Training
Opportunities

RMC Health offers a variety of professional learning opportunities for individuals, teams, and entire organizations. Let us customize professional learning to your needs and your schedule.

Health Education

Our health education trainings focus on research-based strategies that encourage students to maintain healthy behaviors, change unhealthy behaviors, and delay the onset of risky behaviors. The training sessions prepare educators to plan and assess skills-based health education and to provide students the opportunity to practice and master those skills.

  • Introduction to Skills-Based Health Education: Daily Lesson Planning, Mastery, and Assessment

    Session Description:

    Maintain healthy behaviors, change unhealthy behaviors, and delay the onset of risky behaviors for all students.  Research shows that to reach these goals, health teachers need to specifically teach health skills. Teachers will first have an opportunity to explore the new Colorado Health Standards (effective 2020) and the National Health Standards to better understand the role that health skills play in comprehensive health education.  Teachers will then learn how to supplement current unit and lesson plans with explicit health skill instruction. Teachers will leave the training with a foundational knowledge of skills-based Health Education, lesson plans that focus on student skill development, criteria of what student mastery should look like, and performance-based assessments that can be used in their classroom.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Identify key shifts within the new Colorado Comprehensive Health Education Standards and connection to National Health Education Standards;
    • Explain the purpose of skills-based health education
    • Utilize the Health Skills Progression Model to guide learning activities and teacher planning;
    • Develop lesson plans to teach the introduction, reinforcement, and mastery of health skills.
  • Building a Safe and Inclusive Community in the Health Education

    Session Description:

    In the health education space, students are often asked to reflect on their own health practices and explore potentially sensitive topics.  In order to develop student knowledge of health skills and concepts, teachers must first create a space where students feel safe to be themselves.  In this training, participants will begin by building a foundation, writing a classroom vision. The remainder of the training will be devoted to making the vision come to life by learning about student-centered structures and routines that help to create inclusive, engaging environments.  This hands-on training will give participants an opportunity to learn about these best practices and immediately apply them through modeling and developing a plan for their classroom.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Analyze the role student and teacher identities play in creating safe and inclusive health education;
    • Utilize the best practices to foster safe health education classrooms for all students;
    • Develop a plan for using student-centered classroom structures and routines.
  • Practice, Practice, Practice: The Road to Students Mastering Health Skills

    Session Description:

    Practice makes perfect.  When it comes to skills-based health education, practice is the hinge that connects instruction and mastery.  Providing real-life, engaging practice opportunities in the health education classroom is vital to ensuring that students develop their health literacy.  In this training, participants will first have the opportunity to evaluate their current classroom structures and curriculum for opportunities that help students practice health skills as well as prepare them to apply the health skills to their daily lives.  After evaluating their own classroom practices, participants will learn strategies for incorporating practice opportunities in their classroom and will create plans for their use in the Health Education classroom.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Evaluate personal classroom practices for student Health Skill development;
    • Apply best practices that facilitate student mastery of Health Skills;
    • Design engaging practice opportunities for Health Skills.
  • The Joy of Assessment: Empowering Students and Teachers through Mastery

    Session Description:

    Go beyond paper and pencil tests.  Health skills require assessments that are intentionally designed to measure a student’s understanding and abilities.  This training will help shift the use of assessments solely as accountability tools to building the understanding that assessments are an opportunity for both the teacher and student to share in the joy of learning a new skill or concept.  Participants will leave with a menu of assessment options that go beyond multiple choice and short-answer responses. Participants will also leave with creative ways to collect and track student data to show growth and inform instructional next steps.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Summarize the benefits to both teachers and students of measuring mastery;
    • Create valid and reliable assessments aligned to Colorado’s Comprehensive Health Education Standards;
    • Utilize best practices for data collection to show student growth;
    • Analyze student data to determine instructional next steps.

Infrastructure for District and School Health

We provide guidance, training, and resources to support the design and implementation of school health policies, programs, and best practices. These trainings can guide you through the creation of health teams, action plans, and data-driven priorities.

  • Creating Direction for Your Health and Wellness Team

    Session Description:

    During this training, participants will work together to create vision and mission statements for their school or district-level health and wellness team, as well as identify and develop targeted messages to recruit new members to join the team.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Craft a vision statement for your wellness team, aligned with school or district priorities.
    • Craft a mission statement for your wellness team to support the vision statement.
    • Identify health and wellness team members representative of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.
    • Develop targeted messages to recruit new members for the team.

    Audience: 

    School and district staff, community partners, parents, and anyone else interested in laying the foundation for health and wellness work at the school or district-level

  • Continuing Momentum for Your Health and Wellness Team

    Session Description:

    Successful health and wellness teams are based on a foundation of a strong vision, mission, and data-driven priorities that guide the work. Once a team establishes their vision and mission, they need to continue the momentum by identifying and selecting priority issues. During this training, participants will review state and local data to determine health and wellness priorities for their team and complete an action plan for top priorities. This training is intended for all members of a health and wellness team.

    Participants will be to:

    • Analyze state and local data using a data inquiry process.
    • Select health and wellness priority areas.
    • Write an action plan that includes SMART objectives and action steps.

    Audience:

    All members of a health and wellness team.

  • Getting Started with Health and Wellness Teams

    Session description:

    Designed to help health and wellness teams launch their work, each team will determine their purpose, select wellness priority areas aligned to that purpose, and write action plans. The training will provide participants with the knowledge, tools and resources to make data-driven decisions for health and wellness priorities using local data. The training will also provide work time for participants to turn their priorities into SMART objectives with action plans to impact student health and academic achievement. Learning will be aligned to the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child model.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Write a mission statement for the health and wellness team.
    • Analyze data to select health and wellness priority areas.
    • Select best practices based on data and environment.
    • Write an action plan that includes SMART objectives and action steps.
    • Apply the WSCC model to ensure action planning comprehensive.

    Audience:

    All members of a health and wellness team.

  • Propelling Your Health and Wellness Team to be High-Performing

    Session Description:

    There is a big difference between a “group” of people working together and a “team” working together. In this training, participants will take their health and wellness teams to the next level by focusing on what makes a high-performing team. Participants will learn how to overcome challenges and run effective, action-oriented team meetings. To apply their learning, teams will craft an agenda for an upcoming wellness meeting. Participants will also gain a variety of templates for successful meeting operation.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Analyze and adapt your facilitation style to meet the needs of your wellness team.
    • Identify strategies to overcome common team dilemmas.
    • Determine appropriate meeting agenda items.
    • Plan an upcoming school wellness team meeting using the elements of an effective meeting.

    Audience:

    Wellness team leaders, co-leaders, or similar type roles.

  • Showcasing Your Health and Wellness Team Efforts

    Session description:

    Whether a health and wellness team is newly formed or been operating for years, it is important to identify when successes have occurred. New, existing, and established health and wellness initiatives all deserve to be recognized. In doing so, teams can get others to notice and support their efforts to expand funding, update programs, or sustain a health and wellness change. Participants will learn the characteristics of an effective success story and then draft their own story to showcase their teams’ health and wellness efforts.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Explain the importance of success stories
    • Describe the six characteristics of an effective success story
    • Identify key messages that resonate with your target audience’s priorities
    • Draft a story using the Success Story Template

    Audience:

    Wellness team leaders, co-leaders, or similar type roles.

  • The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) Model: From Framework to Practical Application

    Session description:

    The practical application of The Whole Community, Whole School, Whole Child (WSCC) model can support schools to promote health and wellness. This training will ground participants in the WSCC model by working collaboratively in small groups to address a specific health and wellness issue. Participants will identify how the 10 components of the WSCC model can support health promotion. Participants will also gain practical knowledge and skills to integrate the WSCC framework and align school policies, processes, and practices.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Describe key components of the WSCC model.
    • Integrate the WSCC framework to address a specific health and wellness issue.

    Audience:

    School and district staff, community partners, parents, and anyone else interested in promoting health for students.

Substance Use Prevention

RMC Health offers a variety of trainings to build your skills and confidence to address youth substance use in your school communities, including policy, communication, enforcement, and intervention.

  • Tobacco-Free Schools: Effective Partnerships & Policy

    Partner with schools and districts to review and strengthen local policies

    Session description:

    Take the first steps toward working with schools and districts to create and maintain a tobacco- and nicotine-free environment. In this training, participants will build foundational knowledge by learning about the laws and policies that govern and prohibit tobacco and nicotine use in Colorado schools and communities.  Put your new knowledge into practice by identifying local school or district priorities and challenges, and establishing partnerships to develop services that are aligned with those priorities. Lastly, participants will review legal requirements and leverage best practices to assess school district policies and partner to strengthen them.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Describe essential components of effective tobacco prevention for schools
    • Create a plan to strengthen partnerships with school districts and schools
    • Use the requirements of Colorado Tobacco Free Schools Law and best practices to review district policies

    Audience:

    Local public health professionals who work with schools to achieve shared goals for tobacco-free school environments and educational outcomes.

  • Tobacco-Free Schools: Effective Communication and Enforcement

    Take tobacco-free schools from policy to practice 

    Session description: 

    Set the stage for success by improving how you communicate and enforce your tobacco-free schools policies. This professional learning opportunity is designed specifically for grantees of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Education State Tobacco Education and Prevention Partnership, along with their school district, school, and community partners. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, and resources to help them strengthen their partnerships and create and maintain tobacco-free school environments through better communication and enforcement of policy.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Strengthen partnerships with schools and districts
    • Develop strategies to communicate tobacco-free schools policy
    • Develop strategies to enforce tobacco-free schools policy

    Audience:

    Local public health professionals who work with schools to achieve shared goals for tobacco-free school environments and educational outcomes.

  • Tobacco-Free Schools: Systems Change

    Understand how to create systemic, sustainable change in schools and districts

    Session description:

    This interactive session gives participants the opportunity to learn first-hand how to foster healthy school communities by creating change in policies, systems, and environments. Utilizing the “Systems Thinking, Systems Change” simulation, participants will practice creating change within a school system through learning about systems thinking and organizational change. Come away with skills that are transferable to other areas where change is needed in policies, systems, and environments.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Explain why people are resistant to change and how to address resistance to support systems change
    • Apply systems thinking to their work in schools and districts
    • Identify next steps to begin increasing systems change in their work with school districts and schools
    •  Develop actionable strategies to create and maintain tobacco-free school environments

    Audience:

    Local public health, school, and community-based professionals who work with schools to achieve shared goals for tobacco-free school environments and educational outcomes.

  • Addressing the Youth Vaping Epidemic

    Understand the issues and create an action plan 

    Be part of the change. School and district staff, families, and community members all have a role in addressing their community’s challenges related to youth vaping and JUUL use. RMC Health offers several workshops and presentations to help any member of a community gain expertise in education and prevention efforts.

    These workshops and presentations include: 

    • Colorado law and school policy related to tobacco and other nicotine products
    • Relevant 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data
    • Emerging trends and culture in youth tobacco and other nicotine product use
    • Protective factors for youth to resist nicotine and other substance use
    • How to talk with youth about nicotine use
    • Identifying next steps for your school and community

    Audience:

    Classroom teachers, school counselors, administrators, and non-instructional personnel; health-services and mental-health professionals; parents and family members; and community members.

  • Train the Trainer: How to Talk with Young People About Vaping, JUULs, and Other Electronic Nicotine Products

    Bring expert knowledge and skills back to your community

    Session description:

    Equip your community with effective strategies to prevent and reduce youth electronic nicotine use. Learn how to prepare for and deliver the “Start the Conversation” workshop, a skill-building workshop for professionals who present to trusted adult groups on youth vaping, JUULs, and other electronic nicotine products. This “train the trainer” session prepares participants to deliver a workshop in their own community, and is designed for youth-serving professionals, public health staff, district and school employees, and community-based partners.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Deliver the “Start the Conversation: How to Talk with Young People About Vaping, JUULs, and Other Electronic Nicotine Products” workshop
    • Access materials and resources to address youth vaping in their community
    • Identify next steps for presenting to school staff, community organizations, and/or parents/guardians in their community

    Audience:

    Youth-serving professionals; local public health agencies; district, school, and community-based adult professionals who are asked to present to trusted adult groups on vaping.

  • Addressing Youth Marijuana Use

    Understand the issues and develop trusted adult skills 

    As social norms and laws around marijuana change, school and district staff, families, and community members need the confidence, knowledge, and skills to prevent youth marijuana use. RMC Health offers several workshops and presentations to help any member of a community gain expertise in education and prevention efforts.

    These workshops and presentations will include: 

    •  Federal and Colorado law and school policy related to retail and medical marijuana
    • Relevant 2017 Healthy Kids Colorado Survey data
    • How to talk with youth about marijuana use

    Audience:

    Classroom teachers, school counselors, administrators, and non-instructional personnel; health-services and mental-health professionals; parents and family members; and community members.

  • Train the Trainer: Putting Together the Pieces for Trusted Adult Conversations

    Bring expert knowledge and skills back to your community

    Session description:

    Equip your community with effective strategies to prevent and reduce youth marijuana use. Learn how to prepare for and deliver the “Putting Together the Pieces for Trusted Adult Conversations” workshop, a skill-building workshop for professionals who present to trusted adult groups on youth marijuana use. This “train the trainer” session prepares participants to deliver a workshop in their own community, and is designed for youth-serving professionals, public health staff, district and school employees, and community-based partners.

    Participants will be able to:

    • Deliver the “Putting Together the Pieces for Trusted Adult Conversations” workshop
    • Access materials and resources to address youth marijuana use in their community
    •  Identify next steps for presenting to school staff, community organizations, and/or parents/guardians in their community

    Audience:

    Youth-serving professionals; local public health agencies; district, school, and community-based adult professionals who are asked to present to trusted adult groups on youth marijuana use.

Training Design and Delivery

Convene conversations, spearhead collaborations, and learn how to design engaging and effective trainings for your own team.

  • Training Design

    Design an engaging and effective training

    Session description:

    This interactive, skill-building session will focus on best practices for designing professional development events that lead to a change in your participants’ professional practice. Effective training design provides the appropriate balance of content and process to move participants to implement the intended outcomes. In this training, participants will explore proven models for agenda design, training strategies steeped in best practice, and the components of adult-learning theory.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Write specific, feasible, and measurable training objectives for professional development events
    • Describe the research and best-practice foundations for training design
    • Implement a planning process that aligns training objectives with professional development content and process
    • Apply adult-learning principles to training design
  • Webinar Design and Delivery: In-Person Training

    Effectively translate your in-person training to an engaging virtual, web-based format

    Session description:

    This in-person training focuses on best practices for design and delivery of virtual events, such as webinars or meetings. This interactive, skill-building training is hands-on and uses computers along with the face-to-face instruction. Class sizes are small to maximize hands-on practice and experience.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Identify common eLearning definitions
    • Determine which training characteristics are most conducive to a virtual, webinar format
    • Translate the critical elements of effective trainings into a virtual, webinar format
    • Apply virtual, webinar tools and facilitation tips to increase participant engagement
  • Webinar Design and Delivery: Virtual Training

    Effectively translate your in-person training to an engaging virtual, web-based format

    Session description:

    This virtual training focuses on best practices for design and delivery of online events, such as webinars or meetings. This interactive, skill-building training is hands-on and is delivered in three 90-minute segments. Class sizes are small to maximize hands-on practice and experience.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Identify common eLearning definitions
    • Determine which training characteristics are most conducive to a virtual, webinar format
    • Translate the critical elements of effective trainings into a virtual, webinar format
    • Apply virtual, webinar tools and facilitation tips to increase participant engagement
  • Evaluating Professional Development Events

    Enhance and demonstrate the impact of your professional development events: both process and product

    Session description:

    Thoughtful evaluation planning is a surefire way to make professional development events more effective, and prove their impact. Participants will gain real-world experience with evaluation planning by assessing their own professional development event. This hands-on training will introduce practical and user-friendly planning tools that participants will engage to create a detailed evaluation plan for their professional development event. Participants will practice using data to identify ways to improve an event and inform their follow-up support. Lastly, they will develop skills that can be transferred to future evaluation efforts.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Create a professional development evaluation plan
    • Use evaluation data to improve professional development events
    • Use evaluation data to inform follow-up support strategies
  • Facilitate Trainings with Ease

    Learn effective facilitation strategies for productive professional development events

    Session description:

    A good training facilitator guides without directing and assists participants in constructing their own learning. Masterful facilitation provides the appropriate balance of pressure and support that moves participants to action. In this training, participants will explore proven models and strategies for facilitating productive professional development events that keep participants on-topic, energized, and ready to apply their learnings.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Apply research, best practices, and adult-learning theory for effective training facilitation
    • Utilize a variety of facilitation strategies
    • Intervene effectively when faced with challenging situations
  • Facilitation Finesse

    Move groups forward with effective facilitation

    Session description:

    Help groups grow and move toward their goals and outcomes. During this highly interactive training, participants will learn the five stages of group development and a variety of effective facilitation strategies for meetings. Participants will also explore the foundations of how adults learn and discover their own facilitation style. After just one session, participants will come away with improved skills to lead groups toward high-quality decisions while remaining focused on outcomes.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Explain their facilitation style
    • Recognize stages of group development
    • Apply facilitation strategies to promote group responsibility
    • Identify tasks to be completed before, during, and after meetings
    • Describe one method to generate ideas and a decision-making method

Capacity Building

Through capacity-building trainings, we work with individuals and teams to increase their effectiveness and ability to achieve their outcomes.

  • Effective Teams

    Create a high-performing team by optimizing team dynamics

    Session description:

    Building a high-performing team is a skills-based process that can be learned and practiced. This training will highlight how high-performing teams create a climate of trust and develop shared responsibility to achieve collective results. Participants will learn about five common problems that can undermine how a team functions, and how to address them though facilitation strategies and the development of operating agreements.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Explain the difference between a group and a team
    • Identify common team dysfunctions
    • Develop operating agreements to address team dysfunctions
    • Utilize strategies to address difficult situations
  • Maximize Your Meetings

    Learn effective strategies for leading meetings that achieve your intended results

    Session description:

    Design and lead meetings that are productive and generate progress. Participants will learn how to begin and close meetings, maximize meeting time, manage conflicts, identify and accomplish meeting tasks, and reach their goals.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Identify research-based elements of effective meeting agendas
    • Assess personal facilitation style
    • Recognize group dynamics
    • Apply facilitation strategies to promote group responsibilities
    • Develop decision-making processes
  • Leading for Change: Creating and Sustaining Healthy School Environments

    Understand how school districts work and how to create systemic, sustainable change

    Session description:

    This interactive session gives participants the opportunity to learn first-hand how to foster healthy school communities by creating change in policies, systems, and environments. Utilizing the “Systems Thinking, Systems Change” simulation, participants will practice creating change within a school system, through learning about systems thinking and organizational change. Come away with learnings that are transferable to other areas where change is needed in policies, systems, and environments.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Explain why people are resistant to change and how to address resistance to support systems change 
    • Apply systems thinking to their work in school districts and schools
    • Identify next steps to begin increasing systems change in their work with school districts and schools
  • Success Stories: The Art of Crafting an Inspired Success Story

    Tell stories that inspire your stakeholders and move them to action

    Session description:

    Your success depends upon a variety of stakeholders, and your program data plays a critical role in convincing them of the value of your program. In this training, participants will learn how to join data with powerful storytelling to deepen and expand stakeholder support. Move beyond standard progress reporting to match your storytelling strategy with your audiences and their motivations — enhancing your ability to secure funding, resources, partnerships, and engagement.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Identify a variety of data that can be used to promote and advocate for a program or project
    • Articulate the processes for identifying specific target audiences to share the program’s story
    • Identify effective techniques and strategies to tell a story to various audiences
  • Strategic Planning

    Confidently lead a strong strategic-planning process

    Session description:

    In this training, participants will learn how to facilitate an effective strategic-planning process on behalf of a team, group, or organization. Adopt a simple yet comprehensive method to create a plan that will guide what your program and/or organization is, what it does, and why.

    Participants Will Be Able To:

    • Garner support from stakeholders in the strategic-planning process
    • Use program data to conduct a SWOT analysis of program strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
    • Write a strategic plan document, including goals and supporting strategies
    • Outline the steps needed to communicate, implement, and evaluate the strategic plan
    • Align current and future work plans with a completed strategic plan

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