Webinars are an important aspect of the content we provide at IBPA. See below for more details on some of the experts in the field and the topics they will discuss with us. Registration is free for all members!
April 5: Trauma Informed Practices in Schools - An overview
Participants will learn the What, Why and How
of trauma informed practices within the school community. Special emphasis will be placed on whole school practices and self-care. Participants will receive resources and information for downloadable resources.
Ms. Mara Madrigal-Weiss currently serves as the Coordinator of Student Mental Health and Well-being for the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE). Prior to entering into educational administration, her experience included working with school communities as a Family Case Manager, Protective Services Worker and Family Resource Center Director.
Her area’s of expertise include implementation of comprehensive positive school climate programming including but not limited to restorative practices, trauma informed practices, positive behavior and intervention supports, bullying prevention and intervention and mental health awareness.
At present Ms. Weiss is leading the Student Mental Health Initiative for the SDCOE and Project Cal-Well a SAMHSA funded federal grant to increase student access to mental health and build positive school climates (Now Is The Time NITT AWARE).
Her other area of expertise is in cross system collaboration and information sharing practices among youth serving partners including but not limited to law enforcement, protective services, probation, mental and behavioral health providers resulting in trauma informed enhanced service delivery for students and their families.
Ms. Mara Madrigal- Weiss has earned her B.A. in Sociology an M.A. in Human Behavior, an M.Ed with an emphasis in counseling and an M.Ed in Educational Leadership. She is a recent past executive board member of International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) the only international association dedicated to addressing bullying prevention worldwide.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET (12:00 am CT/ 11:00 am MT/ 10:00 am PT)
April 25: Practical Mindfulness - Being Calm and Clear Despite the Chaos
Mindfulness meditation helps us build our focus and self-awareness muscles. When we exercise these muscles, we can reduce our stress levels and respond more skillfully, rather than reacting on auto pilot, even in the midst of chaos. Learn some simple meditation techniques, like belly breathing and observing body sensations, that you can practice to enhance your ability to deal with life’s difficulties.
Rachel Wohl is an attorney, mediator, trainer and president of Conflict Specialists International, LLC. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation for over 20 years and teaching meditation for over 10 years. She is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine Law School’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, where she teaches a 3-day workshop, “Practical Mindfulness: Being Clear and Calm in the Heat of Conflict” twice a year. She also teaches mindfulness classes in a variety of venues and gives private meditation instruction. She recently co-authored an article with Len Riskin, “Mindfulness in the Heat of Conflict: Taking Stock,” which was published in the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Volume 20, describing a tool she and Riskin developed to help people integrate mindful awareness into their work and lives. Rachel was previously the founding executive director of the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office, which supports and creates a broad range of ADR programs. She is a founding member of Mediators Beyond Borders, where she served on the Board for 8 years and is currently working on projects in Cambodia and the Czech Republic. She co-chaired the ABA Taskforce on Improving Mediation Quality and, in 2001, received ACR’s Mary Parker Follett Award for innovation in the field.
Wednesday, April 25, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET (11:00 am CT/ 10:00 am MT/ 9:00 am PT)
May 4: Using Children’s Literature to Address Aggression & Build SEL Skills to Create a Safer, More Positive School Climate
How do children acquire the necessary Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills, attitudes, and courage to address and prevent bullying? How can adults help foster empathy and perspective in youth? Learn how to use children’s literature as supplemental tools to model pro-social attitudes and behaviors and build SEL skills necessary for creating and maintaining a culture of respect within your school community.
Trudy Ludwig is an internationally renowned children’s advocate, speaker, and award-winning author of 9 children’s books including The Invisible Boy, a School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Selection. She has received rave reviews from educators, experts, organizations, and parents at schools and conferences around the country for her passion and compassion in addressing friendship, bullying, and cyberbullying issues. Recognized for her work to empower children to be kinder and more compassionate in their social world, Trudy has collaborated with leading experts and organizations including Sesame Street Workshop, Committee for Children, and Passport to Peace Foundation.
Thursday, May 4, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (11:00 am CT, 10:00 am MT, 9:00 am PT)
May 23: Best Practices in Bullying Prevention
Following definitions of bullying and conflict, participants will learn specific techniques and strategies that will help them develop a better understanding of offline and online bullying behavior. They will review research-based best practices and learn practical guidelines for implementing a whole-school approach to preventing peer abuse. Participants will also discuss myths about bullying, ways to acknowledge positive behavior, and to empower bystanders to help targets of bullying. The presentation will give participants practical ways to ensure that their schools have peaceful learning environments where positive and respectful behaviors are practiced in order for all students to achieve academic success as well as personal and interpersonal success.
Mary Yoder Holsopple, M.S., is the bullying prevention coordinator for Elkhart Community Schools in Elkhart, Indiana. As a certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Program trainer, Holsopple consults regularly with organizations and schools about bullying prevention and safe climate issues in student services. She is the lead author of the book Building Peace: Overcoming Violence in Local Communities. She also co-authored More Class Meetings that Matter: Respecting Others with Disabilities for Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 12:00 – 1:00 pm ET (11:00 am CT/ 10:00 am MT/ 9:00 am PT)
August 23: Create a Culture of Kindness That Lasts
You taught your kids about kindness, but they’re still being mean to one another! What gives? Kindness isn’t always easy to “do.” Creating a culture of kindness takes sustained attention over time- but it’s definitely worth the effort. Join Christa Tinari, author of Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School, to learn 5 key practices you can use to foster your students’ kindness skills throughout the school year.
Christa M. Tinari, M.A., is a former Student Assistance Counselor, nationally recognized speaker, and co-author of “Create a Culture of Kindness in Middle School: 48 Character Building Lessons to Foster Respect and Prevent Bullying”. Ms. Tinari provides educational consulting on bullying prevention and social-emotional learning, to schools and organizations across the country. She has helped schools engage parents, address bias-based harassment, reduce violence and improve school culture. Ms. Tinari is creator of The Feel & Deal Activity Deck, an emotional intelligence and empathy-building tool used in classrooms on six continents. Raised in a family of educators, Ms. Tinari passionately believes in the power of education to inspire hearts and expand minds.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (11:00 am CT, 10:00 am MT, 9:00 am PT)