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Webinar, Lessons from the Field : Returning to School -- Strategies for Supporting Staff


- Lessons from the Field Webinar Series -

Returning to School: Strategies for Supporting Staff

Wednesday, July 28, 2021 | 3:00 - 4:15 PM ET


Attention: State and District Leaders, Faculty, Staff, Educators, Parents, and Education Stakeholders


The U.S. Department of Education is hosting a webinar series to support educational settings in safely sustaining or returning to in-person instruction. The series features lessons learned and best practices from faculty, staff, schools, districts, institutions of higher education, early childhood education providers, and other places of educational instruction describing approaches to operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Education (ED), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Safe and Supportive Schools, the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) invites you to join the next webinar, Returning to School: Strategies for Supporting Staff.

Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Time: 3:00 - 4:15 pm EST

Please join us as we explore information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Education on supporting staff health and wellness as educators return to school this Fall. Following the federal agency updates, field- based practitioners will share strategies they have found effective to support staff wellness.


  • ·       Christian Rhodes: Moderator, Chief of Staff, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education,

U.S. Department of Education

  • ·       Jessica Cardichon: Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Federal Policy, U.S. Department of Education
  • ·       Jyotsna Blackwell: Public Health Advisor, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • ·       Sangeeta Parikshak: Behavioral Health Lead, Office of Head Start, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • ·       Kathy McHugh: Panelist, Delran, NJ

Related Documents

This event will reference the following resources, which we encourage you to access in advance of the webinar to inform participation:


National Association of School Psychologists: From the Return to School Special Series

American School Counselor Association (staff wellness is included in these documents)


For your reference, slides for this presentation will be posted on the event webpage on the day of the event. This event will be recorded and posted to the event webpage a day after the webinar.


You must register to participate in this presentation.


Register Here!


Please contact NCSSLE if you have any questions. We look forward to sharing this information with you

and hearing from you about the important work you are doing in your schools, communities, and states to meet the needs of your students and staff as they return to in-person learning.


More on the Lessons from the Field Webinar Series

Archived Events: To access archived materials from previous Lessons from the Field webinars, go here.


Upcoming Webinars: Due to popular demand, the Lessons from the Field Webinar Series has been extended to run through September 2021. Stay tuned for additional details on upcoming webinars that will assist American educators in ensuring a safe and supportive transition back to in-person learning. Some of the anticipated topics for the upcoming webinars include after-summer learning and student reengagement.



About the Author

Patrick Rooney is the Director of two offices--Evidence-Based Practices Assessment and Accountability and School Support and Accountability within ED’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. Before this recent appointment, Mr. Rooney was the Deputy Director of the Office of State Support.  Prior to joining the Office of State Support, Mr. Rooney worked in the Implementation and Support Unit, where he helped lead the work of the Reform Support Network, providing technical assistance to states implementing comprehensive Race to the Top reforms, and the Race to the Top Assessment program, which provided grants to groups of states to develop new assessments aligned to state’s college- and career-ready standards. Mr. Rooney also worked in the DC Office of State Superintendent of Education, where he was a senior policy advisor and worked on a wide variety of K-12 issues in the District of Columbia.