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High Risk Program

High Risk Program Brochure 

The CTA State Council of Education, in response to the critical and growing problems of high risk students in our schools, approved the creation of a High Risk Training Program for school personnel.
Extensive input was obtained from CTA Legal, Instruction and Professional Development and Human Rights Departments to ensure consistency with both law and current CTA policy.


This program consists of four 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 two hours or 90 minutes depending on the workshop.

  1. Child Abuse & Neglect
    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.
  2. Reducing the Risk: Teen Suicide
    The Surgeon General has declared suicide a “serious public health problem.” This session deals with the sensitive area of teen suicide. It is designed to increase knowledge of the causes and warning signs of suicide and other destructive behaviors. This training will include resources for addressing and supporting students who may be exhibiting self-destructive behavior.
  3. Self-Esteem
    A strong and healthy self-esteem is a key contributor to positive student behavior and academic achievement. Strategies for enhancing self-esteem in students will be discussed in this session.
  4. An Exploration into SOGI: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Schools
    Do you have LGBTQ+ students and/or colleagues? Do you have the courage to create a safe environment that fosters bravery to explore sexual orientation, gender identity and expression? This workshop is a transformative experience into privilege, identity, laws and terms as it applies to SOGI. It may be of particular interest to those who want to foster positive relations and support LGBTQ+ students and colleagues.


Contact Pat Fuentes, Human Rights Department at (562) 478-1374 or pfuentes@cta.org.

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