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.


 
Mental and Behavioral Health

Overview of Autism Spectrum Disorder for First Responders (Remote Only)

This webinar will provide an overview of the symptoms of ASD across the lifespan and specific strategies for first responders to utilize when interacting with potential individuals in the community. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is often referred to as an “invisible disability” because the symptoms of ASD are not necessarily overt. This is especially the case for individuals with ASD who are verbal and intelligent and, thus, might appear to first responders as typically developing. Yet, these individuals often possess significant if not debilitating sensory processing impairments, restricted and repetitive behaviors, and emotional dysregulation that can result in severe behavioral decompensation in the face of unpredictable events, including aggression, self-injury, and/or property destruction.
Mental and Behavioral Health

Preparing Students with ASD for Transition to Adulthood (Remote Only)

Transitioning out of high school to either continued education or the workplace is extremely challenging for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Even though most individuals with ASD have intact cognition and language, most fail to achieve levels of independence in adulthood due to limited functional social, communication, and adaptive skills necessary for self-sufficiency. There is a critical need to prepare for this transition early, intensively, and comprehensively. This workshop will provide an overview of strategies, supports, and accommodations that can be implemented in schools to promote a successful transition.
Mental and Behavioral Health

Programming for Autism in the Schools for Students with Intact Cognition and Language (Remote Only)

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) continues to broaden, with many autistic individuals having no cognitive and/or language impairments that confound their social disability. Therefore, many of these individuals receive educational programming within mainstream or inclusive settings. Yet despite their cognitive and language prowess, many students with ASD struggle with social communication and interaction. They often experience co-occurring challenges, including impairments in executive functioning and adaptive behavior skills, as well as social-emotional struggles that merit direct intervention in the schools. This webinar will provide an overview of the more subtle but complex presentations ASD, including females, and will present evidence-based strategies for fostering all areas of vulnerability within the school system. Concepts of masking and camouflaging behaviors, as well the misnomer of the widely misinterpreted description “high functioning autism” will be discussed.
Anti-Racism Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Project-Based Learning and Social Justice (Remote Only)

In this workshop, educators will explore project-based learning as an educational method through which social justice can be taught effectively. Educators will start with an overview of the seven essential project design elements and teaching practices of high-quality project-based learning. Next, educators will dive deeply into the six elements of social justice education. Finally, educators will design a project relative to their teaching context.
School Assemblies

Reach for the Stars: How to Maximize Your Full Potential with a Growth Mindset for High School Students

When faced with a challenge, how do you react? How do you cope with failure? Do you value effort? Exploring our mindset, whether it is a fixed or a growth mindset, allows us to examine our potential. In this workshop, students will learn the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset and how it pertains to their goals and achievements. Additionally, students will evaluate their mindset to see where their beliefs are and discuss how small shifts in thinking can dramatically impact daily life.
School Assemblies

RESPECT - New!

Giving and receiving respect allows us to communicate effectively, own our own successes and failures and better respond to those of others. This workshop will empower students and give them lifelong tools they can use in interactions with their family, peers, and others.
School Safety

Restorative Justice

Traditional school discipline does not always help students take responsibility and be accountable for their behaviors or to realize how those behaviors reverberate through the school community. Restorative Justice helps to change behavior by allowing the victim to be heard and acknowledging that a harm has been done. This workshop will give participants the tools necessary to expand disciplinary alternatives. This presentation is only available to school staff and administrators.
School Safety

Safe and Healthy Relationships

This workshop will offer strategies for opening the conversation and engaging teens in thinking critically about healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Mindfulness and Self-Care for Educators

Self-Care and Work-Life Balance: What Works for YOU

The demands of educators today have faculty, administrators, and staff running in numerous directions with little time to pause and reflect, let alone allow for space to define what self-care at work (and at home) could/should look like. This interactive workshop provides participants with a "time out" to breathe (seriously), learn steps to craft an individualized self-care approach, understand how to protect oneself from emotional mugging, as well as an honest conversation on why asking your supervisor about "work-life balance" might set us up for disappointment. Participants will leave empowered and recharged--because when you feel good, you do good!
Social and Emotional Learning

Self-Regulation Strategies: Grades 5-12

Providing 5-12 students with a cognitive behavioral approach to teach how to identify and to process feelings will result in developing strategies to cope with difficult situations. These skills will lead to improved self-regulation in students as well as increase increased ability to be actively engaged in learning.