Friday, February 7, 2020 | Webinar 10 – 11:30 a.m. ET
How do you form effective partnerships with youth that allow them to build the skills and competencies to be successful? Youth-adult partnerships take place when youth and adults plan, learn, and work together, with both groups sharing equally in the decision-making process. Join us for this session to learn how to engage young people as active participants in your classrooms and programs so that they meet academic, civic, and social-emotional outcomes while practicing engaged citizenry. Participants will examine the role of youth voice in their programs and receive resources on how to move up the ladder of meaningful youth-adult partnerships. This webinar is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Friday, March 6, 2020 | Webinar 1 – 2:30 p.m. ET
This interactive webinar will make use of several senses to explore simple ways to connect with elements of nature. There will be facilitated discussions around the benefits of nature on mental health, the value of growing and eating your own vegetables/herbs, and easy ways to “grow your own.” Outcomes include confidence to be in nature and conduct the activities presented resulting in deeper self-care. This webinar is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Wednesday, April 15 – Friday, April 17, 2020 | Wyndham Garden State College, Boalsburg, Pennsylvania
Meet ELECT staff and gain program-specific professional development, share best practices, and learn skills to better serve the expectant and parenting teens of Pennsylvania. This conference is sponsored by Pennsylvania’s Departments of Education and Human Services, in partnership with Center for Schools and Communities.
In this presentation, we will explore current drug trends, including specific information on vaping, marijuana and opioids. Participants will gain an understanding of adolescent addiction and the effects on the developing brain. Information on free digital resources for parents, adolescents, schools and families will be provided.
In this presentation, we will explore how unhealthy relationships may impact the healthy growth and development of children, students and young people. Participants will gain a general understanding of teen dating violence (TDV) and its long-term impact. We will identify how TDV shares characteristics with other forms of domestic violence and peer abuse. This interactive webinar will include hands-on strategies and brief exploration of teen dating violence prevention strategies and some immediate take-aways to share with students, staff and colleagues.
ELECT is getting a new data system! The old data system will not be reopened for the 2019-2020 program year. Rather, all data will be collected and submitted using a spreadsheet that has been meticulously constructed and reviewed to ensure that we are gathering the information that we intend to collect moving forward.
We will be holding a webinar to introduce the data collection spreadsheet and accompanying data forms. This webinar is mandatory for ALL program staff.
Spreadsheet submission will be done via Docushare to ensure privacy and security of all participant and program data. Please verify that all staff who will be responsible for data entry, primary and back-up, have access to Docushare (bookmark this link and make sure the Docushare domain is changed to “Managed” when you log in).
If any data staff does not have Docushare access, please contact Morgan Williams-Fake at firstname.lastname@example.org including the following information: (1) Your name (2) Your work email address (3) Whether or not you have a b-userid, i.e., your CWDS or other Commonwealth application username, and if so, what it is.
The spreadsheet method will be used only until the new data system is complete.
Schools are increasingly struggling with how to address students that display behavioral, mental health, and/or substances misuse issues. Building on the keynote she delivered in April, Emily Daniels will guide participants in understanding the trauma-informed care movement in that is happening in schools, why it especially applies to pregnant and teen parents, and how it can help to engage these learners.
Emily Read Daniels received outstanding feedback after our conference in April and she happily agreed to continue this journey with us toward understanding and implementing trauma-informed practices in our work. As you may recall from her bio, Emily’s career began with a strong desire to “make a difference in the world.” Hired at twenty three as an executive director of a start-up afterschool program for inner city children in Wilmington, DE, she witnessed the complex intersection of race, poverty, neighborhood violence and personal trauma. That experience committed her to making a difference for those underserved, invisible, or misunderstood. ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and childhood trauma can have a profound impact on the developing brain and body. Unmitigated ACEs and trauma are significant contributors to mental and physical illness as well as substance misuse. Moreover, they shape human behavior. In this webinar, participants will gain a foundational understanding of landmark ACEs study, the corroborating neuroscience and The PolyVagal Theory of human behavior.
The presenters are Scott and Holly Stoner, co-directors of the Samaritan Family Wellness Foundation in Glendale, WI. This presentation is a follow-up to their general session offered on April 10 at the ELECT Statewide Conference, during which participants learned how to run Parent and Teen Wellness Circles, about Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change, and were given the materials needed to facilitate such a group. The webinar will offer an opportunity to have your questions answered and provide strategies and best practices for using the Parent and Teen Wellness Circle concepts in 1:1 meetings with students.
It is recognized that ALL high school graduating students could benefit from goals that prepare them for adulthood. The Midwestern Intermediate Unit’s ELECT program took it a step further and categorized these goals into 6 independent living categories. Students are empowered to complete the Steps to a Successful Transition with intense follow up 10-12 weeks following their graduation. This webinar will highlight a best practice for serving students in the ELECT transition component and allow for discussion and sharing among program staff.
From overuse to addiction, the ugly side of smart technology is impacting everyone – from children to adults. Learn the do’s and don’ts so that your experience with technology is a positive one. This webinar will help participants understand the overall effects of technology on emotional and physical health, recognize the signs of technology overuse and addiction, learn strategies and tips for using technology in a positive way, and find resources for educating students and parents about technology use.
Using Protective Factors to Support the Healthy Development of Pregnant and Parenting Teens and Their Families
The Strengthening Families Protective Factors Framework is a strengths-based approach to working with families. It is composed of five protective factors that, when robust in families, promote healthy outcomes for children. As youth mature they take on an increasingly active role in their own development. This shift is the focus of Youth Thrive, a research-informed framework that promotes factors that increase the likelihood that adolescents can develop into healthy, thriving adults. These complementary frameworks describe attributes that mitigate risk and enhance well-being for families and youth. Pregnant and parenting teens are at the juncture of these frameworks – they are developing as both parents and young people. Participants in this webinar will explore these frameworks and identify strategies to create environments where parenting teens feel empowered, build protective factors, and ultimately, experience positive outcomes.
During the webinar, participants will learn about the basic eligibility requirements for subsidized child care, how services for teen parents are prioritized, and where they can go to access those services – the newly formed Early Learning Resource Centers (ELRCs).
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease that causes compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences to the addicted individual and to those around him or her. Participants will learn about the continuum of addiction and discuss prevention strategies and treatment options best suited to pregnant and parenting teens. No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Participants will identify symptoms of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Not all children with FASD are alike, the symptoms vary from mild to severe and early identification is the first step to an improved prognosis. Additionally, participants will explore the distinction between helping behavior and enabling behavior in order to assist pregnant and parenting teens who may be struggling with substance use or abuse.
Serving young parents requires a commitment to supporting delay of another pregnancy. Parenting one baby while attending school can be challenging – two could make academic growth truly difficult. One of ELECT’s stated goals is delaying more childbearing. How does an educator offer education on contraception while empowering young parents to make healthy choices benefiting themselves and their little ones? This webinar will offer medically accurate facts to assist ELECT personnel teach contraception with respect, honoring each young parent’s personal values while creating an atmosphere of open communication.
Providing home-visitation consultation services is an important part of the work we do. It allows us to provide better technical assistance to our clients as we observe their interactions with their children. But it is important that home visitors take steps to make sure that they, their co-workers and clients are all safe before, during and after home visits. This webinar will provide best practice recommendations for home visitors to keep them safe during home visits.
Many myths exist around the topic of suicide. One of the most dangerous myths is that talking about suicide with a young person will plant the idea in their head and cause suicide. In reality, the opposite is true. Asking directly about suicidal ideas or intentions can help people who believe like there is no one to talk to about how horrible they feel. This webinar will introduce the risk factors that contribute to mental health issues and suicidal behavior and the warning signs that require immediate action. Strategies for intervening will be explored as well as best practices for referrals and follow up.