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1. CIS360 Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) 8th - 12th Grade Level Components

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/11/2021

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Virtual Training Overview Training will provide an overview of the Missouri Individual Career & Academic Plan (ICAP) available as a part of Missouri Connections CIS360. This feature includes a series of activities consisting of assessments, modules and components assigned by grade level beginning in the 8th grade and culminating in the 12th grade. As students' complete ICAP activities in CIS360, these populate into an ICAP Print Report compliant with SB 638 requirements. Note: Training does not include the Student Course Planner portion of the ICAP. Agenda Training will demonstrate from a student perspective ● Access to Missouri Connections CIS360 system ● 8th - 12th grade level ICAP Components ● ICAP Print Report

2. CIS 360/ICAP Student Course Planner

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/11/2021

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Virtual Training Overview Course Planner is an integral part in the development of a student's Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP). Course Planner allows students to choose a district-defined pathway, which populates recommended courses across grade/subject levels. Training will introduce the basic functions of Course Planner and how students select courses for grades 9 - 12 which populate into an ICAP Print Report compliant with SB 638 requirements. Agenda Training will demonstrate from a student perspective ● Access to Missouri Connections CIS360 system ● Course Planner Dashboard ● Course Planning by Grade and Subject ● District Defined Pathways ● Repeatable Courses ● Modifying a Course Plan ● Dual Enrollment courses ● ICAP Print Report

3. CIS 360 District Course Setup

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/11/2021

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CIS360 Course Planner District/Site Setup Virtual Training Overview The Missouri Connections CIS360 Course Planner tool enables each school district to enter subjects, terms, courses, pathways, dual enrollment information and awarding bodies. This training will demonstrate how to set up the course planner at the district-level and activate site level components. Agenda Training will demonstrate from the district/site administrator perspective ● District Account Access ● District Level Course Planner Setup ○ Subjects ○ Terms ○ Courses ○ Pathways ○ Awarding Bodies ○ Dual Enrollment ● Site Level Activation ○ Courses to Exclude ○ Pathways

4. Pathways for Teachers - Careers in Education Externship - Virtual

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Audience: Missouri teachers.

Dates: 3/16/2021 to 3/25/2021

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DESE's Missouri Career Pathways Initiative, in collaboration with MU's College of Education and Heart of MO-Regional Professional Development Center, collaborating with Northeast RPDC, is offering an externship focusing on the shortage of teachers, best practices in teacher training and effective promotion of the profession to students. Participants will learn about DESE's Teacher Recruitment Plan and implementation timeline for 2021, understand the 2+2 transfer program and current 4-year program for teacher training, and collaborate with presenters and fellow participants to formulate ways to promote the teaching profession with current students. There are 4 required zoom sessions, some additional handouts/materials and written reflections posted to a shared Google document. A $200 stipend for participation is dependent on completing all 4 sessions and the reflections. Eligible participants are current teachers of grades 5-12; preference may be given to smaller rural districts. A teacher participation service agreement will be forwarded to selected participants by the Heart of MO-RPDC finance office.

5. Accommodations and Modifications

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/17/2021

The Accommodations and Modification training will assist teachers and administrators in identifying the process of adapting curriculum, instruction and assessment; identifying the similarities, differences and connections between adaptations of curriculum, instruction and assessment practices to allow students with disabilities to access the general education curriculum and receive instruction in the general education environment to the extent determined.

6. Present day bullying and the influence of Social Media

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual (any place, MO)

Dates: 3/17/2021

Are you Concerned About The Impact Social Media is Having on our Students? In order to understand how technology is changing the lives of students in our classrooms, we need to know more about how social media impacts them. Today1s session will explore some popular social media applications and how students may be using them. We will explore and discuss the connections they are making as digital natives while considering best ways to inform parents. Participants will also shift focus to explore how bullying has changed in response to technological advances. Using current research we'll examine connections between smartphones, social media applications, and the occurrences of bullying among students. Discussion and will surround claims that students' communication skills have changed. The ability to text and post on social media is impacting person to person discussion and deep conversations. Students are surrounded by the internet, social media, and other digital innovations. This professional development day will encompass sites that we need to be cautious about and monitor as well as how technology has altered how bullying has evolved over the last few years.

7. Empowering Students to Prevent and Respond to Bullying through Assertiveness

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/22/2021

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By teaching students how to effectively express themselves while being respectful to others, youth will be empowered to ask for help when they need it, manage conflicts, improve their cooperative learning, and improve their ability to resist peer pressure. This series will include instructional strategies that teach students how to express themselves without bullying and increase their self-confidence, thereby preventing bullying behaviors. Participants will learn to support students' development of assertiveness (the ability to express one's wants, needs, and thoughts while respecting others - even when it's difficult); student outcomes include enhanced ability to seek assistance and supports (for academic, emotional, and physical needs), develop and express their personal boundaries to resist peer pressure, and communicate effectively with peers, teachers, and family (even in difficult or emotional situations).

8. Differentiated Instruction

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/23/2021

Differentiation is an instructional process in which teachers proactively transform instruction, learning activities, and student products to maximize each student's growth and individual success by meeting their learning needs.

9. 2020-2021 Teacher Academy

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/25/2021 to 4/15/2021

Teacher academy participants obtain skills in curriculum design, using data to drive instruction, the effective use of instructional strategies, and increasing student engagement. Through reflective practice, teachers embark on a year long project, which focuses on improving student learning. Teacher leadership capacity is an expected outcome of the program, and participating teachers develop the ability to provide support and training for their colleagues within their home district. The Teacher Academy focus is centered on student engagement, instructional strategies, and reflection on practices that align with the Missouri State Teacher Standards. Teacher Academy is designed to provide participants with an intellectually stimulating opportunity to learn and implement new teaching strategies in collaboration with other highly committed teachers in their region and throughout the state. Participation is open to Missouri K-12 teachers: with three years of classroom experience, with demonstrated classroom effectiveness, and with a commitment to sustained professional growth. Participation requires 8 release days, which include two statewide meetings and 6 regional sessions. Tuition, transportation, food and substitutes will be the responsibility of the school or individual. Cost: $500.00 (includes State Meetings and 6 regional meetings)**Limited Registration Scholarships Available (first come, first served)

10. 2020-2021 Beginning Teachers Yr 1 and Yr 2

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Meeting (Springfield, MO)

Dates: 3/26/2021 to 4/13/2021

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All new teachers in Missouri are required to participate in a beginning teacher assistance program sponsored by a Missouri teacher education program and provided by an education association, regional service center, school district or charter school. Additionally, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted standards in 2017 providing for selection, training and support for all mentors as well. The Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center (Heart of MO-RPDC) is offering a Beginning Teacher Assistance Program that combines the benefits of a cohort model, online virtual meetings and trainings. Cost will be $350 per new teacher. This certificate series requires participation in all meeting dates and Zoom online meetings.

11. Systematic Approach to Career-Life Preparedness

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 3/30/2021

Systematic Approach to Career-Life Preparedness Schools are considered the institution where young adults prepare themselves for their future. MSIP 6 contains several standards and indicators that relate to Career Planning and Development. But how many students actually leave high school with a concrete plan or direction after graduation? This training will ask you to consider difficult questions as we answer "Why Career Development?” Take a moment and answer these questions - How would my school define - Success Ready Student? Where do we systemically support Career Development in our curriculum? Do we believe all students should have a future plan? Participants will be asked to reflect on current practices, weigh the progress, and establish action steps to reach the desired goals they have for their school community. We will discuss a progression sequence when using worksheets, activities, and assessments within Missouri Connections and introduce the Middle and High School Frameworks to support career development grades 5-12. Participants should include middle and high school counselors, career educators, instructors, transition educators, administrators, and others who work with students in career awareness, exploration, development, and planning. Participants should bring a laptop or similar device

12. LETRS Academy: Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 4/19/2021

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Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS) provides teachers with the tools and understanding to teach the essential skills needed for literacy. LETRS is NOT a program. Teachers learn the "science of reading" so they are able to apply research into classroom application no matter the curriculum or program used. Instruction is a mixture of four face-to-face learning through structured modules plus online videos of effective classroom instruction. Teachers will be asked to apply the information on chosen students. All training facilitated by a LETRS certified trainer. Training includes 4 sessions and 4 on-line modules/videos of effective instruction, with classroom observations. In order to receive a certificate of completion, participant must attend and participate in all four training sessions.

13. Systematic Approach to Career-Life Preparedness

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 6/16/2021

Schools are considered the institution where young adults prepare themselves for their future. MSIP 6 contains several standards and indicators that relate to Career Planning and Development. But how many students actually leave high school with a concrete plan or direction after graduation? This training will ask you to consider difficult questions as we answer "Why Career Development?” Take a moment and answer these questions - How would my school define - Success Ready Student? Where do we systemically support Career Development in our curriculum? Do we believe all students should have a future plan? Participants will be asked to reflect on current practices, weigh the progress, and establish action steps to reach the desired goals they have for their school community. We will discuss a progression sequence when using worksheets, activities, and assessments within Missouri Connections and introduce the Middle and High School Frameworks to support career development grades 5-12. Participants should include middle and high school counselors, career educators, instructors, transition educators, administrators, and others who work with students in career awareness, exploration, development, and planning. Participants should bring a laptop or similar device

14. Mentor Training-VIRTUAL

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 8/4/2021

This experience provides practical application of mentoring/coaching skills within a mentor/mentee cohort with access to on-demand learning, including materials created by Mike Rutherford, the author of The Artisan Teacher. This program is part of the Missouri Teacher Development System (MTDS) Mastering I: Mentoring emphasizes developing mentoring and coaching skills of the mentor and focuses on the MTDS Competencies: Mentors will know the qualities of a good mentor/mentee program. Mentors who have a BTAP teacher enrolled in the HOM BTAP Year 1 or Year 2 program attend free.

15. Beginning Teachers Assistance Program

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: TBD (Springfield, MO)

Dates: 8/5/2021 to 4/11/2022

All new teachers in Missouri are required to participate in a beginning teacher assistance program sponsored by a Missouri teacher education program and provided by an education association, regional service center, school district or charter school. Additionally, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted standards in 2017 providing for selection, training and support for all mentors as well. The Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center (Heart of MO-RPDC) is offering a Beginning Teacher Assistance Program that combines the benefits of a cohort model, online virtual meetings and trainings. Cost will be $350 per new teacher. This certificate series requires participation in all meeting dates and Zoom online meetings.

16. Beginning Teachers Assistance Program Yr 2

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 8/5/2021 to 11/16/2021

All new teachers in Missouri are required to participate in a beginning teacher assistance program sponsored by a Missouri teacher education program and provided by an education association, regional service center, school district or charter school. Additionally, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted standards in 2017 providing for selection, training and support for all mentors as well. The Heart of Missouri Regional Professional Development Center (Heart of MO-RPDC) is offering a Beginning Teacher Assistance Program that combines the benefits of a cohort model, online virtual meetings and trainings. Cost will be $250 per new teacher. This certificate series requires participation in all meeting dates and Zoom online meetings.

17. Setting Up a Trauma-Triage Positive Classroom

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 8/26/2021

This workshop will focus on research-based practices that increase the likelihood of appropriate behavior, decrease inappropriate behavior, and increase academic instructional time for all students. Participants will focus on setting up a positive classroom environment in the aftermath of COVID-19. We will discuss setting up clear classroom expectations and rules, creating procedures and routines, active supervision skills (and more) all through a trauma-informed lens! This training references the MO SW-PBS Classroom Effective Practices and is designed for classroom teachers. (3 hours)

18. Implementing a Restorative Justice Framework

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 8/31/2021

This one-day training will cover the key principles and systems needed for implementation of a research-based Restorative Justice framework. Key foundation principles and interventions will be shared to help ensure that a caring community culture is built and supported. Participants will discuss the systems and components that are necessary to implement the practices of: Community Circles, Restorative Conversations, Restorative Circles and Restorative Conferences. Trainer Christie Lewis has completed a 16 module Certificate program which aligns with an MTSS framework and identifies tiered support appropriate for all students. Objectives: Explore basic problem-solving practices within the Restorative Justice framework. Objectives: Prepare participants to implement key foundation principles associated with Restorative Justice; and Explore basic problem-solving practices within the Restorative Justice framework.

19. Systematic Approach to Career-Life Preparedness

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: Virtual Training (-, -)

Dates: 9/9/2021

Schools are considered the institution where young adults prepare themselves for their future. MSIP 6 contains several standards and indicators that relate to Career Planning and Development. But how many students actually leave high school with a concrete plan or direction after graduation? This training will ask you to consider difficult questions as we answer "Why Career Development?” Take a moment and answer these questions - How would my school define - Success Ready Student? Where do we systemically support Career Development in our curriculum? Do we believe all students should have a future plan? Participants will be asked to reflect on current practices, weigh the progress, and establish action steps to reach the desired goals they have for their school community. We will discuss a progression sequence when using worksheets, activities, and assessments within Missouri Connections and introduce the Middle and High School Frameworks to support career development grades 5-12. Participants should include middle and high school counselors, career educators, instructors, transition educators, administrators, and others who work with students in career awareness, exploration, development, and planning. Participants should bring a laptop or similar device

20. Check In/ Check Out

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 9/14/2021 to 10/21/2021

Available to our Partner Schools ONLY: Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SWPBS) will host a two-day training workshop for teams interested in learning about the Tier 2, Check-in/Check-out intervention. Check-in/Check-out (sometimes also known as "The Behavior Education Program") is a behavioral support that incorporates use of pre-corrects for expected behavior, a daily report card with opportunities to earn points, and regularly scheduled teacher feedback about student behavioral performance. The intervention includes: a daily "check-in" session with an adult who is not the child's classroom teacher, periodic behavior ratings completed by student and teacher, a daily "check-out", data collection and progress monitoring using the daily progress report, and a school-home communication component. Check-in/Check-out is a well-researched, easily implemented intervention for groups of students whose function of behavior is seeking adult attention.

21. Tier 3 Advanced Training

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 9/16/2021 to 1/27/2022

Available to our Partner Schools ONLY: Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SWPBS) will host a four-day training workshop for teams that are experienced in the foundational FBA-BIP practices. These sessions are intended for MO SWPBS schools that have already completed the Tier 3 Foundational Practices trainings. The purpose of these sessions is: to further develop a team-based approach to intensive, individualized behavior support, to specify criteria for students who will access Tier 3 intervention, training for collecting observational data, and on-going, guided practice with the FBA-BIP process. In addition, an introduction to ISIS-SWIS also will be provided. ISIS-SWIS is an application within the SWIS Suite designed to coordinate and monitor individualized student support. ISIS-SWIS uses a student file format that enables teams to upload supporting documents (i.e. assessment and support plans), define measures and data entry schedules, and maintain team membership and tasks related to students' individual plans all in one place.

22. Tier 3 Systems

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Location: TBD (Springfield, MO)

Dates: 9/28/2021 to 1/20/2022

Available to our Partner Schools ONLY: Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SWPBS) will host a four-day training workshop for teams interested in learning how to conduct a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and use the results to develop a basic Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP). These sessions are intended for teams that are new to Tier 3 and/or have limited experience with the FBA-BIP process. Sessions will include instruction for collecting relevant student data using a variety of techniques, interpreting data to determine a competing pathway, identification of function-based intervention strategies, writing behavioral goals, and options for monitoring implementation and student progress. Across the four days of training teams will engage in a guided practice opportunity for conducting a functional assessment and developing an appropriate intervention plan using data from a student in their own setting. Participants also will use an evaluation rubric to assess features of their practice FBA-BIP.

23. Present Day Bullying and the Influence of Social Media

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 9/30/2021

Are you concerned about the impact social media is having on our students? In order to understand how technology is changing the lives of students in our classrooms, we need to know more about how social media impacts them. Today's session will explore some popular social media applications and how students may be using them. We will explore and discuss the connections they are making as digital natives while considering best ways to inform parents. Participants will also shift focus to explore how bullying has changed in response to technological advances. Using current research, we'll examine connections between smartphones, social media applications, and the occurrences of bullying among students. Discussion will also explore claims that students' communication skills have changed. The ability to text and post on social media is impacting person to person discussion and deep conversations. Join us for a time to research and discuss the digital footprint our students are leaving via social media applications.

24. Social Skills Small Group Intervention

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 10/12/2021 to 11/16/2021

Available to our Partner Schools ONLY: Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SWPBS) will host a two-day training workshop for teams interested in learning how to implement a Tier 2, group-oriented social, emotional, and behavioral skills instructional group. Key aspects of the training sessions include identification of appropriate candidates for a social skills intervention, assessment of skill deficits, curriculum and program design, how to effectively teach a social skills lesson, and techniques for monitoring student progress during the intervention. In addition, several strategies for promoting generalization and maintenance also will be provided.

25. Students In Crisis

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 10/14/2021

Dr. Sherri Thomas and Christie Lewis will present a workshop that shows the "why" behind male behavior in schools and what schools can do to begin making school more "boy-friendly" but also to help address the needs of at-risk students in general. Schools are continuing to deal with the trend in declining school engagement for males and female learners alike. This training highlights research from Dr. Warren Farrell and includes strategies and information to help understand both genders learning styles and challenges that are currently being seen in present day classrooms.

26. Emotional Poverty

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 10/19/2021

This workshop presented by Dr. Sherri Thomas, certified trainer through Aha! Process, Inc. A Ruby Payne Company, addresses emotional poverty and builds emotional confidence in your students. This training provides understanding of the origins of anger, anxiety, and avoidance; giving information about the language needed to talk about brain regulation, integration and emotional competence. The training will help educators manage "the classroom dance" that occurs between the educator and the student.

27. Check and Connect

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 11/30/2021

Available to our Partner Schools ONLY: Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SWPBS) will host a training for teams interested in learning about Check & Connect, which is a Tier 2/3 comprehensive student engagement intervention for students in grades K-12. This training is intended for schools that are already implementing SWPBS and want to incorporate the Check & Connect program within their framework of interventions. Check & Connect meets the evidence standards of the What Works Clearinghouse of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (WWC, 2006). Implementation of the Check & Connect intervention requires that each student in the program be matched with an adult mentor. Mentors are responsible for regularly checking indicators of student risk, meeting with students to provide feedback about student data, discuss the importance of staying connected with school, and use a problem solving approach to maintain or improve academic and/or behavioral performance. Check & Connect mentors also make deliberate efforts to engage families with their child's learning and school. Check & Connect is an appropriate intervention for students with or without disabilities and when it is implemented with fidelity is associated with reductions in dropout rates, increased attendance, and improvements in behavior.

28. Check and Connect

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 12/16/2021

Available to our Partner Schools ONLY: Missouri Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support (MO SWPBS) will host a training for teams interested in learning about Check & Connect, which is a Tier 2/3 comprehensive student engagement intervention for students in grades K-12. This training is intended for schools that are already implementing SWPBS and want to incorporate the Check & Connect program within their framework of interventions. Check & Connect meets the evidence standards of the What Works Clearinghouse of the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education (WWC, 2006). Implementation of the Check & Connect intervention requires that each student in the program be matched with an adult mentor. Mentors are responsible for regularly checking indicators of student risk, meeting with students to provide feedback about student data, discuss the importance of staying connected with school, and use a problem solving approach to maintain or improve academic and/or behavioral performance. Check & Connect mentors also make deliberate efforts to engage families with their child's learning and school. Check & Connect is an appropriate intervention for students with or without disabilities and when it is implemented with fidelity is associated with reductions in dropout rates, increased attendance, and improvements in behavior.

29. Implementing a Restorative Justice Framework

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 2/15/2022

This one-day training will cover the key principles and systems needed for implementation of a research-based Restorative Justice framework. Key foundation principles and interventions will be shared to help ensure that a caring community culture is built and supported. Participants will discuss the systems and components that are necessary to implement the practices of: Community Circles, Restorative Conversations, Restorative Circles and Restorative Conferences. Trainer Christie Lewis has completed a 16 module Certificate program which aligns with an MTSS framework and identifies tiered support appropriate for all students. Objectives: Explore basic problem-solving practices within the Restorative Justice framework. Objectives: Prepare participants to implement key foundation principles associated with Restorative Justice; and Explore basic problem-solving practices within the Restorative Justice framework.

30. Students In Crisis

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 2/17/2022

Dr. Sherri Thomas and Christie Lewis will present a workshop that shows the "why" behind male behavior in schools and what schools can do to begin making school more "boy-friendly" but also to help address the needs of at-risk students in general. Schools are continuing to deal with the trend in declining school engagement for males and female learners alike. This training highlights research from Dr. Warren Farrell and includes strategies and information to help understand both genders learning styles and challenges that are currently being seen in present day classrooms.

31. Emotional Poverty

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 3/22/2022

This workshop presented by Dr. Sherri Thomas, certified trainer through Aha! Process, Inc. A Ruby Payne Company, addresses emotional poverty and builds emotional confidence in your students. This training provides understanding of the origins of anger, anxiety, and avoidance; giving information about the language needed to talk about brain regulation, integration and emotional competence. The training will help educators manage "the classroom dance" that occurs between the educator and the student.

32. Present Day Bullying and the Influence of Social Media

Program: RPDC - Heart of MO - Regional Professional Development Center

Dates: 3/24/2022

AAre you concerned about the impact social media is having on our students? In order to understand how technology is changing the lives of students in our classrooms, we need to know more about how social media impacts them. Today's session will explore some popular social media applications and how students may be using them. We will explore and discuss the connections they are making as digital natives while considering best ways to inform parents. Participants will also shift focus to explore how bullying has changed in response to technological advances. Using current research, we'll examine connections between smartphones, social media applications, and the occurrences of bullying among students. Discussion will also explore claims that students' communication skills have changed. The ability to text and post on social media is impacting person to person discussion and deep conversations. Join us for a time to research and discuss the digital footprint our students are leaving via social media applications.