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Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

CSIU Announces Center for Schools and Communities Director

Camp Hill, Pa. — The Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit is pleased to announce the appointment of Shileste Overton Morris as director of the Center for Schools and Communities. A longtime leader of the Center’s youth development programs, Overton Morris was appointed by the CSIU board in July. Read More


Access & Opportunity: A Regional Conversation About Recruiting, Retaining and Developing a Diverse Workforce


October 10, 2017, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pa.

The speakers for this powerful regional conversation are:

  • Jeff Haste, Chairman, Dauphin County Commissioners
  • Andrew Helmer, Vice President of Human Resources, Hershey® Entertainment & Resorts
  • Dr. Vilas A. Prabhu, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Millersville University
  • Shileste Overton Morris, MPA, Director, Center for Schools and Communities

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Unique Trainings Offered in Harrisburg Area and On-Site

The Center for Schools and Communities is pleased to announce two new training courses for educators and helping professionals. Each six-hour course is eligible for Act 48 and/or NASW credit.


Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms will offer several practical and engaging activities and discussions to have with your students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking and cultivate an atmosphere characterized by kindness, respect and collaboration.


Mindset, Grit and Optimism: Promoting Skills that Lead to Academic Tenacity will offer relatively simple educational and psychological interventions that target students' beliefs about their intelligence and abilities, their habits of self-control and their reactions to everyday setbacks to help transform their experiences and achievements in school and in life.


Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit

The Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit was developed by the Center for Safe Schools with funding from the Highmark Foundation. It provides information about the issue of bullying and the role of adults and professionals in supporting children who are affected by it. This toolkit was developed with input from an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders. It is part of a multi-tiered strategy to promote coordination of bullying prevention efforts across the state of Pennsylvania and to encourage local communities to develop effective, collaborative approaches to bullying prevention and intervention. Click here to download the Toolkit.


Strengthening Families Toolkit for Educators

Strengthening Families is an approach to working with families to prevent child abuse and neglect that builds upon family strengths, rather than focusing on deficits. It is not a curriculum or a program, but instead offers a framework of five research-based Protective Factors that give parents what they need to parent effectively, even under stress. Click here to access the Toolkit.


Bullying and Suicide: What Educators Need to Know

Recorded Presentation

Presenters Dr. Sue Limber and Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, experts in bullying and crisis prevention/response, address issues of adolescent suicide and bullying experiences. This session was recorded live and hosted by the Center for Safe Schools with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Highmark Foundation.

For more information and to view the session, click here.


Engaging Youth in Career Programming
During Out-of-School Time

Lessons for Program Design from a Study of Experienced Out-of-School Time Programs

This detailed study of 26 out-of-school time programs in Pennsylvania includes a review of challenges, creative solutions and best practices for career exploration and interest assessment, job search skills,
supervised work experience, and skills development. Click here to download the program design resource.