Center for Life Resources teaching the teachers

KEVIN HOLAMON BROWNWOOD BULLETIN kevin.holamon@brownwoodbulletin.com
Teachers and staff from schools throughout Brown County attended a workshop Monday, presented by the Center for Life Resources. The topic of the training was Youth Mental Health First Aid.

While the students are off enjoying their summer break from their desks and classrooms, area educators are assuming their roles behind the desks.

Texas requires licensed educators to complete a minimum number of continuing professional education training hours, accrued over a five-year period. As examples, administrators and teachers specializing in educational diagnostics must attain 200 CPE hours, while standard classroom teachers are required to attain 150 hours.

All area schools, as well as the Texas Education Agency’s regional education service centers, have numerous opportunities for teachers to attain their training locally.

On Monday, Brownwood ISD hosted a training day sponsored by the TEA Region 15 ESC. The program was presented by the Center for Life Resources and was focused on Youth Mental Health First Aid.

The curriculum consisted of identifying the teacher’s role in recognizing mental health disorders and the risk factors involved. To provide insight into how to cope with episodes in the classroom, the instructors engaged the teachers in scenarios with exercises and role playing.

Other classes offered through the summer include instruction on technology and software, crisis prevention and intervention, CPR and first aid, curriculum alignment, and classroom techniques.

“We not only train teachers in BISD,” said Superintendent Dr. Reece Blincoe, “we have become a regional hub for teacher training and we work hand-in-hand with Region 15 to provide good training for all surrounding districts.”

Dr. Blincoe reiterated the training opportunities cover the latest changes in learning objectives for the state and the latest technology being used.

“Education is changing and changing fast,” Blincoe said.

“There are new teaching techniques to reach those hard to reach students,” Blincoe added, “special education or a number of other issues.”

“I really believe the teachers like the summer training,” Blincoe concluded, “it’s usually very informative and gives teachers the time to network and learn with their colleagues.”