Programs for Educators
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The National Liberty Museum's Teacher Training Workshops provide cutting-edge professional development on topics of immediate concern to educators in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond. Workshops are highly interactive and appropriate for teachers of all grade levels, administrators, school counselors and even parents! The program includes hands-on lesson plans that meet state standards, resource materials, instruction from expert presenters, and suggestions on how to use the National Liberty Museum's content to reinforce learning. Our workshops give you the tools you need to nurture a culture of achievement and deal more effectively with violence and bigotry in your classroom or community.
Each National Liberty Museum teacher training workshop provides 15 hours of Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Credits approved by both the Pennsylvania and New Jersey Departments of Education. Designated courses provide PQAS credit through the PA Keys to Professional Development system for early childhood providers. Our workshops are conducted at various times throughout the year. Sessions are held on Saturdays to accommodate your busy schedule. There is a $50 registration fee per workshop. All workshops are held at the Museum from 9am – 3:30pm.
Spring 2013 Course Offerings
CLOSED Lifting Emotional Burdens: Assessment and curriculum building for students with difficult lives - April 13
This course will address how to identify and conceptualize student experiences and expressions of trauma, stress, and other burdens. Discussion and activities will focus on how teachers can use neurobiological, behavioral, and cognitive perspectives to inform their teaching methods, classroom management, and curriculum development. This course is highly interactive and participants will have many opportunities to directly apply the concepts to classroom and student issues, as well as to discuss with peers how to best put this information into practice. Recommended for educators, counselors, and out-of-school-time providers of grades K-12.
CLOSED Positive Discipline: Make the Golden Rule come alive in your classroom - April 13
Is the Golden Rule alive and well in your classroom, or is it threatened by interpersonal conflicts and the challenging behaviors of students? Do you sometimes feel at a loss for how to handle those situations? During this full-day workshop, you will learn many easy-to-implement positive discipline strategies you can use to decrease disruptions, and increase respect, kindness and cooperation in your classroom. Facilitated in partnership with Christa M. Tinari of PeacePraxis Educational Services and The Peaceful Schools Institute (www.peacepraxis.com). Recommended for educators, counselors, and out-of-school-time providers of grades K-8. Eligible for PQAS credit.
CLOSED Boys Will Be Boys—At What Cost?: Understanding the social lives of boys - May 4
In the past decade, girls’ relationships have gained much attention in the psychological literature and popular media, but equally important is the research on boys. This course examines the social lives of boys: their friendships and conflicts, masculinity models, aggression, and bullying. We will discuss the negative stereotypes about boys that are communicated through the media, the impact of video games on social skills, and ways in which educators can promote boys’ healthy social and emotional development. Recommended for educators, counselors, and out-of-school time providers of grades K-6. Eligible for PQAS credit.
CLOSED LGBT Youth in Schools: Addressing issues of sexual orientation and gender variance - May 4
The workshop will provide an in-depth look at issues of sexual orientation and gender variance related to adolescent populations. It will provide techniques and strategies to be employed by education (and other) professionals as a means to create a safe and effective learning environment. Through interactive exercises, discussion regarding common terms and definitions, and role-play exercises, participants will come to a better understanding of sexual orientation and gender variance from a developmental perspective. Recommended for educators, counselors, and out-of-school-time providers of grades 6-12.
Watch for these workshop offerings
throughout the year:
- Anger & The Brain: Anger Management
- Classroom Management: Nurturing a Culture of Achievement
- Cyber Empowerment: Preventing Cyber-Bullying, Abuse, and Exploitation
- Digital Citizenship
- Educating to End Prejudice
- Learning Disabilities: Practical Information for the Classroom
- Love & Logic: Low Stress Strategies for Highly Successful Educators
- Relational Aggression: Understanding Girls' Friendships & Conflicts
- Safe Schools: Bullying and Assault Prevention
- Student Heroes of Character: Be an Upstander, Not a Bystander
- Take the Plunge: Successfully Integrating Technology & Social Media in Your Classroom
- Teaching Diversity: Multiculturalism as a Teaching Tool
- Teen Brain: How Teens and Tweens Think, Function & Learn
- Using Children’s Literature to Teach Social & Emotional Skills