Creating Compassionate Schools

While it is widely recognized that teachers are tasked with creating the learning conditions for students, some student-specific variables represent situations well beyond the teacher’s and the student’s control. These student-specific variables can include a number of traumatic events experienced by the child, including: tragic accidents, sudden death of parent(s), natural disasters), physical/emotional/sexual abuse, drug abuse and addiction in the household, and incarceration of a parent and/or significant adult. Educators need to understand the ways the ways in which the needs of children who experience trauma and/or sustained periods of stress can differ significantly from their peers. For teachers not completely aware of the ways that adverse childhood experiences (or ACE’s) can impact students, the challenges for both students and teachers alike can be magnified. Taken in combination with the myriad of other ways that students differ, it is important that teachers have a plan for how they will understand the needs of learners with complex needs and respond compassionately so that all students remain connected to their schooling experience.

Creating Compassionate Schools will provide teachers an overview of the rationale for embracing pedagogical strategies rooted in compassion. The course has been developed to introduce educators to the principles and practices of an approach that takes aim at “getting it right” for both students and their teachers. Creating Compassionate Schools will provide an introductory look at the scientific research-base emerging from a number of disciplines (e.g., social services, education research, neurobiology, public health approaches) in support of compassionate schooling. With compassion as a lens through which professionals can view their work, a number of topics such as professional learning communities, action research and job satisfaction will be explored. Implications of the approach will be discussed as well as barriers to implementation.

Attention will also be devoted to considering the shifting educational landscape as legislative efforts to increase the prominence of social and emotional learning (SEL) standards across K-12 settings are occurring. The defining characteristics of Compassionate Schools will be considered along with characteristics of other movements such as Positive Behavior and Instructional Supports (PBIS), Differentiated Instruction (DI) and Whole Child Education. Exemplars of states operating in alignment with compassionate schooling principles will included.

Teachers responding to the needs of a diverse learning population that include such variables often feel unprepared and isolated. Attempts to connect with colleagues and others within their educational context can yield limited results. Creating Compassionate Schools will also include resources for reflecting on the level of complexity present in classrooms today. Research-based information and strategies will provide course participants with:

  • a pedagogical framework which recognizes a definition of student diversity that includes students impacted by adverse childhood experiences,
  • strategies for professionals attempting to meet the immediate needs of learners impacted by adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s),
  • tools which teachers may use immediately within a compassionate approach, and
  • strategies and tools for engaging colleagues to respond similarly so that a culture of care is the long-term result in educational settings where children with complex needs are served.


Designed with a K-12 professional audience in mind, Creating Compassionate Schools offers insight into challenges faced by professionals across the educational spectrum in identifying, addressing, and collaborating around the complex needs of students.


Please read the course syllabus to fully understand the content and purpose for this course. Participants will have a maximum of 105 days to complete the course.


CPE Credit: 45 hours

Course content was created by CE Credits Online. This course may be purchased for the Region 10 ESC discount price of:
$299.95.
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Coaching to Improve Teaching and Learning

This course is designed for peer teams, leads, mentees/mentors and coachees/coaches. Learn processes of collaboration and communication that ensure quality outcomes for students. Establish mutual purpose/respect and how to use a variety of effective coaching communication skills. Maximize expertise, skills, and talents of coaching partners. Opportunity for reflection, practice, observation, analysis and application of skills. Emphasis on intentional best practice, celebration of success, planning of future observational episodes and relationship maintenance.


Please read the course syllabus to fully understand the content and purpose for this course before purchase. Participants have a maximum of 105 days to complete the course.
 

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CPE Credit: 45 hours

Course content was created by CE Credits Online. This course may be purchased for the Region 10 ESC discount price of:
$299.95.
"Click to enter this course" button below to proceed with purchasing the course.


CPE CREDIT PROVIDEDFEE BASED COURSECourse content was created by CE Credit Online

Discipline, Law and Order - Administrator Training

This course was developed for administrators who oversee student discipline to meet the requirements of the Texas Education Code, Section 37.0181 Professional Development for Disciplinary Procedures.

Chapter 37 provides an array of tools to maintain school safety and to maintain discipline in our classrooms allowing teachers to teach and students to learn. One of the important things to remember about Chapter 37 is that school administrators are provided a great amount of discretionary authority in taking action. It is recommended that districts look at the discretionary removals and the discretionary expulsions that are taking place in public schools in the state of Texas.

CPE CREDIT: 3

CPE CREDITNo Cost

Building Academic Success Through Social Emotional Health

This Course is for Administrators and their team leaders who will/have attended the June 18th ALT session. The content of this course is to be used as a follow up and support of the strategies and philosophies learned during the face to face training session.

This face to face workshop itself and the online content will teach participants how to proactively address the social emotional learning needs of their students. A growing body of research validates the connection between social emotional health and academic success. In addition to academic skills, 21st century students need strong skills in optimism, empathy, self-regulation and effective communication. Competence in these areas will support students ability to:

  • solve problems,
  • persevere through difficult tasks,
  • collaborate with others,
  • accept risks, and
  • learn from mistakes.

This session will provide school teams with a variety of activities, resources, and concrete strategies that are easily implemented in schools and classrooms. After this initial face to face session, participants will have access to short video clips and other post workshop resources to support a yearlong implementation plan for building academic success through social emotional health. This workshop will have an elementary level focus.

NON CPE CREDITNo CostENROLLMENT KEY