Southwest RESA Newsletter

December 2018/January 2019


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Annual Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Certification Training

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Training-December 11 and 12, 2018

With a focus on prevention, our core training program equips staff with proven strategies for safely defusing anxious, hostile, or violent behavior at the earliest possible stage. It’s been setting the standard for crisis prevention and intervention training for over 35 years, and can help your organization:
  • Reduce the risk of injury.
  • Comply with legislative mandates.
  • Meet regulatory/accreditation standards.
  • Improve staff retention.
  • Minimize exposure to liability.
  • Promote Care, Welfare, Safety, and SecuritySM.

After initial certification, each year the candidate must participate in a 4-hour recertification to remain CPI certified.

WIDA Formative Language Seminar (Multi-Lingual Literacy)

December 13 and 14, 2018


This two-day workshop examines formative assessment practices designed to focus students' and teachers' attention on English language development within the context of general classroom instruction. By analyzing observable learning interactions, participants will develop (a) a deeper understanding of factors that shape academic language development and (b) strategies to foster students' engagement with language learning in disciplinary practices.


The FLA workshop is designed for general classroom teachers and English language specialists who share instructional responsibility for language learners. Ideally, these teachers and specialists are already engaged in collaborative practices which integrate language and content learning in their classrooms. Some expertise in using the WIDA Standards Framework is needed for this workshop. Participants will be able to:

• Describe students and their learning with a focus on growth that capitalizes on their assets.

• Recognize effective formative assessment practices that advance content learning and language development.

• Leverage learner roles within disciplinary practices to create opportunities for purposeful language use.

• Develop learning goals and success criteria that support learning and language development.

• Design learning which elicits purposeful language use related to success criteria within learning goals.

• Engage in on-going formative feedback that advances learning and language development.

Please register on the Southwest RESA site and complete this downloadable WIDA REGISTRATION FORM, also.

Brain Development 101:Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Brain Development

January 10, 2019
This 3.5 hour workshop provides participants with foundational knowledge about how adversity and trauma can impact brain development. The workshop introduces brain architecture and early brain development in children and focuses on the impact of adverseexperiences in child trauma on the brain. Topics and learning objectives include a) adversity & trauma and the impact on brain development; b) brain systems c) adverse childhood experiences and brain development d) resilience and brain development.

Audience: Administrators, Counselors, Teachers

Suicide Prevention with SafeTALK

January 17, 2018, 10:00-3:00

SafeTALK is a half-day training program that teaches participants to recognize and engage persons who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. SafeTALK stresses safety while challenging taboos that inhibit open talk about suicide. The program recommends that an ASIST-trained resource or other community support resource be at all trainings. The ‘safe’ of safeTALK stands for ‘suicide alertness for everyone’. The ‘TALK’ letters stand for the practice actions that one does to help those with thoughts of suicide: Tell, Ask, Listen, and KeepSafe.

G Suite for Education (Continuing Google Training)

Tuesday, Jan. 8th 2019 at 9am-3pm

Southwest Georgia RESA

Making It All Work Together! Integrating Science, Social Studies & Art

January 15, 2019, 9:00-3:00

Attention Elementary Science Teachers!

Come learn what work has occurred at GA DOE in the area of elementary science. GA DOE has been working on designing ways to integrate science with reading/ writing, art and social studies. These strategies are to ensure you get to teach it all. Amanda Buice, GA DOE Science Program Manager will lead this session for sharing lessons, ideas and strategies.

2019 Gifted Educator Conference, January 30, 2019 @ Southwest Georgia RESA

The 2019 Gifted Drive-In Conference will be held at Southwest Georgia RESA, 570 Martin Luther King Road, Camilla, GA on January 30, 2019. Chattahoochee-Flint RESA, Coastal Plains RESA and Southwest GA RESA are excited to be co-hosting this event.

Dr. Tarek Grantham, a professor at the University of Georgia will be the keynote speaker beginning at 9:00 am. Breakout sessions will follow using experts and practitioners in the Gifted and Talented field. Proposals to present will be sent soon. Please consider sharing your talents with us.

Tarek Grantham Biography: Dr. Grantham is a Professor whose research focuses on equity for under-represented students in advanced programs, recruitment and retention, creativity policy, mentoring, gifted Black males, multicultural education, motivation, and parent engagement. Dr.Grantham co-edited Gifted and Advanced Black Students in School: An Anthology of Critical Works (2011), and Young Triumphant and Black: Overcoming the Tyranny of Segregated Minds in Desegregated School (2013). He has provided leadership through the National Association for Gifted Children (e.g., Special Populations Network, Javits/Frasier Teacher Scholar Program), the Council for Exceptional Children (e.g., the Association for the Gifted Div.), and the AERA (e.g., Res. on Giftedness, Creativity and Talent SIG). Dr. Grantham served as Program Coordinator for the GCE on-campus and online graduate degree programs.

More about Dr. Grantham can be found by clicking here!