From ACEs to Resiliency
Presented by Lisa Parker, LICSW
ACEs (Adverse Childhood Events) are common, yet impactful, experiences that shape the lives of our students and ourselves. Learn what they mean for us and our work with children in the classroom, and how to build resiliency.
Fostering Connections in Schools
Presented by Kim Pristawa
This session will examine the importance of school connectedness and how it relates to different forms of prevention in schools as well as social-emotional learning. A connections screening process that was developed in one school district will be reviewed, including nine years worth of longitudinal data. Benefits for students and teachers will be highlighted and lessons learned along the way will be discussed.
Self Care and Wellness for Educators
Presented by Autumn Francesca
Educators are often depleted after a day of educating and caring for children under stressful conditions. Stress may come from school, community, or personal issues. Chronic stress causes people to become irritable, discouraged and prone to illness. Learn strategies and short simple practices to shift your energy and reduce stress. Autumn will also share recommendations on how to take care of the whole body for the busy educator.
Presented by Dana Osowieki, Ph.D.
As educators and school-based professionals we are encountering more students who have experienced trauma, or who experience heightened levels of anxiety on an ongoing basis. Brief exposure to a traumatic event can impact a community, and repeated chronic exposure to trauma both can have lasting impacts on the individual through numerous pathways, including brain-based changes, social factors, and educational performance. This presentation will explore how trauma and anxiety affects our students, and ourselves, and will provide practical strategies for creating a safe environment for students, helping students regulate their emotions to foster learning, and self-care skills for teachers working with chronically stressed students.
Authentic Family Engagement: What it is and how to do it!
Presented by Karen Buetens and Kelsey Trubia
This workshop will define family engagement, outline why it is so effective for better student outcomes, and provide practical strategies for increasing family engagement. Participants will be provided with practical strategies that can be easily implemented and add another level of satisfaction to one’s work.
Social Emotional Learning and Embedding Standards into Instruction
Presented by Alice Woods
Hear a brief introduction to the five Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies and the RI SEL Standards: Competencies for School and Life Success, along with the accompanying indicators. The group will then discuss and consider various ways SEL instruction can be provided, and focus on how to embed SEL practices into current teaching strategies and how they align with the standards.