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. 

Currently, social distancing and other precautions are sadly still a necessary part of our lives.  With that in mind, all the programs and services listed below will be provided virtually until circumstances allow for In-person interactions.

 
Bullying & Cyberbullying Training

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. 

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.

 
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 this workshop training.

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.

*NEW* Online On-demand training that can be accomplished when it works for you! Click HERE or on the button below to learn more.

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Pandemic SEL & Mental Health Training

The past year has had an unprecedented impact upon children's mental health.  Factors that promote strong social and emotional functioning for children, such as play with peers, social interactions in school, connections with friends and teachers, daily routines, and close relationships with extended family members were all cast aside for many months in the national effort to control the coronavirus pandemic.  In addition, new stressors, such as elevated levels of bias-related bullying and fighting, have presented a more difficult world for many children to navigate. Research at MARC, as well as in other universities, has found large and significant increases in anxiety and depression among children.  While it is probable that many children will adjust well, some children will bring these challenges to school with them as we return to a post-pandemic life, and the purpose of this training is to help give educators practical and concrete tools they can use to help children re-adjust to school, camp, and other traditional settings. 

Research conducted here at MARC, as well as other research on the pandemic and previous studies examining children's needs in the wake of natural disasters, will be applied to help classroom teachers, school counselors, school administrators, and parents support children during this recovery period.

 
SEL Training for Teacher Canidates
  • Stay tuned for more information!

 
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.

 
Bias & Diversity Programming

*COMING SOON*

This new program, focusing on bias, awareness, and diversity training, is being designed for use with faculty and with students. 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. 

This training includes two components: training for faculty and staff and curriculum for students. *Staff training for elementary schools is possible now but the curricula won't be available until later in 2021. We recommend that Elementary schools start with the faculty training and then just incorporate the curriculum once it becomes available.

  • Training for staff is 3 hours and includes lecture, discussion, and utilizes a variety of media formats to engage all types of learners. Training for staff will explore the following topics: basic understanding of what bias is, how it is formed, and the most common types of bias; research about how bias impacts the student experience; how to create spaces for open and honest discussion about bias and diversity; and most importantly, how to combat bias in the classroom, in peer relationships, and in oneself. For the pilot of this new program, 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 student curriculum is designed to offer 15-20 minute lessons and can be done when/where you have time. Curriculum for students will provide a basic understanding of: bias and how it forms; the many benefits of incorporating diversity into our lives; the ways that bias impacts one's daily life; how to combat bias in oneself; how to confront bias in others; and how to talk openly and honestly about issues related to bias and diversity.