Health teachers brainstorm ideas for talking about tough issues

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Trumbull County Educational Service Center hosted a conference to pool resources and come up with new ways to approach teaching certain health topics.

Eighteen health teachers from Trumbull County came to the conference at the OH WOW! Children’s Center in downtown Youngstown on Thursday. The discussion centered around improving and modernizing health education.

“Currently in the state of Ohio, we are only one of two states that do not have standards for health education, so it’s really important to get them together to share what they’re using. Whether they’re using standards from the CDC, and what resources they have available to them,” said William Young with the Trumbull County Educational Service Center.

Teachers say there is a lot to learn.

“There was a lot of good material on some mental health issues that youth face today,” said Amy Rutherford, a teacher at LaBrae High School.

They also discussed social media and how it changes health education.

“We talked about how social media is increasing some of these areas and we did a piece on dangerous apps and things they should be aware of for their students,” Young said. “We look at some of the stories where students as young as 10 and 11 years old are risk factors for suicide because of these dangerous social media apps.”

They say the best way to get through to students is to be there for them.

“Being more proactive in what they’re doing in the schools, such as maybe going to their sporting events, talking to them after school hours, before school hours,” said Michael Palumbo, a teacher in the Mathews School District. “You know, just being there as an educator and even a mentor to these kids.”

Being able to collaborate with fellow teachers also makes a big difference.

“There may be only one in a district, so you don’t really have a lot of teachers to collaborate with. So this was really nice because we are all here together. We can share, gather ideas from each other,” Rutherford said.

Teachers are confident that collaboration will make their curriculum stronger.

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