Building teacher and student relationships during Professional Development Week

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. During Professional Development Week, Scottsbluff Public School’s teachers are attending a workshop to become better teachers in their student’s lives.

Teachers are learning how to help to equip students with social and emotional skills, discuss the next step to overcome traumatic events and learn prevent themselves from burning out. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

During this workshop, teachers will learn how to equip Scottsbluff’s youth with social and emotional skills that are very much needed.

These skills will help students with relationships, responsible decision making and self-management.

“This is our opportunity for prevention,” said Dr. Greg Benner, O’Sullivan Professor of Special Education for the University of Alabama. “Like my Grandma used to say, ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.’” A lot of us have heard that kind of phrase before so if we can prevent really well and learn these techniques that I shared with you today, we can learn their techniques early and apply them early.”

Teachers will also learn how to help students that have gone through traumatic experiences including abuse, neglect and opioids.

The number one rule for the training; don’t push the student away.

Teachers will also learn techniques to prevent burn outs, exhaustion and becoming stress free.

This will improve the interaction between the student and the teacher.

“I want to kind of touch their hearts because I know this is a shocking thing to say but people don’t change unless they want to,” explained Dr. Benner. “I am going to push people a bit this week. I am going to try to get into their hearts a little bit.”

Dr. Benner states that Scottsbluff Public Schools are the few that are committed across the country for student’s success and well-being by using their 3E Initiative; Every student, every day, everywhere.

Starting tomorrow, Dr. Benner will go to each of the school district’s classrooms to demonstrate and practice techniques.

During this training, Dr. Benner will observe, provide feedback to make them better and highlight good things.

This training will get student’s career and life ready for the future.