Four years into implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act’s protections for students in foster care, we have made great strides but ongoing effort and planning is needed to successfully implement school stability policies to support students in foster care. Join this session for an in-depth discussion of the Best Interest Determination (BID) process, including an overview of tools to help schools and child welfare agencies collaborate around these important decisions, as well as hear from local points of contacts while they share best practices. Additionally, hear about how COVID-19 has affected BIDs and how to help students in foster care now, as well as how to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Act 48 and NASW credits are available for those attending the webinar in its entirety.
This event is intended for school district foster care points of contact and child welfare agency education liaisons. Other professionals working with students in foster care are invited to attend.Register for Making Quality BIDS >
The DCJS Virginia Center for School and Campus Safety in partnership with the Maryland Center for School Safety and Pennsylvania Center for Safe Schools is offering this webinar.
Hear compelling stories of response and after action lessons learned from people who have experienced school violence first-hand. Learn about the importance of succinct training, preparation, and response actions. This webinar will provide steps to create sustainable solutions and guidance on creating immediate and long term recovery plans. Specific protocols discussed will include the Standard Response Protocol (SRP) and the Standard Reunification Method (SRM) as developed by the I Love U Guys Foundation.Register for The Briefings >
Dr. Stephanie Serriere will offer five pillars for the “civically-minded” elementary teacher to promote civic empowerment in the elementary years. Her workshop will illuminate these pillars with research-backed practices for promoting and integrating civic education in a classroom ethos and curriculum. Some practices she will share include using “photo-talks” to explore classroom issues, civic action projects, student-created magazines (called civic ‘zines) on student chosen issues, and applications of the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) framework for elementary level. Guided by key questions for practice, teachers will have time to network and share ideas.Register for Teaching for Civic Empowerment in the Elementary Years >
Three-Part Workshop Series (May 5, 6 and 13)
Participants will consider the critical components of ELD curriculum and explore methods for engaging in the collaborative development process by approaching development that utilizes the Understanding by Design framework and the elements of Universal Design for Learning to integrate academic content standards and 2020 updated WIDA ELD Standards. Registration for this workshop series is only open to current employees of Pennsylvania public LEAs.
National Foster Care Month Special Panel Presentation
Hear from members of the Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board (YAB) about their journey to and through higher education. The Pennsylvania YAB is comprised of current and former youth in foster care, ages 14-21. YAB youth leaders educate, advocate and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system. This training will feature a moderated panel of YAB alumni discussing their experiences transitioning to higher education as well as how educators and child welfare professionals can create conditions that support youth with experience in foster care to and through higher education. The webinar will also highlight key information pertaining to Pennsylvania’s new Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program (FosterEd). Act 48 and NASW credits are available for those attending the webinar in its entirety.
This event is intended for school district and higher education institution foster care points of contacts and child welfare agency education liaisons. Other professionals working with students in foster care are invited to attend.Register for To and Through >
Three days of high quality sessions presented by some of the top SEL thought leaders in the nation, a keynote presentation with Dena Simmons, Ed.D., Founder of LiberatED, immersive skill building sessions, workshops, special offerings from our sponsors and of course networking with colleagues. All education professionals welcome. Perfect for district and school thought-leaders preparing to implement new SEL approaches and programs in the upcoming school year.Register for 2021 National SEL Conference >
Third Thursday Webinar
In this era of digital connection and communication, educators and students are facing many challenges such as increased time spent online at younger ages. This interactive presentation will explore some of the complexities of educating, supporting and connecting with youth in today’s world. The presenters will navigate the areas of cyberbullying, online safety and digital citizenship. Working in a multi-tiered system of support framework and focusing on the social emotional needs of students, the presentation will provide practical strategies and usable resources for primary and secondary educators.
When COVID-19 emerged, we all had to adapt and find new ways of doing almost everything, from socializing and grocery shopping, to working and teaching. During a time when the only thing that seemed certain was uncertainty itself, educators across the globe rose to the occasion to reimagine teaching. We had to find ways to make sure that youth are still receiving the education and resources they need to achieve success — despite circumstances. As we look toward this next chapter of what learning will look like in a post-COVID world, ensuring children’s access to high-quality financial literacy education is critical for them to successfully navigate an ever-changing socioeconomic climate. This summit will feature financial literacy professionals discussing tools that will equip educators to empower youth to make informed, smart decisions about money, credit cards, financing education and planning for their future.Register for Financial Literacy After COVID >
A unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge and practice for working with students experiencing homelessness and students in foster care.
School district foster care points of contact, homeless liaisons, child welfare agency points of contact, child welfare private providers, shelter staff, educators, school social workers, pupil services personnel, school counselors, and any other professionals working with children and youth experiencing homelessness and children and youth in foster care are encouraged to attend.