Mindsets! We’ve all heard about Carol Dweck’s exciting research on growth and fixed mindsets, but are we putting that research to work effectively?
This week we’ll discuss Dweck’s contention that people have not fully understood how to implement her work, and how we might need to slightly shift our approach in order to be more effective.
Read The Atlantic: How Praise Became a Consolation Prize
And remember to register for the May 22 reading club.
See you then!
Do you know a parent (or are you a parent) who needs resources to help them cope during the coronavirus pandemic? Do you know of a great practical resource parents could use?
In response to a request from one of you, Michele began gathering parent resources and Heather and the Parent Engagement Learning Collaborative are continuing to build the list. Topics (as of this writing) include:
- Emotional Support (for parents and children)
- Talking Points for Discussing COVID-19
- Dealing with Grief and Loss
- General Resources (e.g., mutual aid)
- Unemployment Resources
- Mental Health Services
Browse and add your own resources to Real Life Resources for Parents During the Pandemic.
The Reading Club is back! This week we have two articles on a theme. If you have time to read only one, make it the first. Register here for Friday, 5/15, at 11:00.
- Why the Coronavirus Is Hitting Black Americans Hardest
(Slate interview with Akilah Johnson)
- Coronavirus Numbers Reflect New York City’s Deep Economic Divide (The Intercept)
Hope you’ll join us for this timely topic!
Hi folks! Just a quick note to let you know there will not be a meeting of the reading club on Friday 5/1 or Friday, May 8. Find all this week’s events on the CAPP and PREP Training Calendar!
The American Journal of Sexuality Education is hosting Wednesday evening e-chats…including one tonight! Thanks to Anne Van Der Veer of Northwell Health for alerting us to this opportunity!
All sessions run 6:00-6:30 PM Eastern, and space is limited. April and May topics:
- April 22: Emerging Adults’ Perceptions of Male Circumcision in the United States: Facts, Fictions, and Future Plans, with Michelle Murray and Katherine Allen
- May 6: Teaching Sex Ed Online, with Karen Rayne (this one is full– scroll down to the bottom of the registration page to indicate your interest if they run it again)
- May 13: Why those from Faith Backgrounds – such as Muslim Communities – Benefit from and Need Comprehensive, Values-Based Sex Education, with Sameera Qureshi
- May 20: Hegemonic Masculinity During Parent-Child Communication with Sexual Minority Male Adolescents, with Delmacio Flores
- May 27: Negotiating Shame, Silence, Abstinence, and Period Sex: Women’s Shift from Harmful Memorable Messages about Reproductive and Sexual Health, with Valerie Rubinsky, Angela Cooke-Jackson, & Jacqueline Gunning
If you have ideas for online professional development, please add them in the comments!
We’re switching it up this week and have a documentary as
well as an article for discussion:
- Let’s Talk About Sex, This 2009 film reveals U.S. attitudes toward adolescent sexuality and the price paid by young people for our unwillingness to talk honestly about sex.
We have a lot to talk about! Remember to register
for the meeting.
Our first reading club meeting was a big hit! Though Jutta
may have broken out into a bit of a sweat trying to put everyone in and out of
small groups, it was great to actually lay eyes on so many people and hear your
voices and your insights. Don’t forget to register
for this week’s meeting and save some time for the readings:
1. From Public Seminar: The
Performance of Transgender Inclusion
2. From Teaching Tolerance: Being
There for Nonbinary Youth
Hope to see everyone there!
Do you have suggestions for CAPP/PREP/SRAE reading club selections on adolescent development, adolescent sexual health, or positive youth development? Put them in the comments, and be sure to include a link!
For our first reading club discussion (which will be April 10 at 11:00), we’re taking a suggestion raised at a provider learning collaborative meeting:
Peggy Orenstein: The Miseducation of the American Boy
In this Atlantic article, Orenstein — who interviewed over 100 boys and young men for her new book — considers why we need to give boys new and better models of masculinity.
- About Boys
ACT for Youth web page with additional resources
Happy reading! Don’t forget to register for the discussion!
We crunched the numbers on your evaluation of the 2019 BWIAH Provider Meeting. Here’s what the 50+ CAPP and PREP providers who answered these questions had to say:
You were kind to us about registration.
We didn’t need evaluations to know that the registration
process needs a new approach – but you were remarkably tolerant!
You liked the Albany Capital Center.
94% of those who answered this question agreed that the
Albany Capital Center worked well as the event venue. There was one caveat that
was probably mentioned more than any other comment: it was too cold. A few
people who were unable to stay nearby missed the convenience of having it at a
hotel or at least having the event within walking distance. The inexpensive
parking was appreciated.
You were happy that food was provided this year, though it
should have included protein options at breakfast, coffee and tea in the
afternoon, and water in each room.
Structure & Timing
While some loved the start and end times, others did not.
Some of you would lengthen the event overall while others would shorten it;
some wanted longer workshops and others wanted shorter ones.
But certain messages came through clearly: Build in more
breaks! Having two working lunches was really too much, and Day One was
long and packed. The networking reception was a highlight for many
participants, but it came at the end of a long day. Many of you would have
liked more time for networking.
- We heard many positive comments on the keynotes—particularly Amy Cunningham’s talk on self-care. Some did not like the political slant of Loretta Ross’s presentation, but overall, most of you were happy with the keynotes.
- Workshops could have been more interactive – there was too much sitting. Many people were happy with the range of topics, and many of the workshops got high marks.
- The CAPP and PREP provider group meeting was another highlight. Many of you loved the discussion and would have liked to have more of it.
Let’s cut to the chase. Was it a good use of your time?
YES. The vast majority of those who responded to this question
– 98% – agreed that it was time well spent. One person was neutral and several people who completed other questions skipped this one. Either they were unsure or just didn’t want to hurt our feelings!
It makes a difference!
We anticipate being able to offer another Provider Meeting in 2020 or 2021. Rest assured your feedback is already helping us make changes for the next event. Our thanks go to everyone who took the time to complete the evaluations—it DOES make a difference!
If you have anything to add about the 2019 Provider Meeting or the kind of event you would like to see in the future, please let us know in the comments!
Our home base, Cornell University, will be closed from December 22 through New Year’s Day, reopening January 2, 2019. We hope you’ll be getting a break too.
Best wishes to all from the ACT for Youth team!