Teachers and staff from Cheyenne-Eagle Butte, Takini School and Tiospaye Topa School gathered Wed., Oct. 30 for CPI Training, instructed by C-EB’s Officer Donnie Mitchell and TTS Principal Brent Mareska.
The training consists of various ways in which a staff member can address an aggressive or violent encounter with another student or staff member, including learning ways to deescalate an agitated person and ways to protect oneself from a physical attack with escape moves.
“You’re held to a higher standard,” Mareska told the staff members, gathered at round tables in the C-EB High School gymnasium.
Each attendee received a booklet through which they worked as Mitchell and Mareska took turns presenting the material, providing scenarios, mental and physical actions and reactions, and strategic steps for addressing behaviors that would lead to the quickest outcomes with the least harmful results to all involved.
The pooling of resources at the three schools started last year when area schools began the school year with training at Timber Lake. The conference-like professional development was so effective and well-received that it was conducted again at the beginning of this school year, and paved the way for this joint, CPI professional development.
Mareerska emphasized that educational employees sign a contract and are held to a higher standard than other people in other positions because they work with community youth.
The CPI training helps the staff members to conduct themselves in more effective and professional ways in the workplace with colleagues and in dealing with crisis situations involving students.
The first portion of the training was primarily book work, and then Officer Mitchell and Mareska demonstrated and gave staff members a chance to practice breaking holds should they be attacked.