I offer professional development for teachers and counselors ready to put connection with students and student wellness at the top of their school’s priorities, making entire schools safe spaces for teachers, students, staff, and, well, humans.
The antidote for bad PD includes acknowledging the vast experiences and talents that teachers and counselors already possess. I focus on practical strategies to enhance teachers’ experiences and students’ learning by focusing first on the needs of teachers and students as people. Safe teacher vulnerability helps students to understand that perfection isn’t the goal–connection and growth is.
Professional Development workshops are offered for teachers and counselors jointly or for teachers and counselors as separate audience groups.
For TEACHERS and SCHOOL STAFF:
The workshop, “Uncovering and Addressing Hidden Student Trauma:”
- Deliverables–Teachers will know and be able to:
- Use specialized ice-breakers 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 difference between having rapport with students and connecting with students.
- Describe how ACEs impact learning, how triggers impact teachers, and how to respond appropriately to students exhibiting triggered behavior.
- Use guidelines for teacher vulnerability and practice rewriting “vulnerable” statements into kid-safe language.
- Use a tiered system of classroom-tested prompts that enable students to safely express anything that might be troubling them. Teachers will identify elements of exemplars and non-examples of safe prompts. (These compassion-building exercises are based on Brene Brown’s work on connection and vulnerability.)
- Use guidelines for when to talk through, refer out, or simply acknowledge students’ emotional distress. 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. (This leads to students having a greater sense of authenticity, resiliency, and self-determination.)
- Identify which populations of students at your school would benefit the most from a particular strategy and how to foster classrooms that are safe for sharing.
- The workshop, “Uncovering and Addressing Hidden Student Trauma:”Reaching out for help is hard for teenagers, which is why counselors need more “first responders” with the skills to uncover hidden student crises and refer students to the counseling department. The workshop, “Uncovering and Addressing Hidden Student Trauma,” is based on 14 years of classroom experience designing classroom strategies to uncover and acknowledge students’ distress and then refer students to the appropriate supports. This workshop shares these strategies—and the research behind them—with school counselors, enabling them to give specific guidance to school staff and leadership about how to forge even stronger school safety nets for students’ emotional health.
- The workshop “Uncovering and Addressing Hidden Student Trauma for Counselors:”
- Explains the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the effect that developmental trauma has on the brain and students’ abilities to learn. Counselors can then guide their leadership teams on how to use this information in curriculum development.
- Provides a tip sheet on ACEs-informed practices to work with trauma behaviors.
- Introduces specialized trust-building activities specific to ACEs, focused on adults modeling the kind of vulnerability that builds true connections between students, peers, and school staff. These compassion-building exercises reflect Brene Brown’s work on connection and vulnerability. We will also look at the differences between connection and rapport and how to design a school with connection at its core.
- Provides a tiered system of ready-to-use prompts, complimentary to counseling sessions and all content areas, enabling students to safely express anything that might be troubling them.
- Supplies counselors with scripts to hand teachers for when to talk through, refer out, or simply acknowledge students’ emotional distress. This includes how school staff can become better partners with counselors and/ or Wellness Centers, and how and when to staff should talk with parents in a way that places parents in the role of vital partners and allies.
- Connects student self-efficacy with counselors’ and other staff members’ abilities to notice what makes a student “tick” and supplies strategies for school personnel to foster student identity and self-expression. This leads to students having a greater sense of authenticity, resiliency, and self-determination.
- The Workshop “Differentiation begins with your Ladder:” How to attach bottom rungs on the curriculum ladder so that all kids can step on (ELL, special education, and struggling students) without creating 32 different lesson plans. (Based on the Growth Mindset research, research on grit, and Social Emotional Learning).
- Life Coaching for Schools: I help teachers, administrators, and support staff get “unstuck” in their careers, relationships with students, relationships with administrators, and relationships with teachers and support staff.
For more information, email: JessieDorinCoaching@gmail.com