Response-Ability: Understanding and Supporting Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges (No cost for TMI PLC Members)


Understanding and Supporting Students with Social, Emotional and Behavioral Challenges

As educators, most of us never tire of helping, we tire of feeling helpless. Many students, especially those who have experienced or are experiencing trauma, make other students’ rights to learn and a teacher’s right to teach difficult. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) can cause students to be reactive rather than reflective.

The most sensitive way to respond to embed SEL into our RtI system.  Those of us who have been committed to SEL for years know that it creates learning environments that are positive, safe and productive for the development and success of the whole child. Frustratingly, we are also aware that not every student responds in a positive way. Even in schools where SEL has grown deep roots, there are still those students who need more (just like content).

Students receive extra help in academic areas to address a lagging skill.  Similarly, students who exhibit challenging behaviors often have lagging SEL skills that need to be reinforced. This model has the student working with a caring adult to identify the lagging skill and then establish the goals and plan to guide the work to strengthen it. Importantly, the student is in charge of doing the change work, while the educator is in the role of a coach.

This session of practical solutions provides targeted, evidence-based behavioral supports for these students. Some schools will consider this a Level 2 intervention for students who need extra SEL support; some may consider this a Level 3 support for those students who need intensive behavioral support.

This exciting, results-oriented session is most beneficial for SEL teachers/coaches (aspiring or in-place), counselors, social workers and other school staff that have the time to work with students one-on-one or in small groups.  

Participants will leave with Solution-Based tools, strategies and back-up plans which focus on Self-Regulation, specifically: Participants will learn: 

  • executive function;
  • emotional-regulation skills;
  • cognitive-flexibility skills;
  • social skills; and
  • the supporting beliefs to make it happen.

Audience: All Grade PK-12 Educators
Instructor: Sharon McCarthy, EnVision President and TMI Lead Consultant and SEL Specialist
Location: Virtually Delivered

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email TMI Education at [email protected] or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective TMI Education website workshop page. If TMI Education cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)



Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 12:30 to 15:30
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