Overcoming the Poverty Mindset & Teaching Optimism Virtual Seminar

How Educators Can Use Brain Research & Current Best Practices to Promote Positive Relationships & Prevent Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression.

Do You Know Students Who Have...

  • Resistance or refusal to participate in normal school activities?
  • Persistent moodiness
  • Chosen social isolation?
  • Sudden declines in school performance?
  • Constant worries or anxieties?
  • Extreme involvement with social media and/or digital games?
  • Depression, sadness or irritability?
  • Self-destructive behaviors
  • Symptoms of substance abuse?
  • Indifference to others’ feelings?

Seminar Overview

Schools serving low-income, marginalized communities tend to face similar and pervasive issues resulting from poverty. And, with the high levels of anxiety, fear and isolation that the pandemic has fostered, students in these communities are especially vulnerable. Yet, research has shown that the “Poverty Mindset” may be more to blame than actual economic conditions in these communities. Some people in low-income, minority homes are thriving in the current situation. The difference is that they demonstrate resilience, positivity and productivity. The Poverty Mindset makes it almost impossible for students to develop these critical Social-Emotional skills.

This virtual seminar will clarify misconceptions about poverty. You will discover what the Poverty Mindset is, why it exists and how it covertly impacts our students and our schools. Explore how optimism can change this pervasive mindset. Learn why optimism is critical to resilience and how to teach it. See how changing the Poverty Mindset and teaching optimism can change school climate and create equity.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand misconceptions about race, class and culture
  • See key components of the Poverty Mindset in student attitudes and behaviors
  • Recognize underlying causes of negative beliefs and underachievement
  • Discover techniques for teaching resilience, coping and thriving skills by fostering optimism
  • Gain empowering strategies for addressing traumatic experiences and bridging the equity gap.

Earn Continuing Education Credit Hours

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"The information was great and completely applies to me as a School Counselor. Understanding how the male and female brains work, including hormonal differences, will make a huge difference for me!"
School Counselor
Seattle, WA
"I can use everything I learned today instantly in the classroom. It was very interesting to learn about the differences of the male and female brain."
High School Teacher
Sacramento, CA
"The presenter was so engaging and informative. There are so many practical takeaways that I can immediately use in the classroom."
Middle School Teacher
Atlanta, GA
"The presenter's insights about social media were spot on. The brain research on differences between male and female brains was very helpful."
High School Counselor
New Orleans, LA

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Seminar Information

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8:00-8:30Registration
8:30-10:00

How Nature and Nurture Influence Girl Drama, Relational Aggression & Bullying

  • Research Implications from Brain Research
  • Gender Identity, Socialization and Parenting
  • Current Trends & Practices to Promote Self-Awareness and Support Healthy Identity Development
10:00-10:15Break
10:15-11:00

The Impact of Social Networking & Technology on RA

  • Current Social Media Sites and Implications
  • Social Media Case Studies and Interventions
11:00-12:00

Prevention Strategies for Schools

  • How a Trauma-informed Approach Can Prevent RA Behaviors in Schools
  • Trauma-informed Supports for Victims and Perpetrators of RA
  • Wellness Wheel: 5 Dimensions of Wellness
12:00-1:00Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00-2:30

RA and Mental Health

  • Common Mental Health Diagnoses Associated with RA
  • Identify Connections and Risk Factors between RA and Girls’ Mental Health
  • Internalizing vs. Externalizing Disorders: Depression and Anxiety
  • Self-Injury and Suicide Ideation
2:30-2:45Break
2:45-3:45

Individual & Group Strategies to Address RA

  • Mindfulness and Resiliency Activities
  • Next Steps to Success: Initiating Your Action Plan
3:45-4:15Networking Group Discussion
(Optional Attendance)

– Classroom Teachers
– Principals
– Special Education Personnel
– School Counselors & Psychologists
– Other Administrators
– Social Workers (all levels)
– Law Enforcement/SRO
– Counselors & Therapists in Agencies & Private Practice
– Media Specialists

 
Individual Registration

Groups 3-9

Groups 10+

Early Registration
$149 USD
$124 USD
$109 USD
Advanced Registration
$169 USD
$144 USD
$129 USD
Regular Registration
$189 USD
$164 USD
$149 USD
 
 
Your registration fee includes refreshments and materials. It does not include meals, hotel accommodations or parking.
 
Register 30 days prior to Seminar date and save! Groups of 20+, call 1-800-251-6805 for special pricing
GROUP DISCOUNTS
When 3 or more people register together from the same school district or agency, each participant is entitled to a $25 USD discount off their registration fee. To receive this discount, all participants in the group must register at the same time and have a single group representative as the contact person.
 
CANCELLATION POLICY
All cancellations incur a $20 administrative fee andmust be received in writing or electronically seven days prior to seminar. No refunds will be issued on cancellations received after that date. Substitutions are welcome at any time. Developmental Resources, Inc. reserves the right to cancel any seminar in the event of insufficient registration, in which case a full refund will be returned. If for any reason the seminar is not held, Developmental Resources’ liability is limited to a refund of the registration fee paid. If you miss the cancellation deadline, and are unable to either attend the training or send a substitute, we will issue a voucher that is valid for two years. It is transferrable to a colleague and may be applied toward any of our professional development events.
“The information was great and completely applies to me as a School Counselor. Understanding how the male and female brains work, including hormonal differences, will make a huge difference for me!”
School Counselor
Seattle, WA
 
“I can use everything I learned today instantly in the classroom. It was very interesting to learn about the differences of the male and female brain.”
High School Teacher
Sacramento, CA
 
“The presenter was so engaging and informative. There are so many practical takeaways that I can immediately use in the classroom.”
Middle School Teacher
Atlanta, GA
 
 
“The presenter’s insights about social media were spot on. The brain research on differences between male and female brains was very helpful.”
High School Counselor
New Orleans, LA
 

Certificates of Completion for this seminar, which indicate 6 contact hours of Continuing Education, will be available at the end of the seminar upon completion of a course evaluation. In many cases, depending on your Profession and Jurisdiction, this Certificate of Completion is sufficient for tracking your Continuing Education and Professional Development efforts. We suggest that you contact your local Board or Governing Agency to see exactly what steps are necessary for approval in your particular discipline. Please note that Developmental Resources is also an approved Provider for the following National and Regional Accrediting Agencies.

Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

Seminar Presenter

Hotep Benzo, MBA

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Hotep Benzo, MBA

*In case of an emergency, another qualified presenter will substitute

Education success strategist and award-winning author Hotep Benzo, MBA is widely known for his proactive, “tough-love” approach to education. As a 15-year master teacher, he developed a reputation for requesting the most troubled students and transforming them into willing participants in their own education. He is the founder of Hustle University and creator of the MAKE A WAY program, a series of high-relevancy curricula used in more than 1000 schools throughout the United States. His work has earned him nominations for the Presidential Citizens Medal and as a CNN Hero. Hotep is also creator of the Outcome Progression Model, which he uses to help schools transform a culture of poverty, excuse-making and helplessness into one of empowerment, resiliency and success.

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Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please fax or email our office at least two weeks prior to event. Also, please note your request on your registration form.

Girl Drama Resources

Mean Girls: 101 1/2 Creative Strategies and Actives for Working with Relational Aggression with CD

by Kaye Randall & Allyson Bowen

The strategies in this book are designed to increase awareness of Relational Aggression(RA), encourage empathy and tolerance, and improve self control and coping skills. It explores the underlying causes of RA, particularly in girls and provides professionals with 101 1/2 resources, insights, strategies and reproducible worksheets for working with girls who are Relationally Aggressive and those who have been victimized by this type of bullying.

Includes CD.

See My Pain

by Susan Bowman & Kaye Randall

This book provides a collection of strategies and activities to help children and adolescents who deliberately self-injure. A variety of hands-on creative arts approaches are featured that can be used in private practice and school settings. When working with youth who self-injure it is helpful to have a variety of creative approaches at your fingertips. The approaches and activities in this book can be used with individuals or with a small group. The activities help children/adolescents to express their feelings, understand why they self-injure, engage in a healing process, explore new methods of coping and prevention, and find new meaning and purpose in their lives. The book provides a description of self-injury in young people and its underlying causes. Then, an overview of therapeutic approaches is presented along with suggestions for the professional counselor/social worker/psychologist, teachers and parents. Sample assessment questions and activities are included.

Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day

by Steph Jensen

WINNER OF THE MOM’S CHOICE AWARD!
Princess Priscilla is having a rotten day. No bee will listen to what she has to say and no bee will play what she wants to play. In her sour mood, Priscilla finds herself acting rude. She hurts her friends with words that sting and learns they think she is being a bully-bee.
After being confronted by her friends, Priscilla feels upset and is determined to be a better princess bee. She listens to her mom, the Queen, and learns to tame her inner bully-bee. Priscilla starts by using words that are kind and sweet like honey. She learns to control her mood by not acting rude and her friendlier attitude helps her mend hurt feelings and keep friends.

Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla

by Steph Jensen

There is a new bee in the hive, but is she a bee or is she a bug? Her name is Iris and she is really a beetle who wants to “bee” friends with Priscilla and her Honey Bunch so she disguises herself as a bee. Some of the bees refuse to play with her because of how strange and funny she looks. When Princess Priscilla meets Iris, she invites her to play and does not judge her for her strange looks, but she is suspicious.
After Iris finally admits that she disguised herself as a bee, Princess Priscilla tells her that she doesn’t need to look like them but to just “bee” herself. Iris is relieved to find out that she doesn’t have to pretend anymore. The other bees apologize for judging her by her looks and they invite her to “bee” their friend.

Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow

by Steph Jensen

Princess Priscilla is excited to show off her new color-changing mood ring. While wearing this amazing ring around her waist, she buzzes through her day focusing on her feelings in a brand new way.

In the story, Princess Priscilla experiences many feelings and her mood ring changes colors to show each one. Each time she sees a color change, she uses one of her skills to make sure she manages her mood. Priscilla uses the colors from her mood ring throughout the day to draw a bright, colorful rainbow.

This story encourages self-awareness and self-management for children in a cheerful and engaging journey through the Mood Ring Rainbow with Priscilla. Children gain fundamental insights on how to name their emotions and use self-regulation strategies to manage them when needed. Princess Priscilla shows examples of positive approaches children can use when they are feeling happy, jealous, embarrassed, bored, joyful, angry, confused, or sad.

Thrive in the Hive with CD – Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-haviors

by Steph Jensen

While girls and boys deal with many of the same issues; some growing-up struggles are unique to the experience of being a girl in our society. This resource can help provide a foundation for girls to navigate through many of these issues. Using this curriculum, girls gain a stronger sense of self-worth and belonging in their families, with their peers, and in their communities.

Thrive in the Hive provides a curriculum of lessons, activities and reproducible pages to be used with individuals, or for an eight-week small group session with girls.

The girls will explore different roles that girls assume within the structure of social cliques. It also includes interactive lessons to guide girls on a journey to explore the keys to building healthy friendships. The sessions include an introduction and activity for personal reflection.

Black Girl Blues

by Carolyn Strong

Black Girl Blues: Small Group Sessions, Activities and Discussions to Combat Intra-Racial Bullying focuses on the relationships between African-American girls. It exposes the historical, cultural and social factors behind girl bullying among the African-American culture. While economic status and identity development are among the causes, physical characteristics are also often the source of intra-racial bullying.
This helpful book can be used by’professional school counselors, teachers, administrators, youth leaders and/or other professionals who interact with African-American girls. The lessons are aligned with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Standards.

Stop Bullying Thumball

The Thumball is a soft stuffed ball to throw, roll, or pass in a circle or randomly. Once a player catches it, he or she looks under his thumb and responds to the prompt. Kids absolutely love this interactive tool that will get them talking and sharing. Meanwhile, teachers and counselors will be encouraging the use of interpersonal skills including taking turns, making eye contact, listening, responding, valuing similarities and respecting individual differences.

Using this learning aid, players respond to prompts around the topic of bullying. Discussions may include what students can say to a bully, what it feels like to be bullied, what are the results of bullying and how bystanders help. This offers a fun way to discuss a serious topic that affects many students. This game can encourage students to talk openly about how bullying affects them and others at their school while encouraging victims of bullying to speak out and for bullies and bystanders to share their perspectives as well. Students are invited to share suggestions and ideas while other students learn to listen and respect the opinions of their peers.

Stop the Drama Thumball

The Thumball is a soft stuffed ball to throw, roll, or pass in a circle or randomly. Once a player catches it, he or she looks under his thumb and responds to the prompt. Kids absolutely love this interactive tool that will get them talking and sharing. Meanwhile, teachers and counselors will be encouraging the use of interpersonal skills including taking turns, making eye contact, listening, responding, valuing similarities and respecting individual differences.

Players are encouraged to discuss interpersonal drama, how it starts, how it can lead to many different kinds of problems for oneself and others, and what they can do to prevent or deal with it. Topics include drama as it relates to bullying, jealousy, real and fake friendships, texting/tweeting/instagram posts, labeling and more.