Teacher Professional Development Formats: A Fast Reference Guide

 

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Teacher Professional Development Course Formats:

A Fast Reference Guide

 

teacher professional development classesIt can be confusing to sign up for teacher professional development classes today because course formats have evolved into a wide array of choices. You may come to find that you can’t fluently speak the new language of professional development. Here at Youth Change Professional Development Workshops, we get lots of questions like “How does an online class work?” and “What’s the difference between a streaming and recorded class?” In this high tech era, professional course delivery options are many, and it can be hard to keep up.

In this quick reference guide, I will run through the most common questions we get and do my best to help you nail down all the terminology so you can make informed professional development course selections. Hi from Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. That’s me in the image at right, as shown in our video Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Online Class. I’m a course presenter, keynote speaker and the Director of Youth Change Professional Development Workshops. I hope our quick manual will be a good guide to staying current with all the terminology that you need to know to take full advantage of today’s ever-changing teacher professional development choices.

 

Professional Development Class Terminology

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In-Person Professional Development Classes

Think of these courses as analog or legacy professional development classes. This is the old school or old style, conventional method of training. You show up at selected site and hear and see the speaker live. You know this format. Examples of live courses include our professional development classes (click) coming soon to Portland and Seattle. Live courses are interactive and you can usually ask questions and exert some control over the content. On the negative side, you have to get to the event site regardless of weather, traffic or competing demands.

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Online Professional Development Classes

This term obviously applies to professional development classes delivered via the internet, but the term can include an assortment of formats, all delivered online. When someone uses the term “online class,” they usually mean that the course is a pre-recorded video. Usually, the video will play just like any video you find on the internet, and you can fast forward, stop, rewind and save the video to watch at a later date. But, there are other kinds of online professional development classes. You can see PDFs, audiobooks and ebooks used as online classes. Instead of watching a video, you read an ebook or PDF, or you might listen to an audiobook. “Online class” can also be used to describe another format that varies a bit from video, the Powerpoint presentation. Usually, the Powerpoint presentation is automated and plays like a video. It may even be a video but instead of viewing a class or lecture as you might during a video, you see only or mostly slides that advance on their own. Typically this format does permit you to stop, fast forward, rewind and stop the class, and return to it later.

Not everyone learns well from online professional development. You have to have discipline or motivation to sit hours watching a screen. Most online professional development classes will play on most any internet-connected device but it can be trying to watch a 10 hour course on your little cell phone. These courses are all pre-recorded so you can’t ask questions or control the content of the class at all. There may or may not be a mechanism to reach out to the instructor. On the plus side, you can take classes while you jog on a treadmill or eat breakfast. See examples of our online professional development classes. Online courses are often cheaper than in-person professional development classes but not always. Online courses may or may not hold your interest. It is a lot easier for a presenter to hold your attention when she is live, standing right in front of you versus when she is a not even a half inch tall on your little iPhone.

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Streaming Professional Development Classes

This term seems to confuse people the most. Streaming means that the professional development class is happening live in real time but that it is being delivered online. Typically, you are asked to attend by going to an online meeting website link, often a site like GotoMeeting.com. You may listen and see the professional development course by yourself perhaps using your desktop computer monitor or your phone. Another variation: You might watch on a large monitor as part of a group or staff watching together. Sometimes, you can interact with the presenter, sometimes by phone or by using a microphone. Sometimes you can only interact through a human monitor who relays questions to the instructor, or you might type your questions into your device and that is relayed to the teacher. People can participate from any geographic location all at the same time, or the professional development class can be restricted to members of a school or agency.

Streaming is great because you don’t usually have to go anywhere to attend. The cost can be less than a comparable in-person class, or the class can even be offered free. On the negative side, it can get dull pretty fast. You may find it hard to stay engaged especially if the course is many hours long. It is tough for instructors to project their personalities or a sense of excitement through a screen. If you are sitting at work, you are vulnerable to distractions and interruptions. The course may stream at a time that is not convenient to you. Interacting with the instructor may be slow or difficult. There is always the possibility of technological problems like poor quality video, poor quality sound, lost connections and so on. You can not necessarily save the streamed class, rewind, stop or pause it. You may not be able to return to it. Instructors can generally provide a recorded copy of the completed streaming class, but that is not always done. One real limitation is that you are either watching at the designated time or you miss the course. Learn about our streaming professional development classes.

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Recorded Streaming Professional Development Classes

As you read above, once the streaming professional development class is over, it is often provided to you as a recorded course. Typically, this means that the once live online course now is a recorded online course. This progression can confuse people. Here is how you can understand it: When you are filming live with your cell phone, that is similar to the class streaming live on the internet. After you finish filming live with your cell phone, you may play back what you just recorded. The recorded streaming professional development class is simply the playback of the live streaming course. Because recorded online streaming classes are fixed, you have all the drawbacks of any online course. Once the streaming stops being live, you may or may not be able to reach the instructor, ask questions or make comments.

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Other Professional Development Terms to Know

 

Here are a few more terms to be sure you remember:

Self-paced: This just means you can take the class at your own pace. Online classes and recorded streaming courses allow for this if you can stop, pause, and rewind at will. 

eLearning: This umbrella term just means that the course is delivered electronically. That could mean the professional development course is provided online, on a CD or some other electronic method.

Hybrid or Blended Learning: This is a course that uses both electronic and in-person formats, or some other combination of virtual formats. For example, a learner might take an online course then email back and forth with the instructor, or meet with the teacher in person.

Synchronous Learning: This term means that all of the students are taking the professional development class at the same time.

Asynchronous Learning: This term means that not all the students are taking the class at the same time. So, this type of learning results in a single learner interacting directly with the content via a technology system. The learner can go as fast or slow as desired instead of progressing in unison with others or as a part of a group.

Distance Learning: This is another umbrella term that encompasses almost any professional development format that is not sitting in a classroom in person on a set schedule. Online classes and streaming are both types of distance learning, for example.

 

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Student motivation can sag as everyone returns from the holidays and heads into the long stretch until Spring Break. If your students' motivation has dropped with the temperatures, here are some lively and very effective motivational methods that are sure to fire up interest, enthusiasm and focus on school and education. The assortment includes a free printable motivational speakerclassroom motivational poster that has received lots of comments. Many educators find it to be an eye-opening, effective way to build motivation in students who are unmotivated, discouraged, bored, frustrated or lacking confidence.

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Motivational Strategies

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poster motivates unmotivated studentsMOTIVATIONAL STRATEGY

Replace Missing Motivation with

Artificial Motivation


Few teachers have ever taken a class called Motivate the Most Unmotivated Students, but most teachers probably wish they had. Typically, many teachers see a plethora of unmotivated students when they look out at their class. Typically, most teachers don't feel like they have a plethora of awesome motivational methods to improve the situation. This article is going to change that a bit for the better.

You may not be aware that you can actually build motivation for school, education and class work. Initially, you should start the process of building motivation by relying on external items that are already very liked by students. Think of it this way. You can initially use a "carrot" to lead student to Literature, Algebra or History class, and once you've gotten and held their attention, you can reduce the reliance on external positives. It is sad that some families don't reliably teach their children the importance of school, but like any other area that is being overlooked in a child's life, teachers may be the ones to have to fill in the gap. That is certainly true here, but the good news is that improving a child's motivation is a lot easier than (figuratively) dragging a kid to school and forcing them to learn– which is what the situation may feel like now.

Money is a very effective external item that can serve to engage many unmotivated students to care more about school, class and education. Yes, ideally, children would come to love reading Hemingway, or find early American history enthralling, but money makes a great "hook" to start to transform how students view education. In the meantime, you are going to have to market school, classes and education like they were a pair of way cool jeans or a new iPad. You're going to be working to convince students that school is the only path to many of the things they very much need, want or value…which brings us back to money.

Our popular motivational poster, Poster #471 (shown above) does a great job of marketing school and education by linking them to something most students care a lot about: money. It shows students what they "earn" every second, minute, hour, day, month and year they spend in school. This poster is based on the belief that high school grads earn approximately $330,000 more per lifetime so it reflects life expectancy and earnings stats.

You can print this eye-catching, motivational school poster for free and post it in your classroom, or the hallways of your school. You can download the free motivational poster here. Feel free to share it with your colleagues. Obviously, one motivational strategy can't fix all the boredom, disinterest and yawns, but it's a terrific first step. You can find thousands more motivational strategies throughout our website, and another great motivational strategy further below in this article. You can use our site search engine to search for more "motivational strategies." Most strategies are free but you will find many in our books, in person professional development workshops and online courses too.

Yes, this "artificial" motivation may not start off being nearly as beneficial and reliable as the real thing, but now that you may have your students considering the possibility that school just might be important to them, while you have their attention, you can help them discover what they could love in the world of education.

 

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MOTIVATIONAL STRATEGY

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Work Refusers


Some students don't start off unmotivated– but they sure end up that way. Among other university training classes that most teachers haven't taken but may wish that they had is Work Refusers 101. Some of your youngsters become so discouraged or frustrated by school that they stop working altogether or do as little school work as they possibly can get away with. Often, these are very well-intentioned students who have learned over time that doing nothing seems a lot less painful than taking a test or completing a homework assignment. Since teachers often have little real-world training or tested strategies for work refusers, these youngsters can quickly become a nightmare to teach. They may appear to be your most unmotivated student since they do so little actual school work, and require constant help to complete almost any academic task.

Here's the secret to successfully engaging your work refusers in school: They are not necessarily unmotivated. They can have great motivation but the child has simply learned that shutting down and doing nothing seems to yield better results than taking action. In your Psychology classes, this pattern was described as Freeze, Flight or Fight. Work refusers camp out in Freeze. That makes these students seem passive-aggressive or oppositional when really they just freeze and have trouble moving beyond that. To best understand, look back in your life for a time you crawled into bed and wouldn't come out. It may have been after a traumatic experience or a romantic setback or a job loss, and for you, a short-term thing– but for these students, freezing up has become a long term, entrenched pattern.

So, motivational methods will only take you so far with this population. And, as you may have noticed, it is so easy to get caught in a power struggle with them. So there's what won't work. Here comes what will work: step-by-step, slow transition from doing nothing to gradually doing something. So, if the student typically does two paragraphs of handwriting, maybe we aim for two paragraphs and one more sentence. The next step might be two paragraphs of handwriting and two sentences…and so on. The steps need to be tiny and when the student balks at a step, consider dropping back a bit and carefully observing for anxiety. When this student's anxiety goes up, their work production goes down. Over time, you will learn to calibrate their work load with their anxiety. The more you can create a cooperative team feeling while avoiding increasing their anxiety, the more work you will ultimately get out of this youngster.

We devote entire classes to teaching about work refusers so we are just skimming the surface here for what you can do, but we thought it was important that you realize that the student who may look the most unmotivated, can be much more accurately viewed as a child rife with anxiety issues.

 

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Professional Development: The Fastest Fix for Classroom Management Problems

 

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Professional Development:

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teacher classroom managementDo you ever dread going into work because of serious, persistent classroom behavior management problems? If you're like many teachers, the focus of your day is not teaching academics. The truth is that much of your day may revolve around discerning how to best manage  defiant, disrespectful, apathetic, non-compliant, misbehaved, disruptive and rude students.

Hello from Youth Change Professional Development Workshops director, Ruth Herman Well, M.S. I'm going to explain both virtual and in-person professional development options and ease any confusion or apprehension you may be experiencing. After 25 years providing professional development to teachers, counselors, court workers and social workers, I think I'm getting to be an expert on the topic.

Years ago, you had to wait for a solution to discover how to best prevent and manage the worst classroom management problems. You could wait for an inservice workshop to come near you or you could hope that your school district scheduled a professional development inservice day that would provide answers. Now, you can access solutions immediately. The good news is that help is immediately available. The bad news is that it can be confusing trying to understand and locate all the newest professional development options for your specific classroom management issues. This article is going to quickly help clarify all of that.
 

Fast Teacher Professional Development Options

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professional development courseOnline Professional Development Courses
 

Courses now can come to wherever you are. No more trudging out to a university classroom or a conference room. You can take most online courses in your classroom at school or while you are home or at the gym.

Online courses come in different types. You may prefer one format over another. Most commonly, online courses are videos that operate just like a YouTube video. You can start, stop, pause and replay them at will. Normally, online courses play on most electronic devices including smart phones, computers, tablets and laptops. Sometimes, online courses are PowerPoint presentations that you click through frame by frame, or the PowerPoint slide show may play like a video. Occasionally, online courses simply require that you read an online book or series of web pages. Typically, the online book is in PDF format.

Most online courses require that you take a test or quiz to receive clock hours, CEUs or college credit. Usually, the entire process is completed electronically. That means that your homework or quiz is completed and transmitted online, as is your certificate of completion or other documentation.

If you have never tried an online professional development course, here is your chance to try one free. This free online professional development workshop will give you immediate help to solve one of your worst classroom management problems: poor motivation.  Auditing this free online training class will help you get acquainted with newer professional development formats without spending any money. This sampling will show you how easy it is to immediately solve classroom management problems online with the right professional development course.

The free online course is called Maximum-Strength Motivation-Makers and is geared for teachers and counselors who work with elementary, middle and high school students. This online class is a PowerPoint presentation that plays like a video. Through February 25, 2016, you can watch the online class free– this link has been removed since it has expired. (Clock hours will not be available for this free online class but you can purchase the online course here to earn 1 clock hour if you wish. The free course will not be available after 2-25-16 when the link here will be disabled. This is a limited time opportunity.) If you read this article after the link has expired, you can consider taking a look at our many low cost online courses to help you better prevent and manage K-12 classroom management concerns. You can view all of Youth Change's online professional development courses for teachers and counselors.

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A webinar is an online professional development course that happens live. This term confuses a lot of people because live webinars are often recorded and then offered later as pre-recorded online courses that play like a video. Both the live and pre-recorded formats can provide you quick help to prevent or stop classroom management dilemmas.

In a live webinar, the course streams live to people who are scattered around the world, the country, state, city, school district or school. Everyone is hearing and seeing the same content at the same time. Communication can be two way, meaning that participants can talk to the instructor and ask questions or make comments. If the webinar is being viewed by a large number of people, there is often a moderator who will arrange for the questions to be posed and answered at pre-set times. Or, questions sometimes are answered right when they are posed.

It is necessary to have special software, or to use a special web platform to present or participate in a webinar. Participants watch on their computer screen, tablet, smart phone or TV screen after logging on. The presenter can be seen teaching, or slides, video or other content can be shown on the screen at other times. Participants are not usually recorded visually, but questions can be offered verbally and that verbiage recorded. Often, questions are typed by the participant and the moderator verbally communicates the question to the presenter and the audience.

Participants can enroll individually or as a group, so an entire school staff could all watch a webinar together. Absent staff could eventually view the recorded webinar. This option can ensure that even absent staff members receive the same professional development training. Webinars can focus on any topic and when presented to a single school or district, for example, they can quickly target a top classroom management issue and zero in on solutions that will be heard by the entire school or district staff. View Youth Change's professional development webinars.

 

online professional development coursesIn-Person and On-Site Professional Development
 

In-person and on-site professional development workshops are still available to solve classroom management problems. No virtual format can compare with face to face contact and actually meeting and experiencing a presenter. In-person professional development allows for individuation in a way that virtual formats don't. Participants can ask privately about delicate situations, something that would be problematic during electronic instruction.

A common complaint about virtual professional development for teachers is that it is hard to focus and concentrate. When a teacher participates in a webinar or online course, it is easy to be distracted by the usual work problems. When a teacher travels to a conference or the school closes for inservice training, the distractions are usually greatly reduced.

Virtual professional development isn't always customizable. Pre-recorded online courses are not customizable at all. Live courses, whether on-site or in general session, can be completely customizable. For example, our live courses always begin with participants naming the student behavior problems that they wish to cover during the workshop. Live webinars can be similarly customized. Youth Change's next live workshops are coming soon to Seattle and Portland. Find information on those live workshops here. You can register 2 for 1 until 5-4-16. Scholarships are also offered by calling 503-982-4220.

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Teacher Professional Development Training: Reform It Yesterday

 

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Professional Development Training:
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Today's teacher education is lost somewhere in past, keeping company with rotary dial phones, typewriters and telegrams.

teacher professional development trainingI'm Ruth Herman Wells M.S., Director of Youth Change Workshops. I've been tracking teacher professional development and college education programs for nearly 25 years.

Can you imagine if universities and colleges were still teaching their students about building better horse-drawn carriages? Do you think any college is touting their state-of-the-art courses to learn how to write code for Atari computers? How many higher ed institutes boast that their students are learning the latest techniques for building better tape recorders?

K12 teacher trainingNo university wants to be left behind, but whether they know it or not, today's colleges and universities continue to churn out teachers who are prepared to work in a world that no longer exists.

If Mad Men wasn't a TV show about the sixties, but we were actually back in the sixties, teacher training would be right on track for an era when the biggest problem in the classroom was too much trash in the trash can. Now, the biggest problem in the classroom can be a student assaulting peers or the teacher with the trash can. We are worlds away from 1965.

 

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Teacher
Professional Development Training Reform
 

 

 

K-12 Education Trends and Fads

K-12 educators have been bounced around like pinballs in those vintage machines, careening from trend to trend and fad to fad. Trends and fads have included moments in the limelight for bullying, cyberbullying, character education, values clarification and many other philosophical points of view. The overarching trend however has remained education's obsession with high stakes national and statewide testing.
 

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The real solution for K-12 education may lie elsewhere. It might just be a simple, commonsense idea. How about we stop focusing over-testing students with a one-size-fits-all tool that may not fit every student in every corner of the U.S?

Once "testing mania" had been relaxed, now we could look at today's student through new eyes. The first thing we're going to notice is the substantial social, emotional, motivational and academic problems these students present. That should be our new starting point. We should switch from testing as a focus to helping contemporary kids learn exactly how to become prepared, motivated students with the specific skills needed to succeed in school.
 

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School Skills Training

professional developmentI call this new focus School Skills Training. Using focused, innovative, clever classroom and behavior management methods, students can finally learn the skills they've needed all along. Students will receive help with any social, emotional and motivational issues, along with any academic problems.

School Skills Training: It's a simple, unglamorous, common sense idea that would make a lousy fad or trend. But this simple idea could rapidly re-shape today's schools into places that do so much more than teach to the test, and prepare students to pass important exams.

School Skills Training has the power to bring sanity back to schools, and move the power in the classroom from the statehouse and White House back to where it belongs: in the hands of the person who stands in front of that classroom every day.

For now, teacher professional development training and college preparation are firmly entrenched in yesterday. I say that useful, lasting change is way overdue. I believe that we desperately need to reform teacher training…yesterday.

 

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    Schedule the Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Workshop to come to your site. This is the one professional development inservice that produces results, results, results. Call 1.800.545.5736 now. This surprisingly affordable inservice also makes a terrific fund raiser. College credit and 10 professional development clock hours are available. Your staff will finally have the more effective, real-world tools they need to work with today’s challenging, difficult youth.

     

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An Expert’s Guide How to Select Teacher Professional Development

 

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An Expert's Guide
How to Select Teacher Professional Development

 
 

 

We know all about booking the best professional development for your teachers, counselors, special educators or youth professionals. We're the experts at Youth Change Professional Development Workshops and we're going to guide education professional development speakeryou step-by-step through the confusing world of finding excellent staff training or booking a great speaker for your next conference, school inservice day or counseling convention.

My name is Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. and I'll be your guide. I've been a speaker for more than two decades and I'll share what I've learned with you here.

 

1. Identify Your Focus

Too often, we get phone calls from schools, conferences or districts asking for inservice but they are unclear on their focus. Different speakers zero in on distinctly different topic areas so know your focus area before you even begin to look for the right training for your staff.

professional development tipTIP: If you aren't sure exactly what is your most pressing training area, survey your staff and look for repeat requests and priority issues. Priority issues should include safety concerns, student motivation and basic classroom management concerns. If a school or class is unsafe, or if many students are unmotivated or out of control, a focus on academics or other areas will likely be wasted as safety, motivation and well-managed students are essential to everything else that happens at your site.

 

2. Identify the Results You Want

Once you are clear on the focus for your training, you need to figure out exactly what results you are seeking. We hear all the time about school and agency staff sitting through professional development trainings that delivered lots and lots of theory– but the hope had been to get immediately useable techniques. Before you begin your speaker search, make sure you are clear on what you hope to accomplish and whether you are seeking theoretical or practical solutions. Watch out for cookie-cutter workshops that are pre-fabricated and not tailored to your site, your students and your staff's exact needs.

teacher professional development guideTIP: Try to quantify the results you are hoping to achieve. For example, if classroom management is a top issue, you may want results that include a reduction in students referred to the principal for class disruption. Other examples: a reduction in the number of students suspended and improved attendance.

 

 

3. Choose a Delivery Method

In today's world, you have options beyond in-person workshops. While there is no question that in-person is the most effective delivery vehicle for most professional development courses, online training is an option to consider– especially if you are on a tight budget.

professional development tipsDEFINITIONS

Here are the terms to know:

An In-Person Course is provided live either at your site or at a general session hosted by the workshop provider.

General Session Workshops are live and open to anyone. They're sponsored by the course provider. See a sample of a general session workshop.

On-Site Workshops are in-person courses held at your conference, site or at your choice of site for your staff or whoever you decide to include. You can charge others to attend on-site training workshops. You can also use on-site training as a fund raiser by charging others a fee to enroll. View information on on-site training.

An Online Course is a pre-recorded workshop typically offered as a video or in a PowerPoint slide show format. There may or may not be the opportunity for questions or follow-up concerns following an online course. View examples of online courses.

A Webinar is a live course that participants view from their computer or other device as it happens. There may be the chance to interact with the instructor, often by typing questions. Recorded webinars can be later offered as online courses. 

All types of in-person and online workshops can offer college credit and clock hours.

To get a better look at what online workshops are about, look at one of our free mini-professional development online workshops.

 

4. Where to Look for Speakers and Workshops

Now that you know your focus, your goals and the formats that you are willing to consider, you are ready to search for the right speaker and the right workshop for your site.

You can certainly use a search engine to start looking for either live, online or on-site workshops. For example, to find Youth Change Professional Development Workshops, many searchers input "classroom management workshop," "how to motivate unmotivated students workshop," "classroom management speaker" or "school violence expert."

For general sessions and online courses, you just sign up to attend. For on-site training, it's a bit more complicated as you will read further below.

K12 education speakers bureauTo find a speaker or workshop for an on-site presentation, the other major search option is to use a speakers bureau. We love the two bureaus that we work with the most. They move heaven and earth to make sure that conference and inservice planners get everything they hoped for and so much more. We can heartily recommend Premiere Speakers Bureau and AEI Speakers Bureau. Here is what Youth Change Workshops' listing looks like at Premiere Speakers Bureau and at AEI.

Speakers bureaus do all the work for you and get that speaker to you on time no matter what. Sometimes the cost of a workshop or speaker can be the same whether you book directly with the provider or go through a speakers bureau. However, using a bureau can cost more as the bureau does take a portion of the speaker's fee you pay; many speakers raise their fee to cover that extra cost.

There are also Speaker Listing websites that list speakers without representing them. Here is how Youth Change Workshops looks on one of them.

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5. Costs for Speakers and Workshops

Online workshops can be quite affordable. Our online courses start at just $39 and include free clock hours. Tuition for our general session workshops start at $169.

Fees vary wildly for live on-site speakers. Generally, you can expect to pay a premium for any speaker who is a big name in their niche, and the more famous, the more you will spend. However, the size of the fee doesn't guarantee that you get the professional development you want. Speaker fees are not small. Because most speakers travel a long way to your site, expect to spend at least a few thousand dollars, probably more.

Most speakers charge not just a speaking fee but they also bill the host for air and ground travel, per diem and more. Some will also charge for the course workbook and by the number of participants. That can make it hard to calculate your final total to ensure it fits your budget. While this practice is the most common, it is not universal. Fortunately, there are speakers who buck the trend and use a simple flat fee instead.

K12 professional development tipsTIP: Here at Youth Change Workshops, we have always used a flat fee charge for speaking, with one single cost for everything. We don't add any fees for workbooks, participants, college credit or clock hours. The flat fee includes all travel and makes planning easy. Although flat fee is not common, we think it should be because anything that makes it easier on the host is the right way to operate. You may agree and decide to work only with speakers who offer a flat fee option.

 

professional development training tipTIP: Be sure when you compare flat fees with standard fees that you factor in the likely final cost you'll actually pay with the standard fee. Flat fees are financially best for the host because the speaker is covering everything and must absorb any unexpected costs. Compared to flat fees, standard speaking fees usually end up being a less favorable financial outcome for the host who has to pay for many more expenses, cover many more items and absorb unexpected costs.

 

 

6. What to Ask to Find the Right
Professional Development Speaker or Workshop

As noted earlier, the key element is to be sure to ask speaking candidates about their ability to help you reach your quantifiable goals. You should also ask for workshop flyers, course outlines, letters of reference, fee sheet, participant evaluations, press coverage, awards, clips and experience providing training on your topic in your type of setting. Also be sure to ask about the contract and fee payment arrangement. Some speakers require a deposit. Most speakers and speakers bureau only book on a nonrefundable basis. Why? It is hard to re-sell dates at the last moment. Be sure to check what happens if inclement weather, travel disruption or other unexpected event interferes with your professional development event.

 

7. Speaker and On-Site Workshop Contracts

Some speakers and bureaus have lengthy contracts for on-site training events but here are some of the basics that must be included on whatever paperwork you get: Date, times, place, topic, speaker name, fee, fee due date, cancelation/change policy, information on any additional charges, and AV and other setup needs. Nonrefundable, noncancellable dates are the industry standard as last-minute speaker rebooking usually isn't possible, and when it comes down to it, speakers sell dates.

If you will need to use a purchase order or proprietary school district or conference document, find out if the speakers bureau or speaker will accept it.

 

8. Certificates, College Credit and Clock Hours

Your staff may want or need certificates of completion, college credit or professional development hours from the training they attend. Ask if this is an option, and ask about costs. There is huge variation on the costs, from free to quite expensive. Here at Youth Change, we provide most certificates of completion and clock hours free, and our college credit is under $50.

Some professional development providers work with universities that charge a lot for credit. However, as long as the university is a regionally accredited university, the credit will work for degrees, salary increases, etc. Many regionally accredited universities charge very reasonable fees for credit that is just as valuable as that from a most expensive university. For example, we love working with Seattle Pacific University, a widely recognized, regionally accredited university with fantastic customer service for students, yet they charge just $45 per credit.

 

9. Follow-Up

Here at Youth Change, we warranty all our past participants, whether they participate in a live, on-site or online training event. That means we offer Live Expert Help, email help and toll-free phone help indefinitely. We also make it easy for our past participants to repeat our classes should they ever need to. Find out how the workshop provider will support your training participants once the live or online event is over.

 

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Student and School Mental Health: Teacher Professional Development Guide

 

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Student and School Mental Health:
Teacher Professional Development
Guide

 
 

 

School mental health consultationHello from Youth Change Director and Workshop Presenter Ruth Herman Wells, M.S. One of the toughest things about my job is figuring out how to help teachers and other educators to acquire a gut-level understanding of student and school mental health problems. I'm a veteran mental health counselor so I'm always working hard to be sure that I leave teachers and other educators with the same close-up, inside look at student mental health problems that I have. I hope this brief guide will help.

Sometimes there can be a lot of misinformation in the way. Other times, there can be negativity about mental health issues and the related struggles that today's students can frequently present. Here is one way to bridge that gap and effectively give educators an inside view of students' mental health challenges and related issues and problems.
 

A Close-up Look Inside
Student Mental Health Problems

School Mental Health The class assignment for a group of high school students was to write a letter to one of your teachers telling them what you wanted or needed to say.

Here are excerpts from one student's letter:

 

Dear Mr. ___ ,

If the world were just, good teachers would overshadow the less perfect teachers. It's too bad that you should be one of those overshadowed. During Math, I was repeatedly insulted with the nasty names you called me. This was not a big issue in my life; you and your class could be easily overlooked. But it was not as easy for a lot of people I know.

Sam was a kind person, a typical teenager with a less than typical home life. He went through things no kid should even know about, never mind live through. Sam was not able to put your insults behind him. He took the easy way out. He started just skipping your class. After a while missing your class, he started to miss the whole day. Less than a year later, Sam was deeply into drugs and other things that a person would never wish upon any kid.

In the 12 years, I shared classes with Sam, I watched many teachers unsuccessfully try to make it better for him, but I will always remember the one teacher who successfully made it worse.

Fast forward about 4 years from the date this letter was written, and here is the latest news about Sam: He was spotted walking near the home of Chris, his old friend, and the author of the letter excerpted above. Sam was yelling and screaming as he came down the street. His clothes were in tatters, and he looked as though he was homeless and under the influence of alcohol or other substance. "Chris!" he screamed as he pounded on the door of his former classmate's home. "Chris, do you still live here?" Chris had moved to college years earlier so he wasn't there to open the door. Sam continued yelling and mumbling as he shuffled down the street.

Fast forward again about 1 more year. Sam was spotted on the big highway that goes through the center of his town. He was attempting to throw himself into traffic.

What is the point of Sam's sad story? The point is that kids never walk into Math class and announce that they were beat up last night and can't endure any more abuse. No student will ever say "My Dad already called me bad names before I left to school, so please, would you stop doing it?" As a teacher or counselor, your site is supposed to be a haven, an oasis for students who should heavy loads. Is it?

You may be surprised to know that this topic is one of the top areas that many participants in our Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops ask us to cover. They are tired of the "the lousy attitudes of my co-workers," "how hard some teachers are on kids," "adults who are burned out," "adult rigidity and insensitivity," and "what to do when the adults make the situation much worse."

Student mental health In our workshop, counselors, principals and special ed teachers often will describe how teachers and other adults will sometimes steamroll over a fragile child, indifferent to the burdens they are adding to a child's already heavy load. One story stands out. A girl asked to go to see the nurse rather than run laps in P.E. The teacher denied the request despite repeated pleas from the child to go to the nurse, the office, or to call her mom due to what she said was severe stomach pain. Ultimately, the girl had no choice but to run the laps. She soon collapsed and almost died of a burst appendix.

No matter where we are in North America, workshop participants become the most distressed, discouraged and animated when seeking solutions for when the adults contribute to the problems that the students present. In our workshop, we actually give the participants highly unusual, but extremely effective "adult attitude adjustment devices." These decidedly unique, experiential methods can't be sufficiently captured in a quick professional development educational article like this, but here is a device that you can use with your team that could perhaps help. It will lack the drama and power of our best adult attitude adjustment devices, but it's a good starting place to get your staff thinking about how they impact students.

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As we discuss in our live and online Breakthrough Strategies to Teach and Counsel Troubled Youth Workshops, changing the adults' mind about how they view and interact with students is a bit like changing peoples' opinions about religion or politics: change seldom occurs as a result of mere verbiage. Indirect, more compelling methods that shock will work best. Since we can't "shock" from an educational article on a web page vs in person, here is our next best intervention if you can't come to an upcoming live conference, on-site seminar, or online workshop presentation. In a departure from our usual pattern, be sure to note that this intervention is a quiz that is intended for use with adults, not kids. This is just an excerpt from the full quiz; to get the entire document, read the "Follow-Up" section below:

 

Student and School Mental Health Issues

Rate Your Attitude Quiz
 

school mental healthThink you're unbiased, cordial, objective and not too burned-out? Then check this out.

 

1. Problem Students
How do you view hard-to-manage students? Have you ever said "Nothing's going to work with that one?" Ever tried to convince your boss to place this child in someone else's class?

2. Special Needs Students
Have you ever said "ADD kids are just lazy kids," or "These types of kids take too much of my time"?

3. Diverse Students
Youngsters with unfamiliar accents and different skin colors may be a growing part of your group. Have you ever thought "Oh, not another one," or "He'll be slow too," about a child of a diverse background?

4. Troubled Students
Ever pushed on a poorly performing child only to discover later that the child had been hampered by beatings, illness, homelessness or tragedy?

If you answered "yes" to any of these queries, you run the risk of harming students– especially those carrying heavy loads. You run the risk of ignoring clear cues, like the P.E. teacher in the story above. You also run the risk of missing cues that are not even said out loud, like those offered by Sam.

You don't ever want to end up thinking that you would have behaved very differently– if you'd only known.

If you answered "yes," or if some of your team members should answer "yes" to the quiz questions, it's important to change beliefs and actions now before harm is done that may be irreparable. If you don't get help now from a workshop like ours,' or other resource that shows you how to manage your students differently, you run the risk of one day fearing that you bear some responsibility for Sam flinging himself into traffic. There are Sams in every setting where there are children. If you hone your skills to respond properly, you will not add to Sam's burdens, and you may even prevent him from ever running out onto the road at all.
 

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