Continuing Education

Current Opportunities


Fall 2013 - Unacknowledged Grief of Professionals in End-of-Life Scenarios: Weighing in on Emotional Boundaries – October 18, 2013
Is there a professional taboo on grieving when a patient/client dies? If so, what consequences does this have for the professionals and how might it impact the quality of care they provide to others? Emotion management is common among the bereaved and often shared by professionals who care for the dying and their families, as they work through the grief related to losing the people they provide care for. Self-care is preached and taught for those providing end-of-life care and counseling, but is it enough? And is it practiced? We will explore these often unspoken concerns and look at ways in which we can take down emotional walls and support one another by encouraging healthy grieving practices for all. This workshop is designed for professionals involved in end-of-life and bereavement care fields, as well as for students preparing for these respective careers.

Register through the Center to Advance the Study of Loss
Register for CEUs by contacting Wakisha Briggs

Spring 2014 – When Words Are Too Painful to Speak: Writing our Loss Stories
There are some losses that seem too painful to talk about. We may pride ourselves for making it through another day without acknowledging the deep pain we feel. Yet, somewhere inside, we know that we are not working through the pain of loss in a healthy fashion. Some of us may even experience distance from people close to us as they tire of hearing the painful depth of loss and fear we may not move forward in life. This group will create a safe haven where we can explore these losses by learning how to write out our stories and release some of the tension and fear we ourselves may hold. These groups are open to all, young and old, professional and general public, and include loss from employment, from relationships [i.e., divorce, etc.], or from the death of a close other.

Register through the Center to Advance the Study of Loss
Register for CEUs by contacting Wakisha Briggs


August 1, 2013- May 15, 2014 – Literacy Academy
The district-selected Units of Study resources will serve as the foundation in the process to create Grain Valley District ELA Units of Study. These units will reflect Backwards Design Philosophy and will be created to meet the rigorous Common Core State Standards. The development period will occur with a select group of teachers (2 teachers per grade level) during the duration of the 2013-14 school year. This process will provide teachers with in-depth analysis of Common Core alignment to the instruction in the classrooms. Feedback will be provided on specific lesson components, scope and sequence of teaching points, and resources. This feedback will not only help guide the development of the Units of Study, but also serve as professional development to the teachers regarding instructional strategies and alignment of rigorous lessons. These Grain Valley ELA Units of Study for Reading and Writing will be fully implemented in the 2014-15 school year.

Register for CEUs and for this event by contacting Wakisha Briggs