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Visioning for the Future of Education: Back to School after COVID-19–Supporting Student and Staff Mental Health

June 22, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Join the authors of Visioning Onward for inspiration, insights, exercises, and Q&A to prepare you to vision with your schools and districts. In this time of COVID-19, visioning is a critical part of planning for the future of education. In 2020, as we shelter in place as a result of COVID-19, stress, anxiety, uncertainty, and fears about our future are high. School communities are impacted not only by fears of the contagion but also by broad, rapid shifts they are making to deliver equitable remote learning services as seamlessly as possible.

In light of these concerns, the New England Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (New England MHTTC), as part of the School Mental Health Initiative’s Childhood-Trauma Learning Collaborative (C-TLC), has developed a national webinar to prepare district leaders, administrators, teachers, and other educators such as school psychologists, social workers, and counselors to vision with their staff and local communities as we get ready for teaching and learning in schools and homes this Fall.

This 90-minute session, guided by Visioning Onward’s lead author, Dr. Christine Mason, C-TLC Director and Executive Director of the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) will include the book’s co-authors Paul Liabenow and Dr. Melissa Patschke. These leaders, along with global entrepreneur and founder of the Association of International Educators and Leaders of Color, Kevin Simpson, will introduce visioning concepts by examining the work of Starbucks, Amazon, and other corporate giants and guide attendees through our 8-step iterative visioning approach, showing you ways to increase its relevance during the current pandemic and amid social unrest across the globe. Dr. Martha Staeheli, a Yale Professor and Director of the New England MHTTC School Mental Health Initiative, will serve as a panelist and describe how to alleviate trauma and further a compassionate response to children’s mental health and well-being.

We will help you plan for visioning with your staff and local communities to address academic learning, compassion and caring, equity, and resiliency. We do this with an eye towards the neurobiology of trauma and ways to foster the self-care and well-being for staff and students that are signature components of CEI’s Heart Centered Learning® approach to social emotional learning and mindfulness. Participants will receive a study guide to take our virtual approach back to your schools and districts to conduct your own visioning sessions.




Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network