A breadth of resources for CISNC affiliates

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Facilitator Guide

Readers Playhouse Scripts

Click on the title of the script you want to perform with your students.  Save the script on your laptop or PC.  Send to your set of Kindles (see Facilitator Guide).

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

THE THREE BILLY GOATS GRUFF

LISTEN BUDDY

THE LITTLE RED HEN

IF YOU GIVE A PIG A PANCAKE

IF YOU TAKE A MOUSE TO SCHOOL

I LIKE MYSELF

GULLIBLE’S TROUBLES

DOUBLE TROUBLE IN WALLA WALLA

CLICK, CLACK, MOO

CHICKEN LITTLE

CLEVER LUCY

BFG

BIG AL

A BAD CASE OF THE STRIPES

Integrated Student Supports (ISS):  A school-based approach to promoting students’ academic success by developing or securing and coordinating supports that target academic and non-academic barriers to achievement.

Response to Intervention (RTI):  Response to Intervention (RTI) is a multi-tier approach to the early identification and support of students with learning and behavior needs. The RTI process begins with high-quality instruction and universal screening of all children in the general education classroom. Struggling learners are provided with interventions at increasing levels of intensity to accelerate their rate of learning.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS):  A term used to describe an evidence-based model of schooling that uses data-based problem-solving to integrate academic and behavioral instruction and intervention. The integrated instruction and intervention is delivered to students in varying intensities (multiple tiers) based on student need.

Evidence-Based Interventions (EBI):  Evidence-based interventions (EBI) are treatments that have been proven effective (to some degree) through outcome evaluations. As such, EBI are treatments that are likely to be effective in changing target behavior if implemented with integrity.

Intervention Management:  The process of managing identified interventions for the entire school (Level 1) and individual student (Level 2). 

Targeted Intervention Management Model (TIMM): Targeted Intervention Management Model speaks specifically to the process in providing effective and timely interventions directly to Level 2 students and / or caseload. 

Motivational Interviewing:  A method that works on facilitating and engaging intrinsic motivation within the student in order to change behavior.

Targeted Interventions / Services (Level 2):  Students can be directly served or referred to external service providers.

Universal Services (Level 1):  School-wide preventative interventions and services available to all students in the school.

Professional Learning Team (PLT):  A process of bringing together the team to look at data (qualitative and quantitative) and to collaborate on strategies/practices that can drive improved student outcomes. 

Lead Data:  Indicators or data being sought after in the future; shooting for a target.

Lag Data:  Measuring data by looking back at performance. 

Dash Board Technology:  An easy to read, often single page, real-time user interface, showing a graphical presentation of the current status (snapshot) and historical trends of an organization’s key performance indicators to enable instantaneous and informed decisions to be made at a glance.

Implementation Science:Implementation science is the study of methods to promote the integration of research findings and evidence into policy and practice.

Research Supported Practices:  Any practice or initiative that is supported by current research or best-practices. 

Data-Informed Supports & Interventions: The use of relevant and up-to-date data to determine what supports and interventions are most appropriate in a given situation.

Board Campaign Appeal Letter

Prospect Planning

Prospect Tracking Spreadsheet

Resource Development Plan – Affiliate

Sample Event Task Checklist

Sample Event Task Workbook

Special Event Assessment

Development and Communications Calendar

Event Solicitation Letter Template – Embedded

Acknowledgement Template – Embedded

CISNC Advisory Council Sign-up Form Template – Embedded

TQS 2.0 business standards

2016-2017 Reaccreditation Recorded Webinar

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State Farm

State Farm agents make great volunteers. Do you know the agents in your community? Let us help.

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Partners: Financial Literacy

Our partners offer opportunities for financial education for parents and students. They may also provide volunteers for Tier 1 supports, and to lead workshops at a family night or FAFSA event.

BB&T

BB&T’s Financial Foundations program puts you more in control of your financial life and is the foundation for a brighter future. In just ten minutes, the interactive courses teach you financial hints and tips to help you head in a brighter direction. Create a free account here and choose from many topics including building emergency savings, payday loans, credit reports, auto loans and more.

Coastal Federal Credit Union

Coastal Federal Credit Union offers free seminars, usually in Raleigh, on topics for parents such as retirement planning and investing. Seminar Coordinator, Apryl McDonald, can answer any questions you may have. Contact her directly at amcdonald@coastalfcu.org or (919) 420-8093. For a list of seminar topics, click here.

North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer

NC Department of the State Treasurer has compiled resources for K-12 students and teachers. Click here for information on programs offered by Junior Achievement, the NC Council on Economic Education, the National Endowment for Financial Education, the College Foundation of NC and federal information including FAFSA.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo provides “Hands on Banking” for most ages. Hands on Banking® is a free, fun, and engaging financial program from Wells Fargo to help students of any age build a brighter financial future. Click here. The Hands on Banking online financial courses include free instructor guides with classroom lessons and activities that will help you guide students through real-life scenarios, group discussions, and other activities designed to teach valuable money management skills and help them take control of their finances. All without endorsements or commercials. The Hands on Banking curriculum is designed for four age groups: Kids—4th and 5th grades, Teens—6th through 8th grades, Young Adults—ages 15 through 21 and Adults.

Student Support Specialist Training

New Student Support Specialist Learning Pathway

The SSSLP has been updated for this school year.  Learners will have the knowledge of what is expected and the ability to implement all aspects of the CIS model outlined in the fidelity rubric and perform at a minimum the expected quality level.  Learners will complete a Hybrid Training consisting of online pre-work, a one-day instructor-led-training (ILT) and complete an online assessment to demonstrate knowledge transfer.  Ongoing support through observations and self-assessment and coaching is recommended to be utilized after initial training.  Learners will have the knowledge of what is expected and the ability to implement all aspects of the CIS model outlined in the fidelity rubric and perform at a minimum the expected quality level. 

Learners wishing to enroll in the course should complete CIS National’s Site Coordinator Learning Pathway and Motivational Interviewing prior to enrollment in this course.  

LocationDatesSSS Training
East (Wilmington)February 26thRegistration Link
West (Salisbury)March 6th Registration Link

Check & Connect Training

What is Check & Connect? Check & Connect is a comprehensive intervention designed to enhance student engagement at school and with learning for disengaged and/or at-risk students in grades K-12, through relationship building, problem-solving and capacity building, and persistence. Check & Connect has been shown to have a positive impact on attendance, behavioral referrals, and school completion and clearly aligns with the CIS Model to drive student success.

The CISNC State Office will:

  • Provide the Check & Connect training and associated materials at CISNC organized training.
  • Provide meals during training hours.
  • Provide support and resources related to implementation.

The affiliate will:

  • Support the full attendance and involvement of trainees throughout the training process.
  • Provide transportation and meals outside of those provided by CISNC, if necessary.
  • Ensure Check & Connect is being implemented with fidelity by the person(s) who attend the training.
  • Provide trained staff with opportunities to share this work with all Affiliate staff.

Requirements for attending:

  • Student support specialist has completed all CIS National and CISNC Learning Pathways, including Motivational Interviewing certificate.
  • Student support specialist has weekly access to data and sufficient time to implement.
  • Direct supervisor attends the training with site-based staff.
  • Student support specialist works in a school meeting CIS Model standards.
  • Student support specialist is considered full-time.
LocationDatesCheck & Connect Training
East (Wilmington)February 27thRegistration Link
West (Salisbury)March 7th  Registration Link

CISDM Resources

Learning CISDM 2.0?  We have resources!  Check them out here:  https://cisnc.org/member-area/cisdm-2-0/.  


FREE Motivational Interviewing 13-hour Online Certification Course

Remember, you can enroll in the MI course at any time and take the course at your own pace. We encourage all staff across the network to enroll, even Executive Directors.  MI is a prerequisite for Check & Connect.  If you are interested, click here to get enrolled today! (School-based staff must have prior approval from their Executive Director and/or Program Director before enrollment)

CISU, Learning, and Events

Communities In Schools University

Communities In Schools University (CISU) is an online learning portal that connects the CIS network with learning opportunities that advance knowledge and teach critical information and skills.

The cornerstones of CISU are our Position Learning Pathways, which are targeted to specific job competencies and are designed for completion within the first three months of employment. Position Learning Pathways are comprised of self-paced eLearning courses that can be taken at any time. They are mobile friendly and will work on tablets and smartphones as well as desktop or laptop computers.

Additional information about CIS University can be found here:

CISU Bootcamps

Boot Camps are a 6-7 week intensive support event for network staff. Boot Camp courses are online and engage a cohort of your peers in learning across the network. Facilitation is coupled with interactive webinars and support throughout the Boot Camp duration.
Separate Virtual Boot Camps are offered throughout the year for site coordinators, program directors, and executive managers.

To register for one of CIS National’s pathways or for Orientation to Communities In Schools, please click on the link:

CISU Learning Pathway Registration Form

You can access the National Resource Center here:

www.Resources.CommunitiesInSchools.org
Password: empower

Impact Conference Proposals

At CISNC’s 2017 Annual Impact Conference, join us to explore the theme:  CIS Hidden Figures!  CIS local Affiliates, Student Support Specialists, Board Members and partners are often time the best kept secret, as we are our using our ability to assess, plan, and provide support to launch our students to the moon and beyond as seen in the award-winning film Hidden Figures. The Impact Conference is a great time to highlight the work of those hidden figures who have been able to launch students to reach new heights.  The event will be held August 14th-16th at the Embassy Suites in Cary, NC (201 Harrison Oaks Blvd, Cary, NC 27513).  The conference features sessions, workshops, and unlimited networking opportunities. The 2017 Annual Impact Conference Committee is seeking proposals that reflect the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, and practice and awareness of issues of diversity and inclusion as it relates to Integrated Student Supports and/or Wraparound Support.

Proposals can be submitted by completing the online form by clicking here.

All proposals must now be submitted by the extended date of  May 30th 2017 for consideration for acceptance.

The committee invites proposals that:

  • Address current challenges faced by professionals and leaders in the field and are solution-oriented
  • Deliver model practices using approaches for different types of learners
  • Stimulate and provoke discussion and audience engagement
  • Present evidence based on or supported by research
  • Target either new, mid-career, or seasoned professionals
  • Use multimedia approaches to enhance attendee learning

Highlighted topics may include:

  • Time management for working with students.
  • Collaboration within the school setting and surrounding community
  • Innovative ways to support student welfare and well being
  • Evidence Based Student Interventions/Supports related to Attendance, Behavior, Coursework, College and Career Readiness, and Parent Engagement
  • Building a culture of valuing data
  • Case Management within a school setting
  • Volunteer Management
  • Coaching for Performance (Students or Employees)
  • Partnership Development
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Motivational Interviewing in Primary and Secondary School Settings
  • Board Development & Engagement

We are seeking presenters with a diverse array of perspectives and experience in the educational and social service spectrum.  Presenters from a single organization or multiple organizations will be considered equally.

Session Formats

Please select the format that will best enable you to effectively engage conference participants with learning about and considering how to adapt your research, theories, strategies, and evidence-based practices to their own school/district/affiliate work and culture.

Problem Solving Sessions (75 minutes each; 2-4 facilitators; rooms set in roundtables; audio visual as available upon request)

Problem-solving sessions should identify a topic and problematize it as a way to foster discussion and develop a plan of action.  Proposals using this format should:  1) describe the problem; 2) offer a call to action (to address the problem); and 3) provide a method (such as concept mapping, promising practices, or other tools) to engage participants in examining a topic of mutual interest and applying knowledge from a variety of perspectives to solve the problem. Participants may be organized in small discussion groups according to grade levels served and to mix school based staff, affiliate staff,  and other school practitioners to gain a full range of perspectives and to foster inclusive problem-solving practices.  Sessions that model high-impact practices—reflection, discussion, collaboration, hands-on activities—will be given priority.  Please note that the session should be an inclusive discussion with problem-solving exercises that advance actions adaptable to others – not a show-and-tell of what you did.

Planning Sessions (75 minutes each; 2-4 facilitators; rooms set in roundtables; audio visual as available upon request)

Planning sessions should examine and bridge research, theory, and practice to advance evidence-based plans of action.  Proposals using this format should: 1) provide research findings related to one of the conference themes; 2) examine critical theory that provides scholarly grounding emanating from this evidence; and 3) engage participants in considering how the findings and theories might be used to advance change in their school, district and/or Affiliate. Facilitators should provide data/findings related to the topic and engage participants in reflection, discussion, and strategic planning. Sessions that model high-impact practices—reflection, discussion, collaboration, hands-on activities—will be given priority.  Please note that the session should be an analysis of theories, strategies, and practices that are adaptable to others – not a show-and-tell of what you did.

Developing and Submitting a Problem Solving or Planning Session Proposal

Proposals are accepted through an online format and must include:

  • Name, title, organization/institution, and email address of each facilitator
  • Session title(100-character limit including spaces)
  • Anticipated participant learning outcomes(30-word limit)
  • Statement of intended audience(50-word limit, not required for poster proposals)
  • Background and evidence of effectiveness of work being presented(250-word limit)
  • Plan for participant engagement(150-word limit, not required for poster proposals)
  • Brief description to explain what your session will address if accepted(this description will be used in final conference program – 150 words)

Poster Sessions (90 minutes; 1-2 presenters; 6’x3′ table with 4′ x 3′ table top bi-fold poster board)

Posters share visual models of school site/district/affiliate specific approaches to the topics specified.  They might focus on a particular high quality best practices around attendance, behavior, coursework, and/or parent engagement, equity-minded framework; student-centered/asset-based learning paradigm; topic/problem; strategic planning framework; concept map; assessment rubric and feedback loops; or high-impact practices.  Posters that include evidence of success and resources for participants will be given priority. Posters are displayed on a 4′ x 3′ poster board that stands on a 6’x3′ table.

Developing and Submitting a Poster Session Proposal

Proposals are accepted through an online format and must include:

  • Name, title, organization/institution, and email address of each facilitator
  • Session title(100-character limit including spaces)
  • Anticipated participant learning outcomes(30-word limit)
  • Background and evidence of effectiveness of work being presented(250-word limit)
  • Brief description to explain what your session will address if accepted(this description will be used in final conference program – 150 words)

Expenses and Fees

All session facilitators are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses. A registration discount will be provided to one presenter of accepted Problem Solving or Planning Sessions.  Please be sure that all individuals listed in the proposal have this information and can be available to present throughout the event. Presentation times range from Monday, August 14th, at 1:00 p.m. through Wednesday, August 16th at 1:00 p.m.

Submission Information & Deadline

Proposals can be submitted by completing the online form by clicking here.

All proposals must be submitted by extended date of May 30th 2017 for consideration for acceptance.

Click to download the 2017 Annual Impact Conference Call for Proposals

CISNC Affiliate Events Calendar

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