Learning Sessions (C)

Learning Session C
Tuesday 10:45am-12:15pm


1) Restorative Practice Implementation in Maine Schools: Continuing the Conversation   
Presented by: Mary Jo Hebling, Sharon Mast

Join this session for an opportunity to dive into a deeper conversation about the Implementation of Restorative Practices in Maine schools. Come prepared to ask more specific questions as you may ponder attention to your own culture and climate challenges. This session will provide more time to understand the work in Maine and apply it to your own setting.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Be able to understand the practical implementation of Restorative Practices in school setting. They will be able to speak directly about implementation in 2 Maine Middle Schools.

2) School Attendance: Moving From Awareness to Action
Presented by: Susan Lieberman

Chronic absenteeism, missing 18 days or 10% of the school year, can be a critical warning sign that students are academically at-risk. This interactive presentation will focus on strategies and youth created materials that have been used to increase student attendance and engagement. We will highlight how Maine school districts and community teams have used data-driven strategies to decrease absenteeism in their schools and increase staff and community investment to address this important issue.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Have increased understanding on research and impact of absenteeism on student engagement and academic achievement
  • Have increased understanding how community and schools can align their policies and resources to better support youth who are missing school
  • Learn about youth-developed as well as research and practice-based strategies and programs that have increased student attendance, engagement and academic achievement by using real-time data and building broader community partnerships

3) Play with a Purpose Focusing on Non-Cognitive Skills with Youth
Presented by: Charlie Harrington, Seacoast Mission

This workshop is built on 25 years’ experience creating two innovative youth development programs based in Maine. Charlie spent 12 years as Director of the Kieve Leadership program. For the past 13 years, he has served as Director of the EdGE Program. The EdGE offers in school, afterschool, and summer programs for students grades K-12. These programs focus on building non-cognitive skills for youth. Participants that select this workshop will get a hands-on experience that will help them develop “a bag of tricks” to aid them in their work with youth.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Experience games and initiative problems which focuses on processing the experience
  • Leave with several lesson plans and a list of inexpensive materials used in the activities
  • Learn the skills needed to lead the activities

4) From Curiosity to Career-Turning a Passion for Digital Into an Engaging Career
Presented by: Jay Collier, Educate ME

Project>Login has been working with students, teachers, and professionals to chart the most engaging stepping stones from curiosity to career: from playing and tinkering and making and studying, to mastering the competencies and practices that will help students thrive in their future roles at home, work, and in the community.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn stepping stones — both DIY and collaborative activities, formal and informal, anytime, anywhere learning — that start with student engagement and interest, and provide progressively deeper experiences for all students sparked by digital tech, from curiosity to career.

5) Navigating the Bumpy Path to Thriving: A Youth Thrive™ Overview
Presented by: Hector Sapien LCSW, CYC-P, Cindy Carraway-Wilson MA, CYC-P Youth Catalytics

Research conducted by The Center for Social Policy Study has identified a set of key competencies that have been shown to help young people increase protective and promotive factors while reducing risk factors. Research shows that these supports help young people move beyond trauma and under resourced environments to become more resilient in addressing their developmental needs.

This workshop will present the key components of the Youth Thrive™ Framework including adolescent brain development and the impact of trauma on young peoples’ brain development, youth resilience, the importance of social connections, helping young people better understand their own development, concrete supports in times of need, and cognitive & social-emotional competence in youth.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with a set of guiding premises that support key practices with an application of the Youth Thrive™ Framework
  • Explore the Youth Thrive™ Protective and Promotive Framework and key research behind each of its five components
  • Learn how these promotive and protective factors, important for all youth, work together to increase the likelihood that youth develop characteristics associated with healthy adolescent development and well-being
  • Consider important connections or overlaps with other important frameworks such as the Search Institutes 40 Developmental Assets

6) Youth Matter! Programs: Making Meaningful Change in Youth Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) Use

Presented by: Mark Fairman, Sarah Johnson (Y), Rebecca Labbe, Ryan Kneeland, and Youth

This interactive youth co-led workshop will engage participants in exploring Youth Matter!’s positive youth development, prevention, and diversion programs.

  1. Guiding Good Choices: Five-part workshop for parents/guardians of children ages 9-14; and their children. Promotes family relationships, healthy youth development, and prevents teen alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
  2. Boomerang: Four-part workshop for adolescents who are first-time offenders of underage drinking and/or substance use laws, and their parents/guardians.
  3. Diversion to Assets: Positive youth development and diversion initiative for 11-17 aged youth who have been charged with a non-violent first offense. Connects youth with the support of community-based organizations and people.

Participant Outcomes:

  • Learn about several evidence-based positive youth development, prevention and diversion programs.
  • Reflect on the impact of these programs on the lives of youth and their families.
  • Develop strategies to replicate and implement these programs.

7) Building Resilient Youth: The Reaching Teens Curriculum
Presented by: Leslie Forstadt, PhD, Sue Mackey Andrews

Exploring Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg’s Reaching Teens curriculum emphasizing the power of every relationship in our lives, we will discuss the key points that Reaching Teens emphasizes: 1) seeing people as they deserve to be seen; 2) how to draw out or highlight their strengths, 3) restoring hope; and 4) support to regain their sense of control. We will explore the 7 C’s as well as the principles and practices of trauma-informed care in everyday life.

Participants will also be invited to participate in a collaborative statewide project, creating cross-sector cohorts to implement the Reaching Teens curriculum statewide.

 Participant Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with the Reaching Teens curriculum through interactive opportunities and dialogue
  • Explore best practices that can be customized to the setting in the best way to connect with and inspire youth
  • Be challenged to appreciate the power of the relationships in our lives