Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Important Training to Consider

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety

At WORKS, we stay ahead of legislation and topical issues to anticipate your district staff training needs. Part of this is, of course, state or federally mandated trainings, but districts may also want to deploy additional training courses to address growing concerns within their district.

We have more than 400 courses – including both mandated and non-mandated courses – to address your district’s needs. Below are four courses you should consider adding to your staff’s training plan.

Social Media: Personal and Professional Use” – Balancing a personal and professional presence on social media has proven to be challenging for some educators and has even resulted in some educators’ terminations. The “Social Media: Personal and Professional Use” course guides educators in making smart social media choices in order to protect their online reputation and career.

Discriminatory Harassment – Identification and Response” – Research shows that bullying is often related to student biases and prejudices. The 2013 National School Climate Survey conducted by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network found that 74.1% of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students were verbally harassed, 36.2% were physically harassed, and 16.5% were physically assaulted because of their sexual orientation. Specifically, peer discriminatory harassment is defined as when a student “engages in actions that make another student worry about his well-being or feel uncomfortable.”  The “Discriminatory Harassment – Identification and Response” course defines the eight types of harassment which include sexual-orientation, sexual-identity, race, sex, color, national-origin, disability, and religion. The course also mentions LGBT, how peer discrimination is different from bullying, and how school employees should respond and intervene. This course is a valuable asset to school districts because it provides training associated with Title IX relating to Sexual Harassment.

Concussion in Sports – a Guide for Coaches” and “Concussion in Youth Sports – Heads Up” – Once the school year starts, fall sports tryouts follow. Whether the sport is football, soccer or cheerleading, all coaches should be trained on the dangers of head injuries, the signs of and how to treat a student with a head injury. The “Concussion in Sports – a Guide for Coaches” course details facts about concussions, how to recognize a possible concussion, what to do when a concussion is suspected, the danger signs that indicate a student’s need for immediate medical attention, how to prevent and prepare for potential concussions and how to effectively raise awareness about concussions with students and parents. The “Concussion in Youth Sports – Heads Up” video created by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) explains what a concussion is, how to prevent a concussion, how to recognize and respond to a concussion, and when it is safe for an injured student to resume playing a sport.

Interested in learning more about these courses? Contact us to learn more.

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