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The SCCOE Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program partners with the Leadership Academy to bring you a leadership webinar series featuring content experts from across the county to tackle just-in time topics to discuss tangible strategies that schools and school systems can adopt around alternatives to suspension for vape/tobacco related offenses and beyond. Please click on the links below to register for the session of your choice.
Escaping Vaping: Informational Webinar on Teen Vaping & COVID-19
The Palo Alto Youth Council invites the parent community to a vaping panel where guest speakers from different professions
will confer their experience dealing with vaping. The panel will include a 15 min. presentation from each panelist surrounding
vaping and how it pertains to their specific field, results from a vaping survey of over 300 students from the Palo Alto district,
and a 45 min. Q and A segment at the end of the session.
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The first webinar focused on setting the foundation for leading for equity in the COVID-19 crisis with an emphasis on decreasing
suspensions for tobacco and vape related offenses using an equity centered lens. In this 90-minute webinar, participants will explore:
Issues of inequity that existed before COVID-19 both in Santa Clara County and nationwide, including inequities in tobacco marketing, usage rates, and suspension data
The effects of COVID-19 on exacerbating these inequities
Implications for your role as a leader during this unprecedented time
Practices to ensure strong, healthy relationships with students and staff
Alternatives to suspension ideas both locally and nationally to increase positive school climate
Tobacco cessation resources provided
Facilitator: Imee Almazan, Ed.D. Coordinator of State & Federal Programs, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
Expert Guest: Nancy Gutierrez, Ed.L.D. President & CEO NYC Leadership Academy
The second webinar focused on dealing with trauma in the COVID-19 crisis. The webinar will explore trauma-informed approaches for individual resilience to identify root causes on why students use tobacco or vape products. Participants will learn:
Deepen participants' understanding of the impact of trauma and the creation of trauma-sensitive schools and school systems and identifying the root causes of student tobacco use
Explore trauma-informed approaches for individual resilience during COVID-19 and beyond
Provide recommendations for practicing self care as a key leadership strategy to support students who use tobacco and vape products
Expert Guest: Annya Artigas, Ed.D. Coordinator of Mental Wellness Support, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District
Join us as we continue our Leading for Equity webinar series in conversation with school district leaders who offer alternatives to discipline & suspension to support students who need it most. Together we will explore:
The increase in student vaping/tobacco use that has led to increased suspensions
The disproportionality of student discipline on the basis of race and ethnicity
Alternatives to discipline and suspension that schools have put in place to support students and families
Opportunities to shift from punitive responses and social and emotional supports
Intervention and cessation options for teen vaping/tobacco use vs. punitive responses
“8 Can’t Wait” Article
Exploring the toxic stress of racism which we know contributes to adverse mental and physical health effects of BIPOC youth and families
Unpacking the intended and unintended consequences for vulnerable populations when mitigating racial trauma
Creating spaces for students to share their feelings freely in courageous and safe spaces centered on healing
Addressing unhealthy youth coping mechanisms such as tobacco and vaping
Introducing the PBIS framework for student support
Examining the use of data to track student interventions and make data-informed decisions
Exploring strategies to reinforce positive behaviors
Creating a referral system for student supports (ex. referral to to tobacco cessation or counseling)
Exploring restorative practices as an alternative to suspension for various offenses including tobacco or vaping related offenses
Enhancing the use of restorative justice and social emotional supports in a virtual world
Sharing strategies on how to enhance and empower youth voice (highlighting youth tobacco coalitions)
Learning strategies to combat bullying by repairing harm and building authentic relationships