Programs and Services
Impact Training and Evaluation, Inc. seeks to support educational efforts to reduce bullying and violence, improve students' social-emotional skills, and increase teachers' classroom management proficiency. This support can take a number of forms including professional development for staff, curriculum training or development, or program evaluation.
Programs can be tailored to meet the goals of the school/district and the needs of the audience. Audiences might include school and district administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, nonprofessional support staff, or parents.
"As a trainer and consultant, I have assisted schools in multiple ways.
- I have provided staff development on bullying, violence prevention, social skills training, and classroom management strategies to educators across the state.
- I helped a school design and implement its own bullying prevention curriculum.
- I assisted a school in developing a school-wide initiative to prevent and intervene in bullying (see Evaluation Work for a report on this initiative).
- I have designed and conducted workshops for non-teachers in schools that were implementing social-emotional learning programs for all students so that change would involve all members of the school community.
- I helped a school district write an anti-violence policy and begin an initiative to reduce aggression by implementing a social skills program for students.
- I have helped schools design and implement The Peaceful School Bus program, which complements social-emotional learning programming for students."
-Katy Allen, President
Services: Professional Development, Consultation,
Facilitation, and Curriculum Training
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT formats include:
- School Staff In-Service Training
- Full or Half Day Workshops
- Keynote Addresses
- PTA and Parent Education Programs
"Professional development requires on-going support and continued learning. I can support teachers in their efforts to integrate knew knowledge and skills through follow-up visits, classroom observations or co-teaching events, or support group sessions."
-Katy Allen, President
CONSULTATION services include:
- District and school level violence and bullying prevention initiatives, including policy development, program development, and program evaluation
- Curriculum development: classroom lessons on bullying, teasing, and positive social skills development
- Guidance in reviewing commercially prepared curricula on bullying, violence prevention, and character education
Half or full day facilitation is offered for organizations dealing with educational issues. Pre-facilitation services include assistance in developing an agenda. Follow-up services include creation of a document summarizing the group's discussion.
CURRICULUM TRAINING for staff includes, but is not limited to:
- Second Step and Steps to Respect, Committee for Children
Second Step is a PreK-Grade 8 social-emotional learning curriculum designed to reduce aggression and promote pro-social behaviors.Steps to Respect is an Intermediate grade curriculum designed to reduce bullying. (see www.cfchildren.org)
- School-Connect, Kathy Beland and Julea Posey Douglass School-Connect is a high school social-emotional learning program designed to follow Second Step which boosts social and academic skills. (see www.school-connect.net )
- The Peaceful School Bus, James Dillon
- The Parent Project, James Vopat
Sample Program Descriptions
Bullying, Teasing and Harassment...
Preventing Conflict & Promoting Respect
For Educators: Bullying, relational aggression and conflict interfere with learning and damage the climate of schools. This one day training covers information on the following topics: bullying and violence, conflict, teasing, social problem solving and assertive refusal skills to combat unwanted teasing, relational aggression, and cliques. The objective of this workshop is to heighten awareness, increase knowledge, and consider how schools can deal with problems around bullying and harassment. The workshop includes discussion, video, group work and role play.
Despite our search for a simple solution, there are no magic wands that will easily wave these problems away. Schools that successfully improve peer relationships among students do so by implementing a comprehensive set of strategies on several levels. (Translated: This workshop doesn't offer a quick fix.)
For Parents: Bullying is not a 'rite of passage." It is a form of violence. Teasing, harassment, bullying, and relational aggression interfere with learning and damage the climate of schools. They can also leave lasting scars.
This program looks at the dynamics of bullying and suggests ways for parents to help their children confront aggressive behavior from their peers. It also considers how parents can help their children develop positive social skills.
A Bundle of Strategies for an Improved Classroom Climate...
No Magic, Just a Little Common Sense
A three hour workshop for K-8 Educators:
So much goes on in the classroom besides "reading, writing and 'rithmetic." This workshop takes a look at ways for teachers to improve classroom climate, by examining how rules, consequences and procedures can improve student motivation and cooperation. It also shows teachers how to use anger management and social problem solving to promote responsibility and respect.
Contact Impact Training, Inc. at email@example.com