Free Webinar Series


Morning Conversations: A Model to Further the Bridges Dialogue

Tammy Schoonover

December 7, 2017, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Bucks County Opportunity Council in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, has implemented “Morning Conversations,” an opportunity to “converse” about a specific Bridges construct or strategy. Since 2007, more than 1,300 people in Bucks County have received Bridges Out of Poverty training. Training evaluations reflected that the knowledge gained was relevant to the participants’ work. Bucks County Opportunity Council’s strategic goal could not be effectively achieved if further dialogue around Bridges was not facilitated. Thus, the “Morning Conversations” model was implemented. In this webinar participants will discover the value of extending Bridges training to manageable “conversations” that will provide further insight and practical application.

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Getting Ahead: The high-octane fuel in Bridges initiatives

Panel discussion

January 4, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

In this panel discussion, moderator Phil DeVol will discuss with Getting Ahead facilitators and graduates how to build a community initiative with people in poverty at the center of it. Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World has proven to be the high-octane fuel in Bridges initiatives. Getting Ahead has been modified for specific sectors: the workplace, reentry, and first-generation, low-income college students. In this webinar you will learn from a Getting Ahead graduate and facilitators from each of the four sectors. Find out how to get the most from Getting Ahead in your community.

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Drawing Mental Models for a Change

Terie Dreussi-Smith

February 15, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Whenever we learn a new skill or are in a change process, we can use mental models to clarify and give us direction. We can also use mental models to simplify information and to keep teams moving together. Mental models equal fewer words and increased understanding! One of the untapped skills of using the Bridges Out of Poverty lens is drawing mental models that bridge casual and formal story structure. Mental models assist in helping us plan and follow through to our future story, especially when we are in poverty – which doesn’t “grow plans.” Join us in this webinar to review the latest research on mental models, including group and team mental models. We will use this research review to set up a checklist of what makes a mental model powerful. Then we will review mental models being developed by Bridges and Getting Ahead users to see how they measure up to the checklist. We will also use these inspiring models as springboards to draw at least one mental model during the webinar.

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Removing the Mask: Identifying and Serving Gifted Students from Poverty

Ellen Williams

March 1, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

Is there equity in your school’s gifted program? Do the demographics reflect the demographics of your campus as a whole? Gifted programs often serve wealthy and middle class students and exclude students from poverty. This webinar will outline a complete process for identifying gifted students from poverty using easy-to-implement instruments and detailed procedures.

Dr. Williams will share strategies and supports to retain students and foster success in gifted programs, suggestions for behavioral interventions in gifted programs, and techniques for working with parents of gifted students. Williams will discuss briefly how to use the Teacher Perception Inventory and Environmental Opportunities Profile instruments.

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A Mind of Its Own

Vern Reed

March 15, 2018, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Central

In southeast Iowa our initiative has grown in some of the most unexpected ways. Sometimes it truly seems to have a mind of its own! In reality, we have been blessed to learn from the Bridges Out of Poverty journey of many others, and we apply their ideas in ways that fit our situation. This webinar will focus on our journey, a journey that started in December 2015 and has led to partnerships with an incredible variety of people and places in our community. We hope to share things that have helped us, as well as mistakes we’ve made along the way that might help others either initiate or drive their Bridges journey.

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