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Saturday, March 25th, 2017

JUNE 20-21, 2017; HARRISBURG, Pa.


A Foundation for Deinstitutionalizing Racism and Eliminating Racial Achievement Disparities

Join us for this powerful, personally transforming two-day seminar designed to help leaders, educators and administrators, juvenile justice officers, social workers, human services and community based providers understand the impact of race on student learning and investigate the role that racism plays in institutionalizing academic achievement disparities. Engage in a thoughtful, compassionate exploration of race and racism and grapple with how each influences the culture and climate of our schools; and practice using strategies for identifying and addressing policies, programs and practices that negatively impact achievement for studentsí of color and serve as barriers for ALL students receiving a world-class education. Presented by Pacific Educational Group, Inc. and Center for Schools and Communities.


More information and online registration coming soon.





Unique Trainings Offered in Harrisburg Area and On-Site

The Center for Schools and Communities is pleased to announce two new training courses for educators and helping professionals. Each six-hour course is eligible for Act 48 and/or NASW credit.


Cultivating Empathy for Healthy Relationships and Collaborative Classrooms will offer several practical and engaging activities and discussions to have with your students to help develop empathy and perspective-taking and cultivate an atmosphere characterized by kindness, respect and collaboration.


Mindset, Grit and Optimism: Promoting Skills that Lead to Academic Tenacity will offer relatively simple educational and psychological interventions that target students' beliefs about their intelligence and abilities, their habits of self-control and their reactions to everyday setbacks to help transform their experiences and achievements in school and in life.


Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit

The Pennsylvania Bullying Prevention Toolkit was developed by the Center for Safe Schools with funding from the Highmark Foundation. It provides information about the issue of bullying and the role of adults and professionals in supporting children who are affected by it. This toolkit was developed with input from an interdisciplinary group of stakeholders. It is part of a multi-tiered strategy to promote coordination of bullying prevention efforts across the state of Pennsylvania and to encourage local communities to develop effective, collaborative approaches to bullying prevention and intervention. Click here to download the Toolkit.


Strengthening Families Toolkit for Educators

Strengthening Families is an approach to working with families to prevent child abuse and neglect that builds upon family strengths, rather than focusing on deficits. It is not a curriculum or a program, but instead offers a framework of five research-based Protective Factors that give parents what they need to parent effectively, even under stress. Click here to access the Toolkit.


Bullying and Suicide: What Educators Need to Know

Recorded Presentation

Presenters Dr. Sue Limber and Dr. Mary Margaret Kerr, experts in bullying and crisis prevention/response, address issues of adolescent suicide and bullying experiences. This session was recorded live and hosted by the Center for Safe Schools with funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Highmark Foundation.

For more information and to view the session, click here.


Engaging Youth in Career Programming
During Out-of-School Time

Lessons for Program Design from a Study of Experienced Out-of-School Time Programs

This detailed study of 26 out-of-school time programs in Pennsylvania includes a review of challenges, creative solutions and best practices for career exploration and interest assessment, job search skills,
supervised work experience, and skills development. Click here to download the program design resource.