 Seminars

*To register for these seminars, please click on the title of the seminar and it will direct you to Frontline to register.

*All seminars will begin at 4:00 PM.

Advancing Student Success Through Relationships

Seminar for Teachers

12/03/2020  

Participants will discuss how to build meaningful relationships with students to advance their understanding and experience success.  (1 hour)

 

Building Community, Collaboration, and Equity

Seminar for Teachers 
12/16/2020 

Educators will discuss strategies for building community by using the distinctive traits and talents of individuals and establish a culture of collaboration to meet individual student needs.  (1 hour)

 

Crafting a Learning Community for Classroom and Virtual Discussions

Seminar for Teachers  

12/15/2020   

Effective and powerful classroom/Virtual discussions do not just occur; they require a learning community that fosters their development.  The use of different types of norms, selected scaffolds, and knowledge of the stages and continuum of classroom discussion are explored.  (3 hours)

 

Creating Safer Spaces for LGBTQ Students 

Seminar for Teachers

01/11/2021  

This seminar encourages discussions and provides a deeper awareness of the supports needed for LGBTQ Students to thrive.  We will review national statistics from GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey, share resources and tools for creating an inclusive School environment, and focus on how educators can create classrooms free of bullying and harassment for LGBTQ students.  (3 hours)    

 

Ensuring Equity

Seminar for Teachers and SRPs

12/17/2020 

Ensures all students are treated equitably.  In this conversation, Educators will explore how to identify what their students, as individuals and as a collective, need at this time, in this setting.  (1 hour)

 

Family Partnerships to Improve Classroom Behavior

Seminar for SRPs

01/06/2021    

This seminar engages educators in discussing the benefits of having consistent and positive family school partnerships through frequent communication.  Family Partnerships to Improve Classroom Behavior focuses on how educators can improve and enhance classroom behaviors and relationships with the students and families they serve.  (3 hours)  

 

Heart of the School: Secretary Superpowers

 

Seminar for SRPs (New Member)
12/10/2020 

This seminar is designed for the school secretary who is looking to enhance his/her skills in order to provide a practice that responds to the needs of the school community in an environment that is warm, welcoming, and nurturing, as well as, professional, efficient, and business-like.  Participants will explore the attributes needed to address potential issues and interactions and recognize which attributes they already possess.  Participants will have an opportunity to use scenarios to outline steps needed to introduce effective approaches to improving challenging situations faced by school secretaries.  (2 hours)

 

Historical Trauma: System of Oppression and its Impact on Youth

Seminar for Teachers
01/14/2021 
This seminar will identify the impact of oppression on young people and evaluate approaches to disrupt and dismantle systems of oppression that impact mental health, social skills, relationships and success.  (3 hours)

How Can We Help Our Youth After a Traumatic Event?

Seminar for Teachers
12/16/2020 
Who needs more support?  Which of our youth face the greatest risk of mental illness?  How can educator’s influence children’s experiences after traumatic events to promote wellness (over mental illness)?  This seminar will help educators identify the risk factors for developing mental illness following a crisis event and how to investigate evidence-based practices for promoting student healing.  (3 hours)

How to Successfully Pass the Civil Service Exam – Clerical Series

Seminar for SRPs
01/13/2021 
This seminar will review the procedures to apply for a Civil Service Exam.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice answering sample civil service questions, as well as engage in some discourse around each question, and learn tips to successfully pass the exam.  (3 hours)

How to Successfully Pass the Civil Service Exam – Custodial/Janitor Series

Seminar for SRPs
01/14/2021
This seminar will review the procedures to apply for a Civil Service Exam.  Participants will have an opportunity to practice answering sample civil service questions, as well as engage in some discourse around each question, and learn tips to successfully pass the exam.  (3 hours)

How to Survive Online Teaching

Seminar for Teachers
12/01/2020 
Online or remote facilitation can be very challenging.  This seminar provides a forum for educators to discuss current obstacles facing remote learning.  This session provides tips for planning remote lessons, organization, as well as coping skills to create a successful experience.  Specific platforms addressed and discussed in the seminar are Weebly, Google Classroom, Zoom, Google Hangouts Meet, Screencasting tools, online assessments (edpuzzle, quizizz, fipgrid, quizlet, kahoot, gimkit and google forms).  (3 hours)

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Seminar for SRPs
01/28/2021 
Participants will explore the definition of mindfulness and how it relates to whole child instruction in the classroom.  Scenarios and strategies will be used to introduce techniques that will address trauma and other factors that may lead to stress felt by today’s students and/or educators.  The seminar’s interactive activities will model how these techniques can be implemented in a teacher’s practice.  The content will be mindful of the diverse learners and backgrounds present in a classroom.  Participants will have an opportunity to prepare next steps needed to integrate mindfulness into their daily routines.  (3 hours)

Proactively Confronting Trauma in the Classroom and Other Learning Spaces

Seminar for SRPs
01/25/2021
Students are affected by their experiences and impacted by the situations and events that they witness.  Exposure to trauma and traumatic events often create social, emotional and behavioral problems that can hinder academic progress.  This seminar will provide School-Related Professionals (SRPs) with an understanding of how trauma affects students and offer an opportunity to develop strategies to support and promote school wide success.  (3 hours)

Real Life Challenges for Real Life School Professionals

Seminar for SRPs (New Member)
12/14/2020 
Bus drivers, hall monitors, secretaries, teacher aides/assistants, cafeteria workers, and school nurses all have encounters with students and other professionals that sometimes need to be handled with care and consideration to avoid escalating a situation.  Participants will engage in activities that are based on scenarios specific to their role in the school.  Appropriate potential actions will be discussed and shared among the stakeholders to ensure an effective and productive resolution.  Time will be given to reflect on past experiences and discuss effective strategies for the future.  Next steps will be discussed as a means of moving forward.  (2 hours)

Real Life Virtual & Classroom Challenges: Strategies for Success

Seminar for Teachers (New Member)
11/09/2020 
This seminar is designed for the new member who is working to create a classroom/virtual environment that is positive and productive.  Participants will help explore the potential challenges faced by educators and strategies to address them.  Scenarios and strategies will be used to introduce techniques that will lead to a positive working relationship between teachers, students, and families.  The seminar’s interactive activities will model how these techniques can be implemented in a teacher’s practice.  The content will be mindful of the diverse learners and backgrounds present in a classroom.  Participants will have an opportunity to prepare next steps needed to introduce effective approaches to establishing and maintaining a proactive teaching experience.  (2 hours)

Re-Imagining Family Engagement After Coronavirus

Seminar for Teachers
12/15/2020 
This session encourages participants to assess family engagement efforts during the time of the COVID-19.  To understand how and in what ways family engagement is linked to students’ learning and academic success.  In addition, this program introduces high impact family engagement strategies that can be implemented and leveraged for student learning when schools reopen.  (4 hours) 

Service with a Smile: Why Customer Service in Schools Matters

Seminar for SRPs (New Member)
12/09/2020 
This seminar is for participants who desire to explore the characteristics of quality customer service within their educational environment (virtually or site-based).  Strategies will be shared to incorporate strong customer skills into participant’s daily practice.  Examples will be shared of positive outcomes resulting from creating welcoming atmospheres in school districts.  Attention will be paid to what can be done on a personal level to promote service with a smile based on various roles in the school district.  Participants will engage in conversations and create scenarios that will help develop specific strategies that can be implemented immediately.  (2 hours)

Workplace Wellness

Seminar for Teachers (New Member)
11/16/2020 
Why are educators at risk for vicarious (secondary) trauma?  This seminar will engage participants to discuss the unique challenges to wellness found in the education field and understand and practice effective strategies for wellness.  (2 hours)

You Are Not Alone: Surviving the First Years

Seminar for Teachers (New Member)
11/17/2020 
This seminar is for participants who are new teachers and are looking to work smarter, not harder.  School buildings are filled with people who have different skills and expertise.  As a new teacher, knowing who to go to for what is useful but sometimes you are hesitant to ask for fear of being a bother.  Participants will learn how to make those requests as well as ways to establish positive relationships with all staff-support and educational.  Roles within the district will be shared that will assist with choosing the right person to help, as well as guidelines for approaching staff.  Tips for surviving the first years will be shared.  (2 hours)