District Employees Spend Spring Break Volunteering in Mexico

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Luisa Resendiz, administrator at Campbell Middle School, and Michael R. Carpenter, PhD, student assistance consultant in the Prevention Intervention Center, spent the week of April 7-11 volunteering their time and expertise in the area of violence prevention to administrators, faculty and parents of eight public and private schools in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Assisted by local concerned citizens Cecilia and Ines Avalos, Luisa and Mike presented several research-based programs and best practices. The week began with a radio interview in which Luisa delineated the purpose and goals of the Second Step Program and issued an invitation to all parents in the Cabo area for the Thursday night parents’ seminar.

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These training sessions introduced the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program followed by Emotional Intelligence awareness. These concepts provided the foundation for the Committee for Children’s evidenced-based Second Step Program. By the end of the session teachers showed an enthusiastic desire to implement specific strategies in their classroom.

Over one hundred teachers and administrators as well as one hundred thirty parents took advantage of this unique opportunity. Funding for materials and expenses was made possible by the Green Scholarship Program (GSP). This program, established as a living memorial to Milton and Doris Green, parents of Patricia Green Pratt, is a division of the Charity Development of Los Cabos.