The Long Island Professional Development Resource Center (PDRC) is excited to announce the launch of our brand new Fall and Winter workshops. Each workshop will give educators and leaders the tools and skills to help students exceed academic goals. All sessions are exclusively designed to fit your schedule being offered 100% virtually and at no-cost to you. Registration is open to all independent and religious schools.

PDRC Fall and Winter Workshops Now Available:

Flipped Instruction for Hybrid Instruction
Nov. 17 at 4:00pm

Best Digital Tools to Integrate with Google Classroom
Nov. 19 at 4:00pm

Assessment Activities and Tools: Digital Tools Repurposed for Assessment
Dec. 1 at 4:00pm

Nearpod: Your All-in-One Solution to Remote Learning
Dec. 3 at 4:00pm

Instructional Strategies for all Learners
Dec. 8 at 4:00pm

Using Virtual Projects as a Form of Assessment
Dec. 10 at 4:00pm

Special Education Adaptations for Online Learning
Dec. 15 at 4:00pm

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Leadership Corner: Supporting Our Schools with Emotionally Skilled Leadership by Mitch Center

I’d like to briefly introduce everyone to the work of Dr. Mark Brackett from The Yale Center for Social and Emotional Development. Brackett’s book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves and Our Society Thrive provides a great case for why – and how – we can better attend to our emotions in schools.
Brackett’s RULER approach is used in countless classrooms across the country. It begins with his Mood Meter (google it), and invites teachers, kids, and adults to:

R: Recognize Emotion
U: Understand those feelings and where they come from
L: Label those emotions
E: Express those emotions
R: Regulate those emotions with practical strategies

How might you use this work for yourself, your staff, or the families and kids you serve?

I share those practical strategies with you here, and hope that you will take a moment to try them for yourself, with your teachers, and with the many students who are lucky to be in your care. The five emotion regulating strategies described in the book are:

  1. Mindful Breathing: Breathing slowly – in through the nose, out through the mouth.
  2. Forward-thinking Skills: Anticipate an unwanted emotion and avoid the situation or imagine handling it better.
  3. Attention-shifting Strategies: To decrease the impact of an emotion, distract yourself, walk away, or use positive self-talk.
  4. Re-framing Strategies: Find a new way to look at your situation so you don’t despair. For example, if someone is rude to you at a store, try walking in their shoes and understanding that they might have their own stress, and their rudeness has nothing to do with you.
  5. The Meta-Moment: First pause, take a breath, ask yourself “What would my best self do right now?” Bring to mind an image or a few adjectives that embody your best self and bridge the gap between your triggered self and this ideal self with a strategy from above – positive self-talk or reframing.

How might you use this work for yourself, your staff, or the families and kids you serve?

Mitch Center provides leadership professional development and coaching for Catapult Learning and is a monthly contributor to our Leadership Corner Conversation.

Thank You!

For Joining Us at RISE!

A huge thank you to all who joined us at the 36th Annual RISE Conference, provided by NYSCIRS and supported by the PDRCS. We were delighted to serve over 1,300 registrations as well as hold 60 engaging and interactive sessions. The conference was a tremendous success thanks to the dedicated leaders and educators who participated. We are looking forward to continuing impactful professional learning with you.

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Spotlight PD Series for School Leaders: Leadership Circle

Our Leadership Circle is one of a kind leadership cohort, designed to build a community for leaders to problem solve together. Mitch Center, our leadership contributor, will be facilitating conversations around, developing leadership skills that matter most at this time, collaborating to identify and grapple with new, emerging challenges, and more. Join this leadership cohort every other Wednesday morning at 9:15am-10:15am.

Register Here

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