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Supported by:
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2016 Workshops - November 5

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Workshop details are listed below:

Workshop Session I

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Workshop A - Title: Fostering Resiliency: Strength-Based Interventions that Support Diverse Learners on the Path to Standardized Test Success

Jayne Nightingale, MA, MEd
Jennifer Sousa, MAT
Patrick Hall
Jessica Whitman-Raymond
Workshop Description Location
For many learners, resiliency is the key to academic success. This is particularly true when it comes to passing high-stakes standardized exams.  Students from a variety of backgrounds and experiences at the college level may be required to retake standardized tests in order to achieve their academic or professional goals.  This presentation will focus on our experiences using a strength-based approach to support diverse learners through the standardized test preparation process. Drawing upon recent research on resillience  as well as anectdotal records and student feedback, we will present several strength-based interventions that our learning center has used to foster resillience and help students achieve success. Craig-Lee 047

Workshop B - Title: “When You Fail, You’re Learning”: Embedding Growth Mindset in Everyday Elementary School Lessons

Sarah Hess, BA, MAT
Makayla Calkins
Workshop Description Location
As students and teachers face mounting pressures and time constraints, operating with a growth mindset becomes increasingly important.  Even when educators are committed to the idea of teaching students how to build their resilience by reframing their thinking, however, finding the time for lessons dedicated to mindset is difficult.  What if you could teach growth mindset within a STEAM lesson, during writing workshop, or as you went about your morning read aloud? This presentation draws on the work of Carol Dweck to operationalize growth mindset into a teaching framework that crosses disciplines and pays dividends in motivation, persistence, and resilience.  When students believe they are capable of learning, motivation and achievement improve, and students are able to build a more resilient mindset. Craig-Lee 048

Workshop C - Title: Cultivating Resilience Through Mindfulness Practices

Vanessa Weiner, Founder & Executive Director at Center for Resilience
Workshop Description Location
Taking on too much water makes a boat sink, though massive ships weighing thousands of tons successfully navigate the seas every day. Similarly, each day we all must navigate the stress and strain of daily life, but at times it can feel like we are treading water just to make it through. How can mindfulness practices in the classroom, community, and workplace bolster emotional resilience giving us the strength to persevere through, and ultimately bounce back after adversity? Join me at this session to learn about the latest mindfulness research, application of mindfulness to marginalized groups, hear stories of resilience in action, and to experience various practice opportunities. Craig-Lee 049

Workshop D - Title: Reconfiguring Trans ‘Risk” Towards ‘Resilience’: Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Community Health and Networks of Support

Elijah Adiv Edelman, PhD
Workshop Description Location
Importantly, the ‘trans community’ is composed of an immense diversity of racial, classed, linguistic, sexualized, aged and educational backgrounds.  However, numerous studies of trans health and HIV-seroprevalence discursively mark particular trans persons as both ‘at risk,’ or as engaging in ‘high risk’ activities. In this session we consider how we might rethink approaching trans community health from a form of risk perception to a modality of systemic risk expression wherein models for supporting trans community members’ resiliency, as employed by both informal social networks and harm reduction agencies locally and globally. Craig-Lee 051

Workshop E - Title: Promoting Resiliency in Kindergarten: How Mindfulness and PBIS can Work Together

Julie Richardson, MA, CAGS

Elizabeth Holtzman, PhD
Margaret Adair, MEd         
Workshop Description Location
The impact of social emotional competency on success in school is well documented. Children who demonstrate positive social emotional functioning are shown to be more resilient.  One way to bolster resiliency in schools is through mindfulness.  Mindfulness intervention for children and adolescents has been shown to increase focus and concentration, decrease stress and anxiety, improve impulse control and increase empathy- all of which serve to promote resiliency. The program Mindful Schools was used as a Tier 1 intervention within a PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) framework in a kindergarten classroom.  The goals included increasing student resiliency and wellness and decreasing both risk and impact of mental health concerns. Craig-Lee 053

Workshop F - Title: Using Transgender Friendly Picture Books to Build Resiliency, Understanding, and Advocacy

Elizabeth Rowell, PhD

Workshop Description Location
After a brief discussion of components of resiliency that are important to work on with young children especially those who are transgender and how these picture books can also promote other children’s understanding of and hopefully advocacy for those who are transgender, an interactive PowerPoint presentation will be used to demonstrate how specific books can be utilized to promote aspects of resiliency and advocacy. Suggestions will be provided on what to consider in selecting and using these materials and how to advocate for their inclusion in libraries. Book browsing time and handouts will be provided.  Craig-Lee 103

Workshop G - Title: Strong Cities: Municipal-Driven Collaboration for Urban Resilience in Providence

Stephanie Fortunato, MA

Leah Bamberger, MRP
Rachel Newman Greene, MA
Workshop Description Location
The City of Providence takes a multi-disciplinary approach to supporting resiliency at the neighborhood-level. Leadership from Providence’s Department of Arts, Culture + Tourism, Office of Sustainability, and Healthy Communities Office will share their efforts to support community-driven initiatives to make Providence a stronger and more resilient city. Participants will learn about municipal strategies and resilience initiatives to work collaboratively with neighborhoods and across city departments. Craig-Lee 104

Workshop H - Title: How Mentoring Relationships Improves Resiliency of Our Youth and Our Workforce

Ana Almeida-DoRosário
, Community Outreach Coordinator                        
Program Mentee
Workshop Description Location
Mentoring can improve students’ lives, especially with respect to educational achievement, social and emotional development, and health behaviors.  The Lifespan Mentoring Program pairs high school students interested in health careers with Lifespan professionals. With ample evidence demonstrating the tremendous positive impact a caring adult can have on the trajectory of a young person’s life, the program facilitates one-on-one relationships between health professionals and students to bolster essential skills in the academic, professional, and social domains.  In this workshop, we discuss the benefits of giving youth the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with professionals, and what it means for our workforce. Craig-Lee 105

Workshop I - Title: Fostering Resilience in Student Success: Behavioral & Neurological Aspects

Christiane Lambert, MA, MSW, LCSW
Christine A. Marco, PhD
Workshop Description Location
Fostering resilience goes beyond the ability to cope with individual stressors, but involves an ability to emerge from struggles stronger than before. This session examines how the RIC Learning for Life (L4L) Network fosters resilience in vulnerable college students by addressing their individual needs as well as environmental factors that can become obstacles to their success. It also examines neurological aspects of resilience and discusses how behavioral changes may produce permanent changes in the brain that further support and maintain resiliency. Current research about strategies that contribute to resilience will be presented, including Growth Mindset by Carol Dweck and Associates. Craig-Lee 151

Workshop J - Title: Bridging the Gap of Academic Equity by Cultivating Effective Collaboration with Community Partners

Elizabeth Vachon, LICSW
Nikki Bond
, MSW Candidate

Workshop Description Location

Helping a cash-strapped community find resources and partnerships to eliminate the barriers of obtaining academic achievement and healthy living in the North Providence Community.
This workshop focuses on an innovative approach for building a network of community resources and collaborative partnerships with the North Providence School Department as the backbone agency to create a more holistic approach to the education system. The collaborative partnerships and funding from the HEZ grant, help close the gap for families with limited resources are able to attain academic success and healthy living in the community. The session will provide an in depth look of building collaborative partnerships, identifying the needs of the community, and working outside our traditional education box to improve the social and environmental determinants of health and learning while fostering resilience. Examples of initiatives presented at this workshop will include Parody on Parenting presentation at Marieville school, renovated youth center and a walking school bus effort.

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Workshop K - Title: Using “Restorying” to Enhance Resiliency of Combat Veterans and Families

Elizabeth England-Kennedy, PhD, MPH, CHES
Workshop Description Location
Narrative and narrative reformulation have been shown to help individuals and families reframe difficulties and traumatic events to enhance coping, resiliency, and healing. This presentation presents results from two ongoing projects in Las Cruces, New Mexico: one with previously homeless veterans and one with veterans and their families. We used sandbox manipulatives and a 3-7 session systematic approach to reframing termed “Re-storying” (Boje, 2014). Preliminary results indicate the process enhanced key factors of resiliency, e.g., communication skills, self-efficacy, and social network strength. Workshop participants will view session excerpts and sample manipulatives; adapting the process to additional populations will be addressed. Craig-Lee 153

Workshop L - Title: Social and Emotional Learning: Developing a Common Cross-Cultural Language

Soraya Gomes, LICSW
Katihleen Nerstheimer, MEd
Workshop Description Location
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is recognized as an integral part of learning and imminently necessary to successfully participate in the work force. Participants will examine the 5 competencies of SEL using different cultural frames to develop a common understanding.  We will share how we fostered the implementation of SEL across 3 languages in our school community (adults and students).  Social and emotional learning is critical to resiliency. Craig-Lee 201

Workshop Session II

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Workshop A Title: Whole Child: A Lens for Recognizing and Celebrating Great Schools

Rosemary Reilly-Chammat, EdD
Yanaiza Gallant, Principal and Lead Learner at Orlo Avenue School
Workshop Description Location
The research based Whole Child approach to education recognizes that all students need to be healthy, safe engaged supported and challenged to thrive and achieve academically.  There are many examples of Whole Child approaches in RI schools. A Whole Child approach fosters resiliency in youth, schools and communities.   Participants will learn about tools and resources to support a Whole Child approach that builds on existing strengths and integrates the tenets to support youth and families.  The 2016 RIASCD Whole Child School will share best practices and engage participants in an activity to support the Whole Child in their respective communities.  These efforts can be applied to all schools and communities and builds resiliency by providing students with opportunities to  experience feelings of belonging and usefulness. Craig-Lee 047

Workshop B Title: Building Resiliency Through Play

Kristen Pepin, MEd
Workshop Description Location
There is no disputing the life lessons that can be gained in organized sports, music lessons, art classes, and other structured activities.  In spite of this, engaging children in play activities can also develop life skills.   Join this session to discuss how play contributes to resiliency and what you can do to support the children and adolescents in your life.  Attendees will be asked to participate in various play activities during the session.  Play is a mechanism for releasing stress, building social relationships and protective factors that build resiliency. Craig-Lee 048

Workshop C Title: Wraparound Practice with Families – Family Voice and Choice

Anne Fortier, LICSW
Workshop Description Location
The Family Care Community Partnership (FCCP) was formed by DCYF as part of the System of Care to serve families at risk of entering the child welfare system.  The practice model for FCCP is wraparound – working with families utilizing wraparound principles of family voice and choice, and working with a team of natural and professional supports to empower and strengthen families.  Learn about the practice of wraparound, utilizing family team meetings and community supports to prevent further child welfare involvement and move toward self-efficacy.  This approach fosters and builds resiliency in families. Craig-Lee 049

Workshop D Title: Bringing heightened awareness and serenity into the everyday through the Yamas and Niyamas, the first two limbs of Yoga.

Vanessa Percoco, MSE
Workshop Description Location
Resiliency skills increase one’s immunity to stress. Yoga when practiced everyday can make one impervious to stress in the future.  With rapid changes in our world based on cultural differences, inequality and technology, it is essential to find a globally accepted set of guidelines that are not founded on any organized religions, traditional societal acceptances, or rules that might no longer serve us.  Yoga is a complex, eight-limbed system that helps one to develop emotional regulation skills, a critical component for resiliency.  The first two of these limbs are the ten living yoga principles called Yamas (moral restraints) and Niyamas (personal observances).  Adapting these ten “gems” can assist in developing a resilient foundation based on acceptance and joy.  Additionally, they can heighten graciousness, contentment and enthusiasm in one’s everyday life.  Learn about how yoga builds and nurtures resilience and applications to a variety of audiences including high school students at Central Falls High School and students at Rhode Island College. Craig-Lee 051

Workshop E Title: Fostering Resiliency Within Teen Parents

Rebeca Filomeno-Nason, MA
Judith Russell, BSRN, CSNT

Workshop Description Location
Nowell Leadership is a Rhode Island public charter school serving pregnant and parenting teens that want to obtain their high school diploma and prepare for the next stage in their lives. They opened their doors in 2013 and have graduated over 100 students. Throughout this workshop the presenters will share their experience working with young teen mothers and fathers, and ways they have identified the level of resiliency amongst teen parents. They will also share strategies they have found impactful in fostering the resiliency of teen parents. This workshop will provide participants with a variety of tools they may be able to use while working with this unique and population. Craig-Lee 053

Workshop F Title: Healthy Lifestyles: Your Health, Your Choice 

Beth-Ann Langlois, BS Ed, BSW
Workshop Description Location
The Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum was developed to provide adults with disabilities with a comprehensive and effective means to increase their understanding of and the ability to make healthy lifestyles choices that will improve their overall health/wellness and encourage positive behavioral health outcomes.  The Healthy Lifestyles Your Health, Your Choice Curriculum provides a platform for youth to build needed skills as they face the unique challenges transitioning to adulthood presents. Through the Youth Risk Behavior Survey data outcomes, we have discovered the critical need for programming that focuses on the connection between emotional, physical, social health and the importance of community involvement to build youth resiliency. Craig-Lee 103

Workshop G Title: Resilience and Sexual Health: Moving Beyond Prevention

Lisa Hoopis, BS
Workshop Description Location
In this workshop we will define adolescent sexual resilience and examine best practices to use when designing youth sexual health programs that are not shame or fear based and offer suggestions for a more holistic approach when discussing sexuality than the typical prevention approach.  Participants will also learn how to apply this approach to all youth including marginalized youth.  Strategies to incorporate strength and protective factors that build sexual resilience and help young people make healthy decisions. Craig-Lee 104

Workshop H Title: Recognize Resilience and Participation of Southeast Asian Families in Their Children’s Education

Nittaya Saenbut
, Program Manager
Savun Daniels, Parent Leader/Group Facilitator
Fanta Phannavong, Community Outreach Coordinator
Kimberly R. Rose MSW, LCSW
, Program Director
Workshop Description Location
The workshop will present evidence showing the resiliency of Southeast Asian community through the intergenerational impacts of Vietnam war; the current challenges that prevent Southeast Asian parents from being meaningfully engaged in educational efforts and potentials within this marginalized community. The presenters will share their experiences working with Southeast Asian families and their children during our family engagement efforts to challenge the assumption that “parents don’t care” and encourage the participants to redefine “family engagement”. It will not only share the best practices (family engagement, community outreach, youth empowerment, etc.) but also lessons learned through CSEA’s family engagement initiative called Family Advancing Racial Equity (FARE). Craig-Lee 105

Workshop I Title: Fostering Student Resiliency Through a Pedagogy of Critical Caring

Julio Alicea, MAT
Workshop Description Location
While the cultivation of skills and content knowledge is perhaps the ultimate goal of instruction, neither can effectively take place without a foundation of trust between teacher and student. As on adage goes, “students don’t care what you know until they know that you care.” This workshop will distinguish between a sentimental “caring” and a critical “caring” with theory and classroom examples from a community charter school. Students from this school face severe disadvantage and thusly, must be resilient. A pedagogy of critical caring allows for the cultivation of such resiliency while also facilitating acquisition of skills and content knowledge. Craig-Lee 151

Workshop J Title: Stress Management Techniques to Build Resiliency

Susan Clark, EdD, CHES
Workshop Description Location
Taking action to reduce and address stress builds personal resilience.  Rather than accepting and tolerating stress, learning how to take control of stress levels will strengthen emotional resilience.  Many people, including marginalized groups experience manifestations of stress.  An interactive learning session of several stress management strategies that can be used in classroom and community settings for all audiences will be addressed.  Take home ideas for stress reduction and prevention will be discussed along with ways to apply these strategies to various groups.  Focus is on a cognitive approach to building resiliency.  Craig-Lee 152

Workshop K Title: Using Photovoice with Youth for Education Policy Change that Builds Resiliency

Erin L. Papa, PhD
Workshop Description Location
This session explores the use of Photovoice as a tool for policy change, reporting on a participatory action research dissertation study where Cambodian and Guatemalan youth interrogated the relationships and tensions among their home, community, and school linguistic and social practices. Focusing their photography and discussion on home and community strengths and concerns, the youth co-researchers used this knowledge to make education policy recommendations, which they presented to district leadership in a photo exhibit at city hall.  Applications of these recommendations to acknowledging and building resiliency will be explored in this workshop. Craig-Lee 153

Workshop L Title: Building Resiliency through Mentorship: Successes and Lessons Learned from Year One of the Princes to Kings Mentorship Initiative

Kobi Dennis
, Princes to Kings Mentorship Initiative Program Manager
Akilah Alleyne, M.S., Assistant Program Manager
Scott Lapham, BFA, Assistant Program Manager
Anne Reeder, Administrative & Implementation Support
Workshop Description Location
The Princes to Kings Mentorship Initiative (P2K) is funded through a five-year grant from the federal Office of Minority Health. The program is designed to increase high school graduation rates among boys of color through activities that support individual- and community-level resiliency. P2K provides year-round tutoring, mentoring, athletic activities, leadership development opportunities, and educational field trips to youth who attend three Providence schools: Gilbert Stuart Middle School, Roger Williams Middle School, and Alvarez High School. This presentation examines the ways P2K promotes resiliency among participants. It also addresses the successes and lessons learned from year one of program implementation. Craig-Lee 201

Reasonable accommodations for disabilities available upon request.

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