Professional Development

2018-2019

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES


Introduction to Restorative Practices & Circles

Participants will learn practical strategies to build strong, healthy relationships with students and colleagues. There will be interactive experiences, including learning how to use circles effectively to facilitate conversations and build community. Through video, practice and discussion we will come to a full understanding of the fundamental unifying premise of restorative practices—that people are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their lives when those in positions of authority do things with them rather than to them or for them.

Register by clicking on the link and filling in the Google form.  Contact Lauren.McLennan@sweetwaterschools.org for more information.

Tuesday September 11, 2018 from 8am to 3pm in the Parent Center on Moss Street

Wednesday October 17, 2018 from 8am to 3pm in the Special Services Conference Room on L Street

Tuesday November 13, 2018 from 8am to 3pm in the Special Services Conference Room on L Street

Wednesday December 5, 2018 from 8am to 3pm in Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue

Tuesday February 5, 2019 from 8am to 3pm in the Board Room at the District Office on 5th Avenue

Tuesday March 5, 2019 from 8am to 3pm  in the Special Services Conference Room on L Street


Restorative Justice Conferencing

Participants will learn how restorative justice conferencing benefits victims, offenders, and the community by actively involving those affected by wrongdoing in the process of repairing harm and by fostering closure and emotional healing.

Contact Dr. Mariana.Gomez@sweetwaterschools.org for more information.

Wednesday October 24, 2018 from 8am to 3pm in Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue

Tuesday December 11, 2018 from 8am to 3pm in the Special Services Conference Room on L Street

Wednesday February 13, 2019 from 8am to 3pm Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue


National Conflict Resolution Center (NCRC)

The department of Equity, Culture and Support Services has partnered with the National Conflict Resolution Center to bring a variety of effective training programs in the areas of communication and conflict resolution.

The Artful Conversation

The Artful Conversation helps participants learn how to communicate their needs with people in a way that helps build the relationship, rather than hurts it. Actual examples shared from the lives of the participants helps them to apply these skills to their lives in a practical way. A deeper understanding of how others perceive and process conflict allows participants to gain new insights into their relationships and how to adapt their style to work more effectively with those around them in the work environment or in the community.

Wednesday September 12, 2018 from 8am to 11am in Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue

Wednesday January 23, 2019 from 8am to 11am in Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue

Monday February 4, 2019 from 12pm to 3pm in Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue

The Art of Inclusive Communication

Participants learn a model for understanding intercultural (and other identities) awareness and learn skills that help their own development in all kinds of diverse settings.  Fun, yet -provoking exercises help participants learn about how the unwritten rules we live by are not always universal. Diversity in the fullest sense of the word, including not only race and ethnicity, but also gender, sexual orientation, age, lifestyle, and abilities are explored and valued.  Recognition of the advantages some have and the history of exclusion are touched upon in a way that helps people move forward together.  Additionally, a look at how respectful communication can address  difficult  comments from others that might be considered racist, sexist, ageist, homophobic, or in other ways derogatory to others. All of this is done in a safe and respectful learning environment.

Thursday October 18, 2018 from 12pm to 3pm in Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue

Wednesday December 4, 2018 from 12pm to 3pm in Rooms A&B at the District Office on 5th Avenue

The Exchange

Through this interactive course, district administrators are trained to exercise specific communication skills when faced with conflict situations and a four-stage process to follow.  Techniques are also taught in how to manage conflict between others and the use of a collaborative approach when necessary.

Tuesday December 4, 2018 from 8am to 3pm Location TBD

Tuesday February 12, 2019 from 8am to 3pm Location TBD