Reading Club Selection for April 17, 2020

Our first reading club meeting was a big hit! Though Jutta may have broken out into a bit of a sweat trying to put everyone in and out of small groups, it was great to actually lay eyes on so many people and hear your voices and your insights. Don’t forget to register for this week’s meeting and save some time for the readings:

1. From Public Seminar: The Performance of Transgender Inclusion

2. From Teaching Tolerance: Being There for Nonbinary Youth

Hope to see everyone there!

Do you have suggestions for SRAE/CAPP/PREP reading club selections on adolescent development, adolescent sexual health, or positive youth development? Put them in the comments, and be sure to include a link!

Karen Schantz smiling

~ Karen

First Selection for the Reading Club!

For our first reading club discussion (which will be April 10 at 11:00), we’re taking a suggestion raised at a provider learning collaborative meeting:

Peggy Orenstein: The Miseducation of the American Boy
In this Atlantic article, Orenstein — who interviewed over 100 boys and young men for her new book — considers why we need to give boys new and better models of masculinity.

If you want to go deeper… (optional)

  • About Boys
    ACT for Youth web page with additional resources

Happy reading! Don’t forget to register for the discussion!

Introducing Work Groups and Reading Club

Since we are all working from home and much of our regular work is suspended for the time being, we have a rare opportunity for professional development and collaborative work. So at the all-provider learning community meeting this past Tuesday, the TA Team introduced new vehicles for moving forward: online work groups and a book/article club.

In the learning community meeting Heather also went over basics for Zoom meetings from the perspective of participants (00:53 – 08:07) and Michele reported on the results of last week’s survey (08:44 – 22:34). Here is the recording, and here are the PDF slides – you’ll also find them on the Shared Resources page.

What is the SRAE Work Group?

The goal of the SRAE work group is to collaboratively prepare for future programming. The SRAE work group will meet weekly with Jutta facilitating. Participants will work on projects in between sessions and present their work the following week. We are starting with one group for SRAE, but if there is interest we could split into additional topic areas.

You can register for group meetings directly from the training calendar.

The work group is voluntary, but we hope you’ll actively join in! If we can judge by the chat response at our recent meeting, folks seem enthusiastic about taking this on.

What is the Reading Club?

On Fridays we would like to introduce a new professional development opportunity: a book/article discussion group open to SRAE, CAPP, and PREP. We’ll send articles around and facilitate a discussion on the readings. We won’t present on or review the material—we ask you to read the articles first, then we’ll use our time on Friday to discuss how it applies to our work. If you have an article you’d like to share, please let us know! Check back here for links to the first readings.

ACT for Youth Training Team: Jutta, Michele, Marisol, and Heather

~ The TA Team: Jutta, Michele, Marisol, and Heather

Online Professional Development: Things You Can Do in April!

Leaders of Learning: This course on learning theories is offered by EdX: HarvardX. Faculty from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education facilitate this course until mid-June. It is free; work load 4-6 hours per week; a certificate can be purchased. Starts today.

Staying Connected: How to Foster Student SEL Growth Through Remote Learning: Youth Communications will offer this interactive seminar on Thursday, April 2, 3:00-4:00. The seminar will explore the methods and strategies educators are using to stay connected with students and foster SEL growth during this time.

2020 National Service-Learning Conference: The National Youth Leadership Council is sponsoring this free, virtual conference April 16-17Register by April 13. Session topics range from youth voice and civic engagement to education equity and reflection.

Motivational Interviewing – Enhancing Engagement & Improving Conversations: This is a two-part webinar, taking place on Monday, April 20 & Wednesday, April 22. You must register separately for each event. This interactive, online training will review and make relevant the key concepts of Motivational Interviewing. Participants will explore how and when to employ this evidence-based practice to support behavior change. Tailored case scenarios will be used to provide hands on, in real time, practice opportunities focusing on substance-misuse-prevention conversations.

Have fun! Stay tuned for more opportunities!

Jutta Dotterweich smiling

~ Jutta

Welcome to The Commons!

The Commons–our brand new blog for SRAE providers–is intended as a gathering place for you all. We are launching it now, during the time of COVID-19, to strengthen our collective ability to connect with each other online.

We plan to post information and resources here, and we invite you to join in by commenting and writing guest posts. Consider The Commons a tool for sharing your expertise, ideas, and questions with your colleagues throughout the SRAE initiative.

Please post a hello in the comments to get us started! Posts will be moderated (that’s just to prevent spam). Subsequent posts should appear right away.

Stay safe, healthy, and creative–and remember we’re in this with you.

Jutta Dotterweich smiling

~ Jutta