The COVID-19 pandemic has created new stressors for children and families already coping with stressful lives. As we strive for equity, racial and ethnic disparities as they impact families, further increase levels of stress, anxiety and worry. Those working with children and families are also balancing the needs of their own families and this is not always easy. The presenter will address how the pandemic and other recent events have affected children and families and those who serve them. Ideas and strategies to reduce stress and increase coping and resilience for everyone will be discussed.Register for Changing How We Care, Not That We Care >
Attend the virtual 2021 MEP Conference and discover promising practices to support the educational success of migrant education students. The conference is designed to provide a space for parents, teachers, administrators, scholars and Pennsylvania Department of Education staff to engage in professional practices of knowledge sharing, discussion, critical analysis, and re-visioning of educational policies and practices for the purpose of advancing the quality of educational experiences for migrant education and English learner students and families.Register for the MEP Conference >
This webinar is part of the Third Thursday Series.
Both bullying prevention and social emotional learning programs can result in positive outcomes for students. However, research suggests that SEL programming alone is not a best practice for bullying prevention but can help when both are integrated into a schoolwide prevention approach. Bullying prevention and SEL are essential for building a positive climate whether in traditional or virtual schools.
The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is proven to reduce bullying in schools and it also provides a framework for an effective, comprehensive approach to SEL. Learn more about OBPP in this Third Thursday Series webinar.Third Thursday Information and Webinar Registration >
Two-Part Workshop (March 22 and 29)
An intensive and guided approach to making the best and appropriate use of ACCESS data and other related outcomes data. Review best practices in improvement planning and the evaluation of improvement plans. Participants will be able to understand the design and intended uses of ACCESS; use best practices in educational improvement planning; and describe and utilize common evaluation methods, (e.g. logic models) and how they relate to a given improvement plan. Registration for this workshop is only open to current employees of Pennsylvania public LEAs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education released the Equitable Practices Hub in September 2020. The hub is organized by six equity pillars of practice: 1) General Equity Practices, 2) Self-Awareness, 3) Data Practices, 4) Family and Community Engagement, 5) Academic Equity, and 6) Disciplinary Equity. This session will provide an overview of the hub and the importance of equity in Pennsylvania schools. Act 48 and NASW credits will be available pending approval.Register for Begin the Journey >
Communities across the globe will be joining together to celebrate the second annual International SEL Day. This is a day set to signify the importance of Social and Emotional Learning.Join the Celebration >
Supporting families as they learn about autism and their child is much easier when you have “inside information” about common concerns and what the child’s perspective might be. We will talk about speech versus communication, sensory differences and social-relational issues, with the aim of meeting both the child’s and family’s need for a safe, supportive environment where children and adults can learn and grow.Register for Supporting Families New to Autism >
Gain program-specific professional development, share best practices, and learn skills to better serve the expectant and parenting teens of Pennsylvania. Please note that attendance is solely for Pennsylvania residents that are affiliated with an ELECT program.More About ELECT Conference >
“Trauma-Informed PA: A Plan to Make Pennsylvania a Trauma-Informed, Healing-Centered State” was released July 2020 by the Office of Advocacy and Reform. The plan presents a continuum starting with becoming trauma aware and moving toward being in a healing-centered state. This presentation will utilize the continuum presented in the plan to address relationship strategies when working with youth, as well as strategies to move from compassion fatigue to compassion resilience to assist adults who are working with youth who have experienced trauma. Act 48 and NASW credits will be available pending approval.Register for Employing Self-Compassion and Relationship Building >
The 2021 ELD Summit is a unique opportunity for educators to engage in knowledge sharing, critical analysis, and re-visioning of educational policies and practices for the purpose of ensuring equity for English learners in a multilingual world. To be eligible to register for the 2021 ELD Virtual Summit, you must be a current employee of a Pennsylvania LEA or higher education institution and register with an organization-affiliated email address.More About ELD Conference >
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.
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., from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, 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. Leave inspired and equipped to take social and emotional learning to the next level in your school or organization!More About SEL Conference >