How teachers unknowingly support gender stereotypes
Heavily gender-based advertising to children, even in schools and school-related publishing, is on the rise. Gender roles in the media and gender bias in social settings can have a direct impact on classroom environment and social-emotional competency of our children. In this training, we investigate inadvertent ways we focus on stereotypes and simple techniques for avoiding it. We also examine how different ethnicities manifest gender roles both in this country and abroad.
Using Technology Effectively with School-Aged Children (Lecture or Series)
This workshop highlights protective benefits of digital devices, while addressing safety and the struggle to maintain critical developmental foundations. Practitioners gain tools for coaching parents in various early childhood settings. Discussion includes developmentally appropriate media choices and technology benefits for children with autism.
Teachers learn to communicate with parents and caregivers about technology issues
Incorporate technology in ways that support family resilience
Understand media as it applies to child and adult development, social-emotional development, cultural and economic awareness.
Improve Student Outcomes through Essential Family Engagement (5 two-hour sessions)
Part A: Birth to Kindergarten
Part B: Grades 1 through 6
Based on National and Local Family Engagement Standards, this session helps schools to adopt and adapt systemic methods of involving families in their child’s education. Using a strengths-based approach, it ensures all efforts are tied to academics and prepares educators with tools for communication, intergenerational support, engaging community organizations, and creating a broader sense of community and connection.
Trainings & Consulting
Below is a sample of my most popular and timely trainings for teachers and schools. Each one is interactive and engaging and allows room for customization for your organzation's current needs. Review the options below and then give me a call to discuss how I might support the teachers, administrators and educational leaders you serve.
Make your job easier! Empower the children
Teaching responsibility and social courtesies is not popular in the 21st century. But, teaching them at school reinforces and supports family guidance at home. This workshop reviews daily manners and responsibilities-- struggles which challenge teachers and can seem endlessly frustrating. Participants share successes and failures and learn how to implement current methods.
The Marketing Monster – Keeping our Schools
It used to be that a person was not considered a consumer until they were old enough to earn a paycheck. Now very young children are psychological targets of corporate advertisers who hope to build brand loyalty for life. Based on the work of Susan Linn and Diane Levin, this workshop helps teachers and administrators develop techniques for avoiding and counteracting consumerism that is robbing childhood. Includes discussions of gender marketing, junk food advertising, and specific marketing to schools.
What Does Faith Have To Do With It? Childhood Faith Development for Parents and Caregivers
Based on the work of Richard Fowler, this workshop takes teachers through the stages of childhood faith development. It provides tools for supporting students’ healthy faith development in a primarily secular world.
A similar workshop is offered for parents. Teacher and Parent Faith Development workshops can be combined and offered as one, if appropriate.
Is there a topic of burning interest or need for your teachers or school? Please give me a call or shoot me an email to discuss how I might customize a workshop for your current training needs.
School Technology Consulting
When parents and teachers put their heads together amazing things happen. I have helped schools form and sustain committees that examine the ever-changing educational technology climate. I can also help schools develop and manage technology policies that work for maximum success.