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.
The New Norm: Privacy Concerns of Students - New!
Today’s youth post their whole lives on social media platforms that seem to be ever-changing. Cell phone cameras and other recording devices present privacy issues for students and educators alike. New platforms for speech bring new concerns as to what speech is protected and what is not. This in-service workshop addresses what types of speech issues might arise in the context of Tik-Tok and other platforms, what can (and cannot) be done by the district, and how this might intersect with mandatory reporting requirements. This in-service workshop is also available for parents and community members.
The Role of Neuropsychological Assessments in Understanding Student Learning and Behavior (Remote Only)
Designed for school psychologists, social workers, guidance counselors, nurses, and special education staff, this workshop will discuss identifying a student's strengths and challenges using neuropsychological testing. Participants will learn how to examine neuropsychological tests, how they are used, and how to develop instructional and behavioral strategies for students based on these assessments.
Thriving in the Age of Digital Distraction (Remote Only)
In today’s world, 24/7 connectivity contributes to digital distraction and phone dependence, which may hinder students' physical, mental, and emotional health. Social media platforms can foster a culture of peer comparison. How do we all shift from digital overload to more tech/life balance? Students will learn the data and be introduced to the LookUp Challenge: a student-led initiative to take a break from phones, social media and technology for a week as a school community on each students' own terms.
Underage Substance Use
Underage substance use continues to be a major issue in our schools and communities. Street drugs are readily available in many communities and teen drug users may easily obtain over the counter or prescription medications from a variety of sources, including their family's medicine cabinet. Information about the opioid epidemic is included in this workshop.
Underage Substance Use: Culture Shock
Teen substance use, including alcohol, marijuana, and illegal use of prescription drugs, impacts our schools and communities. The dangers of substance use and abuse, including how the opioid and heroin epidemic is affecting Massachusetts, will be highlighted.
Understanding and Responding to Victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation
Every day, young people are deceived, manipulated, coerced, and forced into the commercial sex trade. This multibillion-dollar industry targets vulnerable individuals in our communities. The Understanding and Responding to Victims Training gives service providers, law enforcement, and community members the tools needed to better serve this marginalized population.
Understanding Digital Abuse
Incidents of Digital Abuse are on the rise. Digital Abuse, which includes the use of technology to harass, exploit, and intimidate others takes many forms. This conversation focuses on how young people today may be exploited and explores the definition and types of digital abuse. This workshop will also demonstrate how digital abuse is similar/different than other forms sexual violence, our state's laws, and best practices for prevention.
Unlocking Potential: The Power of Developing & Promoting a Growth Mindset
Whether it is a fixed or a growth mindset, exploring our mindsets allows us to examine our true potential and view failure as an opportunity. In this workshop, participants will learn the difference between a growth mindset and a fixed mindset and how it pertains to working with students. Additionally, participants will evaluate their mindset to see where their beliefs are and discuss how small shifts in thinking and reframing circumstances can dramatically impact daily life inside and outside the classroom. Best practices for classroom management will be examined and tips for developing teacher-student relationships that promote a growth mindset and allow students to flourish.
Vicarious Trauma and Self Care
Teachers are the front line to our students and often take on secondary trauma that their students have faced in their little lives. This can lead to fatigue and burn out in staff. Being able to identify physical and emotional symptoms of vicarious trauma as an educator allows teachers to build a tool box of self care supports.