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July 2020

How to Begin? “Letting Go and Creating New Beginnings”

July 7 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

With so many unknowns, how do you plan for the beginning of the new school year? In the midst of all the uncertainty, one thing remains true…it is the teacher that makes the difference not the circumstances. We will discuss new ways to create a positive environment for teaching and learning and some tools to maintain emotional balance for you and your students.

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Parenting in a Pandemic: Meeting the Needs of Your Child in Stressful Times

July 9 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

You did your best to be a teacher/caregiver/cook/friend/activities manager last school year. You are headed into a new school year with new challenges. This session will support you in caring for your child’s social emotional needs and wellbeing through a brain-based lens.

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Through the Eyes of Advanced Learners: Strategies for Building a Nurturing Classroom Environment

July 14 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

Advanced learners have the capacity to thrive in our classrooms academically and to develop a love of learning. Yet, helping these often academically and emotionally intense learners to develop positive attitudes toward learning can bring unique challenges. Examining the classroom experience through the eyes of gifted learners, participants will explore several instructional tools and strategies to support student ownership, self-efficacy, collaboration skills, and motivation for advanced learners at school and beyond. Participants will also gain strategies for building positive parent/teacher…

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Patterns and Predictors: The Brain on Stress & COVID-19

July 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

Stress is not inherently bad. The dose, type, and time in which we experience stress can dictate its impact on our bodies and brains. In this session, we will discuss what types of stress have been experienced during COVID-19 and what that means for us and our students moving forward.

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Meeting the Needs of Advanced Learners Through Acceleration: Research and Practice

July 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

The Illinois Accelerated Placement Act requires that schools provide content, grade level and grade level acceleration, as well as early entrance to first grade and kindergarten for students who will benefit. Research shows that acceleration when implemented correctly is a highly effective intervention for advanced learners. Participants will focus on the many types of acceleration, as well as the research supporting acceleration and its benefits for high ability learners. Participants will also explore best practices for implementing acceleration and utilization…

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The Importance of Social Emotional Check-ins

July 14 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

We all know that children need to feel emotionally balanced in order to learn and focus in the classroom. We also have no idea what learning has looked like for them over the past several months. Together we will formulate a plan for you to create an emotionally healthy learning and teaching environment where children feel safe and secure to optimize learning.

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Differentiating with Depth and Equity: Nurturing High Level Learning in the Classroom

July 15 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

This session provides strategies, tools, and resources for creating an inclusive and supportive classroom environment for gifted learners from diverse cultures and backgrounds. In Part 1 of this session, participants will gain resources and strategies to build their toolbox to support differentiation for advanced learners in the classroom. Participants will also practice techniques for developing critical thinking, metacognition, and creative thinking skills. In Part 2 of this session, several classroom strategies to increase rigor, engagement and accountability in small and…

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Set Up for Success: Social Emotional Learning Prevention & Intervention

July 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

Classrooms (virtual and in-person) will look different this fall. Using an awareness of the brain and stress, we will discuss social emotional learning preventions and interventions to establish structures and systems that meet the needs of all students and adults in the school/home setting.

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Lessons from the Toughest Kids

July 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

This training will give you fresh, new ideas for those times when you are feeling totally ineffective when working with your students. The lessons are gleaned from seasoned therapists who have worked in residential treatment, foster care and adoption, and outpatient settings and schools. This workshop will make the theoretical practical for professionals working with kids. The lessons shared will make complicated concepts from neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and research easily digestible and highlight common pitfalls when dealing with attachment issues…

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Practice What You Preach: Self-Care for Educators

July 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Virtual Via Zoom
Free

We tell kids to take deep breaths…but what about us? This session will support you in creating a self-care plan for the upcoming school year with a focus on sustainability and overall wellness.

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