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Upcoming Events

Look through a calendar containing all upcoming Boston Beyond events, including convenings, professional development opportunities, and Observer Certification training. Events on the calendar contain all details regarding the time and location of the event, as well as who the event is open to and how to register to attend. You can also read more about the professional development we are offering this fall below the calendar.

Professional Development Opportunities:

 

Reopening Safety for In-Person Programming 

Facilitated by: BASB, YMCA

Wednesday, October 7th, 10 am – 12 pm

The goal of this session is to provide a broad overview of the relevant requirements and resources available to support programs and organizations with implementing safety measures for new in-person programming. BASB will point to the EEC guidance and materials as a starting point for organizations to map out their reopening plans and implement key policies and systems to ensure student safety.  

This session will be complemented with examples and illustrations of best practices in action from the YMCA during their spring and summer months. The YMCA will share reflections on: 

  • Training practices to ensure staff are prepared and supported in creating and maintaining safe spaces for youth 
  • Examples resources, such as: “Safe for you, Safe for me” training tool, screening tool, daily audit protocols to ensure sites and staff are adhering to guidelines and policies, and case studies

Materials from this training are in the google drive folder below:

Reopening Safely Professional Development Resources

 

Virtual Engagement Series 

Facilitated by The BEST Initiative

Wednesday, October 21st, 10 am – 1 pm

How can we continue to engage young people when we can’t physically be together? This online training will explore tips, tricks, and tools for engaging youth virtually, including a discussion on how to maintain healthy boundaries with young people when we are (virtually) meeting in their homes. The trainers will use personal examples, interactive tools, and fun activities to demonstrate a variety of creative solutions for working with youth in an online world.

 

Healing Moments: Transforming Trauma-Informed Principles into Practical and Powerful Techniques for Youth Workers  

Facilitated by Edgework Consulting

Wednesday, October 28th, 10 am – 12 pm

The goal of this session is to examine the potential impact of trauma on students’ learning and engagement as schools and programs reopen this fall. Edgework will provide a foundation for understanding the neuroscience of trauma and its connections to students’ learning and experiences, while sharing strategies and practices to create safe and supportive spaces where students can learn, grow and thrive. This workshop will build on Edgework’s 4 Cs framework of prevention strategies, including: Connection, Control, Competence, and Contribution.

 

The Thriving Classroom

Facilitated by Thompson Island Outward Bound

Session 1: Facilitating Belonging: Exploring the Power of Connection

Wednesday, November 4th, 1-3 pm

This session explores what it means to belong and provides techniques and activities for creating safe spaces and facilitating connections within a group. Participants will experience the concepts firsthand as they participate in an intentional progression of Outward Bound activities that promote belonging.

Session 2: Promoting Discussion for a Thriving Classroom

Wednesday, November 18th, 1-3 pm

In order to cement the learning of skills–including social and emotional skills–learning must be sticky. Sticky is not about answers, and it is neither fast nor efficient. It is about the productive struggle and meaning making, most often connecting in conversation with other people. Promoting Discussion helps us to understand creating a culture of back and forth dialogue. It provides methods for facilitation and practice to help with both planned and improvised discussion. Discussion promotes and can even become its own social-emotional skill.

 

Surviving & Thriving in Education Settings

Facilitated by PEAR

Join PEAR in a series of workshops that center on how we as educators can support our youth and ourselves in this moment of virtual learning and engagement.

Session 1: Meeting SED Needs Virtually

Friday, November 6th, 10:00-11:30 am EST

Session 2: Structure, Agreements, and Rituals

Friday, November 20th, 10:00-11:30 am EST

Session 3: The Big Picture: Goals and Optimism

Friday, December 4th, 10:00-11:30 am EST

 

Catering Experiential Learning to Unique Learner Needs

Facilitated by Citizen Schools

Wednesday, December 9 2:00 – 3:30 PM EST

Remote and hybrid instruction situations are presenting new challenges to educators today to achieve deeper student learning and engagement. We can use authentic, hands-on curricula and offer learners the chance to engage with a variety of tasks which can push them beyond their comfort zone. Done well, these types of experiences both account for and engage learners across the spectrum of interests, needs, and learning styles. In this session we will engage with tools and provide strategies for auditing curricular units, plans, and activities to ensure they account for the wide range of student talent and needs that you will encounter in your classrooms.

BPS Early Childhood Department (K1-2nd) Coffee Hours

Coffee Hours will run twice per month from 4:00 – 5:00 on the following Thursdays: Nov 12, Nov 19, Dec 10, Dec 17, and Jan 7.

The purpose of the coffee hours is to work together to support student learning, particularly Remote Learning Hubs. Please join us and please also share this information with any remote learning hub educators serving BPS students.

Here is the Zoom link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://k12-bostonpublicschools.zoom.us/j/88164509255

Meeting ID: 881 6450 9255

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If you cannot make the coffee hour, feel free to email the questions to Karen Silver at ksilver@bostonpublicschools.org.