In-Person, On-Site Professional Development Workshops
We will begin the program by introducing what the approach is and how it came to be. The workshop will begin with the teacher’s consideration of his/her own perspectives of critical race theory. Next, the workshop presenter will describe Gloria Ladson-Billings and other authorities’ perspectives of the fields of culturally relevant pedagogy and the characteristics of a culturally responsive classroom. Participants will workin pairs to review various practices as they identify the characteristics found in each scenario. The workshop will end with each participant considering a present practice and how he/she can revise it to incorporate culturally relevant strategies.
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a systematic approach that employs a proactive model that teaches expected behaviors, reinforces and recognizes students who are able to model these behaviors, and has systems in place to support students who present with more challenging behaviors. This workshop focuses on building a school-wide team to ensure students are consistently getting the same message, regardless of the settings they are in or the adults with whom they come into contact. Participants will engage with videos and hands-on activities to gain competency in this new approach to behavior management. Teams will work to develop school-wide behavioral expectations, design what those expectations look, feel, and sound like, and brainstorm a school-wide system of recognizing positive behaviors. An action plan of immediate next steps will be created so that participants can begin the implementation process as soon as they return to school.
Habits of mind are the critical life skills that students needs to be successful in school and life. Participants will learn practical strategies to help students at all grade levels learn how to face challenges in school and at home. This workshop focuses on learning the 16 characteristics for success in school and life. These tools will support social and emotional development (communicating effectively, self-regulation, listening with empathy) as well as academic skills (persistence, independent thinking, taking academic risks). Participants will engage in interactive activities that support the integration of these techniques into their existing curriculum. Video vignettes will be viewed to identify best practices, and teams will walkaway with a plan for setting up a classroom environment that supports the habits of mind.
As rates of adverse childhood experiences continue to increase, so do their impact on academic and behavioral outcomes. This interactive workshop will help educators identify the many traumatic experiences that students may experience and how the brain and body respond to these stressors. Participants will explore a variety of strategies and tools, with a focus on promoting protective factors and resiliency. Participants will also identify how the experience of trauma can affect both themselves and the school climate overall, and how schools can use trauma-sensitive practices as a way to create positive outcomes for all.
New Jersey has recently adopted Social Emotional Competencies as part of the Standards that schools use to guide their curriculum and instruction. Through this interactive, hands-on workshop, evidence on the benefits of SEL in school will be discussed and teachers will leave with a thorough understanding of WHAT these competencies mean and HOW to include the SEL competencies in their classrooms. Participants will take an in-depth look at each of the five competencies (Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness,Responsible Decision-Making, and Relationship Skills) by reviewing best practices, lesson plans and curriculum resources. Finally, teachers will walk away with strategies for immediate integration of the SEL competencies into their academic instruction and classroom routines.