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OSCA is committed to sharing professional development opportunities throughout the state and region. This blog is updated on a periodic basis. The opportunities listed on this blog or not specifically endorsed by OSCA, but are vetted for their relevancy and legitimacy for school counselors. If you know of a professional development opportunity you feel should be considered for inclusion, please contact OSCA by emailing shawngrime@ohioschoolcounselor.org.

  • 22 Sep 2021 7:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio Association for Supervisors and Curriculum Directors would like to invite you to join us this summer and fall for a professional development series about implicit and explicit bias, and how to reduce it in our classrooms. Click here for registration.

    • Session #1: Tuesday, August 3, 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Session #2: Wednesday, September 22, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

    Attendance at BOTH sessions is required.

    Bias in education has real consequences for students and families, but acknowledgement of such bias is the first step in eradicating its unintentional effects. 

    Implicit Bias, also known as implicit social cognition, refers to attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions and decisions in an unconscious manner. These biases, which encompass both favorable and unfavorable assessments, are activated involuntarily and without an individual’s awareness or intentional control.

    Dating back to the 1960’s, there’s solid evidence that teachers’ expectations of students creates results to match. Meaning, when teachers expect more of students, many times that’s what is manifested. However, when teachers lower their expectations of students’ performance, often the performance is less than stellar. Demonstrating that educators’ bias has real-world implications on students for many years.

    In this interactive and in-depth program, we will look to reduce bias in education by exploring the following topics:

    • Defining implicit vs. explicit biases;
    • Review of various types of bias;
    • Discovering how bias shows up in educational settings;
    • Short-term and long-term effects of bias on students’ progress;
    • Addressing biases in decision-making.

    The facilitator will share stories to make you laugh and think about how bias has impacted our own lives, before developing an actionable plan for how we can reduce unconscious bias in education and in life.

    Online registration is for CREDIT CARD ONLY.  To pay by PO, please fill out the Google Form linked here.  

  • 21 Jul 2021 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, with support from the Great Lakes Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, will host two free trainings intended for educators and behavioral health providers who frequently work with youth and families.

    “Understanding Trauma in Children” on July 14 from 1-3 p.m. will provide an understanding of psychological trauma and define trauma-informed approaches to education and treatment services with a focus on the impact of COVID-19. Register for “Understanding Trauma in Children” here.

    "The Importance of Self-Care for Staff (Even a Cactus Needs Water),” on July 21 from 1-3 p.m., will provide an overview of burnout, compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma experienced by educational and other helping professionals. It also will focus on effective coping mechanisms to reduce negative impact in a provider’s professional and personal life. Register for “The Importance of Self-Care for Staff (Even a Cactus Needs Water)” here.

    Eileen Russo, licensed addiction counselor, certified clinical supervisor and certified co-occurring disorders professional, will lead both trainings. Direct questions about the trainings to Courtney Ebersole.

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