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MHS Professional Development Day – October 9, 2017

On Monday, October 9, 2017, Milton Hershey School is hosting a Professional Development Day.  Join us for no-cost educational workshops addressing poverty, career development, and social emotional learning. You also will enjoy a tour of campus, lunch with colleagues, and the opportunity to learn more about Milton Hershey School programs and admission. Discover more about our one-of-a-kind programming and how it can help families you know and work with.

To register, fill out this form by Monday, Oct. 2. Please email us or call 717-520-2590 with questions.

Professional Development Day Information

Who:   Professionals who want to learn more about serving children from poverty and the programs offered at Milton Hershey School.

What: You will network with other professionals during multiple educational workshops, a tour of campus, a group lunch, and an informational session about Milton Hershey School. You are welcome to register for all or part of the day.

Milton Hershey School
Catherine Hall
300 Hotel Road
Hershey, PA 17033

When: 8 a.m.

RSVP: Register here  or call  717-520-2590 to RSVP.  After registering, you will receive confirmation with details of the event, directions to campus, and parking instructions.

Workshop Options

During registration, you will be asked to select workshop sessions. You are welcome to register for all or some of the sessions.  The following workshops are available:

Ready For Work, Ready For Life (1.75 hours)

Preparing students to enter the world of work and be self-sufficient is an important task for educators—and critically important for students in poverty. This workshop explores the consequences and cost of poverty and how effective Career Technical Programs and social emotional learning programs can improve outcomes. Best practices from around the country as well as Milton Hershey School’s programming will be highlighted.

Chocolate and Poverty (1.75 hours)

Utilizing poverty statistics and the research of people like Eric Jensen, PhD, Dr. Ruby Payne, Dr. Donna Beagle, and Jonathan Kozol, this workshop addresses the characteristics and traits of students/families in poverty. Topics include: the behavior patterns of many individuals in poverty, assessing resources available to families (such as health and education), and how economic realities affect daily living. The workshop will include video clips from the PBS documentary “People Like Us,” group discussions and exercises, and lecture. Participants will receive handouts including the training outline and a list of recommended resources.

Social & Emotional Learning (1.75 hours)

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. By explicitly modeling, teaching, and allowing practice of these skills, our students will be better equipped to handle life’s challenges. They will be able to self-manage, remain calm and focused, follow directions, and navigate relationships with peers and adults successfully. This workshop will equip you with ideas for fostering this growth mindset in your staff and students.

Non-Medication Intervention Strategies for Children with Attention Concerns (1.75 hours)

With ADHD affecting nearly 11 percent of children, this disorder remains a leading mental health concern for students. The implications of ADHD are often seen in the classroom and can lead to lower academic achievement. This workshop is designed to be a hands-on, interactive experience to learn about strategies and assisted devices which can aid students with improving attention in the classroom. Participants will be able to experience a number of assisted devices, learn about their uses, and discuss the brain science behind these strategies.  Focus will be on the application of seating options, tactile stimulation, weighted objects, squeezable toys, fidgets, and sensory items in a classroom setting.

Increasing Cross-Cultural Awareness in Schools (1.75 hours)

This workshop will highlight ways in which cultural diversity affects staff and student experiences in the school setting and encourage participants to engage in self-reflection about their role creating a culturally inclusive environment. Participants will learn about microaggressions and implicit bias and take part in discussions and activities aimed at increasing knowledge and awareness of culturally competent approaches to working with students and families.

Milton Hershey School Presentation and Campus Tour (1.75 hours)

Gain information about Milton Hershey School as a potential resource for students and families. Tour content will include information about MHS programs, facilities, and admissions considerations.

Can’t attend on this date?

Schedule a visit for another time or talk with an admissions counselor by calling 717-520-2590.

Learn more about Milton Hershey School’s admissions considerations.

Hotel Accommodations 

To make lodging arrangements, call the Days Inn Hershey at 717-534-2162 by Sept. 20 and mention Milton Hershey School Admissions to receive a special rate.

In accordance with the Milton Hershey School’s Equal Opportunity Policy, the School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religious creed, disability, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law, to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.


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