The research tells us that evidence-based practices in social emotional learning and bullying prevention help students to be successful in school. The question is: “What does that look like?” This interactive webinar will provide a brief overview of best practices in social emotional learning and bullying prevention. Participants will be provided with some simple, hands-on strategies to implement in their schools and classrooms that will support students and teachers in building a positive, cohesive, and welcoming environment.
This interactive webinar will make use of several senses to explore simple ways to connect with elements of nature. There will be facilitated discussions around the benefits of nature on mental health, the value of growing and eating your own vegetables/herbs, and easy ways to “grow your own.” Outcomes include confidence to be in nature and conduct the activities presented resulting in deeper self-care.
In recent years there has been great interest in the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and how they can affect adult health and well-being. Many of us who work with children and families are eager to go beyond understanding the impact of ACEs to thinking about how our work can prevent ACEs from occurring, buffer children from negative effects of adversity they do experience, and support families so that they can thrive despite any challenges they may face. Join this webinar to learn about an emerging body of research that illuminates the role of positive childhood experiences and family protective factors in improving outcomes throughout the lifespan, and how all of this can guide us to better support children and families.
Self-regulation is a key skill that we all need in order to be healthy, productive and sociable members of society. The principles and strategies for teaching self-regulation to children also apply to adults, but sometimes we have to take more responsibility for getting the support we need. This webinar will provide a brief review of self-regulation principles and help participants match those principles to strategies they can implement in their own adult lives.
How do you form effective partnerships with youth that allow them to build the skills and competencies to be successful? Youth-adult partnerships take place when youth and adults plan, learn, and work together, with both groups sharing equally in the decision-making process. Join us for this session to learn how to engage young people as active participants in your classrooms and programs so that they meet academic, civic, and social-emotional outcomes while practicing engaged citizenry. Participants will examine the role of youth voice in their programs and receive resources on how to move up the ladder of meaningful youth-adult partnerships.
This webinar is designed for organizations that host events for parents/families and caregivers. The presentation will help participants identify and utilize methods for holding effective group events. Participants will gain insight and awareness of various formats, topics, and marketing strategies. Participants will explore strength-based strategies that help parents/families and caregivers be more engaged in group events.
Many service providers face challenges providing services to immigrant and refugee families. In this webinar we will explore strength-based strategies that go beyond language interpretation to improve parent engagement. You will have the opportunity to understand the cultural humility perspective, stages of immigrant parent engagement, and steps to create cultural adaptations to current activities/programs.
This webinar will help participants identify and reduce barriers that inhibit male caregiver participation in their child's life and in programs designed for their benefit. Through this presentation, we will uncover the systemic, social and personal obstacles that restrict fathers and male caregivers involvement in both their child's life and in programs designed for the dad’s benefit.
In this presentation, we will explore current drug trends, including specific information on vaping, marijuana and opioids. Participants will gain an understanding of adolescent addiction and the effects on the developing brain. Information on free digital resources for parents, adolescents, schools and families will be provided.
In this presentation, we will explore how unhealthy relationships may impact the healthy growth and development of children, students and young people. Participants will gain a general understanding of teen dating violence (TDV) and its long-term impact. We will identify how TDV shares characteristics with other forms of domestic violence and peer abuse. This interactive webinar will include hands-on strategies and a brief exploration of teen dating violence prevention strategies and some immediate take-aways to share with students, staff and colleagues.
To be an effective leader within your home and community, building relationships and self-awareness are skills that are key. This workshop provides a new, in-depth lens on how we make judgments about others and how that relates to our own personal experiences. We will take a deep dive into personal experiences and aspects of mindfulness in order to fully understand and absorb the information. Opportunities for self-reflection will be provided in addition to how others can be exposed to the information moving forward.
Schools are increasingly struggling with how to address students that display behavioral, mental health, and/or substance misuse issues. Building on the keynote she delivered in April, Emily Daniels will guide participants in understanding the trauma-informed care movement in that is happening in schools, why it especially applies to pregnant and teen parents, and how it can help to engage these learners.
Participants in this session will gain a better understanding of bullying behaviors and how they impact our youth. Specifically, we will focus on behaviors among our younger youth and identify some of the long-term adverse conditions that may result. Participants will come away from this webinar with strategies and resources to support parents to help their children make healthy connections and build social and emotional skills.
Advocacy can be intimidating, but it is crucial that policymakers hear from people who care about children. Using a fun approach based on the Wizard of Oz, this session features strategies to build grassroots support, advocate for policies effectively, and to excel at media interviews.
This webinar will provide a greater understanding of three savings programs for families administered by the Pennsylvania Treasury Department. Specifically, the presenter will describe the Keystone Scholars, PA 529 College and Career Savings Program, and PA ABLE Savings Program.
The presenters are Scott and Holly Stoner, co-directors of the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation in Glendale, WI. This presentation is a follow-up to their general session offered on April 10 at the ELECT Statewide Conference, during which participants learned how to run Parent and Teen Wellness Circles, about Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change, and were given the materials needed to facilitate such a group. The webinar will offer an opportunity to have your questions answered and provide strategies and best practices for using the Parent and Teen Wellness Circle concepts in 1:1 meetings with students.
In Part 2, participants will delve into the NASA Family Science Night curriculum, a freely-available suite of resources for engaging the whole family in STEM activities. We will also discuss the philosophy and pedagogy behind the NASA Family Science Night model, and the outcomes of intensive evaluation throughout development and dissemination.
You are invited to take a brief, deeper dive into the core interdisciplinary principles of infant and early childhood mental health. Additionally, we will explore Pennsylvania's Alliance for Infant Mental Health's (PA-AIMH) newly implemented Endorsement process. This webinar will be facilitated by an Infant Mental Health Specialist endorsed, Central Region PA-AIMH board member.
How can you ensure that your SEL programming is meeting the needs of learners who each bring unique strengths, cultural assets and often trauma to class each day? In this interactive webinar, learn how administrators and educators can implement SEL programming to meet the needs of all students – even those struggling behaviorally and academically.
Working together with other adults, including family members and professionals, sometimes requires participation in conversations that can be challenging. This session will provide strategies to help you make the most of these conversations by maintaining focus on listening, understanding and ultimately creating solutions.
It is recognized that all high school graduating students could benefit from goals that prepare them for adulthood. The Midwestern Intermediate Unit's ELECT program took it a step further and categorized these goals into six independent living categories. Students are empowered to complete the Steps to a Successful Transition with an intense 10-12 week follow up after their graduation. This webinar will highlight a best practice for serving students in the ELECT transition component and allow for discussion and sharing among program staff.
Participants in this webinar will reflect on how they define parental engagement, and how parents define it. Dr. Ed Bell, a 13-year veteran with the 21st CCLC program and a former afterschool director, will discuss the importance of parental engagement in the afterschool setting while sharing personal and professional scenarios for getting and keeping parents engaged. At the conclusion of the webinar, participants will rethink how to define parental engagement in an afterschool setting and develop nontraditional ways of getting parents engaged.
“If you get up one time more than you fall, you will make it through” – Chinese proverb. In this webinar, learn how to take care of YOU so you can better take care of the children whose lives you touch. This webinar will help adults reflect on their own resilience and explore ways to "build your bounce" through simple, easy-to-use strategies. Join co-author of Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies for a Resilient You, Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, Ed. D., as she shares her insights on this very important and timely topic!
The quality of parent-child interactions is influenced by a parent’s knowledge of how their behaviors impact their child’s development. Parents who engage in rich communication and exhibit supportive, responsive, nurturing, guiding, behaviors with their children, positively impact their child’s development across all domains. Through this conversation, family support professionals will explore ways to promote positive parenting behaviors. Professionals will identify practical ways to transform their understanding of the development centered parenting approach and put it into practice.
Dropping out of school is often a process of disengagement that occurs over time. The complexity of this process points to the need for systemic solutions that address root causes, necessitating changes in the way we “do” school. More than a million children and youth in the U.S. have been identified as homeless, a traumatic circumstance that can place them at greater risk for low achievement and school dropout. These students present their own specific challenges that schools and the greater community must be aware of and address in order for our children and youth to be educationally stable, successful and fully prepared for college, career or civic life. This webinar explores the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness, and how educators and agency personnel can have a positive impact on their success.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. View this webinar to learn about the continuum of addiction and discuss prevention strategies and treatment options best suited to pregnant and parenting teens. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Participants will identify symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Not all children with FASD are alike, the symptoms vary from mild to severe and early identification is the first step to an improved prognosis. Presenters also explore the distinction between helping behavior and enabling behavior in order to assist pregnant and parenting teens who may be struggling with substance use or abuse.
This webinar is intended to provide an overview of research-informed methods for supporting families and responding to disclosures and findings of child neglect. Participants will gain insight and awareness related to child neglect including variables that can contribute to neglect within families. Using the Strengthening Families Protective Factors framework as a lens, we will explore how to navigate disclosures and discussions about neglect with families using a strengths-based approach.
The webinar provides information about the new McKinney-Vento requirements for counselors and liaisons related to supporting the career and college readiness of secondary students experiencing homelessness. Dr. Havlik will discuss the challenges that these students face becoming career and college ready and provide specific strategies to enhance their career and college counseling preparation. Dr. Havlik’s report, College and Career Counseling for Students Experiencing Homelessness: Promising Practices for Secondary School Counselors, was recently published by the National Center for Homeless Education.
The webinar addresses various potential causes and manifestations of depression surrounding the perinatal period, and what home-visitors and other case-managers who work with pregnant women and mothers of young children can do to support them through this challenging time.
Empowering young people means adults need to step back and serve as youth allies. Each encounter with a young person is a cross-cultural experience; only a young person intrinsically knows youth culture. Yet, generalizing all teens as if they share common opinions is risky as each young person is unique. A committed adult advocate will encourage youth self-advocacy and autonomy. This webinar facilitates a conversation with a panel of young people and explore the best way to inspire their self-advocacy. Their voices matter. Let them be your teachers!
Teaching children to notice and care about other people starts with helping them recognize and manage their own emotions. This webinar provides specific strategies, starting with young toddlers and upward, that family members and other caregivers can use every day to help young children develop empathy. Suggested resources for supporting empathy and other important social skills are shared.
This webinar focuses on how to support families affected by opioid addiction, specifically regarding techniques to work with parents who struggle with opioid addiction, supporting families, and resources on how to talk to their children about addiction. It explores ways home visitation can address specific deficits in parenting caused by addiction and emphasizes the importance of home visitation knowledge of resources available for families.
Many myths exist around the topic of suicide. One of the most dangerous myths is that talking about suicide with a young person will plant the idea in their head and cause suicide. In reality, the opposite is true. Asking directly about suicidal ideas or intentions can help people who believe like there is no one to talk to about how horrible they feel. This webinar introduces the risk factors that contribute to mental health issues and suicidal behavior and the warning signs that require immediate action. Strategies for intervening are explored as well as best practices for referrals and follow up.
Serving young parents requires a commitment to supporting delay of another pregnancy. Parenting one baby while attending school can be challenging – two could make academic growth truly difficult. One of ELECT’s stated goals is delaying more childbearing. How does an educator offer education on contraception while empowering young parents to make healthy choices benefiting themselves and their little ones? This webinar offers medically accurate facts to assist ELECT personnel teach contraception with respect, honoring each young parent’s personal values while creating an atmosphere of open communication.