Monday, November 6, 2017

Youth at Risk: No Problems, Just Solutions

7 Lesson School Teacher - John Gato

1st day of school teachers are concerned about Control. Hat conversation
Its easier to build strong children than repair broken men.

What made a teacher stand out - made you feel engaged.

4 pillars of engagement:
Belonging -
Power -Setting goals
Freedom -input for rules/consequences
Fun - creative/relative

Transactional Analysis
P - Parent (critical or Caring)
A - Adult
C - Child (rebellious, needy)
Ego states - Any interaction with 2 people are in these states
Best interactions are A to A

Part of engaging a student is through adult to adult interactions.
Who are you?  Sometimes students come in already in a specific state (possibly looking to hook you)

Students at risk like an iceberg - behavior on the top but its due to everything underneath.
Spheres of influence

Tapping in VLS for VSL Visual Literacy Solutions for Visual Student Learners

Experiential learning mindmap

Multiple intellegence is gone Gardner will now do.
5 Minds of the Future
Disciplinary mind - mastery of schools of thought (science, math, english,  1 professional craft)
Synthesizing mind - integrating ideas from different disciplines and communicating it
xxxxv-come up with something new
respectful mind - appreciation for differences between people
ethical mind - responsibility on 2 fronts - work front, citizenship front

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy

A community response to problematic substance use.

Actions for change through 4 pillars

1. Prevention
- a wide representation of stakeholders. resources include a website, mobile apps, literature and best practices for youth, parents, teachers. Naloxone kits (reverse effects of opioid overdose - only works for approx. 30min.)

Trying to determine how many overdoses occur in the community. Currently, no means to track this information.
4 key elements
Monitoring - anonymous reporting via
Alerts - subscribe and receive Alerts issued by WRIDS regarding tainted substances
Responses - information on how and where to access naloxone

Education and Training - training on harm reduction and naloxone administrations

2. Harm Reduction
Co-leading with OMARS
Harm reduction programs (Naloxone distribution and overdose prevention via Sanguen)
Sharp disposal sites
Overdose prevention working group

3. Rehabilitation and recovery
- Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) quick access to an addiction physical and counsellor. Establishes a care pathway between the emergency room, addiction medicine clinic, withdrawal management services and family doctors. Being piloted....still a "ways away" from implementing.

4. Justice and Enforcement
- Care pathways for those encountering police. (Transition plans after treatment/diversion ex.housing options)

91 individuals through 50 agencies involved.

Outcomes established in the following areas:
- System
- Service
- Individual

Signs and symptoms of opioid use.
- tired, pin point eyes, blue eyes ears fingers etc.
Naloxone is only effective with opioids

Info from SRO - B. Mikols

Gate keepers (like the DD) sits with the naloxone kit while others sample drugs.

In the next month every police officer in Waterloo region will be carrying Naloxone on patrol.

Fentanyl can be in powder, pill, liquid form.
Can be absorbed by inhaling, touch, ingest
Police will use gloves when searching. not search in unseen areas.

Carfentanyl - for large animals (horses).

School trends - Marijuana (still illegal)

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Deeper Conversations on Education and Career/Life Planning: Supporting the Highly Skilled Workforce Recommendations

All Resources Here

Technology is replacing entry-level job positions. (workplace students)

How can schools prepare all students for the world of work that is ever changing ahead of them?

Amount of money students can get is determined by financial needs
Ed. Costs (Books, tuition, Living expenses) - Financial contribution (students, parents, scholarships/bursaries) = Financial Need

Cost of education is a shared responsibility between, students, parents, institutions, and government.

Use the estimator.


Future Jobs - Rich Weiner

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Violent Threat/Risk Assessment Training

The better the data the better the assessment the better the intervention.

If you don't' know what got them into the gang how do you expect to get them out.
- You can't use the same strategies for everyone.

Multi-discipline team can connect more data than one person.

If threat is Clear, direct and plausible - Plausible is most important.

Under reaction is the biggest problem.

Assume whoever comes forward was elected by a larger population.  Once build rapport ask "Who else knows about this?"

If someone communicates signs and we do nothing then you increase their risk.

Serious violence is not a straight line. Many offenders go through an evolutionary process, and its contextual no one just snaps.  People can go in and out of risk before committing act.

It's one thing to make a threat it's another to be able to act on it. Kill you vs. Stick this knife in our throat

Artificial lowering of risk. Not addressing the issue.

High profile cases doesn't cause violence it intensifies feelings/symptoms of violence already present.

The more they can identify will the aggressor/victim the more it will increase symptom development.

Locker dynamic - Find evidence in student's locker, backpack, desks, assignments, vehicles friends lockers - weapons, lists etc.

Bedroom Dynamic - evidence of planning - Many parents had not been in kids bedroom for over a year. Domain of the police - search warrant, or interview parents, F&CS

Social Networking Dynamic - can be the most blatant source of evidence.

History of Target Selection
Site Selection
All of these determine Baseline. Shift in baseline determines evolution in violence.

1- cry for help
2 - conspiracy theory of 2 or more - puppet master

Day 2
naturally open leaders look for opportunities to openly share information for the systems they are responsible for.

Closed leaders look for reasons not to share information for the benefit of themselves.

VTRA stage 1 trumps Suspension

the question is not..the mental health diagnosis is the reason for the violence but. How much is the mental health diagnosis affecting the behaviour?

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Habits of Highly Effective Leaders

Nick Teti - CPCO

'Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others." Jack Welch

Why would someone follow you? (Self reflection)

Authentic - trust, integrity, honest, genuine
They believe you know what your are doing.
You have direction - heading in a direction others want to go.
Ability - make a difference
Exercise of influence
Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve.
Integrity is all encompassing (You define yourself when no one is watching)
Trust - The foundational principle that holds all relationships.
"Building trust on a team requires shared experiences over time"
Trust is built on Character and Competence

Emotional Bank Account - Build Trust
Six Major Deposits
1. understanding the individual
2. Attending to the little things
3. Keeping commitments
4. Clarifying expectations
5. Showing personal integrity
6. Apologizing sincerely when you make a withdrawal.

1. Proactivite
Use proactive language vs. reactive language

"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space lies our freedom and power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom" Viktor Frankl

Circle of influence and Circle of Concern

2. Begin with the end in mind
All things are created twice.
First a mental creation, followed by the physical creation
- Focus on creating the shared vision
- Then focus on the execution of the vision

A clear Vision creates followers - Simon Sinek

3. Put first things first

4. Think win/win
Doesn't have to always be win-win
Agreements and solutions are mutually beneficial -
Life is about cooperation not competition

Abundance vs. Scarcity Mindset.

See the problem from the other point of view
Identify key issues and concerns
Determine what results would constitute a fully acceptable solution
Look at new options

5. Seek first to understand, then be understood
Empathetic Listening - Listening with the intent to understand

6. TEAM -Together Everyone Achieves More
Synergy - Increas levels of communication to get Synergy (Win-Win)

7. Sharpen the Saw
If I had six hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend the first 4 hours sharpening the axe.
Physical - Mental - Spiritual - Social/Emotional

Empower Others
If we delegate tasks you will build followers
If we delegate Authority you will build leaders
It's not about recruiting followers but instead building leaders who can change the world

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

e_Assessment FOR learning techniques

Andrew Schmitt
Assessment for Learning is the key way for teachers to advance the learning for students.  Technology can be used to transform the learning experiences for our students.  What happens when you bring the two together?  Explore some ways that technology can be used to transform the way that teachers are assessing their students with the ultimate goal of moving the learner forward and improving student achievement.  

How well do you know your students.Exam paper - lotto instant kiwi commercial video

When teachers try to change more than 2-3 things at the same time it often deteriorates the teaching.
Where the learning is going, where the learning is right now, how to get there.
Use SAMR as a self reflective tool to see how you are using technology. also tie it into assessment.
key Strategy - 
1.Clarifying, sharing, and understanding learning goals and success criteria.
- Use a google form and students must create test questions.
- turn success criteria into a google form that students fill out - use it for teacher purpose to see if students know how to be successful.
FormMule - have form emailed to user.

2. eliciting evidence of learners' achievement.

Plickers app.
Poll everywhere
3. provide feedback to move the thinker forward.
video - feedback on learning. ego involving vs. task involving.
Successful feedback - what students need to do to improve and how to go about doing it.
Good feedback causes thinking.

Ask Three questions in students work an write corresponding questions at the bottom.
Bookmark  text in google doc. allows you to link to text.
Conditional formatting in a spreadsheet.  use colour to identify things that stand out. - allows to see trends.
Descriptive feedback is only beneficial if you give them time to improve.
Activating students as instructional resources.

Jaime Casap - Keynote

Jaime Casap - Keynote - Chief Education Evangelist for Google

Importance of Education - Education disrupts poverty, it changes lives.
Reach higher - think of goals beyond high school - Initiative by gov't of USA.
The impact and power of education lasts for generations.
Education isn't broken - the world around us has changed and we don't live in that world.
Need to have discussions around what is the right education system/model for the economy we are facing.
Need deeper skills - 60+% of jobs require post secondary education.
Computer science is an important topic for future degrees because of the role of technology in our lives.
Knowledge is at everyone's fingertips from the internet, how do we flip education to embrace this?
Why is it important
1 - Unable to implement good learning based on current educational system. Need to use technology to provide good learning
2 - Technology has wrapped itself around everyone's lives and we don't even see technology because it is common place.
3. How students see learning is different than how "We" teachers see learning.

What are the critical skills kids need to have?

Problem Solving - What problem do you want to solve? (what do you want to be?) How do they know what they want to be? what will exist? 60% of jobs that kindergarten kids will have don't exist right now. 41% of students want to do their own thing.

The better question is what problem do you want to solve - and then follow up quesiton is what do you need (skills) to solve that problem.
Who do you want to work for ......what do you want to do? How are you going to solve that problem, what do you need to solve that problem.

Iteration consists of success and failure.
Google update 600+ a year.
Chromebooks updated every 2 weeks.
Need to constantly change

Collaboration is how problems are solved.
but edcuation is not set up for this.
There is a comfort in collaboration - knowing that your work is part of a greater sum.
Teach the ability to listen.
Real collaboration....
-To ask good questions,
-To change your mind.
-Build consensus

We need to build digital leaders
- if they don't learn in school where are we going to learn it.
-ensure they are using technology correctly.

Job is not to memorize things, the real drive is to focus on how to take information and convert it into intelligence
Information has no value it's a commodity.
Who are the first 4 presidents of the USA or What would the country look like if John Adams was the first president.

Student Centered learning models...
Get to the point where technology is invisible and it just happens so that learning can occur.
Experiment with collaborative learning models.

Competency based education

Nothing is more important that having a great teacher.

There is no future classroom....we need consistent iterations and innovation
It's not what the classroom it's what happens in the classroom.
Transformation has no end point.