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3-day training focuses on social/emotional learning

THE Public School System is hosting a three-day “Pure Edge” training that focuses on social/emotional learning.

About 150 teachers, principals, counselors and administrators are attending the training which is taking place in Taga Hall at the Saipan World Resort. It started on Thursday and will continue until Saturday.

Associate Education Commissioner Dr. Yvonne Pangelinan said “we need to build the skills of individuals so  they can manage their stress.”

She added, “As important as it is to ensure that our kids are succeeding academically, it is also important to reach them in the social/emotional realm and help them build the skills to address their own stress and anxiety.”

Over 100 educators, administrators and other stakeholders are participating in a three-day training hosted by the Public School System at Saipan World Resort.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. LirioOver 100 educators, administrators and other stakeholders are participating in a three-day training hosted by the Public School System at Saipan World Resort. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

She said Pure Edge training is about finding ways to increase one’s self-management skills.

“We face suicide ideation and suicide attempts all the time. Our counselors deal with that on a daily basis. If you have kids who are already in a very vulnerable phase and they encounter stress and don’t know how to deal with it, the first thing they may say is ‘Maybe it would better if I wasn’t here,’ or “I should kill myself.’ And that is part of our work — dealing with these children.”  

Pangelinan said research indicates that some children are vulnerable to depression and anxiety.

“So we need to build resiliency. If we can start there we can teach them how to breath, how to move, how to relax. Then we can give them strategies and tools so that when the big tests come they will know how to handle them. They will know how to reach out for help and how to find friends who can help them.”

Pangelinan said the training is not just for counselors. “This is not just their responsibility. It is everybody’s. We are training teachers, administrators, district office staff and our partner agencies so that everybody can understand the issues we face.”