Upcoming Events

Warren County SSN Meeting – February 4, 2020

Date: February 4, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Location: Warren Hills Regional School District 89 Bowerstown Rd Washington, NJ

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Warren County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
The Importance of Adult Social-Emotional Skills: The Foundation for a Thriving School Community

This workshop will focus on the important ways that school leaders, teachers, and staff social-emotional skills support students’ own social-emotional skills development and create a positive school climate. The discussion will include a consideration of how adults are role models for student behavior, provide examples of how teacher’s social-emotional strengths can help to create positive classroom climates and positive relationships, and how understanding staff and teacher social-emotional skills is critical for setting students up for success in academic and social-emotional domains. In addition, time will be spent exploring the positive impact strong social-emotional skills can have on the health and wellness of adults in the school community.

Presenter:

Patricia C. Heindel, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Studies
Director, Center for Human and Social Development & the Center’s School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab
Co-Director, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Somerset County SSN Meeting – Feb. 5, 2020

Date: February 5, 2020

Time: 9:15 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Location: Hillsborough Library 379 S Branch Road Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Somerset County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

Secure Attachment and the Impact of Trauma In Schools: Challenges, Solutions and How We Get There

Research show that one out every four children has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect their learning, behavior, and relationships at school. This presentation will explore the cycle of secure attachment, impacts of trauma, and the importance of leadership and educators in creating the understanding and infrastructure that can support children of trauma, and all children, to be successful in life and school.

Presenters:

Teresa LaSala, Positive Discipline Author and Lead Trainer, School Culture and Climate Specialist and Kathleen McClay Positive Discipline Trainer and School Culture and Climate Specialist

Bergen County SSN Meeting – February 6, 2020

Date: February 6, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Location: Bergen County Community College 400 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Bergen County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s session is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
Leading a School of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Everyone’s Job

The presentation will focus on the leadership functions required for successfully becoming a school that builds students’ social-emotional skills and character. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of teams/task forces/committees and how sustained leadership does not only come from the formal leaders, but from all members AND from the students.

Presenter:

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Morris County SSN Meeting – February 12, 2020

Date: February 12, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Location: College of Saint Elizabeth, Annunciation Center, Flex Rooms 2 Convent Road Morristown, NJ 07960

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Morris County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

Secure Attachment and the Impact of Trauma In Schools: Challenges, Solutions and How We Get There

Research show that one out every four children has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect their learning, behavior, and relationships at school. This presentation will explore the cycle of secure attachment, impacts of trauma, and the importance of leadership and educators in creating the understanding and infrastructure that can support children of trauma, and all children, to be successful in life and school.

Presenters:

Teresa LaSala, Positive Discipline Author and Lead Trainer, School Culture and Climate Specialist and Kathleen McClay Positive Discipline Trainer and School Culture and Climate Specialist

Sussex County SSN Meeting – March 2, 2020

Date: March 2, 2020

Time: 8:15 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Location: Lafayette Federated Church 180 NJ-15 Lafayette Township, NJ 07848

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Sussex County will begin with coffee/light refreshments and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

Leading a School of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Everyone’s Job

The presentation will focus on the leadership functions required for successfully becoming a school that builds students’ social-emotional skills and character. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of teams/task forces/committees and how sustained leadership does not only come from the formal leaders, but from all members AND from the students.

Presenter:

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Morris County SSN Meeting – March 18, 2020

Date: March 18, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Location: College of Saint Elizabeth, Annunciation Center, Flex Rooms 2 Convent Road Morristown, NJ 07960

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Morris County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
The Importance of Adult Social-Emotional Skills: The Foundation for a Thriving School Community

This workshop will focus on the important ways that school leaders, teachers, and staff social-emotional skills support students’ own social-emotional skills development and create a positive school climate. The discussion will include a consideration of how adults are role models for student behavior, provide examples of how teacher’s social-emotional strengths can help to create positive classroom climates and positive relationships, and how understanding staff and teacher social-emotional skills is critical for setting students up for success in academic and social-emotional domains. In addition, time will be spent exploring the positive impact strong social-emotional skills can have on the health and wellness of adults in the school community.

Presenter:

Patricia C. Heindel, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Studies
Director, Center for Human and Social Development & the Center’s School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab
Co-Director, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Bergen County SSN Meeting – April 23, 2020

Date: April 23, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Location: Bergen County Community College 400 Paramus Road Paramus, NJ

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Bergen County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s session is described below.

Professional Development Topic:

The Importance of Adult Social-Emotional Skills: The Foundation for a Thriving School Community

This workshop will focus on the important ways that school leaders, teachers, and staff social-emotional skills support students’ own social-emotional skills development and create a positive school climate. The discussion will include a consideration of how adults are role models for student behavior, provide examples of how teacher’s social-emotional strengths can help to create positive classroom climates and positive relationships, and how understanding staff and teacher social-emotional skills is critical for setting students up for success in academic and social-emotional domains. In addition, time will be spent exploring the positive impact strong social-emotional skills can have on the health and wellness of adults in the school community.

Presenter:

Patricia C. Heindel, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Studies
Director, Center for Human and Social Development & the Center’s School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab
Co-Director, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Past Events

SSN February 6 Meeting in Bergen County

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Time: 8:130 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: TBA

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Bergen County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s session is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
Leading a School of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Everyone’s Job

The presentation will focus on the leadership functions required for successfully becoming a school that builds students’ social-emotional skills and character. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of teams/task forces/committees and how sustained leadership does not only come from the formal leaders, but from all members AND from the students.

Presenter:

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

Morris County School SSN Meeting- Jan. 15, 2020

Date: January 15, 2020

Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Location: College of Saint Elizabeth, Annunciation Center, Flex Rooms 2 Convent Road Morristown, NJ 07960

Description
Each School Support Network Meeting in Morris County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
“The Need for Coping Skills in an Age of Anxiety”

Students are living in a faced paced and competitive world, more so now than ever before. Everyday life circumstances and pressure can be overwhelming for some students. Students struggle with their ability to cope and handle their anxiety in a positive way. Paul DePinto will provides tips and tools that school counselors and teachers can share with their students that will help build coping skills among students and reduce anxiety relating to school pressure (grades, extra-curricular activities, peer stress and sports.)

Presenter:
Paul DePinto, Licensed Professional Counselor, Strength for Change, LLC

SSN January 7 Meeting in Sussex County

Date: January 7, 2020

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Sussex County Technical School, 105 North Church Road Sparta, NJ 07871

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Sussex County will begin with coffee/light refreshments and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
Secure Attachment and the Impact of Trauma In Schools: Challenges, Solutions and How We Get There

Research show that one out every four children has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect their learning, behavior, and relationships at school. This presentation will explore the cycle of secure attachment, impacts of trauma, and the importance of leadership and educators in creating the understanding and infrastructure that can support children of trauma, and all children, to be successful in life and school.

Presenter:

Teresa LaSala, Positive Discipline Author and Trainer, School Culture and Climate Specialist

SEL4NJ December Meeting

Date: December 17, 2019

Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 OM

Location: NJ PSA, 12 Centre Drive, Monroe, NJ 08831

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The enthusiasm for a collective voice within the state continues to grow, and the timing seems to be serendipitous, given the conversations taking place nationally.  We are working hard behind the scenes to ensure a strong infra-structure and framework that will allow us to move forward efficiently and with significant impact.

At this meeting, we will hear updates on the national and state level, hear about funding opportunities from the New York Jets, review progress made in the past year, consider the structure of SEL4NJ, and create four new working groups to help with the business of the organization.

SSN December 4 Meeting in Somerset County

Date: December 4, 2019

Time: 9:15 AM - 11:30 PM

Location: The Hillsborough Library, 379 South Branch Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Somerset County will begin with coffee and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
The Importance of Adult Social-Emotional Skills: The Foundation for a Thriving School Community

This workshop will focus on the important ways that school leaders, teachers, and staff social-emotional skills support students’ own social-emotional skills development and create a positive school climate. The discussion will include a consideration of how adults are role models for student behavior, provide examples of how teacher’s social-emotional strengths can help to create positive classroom climates and positive relationships, and how understanding staff and teacher social-emotional skills is critical for setting students up for success in academic and social-emotional domains. In addition, time will be spent exploring the positive impact strong social-emotional skills can have on the health and wellness of adults in the school community.

Presenter:

Patricia C. Heindel, Ph.D.
Dean, Professional Studies
Director, Center for Human and Social Development & the Center’s School Culture and Climate Assessment Lab
Co-Director, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SSN November 13 Meeting in Morris County

Date: November 13, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Flex Rooms, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ

The School Support Network (SSN) brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.

Each School Support Network Meeting in Morris County will begin with coffee and networking followed by a spotlight school, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s session is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
Leading a School of Social-Emotional Competence and Character: Everyone’s Job

The presentation will focus on the leadership functions required for successfully becoming a school that builds students’ social-emotional skills and character. Particular emphasis will be placed on the role of teams/task forces/committees and how sustained leadership does not only come from the formal leaders, but from all members AND from the students.

Presenter:

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Rutgers University
Director, Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab
Co-Director, Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools

SSN November 5 Meeting in Sussex County

Date: November 5, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Sussex County Technical School, 105 North Church Road Sparta, NJ 07871

Description

Each School Support Network Meeting in Sussex County will begin with coffee/light refreshments and networking, table talks and then a professional development session. This month’s topic is described below.

Professional Development Topic:
The Need for Coping Skills in an Age of Anxiety

Students are living in a faced paced and competitive world, more so now than ever before. Everyday life circumstances and pressure can be overwhelming for some students. Students struggle with their ability to cope and handle their anxiety in a positive way. Paul DePinto will provides tips and tools that school counselors and teachers can share with their students that will help build coping skills among students and reduce anxiety relating to school pressure (grades, extra-curricular activities, peer stress and sports.)

Presenter:

Paul DePinto, Licensed Professional Counselor, Strength for Change, LLC

SSN October 16 Meeting in Morris County

Date: October 16, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Flex Rooms, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ

The School Support Network (SSN) brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.

Professional Development Topic: Strategies to Maximize Family Engagement in Your District

A strong school and family partnership is one of the most critical factors that impacts student academic success. But what type of engagement has the most positive impact? After all, family engagement is more than just an occasional open house – true family engagement is an equal partnership where both parties support each other and the ultimate success of the student. In this session, participants will learn strategies for cultivating partnerships and reaching less connected families. Innovative approaches will be explored and attendees will leave with a variety of tools and ideas that can enhance family engagement efforts.

Presenter:
Patrick Fennell, Founder/President
Empowerment Solutions, LLC

SSN October 1 Meeting in Warren County

Date: October 1, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Warren Hills Regional School District, 89 Browerstown Road, Washington, NJ

The School Support Network brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.

Professional Development Topic: The State of SEL and School Climate and How it is Impacting Your Schools

This session will focus on the many changes that are taking place nationally and in the state of NJ in the areas of school climate and social and emotional learning. Attendees will receive the latest updates, research highlights and trends particularly in the areas of mental health legislation, social inclusion, absenteeism, ESSA and HIB legislation. A grassroots movement is taking place nationally through a community of advocates who have started “SEL4US” and the state level effort, “SEL4NJ”, will be discussed so participants can learn how they can be a part of this effort to bring SEL to the forefront of our education system.

The session will wrap up with tips and strategies for integrating SEL into the classroom. A guest speaker may join us for this final portion of this month’s SSN meeting.

Presenters:
Patricia Heindel, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Hansen Warner
Co-Directors, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Center for Human and Social Development
College of Saint Elizabeth

SSN September 25 Meeting in Morris County

Date: September 25, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Location: Flex Rooms, Annunciation Center, College of Saint Elizabeth, 2 Convent Road, Morristown, NJ

The School Support Network (SSN) brings together educators who are interested in promoting a positive school culture and climate as well as positive character traits and social-emotional skills for students and staff members alike. Each of these meetings provides an opportunity for networking, a professional development experience, and a school showcase where schools share best practices.

Professional Development Topic: The State of SEL and School Climate and How it is Impacting Your Schools

This session will focus on the many changes that are taking place nationally and in the state of NJ in the areas of school climate and social and emotional learning. Attendees will receive the latest updates, research highlights and trends particularly in the areas of mental health legislation, social inclusion, absenteeism, ESSA and HIB legislation. A grassroots movement is taking place nationally through a community of advocates who have started “SEL4US” and the state level effort, “SEL4NJ”, will be discussed so participants can learn how they can be a part of this effort to bring SEL to the forefront of our education system. The session will wrap up with an overview of resources available for schools along with a brainstorming opportunity regarding needs, issues and concerns that can be addressed at future SSN meetings.

Presenters:
Patricia Heindel, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Hansen Warner
Co-Directors, School Culture and Climate Initiative
Center for Human and Social Development
College of Saint Elizabeth