Training Resources

The following professional development modules were developed by a team of multi-agency individuals in collaboration with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and an online module developer provided from Race to the Top and the Division of Educator Effectiveness:

Online Professional Development Modules

  • Understanding Student Behavior in the Classroom (6th – 12th grade): This module is for middle and high school teachers and school staff. The module will help teachers and staff develop an enhanced awareness of behavioral health issues in the classroom which may foster academic achievement for all students, decrease dropout rates, and increase NC's graduation rates.
  • Understanding Young Student Behavior in the Classroom (PreK-5th grade): This module is for preschool through grade 5 teachers. The module will serve as a tool to assist teachers to develop an enhanced awareness of behavioral health issues in young students and extend that knowledge to foster long-term connectivity and academic achievement for all students, decrease the dropout rates, and ultimately increase NC's graduation rates.
  • Understanding the Role of School Resource Officers in Schools: The single greatest benefit for our K-12 students is to create collaborations among our educators, school resource officers, school nurses, school social workers, school counselors, and school psychologists. This module will help school personnel develop an awareness of the role and effective utilization of School Resource Officers in order to create a caring and safe educational environment that benefits learning and community.
  • Understanding the Schools' Role in Suicide Prevention: Suicide attempts have increased among North Carolina's student population of elementary, middle and high school students. Suicide attempts and deaths are devastating events for students, families, friends, and staff; with crucial emotional consequences. This module will serve as a tool to assist educators as teachers and peers are often among the first to identify when a student displays warning signs of contemplating suicide. This module provides an evidenced tool increasing knowledge for prevention and intervention. Included are resources for assistance and recovery supports for the students, school staff and families.
  • Preventing Substance Abuse and Underage Drinking Among K-12 Students *NEW* : This module will serve as a tool to assist educators to serve as leaders to prevent and intervene for our K-12 students with substance abuse and underage drinking issues. Empowering educators and community leaders with knowledge and action steps to help students and young people make informed decisions and avoid the dangers of underage consumption of alcohol, abuse of prescription medications and street drugs.

These modules serve as a tool to assist teachers to develop an enhanced awareness of behavioral health issues in the classroom and extend that knowledge to foster long-term connectivity and academic achievement for all students, decrease the dropout rates, and ultimately, increase North Carolina's graduation rates. The module development teams consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to provide teachers and school staff with the best possible information, strategies and resources available.

The single greatest benefit for our K-12 students is to create collaborations among educators, school resource officers, school nurses, school social workers, school counselors, school psychologists and school-based health centers. Early intervention contributes to prevention and is a key for our school safety and school climate endeavors. School personnel need to develop an awareness of the role and effective utilization of School Resource Officers in order to create a caring and safe educational environment that benefits learning for all students.

Our primary goal for the professional development modules is for our preschool through grade 12 students to achieve improved academic performance and enhanced social/emotional development through teacher awareness of and ability for successfully addressing behavioral health issues in the classroom, and by fostering communication between the school, student, family, law enforcement and community.

The modules are available at no cost to the user or to the school system.