Free Upcoming Professional Learning Opportunities

Lighthouse Wellness and Health Education Consulting, Inc, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, is offering a series of free professional learning opportunities for school and district personnel. Described below, each session or series of sessions has a unique registration link. Please use the links below to register for any session/series you are interested in attending. Please note sessions that have specific registration requirements.

Table of Contents
Cultivating Well-Being
Physical Education & Physical Activity
Sexual Health & Sex Education
Youth Mental Health First Aid

Cultivating Well-Being

Community of Practice: Utilizing a Whole School Approach to Well-Being

Dates: April 7, April 14, April 28, May 5
All sessions: 2:00-3:30pm

Register for the Community of Practice sessions >

This 4-week virtual community of practice uses the foundation of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model to build capacity of school staff to be leaders in supporting the health and well-being of young people and adults in their community. In each session, participants work together and focus on a different topic that interconnects with other topics in the series. Participants will also receive one-additional hour of coaching/consultation with a facilitator to specifically discuss their unique circumstances and strategies next steps at the local level. Registration is limited to the first 25 registrants (please only register if you are able to attend all 4 sessions).

Topics include:

  • Integrating Movement to Support Mental Health
  • Supporting Staff Well-Being
  • Health Equity across the WSCC model
  • Engaging Partners to Create a Culture of Well-Being During Uncertain Times

Physical Education & Physical Activity

This series of 8-webinars focuses on creating a school-wide culture that values, encourages, and provides movement before, during and after school. The sessions will emphasize evidence-based practice and effective strategies used by educators. Participants will leave each session with ideas for practical implementation at the local level.

Webinars will be recorded and available for viewing for those who register.

Register for webinars within the physical education & physical activity series >

An Introduction to a Coordinated Approach to Physical Activity in Schools

Date: April 5 – 2:30-3:30pm

Increasing Family & Community Engagement to Support Physical Education & Physical Activity in Schools

Date: April 12 – 2:30-3:30pm

Moving More in Middle & High School

Date: April 19 – 2:30-3:30pm

Equity in Physical Education and Physical Activity Initiatives

Date: April 26 – 2:30-3:30pm

Teaching Physical Education through a Trauma-Informed Lens

Date: May 3 – 2:30-3:30pm

Examining Policy: Considerations Related to Physical Education and Physical Activity in Schools

Date: May 10 – 2:30-3:30pm

Inclusive Practices in Physical Education

Date: May 17 – 2:30-3:30pm

Leveraging Partnerships to Increase Movement in Schools

Date: May 19 – 2:30-3:30pm

Sexual Health & Sex Education

This 8-session offering includes 4 webinars, and 4 community of practice sessions which will provide space for educators to discuss topics related to sex education in schools and provide concrete, practical strategies for strengthening the quality of curriculum and programming.

Webinars will be recorded and available for viewing for those who register. Communities of practice are limited to 30 people, though webinars do not have a limit on attendance. When registering, please identify which sessions you will attend. If registering for the community of practice, it is encouraged that participants plan to attend all sessions in order to build community throughout the series.

Register for the sex education webinars & community of practice series >

Session topics and dates include:

Use Tech to Teach Sex Education

Webinar – April 13 – 3:00pm
COP Conversation – April 27 – 3:00pm

Equity in Sexual Health Education

Webinar – May 4 – 3:00pm
COP Conversation – May 11 – 3:00pm

Effective & Meaningful Sex Ed for Students with Disabilities

Webinar – May 18 – 3:00pm
COP Conversation – May 25 – 3:00pm

Developing Community Partnerships to Further Sex Education Efforts

Webinar – June 1 – 3:00pm
COP Conversation – June 8 – 3:00pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid

The Department has partnered with Walker Therapeutic & Educational Programs, Lighthouse Wellness and Health Education Consulting, Pinnacle Partnerships, and others to offer Youth Mental Health First Aid training sessions again this year. The training helps teachers, other school staff, parents, and others who interact with youth to recognize and support students ages 6-18 who may be experiencing mental health or substance use challenges. The training also helps adults know how to refer students to mental health services. As everyone continues to navigate the impacts and challenges of the pandemic, it is likely that adults are seeing more students who report and show changes in mood as well as more intense feelings of anxiety and stress. Though school mental health professionals may find this training helpful, the intended audience is individuals without mental health training who work or interact with young people.

School districts may request up to two free trainings for up to 60 members of their staff and community. Participating districts will also be eligible for technical assistance to develop follow-up systems and resources for integrating this training into multi-tiered systems for student support.

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