Upcoming Events

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 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

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

Past Events

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

FINAL SHOWCASE: ASCENT Project

Date: June 27, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Location: Juan Pablo Duarte - Jose Julian Marti School 28, 25 First St. Elizabeth, NJ - 908-436-3950

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Join us and see first-hand how partnerships of “schools teaching schools” with a focus on character can become the new model for national school improvement.  Fifty educators from three states share what worked with “vulnerable” students—those who come from homes in which English is not always spoken, and who have to contend with poverty, a different culture, and the warring calls of the neighborhood. Nine National Schools of Character in NJ, NY and PA with records of success in teaching these oft-forgotten kids coached nine schools with similar demographics in a year-long ASCENT Project (An Alliance of Schools of Character for Enrichment, Networking & Transformation). Educators from these schools will tell you what they did, what changes they observed, and provide you with data and practices. Ask questions and network with colleagues as three states join hands in a replicable model for school improvement.

Admission is FREE and a light breakfast and lunch will be served.  Attendance is limited to the first 150 registrants.

SEL4NJ June Meeting – Save the Date!

Date: June 18, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM to 12 Noon

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 initial reports from our six work groups and discuss next steps to be taken by SEL4NJ.

EdCamp for Equity & Inclusivity

Date: June 8, 2019

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, 346 Clarksville Road, West Windsor Township, NJ 08550

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On Saturday, June 8, 2019, the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District will be hosting an EdCamp for Equity & Inclusivity at High School South. As a district, we believe that all of our stakeholders need safe places to have conversations that will push the work forward: to ask questions, to share, to learn, to team, and to find allies. Doing this work will allow us to create a culture that includes, honors, and empowers every voice.

This event is free and open to all. You can register online or at the door. Doors will open at 7 am and the first session will start at 8 am. A cold lunch will be available for purchase for $5. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided in the morning.

Putting It All Together: Character, Climate and Social Emotional Learning

Date: May 31, 2019

Time: 8:15 AM to 2:45 PM

Location: Fine Arts Building, Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ

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The theme of the conference is “Putting It All Together:  Character, Climate and Social Emotional Learning.”  The importance of this theme lies in the use of a common language which embraces all of these terms and “buzz words” that fall into the realm of what is often known as “soft skills.”  We know from our experience working in schools that these skills are essential to the development of every student and need to be part of how we define student achievement and success.  The conference fee includes a buffet lunch and a one-year membership in NJASECD.

SEL FORWARD: NJDOE Conference on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Date: May 23, 2019

Time: 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Location: Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University, 604 Bartholomew Road Piscataway , NJ 08854

All school staff, including administrators, teachers, counselors, and other support staff are invited to attend the statewide conference on social and emotional learning (SEL). This full-day conference, titled SEL Forward, hosted by the New Jersey Department of Education in collaboration with the School Climate Transformation Project, will highlight the importance of SEL and school climate, with a focus on the practical application on how to effectively implement SEL within schools. In addition to attending breakout sessions, attendees will also hear from esteemed speakers within the field and have an opportunity to network and connect with schools and organizations presently immersed in this critical work.

Due to limited seating capacity, please register no more than three representatives per school district. Each individual must submit a separate and distinct registration entry. There is no charge for this conference.