Join us for our January 2019 Professional Development Series:
- Monday: Developing a Problem Solving Truancy Court – 1/14
- Tuesday to Wednesday: Improving School Attendance – 1/15 & 16
- Thursday: Creating a Trauma Informed School – 1/17
- Friday: Addressing Vicarious Trauma for Staff and Students 1/18
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Developing a Problem Solving Truancy Court
Rather than take traditional punitive approaches to truancy, problem-solving courts assist in overcoming the underlying causes of truancy in a child’s life by engaging the family and community partners in collaborative support of the child. Some truancy courts are held on the school grounds. Others reorganize to form special truancy court dockets within the juvenile or family court. Either way, the ultimate goal of these collaborative efforts between courts and schools is to achieve regular school attendance and dismiss truancy petitions. This training is ideal for judges, magistrates, school district personnel and anyone engaged in helping students and families improve school attendance in conjunction with courts.
The training will be held on Monday, January 14, 2019 from 12:00 – 5:00 in Colorado Springs, CO. Please CLICK HERE to view additional information and to register.
Improving School Attendance
Improving School Attendance is perfect for those seeking to launch or expand school attendance efforts. Day 1 will focus on programmatic approaches used successfully by school districts and community collaborations around the country, and will also include simple steps that schools can take on their own. Day 2 will focus on strategies that Attendance Advocates can use as they work with students and families including record-keeping, home visit safety, and preparing for court visits. Work group and discussion time will be built into each day to allow attendees to start a plan that is right for their community. Attendees will leave with lots of practical tips for organizing a community action plan and with the latest research on the importance of school attendance neatly packed for sharing back home.
The training will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 from 1:00 to 5:00 and will continue on Wednesday, January 16 from 9:00 – 4:00, in Colorado Springs, CO. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Creating a Trauma Informed School
Learn strategies for supporting students who have endured traumatic events and understanding how their brain reacts to learning after experiencing trauma. A prerequisite for achieving classroom competency is the ability to self-regulate attention, emotions, and behavior. Learn how to assist students in being successful in the classroom, school and community. Once we understand the effects of trauma, the better prepared we are to assist students in becoming confident and achieving students.
The training will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 9:00 – 4:00 in Colorado Springs, CO. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Addressing Vicarious Trauma for Staff and Students
Teaser: Vicarious trauma affects teachers’ brains in much the same way that it affects their students. Many teachers are never explicitly taught how to help students who have experienced trauma, let alone address the toll it takes on their own health and personal lives. Learn strategies for supporting self and staff in ways that decrease burnout, improve camaraderie, and increase job satisfaction.
The training will be held on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 8:30 – 12:30 in Colorado Springs, CO. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Evaluating Your Truancy and Attendance Program
NCSE has designed this interactive training based on expertise in research and evaluation, lessons learned about truancy reduction and practical training experience. It is ideal for those in charge of truancy reduction programs who want to use evaluation to make their programs as efficacious as possible or who need to report program effectiveness to funders. It is best for those who are new to program evaluation.
This training is not currently scheduled.
Truancy and Dropout: Mending Cracks in the Graduation Pipeline
NCSE offers online training in truancy reduction through its partner, Elevate Consulting Services and their Partnership University. The course, Truancy and Dropout: Mending Cracks in the Graduation Pipeline, helps professionals learn how to nip unexcused absence in the bud, identify the causes of attendance problems, and re-engage, rather than further alienate vulnerable children and their families. Educators learn how other communities are successfully tackling their attendance and dropout problems, receive guidance in researching their own state laws and regulations and begin thinking about ways to evaluate their efforts. Click here to learn more about this course.
Additional courses in Youth Development, Bullying Prevention, Nonprofit Capacity Building Toolkits, and a Parent Guide to Bullying Prevention are also available. Click here for more information regarding online training at Partnership University.