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2019 National Training Seminar

Jul 23-25 2019 - Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel - Washington DC

Pre-Seminar Professional Development Trainings

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Begin exploring your convoys of social support before the NTS begins!  These three-hour Pre-Seminar Courses are designed to strengthen your support of military-and veteran-connected children. They are recommended for youth-serving professionals, school counselors and administrators, behavioral health professionals, K-12 educators, education service providers and parents.
  • Participants may register for one morning session (8:15 am to 11:30 am) and one afternoon session (1:00 pm to 4:15 pm). 
  • Breakfast and lunch will be on your own prior to the morning and between the morning/afternoon sessions. There are many restaurant choices located in or near the seminar hotel. There will be light refreshments served during each course’s scheduled break. 
  • Pre-registration is required for sessions to allow MCEC to allocate space and resources appropriately. Registrations may be accepted on the day of training but only after all pre-registered attendees have been accommodated, and if there are space and resources available.
  • Continuing Education Credits are available for each session equal to three clock hours. In order to be eligible for continuing education credits, participants must complete required seat times and post-course evaluations. 
  • Each session has been designed as a separate and stand-alone course. Sampling or “hopping” between courses will not be permitted. Attendance for the entire course is critical to meeting the stated goals of the course, and it is imperative in order to qualify for CEUs.

Morning Sessions - 8:15-11:30 AM

A1
Artful Connections: the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Your School

Brief Description:
How can art help students learn about multiple academic disciplines?  Experience first-hand the methods Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) staff use to guide you through sequential understandings about America’s history, culture, and heritage. Explore how SAAM resources enhance grades 3-12 curriculum via customized, no-cost, interactive videoconferences.
 
Objectives:

  • Discover the Smithsonian American Art Museum, its resources and its unique distance-learning options.
  • Experience a variety of lessons across the academic spectrum that are aligned with national standards and incorporate collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication.
A2
Robotics for Young Children: Ask KIBO

Brief Description:
This session will highlight the innovative KIBO robotics program used in the Norfolk (VA) Public Schools that integrates computer science with other disciplines for children, PreK-2.  Participants will examine hands-on the basics of coding/programming, engineering, and robotics using the engaging KIBO curriculum.
 

Objectives

  • Identify the professional development strategies to promote coding and computational thinking in early childhood education.
  • Explore the KIBO student curriculum and the teacher-preparation professional development curriculum.
  • Experience first-hand how the KIBO system works and is integrated into pre-K through second grade curriculum.
(This course is repeated in the afternoon sessions)
A3
Military Interstate Children’s Compact: Its Impact on Student Transition Success

Brief Description:
Take your understanding and application of the Compact to a new level in this interactive workshop. Begin with a broad overview of the Compact, move through real-world cases and decision-making, and conclude with unique ways that school districts are leveraging it to provide smooth transitions and academic continuity.

Objectives:
Participants will gain:

  • Knowledge of the Military Interstate Compact.
  • Skills to resolve transition issues in concert with the Compact.
  • Additional information about the resources available to resolve transition issues through the Compact.
  • Increase awareness of the role the Compact plays in promoting educational continuity for military-connected students. 
(This course is repeated in the afternoon sessions)
A4
Anxiety in Young Children: A Coordinated Approach to Understanding and Support

Brief Description:
When does normal worry become anxiety in young children?  And, then what do we do?  This workshop explores the medical, psychological and academic implications of childhood anxiety and then guides you to collaboratively develop an information platform for sharing this knowledge with military, parent and educator groups.

Objectives:

  • Gather expert information about childhood anxiety from medical, psychological and educational professionals.
  • Begin the development of an Infographic and Dialogue Guide for parents, educators and related service professionals.
  • Explore opportunities and methods for utilizing the Infographic & Dialogue tools to assist military parent, educator and related service professional groups.
     
A5
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): Supporting the Well-Being of Veterans' Children

Brief Description:
Expert panelists will describe the unique strengths and challenges faced by military children as their families transition to civilian life.  These presenters will highlight findings from recent research that focuses on support of these veteran children and will +explore model programs that serve the behavioral health needs of Veteran children and families.  Presenters will include NCTSN collaborators and others. 

Objectives:

  • Highlight the uniqueness of the veteran child/family populations (unique strengths and unique challenges, such as culture, secondary traumatization and intergenerational transmission of trauma).
  • Present model programs serving the behavioral health needs of veteran children and families.
  • Present findings from a national survey of VA and community providers to help support the needs of veterans’ children.
  • Describe recent efforts to increase knowledge of the gaps in understanding around the short- and long-term needs of veteran families and children.

Afternoon Sessions - 1:00-4:15 PM

B1
Social-Emotional Learning and the Military Child

Brief Description:
Explore the characteristics of Social-Emotional Learning and various programming models.  Discover how application of SEL in K-12 curriculum benefits our military children and youth through their transitions and family separations.

Objectives:

  • Identify characteristics of social-emotional learning
  • Analyze different programming in social-emotional learning and differentiate between programs that support military children
  • Develop a framework for social-emotional learning programming in personal practice
B2
Robotics for Young Children: Ask KIBO

Brief Description:
This session will highlight the innovative KIBO robotics program used in the Norfolk (VA) Public Schools that integrates computer science with other disciplines for children, PreK-2.  Participants will examine hands-on the basics of coding/programming, engineering, and robotics using the engaging KIBO curriculum.
 

Objectives

  • Identify the professional development strategies to promote coding and computational thinking in early childhood education.
  • Explore the KIBO student curriculum and the teacher-preparation professional development curriculum.
  • Experience first-hand how the KIBO system works and is integrated into pre-K through second grade curriculum.
(This course is repeated in the morning sessions)
B3
Military Interstate Children’s Compact: Its Impact on Student Transition Success

Brief Description:
Take your understanding and application of the Compact to a new level in this interactive workshop. Begin with a broad overview of the Compact, move through real-world cases and decision-making, and conclude with unique ways that school districts are leveraging it to provide smooth transitions and academic continuity.

Objectives:
Participants will gain:

  • Knowledge of the Military Interstate Compact.
  • Skills to resolve transition issues in concert with the Compact.
  • Additional information about the resources available to resolve transition issues through the Compact.
  • Increase awareness of the role the Compact plays in promoting educational continuity for military-connected students. 
(This course is repeated in the morning sessions)
B4
Depression in Youth: A Coordinated Approach to Diagnosis and Support

Brief Description:
Depression in adolescents and teens seems to have reached epidemic proportions. Gather medical, psychological and academic information from experts about youth depression.  Then, join with other participants in developing an information platform for sharing this knowledge with military, parent, educator and related service professional groups.

Objectives:

  • Gather expert information about depression in youth from medical, psychological and educational professionals
  • Begin the development of an Infographic and Dialogue Guide for parents, educators and related service professionals.
  • Explore opportunities and methods for utilizing the Infographic & Dialogue tools to assist military parent, educator and related service professional groups.
     
B5
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN): Identifying Risks and Promoting Protective Factors in Military Youth

Brief Description:
Subject matter experts, policy makers, senior military leaders and spouses will share resources and best practices to prevent suicide and substance abuse among military children and youth. Representatives from SAMHSA, USUHS and other agencies will describe recently developed resources that focus on positive youth development.  

Objectives:

  • Present NCTSN resources developed to address risk (suicide/substance abuse) and promote protective factors among military children.

  • Discuss conceptual models of positive youth development, academic success and healthy peer relationships drawn on work with MCEC Science Advisory Board members related to SEL, character and leadership development.

  • Highlight mechanisms to support individual and healthy peer relationships through model programs working with military youth.