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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

Virtual Package Includes:

  • Two 1-Hour Planning Meetings (Virtual) +

  • Four 90-min interactive learning sessions

  • Resources and tools for teaching resilience and promoting self-care

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Strengthening Distance Learning with Kickboard

Audience: Administrators and Core Culture Teams

Overview

2020 has brought unusual circumstances for teachers and leaders who are trying to keep students learning and safe without being physically present in schools. This session will offer school leaders and their core culture teams a guided planning session as they make mindful decisions for supporting distance learning during COVID-19.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Lack of focus on social-emotional skills and habits that are so vital during this stressful time
  • Inconsistency in student and family outreach from class to class
  • Missing or inconsistent student recognition practices
  • Kickboard behavior configuration no longer supports at home learning

Virtual Package Includes:

  • 1 pre-meeting with school leader to cater planning work to school’s needs

  • 1 90-minute virtual planning meetings facilitated by a School Culture Coach

  • A collection of resources for distance learning

  • Technical support for reconfiguring their Kickboard site

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Tier I School Culture Audit

Audience: Principal, Culture Leadership Team, Selected Teachers

Overview

During normal school operations, leaders often face the challenge of spending too much time on misbehavior. A “revolving door” of office referrals steals time from other critical, more proactive work. This period of school closures due to COVID-19 is a prime opportunity to rethink systems for when students return. Through a series of virtual meetings, a Kickboard School Culture Coach will conduct a comprehensive review of adult mindsets, consistent systems, and data practices. Kickboard will gather evidence through teacher and leader interviews, a leader self-assessment, an analysis of behavior data, and other written evidence of culture systems. School leaders will then receive actionable recommendations for improvement based on this audit of your Tier I culture systems.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Teachers and administration losing time on discipline
  • Any proactive improvement planning that is done addresses only academics
  • Teachers have adopted a punitive mindset
  • Different teachers have different behavior expectations creating
  • inconsistency across the school
  • A large number of interventions for struggling students
  • A lack of schoolwide positive support systems

Virtual Package Includes:

  • 1 planning meeting with principal
  • 3-5 virtual interviews with teachers
  • 2-3 interviews with school leaders
  • Independent review of culture data and other written evidence of culture systems
  • 1 Audit Report meeting with principal
  • Comprehensive audit report including:
    • Scoring of systems across the Kickboard Tier I Culture Rubric
    • Recommendations for improvement and prioritization
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Strategic Planning for Positive School Culture

Audience: Principal and Culture Leadership Team

Overview

Studies have shown that a large majority of U.S. school leaders understand their school culture is adversely affecting academic success but they don’t know what steps to take to improve. During a series of virtual meetings, a Kickboard coach will guide the team to collaboratively create a vision for schoolwide culture excellence based on their shared beliefs. The team will then develop explicit culture goals and an aligned strategic action plan to guide their work. The coach will also facilitate the team in planning specifics for creating a positive school culture which may include developing schoolwide behavior expectations, common area behavior matrices, and plans for stakeholder investment. Planning work considers where each school is on the journey and helps guide them forward.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Teachers and administration losing time on discipline
  • Any proactive improvement planning that is done addresses only academics
  • Teachers have adopted a punitive mindset
  • Different teachers have different behavior expectations creating
  • inconsistency across the school
  • A large number of interventions for struggling students
  • A lack of schoolwide positive support systems

Virtual Package Includes:

  • 1 pre-meeting with school leader to cater planning work to school’s needs
  • 3 90-minute virtual collaborative planning meetings with the full team
  • Planning templates and researched-based resources
  • 1 follow-up support meeting with the principal
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Establishing Consistent Systems for Schoolwide Positive and Corrective Consequences

Audience: Principal and Culture Leadership Team

Overview

Your culture leadership team will collaboratively create a detailed calendar of schoolwide student recognition systems and incentives as well as the criteria for earning each. They will also define an exact protocol for teachers to follow when corrective action is necessary and a negative consequence is earned. Kickboard will provide proven best practices and lead the group to create a plan that ensures focus on positive achievements throughout the year.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Overall negative school culture
  • Lack of positive recognition for students
  • Lack of schoolwide student recognition to motivate positive choices
  • Large number of behavior interventions for struggling students
  • Budget constraints for maintaining schoolwide incentives in the past
  • Inconsistent consequences within the school
  • Recognition and incentives are arbitrary and not based on data

Virtual Package Includes:

  • 1 pre-meeting with school leader to cater planning work to school’s needs
  • 3 90-minute virtual collaborative planning meetings facilitated by a School Culture Coach
  • Planning templates and researched-based resources
  • 1 follow-up support meeting with the principal
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Transitions: Taking School Culture from Good to Amazing

Audience: Principal and Culture Leadership Team

Overview

With this school year’s data and schoolwide culture improvement efforts behind you, it’s time to build on what you’ve accomplished and adjust for the coming year. During a series of virtual collaborative planning sessions, your team will reflect on a range of data showing evidence of school culture change. Then, you will create next year’s strategic plan for school culture to move from good to great.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Culture goals unmet or unclear
  • Need to continue improving school culture but unclear what steps to take next
  • Major changes to school structure or culture that need to be addressed

Virtual Package Includes:

  • 1 pre-meeting with school leader to cater planning work to school’s needs
  • 1 90-minute virtual collaborative planning meetings facilitated by a School Culture Coach
  • Meeting protocol and monitoring tools to use for future planning
  • 1 follow-up support meeting with the principal
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Empowering Staff for Success: Mindsets, Tools, and Strategies for a Positive School Culture (Asynchronous)

Audience: Full Staff

Overview

During this virtual offering, leaders and teachers will be empowered as the agents of change necessary to achieve a positive school culture. In separate asynchronous courses, teachers will first increase their knowledge and understanding of resilience and trauma and how they can, through their everyday teaching, foster those protective factors that can help students succeed. Staff will also learn strategies and gain resources for defining and explicitly teaching behaviors with children. Teachers will then learn the software tools that will help them reinforce positive choices with students.

Challenges Addressed:

  • Low teacher buy-in
  • Punitive mindsets or mixed beliefs about how to motivate students
  • Lack of understanding on how trauma affects learning
  • Wide variance in reasons for office referrals
  • Inconsistency of behavior expectations across classrooms

Virtual Package Includes:

  • Asynchronous online course, self-paced (approx. 3 hrs)
  • Gradebook access for an administrator to monitor participant course progress
  • Guidance in shifting mindsets in responding to behavior through a trauma-informed lens
  • Concrete strategies for ensuring a positive classroom culture
  • Quizzes and guided self-reflection
  • Training to use the Kickboard software to recognize and reinforce behaviors
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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 Services Team

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Jolynn Greene

Professional Services Manager
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Melinda Snover

Head of Customer Success
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LaTisha Vaughn

School Culture Coach
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Nikia Hannon

School Culture Coach
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Hillary Miller

School Culture Coach
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Matthew Kincaid

CEO, Overcoming Racism Kickboard Partner
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Lori Heisler

School Culture Coach
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Emily Mishalanie

School Culture Coach
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Jennifer Ostrow

School Culture Coach
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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
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