The following workshops are available remotely on Zoom for staff and parents. If mutually agreed upon by the presenter and requesting district, workshops may be offered in person.
Intention versus Perception: Professional Boundaries and the Importance of Healthy Relationships with Youth
This workshop will discuss the importance of being thoughtful and intentional in developing healthy relationships with youth, especially adolescents, who struggle with mental health issues in a school-based setting. We know that a healthy, trusting relationship with a young person is critical to their resilience and growth, especially in the face of trauma or social emotional challenges; but the limits and boundaries of these relationships vary depending on one's role. We will explore the potential perception and impact the different ways in which we interact with youth can have, and the boundaries that can help establish a sense of safety and predictability.
Interprofessional Collaboration is Key to Effectively Supporting Students
Professionals working in the field of special education face the often challenging task of working with colleagues from different training and theoretical backgrounds to help students accomplish their educational, social, behavioral and functional goals. During this workshop, we will define collaboration, discuss how to adopt a collaborative mindset, and recommend specific collaborative behaviors for maintaining positive professional relationships with members of our teams while effectively working together to help students reach their goals.
Intervention Strategies for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (Remote Only)
Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) require specialized treatment based on their unique profile of strengths and vulnerabilities. This workshop will discuss effective treatment and intervention strategies that can be used in the classroom. This workshop will present current research and evidence-based practices to foster functional independence in the areas of social communication and interaction, behavioral regulation, and adaptive behavior. Use of supports that enhance academic and educational functioning will also be discussed.
Introduction to Conscious Discipline (Remote Only)
What are some of the challenging behaviors you are dealing with as you teach? Traditional discipline does not always have the desired outcomes we seek. Conscious Discipline utilizes everyday events to cultivate emotional intelligence through a self-regulation program that integrates social-emotional learning and discipline. Learn what Conscious Discipline is all about and how to apply the concepts in your role as a teacher or as a parent. This workshop is recommended for Preschool through Elementary staff.
Introduction to Sensory Integration Disorders
Many children who may be identified as having behavioral struggles, may actually be managing the needs of their sensory systems. These systems process all of the internal and external stimuli that enter the body and brain throughout the day. By uncovering how each sensory system may be impacted, we can better understand the needs of the children we work with and more easily support their development and success in the classroom.
It's All About Humanity - See Me! Hear Me! (Remote Only)
This workshop will focus on seeing the value of many minority groups. It acknowledges the importance of understanding anti racism through the lens of equity. It centers on why cultural inclusivity and race matters.
Creating awareness about mental wellness can begin in elementary school. This interactive presentation teaches children how to identify their emotions, develop coping skills, and build empathy. Suitable for grades K-4 and facilitated by a licensed clinician from Minding Your Mind. Recommended for Grades K - 4. Available in Spanish.
LIFE/work Balance (Remote Only)
For many of us, we define ourselves by what we do professionally. This can be good, but also detrimental if we lose focus on everything else that life has to offer. In this workshop, you will assess your life in 18 areas – career and 17 others – to get a sense of your LIFE/work balance. You will also go through exercises to prioritize some other areas and set goals in them too. Finally, you will leave with a personalized, color-coded bar chart that reflects your 18 areas, which can be an excellent source of motivation, inspiration, and validation.
Making Sense of the English Language Development Framework
Get familiar with the newly revised English Language Development Framework (WIDA 2020) Standards, gaining practical insights and strategies to effectively support the linguistic and academic development of multilingual learners. This is an overview of the key elements of the framework including what has changed, what has remained, and how it applies to K-12 educators with multilingual learners.
Managing Hot Moments and Difficult Conversations
Helping schools – teachers and staff manage hot moments and difficult conversations that arise due to current events or an incident that has occurred at a school. This workshop helps schools prepare prior to an incident.