Blast IU 17 is devoted to our community and offering professional development opportunities that will cultivate and support the minds of educators, faculty, and staff in our surrounding districts.
The Office of Professional Learning offers a large array of on site learning workshops for your needs. Below is what is currently available, look back often for continual updates on the newest professional development opportunities.
Events in September 2023
- Principals in Action
Principals in Action
Facilitated by the BLaST Division of Educational Planning, these meetings are focused on featured topics and networking for Building Principals and Aspiring Principals. Topics include relevant K-12 PDE initiatives, specifically staffing and recruitment, and regional needs. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in our “Principals in Practice” series as part of their field experience. Participants can extend their time by visiting a Principal “in action”. Visits will be coordinated with the team on an as-need basis.
September 19 – Williamsport Office
December 7 – Canton Office
March 7 – Canton Office
Facilitator: Rebecca Gibboney
Cost: This training is supported by 23-24 Statewide System of Support and is made available at no cost
Registration: CLICK HERE
Act 48: 9 hours
**Act 45 hours pending approval
- Trauma-Informed Educators' Collaborative
Trauma-Informed Educators' Collaborative
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. 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.
Lunch is provided
- Belonging Through A Culture of Dignity: A Trauma-Informed Approach
Belonging Through A Culture of Dignity: A Trauma-Informed Approach
The research is clear: in order to learn, students must first feel safe at school. Using the book Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity: The Keys to Successful Equity Implementation (Cobb & Krownapple, 2019) and the PA Department of Education’s framework for equity, inclusion, and belonging (EIB), participants will delve into systemic trauma-informed practices that ensure all students feel safe and connected at school.
9/26/23: Williamsport office
11/14/23: Canton office
1/23/24: Williamsport office
3/19/24: Canton office
Cost: $200 (includes lunch and materials)