Now that the school year is well underway, I want to remind you about the many high quality trainings and workshops that we have scheduled.  Registration is open for all fall trainings and space is limited! Check out more information below and simply click on the link to register online. 

Also, we want to take the opportunity to introduce our tobacco-use prevention education (TUPE) team at the County Office.  First up, the newest member of our team...

Hi! I'm Tiffani Mason and I taught in West Contra Contra Unified School District for the last 12 years, many of those years being a TUPE Site Coordinator. I am a proud Richmond native, with Southern roots. I am excited about my new role as the TUPE Curriculum Specialist! I look forward to working with TUPE Site Coordinators, supporting educators implementing the Project ALERT and Project TND substance use prevention programs, as well as teaching Project TND with students attending our Court and Community Schools. I am also ready to support districts with their Cal-SCHLS/CHKS surveys. When I am not at work you can find me spending time with my husband and step-daughters, friends, and family or on adventures to various places around the world. 

Derrick Kirk
here, your local TUPE Youth Development Specialist! I am an Ohio native who thoroughly appreciates no longer dealing with snowy winters and I fully embrace this wonderful California weather. I directly support our TUPE Site Coordinators and Peer Educators, as well as the CourAGE Youth Health Coalition (plug: PSA contest coming in December!). I have 10+ years of experience working with youth and young adults and my background includes instruction, risk management, corrective thinking, and youth advocacy. My strengths are rooted in patience, enthusiasm, and sugar-filled energy. I love to see young people fired up about this insane tobacco epidemic and become a voice for awareness and change. 

Greetings! I'm Leslie Holst and I have been the TUPE Administrative Assistant here at CCCOE since December 2015, supporting the TUPE team and activities. I came from a business background in banking and paralegal work, but my passion has always been helping children whether by doing administrative work in a district office, volunteering at my children's school, teaching in an elementary classroom, or tutoring in a student's home. I grew up in San Luis Obispo but have lived in the Concord area for over 30 years now. Outside of the office you can find me reading, playing with my dog and two cats, singing in a women's chorus, hiking, traveling abroad with my two great kids, or photographing the world around me.

Hello, I'm Emily Justice and I have been the  TUPE Manager since 2011 . I was born and raised in Contra Costa County, am a proud graduate of Mt. Diablo Unified School District (Go Falcons!), and have had the privilege of working with educators and students for the past 15+ years. I love this work because of the opportunity to support our districts -- through grant writing, program development, and as a thought partner -- as we work to remove the barriers to learning that many of our young people  face on a daily basis. It's a fun (and important and challenging) job and I enjoy doing it! I am passionate about prevention, student engagement, and health equity. My regular self care practices include running, reading, and spending time with family and friends. 

As we begin another school year, 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!

September TUPE Theme: Stop Calling it Vapor!
E-cigarettes emit aerosol, not vapor.

E-cigarettes, also referred to as vapes, vape pens, e-hookahs, and mods, heat e-liquid that generally contains nicotine, flavorings, additives, and propylene glycol. The e-liquid becomes an aerosol, not just water vapor!

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

Interested in learning more about e-cigarettes and teens? Check out our upcoming workshop

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

Workshop: Vape Pens & Teens - What Educators Need to Know
Wednesday, September 27 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

E-cigarettes, vape pens, e-hookah...whatever you call them, these products have grown in popularity among people of all ages and young people are no exception
This presentation will provide an overview of e-cigarettes/vape pens, adolescent use, tobacco-free schools policies, prevention strategies, and resources. Find out more and register here

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 will 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

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. 
Find out more and register here

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

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

Tobacco giants faulted in study: nicotine therapy allegedly used

to boost profits San Francisco Chronicle


Big Tobacco's new cigarette is sleek, smokeless - but is it any better for you? The Washington Post


FDA to launch campaign warning kids of e-cigarette dangers The Hill


Big Tobacco goes after the young in developing markets in a case of history repeated The Conversation

CDC reports 19% increase in teen drug overdose deaths


The National Network of State Teachers of the Year compiled a social justice reading list (PDF) for educations.