Educational Resiliency: Organizing Community Schools for Culture Change
Intended Audience: Principals, teachers, Community School Coordinators, OST directors and CBO leadership, ideally in school-based teams.
Registration Ends: 5/12/2014 11:59 PM
How can community schools create optimal environments for healthy development and learning – for the students and all of the adults who support them? A focus on educational resiliency can allow community schools to address the overwhelming number of emotionally and physically distressing situations that many city children and youth experience daily – from the micro-aggressions of poverty and racism, to complex traumas of violence and fear. These challenges are not restricted to homes, streets and neighborhoods, but to classrooms, hallways and playgrounds as well. More than ever, young people need to be supported and anchored as they navigate a world filled with powerful influences. Yet many parents and teachers are similarly stressed by the conditions of life and work. Educational resiliency provides a framework for collaborative change. A shared understanding of the sources of stress and the sources of resilience allow parents and teachers collaborate to make real change in both the common daily practices that make up the school day and the programs and opportunities that help children thrive. This seminar is led by educational psychologist Dr. Peter Murrell (Loyola), Jessica Strauss (ACTS) and Dr. Wendy Shaia from SWCOS; breakouts will be facilitated by staff from the Alliance for Community Teachers and Schools.
*Coffee and light snacks will be provided, but we will not be providing lunch; feel free to bring additional snacks if necessary.