High stress and survival mode is the norm for many students in the Title I Population. Neuroscience is clear that until kids stop running from lions ie: cortisol is controlled and kids feel emotionally safe, there will be no higher level cognition or learning. Understanding the role of stress, emotions, and positive connections in human behavior, motivation and engagement is critical to helping youth in their academic/personal journey. The neuroscience behind cortisol, stress, emotional safety, and academic growth is covered and thoroughly explained. Proven strategies to help create a safe classroom environment/school culture as well as build stronger connections with kids will be provided. This engaging fast-paced session presents 5 powerful keys from brain research to reach and teach kids, motivate, engage and prime the brain in order to stop the ‘running from lions’ and start the learning.
Since 1985, Tara has spent the bulk of those years working in high poverty schools with diverse populations. She has worked almost exclusively in at-risk programs, drop out prevention programs and helped pilot a NonTraditional Leadership program targeting under-resourced youth at Antioch High School in Nashville, TN. The year after its inception, it expanded to high schools district wide. Since leaving the classroom, Tara has worked in Title 1 Schools and Districts across the nation and beyond, providing training, consulting and keynote addresses to help equip educators be able to more effectively connect with, inspire, reach and teach youth.