Events in December 2021
- Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid
The 6-hour course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics include • Common signs and symptoms of mental illness in this age group, including » Anxiety » Depression » Eating disorders » Attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD) • Common signs and symptoms of substance use • How to interact with a child or adolescent in crisis • How to connect the person with help • New: Expanded content on trauma, addiction and self-care and the impact of social media and bullying. Two weeks of pre~work required prior to in~person training.
Registration Deadline: November 17, 2021
Time: 8:30~3:00 (Sign-in starts at 8:00 AM ~ 8:30 AM)
Where: Williamsport Blast Office (delivered virtually if restrictions require)
Act 48: 6 hours
Cost: $125 (includes materials and lunch)
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For more information visit their website: https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org
- BLaST Curriculum Coordinators and Principals Meeting
BLaST Curriculum Coordinators and Principals Meeting
These meetings are scheduled to discuss PDE updates and initiatives. Other meeting topics and/or content may be added to the agenda. If you have requests, please contact Brooke Beiter at email@example.com.
8:45 AM ~ Registration, Coffee and Collaboration
9:30 AM ~ Meeting begins
11:30 AM ~ Lunch
12:30 PM ~ Meeting ends
Registration is open until 11/26/2021
- Emotional Poverty
Join us for a one-hour virtual informational session with Dr. Ruby Payne, the author of Emotional Poverty. During this one-hour we will discuss her two most recent publications Emotional Poverty in All Demographics: How to Reduce Anger, Anxiety, and Violence in the Classroom and Emotional Poverty: Safer Students and Less-Stressed Teachers. Based on the recent publications, participants should:
- Gain an understanding of origins of anger, anxiety, and avoidance
- Learn language to talk about brain regulation, integration, and emotional competence
- Receive tools to reduce anger, anxiety, and avoidance, plus promote good behavior
- Help manage the “classroom dance” between educators and students
- Identify the differences in male and female emotional processing
Featuring author Dr. Ruby Payne, Ph.D.
Date: December 8, 2021 – 1:00pm-2:00pm
Cost: No charge
Virtual – Zoom link will be sent to registered participants prior to the event.
- LETRS 3rd Edition - Volume 1
LETRS 3rd Edition - Volume 1
LETRS addresses four critical outcomes for effective literacy instruction: understanding the science of reading, converting research to practice, enhancing teacher effectiveness, and transforming instruction. By understanding the “why” behind science and evidence-based research, educators can effectively know how to aid students in learning to read. With Bridge to Practice activities, educators implement the knowledge gained directly into their classrooms.
Guest Speaker: Dr. Pam Kastner
DATES: DEC. 9, JAN.11, FEB. 23 & MAR. 9 ~ MUST ATTEND ALL SESSIONS
TIME: 8:30 AM ~ 3:30 PM (Sign in begins at 8:00 AM)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: NOV. 15
LOCATION: WILLIAMSPORT OFFICE OR VIRTUAL
ACT 48: 24 HOURS
COST: $80 includes Lunch and materials. Must be PREPAID.
- Trauma Informed Educators Collaborative ~ Individual and Bundle options
Trauma Informed Educators Collaborative ~ Individual and Bundle options
In this collaborative, we will be focusing on the Four R’s of Trauma-Informed Care from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as it relates to student development and school culture. Each session will offer evidence-based practices that will help you develop a deeper understanding of trauma, its impact on both educators’ and students’ learning and engagement, and strategies for avoiding re-traumatization. Additionally, we will guide participants through professional standards of care that can help to prevent burnout and assist in building better relationships with colleagues and students. Training will be given in a learning and workshopping format and geared toward School Counselors, School Psychologists, and School Resource Officers, along with any other educator wishing to learn the most influential trauma-informed practices for their district. Attendance at all four sessions is required.
Districts have the option buddle this collaborative with Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and QPR Suicide Prevention Training for up to 6 people for an additional cost. (ACT 48 will be in addition to the 18 hours listed here) (Dates for YMHFA and QPR training TBD)
Session 1: REALIZE the impact of trauma on student learning and the impact it has on school climate
Session 2: RECOGNIZE the signs of trauma in students, families, staff members, and the community
Session 3: RESPOND by integrating evidence-based practices related to trauma into your school and district
Session 4: RESIST re-traumatization of students, families, and staff.
DATES & PLACES: Canton 9/20/21 & 11/8/2021 & Williamsport 10/18/2021 & 12/13/2021
TIME: 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM (Sign in begins at 8:30 AM)
INDIVIDUAL COST: $100
BUNDLE OF SIX COST: $1000
- PIIC Plus ~ 2022
PIIC Plus ~ 2022
PIIC Plus 2022
10/20/2021 to 02/16/2022
To enhance your Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC) experience, join us for PIIC Plus. To continue growing our coaching best- practices, participants will fill their coaching bucket with ‘virtual’ visits of different coaching districts. At each district, coaches will focus on one of the four elements of coaching including one-on-one and small group coaching, analyzing data, using evidenced-based literacy/instructional strategies, and strategies to promote reflective. The showcases will focus on the process of coaching and is applicable to all identified PIIC coaches; however, it is also applicable to PreK-12 teacher leaders, instructional coaches, department chairs, curriculum coordinators, and principals. When registering with payment, the participant is purchasing the bundle, which consists of the three showcases. If an event occurs and the participant is unable to attend, please let Rebecca Gibboney (firstname.lastname@example.org) know in advance for planning purposes. When purchasing the PIIC Plus Bundle the Instructional Coach will also receive Coaching Workshops, State Action Plans, one on-site Mentor visit (3/district max), coffee with coach (once a quarter), and a copy of our featured book for the year!
- Accelerate Learning: Built to Last
Accelerate Learning: Built to Last
Accelerate Learning: Built to Last is aimed at building programs, focused on academics and social-emotional learning, that last based on leadership skills and foundational systems. This program will facilitate learning around best practices in learning recovery, holistic teaching, and rebuilding agency; thereby, increasing student achievement and teacher productivity. Participants will build foundational skills to build programs that last, but will also have the opportunity to personalize their path to build more specific programs that meet the needs of their community, school, and district. The major ideas and objectives of this course align to best practices outlined in Fisher, Frey, and Hattie’s Rebound series and The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Accelerate Learning Plan.
Dr. Brooke Beiter, Ph.D Assistant to the Executive Director & Director of Educational Planning
Rebecca Gibboney, BLaST Coordinator of Professional Learning
Erin Hamilton, Curriculum Specialist
Time and Requirements:
Asynchronous pre-course work (3 hours online/3 hours job embedded): December 17 – January 25
On-site Professional Learning Day: Williamsport Office 9:00-2:30 (5 hours onsite/ 9 hours job embedded): January 25, 2022
Virtual synchronous sessions (2 hours virtual; 1 hour job embedded):
February 10 – 1:00-3:00
February 24 – 1:00-3:00
March 10 – 1:00-3:00
March 24 – 1:00-3:00
March 31 – 1:00-3:00
Location: Virtual and On-Site
Act 45/Act 48: 34 credits
Resources will be provided:
Fisher, D., Frey, N., Hattie, J., & Smith, J. (2021). Leading the Rebound. Corwin:
A SAGE Publishing Company.
Fisher, D., Frey, N., Hattie, J., & Smith, J. (2021). Rebound: A Playbook for Rebuilding Agency, Accelerating Learning Recovery, and Rethinking Schools. Corwin: A SAGE Publishing Company.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2021). Accelerated Learning: Closing Achievement Gaps with an Integrated System of Support.
Registration Deadline: December 10, 2021