Project IMPACT 2021-22 Professional Development Series

Unmasking Healthy Relationships

Ashanti Branch, M.Ed., Founder and Executive Director, The Ever Forward Club

In-Person PD Nov 30 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Perrysburg Board Building

By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and how we show up in our interactions with others, we create the potential for more meaningful connections, healthier communication patterns, and deeper engagement with our communities.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Unlock potential by cultivating emotional intelligence and psychological safety in schools
  • Reconsider how you show up at school and transform the way you interact with and relate to students
Introduction to Unmasking Healthy Relationships

Ashanti Branch, M.Ed., Founder and Executive Director, The Ever Forward Club

Online PD Dec 1 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and how we show up in our interactions with others, we create the potential for more meaningful connections, healthier communication patterns, and deeper engagement with our communities.  Note: this covers some of the same information as the full-day PD on Nov 30.  If you are attending that session, you don't need to attend this one.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Reconsider how you show up at school and transform the way you interact with and relate to students
  • Explore tools to support and teach healthy self expression
Unmasking Healthy Relationships Applications

Dr. Kristina LaVenia, Assistant Professor, BGSU School of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy

Online PD Jan 11 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm or Jan 12 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Authentic communication is associated with lower stress levels, decreased burnout, and improved job satisfaction. It can be difficult to engage in – and promote – authentic communication in our school and work settings. For educational practitioners, this is especially important to think about because we are also modeling communication for youth.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Reflect and share on what we learned from Ashanti's workshop
  • Learn effective communication strategies for building quality relationships
  • Explore Motivational Interviewing as a strategy for creating open & safe dialogue
Practice What You Teach: Trauma-Informed Social Emotional Strategies and Self-Care

Adrienne Elhai, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director, The Cullen Center

In-Person PD Feb 8 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Perrysburg Board Building

The past two years have been extremely stressful for both students and staff. Teachers are challenged more than ever before to meet both the academic and social-emotional needs of students. Meanwhile, teachers are also facing similar stressors at home caused by the pandemic that can make it difficult to be fully present at work. 

In this workshop, you will:

  • Develop a self-care plan for yourself
  • Discuss ways to overcome barriers and make your plans stick
  • Learn trauma-informed, social-emotional strategies to use in the classroom with students
Practice What You Teach: Applying Trauma-Informed Social Emotional Strategies and Self-Care

Dr. Kristina LaVenia, Assistant Professor, BGSU School of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Policy

Online PD March 1 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm or March 2 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Stress and burnout are always important to consider; given the additional challenges educators are facing due to the pandemic, these are even more pressing concerns. Self-care and social-emotional teaching strategies are two approaches that may help reduce stress and burnout.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Reflect and share on what we learned from Dr. Elhai's workshop
  • Discuss progress on self-care plans and implementation
  • Practice social-emotional strategies for use in the classroom

Register for the Professional Development Series here