December 2019
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Course
Did you know...

  • 1 in 5 youth will experience a mental health challenge at some point during their life?

  • 17.1 million youth under the age of 18 have or have had a psychiatric disorder (that’s more than the number of children with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined)?

In early December, Broome County Mental Health’s Promise Zone sponsored an 8-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Certification Course for educators in our region. Social-Emotional Learning Specialist Stacy Smith facilitated this informative and interactive course that is designed to teach everyone who works with youth how to “Identify, Understand, and Respond” when adolescents experience a mental health challenge.

In this course, participants learned about common mental health concerns among youth and how to recognize the signs and symptoms. Topics covered included anxiety, depression, substance use, psychosis, and. behavior disorders. Educators learned and practiced the ALGEE action plan to help a youth that is facing a mental health problem or crisis, including suicide. 

“This was excellent. Everyone should take this course!” said one educator who attended the training. If you are interested in becoming part of the solution for helping youth with mental health challenges in your school and community, select a date below to register for one of our upcoming 1-day YMHFA training sessions.
Designing and Facilitating Professional Learning
The Professional Learning & Innovation Center launched a new professional learning series this year to support teachers, coaches and administrators who are asked to design and facilitate professional learning in their own districts. Designing and Facilitating Professional Learning began on November 26, 2019, where facilitator, Kerri Bullock, had an opportunity to work with local coaches and administrators for the first session of the series. This session focused on grounding in the characteristics of quality professional learning and identifying key research about meeting the needs of adult learners.

New resources for many of the participants included:


Throughout the session, participants had opportunities to engage in a variety of interactive learning structures so that they could build their own toolbox of strategies for facilitating professional learning. Not only did the attendees participate in the structures, they had an opportunity to debrief and analyze why the structure was used and how it was intentionally chosen to meet the needs of the participants.

Participants will be coming back together again on January 3rd for the second day of the series. During this session, participants will be adding an additional lens to the design of their professional learning - incorporating the Social Emotional Learning core competencies from CASEL . Just as we ask teachers to incorporate these skills into the lessons in their classrooms, we want to think about how we model this in a similar way for the adults in professional learning. The participants will have an opportunity during this session to evaluate and enhance their design for upcoming professional learning that they will be leading and receive feedback from a peer. The final session of the year (April 2020) will allow the participants to reflect on their facilitation and plan for the next steps for themselves as facilitators.

The PLIC hopes to continue offering this series as part of it’s regional professional learning opportunities in the future. If you have specific needs in your district to support a group of teacher leaders, coaches, and/or administrators, please feel free to contact Kerri Bullock with your requests.
Podcasting for Writing
On December 10 th , PLIC’s Dustin Andrus and Jaime Mendelis facilitated the session Podcasting for Writing.  This innovative session was focused around teachers who are ready to take the leap to podcasting as a mode of communication for the writers they teach. What better way to hear all about this session, than to listen to a podcast about it!
Join us for a repeat of this amazing session on May 11, 2020 by registering HERE !
  Learn ~ Collaborate ~ Explore ~ Register Today!
Looking for more Professional Learning opportunities?
Check out the PLIC catalog and calendar here !