by Dr. Will Henson I was recently consulting with educators about a student who had a lot of trauma. The student was having a lot of behavioral challenges commonly associated with students with adverse childhoods. After a while the teacher expressed frustration. “I adore this kid. I’ve had him for two years. We have a great relationship. But I’m worried I’m not helping him. He still has challenging behaviors. He’s behind academically, maybe he would be better in a behavior program.” This frustration is understandable. We pour so much time and effort into these students, and we want to know that we are making a difference. What I pointed out to this teacher is that the effort is the solution….
by Dr. Will Henson This is Professional Development month here at 321insight, and our focus is on helping people get better at delivering professional development to their staff. When Dr. Skip Greenwood and I started 321insight, we had a specific vision in mind when it comes to professional development. First, we wanted to give people tools that made them more effective, right now. To that end, we felt that the two+ hour-long trainings were a problem. That kind of time commitment is something few educators can do more than a couple times a year. This was especially important as we worked to develop material for paraeducators, who often had no extra contract time for professional development. We settled on 5-10…
by Dr. Rick Robinson Professional development is the practice of reflecting on our skills, and getting better at what we do. It is a common focus for educators who wish to continue to grow and progress in their expertise. Often, however, the process of reflection and change can be a lot more difficult than it sounds. It is extremely common to come away from a workshop or training with exciting ideas and goals, but then struggle to implement them effectively. Has this ever happened to you? Professor of Psychology and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, George Loewenstein, Ph.D., coined the term “hot-cold empathy gap” that seems to offer a path forward for us in making professional development more effective. Dr….
We would like to introduce the experienced educator, Lawrence Gillespie, who is featured in the 5 new videos in our Trauma Informed series. These videos, which we call ‘Concepts in Action’, show Lawrence using best practices and sharing insight on helping students become regulated, and building student resilience. We developed these videos because so many educators told us that they understood the concepts, but didn’t know what it actually looked like when an educator used the strategies. We think these new videos are a great way to help move further towards being trauma-responsive. Lawrence was an easy choice to deliver the messages in these videos because he has spent many years in education, and has held several different positions –…
January is ‘Educator Self-Care Month’ at 321insight! Join Dr. Will Henson to explore the importance of self-care for educators, and learn practical strategies to lead you to wellness. In this concise 20 minute on-demannd webinar, Dr. Henson stresses how educators must prioritize their own well-being to be the most effective they can be for students. In this presentation Dr. Henson points out “Self-care leads to wellness, and wellness leads you in the direction of mental, physical, emotional and spiritual fulfillment.” Follow along as he describes six important factors for self-care, and offers practical advice about how to implement self-care in your own life. Access the webinar here.
Happy New Year from 321insight! 2020 brings a fresh look and new content to our Trauma Informed series, and we are excited to share it with you! We have added 5 new videos called ‘Concepts in Action’, which build on the ideas and content from our foundational videos, and model best practices for helping students regulate, and building student resilience. These videos feature Lawrence, an experienced educator, demonstrating strategies with students, and analyzing what works, and what doesn’t work. Our new Concepts in Action videos include discussion guides, and are an excellent next step in PD. We have also added a facilitator guide to accompany each of our foundational videos to offer more opportunities to dive deeper into each topic….