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 16: 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, August 16, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00 pm ET (12:00 am CT/ 11:00 am MT/ 10:00 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)