Social and Emotional

Awakening Joy

Presenter: Deborah Shapiro

Tentatively Scheduled for December 6, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

Joy, like happiness, is something that can be cultivated and has the capacity to engender wellness, resilience, and success in teachers and students. Unlike happiness, though, which is measured over time, joy is something that can be recognized and experienced in the moment, while having an impact that extends beyond the moment of joy itself. In this workshop, participants will learn researched ways to work with both the mind and the environment to bring joy to themselves and, because feelings are contagious, to others. Participants will also focus on how to transfer this practice to the classroom to awaken joy in students.

Chants, Cheers, & Class Rewards → Build STRONG K-2 Classroom Culture!

Presenter: Meghan Pleus

Tentatively Scheduled for December 18, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades K-2

How can teachers increase positivity, strengthen classroom culture, and build more excitement for their classrooms? Participants in this session will learn cheers and chants that will boost the confidence of students, strengthen classroom management, and foster stronger relationships with students. They will discuss and develop appropriate classroom rewards to create stronger “buy-in” from students.

Counseling Roundtable: Managing Anxiety/Stress In Students & Ourselves: 1/2-day session

Presenters: Kristen Delventhal & Deborah Bajakian

Tentatively Scheduled for January 8, 2024

Recommended for School-Based Counselors of Grades Pre-K-12

This workshop is designed for school professionals who provide school-based counseling support, an opportunity to collaborate in a roundtable discussion identifying how counselors can show up as their best selves in the counseling role. It is natural for emotions to get stirred up when navigating difficult student cases. This workshop will validate that emotional experience while providing tools to identify personal triggers that may arise in the counseling relationship, manage "human" responses, as well as best practices in how to practice self-care in this unique role. 

*Note: This is a 1/2-day session, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Designing Professional Learning Experiences for Adult Learners

Presenter: Virginia Senande

Tentatively Scheduled for September 21, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

Engaging, relevant, transferable, and challenging are adjectives describing effective professional learning. For those who are currently providing training for peers or hope to do so in the future, this workshop is a great opportunity to increase effectiveness for teaching adult learners. Participants will examine guidelines for developing and implementing powerful professional learning strategies that honor the learners’ expertise, experiences and skills. Opportunities will be provided to apply these skills and enhance current approaches/materials, or create a plan which includes well-designed content, collaborative aspects, balanced participation, and presentation jazz.

*Note: Recommended for first-time workshop facilitators.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Book Club

Presenter(s): Anne Paolucci

Tentatively Scheduled for October 25, 2023, December 1, 2023, AND February 2, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

During this three-session book club experience, participants will discuss approaches to understanding and dismantling topics around equity, prejudice, discrimination, and racism. Conversations will focus on using the text to work towards embracing the role of an equity-literate educator. Participants will read three books on the topic over the course of the school year. Texts will be chosen by the participants.

*Note: This workshop meets for three separate 1/2-day sessions, 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Enhancing Wellness: Connection, Coping, and Culture

Presenter: Lydia Greco

Tentatively Scheduled for January 5, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

In this workshop, participants will focus on three specific aspects of wellness in schools: connection, coping and culture. Discussions will cover the following: the importance of establishing relationships and helping students feel emotionally connected, strategies to help students regulate their emotions and cope with various feeling states, and ways to develop positive school culture, including exploration of the benefits of wellness centers/fairs and Zen rooms. 

*Note: This is the second part to “Supporting Wellness” but the sessions do not have to be taken in order.

Fierce Conversations

Presenter: Kathleen O'Flynn

Tentatively Scheduled for January 22, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

Susan Scott, author of Fierce Conversations purports, “The conversation is the relationship!” This engaging interactive session will introduce participants to three transformational ideas and seven principles that will shift basic understandings of conversations and the power they hold, achieving results, and building leadership. Participants will learn how to tackle their toughest challenges while building an open, direct, and respectful culture. Fierce Conversations will demonstrate how to transform everyday conversations into effective and powerful tools to deliver the important messages. The goal of Fierce Conversations is to develop more dynamic and more effective interactions “one conversation at a time.”

Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms

Presenter: Virginia Senande

Tentatively Scheduled for October 2, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

In order to create positive learning environments for their students, educators must also stay healthy and optimistic. This workshop will examine practices designed to encourage educator wellness and ultimately improve student learning. Participants will explore 12 brain-based principles to avoid burnout, increase optimism, and support physical well-being from Marcia Tate’s Healthy Teachers, Healthy Classrooms and create action plans for implementation.

Impact of Emotions on Learning

Presenter: Kathleen O'Flynn

Tentatively Scheduled for December 4, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

Emotion is important in education as it drives attention, which in turn drives learning. A basic understanding of the emotional brain system is essential for educators. The area of the brain known to be significant in one’s emotional life serves as a constant monitor of the environment and can enhance or impede learning. Attendees will participate in a discussion of various mind states that impact the learning process. In addition, strategies that can be used to maximize learning and retention, promote a sense of safety within students in high-stress environments, and enhance creative thinking, will be presented.

Principles of Positive Psychology

Presenter: Deborah Shapiro

Tentatively Scheduled for November 17, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

Learn what positive psychology is, how it is both different from and complementary to traditional psychology, how to raise your own happiness baseline by intentionally choosing different attitudes and taking different actions, and how to use these materials with students. In this interactive workshop, participants will learn positive psychology fundamentals in order to integrate them with activities and discussions. The session will cover the power of selective attention and beliefs, effective rethinking, gratitude practices, and character strengths and values activities. While this course is open to those who have not previously taken it through the NVCC, those who already have any knowledge of or experience with these principles are invited to join in order to deepen their understanding and practices.

Promoting Culture and Climate in the School Setting

Presenters: Christina Nazarko & Wendy Mackey

Tentatively Scheduled for January 19, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

Research shows that positive school culture, including an environment that develops positive relationships among students and teachers, increases student achievement. This workshop is an educator-focused professional learning session for those who are interested in building culture, climate and inclusivity in the work setting. Establishing a positive school climate and culture is essential for educator job satisfaction and improving academic outcomes. The team will discover how to build a positive school community that focuses on relationships, discipline, and the representation of all students. There will also be time to explore how to transform the quality, character and personality of the school environment, starting in one’s own classroom.

Radical Responsibility: Practices for Applying the Principles of Positive Psychology

Presenter: Deborah Shapiro

Tentatively Scheduled for March 27, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

The principles of positive psychology are about knowing that people have a  choice to see and do things differently, and that a wider perspective and greater sense of well-being lie beyond what they generally perceive and believe. In this workshop, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of positive psychology as tools for living a life of radical responsibility. They will be guided to identify stressors, judgments, and resistance that keep them from looking beyond their current beliefs, and they will learn humbling, introspective practices in order to become more balanced, wise, compassionate, and effective educators.

Social-Emotional Learning

Presenters: Virginia Senande & Katharine Meyers

Tentatively Scheduled for December 13, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

Successful implementation of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practices can result in positive behaviors, increased academic success, and caring communities. This workshop will explore the five competencies of Social Emotional Learning developed by CASEL and adopted by the NJDOE: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. After examining the five competencies, participants will explore areas in their curriculum where SEL can be infused and will plan learning for their students on this topic.

*Note: Registration for ASHA CEUs TBA

Successful Mentoring

Presenter: Virginia Senande

Tentatively Scheduled for September 13, 2023 AND November 8, 2023

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

The complex nature of mentoring speaks to the benefits for current and prospective mentors to attend this training. Clarity of roles and responsibilities, as well as helpful techniques to maximize effectiveness, will be explored. Participants will gain insight into individual mentor and protégé needs through a variety of instruments, discussions, and reflections. In accordance with the New Jersey Professional Standards for teachers, the new mandates of TeachNJ, and mentoring revisions (May 2014), this workshop recognizes that collegial support and interaction are essential to the success of every aspect of education.

*Note: This workshop meets for two days.

The 4Rs: A Framework for Supporting Student Well-Being

Presenters: Anna Kuzdraj and Kelly Stevens

Tentatively Scheduled for February 9, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades Pre-K-12

In today’s classrooms, teachers face a variety of challenges in supporting students’ well-being. This session, which is based on the book “Supporting Students’ Mental Health: Essentials for Teachers” by Michael Hass and Amy Ardell, will provide teachers with concrete strategies to support the well-being of students in their classrooms. Teachers will learn about the 4Rs framework, which will provide guidance in recognizing and responding to students’ needs. Additionally, concepts such as a relationship-centered classroom, promoting social connections, and cultural responsiveness will be discussed as strategies to build a positive and nurturing environment.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Presenter: Wellcore Educational Consulting

Tentatively Scheduled for March 18, 2024

Recommended for Educators of Grades 6-12

Participants will learn how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges among children and adolescents ages 12-18.