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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Topic of the Month: Critical Thinking Skills

Critical Thinking is defined as "disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, open-minded, and informed by evidence." (Dictionary.com). One only has to consider our current social climate to see the immense need for students to receive direct instruction in critical thinking skills and strategies. This type of instruction would then allow students to learn and investigate the "why" instead of memorizing the "what." Lacking these skills can leave an individual vulnerable to persuasion and ideas that have no merit or are biased. Sadly, however, these skills are often not of focus in today's classrooms due to the emphasis on standardized test performance.

Scheffer and Rubenfeld discussed important skills to master [B. K. Scheffer and M.G. Rubenfeld, "Critical Thinking: What Is It and How Do We Teach It?," Current Issues in Nursing, J.M. Grace, Rubl, H.K. (2001)]:
  • Analyzing: Separating or breaking a whole into parts to discover their nature, function and relationships.
  • Applying Standards: Judging according to established personal, professional, or social rules or criteria.
  • Discriminating: Recognizing differences and similarities among things or situations and distinguishing carefully as to category or rank.
  • Information Seeking: Searching for evidence, facts, or knowledge by identifying relevant sources and gathering objective, subjective, historical, and current data from those sources to evaluate the credibility and validity of the information.
  • Logical Reasoning: Drawing inferences or conclusions that are supported in or justified by evidence.
  • Predicting: Envisioning a plan and its consequences.
  • Transforming Knowledge: Changing or converting the condition, nature, form, or function of concepts among contexts.
Paul and Elder suggest there are six stages of a developing critical thinker (Paul, R. & Elder, L. (2001). Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Learning and Your Life.): 
  • Stage One: The Unreflective Thinker (unaware of significant problems in our thinking)
  • Stage Two: The Challenged Thinker (become aware of problems in our thinking)
  • Stage Three: The Beginning Thinker (try to improve but without regular practice)
  • Stage Four: The Practicing Thinker (recognize the necessity of regular practice)
  • Stage Five: The Advanced Thinker (advance in accordance with our practice)
  • Stage Six: The Master Thinker (skilled and insightful thinking become second nature)
They also explain 9 strategies to use to develop as a thinker. For explanations of each, see Critical Thinking 9 Strategies:
  1. Use "wasted" time
  2. A problem a day
  3. Internalize intellectual standards
  4. Keep an intellectual journal
  5. Reshape your character
  6. Deal with your ego
  7. Redefine the way you see things
  8. Get in touch with your emotions
  9. Analyze group influences on your life
Educator Resources:

For information regarding how to infuse critical thinking instruction, or Thinking Based Learning into your lessons, and for example lesson plans, visit: http://teach-think.org/resources/lessons-and-articles/

Here is another good resource that examines Thinking Based Learning as it relates to writing: http://teach-think.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/CognitiveComposition.pdf

Friday, February 19, 2016

Help Prevent Bullying: New Online Training Course Now Available

Help Prevent Bullying: New Online Training Course Now Available

StopBullying.gov is proud to announce the launch of a new Bullying Prevention Online Course, a self-directed training that features the newest research and statistics and best practices on bullying. Participants can take quizzes to test their knowledge and earn continuing education credits at their own pace. The course is a free professional development tool for everyone engaged in addressing bullying and they are excited to share this resource with the public. Learn how to lead community-wide bullying prevention initiatives to make a difference today.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month 

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month and it’s a good time for schools (including personnel and students), communities, districts, and states to take stock of current efforts to reduce and prevent bullying. Do current school climates make students feel safe, allowing them to thrive academically and socially? Are youth comfortable speaking up if they are being bullied? Are members of the community engaged and are the media aware of best practices when it comes to reporting bullying stories?
In recognition of the efforts to improve school climate and reduce rates of bullying nationwide, the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention (FPBP) are proud to release a variety of resources aimed at informing youth, those who work with youth, members of the media, parents, and schools. These resources and more maybe found atStopbullying.gov.
Here are several of the exciting efforts being highlighted this month:
-#StopBullying365 – All month long, the FPBP will be using the hashtag #StopBullying365 to collect stories of how individuals and communities are taking action in bullying prevention. Join StopBullying.gov on Facebook and Twitter to learn more.
-The FPBP are pleased to announce the start of a year-long relationship with NASA’s Scott Kelly, who will make bullying prevention a priority during his time in space. Watch Astronaut Kelly’s video.
-KnowBullying. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) new mobile app provides parents, caretakers, and teachers with important bullying prevention information, and can help get the conversation started between parents/caregivers and children about bullying in as little as 15 minutes a day.
-Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights: An Overview of School Districts’ Federal Obligation to Respond to Harassment. This video, developed collaboratively by the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and SAMHSA, of the outlines school districts’ federal obligations to respond to harassment.
-Increasing Capacity for Reducing Bullying and Its Impact on the Lifecourse of Youth Involved. This report summarizes findings from the Institute of Medicine Workshop held in April, 2014, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,  Health Resources and Services Administration. More than 20 presenters shared research on how families, schools and communities can take effective action to stop bullying and reduce its harmful effects.
-Internet Safety Two-Part Webinar Series – On October 30, 2014 from 2-3pm EDT, the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention National Training and Technical Assistance Center will host the first of a two-part webinar series. This series is a collaborative effort by DOJ, the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Agriculture, the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The first webinar will focus on internet safety and cyberbullying. The second webinar will occur in mid-November and focus on sexting and sextortion. Stay tuned to StopBullying.gov for more information!
-Media Guidelines for Bullying Prevention. Media coverage of social issues has a big impact on how communities understand and address problems. Research and expert opinion suggest that certain trends in media coverage of bullying have the potential to do harm. This guidance offers help to journalists, bloggers, the entertainment creative community, and others who are developing content about bullying to engage in responsible reporting on this important topic.
With all of these new resources and attention, it’s a great time to consider how you can help raise awareness about bullying and take action to stop it. Teens can find inspiration by visiting the Stopbullying.gov Tumblr site. Share your activities onFacebook and Twitter using #StopBullying365

U.S. Department of Education Invests More Than $70 Million to improve School Climate and Keep Students Safe

U.S. Department of Education Invests More Than $70 Million to improve School Climate and Keep Students Safe

To help keep students safe and improve their learning environments, the U.S. Department of Education awarded more than $70 million to 130 grantees in 38 states. The Department made the awards under four new grant programs that were among the common-sense proposals included in President Obama and Vice President Biden’s “Now Is The Time,” a comprehensive plan to make our schools safer, reduce gun violence by keeping guns out of dangerous hands, and increase mental-health services.
The new competitive grant programs are:
-School Climate Transformation grants to school districts—$35,818,097
-School Climate Transformation grants to states—$7,339,654
-Project Prevent grants to school districts—$14,167,876
-School Emergency Management grants to states—$13,082,991
“If we can’t help protect kids and staff, and make them feel safe at school, then everything else that we do is secondary,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “If kids don’t feel safe, they can’t learn. It’s that simple. Through these grants of more than $70 million, we are continuing our commitment to ensure that kids have access to the best learning experience possible.”
Click here to view the press release and a list of awardees:

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

UK Human Development Institute Seminar Series October-December 2014

Open to faculty, staff and students as well as statewide consumers, parents /caregivers, and professionals. CEUs are pending for Social Work, Psychology, O.T., Rehabilitation, and Licensed Professional Counselors. If approved, there is a
$20 fee for CEU Certificates in Social Work, Psychology, & Counseling. The KY Office of Vocational Rehab co -sponsors our Seminars for Rehab Counseling CEUs.  Notify walt.bower@uky.edu if your site wishes to host a live video-conference in your community. Registration for first Seminar opens September 9, 2014 @ http://www.hdi.uky.edu/news/events

October 17, 1:00pm 3:00pm
Fall 2014 Seminar Schedule

  HDI’s Coldstream Office Training Room (also available for live streaming)
Strengthening Families: An Effective Approach to Supporting Families and Communities: Protective Factor Six – Nurturing and Attachment 

Dr. Otto Kaak, Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics & Social Work, University of Kentucky Center on Children and Trauma
Kristal Hankinson, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, HANDS Moving Beyond Depression Program Coordinator, Department for Public Health

This 2 hour seminar will teach participants the importance of secure attachments and positive nurturing relationships to ensure healthy growth in the early childhood years.  The brain development processes that ensure positive development during prenatal and early childhood years will be discussed, as well as the results of toxic stress and adverse childhood experiences on brain development and relationships.  The preventative importance of healthy attachment and nurturing will be stressed, as well as the importance of early intervention in the lives of children who have been exposed to toxic stress and harmful experiences.

November 7, 1:00pm 3:00pm
HDI’s Coldstream Office Training Room (also available for live streaming)
Eat Well. Move More. Live Happy.: Implementing Successful Health Promotion Programming for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Lindsey Catherine Mullis, M.S., Human Development Institute, Health & Wellness Coordinator, Master Trainer for HealthMatters™ Program
Sue Molokwn, Cypress Community Services, LLC
Participants in the HealthMatters Kentucky! Pilot Program
This 2 hour seminar will provide participants the opportunity to learn the benefits of health promotion programming for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  Specific health promotion education and techniques will be discussed as well as several programming activities offered for participation.  This panel will consist of Lindsey Catherine Mullis, the health & wellness coordinator working to implement a statewide healthy initiative for the community at large.  Joining her will be program participants consisting of staff and individuals with IDD receiving Supports for Community Living.  The importance of offering healthy choices paired with providing health education such as nutrition and exercise, will be covered.  Participants will also benefit from viewing HealthMatters pilot program highlights along with hearing feedback and first person experiences from the participants themselves.

December 5, 1:00pm 3:00pm
HDI’s Coldstream Office Training Room (also available for live streaming)
Employment First – It’s More Than Just a Slogan

Katie Wolf Whaley, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky
Jeff White, Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities

This session will address what Employment First is and is not.  Employment First policies and legislation are being enacted across the country. This session will discuss how various entities have come together to study the issue and seek ways to make it effective here in Kentucky. We will discuss why it is important for integrated employment to be the first service considered for people of working age. This leads to what good supported employment looks like and what should be expected from a service provider.  In our society, work is the most common path to independence and community involvement. Let’s be sure that opportunity is available to all!

web: www.hdi.uky.edu / phone: 859-257-1714 / fax: 859-323-1901 / email: tina.lindon@uky.edu