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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)/Toxic Stress/Trauma- 3 hour virtual training - March 18, 2021


with JoAnn Freiberg Jody Lambert

Calendar Mar 18, 2021 at 12 pm

Also offered Febraury 23, 2021, 8:30 am - 11:30 am)

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the largest public health crisis to be identified in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress/trauma) impact a child’s daily life in the home, in school and the community as they grow. These adversities (injuries) in childhood also impact adult health and wellbeing, often identified as PTSD. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never “forgets.” Childhood adversity affects a child’s ability to learn and behave in productive ways by changing brain chemistry and architecture thus impacting their ability to learn and behave “normally” in schools and other settings. And, if not appropriately treated, these injuries impact life and health outcomes into adulthood. All too often, children who are experiencing trauma, neglect and abuse in their homes and communities are identified in schools as having “special needs,” such as ADHD, ODD or EDD when in fact what they are experiencing is actually trauma/toxic stress. These life circumstances cause diminished executive functioning abilities, learning difficulties, and/or misbehavior. Educators, as well as all other adults, need to be keenly aware of this body of research and practical school- home- and community-based remedies in order to mitigate the impact of toxic stress (ACEs) on successful child cognitive and emotional development, including impulsivity, learning difficulties and misbehavior, not to mention diminished physical health outcomes in adulthood. In this workshop, the critically important information about this life- and practice-changing body of research, including ACEs and the ACEs Scale, will be introduced and the clear and present pathways to healing will be presented.

Spring District Facilitator Meeting


with Carly Weiland Quiros

Calendar Apr 5, 2021 at 9 am

April 5, 2021 (9 am - 12 noon)

Learn about state updates related to induction and share best practices for supporting beginning teachers and their mentors.

Virtual - Zoom meeting link will be sent after registering

Restorative Practices Virtual Training (2 days) - April 8 & 9, 2021


with JoAnn Freiberg Jody Lambert

Calendar Apr 8, 2021 at 8:30 am

(April 8 & 9, 2021) 

Restorative Practices Virtual Basic Training 

This two-day Basic training in Restorative Practices provides the necessary information for establishing the conditions for developing and nurturing a culture based on high quality relationships among all school community members and positive community building that is trauma-free. This is accomplished by focusing not on rules broken and punitive consequences but rather on the harms done and providing appropriate restorative consequences and the systems that are necessary to repair and support strong relationships among all school community members (students and adults). Working restoratively is a social/relational rather than a behaviorist model. Embracing restorative practices is not a program but rather a way of thinking, being and operating in the day-to-day.  The training includes concrete and practical strategies for establishing the appropriate classroom and school-based routines as well as conducting circles and conferences in primary prevention as well as intervention contexts.


Day 1: Introduction to Restorative Practices 8:30-11:00 & 1:00pm-3:30pm

  • Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships
  • Introduction & Practice Rationale to Restorative Practices
  • Fundamental Hypothesis & Social Discipline Window
  • Educator Teaching Styles
  • Theoretical & Research Base Supporting the Success of Working Restoratively
  • The Restorative Practices Continuum of Strategies/Practices to Implement 
  • Learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships

 Day 2: Using Circles Effectively - 8:30am - 11:00am & 1:00pm - 3:30pm

  • Discover how optimally to utilize a wide variety of circles in any setting, With or Without “Talking Pieces”
  • The Current Landscape
  • Restorative/Real Justice, Solving Problems, Managing Serious Situations and The Importance of Developing Routines/Rituals in All Settings

For more information contact (Jody) 

English Language (EL) Council


with Nancy Tracy

Calendar Apr 19, 2021 at 1 pm

EL Council meetings provide an opportunity for:

- Sharing best practices

- Collaborating with other districts about universal challenges/successes      of praxis

- Interacting with CSDE representative, Megan Alubicki Flick

- Networking

Audience: district leaders, team leaders/department heads, and content-area teachers.


Regional Module 5 Facilitated Conversation


with Carly Weiland Quiros

Calendar Apr 22, 2021 at 3:45 pm

This virtual session will allow participants from small districts the opportunity to share and experience multiple perspectives and learn from colleagues across the region.

Zoom link to be provided after registration

Audience: Beginning Teachers, Mentor participation is optional.

Foundations of Effective Instruction for High Leverage Learning


with Sue Palma & Carly Quiros

Calendar Apr 28, 2021 at 1 pm

In this session, participants will explore how to plan learning experiences aligned to high leverage standards to accelerate student learning in virtual and socially distanced settings during the end of the 2020-2021 school year and into 2021-2022.

Dates/Times: 4/28/21; 1 pm - 3 pm

Virtual - Zoom link to be provided after registration.

Audience: K-8 ELA and Math teachers, Instructional Coaches, Administrators

Cost: $159/person; Recorded session available after - free to those who attended

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