Professional Development

Upcoming events will be posted here as they become available.

 

Begin the Journey: The Pennsylvania Department of Education Equitable Practices Hub

Thursday, March 25, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Webinar

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.

Nikole Hollins-Sims, Ed.D., Education Consultant for Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), Special Advisor on Equity for Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Statewide Co-Lead for the Behavior Initiative, @DrNikoleHSims

Dana Milakovic, Psy.D., Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist, Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Employing Self-Compassion and Relationship Building to Address Trauma in Youth

Thursday, April 1, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Webinar

“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.

Nikole Hollins-Sims, Ed.D., Education Consultant for Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN), Special Advisor on Equity for Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Statewide Co-Lead for the Behavior Initiative, @DrNikoleHSims

Dana Milakovic, Psy.D., Mental Health/Alcohol and Other Drug Specialist, Office for Safe Schools, Pennsylvania Department of Education

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Recorded Webinars

Understanding Dropout Prevention: Strategies to Support Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness

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. Over 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. Attend this webinar to explore the challenges faced by students experiencing homelessness, and how we as educators and agency personnel can have a positive impact on their success.

 

College and Career Counseling for Students Experiencing Homelessness

The webinar will provide 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.