Training for Educators
The philosophy at MARC is that K-12 educators should benefit from personal attention and, whenever possible, the help and presence of professionals from the Center.
Our goal is provide personalized help and assistance in implementing school change.
Recognizing the burdens that K-12 educators struggle with in our society, we seek to make the program as little a burden as possible: our goal is to reduce workloads, not increase them.
Along with everyone else, we are hoping for a "typical" return to school in the fall. As a backup plan, though, we are also preparing for a very different fall, one in which social distancing and other precautions are key. With that in mind, we will plan for the programs and services listed below to be prepared in two forms:
1. As traditional in-service trainings and workshops; and
2. As virtual trainings done online, where teachers can participate in the training from their classroom. At the present time, we anticipate that all trainings will be virtual.
In-Service Training- Bullying & Cyberbullying
Faculty trainings generally cover (among other topics):
Specific behaviors that educators need to look for;
How to respond, and when to report;
How cyber-behaviors impact in-school bullying and cyberbullying;
Developmental factors that affect bullying; and
Concrete areas for focus and talking points for use with students.
All observations and recommendations are grounded in research findings, which are always reviewed during the training.
Faculty training services are generally in-school and provided by the Center's Director or Program Coordinator. No school is guaranteed that Dr. Englander will personally train their faculty, although she does conduct the majority of these trainings. At the present time, we anticipate that all trainings will be virtual.
MARC's in-service faculty trainings for schools are generally free of charge unless they occur during the summer or during a University vacation. If schools have grant funding that would be appropriate, we ask that they contribute some of it to MARC.
The demand for these in-services unfortunately far exceeds our capacity. Because we cannot possibly provide all the in-service trainings that schools want, we also offer a Train the Trainer Program (which does have a registration fee) which certifies Trainers to impart basic knowledge to their colleagues. Both the faculty in-service programs and the Train the Trainer programs satisfy state law's requirement for professional development in the areas of bullying and cyberbullying prevention.
*COMING SOON* Bias & Diversity Programming:
This new program, focusing on bias, awareness, and diversity training, is being designed for use with faculty and with students. For the pilot of this new program in fall and winter 2020, the faculty training is being designed as a webinar, but in future years we anticipate it being delivered in person at schools as an in-service training. The coordinating student curriculum will be designed for trained teachers to utilize in their classes. The pilot of this program will be delivered to designated schools at no charge. Schools may sign up to request participation in the pilot program by clicking on the Request Pilot Program button below..
Train the Trainer Workshops
A Train the Trainer Workshop can be done with only a few faculty or staff, and those who go through the training are then Certified Trainers through MARC and can train their colleagues. Trainers learn both content and how to train. There is a cost for Train the Trainer workshops.
Train the Trainers can be done at your school (minimum: 5 attendees) or you can attend regional Train the Trainer Workshops we offer around Massachusetts. At the present time, we anticipate that all trainings will be virtual.
Faculty Advisory Training
Advisory is a commonsense approach to improving Social Emotional Learning, so why does research find it so often fails? What is Advisory really about? It's NOT therapy; but then, what is it, and is it just a fad? Changing times require different approaches, and Advisory is a way of meeting the needs of contemporary students.
This 90 minute training for faculty, administrators & counselors will help to answer these questions as well as questions like:
*What uses of Advisory do students rate most highly?
*What uses of Advisory do teachers rate most highly?
*What works; what sometimes works; and what doesn't work and why.