We need our students to return to school as soon as we can! All students, from pre-schoolers to teens, are facing intense emotional and social challenges at this time. It is now critical to help all of our students to feel safe, hopeful, connected and invested in their learning. I have advocated for and continue to support evidenced-based practices such as:
A school board’s first task is always to provide a safe place for students to learn and teachers to teach.
Today, students, teachers, and parents are facing intense emotional and social challenges during this pandemic. In this moment, and this time, it is more critical than ever to help every student feel safe, hopeful, and invested in their learning. As an educational psychologist, I have always advocated for evidenced-based practices such as:
· Ensuring adequate mental health and support for all students. My vision is to make sure that counselors and therapists’ figure in more prominently in the overall mental health of each and every student. I advocate addressing both social-emotional learning, as well as academic learning;
· Continuing to build a positive school culture, combating bullying and welcoming all types of learners and identities. By fostering all students to serve as ambassadors for their own education and advocate to have their voices be heard;
· Reducing exclusionary practices such as “time-outs” and/or student suspensions with more use of restorative, reflective and/or instructional types of discipline; all of which are evidence-based principles. Read More