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  • 13 Sep 2017 9:44 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Henry David Thoreau Scholarship is a $20,000 four-year scholarship awarded to eight students graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. High school seniors awarded the Thoreau Scholarship may enroll in any college and university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally-related field.

    Thoreau Scholars have studied a wide variety of environmentally-related areas, including biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law. Scholar alumni have formed companies and organizations including the animation company, Oxbow, with clients including WildAmerica and the Center for Food Safety, satellite imagery startup CrowdAI, and the nonprofit energy organization Equitable Origin.

    The Thoreau Foundation further assists its scholarship winners by identifying environmentally-related internships, offering internship stipends, and providing networking opportunities. A sign of success of the Thoreau Foundation’s mission to foster environmental leadership is the support past scholarship winners provide to present scholarship winners.

    To learn more about the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and the Thoreau Scholarship, please visit www.thoreauscholar.org. Information about the scholarships and how to apply will be mailed to guidance counselors at all Massachusetts high schools. An online application will be available in October.

    Students have until February 1, 2018 to apply.


  • 13 Sep 2017 8:15 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    New England Institute of Technology is once again hosting Career Educations Days for your students.  Career Education Days offer students a chance explore a technical college major in more detail. You may send a group or individual students and their families to the events.  

    For more info, please click here:  17NEIT_CareerDays_Postcard_Invite.pdf

    There is no charge for the event but we require registration. Please visit: http://www.neit.edu/Admissions/Programs-for-High-School-Students-Educators/Career-Education-Days-High-School-Invitation

    Call with any questions you might have.  

    Best wishes for a successful school year!

    Erin Flynn  M.Ed
    Director of Enrollment Management Outreach
    R.I. FIRST Robotics Tech Challenge Affiliate Partner
    RI School Counselor Association Board Member

    New England Institute of Technology
    One New England Tech Boulevard
    East Greenwich, R.I. 02818

    800-736-7744 ext. 3462
    eflynn@neit.edu
    www.neit.edu


  • 11 Sep 2017 3:25 PM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)


    For more information and to register, please click the link below:

    School Soc Wk Flyer with Registration Form 8.11.17.pdf

  • 31 Aug 2017 7:09 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE: January 22-26, 2018
    The Great Kindness Challenge 
    http://www.greatkindnesschallenge.org/


    Last year we mobilized over 10-million students in over 90-countries in a one-week, one checklist challenge that creates a culture of peace on campus and in our communities. Check it out: http://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/.

    Chrissy Califf / The Great Kindness Challenge Program Director 
    (Email) Chrissy@thegreatkindnesschallenge.org // (Phone) 858.880.8678


  • 31 Aug 2017 7:06 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Friday, October 20, 2017, 9 am-4:30 pm

    The Verve, Crowne Plaza
    1360 Worcester Street (Rte. 9), Natick, MA 

    Early Bird Registration Deadline: September 15, 2017

     Register Today!


    Conference Description:  

    The conference will provide useful ideas and strategies for helping adolescents who have experienced traumatic loss, especially loss following the suicide death of a peer. We will present current best practice concepts for responding to schools and community organizations. A significant focus of responding to violent loss, including suicide deaths, is the prevention of further suicides. We will focus on how "changing the narrative" about suicide to traumatic loss leads to wellness and hope. Given the particularly important role of social media, we will also address the ways in which social media and online experiences can help create a narrative of healing and hope.

    Presentations: 

    "Making Sense of the Map: Journeying with Teens through Traumatic Grief and Helping them Identify  Healing Connections" 

    Together we will explore what it's like to journey with grieving teens, and look into creative ways of building connections to help them feel valued, recognized, and safe enough to tell stories while finding hope on the road to healing.

    Stephanie Handel, LICSW, is a child and family therapist who has over 15 years of clinical expertise in grief and trauma at the 
    Wendt Center for Loss and Healing in Washington, DC.

    "Can User-generated Content (Still) Save Lives?"

    This talk will compare user-generated content vs. agency-created social media, explore the ethics of incorporating consumer stories into our messaging, and highlight tools that are currently available to reach users.

    Christopher Gandin Le, Chief Executive Officer at Emotion Technology, LLC in Austin, TX, works to save lives by working with social web companies, federal agencies, and policymakers to prevent suicide and promote mental health online.  


    "Responding in Schools and Communities: Stories from the Field"    

    Jim McCauley, LICSW, is the Co-founder and Associate Director

    of Riverside Trauma Center, and Larry Berkowitz, EdD, is the Co-founder and Director of Riverside Trauma Center. Both have over 25 years of clinical experience and program management. They have extensive experience supporting schools, communities, and organizations following sudden traumatic losses. 

     

    Cost:  

    Register by 9/15/17 to pay the discount rate of $128 per person or $115 per person for groups of 4 or more. The regular registration cost (deadline is 10/6/17) is $141 per person or $127 per person for groups of 4 or more. $75 per person for Riverside Community Care employees.

    Continuing Education:

    Applications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credits will be submitted for Social Workers, LMHCs, LMFTs, and Nurses. Please contact Jenny Huynh (jhuynh@riversidecc.org) for the status of the CE accreditation. This training is approved for 5.5 hours of continuing education for Psychologists.*

    Registration:

    Pre-registration is required. Complete the registration online and pay by credit card or, if you prefer, a hard copy of the registration form is available on our website.

     

    Please share this information with others who are interested in these topics. 
     

    For more information and to register online:   
    www.helpingadolescents.eventbrite.com
      

     

     

    *Riverside Community Care is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for Psychologists. Riverside Community Care maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
    There is no commercial support or conflict of interest known for programs or instructors listed in this training announcement.


  • 31 Aug 2017 7:03 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)
    The Henry David Thoreau Scholarship is a $20,000 four-year scholarship awarded to eight students graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts. High school seniors awarded the Thoreau Scholarship may enroll in any college and university in the world while they major or minor in an environmentally-related field.

    Thoreau Scholars have studied a wide variety of environmentally-related areas, including biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law. Scholar alumni have formed companies and organizations including the animation company, Oxbow, with clients including WildAmerica and the Center for Food Safety, satellite imagery startup CrowdAI, and the nonprofit energy organization Equitable Origin.

    The Thoreau Foundation further assists its scholarship winners by identifying environmentally-related internships, offering internship stipends, and providing networking opportunities. A sign of success of the Thoreau Foundation’s mission to foster environmental leadership is the support past scholarship winners provide to present scholarship winners.

    To learn more about the Henry David Thoreau Foundation and the Thoreau Scholarship, please visit www.thoreauscholar.org. Information about the scholarships and how to apply will be mailed to guidance counselors at all Massachusetts high schools. An online application will be available in October. Students have until February 1, 2018 to apply. 


  • 29 Aug 2017 7:04 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    Families for Depression Awareness is presenting a free Teen Depression webinar on Tuesday, September 26 at 7:00 PM ET/ 4:00 PM PT. Expert Presenter, Dr. Nancy Rappaport, will discuss what schools and parents can do when a teen is reluctant to seek treatment or ask for help. The program is designed for parents, caregivers, school educators and personnel, youth workers, and anyone interested in teen mental health. Register to join us for a live webinar discussion.


    After the webinar, complete our online evaluation and we'll send you a free set of our Depression and Bipolar Wellness Guides for Parents and Teens, in English or Spanish. 

    Can't attend the live webinar? Register today to submit your questions and watch the recorded webinar after it airs.


    Please share information about the free webinar with your network!

    On behalf of the families of Families for Depression Awareness, thank you for helping save teen lives by sharing this resource! 



  • 04 Aug 2017 7:14 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    The Consulate General of Canada in Boston invites you to a college fair in Cambridge, MA.   Come out and learn why nearly 12,000 Americans are studying in Canada!

    Monday, September 18, 2017
    6:00-8:00pm

    Lycée International de Boston - International School of Boston

    45 Matignon Road

    Cambridge, MA 02140

    Light refreshments will be provided.

     

                                                   Institutions invited to attend include:

     

     

    • Acadia University
    • Bishop’s University
    • Cape Breton University
    • Concordia University
    • Dalhousie University
    • Glendon College
    • Mount Allison University
    • Mount Saint Vincent University
    • Queen’s University
    • Quest University
    • Ryerson University

     

    • Saint Mary’s University
    • Saint Francis Xavier University
    • Saint Thomas University
    • University of Alberta
    • University of New Brunswick
    • University of Prince Edward Island
    • University of Toronto
    • University of Waterloo
    • Western University
    • York University

     

     

    Please RSVP to Marc.Jacques@international.gc.ca


  • 04 Aug 2017 7:01 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)

    August 2017-November 2017

    Axiom Learning proudly presents a series of informative and educational workshops for parents and professionals. Each talk will be hosted at three centers in the Boston area and feature discussion, along with best practices and strategies to help parents and educators alike!

    August                         Top Strategies for Maximizing Your SAT/ACT Score

                August 22 Newton Center, 833 Beacon St., Newton, MA 02459
                August 23 Concord, 197B Sudbury Rd, Concord, MA 01742
                August 24 Wellesley Center, 254 Washington St. Wellesley, MA 02481

               

    September                   Navigating the Early Decision Process

    September 26 Wellesley Center, 254 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02481
    September 27 Harvard Square, 25 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138
    September 28 Newton Center, 833 Beacon St., Newton, MA 02459

    October                       Understanding your Unique Learner

    October 24 Newton Center, 833 Beacon St., Newton, MA 02459
    October 25 Concord, 197B Sudbury Rd, Concord, MA 01742
    October 26 Wellesley Center, 254 Washington St. Wellesley, MA 02481

    November                   Raising a Resilient Child

                  November 14 Wellesley Center, 254 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02481                                   November 15 Newton Center, 833 Beacon St., Newton, MA 02459
                  November 16 Harvard Square, 25 Mt. Auburn St., Cambridge, MA 02138

    At Axiom Learning, our mission is to be a catalyst for the transformation of education globally. We continually drive improvement, efficiency, and equity in education delivery through our commitment to delivering cutting-edge and best-in-class offerings.

    For more information on Axiom Learning, visit www.AxiomLearning.com

    Or Call 781-598-7070.


  • 01 Jul 2017 9:37 AM | Jean Atwater-Williams (Administrator)


    Reach Higher MA invites you to attend the upcoming Convening, Reaching Higher in Massachusetts: Exploring Post-Secondary Transition, Persistence, and Retention on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 8 AM – 3:30 PM at Framingham State University.  The program features Massachusetts Secretary of Education, James Peyser, as keynote speaker.  This event is FREE and open to all who are interested in best practices for supporting students, including first generation students, in reaching their education goals.  Presentations to include:  College and University Collaborations, Social Emotional Learning and Post-Secondary Success, Early College High School Initiatives, Student Support Programs, Working with CBO’s and more!

    Click HERE to REGISTER NOW https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBwx_F_aaTDzAD_5xTHBVfCMr5_z3h5TniqQL6GYmh-1iClg/viewform>

    For more information, contact Christine Luzi at csluzi811@gmail.com

    Christine Scafidi Luzi, M. Ed., CAGS
    K-12 Director of Guidance, Stoughton Public Schools
    Reach Higher Massachusetts Convening Chair
    Reach Higher Massachusetts Leadership Team


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