Join us for our first September Professional Development Series:
- Monday: Developing a Problem Solving Truancy Court – 9/18
- Tuesday: Creating a Trauma Informed School – 9/19
- Wednesday: Best Practices in Attendance Improvement 9/20
- Thursday: Attendance Advocate Training – 9/21
- Friday: Evaluating Your Truancy and Attendance Program 9/22
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.
Training will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 in Colorado Springs. 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 Tuesday, September 19, 2017 in Colorado Springs. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Best Practices in Truancy Prevention and Reduction
Best Practices in Truancy Prevention and Reduction is perfect for those seeking to launch or expand school attendance efforts. It will focus on programmatic approaches used successfully by school districts and community collaborations around the country, but will also include simple steps that schools can take on their own. Work group and discussion time will be built into the 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 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Colorado Springs. Please click here to view additional information and to register.
Attendance Advocate Training
Designed for coaches who work with students and families specifically to build school attendance, this is the only training of its kind. You will learn practical tips for building positive relationships with both students and their families, record-keeping guidelines, case-load management techniques, home visit safety, preparing for court and more.
This training will be held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Colorado Springs. Please click here to learn more about this course.
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.
The training will be held on Friday, September 22, 2017 in Colorado Springs. Please click here for more information and to register.
Dropout Prevention Strategies for Wounded Students
Many high-risk students carry “wounds” with them as they head to school each day. These wounds are evident in their relationships among friends and family and in their interactions within their communities. These wounds are the result of trauma, many times experienced in the form of poverty, abuse, violence, loss, and family dysfunction. Research shows that these sources of trauma have a direct effect on cognitive function, emotional health, and interpersonal capacity. This training will equip educators, counselors, and administrators with trauma-informed policies and approaches to their work that will not only move wounded youth toward healing, but will have a positive effect on overall student achievement and performance.
Stay tuned for our next training date. For more information email Terri Martinez-McGraw at TerriMM@schoolengagement.net.
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.
Transforming Actions and Attitudes by Jay Zarr – Jay is a master at harnessing the power of outdoor adventure experiences and bringing that power indoors to groups of all ages. He works quickly to establish trust among all members of a group and gets them interested, motivated and involved. Jay offers a unique perspective about the value of self-knowledge, the collaborative nature of leadership, and the role of leader as servant. So be prepared to move, think and feel – three important “tools” for any aspiring, budding, or established leader. Click here to view Jay’s bio and additional training information.