On September 14, more than 50 TUPE Site Coordinators from Antioch, Brentwood, Byron, Liberty, Mt. Diablo, Pittsburg, and West Contra Costa school districts came together for our seventh annual countywide TUPE Site Coordinators training. This year's theme was "The Flavor Trap" and focused on the impact of menthol and flavored tobacco products. Check out the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids webpage or the 15-minute film, " Black Lives / Black Lungs" to learn more. 

Keynote speaker, Dr. Phillip Gardiner, addressing menthol and the predatory marketing tactics of tobacco companies.

Team TUPE was all smiles after another successful training!

The day culminated in the premier of our  new  TUPE Peer Educator promo video. If you are looking for a three-minute dose of inspiration, look no further! 

A reminder that our team is here to support you as you support the health and wellness needs of your students. Please contact us any time!

October TUPE Theme: Tobacco is a drug too!
Red Ribbon Week is October 22-31

Nicotine is a highly addictive neurotoxin and exposure to nicotine, either in cigarettes, little cigars, cigarillos, smokeless/chew tobacco or e-cigarettes, can harm brain development. 

Find additional information, activity ideas, resources, and videos for ALL of our TUPE monthly themes on our TUPE webpage

View an at-a-glance of the 2017-18 monthly themes here. (PDF) 

Conference: Welcoming Schools & Communities Summit/Rainbow High
Saturday, October 7 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

This annual event focuses on creating safe and affirming spaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) youth. Open to educators, teachers, faith community members, service providers, healthcare providers, parents, guardians, and youth (ages 11-25). Hosted by the Contra Costa Inclusive Schools Coalition, Mt. Diablo Unified School District, and the Rainbow Community Center.  Check out the event flyer or visit the registration page for more information.  

Educators, click here to learn more about Brett Peterson, who is the keynote and will also facilitate a morning workshop on Creating Inclusive Educational Environments and Classrooms. 

Workshop: Human Trafficking & Commerical Exploitation of Children 
Wednesday, October 18 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and a fundamental violation of a person's human rights. Given the trafficking trends throughout the world, we know that the East Bay region, and more specifically Contra Costa County, is not immune to the plight of trafficked and exploited persons. The average age of entry into human sex trafficking is 12 -- some of our students may already be targeted by exploiters. 

Find out more and register  here

Film Screening: "And Then They Came For Us"
Monday, October 30 | 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Please join us for a screening of the film "And Then They Came for Us" (2017), by social justice filmmaker Abby Ginzberg, featuring actor George Takei, who was interned as a child in an American camp for Japanese American citizens. The film warns that building walls and banning Muslims echo the World War II disaster of incarcerating innocent Japanese Americans. 

Click here to view the flyer (PDF) or click here to register online for this free event! 

This event is part of Allies & Advocates, a Contra Costa County Equity Initiative, championed by Superintendent of Schools, Karen Sakata. 

Conference: Northern CA Safe & Healthy Schools 
Wednesday, November 1 & Thursday, November 2

Features keynote speakers and workshops in the areas of health, mental health, nursing, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, positive youth development, restorative justice, PBIS/MTSS, social justice, school safety and response, inclusive schools, and bullying prevention. 

Check out the event flyer or visit the registration page for more information. 

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Training: Brief Intervention for Substance-Using Adolescents
Thursday, November 30 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Brief Intervention is a short-term counseling intervention that consists of two to four sessions aimed at adolescents who use alcohol, tobacco and/or other drugs. Appropriate for school counselors, administrators, TUPE Site Coordinators, afterschool program staff, and community-based organization staff. Continued Education Hours (LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs) available. 

Check out the registration page or training flyer for more information. 

Resource: All Kids Are Our Kids 
A post-election toolkit for educators

CCCOE's Communications Department coordinated the creation of a toolkit with resources to help school administrators communicate with employees, parents, and students about items of interest following the 2016 presidential election.  Among other things, the toolkit includes strategies in dealing with potential student demonstrations, tips for educators and parents to support students in stressful times, examples of communications sent by teachers and administrators in the wake of the election, and policy-focused resources that address immigrant rights.  View our toolkit here

Community Forums: Underage Drinking & Drug Use
Are you concerned about alcohol and other drug use in your community?

Residents are invited to talk about major issues surrounding underage alcohol and marijuana use, unused and expired prescriptions, and other drug use to influence future services in our communities. These meetings are free and open to all Contra Costa County residents especially young people. 
  • East County (Antioch) | Thursday, October 12 | 5:30 PM | Flyer (PDF)
  • Lamorinda (Lafayette) | Thursday, October 19 | 5:30 PM | Flyer (PDF)
  • Central County | More information coming soon... 

What we've been reading this month... 
Articles, Research, and More! 

Mass Shooting in Las Vegas: How to Talk to Students National Education Association

What are "heat-not-burn" cigarettes? Truth Initiative

California must set policies now to curb teen cannabis use (Opinion) San Francisco Chronicle

CDC Releases New Data on the Connection between Student Health and Academic Performance  CDC  | Fact Sheets

How Science is Unlocking the Secrets of Addiction National Geographic