Mental & Behavioral Health

School Mental Health Leadership Institute: Engaging in Continuous Improvement

May 4, 2022 | 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

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This webinar is free of charge to all Massachusetts Educators.  Nonmembers are not eligible to apply for PDPs/CEUs.  Please check the current list of member districts and organizations under the "About Us" tab to see if your district/organization is a current member of MPY.

Speakers: John Crocker, M.Ed., Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, Methuen Public Schools, Founder and Director, MASMH;, Laura Dziorny, Deputy Director, Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy

Webinar Description
Being a leader in school mental health means engaging in an ongoing process of refining and enhancing the services offered to students. In order to carry out this work, leaders must first understand the fundamental principles of continuous improvement, including the value of “learning by doing” and using PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) cycles to drive change. This webinar will focus on how leaders can bring together the core elements of infrastructure, interventions, and data to build a school mental health system designed to “get better at getting better.”

About the Speakers
John Crocker, M.Ed., has worked in public education for a decade, primarily as the administrator for the Methuen Public Schools Guidance Department. He has overseen the planning and implementation of the “Mental Health Initiative,” which has focused on the establishment of a comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS) in partnership with the National Center for School Mental Health (NCSMH). He was recently appointed to the role of Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services, a position charged with overseeing the district-wide implementation and evaluation of Methuen’s comprehensive school mental health system (CSMHS) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS).

Laura Dziorney joined the Rennie Center with a background in education policy and on-the-ground experience at both the classroom and district levels. In her role as Deputy Director, she oversees a variety of internal and external responsibilities for the Rennie Center, from budgeting and human resources to board engagement and policy outreach. Prior to joining Rennie, Laura served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Boston Public Schools, where she worked closely with the School Committee to advance district policy-making and managed projects including a working group on measuring school quality. Laura is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where she participated in the policy clinic of the Harrison Institute for Public Law and served as an intern in the education policy office of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Before law school, she taught fourth grade at Ira J. Earl Elementary School in Las Vegas, Nevada and earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

While this series is open to all Massachusetts educators, only attendees from districts who belong to MPY may apply for PDPs and/or CEUs.

Slides available here.

Membership Information
Most MPY webinars are available to ONLY current staff from member districts and organizations. Public school memberships include police and fire personnel. Former and retired employees and members of committees, including but not limited to, PTO/PTA, PAC, School Improvement Councils, Health Councils, Drug/Alcohol Councils, and school volunteers, are not considered MPY members.

PDPs and CEUs
MPY is an approved Professional Development Provider through the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (F20180079 provider number). Professional Development Points (PDPs) are offered for all MPY professional development webinars. PDPs are issued for a minimum of 10 hours of training.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available for clinical staff from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association, Inc. (MaMHCA). The NASW and the MaMHCA approves each event. Event participants may request CEUs by filling out the request form above. 

Requests for PDPs and CEUs must be submitted within 8 days of the webinar. PDPs and CEUs will only be issued to participants who have attended the webinar(s) and submitted the appropriate paperwork within 8 days of the webinar, with accurate accountability codes. 

PDP and CEU certificates will be emailed to attendees at the end of the school year.

Event Cancellation Policy
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