CPI’s Statewide Trauma-Informed Professional Development Series

 We know that access to quality professional development varies within the state of Maine. To address the need for high quality trainings in more rural areas of the state, CPI is offering a traveling statewide series of events. All  2-hour seminars are conveniently scheduled at 4:30-6:30pm and most are on the second Monday of each month (excluding September and December). Join us today!
CPI is awarding 2 content-hour certificates for participants.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

current professional development partnerships

restorative practices/restorative mindset

mt. ararat middle school

CPI is working with the Restorative Mindset Leadership Team at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham, Maine.  This ongoing work involves collaboration and teamwork among teachers, administrators, and school counselors to better understand the tenants of the Restorative Mindset and how adopting them fosters a collaborative and safe community of learners.  These trainings are  designed to develop in-house expertise in restorative practices and the facilitation of circles, restorative conversations and culture buidling.  Using media, readings, professional learning committee time Mt. Ararat Middle School is adopting the Restorative Mindset.

South Portland Schools together with support from SOPO Unite–All Ages all In.

Representatives from each of South Portland’s Public Schools have joined “The Restorative Mindset” with CPI.  This 37.5 hour course explores in depth the nature of the Restorative Mindset and the tools of Restorative Practices in Schools.  This course specifically designed for in-house Professional Development Credit has allowed teachers, school counselors, Social Workers and Administrators to develop their own action projects all inspired by one of the 5 principles of the Restorative Mindset.  The collaborative nature of this intensive course allows  staff the time necessary to explore the true purpose of school discipline and how our schools can begin to shift toward a more restorative culture that upholds accountability, emphasizes relationships, and teaches students how to uphold the norms that allow for school communities to thrive.

alternative education programming

CPI is working with Freeport High School in developing an Alternative Education Program.  The Endeavor program is designed to meet the academic and social-emotional needs  of alternative learners at Freeport High School .  The program offers proficiency based learning, experiential programming, social-emotional supports, and highly individualized learning plans for each student.  The result is a more customized education for students who thrive in smaller settings with increased opportunities for experiential learning opportunities.

RECENT WORKSHOPS

Verbal De-escalation Using Therapeutic Techniques based on Cognitive Neuroscience

“He just lost it.” “She can’t keep herself under control.” “He just explodes.”

Charity BellPlease join us to learn about what is happening in the brain of the kids (and adults) whose responses confuse and frustrate us.

In 20 years of working with people, including as a foster parent to over 150 kids and Director of Training at Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and the Department of Mental Health, Charity Bell has developed deep insight into the brain’s reaction to stress. She uses these insights to provide parents, educators, and youth themselves with the tools to recognize and impact behavior.

Understanding the role of the amygdala, hippocampus and prefrontal cortex to perceived stressors is the key to supporting learning.

After introducing the physical and biochemical processes in play, she will then provide strategies for mitigating, intervening, and even preventing these stress reactions which are so disrupting to educational and social progress. She will also help you relax your own response to these behaviors, using self-compassion and rational detachment, two important self-care techniques.

Charity’s engaging and compassionate approach leaves participants feeling supported, energized, and cared for. Her commitment to Relentless Positivity combined with her realism and experience makes for a presentation that you will leave with new ideas and new inspiration to continue the important work you do.

Presenter: Charity Bell, MPA

Time: Monday, May 8, 2017, 4:30-6:30

Place: Wishcamper Center, USM, Portland Campus, 54 York Street, Portland, ME 04101

Registration: Open now at cpimaine.org $40 or register at the door.

Credit: 2 contact hours awarded from CPIMaine

Who should attend? K-12 teachers, social workers, educational technicians, parents administrators, national service members, or anyone involved in any youth-serving organization.

Directions: Click Here.

The Real Connection Between the Arts and Improved Learning Outcomes

Karen Montanaro, PresenterOur kids are in trouble. Drug addiction. Depression. Anxiety. Self-harm. Cyberbullying. Suicide. These problems are not new. Isolated cases have sprung up here and there for generations, but now they’re spreading like wildfire. This epidemic has put us into a state of emergency with our children.

Thankfully, this is not the end of the story and the bad news is not the only news. The emergency has become articulate, offering us a plausible and immediate course of action. This course of action may not only reverse our state of emergency, but also inspire unprecedented advances in all the right directions. The antidote is right under our nose.

Karen Montanaro was eighteen years old when she signed her first contract as a professional ballet dancer. As a ballet dancer, she performed on some of the most prestigious stages of the world, including Jacob’s Pillow, Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Her career in the arts was as treacherous as it was rewarding.

For the past thirty years, Karen has dedicated herself to bringing world-class art into public and private schools across New England and beyond. She has watched with horror as schools gradually eliminated arts programming from their budgets, just when young people needed it most.

“The Real Connection Between the Arts and Improved Learning Outcomes” represents six-years of relentless labor on Karen’s part. She will share the fruits of this labor with you on April 10th. Using a variety of verbal and non-verbal languages (including mime, dance and storytelling) Karen delivers a potentially life-saving message.

Karen’s stance on arts in education is unlike any other, because her message is not actually about arts OR education. It’s about a growing population of young people, wandering aimlessly through the labyrinths of a digital world trying to find home.

Presenter: Karen Montanaro

Time: Monday, April 10, 2017, 4:30-6:30pm

Place: Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Public Library, 39 2nd St., Presque Isle, ME

Registration: Open now at cpimaine.org $30 or register at the door.

Credit: 2 contact hours awarded from CPIMaine

Who should attend? K-12 teachers, social workers, educational technicians, parents administrators, national service members, or anyone involved in any youth-serving organization.

Directions: TBA

The Restorative Mindset: Helping students learn from challenging behaviors

Page Nichols, Co-Founder of CPIThis 2-hour session will explore creative ways of managing classroom behavior through a basic understanding of emerging adolescent neuroscience. We will also explore helpful strategies for responding to maladaptive classroom behavior in way the supports students and addresses the source of their negative behavior in an effort to build empathy and create lasting change in their developing brains.  Participants in this session will have an opportunity to expand upon their existing knowledge of developmental neuroscience, learn immediately applicable strategies for classroom management and restorative discipline. This session is appropriate for anyone working in a youth-serving setting with ages 6-20.

Presenter: Page Nichols
Time: Monday, February 27th 4:30-6:30pm
Place: USM Lewiston-Auburn Campus 51 Westminster St. Lewiston, ME 04240
Credit: 2 contact hours awarded from CPIMaine
Who should attend? K-12 teachers, social workers, educational technicians, parents administrators, national service members, or anyone involved in any youth-serving organization.

The New Face of Classrooms in Maine: How to Collaborate and Differentiate for all English Language Learners

armstrong-baileyCollaboration and assessment are at the forefront of every educational conversation. Meeting the varied needs of our students in today’s classrooms can be an exhaustive task. As the demographics of Maine’s schools change and diversify, knowledge of how to create clear learning targets and accurate assessments for English Language Learners becomes increasingly more complex for all teachers.  It is important to assess ELLs with adequate data in order to design instruction, plan lessons, and support ELLs in gaining academic language to give them access to the content. Come learn about how ESL teachers and content teachers plan, instruct and assess using a variety of approaches to meet the language needs of ELL students.

Presenter: Jane Armstrong (ELL) and Robyn Bailey (ELL) of Portland Public Schools
Time: Monday, January 9th 4:30-6:30pm
Place: Westbrook Middle School.  471 Stroudwater Street. Westbrook, ME 04092
Credit: 2 contact hours awarded from CPIMaine
Who should attend? K-12 teachers, social workers, Educational Technicians, parents administrators, or any interested party.

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Classroom Tools for Emotional Regulation, Focus and Empathy

Erica MarcusThis two-hour session will spend one hour focusing on Mindful Teaching and a second on Mindfulness in the Classroom. First, it will give staff an introduction to mindfulness: what it is, its history, and what the research says about its benefits. Second, we will explore how mindfulness can be used by teachers to manage their own stress and to support building a strong classroom culture. The program will be infused with guided mindfulness exercises — of sound, breath, and body — so staff can experience the practice. Staff with leave with tools they can use to build their own mindfulness practice and create moments of calm in the midst of challenging work days.

The second hour will build on Mindfulness for Teachers and offer strategies for implementing mindfulness programming in the classroom. It will review some of the neuroscience that informs the practice and other “hooks” that make mindfulness accessible to children. We will also cover strategies for creating a safe space for mindfulness practice in the classroom and ideas for managing student resistance in this context. Finally, teachers will be given a basic lesson structure outlining the important components of a mindfulness lesson.

Presenter: Erica Marcus of Wise Minds, Big Hearts
Time: Monday, November 14, 2016 4:30-6:30pm
Place: Kennebunk Elementary School, 177 Alewife Brook Rd., Kennebunk, ME
Credit: 2 contact hours awarded from CPIMaine
Who should attend? K-12 teachers, social workers, Educational Technicians, parents administrators, or any interested party.

Mitigating the Impacts of Poverty and Trauma on Behavior and Learning: Practical Strategies based on Cognitive Neuroscience

Pender Makin, Co-founder of CPI MaineAdverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), poverty, and other trauma can cause significant changes in the developing brain. In schools and classrooms, these changes often manifest as symptoms that include low motivation for learning, distractibility, anger and aggression, and generally disrespectful, disruptive behaviors.In this workshop, participants will gain helpful understandings about student behavior and the developing brain and will leave this session with ready-to-implement strategies and tools for increasing engagement and learning in the most at risk learners.

Presenter: Pender Makin (Milken Educator Award 2001, Maine High School Principal of the Year 2013).
Time: Monday, October 17, 2016 4:30-6:30pm
Place: UMA’s Holocaust and Human Rights Center
Credit: 2 contact hours awarded from CPIMaine
Who should attend? K-12 teachers, social workers, Educational Technicians, parents administrators, or any interested party.

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