These are tough times - for all of us. For more than ten months, we have been living through a global pandemic that has affected every aspect of our lives - including the ways we live, work, study, and socialize. Many of us have dealt with family members and friends getting ill. Through it all, we have also dealt with an economic turndown, an uprising for racial justice, a contentious presidential election, and now we are facing the winter months, which can be a tough time for many. In the midst of it all, we have been expected to continue performing well on our jobs and in our classes.
The Baltimore County Public Schools Department of Social-Emotional Support wants to help during these challenging times by offering practical tools to improve mental health and well-being. Therefore, we are inviting students, parents/caregivers, and staff to register for our inaugural virtual summit, "Connecting as a Collective Community."
Sessions are designed to inform participants about BCPS' three core Social Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies:
• awareness (self-awareness and self-regulation)
• relationships (social awareness and social relations)
These SEL competencies identify key attitudes and skills necessary for understanding and managing emotions, listening, feeling and showing empathy for others, and making thoughtful, responsible decisions.
Presentations offered at the summit will focus on resetting with a positive mindset, working through grief and trauma through trying times, coping with anxiety and self-doubt, building resilience, being mindful, creating inclusive environments, and more. Presenters will include a diverse cross-section of voices - young people, researchers, educational leaders, and community partners.
Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (for staff*, parents/caregivers)
Monday, February 8, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. (for staff*, parents/caregivers)
Wednesday, February 10, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. (for staff*, students grades 6-12)
Thursday, February 11, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m. (staff*, students grades 6-12)
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