This page contains all published Continuing Education blog posts — containing information and updates regarding volunteer continuing education opportunities and recertification — sorted chronologically with the newest at the top.

Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series

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The United States Department of Justice is hosting webinars of interest to volunteer guardians ad litem, program staff, educators and community members.

Launched in January 2013, the Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series works to "increase awareness and understanding" while also providing pragmatic "examples of school discipline practices that maintain school and classroom safety while ensuring academic engagement and success for all students."

The series is part of a larger effort to target and reform school disciplinary policies and practices, especially those that serve to "push youth out of school and […] into the justice system."

Webinars in the series are free, open to all registrants and will explore numerous topics including:

  • current school discipline philosophies, policies, and practices and emerging alternatives;
  • addressing truancy and absenteeism;
  • infusing restorative justice principles;
  • the role of school resource officers in supportive school discipline;
  • the promise of trauma-informed practices;
  • the importance of youth, family, and community engagement; and
  • the need for professional development across all stakeholders.

The Supportive School Discipline Webinar Series is coordinated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and their partners, the Supportive School Discipline Communities of Practice and the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments.

You can watch past webinars in the series, register for future webinars and sign up for the JUVJUST listserv to get news and updates.

Attendees may be awarded hours of continuing education credit for participation in the webinars. Remember, you can report your hours online quickly and easily.

New Events: Continuing Education Training

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events have been recently added to our calendar.

Letter to Volunteers: Recertification Reminder

Dear Volunteers,

Greetings! As you know, your recertification is due by June 30, 2013 for the fiscal year 2013–2014. This is a friendly reminder to complete that as soon as you can. All volunteers must complete twelve hours of continuing education each fiscal year. Attached is the traditional continuing education (CE) form with instructions for reporting your completion of the twelve hour requirement. Instructions are also on our website at gal2.org.

Also attached is the NEW Code of Conduct form. A signed copy of this code is also required each fiscal year, and you may return it with the CE form. Once you have completed the requirements, send the completed, signed, forms to our office. This may be done by one of the following ways.

  1. Fax to (850) 606-1201
  2. Mail to 1920 Thomasville Road, Suite 208, Tallahassee, FL 32303-5217
  3. Scan and email to christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov  or
  4. Submit the CE form electronically
    → the Code of Conduct must still be faxed, scanned/emailed or mailed

Once complete, we will then mail you the fiscal year 2013–2014 recertification card that will expire on June 30, 2014. Thank you so much for your continued advocacy for our children.

Sincerely,

Christine Gornik
Training Coordinator
(850) 606-1228
christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov

New Events: Continuing Education and July Bookfair

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events have been recently added to our calendar.


Advanced Skills Course Session 4
The Advanced Skills Course continuing education series provides an opportunity for current volunteer guardians ad litem to review and refresh their knowledge and skills.


Guardian ad Litem Bookfair at Books-A-Million
Books-A-Million has designated the first Saturday of each month as Guardian ad Litem Day and we thank them for their support! Buy books and support children in the community at the Guardian ad Litem Bookfair.

Continuing Education Reminder for FY 2013–2014

A reminder to volunteers as we approach the end of the 2013–2014 fiscal year, all twelve (12) hours of continuing education credit must be logged with our office by June 30, 2013. Remember, you can report your hours online quickly and easily.

In addition to this year's prescribed reading, additional opportunities have been added for you to learn and earn credit.

Please email christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov or call (850) 606-1228 with questions regarding continuing education.

New Events: Continuing Education Training

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following continuing education training events were recently added to our calendar.

New Educational Advocacy Guidelines and Training

On Monday, April 29, 2013, Second Judicial Circuit Guardian ad Litem Program Volunteer Trainer Christine Gornik provided information to staff and volunteer guardians ad litem about new statewide guidelines on educational advocacy, designed to provide advanced and action level tools and information.

The information provided is the most current, updated since the implementation of the statewide guidelines and changes in Florida Department of Education policies. Even if you are not considering an educational advocacy certification, the materials are a good resource to familiarize you on the changes.

The new guidelines include a three-step process for current staff and volunteer guardians ad litem, detailed below. The curriculum was first presented during Volunteer Training P in April 2013 and will continue to be provided at future pre-service training sessions.

Step 1 — Review Presentation and Documents
These materials will provide staff and volunteers with a basic understanding on how to work within the school system to advocate for school stability, needed educational services and the participation of the child in school activities, helping lead to a feeling of normalcy and well-being.

Step 2 — Become an Educational Surrogate
If you already an educational surrogate, this step is complete for you. Otherwise, the next training to become an educational surrogate is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM and Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS). Participants may earn two (2) hours of continuing education credit.

Step 3 — Complete the Advanced Educational Advocacy Certification Program
The next Educational Advocacy Certification Program training is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Leon County Court Annex. Participants may earn four (4) hours of continuing education credit for attending both sessions.

Please contact Christine Gornik at christine.gornik@gal.fl.gov or (850) 606-1228 with any questions.

Update
2014-09-06: updated to reflect new Educational Advocacy Document Library

New Events: Continuing Education Training

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following continuing education training events were recently added to our calendar.

New Events: Continuing Education and Fundraisers

We regularly host a variety of events to provide community outreach, raise awareness of our program, recruit new volunteers, fund raise and furnish training to our volunteer guardians ad litem. The following events have been recently added to our calendar.