Kickboard Professional Services

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Empowering Staff for Success:
Mindsets, Tools, and Strategies for a Positive School Culture

Audience: Whole Staff (including Leadership Team)

Overview

Is your staff ready for the transformation? During this session, leaders and teachers in your building will be empowered as the agents of change necessary to achieve a positive school culture. A Kickboard coach will first lead staff to explore mindsets critical for success. Staff will learn the software tools that will help them reinforce positive choices with students and be guided through a group norming process to ensure consistency in behavior capture. They will also learn strategies and gain resources for defining and explicitly teaching behaviors with children.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Low teacher buy-in
  • Punitive mindsets or mixed beliefs about how to motivate students
  • Widespread assumptions among adults that children should just know how to behave without being taught
  • Wide variance in reasons for office referrals
  • Inconsistency of behavior expectations across classrooms

Program Outcomes:

  • Increased teacher buy-in and investment for improving school culture
  • Tools for continued mindset reflection
  • Ability to use the Kickboard software to capture behaviors
  • Clear definition of behaviors for both teachers and students
  • Schoolwide consistency of behavior expectations
  • Lesson framework and examples for teaching children behavior skills
  • Consistent process across classrooms for narrating and reinforcing behavior
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Promoting Student Engagement in a Virtual Setting

Audience: Teachers

Overview

Research shows that it is imperative that students develop social-emotional learning (SEL) competencies, even in a blended or virtual environment. During these times, it is important to cultivate a sense of belonging, increase student engagement, promote connectedness and foster student engagement outside of the traditional classroom.

To support these initiatives, Kickboard has produced evidence-based professional development to help teachers with virtual online strategies and actionable resources to drive student engagement and cultivate a sense of belonging while in a remote learning environment or blended learning setting.

This on-demand course promotes a positive online learning environment that allows for rigorous instruction and parental involvement. The course includes specific, proven strategies used by teachers, technology tools that will promote student engagement and unique videos of students explaining their experiences and thoughts.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Educators struggle to promote connectedness among students and family members in a virtual setting.
  • Educators lack tools to engage students outside of the traditional classroom.
  • Teachers do not understand the student’s perspective of what makes an engaging online experience.

Program Outcomes:

  • Establish different ways to promote a positive online learning environment that allows for rigorous instruction and parental involvement.
  • Develop expectations that can be used when teaching in a virtual setting.
  • Create systems that encourage student feedback in order to monitor academic and behavioral goals.
  • Explore programs that spark student engagement by creating a space where students feel like they belong and want to join the online learning experience.

Virtual Package Includes:

  • 2-Hour self-paced virtual course.
  • Resources and tools to promote student engagement.
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Professional Development for Teachers on Creating Trauma-Informed Classrooms

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Classroom Support Staff

(Prerequisite: Foundational All-Staff PD for Becoming a Trauma-Informed School)

Overview

Teachers have had time to process and apply what they learned in the Foundational Professional Development Session and they are ready to learn more. This session will provide additional information and tools on integrating trauma-informed practices into the classroom, but will also provide an opportunity for teachers to develop their own action plan and goals specific to their classroom and practice.

The session will provide a forum for teachers to discuss with one another their successes and to collectively problem-solve and develop solutions to any barriers they have encountered. The Session Facilitator will collect feedback from the teachers to be shared with the Trauma-Informed Practices (TIP) Team as it monitors the strategic action plan and aligns school policy and practices with the principles of trauma-informed care.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Teachers understand trauma and its impact, but are struggling with how to address it in the classroom
  • Teachers have encountered systems level barriers to the implementation of trauma-informed practices
  • Discipline referrals have not been reduced
  • Teachers are wanting practical tools to use in the classroom
  • Focus on trauma-informed practices and self-care is declining

Program Outcomes:

  • Teachers create their own action plan for integrating trauma-informed practices into the classroom
  • Classroom action plan includes a data-driven plan for monitoring progress towards goals
  • Teachers feel more competent in their capacity to respond to students who have been exposed to trauma
  • Focus on trauma-informed care is maintained
  • Teachers and staff are maintaining self-care practices

Format:

  • 6 hour virtual session, segmented and scheduled based on school’s calendar needs
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Foundations for a Trauma-Responsive School: Key Practices and Tools for Fostering Resilience

Audience: All School Staff

Overview

The experts all agree that one of the key elements of being a trauma-informed school is that all school staff have a foundational knowledge of trauma and its impact and what it means to practice trauma-informed care. During this transformational session, leaders and teachers in your building will be empowered as the agents of change as the lens they are using to view students shifts from, “What’s wrong with this student?” to, “What’s happened to this student?”

This session will then provide a framework for the practice of trauma-informed care and will provide guidance and practical tools on integrating trauma informed practices into the school and its classrooms.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Divided understanding among staff of trauma and its impact on students, staff, and the school community
  • School leaders and staff know that many of their students have experienced trauma, but they don’t know what to do to help these students
  • Teachers are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out, which is impacting their ability to do their job and build relationships with students and peers
  • Teachers complain that the school isn’t being punitive enough in its discipline practices
  • Overwhelming number of discipline referrals.

Program Outcomes:

  • Increased teacher buy-in
  • More positive attitudes towards trauma-informed practices
  • Increased empathy and compassion for students
  • Staff feeling more empowered in their capacity to help trauma-exposed students
  • Shared approach to supporting behavior
  • Staff equipped with specific practices and tools for building student resilience
  • Teachers and staff practicing self-care

Format:

  • 6 hour virtual session, segmented and scheduled based on school’s calendar needs
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Equity Teacher Training

Audience: District / Campus

Overview

There are four distinct phases (Awareness, Examine, Acknowledge, Action) of anti-racism work that must be completed in order to result in a change of policies and practices. Each phase contains multiple modules that will cover a specific anti-racism topic. These modules include learning activities, videos/clips, articles, and readings followed by quizzes and reflections. To maximize learning, participants are encouraged to engage individually and collectively.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Expand knowledge about systemic racism through understanding of history, data, policies, and practices
  • Disparities in academic achievement
  • Overidentification of children of color in special education
  • Disproportionate punitive actions for students of color in schools
  • Cultural competence/relevance
  • Bias in education

Program Outcomes:

  • Awareness: Learn the history of systemic racism in this country, develop a common understanding of key terms that will leverage the ability to act
  • Examine: Interrogate internal belief systems and understand and acknowledge internal bias and how biases impact daily actions
  • Acknowledge: Evaluate and assess the equity of current policies, practices and daily interactions 
  • Action: With current knowledge base, shift policies, practices and interactions
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Professional Services Team

Jolynn Greene

Professional Services Manager

Melinda Snover

Head of Customer Success

LaTisha Vaughn

School Culture Coach

Hillary Miller

School Culture Coach

Matthew Kincaid

CEO, Overcoming Racism Kickboard Partner

Lori Heisler

School Culture Coach

Emily Mishalanie

School Culture Coach

Jennifer Ostrow

School Culture Coach

Dena Gaddis

School Culture Coach
Kickboard has made a huge difference. We reduced disciplines by 44% in just 18 weeks. If I go to another campus and come back to ours, I can see and hear the difference. It’s so positive here and that’s changing the culture of our school. This not only improves students’ behavior but it improves their academic performance as well.
— KASIE JACKSON, ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - DALLAS ISD