Tired of sitting in PDs that waste your time?
If you have to sit through one more boring PD led by someone who isn’t in a classroom and doesn’t offer practical strategies, are you going to give them a face like this? (Or was that just me?)
Welcome to a new approach to PD: Practical. Energizing. Inspiring.
(And maybe a little bit fun?)
Too many PDs treat teachers, especially veteran teachers, as lions who need to be tamed. As a 14 year veteran teacher and graduate school professor, I have a PhD in “lion-speak,” and let me tell you, you want to harness and inspire that power, not tame it. Boosting your staff’s engagement, creativity, and sense of fun brings teaching and learning to a whole new level.
Professional Development Topics:
(A BRAIN-based, HEART-based approach to PBIS and ACEs informed teaching)
- Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their impact on a student’s brain development.
- How to uncover and address HIDDEN student ACEs.
- Suicide Prevention through Connection, Vulnerability, and Authenticity in the classroom.
- How to Support Students on the Autism Spectrum through Classroom Connection.
- How to Support Students with ADHD through Classroom Connection.
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention through Connection, Vulnerability, and Authenticity in the Classroom.
- Alleviating student stress in high-achieving schools.
- Bullying Prevention through Connection, Vulnerability, and Authenticity in the Classroom.
- Supporting Students who Identify as LBGTQ through Connection, Vulnerability, and Authenticity in the Classroom.
- Supporting Students from Varied Ethnic, Racial, and Economic Backgrounds through Connection, Vulnerability, and Authenticity in the Classroom.
- Supporting students who struggle, including ELL students.
- Behavior management with student trauma and/or neurodiversity in mind.
The Professional Development, Uncovering and Addressing HIDDEN Student Trauma:
Staff will know and be able to:
- Use specialized ice-breakers (that don’t suck) and activities that build true connections between students, teachers, and peers. Teachers will identify elements of activities that bring classroom communities together. They will also look at why commonly used strategies meant to create community fail.
- Describe the difference between having rapport with students and connecting with students (This one is a game-changer for classroom climate).
- Describe how ACEs impact learning, how triggers impact teachers, and how to respond to students exhibiting triggered behavior. (IE: How to not lose your sh*t when a student is losing theirs).
- Use guidelines for teacher vulnerability and practice rewriting “vulnerable” statements into kid-safe language (IE: Permission to be human again in the classroom).
- Use guidelines for when to talk through, refer out, or simply acknowledge students’ emotional distress. (Without sucking up your time or energy). This includes how and when to talk with parents in a way that places parents in the role of vital partners and allies.
- Use prompts and strategies that allow teachers to foster student identity and self-expression (while simultaneously fostering teacher identity and self-expression). This leads to students having a greater sense of authenticity, resiliency, and self-determination.
- Identify which populations of students (students with ADD, ADHD, ELL students, high-achievers, etc.) at your school would benefit the most from a particular strategy and how to foster classrooms that are safe for sharing.
To book a workshop, book Jessie as a speaker, or learn more information about professional developments:
Call: (415) 407-0249
Complete the contact form below.
Workshops are available in the following formats:
- 2-day sessions (A deep-dive that allows a lot of time for questions).
- 1 day session
- 2, 3-hour sessions
- 5 days of 60 minutes sessions during staff meetings via video conferencing (or in-person for local schools).
All workshops now include follow-up support of two, one-hour video conferencing sessions to ensure the success of the program.