Our webinars are designed to provide educators with the cutting-edge strategies they need to help more students succeed, be confident in their teaching and to optimize classroom time spent on learning.
- Adolescent Brain Development
- Educator Stress Reduction
- Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Educators
- How Important is Grit?
- Mental Health 101
- Mindfulness in School Settings
- Recognizing and Stopping Bullying
- Teen Angst or Depression?
- Trauma-Informed School Support
- Vaping and the Teenage Brain
- When to Worry About a Student’s Worries
To learn more and discuss program fees, contact Rebecca Fleischman, Project Manager for School, Community, and Teacher Training Programs, at Rebecca.Fleischman@childmind.org.
Topics for Educators
Adolescent Brain Development
Adolescence is a period marked by dramatic changes physically and emotionally. It is also a period of time when the brain undergoes critical transformations that make it particularly open to learning and vulnerable to risk. This talk provides educators with information about the teenage brain. Attendees will learn about why adolescents are particularly prone to risk-taking behaviors, vulnerable to peer pressure, and attached to social media. They will also learn how to capitalize on these changes to promote improved self-regulation and to maximize learning among teenaged students.
Educator Stress Reduction
Considering the incredible variety of student needs that educators are managing, research indicates that educator stress levels are at an all-time high. Understanding the ripple effect of this stress across the school community and supporting each other with effective stress management strategies can be transformative in allowing educators to be at their best for the students that need them. This workshop provides educators with research-based strategies for self-care, including monitoring strong emotional reactions, combatting de-motivating or stress-inducing thinking patterns, effective goal setting, and coping skills, incorporating mindfulness and relaxation techniques.
Effective Behavior Management Strategies for Educators
Across schools, up to 15% of the student population may demonstrate behavior problems stemming from a range of mental health and learning disorders. Difficult student behaviors contribute to chaotic classroom environments, student stress, decreased academic engagement, and teacher burnout. This workshop will review how to provide structure and increase positive behavior, utilizing proactive techniques drawn from the most up-to-date behavioral research. Educators will learn how effective behavior management strategies can be applied from preschool through high school, ultimately helping them to increase instructional time with students who exhibit behavioral challenges.
How Important is Grit?
This workshop will discuss the role that grit – a trait often characterized by courage, conscientiousness and resilience – plays in the success of a child with a learning disability. We will examine how to define grit and how it can be measured in a child. We will also review interventions that promote the development of social and emotional resilience in children and how to enhance those skills to protect children with reading disorders from emotional distress.
Mental Health 101
Mental health disorders are the most common health issues among school-aged children. Oftentimes, educators are the first to notice the signs and symptoms of a mental health disorder in students. This workshop entails a discussion of the signs and symptoms of some of the most common mental health disorders, including ADHD, depression, and anxiety, providing educators with applicable strategies to identify students who need support.
Mindfulness in School Settings
In our busy world where we are always accessible, it is difficult to stay connected and to be present in every moment. This workshop will summarize research on mindfulness strategies and their role in promoting mental health, and educators will be provided with practical advice on how to incorporate mindfulness into the classroom and teach mindfulness exercises to students.
Recognizing and Stopping Bullying
Bullying – in school or online- is a stressful and sometimes traumatic experience for children. This workshop will address why bullying happens, who’s at risk of being bullied, and who’s at risk of being a bully. This workshop will also include developmental research on the links between social media and child/adolescent mental health, providing educators with clear recommendations related to strategies for identifying bullying signs, promoting positive interactions between students, and addressing bullying across all levels of the school community.
Teen Angst or Depression?
Adolescence is an unsettling time, with many physical, emotional, psychological, and social changes. It’s not unusual for young people to feel sad sometimes. This workshop will help educators to distinguish between typical behaviors in teens and when there may be a more serious issue. Educators will learn about the unique characteristics and warning signs of adolescent depression, how to provide support, and how to connect students to care when needed.
Trauma-Informed School Support
Over 40% of school aged children have experienced at least one traumatic event, such as community or domestic violence, natural disasters, exposure to sudden death and suicide, or serious medical illness. This workshop will provide an overview of traumatic stress and how to identify and support students in the wake of a traumatic event. Educators will learn about typical and atypical responses to trauma, when and how to seek treatment, and ways educators can manage their own stress during challenging times.
Vaping and the Teenage Brain
When it comes to vaping and e-cigarettes, a surge in adolescent use is creating a public health crisis. This talk will discuss how companies are targeting young non-smokers, and review research on how e-cigarettes impact adolescent brain development. We will also offer strategies parents and educators can use to address the problem and work with teens to find solutions.
When to Worry About a Student’s Worries
This workshop will help educators to recognize when a student’s worries are actually signs of anxiety or mood disorders that can be treated. The workshop leader will provide an introduction to several types of anxiety disorders common in children and teens, as well as their signs, symptoms, and steps that can be taken to intervene.