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Establishing Classroom Communities for Student Success

The most effective classrooms set students up for success by building strong relationships, taking an instructional approach to behavior and social-emotional learning, and arranging the environment to maximize learning and minimize challenging behaviors.  The most effective teachers, set up effective classrooms and then engage in ongoing self-reflection to ensure continued success and continual improvement.  This course explores what it takes to build classroom communities that support ALL students, providing practical tools to plan, or improve your classroom.  

*Participants in this course can pick and choose topics and complete specific sections to meet their needs.  PLU certificates are available on a section by section basis.

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Intended Audiences

K-12 Educators,
Administrators

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

*1-9 PLUs


Introduction to Anxiety Management in Schools

This course is designed to provide a general introductory understanding of anxiety and the impact it has on children and teens. This is the initial course in a series of courses that will provide educators and other school professionals with skills for supporting students with anxiety across the tiers in a school setting. This introductory course is foundational for educators to understand the basics of anxiety. Subsequent course(s) will provide evidence-based interventions that can be utilized with students in the classroom.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn facts about anxiety
  • Recognize what anxiety is and the physiology of anxiety
  • Understand the relationship among thoughts, feelings and behavior
  • Understand factors that impact and maintain anxiety (e.g., environment, influence of COVID-19 pandemic)


Intended Audiences

K-12 Educators, Administrators (of particular importance to Deans/Assistant Principals in charge of discipline), Registered School Nurses, Related Service Providers

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

1 PLU







Course Contact: Michele Walden-Doppke

Introduction to Social and Emotional Learning

In this course you will learn about Social and Emotional Learning, (SEL) including how and why these skills are so important for our students to achieve success in school and adult life. In addition, resources and strategies will be shared that can be used immediately with your students. The content is intended to spark other new ideas on how SEL skills can enhance the instruction taking place in your classroom. This introduction to SEL is the first in a 5 part strand. Upon successful completion of this course you will have access to future courses in the strand via an enrollment key.


Intended Audiences

K-12 Educators

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

3 PLUs


BRIDGE-RI Support: Ellen Reinhardt

Managing Escalations

This short, self-paced course will give learners evidence-based strategies and steps to preventing and managing student behavioral escalations. Topics covered will include:
  • how managing behavioral escalations is part of the MTSS framework
  • the escalation cycle and how to manage escalations, and
  • the role of the adult in the escalation cycle. 


Intended Audiences

K-12 Educators

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

1 PLU


Course Support Contact: Ellen Reinhardt, Lindsay Scarpaci

The Importance of Connectedness

How well do you know the importance of connections in school within the universal/core/Tier 1 setting for students and staff? Can you recognize how connectedness relates to different forms of prevention in schools as well as social-emotional learning? Are you interested in learning about a social-emotional screener that can be used for assessing connections in school?  This course is designed to build knowledge about the importance of connections, consider how it is addressed in your school and provide resources. For those who would like to learn more about the Connections Survey and its administration, this course is a prerequisite and required learning for anyone who is interested in the second course in this series, which will run as a facilitated course in the 2021-2022 school year.  

Learning Objectives: 

  • Understand the significance of school connectedness
  • Recognize the relationship between mental health/suicide prevention and perceived school connections 
  • Recognize the role that school connectedness plays in social-emotional learning
  • Learn about the relationship between connectedness and school culture/school safety
  • Consider the possibility of measuring connections in your school as a form of social-emotional screening
  • Assess the readiness of your school for implementation of a connections screener.



Intended Audiences

K-12 Educators (general and special education), Building and District Administrators, Related Service Providers, Paraprofessionals, and Interventionists

Course Type

Self-Paced

PLUs

1 PLU


Understanding Trauma

Many school-age children have been exposed to adverse childhood experiences – violence, abuse, neglect, and more.  The result can be psychological trauma, which can affect learning and behavior.  This course lays essential foundational knowledge to prepare educators for future coursework addressing trauma-informed supports for students.  Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Describe the prevalence, characteristics and impact of trauma on children

  • Recognize behavior for signs of toxic stress response

  • Explain inter-relationships between adversity, toxic stress, trauma and illness

  • Explain the current science on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 


Intended Audiences

K-12 Educators, Building Administrators

Course Type

Self-Paced

Recommended # of PLUs

1 PLU







Course Contact: Ellen Reinhardt