In-Person Conference – School Attendance Summit: Present and Accounted For

Essex North Shore Agricultural & Technical School
SPEAKERs

Rep. Sally Kerans, 13th Essex District, Nyal Fuentes, College and Career Readiness Coordinator, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), Lisa Harney, M.Ed., Education Specialist, DESE Michael Moriarty, Esq., Board Member, DESE, Nancy Rappaport, M.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Stephen Zrike, Jr., Ed.D., Superintendent, Salem Public Schools

DESCRIPTION

Each year, MPY sponsors a School Attendance Summit early in the school year to highlight best practices to promote positive school attendance. Chronic absenteeism is a risk factor for several behaviors including, suicidality, substance use, unsafe sexual behavior, and increased school dropout rates. This conference discusses the dynamics of school avoidance, to define underlying causes and ways to identify it early to interrupt the pattern. Interventions will be provided to build consistent school attendance and keep students on track for learning. Presenters will be using data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to inform programming to improve student outcomes and promote educational equity. Statewide data on key metrics such as graduation rate, dropout rate, chronic absenteeism, and 9th grade course passing is helpful to engage in progress monitoring for students at risk.

From the Bottom Up: Building Your Classroom Environment – Theoretical frameworks and the impact of trauma on learning (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Julie B. Cullen, LICSW, Ed.M.

Description

The classroom environment sets the stage for student learning. The more safe and connected students feel, the more ready their brains are to access the curriculum we so carefully plan and deliver. We also know that trauma impacts the ability for people to feel safe and connected, and that more and more students are arriving at school with a history of adverse childhood experiences. This webinar will utilize the concepts of Developmental Trauma and Cognitive Behavior Therapy to identify strategies that can be implemented within the classroom to promote physical, emotional, and cognitive safety and leading to a connected and regulated environment.

Infusing DEI in the Classroom and Curriculum – The Foundation of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Classroom (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Jessica Pepple, Ed.S., MBA

Description

Participants will be introduced to how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can be fused with any pedagogy as a framework for inclusionary teaching and learning practices. The first session is designed for all staff interested in engaging with complex diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity issues.

You Matter Too: Sustainable Self-Care for Educators and Clinicians – Myths and Meanings of Sustainable Self-Care (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Matt Hersh, PhD, DCEP

Description

In this first webinar of the series, we explore the roots of professional self-care and begin to clarify what self-care is and is not. If self-care is primarily conceptualized as a reactive endeavor, in response to the constant demands of a challenging work life, then we unfortunately become victims of circumstance. However, when self-care is a proactive and purposeful way of being, we can anticipate external stressors, mitigate our occupational hazards, and compassionately tend to our own needs toward greater peace of mind and resilience. The roots of self-care also involve honest reflection of what brought you to this profession in the first place and what you believe your valued roles and sense of purpose are as educators and school-based practitioners.

Reentry Post Covid – Struggling with Anxiety and Stress: What about Adaptive vs Maladaptive Ways of Dealing with Stress? (Session 1 of 5)

Speakers

Blaise Aguirre, M.D., Medical Director, 3East DBT Continuum, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry; Gillian C. Galen, Psy.D., Program Director, 3East DBT Continuum, Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School Department of Psychiatry

Description

Stress and anxiety impacts all of us physically and mentally. Knowing what the impact is, recognizing maladaptive ways of coping and then replacing these with more adaptive approaches is the path to a healthier self and healthier relationships. In this talk you will:

  1. Recognize the impact of stress and anxiety on the brain and body
  2. Identify maladaptive ways that you deal with stress
  3. Highlight the differences between adaptive and maladaptive approaches

Self-Care for the 21st Century Classroom: Laying the Foundation of a Sustainable Routine (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Theresa Melito-Conners, Ph.D. (Dr. MC)

Description

As an educator, it can be challenging to unplug from the reality of teaching and take time to recharge your batteries. Self-care is always important. Now more than ever, it is critical, especially for helping professionals where burnout, compassion fatigue, chronic stress, and vicarious secondary trauma are common unintended consequences of the work. This session will give a brief overview of all 10 domains and participants will have an opportunity to assess their strengths and weaknesses as it pertains to self-care and to make connections back to their classroom practice. We will also explore the first two domains of self-care which is nutrition/hydration and exercise/movement and how best to invite wellness practice into our classrooms for ourselves and our students. Ideally, participants should take all 5 workshops to maximize learning potential on this important topic.

Title IX Regulations: Comprehensive Training for Title IX Coordinators, Administrators, and Relevant Personnel (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Michael J. Joyce, Esq., Nuttall, MacAvoy & Joyce P.C.

Description

On May 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) finalized new Title IX regulations, which went into effect on August 14, 2020. The changes in the law are significant and require all school districts to dramatically change their approach to sexual harassment investigations. Given the mandatory training requirements, the substantial changes to Title IX in these final regulations, the presentation by former OCR attorney Michael J. Joyce will provide a high-level overview of key provisions and takeaways for Superintendents, Student Services Directors, Title IX Coordinators, Principals and Assistant Principals. Please note that the new Title IX regulations have eliminated the single investigator model of sexual harassment claims and mandate training of all personnel involved in the investigation and/or resolution processing of such claims (e.g., Title IX Coordinator, investigator, decision-maker, informal resolution facilitator, and the appellate review personnel). This training is specifically designed to satisfy the OCR training requirements.

Issues in Anxiety: Understanding, Preventing, and Treating Anxiety Symptoms in the School Setting – Conceptualizing Anxiety (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Alex Hirshberg, Psy.D., Hirshberg Behavioral Services, LLC

Description

Anxiety disorders are on the rise in todays' youth.  We see this manifest daily at school, with students struggling to stay in class and some even failing to make it into the building. Developing a comprehensive response to anxiety requires a shared understanding of the problem.  This webinar discusses the social phenomenon of anxiety in youth, the research into why it is increasing, and ways to talk with parents and school staff about anxiety so that effective solutions can be developed.

The Equitable Educator (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Cyndi Weekes Bradley, M.A.T., Founder and CEO, The Equity Process

Description

Understanding students' learning needs from kindergarten through college as well as better preparing them for life after the 12th grade.

The Confident Educator: Welcome and Crafting your “WHY” (Session 1 of 5)

Speaker

Lisa MacDonald, M.Ed., Founder, Elleminc Consulting

Description

In this initial session, participants will come together as a group for introductions, engage in attainable goal setting activities, and review the content for the five sessions. We will spend some time discussing the framework on what we mean when we regularly discuss "confidence," how competence and confidence are correlated, and how we can enhance our individual confidence when having “difficult conversations" with various stakeholders in our everyday work. Participants will also spend time discussing strategies for motivation versus discipline and how to effectively articulate "Why" we do what we do as educators, instead of relying on the "What."