POSTPONED until FALL 2020:
April 2020 Professional Development Series:
- Monday: Boosting Student Attendance –
- Tuesday: Evaluating Your Attendance Improvement Program –
- Wednesday: Developing a Problem Solving Truancy Court –
- Thursday: Creating a Trauma Informed School –
- Friday: Addressing Vicarious Trauma –
Trainings will be held in beautiful downtown Colorado Springs, CO. Register for a single day or the whole week.
Boosting School Attendance
Improving School Attendance is perfect for those seeking to launch or expand school attendance efforts. The morning will focus on programmatic approaches used successfully by schools across the country, and will also include simple steps that schools can take on their own. The afternoon 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. Attendees will leave with lots of practical tips for organizing an action plan.
Evaluating Your Truancy and Attendance Program
This half-day training in evaluation methods will be geared to the particular needs of attendees based on a short pre-training survey. It will be geared to both program managers and those in the role of data collection. Participation will be most helpful to those who are new to program evaluation and/or those who come with specific evaluation challenges.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 9, 2019 from 9:30 – 4:30.
Addressing Vicarious Trauma
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.
Friday, April 10, 2019 from 10:30 – 3:30.