Educator Professional Development Provides Opportunities to Connect with and Teach Today’s Students

Written by Cairn Guidance, a Dove Self-Esteem Project partner

Attending professional development that is well organized, on-target and recognizes the needs of the adult learners can bring on exciting new skills and re-energize the participant.  Professional development provided by a school, district, state, regional or national organization can open the door to new ideas, innovations, or the retooling of existing ideas, strategies or teaching methods. 

Educators often reach into their “hat” or “bag” of teaching strategies designed to support and enrich learning, grabbing hold of ways to better teach a concept or better meet the needs of their students. Professional learning communities (PLCs), school and district in-person offerings, online or virtual professional development experiences and opportunities to learn and grow through attendance at state, regional or national conferences can increase educator knowledge and skills.  Dove Self-Esteem Project (DSEP) shows its support of educator growth by participating in many professional development opportunities.

Thousands of health and physical educators will be heading to Tampa, Florida April 9-13, 2019 for the SHAPE America’s (Society of Health and Physical Educaters) national conference. And so will DSEP! We will be facilitating a session on April 11, 2019 at 11:15 a.m.  This session will introduce attendees to the lessons, explain why they are needed, and how to implement them.  Participants will engage in a hands-on experience and learn how the interactive lessons help students improve their body confidence and self-esteem.  DSEP will also be located at Booth 317 where conference attendees can receive a copy of the lesson, ask questions and connect with other educators who have implemented the lessons across the country.

Like you, DSEP knows students that struggling with body confidence and self-esteem issues may not perform well in academics, they may miss school, not engage well with peers, not participate in clubs/organizations/athletics or they may not freely engage in large group, classroom, discussions. Having the desire to provide students with the best academic environment coincides with supporting their need to feel competent and confident. Stop by our booth to get a copy of the program and connect with passionate educators just like you.

DSEP Confident Me!  single and five-lesson curriculum provide a no cost, interactive way to help 11-to-14-year-old students delve into the issue of poor body confidence and self-esteem.  Educators have a tool designed to help them help their students experience a brighter and more realistic picture of who they are and what they offer.  They are unique, talented, knowledgeable, and skillful individuals.  They are valued.  Students learn how to value and appreciate themselves and others, as well as becoming more compassionate and thoughtful peers. Please visit DSEP at Dove Self-Esteem Project to learn more about the research-based lessons and how they support educator efforts to help students achieve at their highest levels.  We hope you join the many educators across the United States who implement these lessons with their 11-to-14-year-old students.