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1. CoVE: Community of Vision Educators

Program: RPDC - Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning

Dates: 9/10/2021 to 4/8/2022

The Community of Vision Educators (CoVE) Seminars are designed for vision educators who serve students who are blind and visually impaired. Seminars are held monthly to provide professional development or technical assistance to professionals serving students who are blind or visually impaired. The seminars include: Back to School, Trauma Informed, APH, Accessibility, and End of the Year.

2. MELL Connect & Collaborate

Program: RPDC - Agency for Teaching, Leading and Learning

Location: Missouri State University - Springfield (Springfield, MO) [map]

Dates: 12/3/2021

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Come together with your MELL colleagues from across the SW Region to learn from each other and problem-solve. FOCUS ON TRAUMA-INFORMED PRACTICE - JULIE GERMANN FROM SW RPDC WILL BE OUR GUEST. Bring your lunch and plan to work together in teams to address common challenges and find creative solutions. We will harness our collective brilliance!

3. Mindful Movement in the K12 Classroom: Strategies for Helping Students Manage Behavior and Emotions

Program: RPDC - Southeast

Location: 1 University Center (Cape Girardeau, MO) [map]

Dates: 12/13/2021

Increasing numbers of students lack the skills of self-regulation, impulse control, and focus which can negatively affect their behavior, ability to learn, and overall well-being. These critical life skills are essential to success at home, in school and throughout life and can be learned when taught in a trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate, and engaging way. This workshop is designed to empower you with simple, accessible 'mindful moments' that are classroom-friendly, require no prior experience or equipment, and can be integrated easily into the physical or virtual classroom.

Through the framework of NOW-Noticing, On Purpose, Without Judgment-you will learn how to empower your students and yourselves with increased self-awareness, the foundation for the development of skills of self-regulation and cognitive control.

Participants will:
•Explore the mind-body connection and how stress and trauma affect learning and behavior.
•Examine the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional benefits of mindfulness-based movement and activities for children and adults.
•Determine signs of imbalance in yourself and your students and identify opportunities to take "mindful breaks" during the school day.
•Practice simple, engaging, classroom-friendly strategies designed to support stress management, focus and attention, social and emotional learning, and resilience.
•Design outcome-focused sequences and activities: calming, focusing, energizing, community-building, etc.
•Become a more effective educator, counselor, or administrator while supporting your own well-being.

Participants are encouraged to wear regular, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes to the workshop as we will be doing hands-on activities. This accessible, fun and informative workshop will also relax and inspire you.

4. School Climate Basic Training

Program: RPDC - Kansas City

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Audience: Teachers, Admin, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

Dates: 12/16/2021 to 12/17/2021

This comprehensive Basic training in School Climate is a 10-hour training, conducted in a series of four 2-1/2 hour "modules” over two full days (morning and afternoon sessions each day). This highly interactive virtual training opportunity is conducted in real time over WebEx. This training provides the necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a culture based on high quality relationships among all school community members and positive community building that is trauma-free. This professional development training session is focused exclusively on School Climate: What School Climate is (definition and scope), the difference between School Climate and School Culture and the role of adults in school to foster a positive school climate. We will explore the conflict cycle and adults' professional responsibilities as it pertains to School Climate improvement. During the two days, participants will be introduced to the School Climate Development Model, the School Climate/Culture Model, four strength-based models that are at the core of School Climate and School Climate improvement (School Connectedness, Resiliency, The Circle of Courage and Youth as Resources). These strength-based models support creating adverse-free environments that support student and school success for all students, but especially those who experience trauma in their lives. Participants will also learn about student motivation and be introduced to Restorative Practices. Throughout, participants will learn countless strategies to foster and improve School Climate.

Basic training, along with Restorative Practices is the prerequisite for Advanced School Climate training.

See flyer for session details.

COST: $210 RPDC Member, $275 Non-Member
Teams of 3 or more RPDC Member, $150/pp Non-Member $225/pp
For a full refund, cancellation requires a 48-hour notice

5. Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs

Program: RPDC - Kansas City

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Audience: Teachers, Admin, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

Dates: 1/11/2022

ACEs are the largest public health crisis to be identified in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress/trauma) impact a child's daily life in the home, in school and the community as they grow. These adversities (injuries) in childhood also impact adult health and wellbeing, often identified as PTSD. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, physical/emotional/ sexual abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never "forgets.” Childhood adversity affects a child's ability to learn and behave in productive ways by changing brain chemistry and architecture thus impacting their ability to learn and behave "normally” in schools and other settings. And, if not appropriately treated, these injuries impact life and health outcomes into adulthood. All too often, children who are experiencing trauma, neglect and abuse in their homes and communities are identified in schools as having "special needs,” such as ADHD, ODD or EDD when in fact what they are experiencing is actually trauma/toxic stress. These life circumstances cause diminished executive functioning abilities, learning difficulties, and/or misbehavior. Educators, as well as all other adults, need to be keenly aware of this body of research & practical school- home- & community-based remedies in order to mitigate the impact of toxic stress (ACEs) on successful child cognitive and emotional development, including impulsivity, learning difficulties and misbehavior, not to mention diminished physical health outcomes in adulthood. In this workshop, the critically important information about this life- and practice-changing body of research, including ACEs & the ACEs Scale, will be introduced and the clear and present pathways to healing will be presented. See flyer for session details.

This training will be VIRTUAL. WebEx link & presentation documents will be emailed the morning of each session.

COST: $60 RPDC Member, $75 Non-Member--Cancellation requires a 48-hour notice

6. Trauma Informed

Program: RPDC - South Central

Location: 6 S&T Phelps Health Annex E101 Seminar Room (Rolla, MO) [map]

Audience: All Educators

Dates: 1/20/2022

Do you have questions about what it means to be trauma-informed? Attend this 3-hour workshop to gain a better understanding of trauma-informed and feel better equipped to manage the behaviors of students affected by trauma.

Outcomes: By the end of this session, participants will be able to ...
  • Understand what trauma is and its impact
  • How to recognize and respond to children affected by trauma
  • Understand how trauma affects a child's brain

    If you are attending a workshop for which you have not registered, a late fee will be applied.

    Face coverings are encouraged when social distancing is not possible.
  • 7. Restorative Practices

    Program: RPDC - Kansas City

    Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

    Audience: Teachers, Admin, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

    Dates: 1/20/2022 to 1/21/2022

    This comprehensive Basic training in Restorative Practices is a 10-hour training. This highly interactive virtual training opportunity is conducted in real time over WebEx. The modules provide the necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a culture based on high quality relationships among all school community members and positive community building that is trauma-free. This is accomplished by focusing not on rules broken and punitive consequences but rather on the harms done and providing appropriate restorative consequences and the systems that are necessary to repair and support strong relationships among all school community members (students and adults). Working restoratively is a social/relational rather than a behaviorist model. Embracing restorative practices is not a program but rather a way of thinking, being and operating in the day-to-day. The training includes concrete and practical strategies for establishing the appropriate classroom and school-based routines as well as conducting circles and conferences in primary prevention as well as intervention contexts.

    Restorative Practices, along with Basic training is the prerequisite for Advanced School Climate training.
    See flyer for session details.

    This training will be virtual. WebEx link and presentation documents will be emailed the morning of each session.

    COST: $210 RPDC Member, $275 Non-Member
    Teams of 3 or more RPDC Member, $150/pp Non-Member $225/pp
    For full refund Cancellation requires a 48-hour notice

    8. Managing Student Behavior through Positive Classroom Strategies

    Program: RPDC - Kansas City

    Location: 3 KCRPDC-Union Station (Kansas City, MO) [map]

    Audience: Classroom teachers, Social Worker , School Counselor , Interventionist, Administrator

    Dates: 1/21/2022

    Do you have students struggling with behavior? Are they not able to participate in academic learning time? Is your teaching time disrupted? Stress and Trauma can often lead to students struggling to regulate emotions. Students may be having inappriopriate reations to situations and can lead to outbursts that disrupt the learning environment.

    This workshop will include a variety of strategies to support student behavior. We will examine how these strategies can support positive behavior and improve the classroom environment. Based on the research of Geoff Colvin, this session will take an in-depth look at the Acting Out Behavioral Cycle and its effect on student behavior and classroom management. This session will also examine the impact of trauma on students and provide strategies to support students who may have been exposed to traumatic situations. The training will also focus on basic classroom practices from School-Wide Positive Behavior Supports. Lunch on your own

    COST: $100.00 per person for Non-KCRPDC Members OR $80.00 for KCRPDC Members.

    9. Adult-Focused Social Emotional Learning with Dr. Adam Saenz

    Program: RPDC - Kansas City

    Location: 3 KCRPDC-Union Station (Kansas City, MO) [map]

    Audience: All Educators: Administrators, Counselors, Teachers, Support Staff

    Dates: 1/28/2022

    Dr. Adam Saenz is coming to us to present The Art and Science of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership. Educators have valiantly prevailed through a storm quite literally like no other: the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that while vaccines and the return to in-person instruction may ease our struggle, we still face tremendous emotional heavy lifting as we deal with the emotional fallout as students, parents, and teachers, process the effects of this great disruption. Many of us have been traumatized. Emotionally intelligent leadership is not about calming the blowing winds of racial discord, lowering the rising seas of economic disparity, or stopping the heavy rains of disproportionate access to education. Rather, it is about looking within ourselves as leaders to gain increased self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, and interpersonal skills to calm the storm within us. As we increase our capacity for emotional intelligence, we become a secure base to those depending on us to weather the storm. The most effective Tier 1 intervention for every student (and every teacher) on our campuses is a leader who is living out their calling with mindful passion, mastering their own inner world. With your registration for this session, you will receive a free copy of Dr. Saenz's book, "The Power of a Teacher”.
    Learning Outcomes will include the following:
    •Participants will create a wellness plan based on five areas of wellbeing, including physical, occupational, emotional, financial, and spiritual.
    •Participants will develop a plan to understand and regulate sources of their stress (based on fight-or-flight strategies), they will learn how to create a climate of adaptive stress management for their faculty and staff.
    •Participants will understand the four relational-readiness skills that must be in place to re-establish relational connections as we return and recover from virtual instruction.
    Registration Deadline is Jan. 10th-48 hour cancellation required for full refund.

    10. Supporting Students Through a Trauma Informed Lens

    Program: RPDC - Southeast

    Location: 1 Southeast Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Cape Girardeau, MO) [map]

    Dates: 2/1/2022

    Everyday students enter the classroom having experienced trauma. Learning the impact of these events and approaching student needs with a trauma informed lens provides the appropriate support to create a safe and viable learning environment. This workshop focuses on the types of trauma, the impact of trauma on the whole child, and providing a supportive classroom culture. Participants will walk away with the tools needed to identify behaviors related to trauma, recognize and address student triggers, and create Trauma Support Team Plans. This workshop is available for building and/or district-wide training. Please contact the Southeast RPDC for more information regarding additional support.

    11. Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs

    Program: RPDC - Kansas City

    Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

    Audience: Teachers, Admin, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

    Dates: 3/8/2022

    ACEs are the largest public health crisis to be identified in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress/trauma) impact a child's daily life in the home, in school and the community as they grow. These adversities (injuries) in childhood also impact adult health and wellbeing, often identified as PTSD. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, physical/emotional/ sexual abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never "forgets.” Childhood adversity affects a child's ability to learn and behave in productive ways by changing brain chemistry and architecture thus impacting their ability to learn and behave "normally” in schools and other settings. And, if not appropriately treated, these injuries impact life and health outcomes into adulthood. All too often, children who are experiencing trauma, neglect and abuse in their homes and communities are identified in schools as having "special needs,” such as ADHD, ODD or EDD when in fact what they are experiencing is actually trauma/toxic stress. These life circumstances cause diminished executive functioning abilities, learning difficulties, and/or misbehavior. Educators, as well as all other adults, need to be keenly aware of this body of research & practical school- home- & community-based remedies in order to mitigate the impact of toxic stress (ACEs) on successful child cognitive and emotional development, including impulsivity, learning difficulties and misbehavior, not to mention diminished physical health outcomes in adulthood. In this workshop, the critically important information about this life- and practice-changing body of research, including ACEs & the ACEs Scale, will be introduced and the clear and present pathways to healing will be presented. See flyer for session details.

    This training will be VIRTUAL. WebEx link & presentation documents will be emailed the morning of each session.

    COST: $60 RPDC Member, $75 Non-Member--Cancellation requires a 48-hour notice

    12. School Climate Basic Training

    Program: RPDC - Kansas City

    Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

    Audience: Teachers, Admin, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

    Dates: 3/24/2022 to 3/25/2022

    This comprehensive Basic training in School Climate is a 10-hour training, conducted in a series of four 2-1/2 hour "modules” over two full days (morning and afternoon sessions each day). This highly interactive virtual training opportunity is conducted in real time over WebEx. This training provides the necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a culture based on high quality relationships among all school community members and positive community building that is trauma-free. This professional development training session is focused exclusively on School Climate: What School Climate is (definition and scope), the difference between School Climate and School Culture and the role of adults in school to foster a positive school climate. We will explore the conflict cycle and adults' professional responsibilities as it pertains to School Climate improvement. During the two days, participants will be introduced to the School Climate Development Model, the School Climate/Culture Model, four strength-based models that are at the core of School Climate and School Climate improvement (School Connectedness, Resiliency, The Circle of Courage and Youth as Resources). These strength-based models support creating adverse-free environments that support student and school success for all students, but especially those who experience trauma in their lives. Participants will also learn about student motivation and be introduced to Restorative Practices. Throughout, participants will learn countless strategies to foster and improve School Climate.

    Basic training, along with Restorative Practices is the prerequisite for Advanced School Climate training.

    See flyer for session details.

    COST: $210 RPDC Member, $275 Non-Member
    Teams of 3 or more RPDC Member, $150/pp Non-Member $225/pp
    For a full refund, cancellation requires a 48-hour notice

    13. Adverse Childhood Experiences - ACEs

    Program: RPDC - Kansas City

    Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

    Audience: Teachers, Admin, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

    Dates: 4/12/2022

    ACEs are the largest public health crisis to be identified in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress/trauma) impact a child's daily life in the home, in school and the community as they grow. These adversities (injuries) in childhood also impact adult health and wellbeing, often identified as PTSD. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, physical/emotional/ sexual abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never "forgets.” Childhood adversity affects a child's ability to learn and behave in productive ways by changing brain chemistry and architecture thus impacting their ability to learn and behave "normally” in schools and other settings. And, if not appropriately treated, these injuries impact life and health outcomes into adulthood. All too often, children who are experiencing trauma, neglect and abuse in their homes and communities are identified in schools as having "special needs,” such as ADHD, ODD or EDD when in fact what they are experiencing is actually trauma/toxic stress. These life circumstances cause diminished executive functioning abilities, learning difficulties, and/or misbehavior. Educators, as well as all other adults, need to be keenly aware of this body of research & practical school- home- & community-based remedies in order to mitigate the impact of toxic stress (ACEs) on successful child cognitive and emotional development, including impulsivity, learning difficulties and misbehavior, not to mention diminished physical health outcomes in adulthood. In this workshop, the critically important information about this life- and practice-changing body of research, including ACEs & the ACEs Scale, will be introduced and the clear and present pathways to healing will be presented. See flyer for session details.

    This training will be VIRTUAL. WebEx link & presentation documents will be emailed the morning of each session.

    COST: $60 RPDC Member, $75 Non-Member--Cancellation requires a 48-hour notice

    14. Restorative Practices

    Program: RPDC - Kansas City

    Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

    Audience: Teachers, Admin, Counselors, Social Workers, School Psychologists

    Dates: 4/21/2022 to 4/22/2022

    This comprehensive Basic training in Restorative Practices is a 10-hour training. This highly interactive virtual training opportunity is conducted in real time over WebEx. The modules provide the necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a culture based on high quality relationships among all school community members and positive community building that is trauma-free. This is accomplished by focusing not on rules broken and punitive consequences but rather on the harms done and providing appropriate restorative consequences and the systems that are necessary to repair and support strong relationships among all school community members (students and adults). Working restoratively is a social/relational rather than a behaviorist model. Embracing restorative practices is not a program but rather a way of thinking, being and operating in the day-to-day. The training includes concrete and practical strategies for establishing the appropriate classroom and school-based routines as well as conducting circles and conferences in primary prevention as well as intervention contexts.

    Restorative Practices, along with Basic training is the prerequisite for Advanced School Climate training.
    See flyer for session details.

    This training will be virtual. WebEx link and presentation documents will be emailed the morning of each session.

    COST: $210 RPDC Member, $275 Non-Member
    Teams of 3 or more RPDC Member, $150/pp Non-Member $225/pp
    For full refund Cancellation requires a 48-hour notice