Tennessee Education Association

Great Public Schools for All Students

            

Human Relations

The A-B-C’s and 1-2-3’s of Conflict Resolution
This workshop provides an exploration of conflict resolution and mediation. The workshop has four objectives:

  • To define the approaches to conflict resolution, using reflective listening and assertiveness for implementation in the school setting
  • To understand strategies to manage and resolve conflict
  • To examine ways to guide students, teachers and education support professionals in extending conflict resolution skills beyond the classroom into their daily lives
  • To understand the different conflict styles and conflicts

(All teachers, all grade levels)

Introduction to Diversity & Cultural Awareness
This session will provide opportunities for participants to:

  • Learn about the diverse children and families within our schools and consider ways to create a student-centered, multicultural classroom
  • Increase our level of consciousness pertaining to diversity and cultural awareness
  • Establish a framework for dialogue in our schools and districts about impact cultural diversity has on student achievement
  • Investigate techniques and activities to integrate into the curriculum

(All teachers, all grade levels)

Best Practices: Knowing, Grouping, and Motivating Students
This workshop examines best practices for knowing, grouping, and motivating students. The objectives for the workshops are as follows:

  • To develop tools that will enable teachers to get to know their students and tailor instruction to meet their needs
  • To learn different ways to group students effectively
  • To understand different ways to motivate students

(All teachers, all grade levels)

Start to Finish: Collaborating with Families
Effective, ongoing communication with families throughout the school year is critical to providing every student the best education possible. The teacher as a professional, is basically responsible for facilitating communication from the start of the school year until the student is no longer in his/her care. The objective of this workshop is to help teachers improve family-teacher communication skills from the first day to the last day. Workshop materials will include numerous examples of teacher-made tools for communicating with parents whether you teach Pre-K or high school students in an inner-city, rural, or suburban setting.
(All teachers, all grade levels and building level administrators)

True Colors 
Learn about True Colors, an asset-building model that answers the question: Why are people the way they are? Identify individual styles and explore the characteristics of dominant styles. Participants will learn how best to communicate with others who have conflicting personality traits as well as how personality traits affect the school environment. This workshop will investigate the impact personality traits have on one's teaching style and how best to work with a diverse group. Participants will learn what it takes to have a successful team and discover strategies that lead to positive team building, while deepening their understanding of working successfully with students' personalities and learning styles.  
(All teachers, educational assistants, administrators, all grade levels)