Superintendent's Conference Day

Symposium Addresses Mental Health
Posted on 03/15/2019
Marc Brackett keynote address

MOBOCES hosted its 2nd annual Mental Health Symposium on March 15 for teachers, administrators, health care professionals, counselors, therapists and youth workers from across the region.

Keynote speaker Marc Brackett of Yale University encouraged schools to adopt a systemic approach to addressing social-emotional learning and make mental health and wellness a core part of their daily work with students and staff.

Brackett is a professor in Yale’s Child Study Center and the founding director of the Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence.

“If you really want to help people grow, it has to be in the environment, in the ecology,” he said. “The soft skills are harder to learn than the hard skills.”

mindfulness sessionAfter Brackett’s address, participants attended smaller sessions addressing suicide prevention and awareness, mindfulness, chemical dependency, restorative justice and mental health information. MOBOCES Principals Tonia Davis and Owen Maranville led the Restorative Justice session, sharing the work they are doing on the Alternative Education programs on campus.


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A number of community partners that work with MOBOCES set up tables at the symposium to provide participants with more information about their services. They included Community Action Partnership, Liberty Resources, Kids Oneida, CNY Home Health Network, Center for Family Life and Recovery and Madison County Mental Health.

The symposium was just one of the professional development opportunities planned for Superintendent’s Conference Day.

  • Teaching assistants from the region attended a workshop on student behavior management, led by Colleen Zawadzki at MVCC-Rome campus. 
  • On campus, instructional staff attended sessions on vaping and teen substance abuse trends, differentiation, wellness, IEPs, parent engagement, dropout prevention and attendance.
  • The CTE Health Related Careers and Allied Health instructors led a training for their colleagues on CPR, including hands-on practice with mannequins of the procedures.

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