Integrating SEL and Academics in Middle and High School Classrooms: Fostering Responsible Decision-Making Skills in Academic Classes (Session 5 of 5)


Maureen Chapman and James Simons, Co-Founders, cor creative partners


In the midst of the pandemic, students are struggling to activate the academic and social-emotional skills needed to complete complex, grade-appropriate work. In order to support these students, educators need practical, manageable strategies for integrating social-emotional learning in their content areas. This webinar series offers actionable ideas for teaching and assessing the five CASEL competencies of Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationships Skills, and Responsible Decision-Making. By integrating SEL and academics, educators can strengthen students’ subject-specific skills, increase equity, get to know their kids better, and reconnect with their love of teaching.

In this session, educators practice simple strategies for teaching and assessing responsible decision-making in their subject areas. Participants learn how to empower their students to analyze data, think critically, and make choices that are conducive to personal, social, and collective wellbeing and growth. 

The Pillars of a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom Where All Students Can Thrive: Self-Care and Resilience (Session 4 of 5)


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


This session will explore the importance of self-care when building resilience and supporting our students. If you as the educator are not taking care of yourself, you will not be able to attend to the needs of your students especially those impacted by trauma. There is a direct link between self-care, resilience, and the ability to overcome trauma. Ideally, participants should take all 5 workshops to maximum learning potential on this important topic.

Section 504 Navigating the Eligibility and Team Process (Session 3 of 5)


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


This presentation will provide an overview of state and federal laws impacting special education and rights of individuals with disabilities in elementary and secondary school. The presentation will focus on an overview of the student’s rights, and school district’s obligations, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”), Massachusetts special education laws, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1975 (“Section 504”). This presentation will provide participants with a comprehensive working knowledge of the referral, identification, evaluation and implementation processes under the IDEA and Section 504. The presentation will address issues related to the proper standard and procedures for determining eligibility of students under the IDEA and Section 504 and the development of appropriate accommodations for those students.

Understanding the Relationship Between Student Mental Health and School Performance: The Impact of Trauma on Student Performance (Session 2 of 5)


Julie B. Cullen, LICSW, Ed.M.


The impact of trauma on students’ ability to access curriculum and make effective progress in the classroom is well known and studied. This workshop will review this research, exploring the ways in which specific, relational, and developmental traumas show up in our classrooms through students’ behavior, effort, and relationships. Practical strategies to support the development of a sense of physical and emotional safety will be presented, with an emphasis on building resiliency through connection.

School Mental Health Leadership Institute: Establishing Effective Interventions (Session 3 of 5)


John Crocker, Director Of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools/Founder and Director, Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium and Laura Cinelli, Deputy Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy


Identifying and applying strategies to address students’ mental health needs is more critical now than ever. Yet just offering tiered interventions is insufficient–in order to build an effective mental health system, school and district leaders must ensure that these interventions are selected thoughtfully, applied properly, and overseen with care. This session, the third of a five-part series on School Mental Health Leadership, will explore how to identify an effective set of interventions, engage in clinical supervision of the individuals who carry them out, and build an infrastructure that supports evidence-based practices for all students.

Opposing Forces of Organizational Behavior and Culture: “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” (Session 1 of 5)


Patric Barbieri, M.Ed., Consultant


We all want to create a positive culture in our work environments. We want our employees to be happy, productive and have a purpose in their jobs. What are we currently doing to build culture? What actions have we taken? Is it a priority? How much time do we spend working on our culture vs. focusing on our never ending to-do list ? Do we get lost, overwhelmed, or avoid acting because we are not sure what to do, so we let our “busyness” take us away from what we really should prioritize? Are we aware of what is going on around us? 

In this first session, we will discuss real-life examples of different cultures. We will talk about inspiration and models of cultures we aspire to create. Our work culture is always going to be the most challenging part of our job. We never “arrive” to a place where we don’t have to spend time on building culture anymore. It is a continuous process of taking the right actions at the right time. 

Mindful Fridays: Mindfulness and Compassion for Going from ME to WE in Classroom Communities (Session 1 of 5)


Mitch Abblett, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist and Consultant and Beth Kurland, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Public Speaker


Attend this webinar and learn how mindfulness and compassion practices naturally incline you toward more inclusive perspectives and connection with others.  Principles and practices for the educator / professional AND how to bring them forward to students will be addressed in order to facilitate compassionate classroom environments.

Thriving in the Digital Age: The Digital Landscape in the Attention Economy – It’s impact on youth (Session 1 of 5)

Over 5 sessions, participants will learn the current research on the impact living in a digital world has on youth. What are the harms? What are the benefits? How do we maximize the positive while mitigating the challenges for our students as well as ourselves. Some of the session topics focus on the impact of social media on mental health, mindfulness as a strategy for digital wellbeing, the power of youth advocacy, and digital wellness practices to implement with yourself, students and families. The series will be progressive with opportunities to take home practices to try in between sessions.

This first webinar in the series will focus on the overview of The Attention Economy and it's impact on youth including learning, productivity, and focus.

The Invisible Backpack: School Refusal and Anxiety (Session 3 of 5)


Lisa Kingkade, LMHC, M.Ed.


This webinar will help educators understand the difference between school truancy and school refusal, while providing educators strategies to use in the classroom to engage students. Educators will also get a brief overview of anxiety and how it manifests in the classroom. Strategies to help students reduce anxiety in the classroom, build connections and meet academic success will be shared and discussed.

Social-Emotional Program Development: Best Practice Series – Understanding Program Models (Session 1 of 5)


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


Districts are grappling with how to effectively educate students presenting with significant emotional disabilities. There is significant diversity in how in-district social-emotional programs have developed to provide students the services they need in the least restrictive environment. This webinar reviews the various program models currently in use and discusses the pros and cons of each approach.

A Deep Dive into Project-Based Learning and Social Justice: Building a Project – Part 3 (Session 5 of 5)

In this webinar series, participants will engage in a deep dive into project-based learning and craft a full project to be used in their classrooms and/or schools. In each webinar participants will learn about and craft a component of their project that is relevant to their context (role, student interests, local community) while deepening their understanding of the intersections of academics and creating antiracist and antibias school communities.