In order to create an environment for academic achievement, a wide variety of social issues that impact the classroom must be addressed. This training program is designed to expand knowledge, develop skills and provide instructional strategies and resources in order to create an environment of respect, reduce feelings of isolation and promote a community of caring.
This program consists of five (5) individual workshops designed to help teachers deal with the difficult problems they must confront in teaching at-risk students.
The recommended time for each workshop is 3 hours. Workshops can be condensed to 90 minutes.
1. Gang Intervention
No longer strictly a problem of the inner city, gangs are pervasive across all ethnic, gender, socioeconomic and geographic boundaries in California. This workshop provides information about youth gangs in California, and more importantly, why students join. The role of teachers and schools in gang intervention is thoroughly discussed. This workshop also provides a segment for developing a plan of action for participants, schools and communities.
2. Self Esteem
This informative workshop is designed to help teachers and other education employees learn strategies for enhancing self esteem in students. Self esteem is a critical factor in both student and teacher performance. At the heart of student behavior is the ability to make wise and safe decisions. A person's self esteem is a key contributor to those decisions.
3. Gay & Lesbian Youth: Breaking the Silence
As students struggle to deal with gay and lesbian issues, educators need factual information so they can correct the misinformation about homosexuality. This training will provide participants with strategies for reducing hostilities towards gay and lesbian students and learn ways to create a safe free learning environment for all students. In addition, participants will learn what their Chapters and Service Centers can do to promote tolerance and understanding of these issues.
4. Child Abuse & Neglect
The incidents of child abuse in California have risen steadily from 175,200 in 1980 to 706,918 in 1996. This workshop focuses on what constitutes abuse and neglect, and how to recognize its signs and symptoms. The California law that defines the duties imposed on teachers in reporting suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is reviewed.
5. Reducing the Risk: Teen Suicide
This training provides an awareness of the sensitive area of adolescent suicide. Statistics and stress factors are reviewed. Common clues and warning signs for identifying potential suicide victims are provided. Suggestions for how to approach and handle students with suicidal behavior are given. The importance of self esteem is stressed. Included is a discussion of referral procedures.