WAKEFIELD — Executive Director Margie Daniels is pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) is offering webinars to provide professional development opportunities during the summer and when school opens in the fall. Two-hour webinars and ten-hour webinars will be available to staff of member districts providing resources to support students and families.
“Since in-person professional development is not feasible at this time, we are expanding remote learning opportunities for educators,” Daniels said. “After the overwhelming statewide interest in MPY webinars this spring when over 35,000 educators registered for remote professional development programming, additional MPY trainings are now available.”
Webinars will continue to cover topics such as anti-racism, equity, and diversity, in addition to social and emotional development, mental health and mindfulness. Professional Development Points (PDPs) and Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available.
“While summers are typically times for educator rejuvenation and deepening of skills, this summer is demanding healing, growth and learning for educators in epic proportions. MPY is stepping up to that challenge. Catastrophic overdoses are mounting during the pandemic along with intense mental health needs; it is time we recognize the powerful part we play and empower one another to reach out,” said Sara Burd, Director of Social Emotional Learning and Guidance at Arlington Public Schools.
A featured summer webinar will take place on August 7. Denisha Jones will present “Teachers and Schools as Protective Factors to Mitigate Against Racial Trauma.” Dr. Jones is the Director of the Art of Teaching Program at Sarah Lawrence College; Director, Defending the Early Years; Steering Committee, National Black Lives Matter in Schools.
“Amidst the uncertainty and unrest, I realize how important it is to provide school personnel with as much support and knowledge that will help them prepare for the fall semester. The dramatic increase in mental health and substance use crisis’ during the pandemic has taken its toll on our students. Attending MPY webinars is a way to feel connected and supported which will translate into supporting our most vulnerable youth when they return to us,” said Michelle Lipinski, Principal of Northshore Recovery High School.
MPY began hosting remote workshops on March 24 after halting its planned in-person conferences due to COVID-19. With school facilities throughout Massachusetts closed due to the virus, MPY nimbly adapted to online remote programming for the remainder of the school year.
To view a list of all upcoming webinars, click here.
About the Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc.
Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth, Inc. is a non-profit 501.c(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students. Member organizations include more than 140 public school districts, charter schools, private schools, special education schools, educational collaboratives, and youth community service organizations in the Commonwealth. MPY is committed to bringing cutting-edge information and high quality trainings to constituents and endeavors to provide solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to reducing and ideally eliminating risky behaviors for youth.
The nonprofit is governed by a Board of Directors made up of school superintendents, police and fire chiefs, and other community leaders who work closely with MPY staff to deliver this mission.
To learn more, visit www.mpyinc.org.