October 19, 2018

#11732 Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Interface

If you work with children, learning about ACEs will change the way you deal with those difficult behaviors some children exhibit. The information in this workshop is a prerequisite to understanding the strategies presented at the February 11th, 2019, “Using Restorative Practices for Positive Classroom Management at the Elementary Level” workshop.

The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study confirms with scientific evidence that adversity during development increases the risk of physical, mental and behavioral problems later in life. The ACE Study and other research using the Study’s framework have taught us that ACEs are the leading cause of health and social problems in our nation – the most powerful determinant of the public’s health. Toxic stress during childhood can impact brain development and brain interaction with body systems and can result in negative behaviors. You see these behaviors and maladaptive coping skills every day in classrooms, hallways, and on the sidewalk.  But childhood is a window of opportunity for building resilience – after all, the developing brain is sensitive to all kinds of experience. Learn about these patterns of brain development, the ACE study, our opportunities for ACE prevention, and how protective systems promote resilience in children, families and our community for more productive learning and safe, nurturing environments.

This training will include a viewing and discussion of the documentary “Paper Tigers”. “Paper
Tigers” follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.Training provided by Anne McNelis, LCSW of Transitions Mental Health Services.
Training supported and endorsed by the Eastern Iowa – Western Illinois Trauma Informed Care Consortium.

This training naturally pairs well with “ACES Comes to School: Strategies to Reduce Challenging Symptoms in the School” as a follow up.

No electronics necessary.

Date:  February 5, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125
Location:  ROE Moline
PD Hours:  6
Audience:  All School Staff, Teachers, Paras, Disciplinarians, and Administrators
Presenter:  Anne McNelis
Registration Deadline:  1/29/2019

#11719 Using Assessments to Improve Student Learning

Participants will identify characteristics of their students as learners, strengths, interests, and potential through the context of the classroom.  Participants will analyze students’ work from their classroom with a variety of assessments to monitor progress of learning goals quantitatively for each student.  Progress monitoring will be used to monitor the student’s learning to determine if finite adjustments with a variety of strategies are warranted to affect the student’s learning.  Reflective teaching practices will be utilized throughout the workshop to analyze their practice in light of student achievement.
Participants are required to bring a laptop or tablet to access data and research and to bring the work from a recent/current unit of study of at least 2 students. Student work may include pretest, formative assessment data, activities throughout the unit to demonstrate skills, etc.

Date:  November 27, 2018
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  5.5
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  Primary and Secondary Level Teachers and Administrators
Presenter:  Carole Allert
Registration Deadline:  11/20/2018

#11699 Building Resiliency in our Students and Staff

Over 200 educators attended our Adverse Childhood Trauma (ACEs) workshops with Jen Best and Anne McNelis last year. Jen and Anne are back.  They will be moving us forward and teaching us how to build resiliency in children AND adults (reducing professional burnout!)

During the morning session, Jen will address building resiliency in our students:
Resilience is defined as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.  When children are resilient, they are better able to make sense of difficult situations, build healthier relationships, regulate emotions more effectively, and experience control over their lives.  Even in the face of adverse childhood experiences, individuals can learn the skills to become more resilient. Adults in a child’s life can develop environments that correlate to resilience, and engage children in experiences and activities that build resilience.  This workshop will focus on what research tells us about how resilience develops, the role of protective factors in resilient individuals, and strategic ways to support children as they learn to become more resilient.

During the afternoon session Anne will concentrate on developing resiliency in adults and their specific needs:
This portion of the workshop will cover the concepts of professional burnout vs. vicarious trauma, recognizing the signs and manifestations, how to prevent it/reduce/address it; and the importance of self-care on an individual level and how to build in self-care and resiliency within the school culture.
Date:  October 29, 2018
Time:  8:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost:  $125.00
PD Hours:  6
Location:  ROE Moline
Presenters:  Jen Best & Anne McNelis
Audience:  All School and District Staff, Classroom Teachers, Paras, Disciplinarians, Administrators
Registration Deadline:  10/22/2018