Do you need Professional Development around Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Anti-Bullying, and Career Readiness?

Professional Development

Our primary focus is on whole-school programs. However, we also recognize that some schools are simply not ready. Maybe it’s the middle of the school year or maybe you’re just waiting for funding or maybe you already use our program, but want a refresher. For those kinds of scenarios, we offer key elements of our program as Professional Development (PD) sessions. We offer PD hours and can deliver all of these sessions in person or on-line.

Tips and Strategies to Bolster Resilience in Students

Resilience has often been referred to as a person’s ability to “bounce back” after experiencing adversity. But often, it entails a great deal more – it’s about learning from that adversity and using those insights not just to “bounce back,” but to bounce forward.  There are many factors that contribute to a student’s ability to develop resilience in life. Research confirms that one of the most important factors is the presence of caring and supportive adults in that student’s life, within or outside of the family. While educators sometimes feel that their sphere of influence is narrow due to the limited hours they spend with students, that teacher-student relationship is crucial, and a warm and welcoming classroom can help bolster student resilience, despite the circumstances that exist beyond school hours. Many of the other factors that contribute to student resilience deal with social and emotional competencies such as a student’s ability to manage strong emotions, communicate effectively and to problem solve. Confidence and optimism – a realistic view of the situation and its outcomes – are also essential and luckily, all of these skills can be learned. This workshop will begin with the science behind resilience and the impact it has on life outcomes. A TEAMologist will then move beyond theory and provide practical tips and strategies that can be explored with students to help them learn the skills that will serve as protective factors against life’s setbacks and misfortunes.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site)

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Workshop Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the research behind resilience and what factors contribute to resilience
  • Recognize resilient attitudes and behaviors and how they are grounded in social-emotional competencies
  • Learn practical strategies they can use and lessons to teach and reinforce resilience.
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11 + 12 =

Inspiring Confident Problem Solvers

Do your students suffer from lawn mower parents?

Have they learned that problem solving means getting help from an adult?

Are your students better at saying “I don’t know” than they are at saying “I can”?

Problem solving is a crucial life skill necessary for success now and in the future. Without the ability to independently solve problems, students lack the confidence to try new things, overcome obstacles and adversities, and tend to give up at the first sign that something isn’t easy.

Learn how to build confident problem solvers with our Professional Development Workshop.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site)

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Workshop Objectives:

Participants will:

  • Learn to teach students the problem solving process.
  • Learn to teach students simple strategies to resolve conflicts peacefully.
  • Create a positive climate where students are encouraged to solve their own problems and positively reinforced when they try before asking for help.

Participants will leave with strategies they can use and lessons to teach and reinforce problem solving. Participants will also gain an understanding of the open-mindedness, communication and persistence learned through problem solving.

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15 + 11 =

The Value of Mistakes and Failures

Do your students struggle to reel in their energy?

Are you redirecting them over and over for the same offenses?

Do your students melt down when they make a mistake or don’t do as well as they thought they would.

Students need to stop seeing their mistakes and failures as a bad thing and instead see them as learning and achieving opportunities.

Learn how to change your students mindsets and help them understand positive change with our Professional Development Workshop.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site)

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Details:

This Professional Development Workshop will include ideas and research behind the importance of the positive change or growth mindset. A TEAMologist will facilitate a unique training experience to discuss what educators can do to:

  • Help students learn the value of their mistakes.
  • Teach students what it means to turn a negative into a positive.
  • Teach students how openness, humility and a sense of self-improvement can take them a long way in life.

Participants will leave with strategies they can use and lessons to teach and reinforce positive change. Participants will also gain an understanding of the consequences of fixed mindset versus the rewards of growth mindset.

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9 + 6 =

Building Students’ Leadership Muscles

Students with strong leadership skills have confidence in their abilities, are better equipped to solve their own problems, can work well with others and are prepared for their futures.

Building leadership is a lifelong process and should start at an early age.

Learn how to help build future ready leaders with our Professional Development Workshop.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site):

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Details:

This Professional Development Workshop will include ideas and research behind the importance of building leadership skills in all students. A TEAMologist will facilitate a unique training experience to discuss what educators can do to:

  • Help students recognize their strengths.
  • Teach students what it means to be a leader and how they can use these skills in and out of school.
  • Recognize and reinforce when students are being positive role models.

Participants will leave with strategies they can use and lessons to teach, reinforce and build leadership in their students. Participants will also gain an understanding of the many characteristics that make up leadership.

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10 + 7 =

Anti-Bullying – Celebrating Differences

Nearly 1 in 3 students are bullied in the US by the time they reach middle school.

Thousands of students miss school every day because they are afraid to go.

Can you think of a student who is ostracized and lacks peer connections?

Help all your students understand the importance of reaching out and celebrating differences with our Professional Development Workshop.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site):

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Details:

This Professional Development Workshop will include ideas and research behind the importance of peer connections and how to help facilitate them. A TEAMologist will facilitate a unique training experience to discuss what educators can do to:

  • Help students recognize a peer in need and understand why they should reach out.
  • Build a TEAM culture in their classroom and/or school to cultivate a sense of connectedness and togetherness amongst all students.
  • Help students understand their role as the bystander.

Participants will leave with strategies they can use and activities and lessons to teach and reinforce anti-bullying.

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1 + 5 =

Why Teaching Kids to Help Others is Crucial

Do your students tease, exclude, gossip or bully?

Do you wish they showed more empathy towards one another?

Are you noticing that even your “good kids” don’t stray much from their group/clique or aren’t being as helpful to others as you would like them to be?

Helping Others may sound basic, but it is with this essential skill that students learn compassion, empathy, kindness, caring, and good citizenship.

Learn how to build compassionate, accepting students with our Professional Development Workshop.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site):

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Details:

This Professional Development Workshop will include ideas and research behind the importance of compassion and empathy in all students. A TEAMologist will facilitate a unique training experience to discuss what educators can do to:

  • Encourage helpful behaviors among all students.
  • Teach students how simple acts of kindness can be contagious.
  • Create a culture of students who look out for each other instead of only looking out for themselves.

Participants will leave with strategies they can use and lessons to teach and reinforce helping others. Participants will also gain an understanding of the many skills learned through helping and how each skill is important for successful futures.

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5 + 10 =

How to Create a School Climate that Leads to Student Success

“School climate” can be defined as the quality and character of school life based on the collective perceptions of students, staff and families.  A positive school climate is multifaceted and results from a school’s attention to fostering safety; encouraging respectful, trusting relationships; promoting family engagement and youth voice; and cultivating an academic environment with attainable yet challenging expectations. There are many benefits to a positive school climate including higher graduation rates, increased academic achievement, improved staff morale and decreases in risky behaviors and discipline referrals.  Educators today are becoming familiar with the research base that supports a positive school climate and yet transforming that climate can seem complex and overwhelming. This workshop will introduce the basics of school climate and some tangible strategies that can be used in the classroom to enhance feelings of connection, promote pro-social skills and cultivate a sense of safety.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site)

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Workshop Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the components and outcomes of a positive school climate
  • Learn practical strategies they can use to promote a positive school climate and promote school safety
  • Obtain a variety of resources and tools for more in-depth exploration of this topic
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13 + 6 =

Integrating SEL and Career Readiness

Historically, career education has been a focus of secondary education to provide middle and high school students with guidance around their options post-graduation. The introduction of ESSA expanded the view of career education to emphasize K-8 as well. Progressive schools today have a new view of what it means to be “career ready” and they realize that social and emotional competencies play a big role in employability.  Even with this realization, schools need support in identifying how to help prepare students for post-secondary success and how to make social and emotional skill-building an important area of emphasis when exploring careers and employment options. Participants in this workshop will examine what a comprehensive career readiness program can look like, beginning in elementary school, and how an integrated approach that combines academics, careers and SEL skills can boost a student’s likelihood for employment success.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site)

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Workshop Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn how to teach interconnected life skills, tied to students’ future careers, to promote student success
  • Make the important connections, for students, between the skills they are learning and their futures
  • Learn practical strategies and lessons they can use to integrate SEL and career
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4 + 6 =

Integrating SEL

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions. Basically, SEL lays the groundwork for our kids to develop healthy relationships, have a better sense of how their thoughts and behaviors influence others and generally learn how to be successful people. It is imperative that educators understand the value and power SEL has to build critical life skills from the start. By integrating SEL into the everyday academic curriculum and into the fabric of the school culture, schools can create a positive school climate, establish healthier relationships among students and staff, provide tools and coping skills students need throughout life, make connections between life skills and careers, create safer environments and teach students their responsibility to one another and to the community. This workshop will detail important data and research behind SEL, how the school setting has become the main source for students to gain these foundations and how a fully integrated SEL environment can positively impact academic achievement, student engagement and future student success. Practical tips and strategies will be shared allowing participants to understand how create a fully integrated SEL culture in their schools.

Workshop Length (all workshops performed on-site)

  • Six (6) hour, full-day
  • Three (3) hour, half-day
  • Two (2) hour, mini

Workshop Objectives

  • Understand the research behind SEL and how integrating SEL will lead to improved student success
  • Learn the main research-based SEL skills and how to recognize and reinforce them with their students
  • Learn practical strategies and lessons they can use to integrate SEL
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4 + 10 =

Documented impact of Project TEAM

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INCREASE in positive school culture

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DECREASE in defiant behavior

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INCREASE in test scores

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DECREASE in disruptive behavior incidents

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DECREASE in aggressive incidents