For the upcoming school year, the Professional Development and Education team invites members to join us in a year of healing. Together, we will learn from the lessons of the pandemic and use them to reframe how we engage with ourselves, our colleagues, our students, and our communities.
Through a combination of statewide virtual events hosted by PDII, coupled with a return to local and county in-person workshops, we aim to provide members with a connected system of professional learning opportunities from high quality that meet current needs in the field.
We strongly recommend that county affiliates work with the NJEA to bring the following in-person series to our members. The PDII Division will also host each subject as a statewide virtual learning opportunity:
Negative Childhood Experiences I – Understanding Negative Childhood Experiences
Virtual offer: Tuesday, September 13 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Participants will be introduced to the neuroscience of the impact of trauma on the brain, studying negative childhood experiences, and building a self-healing community. This workshop encourages a change in the way we think about the behavior and general mental and physical health of our students. This shift is critical to informing not only our classroom instruction, but also our understanding of the impact of negative childhood experiences on the whole.
community. This workshop is a prerequisite for Becoming a Self-Healing Community: Part 2.
Negative Childhood Experiences II – Becoming a Self-Healing Community
Virtual offering: Tuesday, October 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Participants consider the overall health and well-being of their school community and begin to develop an action plan to intervene and transform their school community into a community of self-healing. Educators are encouraged to think collectively as leaders and advocates on a larger scale than the four walls of their school buildings. The space where this workshop takes place should be conducive to small group conversations and movement between tables.
Virtual offering: Tuesday, November 15 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
In this workshop, participants will discover why healing matters to their personal and professional lives through self-reflection, coping skills, and professional conversation.
Understanding Social-Emotional Learning
Virtual offering: Tuesday, January 17 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
SEL provides opportunities for students to demonstrate their personal attributes, attitudes, and values through social and emotional learning. Participants will be able to define social and emotional learning, understand why it is important, and learn how to create and implement SEL activities for their students.
Virtual offer: Tuesday, February 7 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Throughout this session, participants will become familiar with New Jersey’s statutory curriculum inclusion requirements, including: Amistad, Holocaust, LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Asian American Pacific Islanders, and Diversity and Inclusion mandates. . Together we will discuss and explore the purpose behind inclusive curricula as participants unpack the language behind each piece of legislation. Participants will leave with resources and supports
for practical application in their classrooms and local contexts.