Better Together: Creating Connection & Emotionally Safe Hybrid Learning Environments
Are you looking for comprehensive and effective ways to ensure teachers and students transition "forward" into a new learning environment after experiencing the collective trauma brought on by COVID-19? Better Together seeks to help schools and districts provide educators and parents with consistent resources and a common language to support students in this changing educational environment. In this session, you will learn specific tools and strategies to help support the mental and emotional health of teachers, staff, parents and students which leads to happier and safer communities all around. Collective commitment to the Better Together resources and tools will make a meaningful impact on your staff camaraderie and staff and leader effectiveness in meeting student need and increasing overall impact on wellness, readiness to learn and, long-term academic achievement. Come connect with the program's developers, and leave with actionable tools for success!
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Pam Ryan is the CEO and Founder of better3 Executive Leadership Development and Certified Dare to LeadTM Facilitator with an extensive background in education, learning and leadership development, process improvement, and strategic planning spans both the private and public sectors. Pam has spent 20-plus years in K-12 education prior to starting her own business. She has taught, coached and led. Her most recent endeavor, along with a talented team of educators, is the development of bettertogether3, a fully integrative program focused on developing students who are able to maintain healthy relationships, self-regulate their emotional health, and show up with compassion & empathy. In addition to achieving the highly sought after Dare to Lead™ Facilitator Certification from Dr. Brené Brown, Pam is also a certified as a Social and Emotional Intelligence Coach by the Institute for Social + Emotional Intelligence (ISEI)®. She also was trained by the Pacific Educational Group in Beyond Diversity: Courageous Conversations. She has a MA in Curriculum and Development from the University of Minnesota as well as an M.ED in Educational Leadership from Hamline University.
Dr. Allison Slade is an innovator, a change agent, and a fervent believer in the importance of human capital as a lever to drive student growth and overall school success. Dr. Slade has over 14 years of school leadership experience in the city of Chicago and in the Chicago suburbs. She is the founder of Namaste Charter School, a K-8th grade charter school founded on the idea that children who are healthy and active perform better in the classroom. For the past 16 years, the school has been a leader in integrating socio-emotional health and wellness into its curriculum for overall student success in school and in life. In 2011, the school received a federal dissemination grant to share its best practices in the Healthy Lifestyles Program, and since that time, the school has welcomed and trained over 1000 school leaders world wide in the practices that have proven effective in raising overall student achievement. Dr. Slade also teaches in the Mindful Practices SEL certification program and is a professor in the Dual Language Teacher Leadership program at Roosevelt University, as well as the Director of the Instructional Leadership program which prepares principals to lead in today's schools. Dr. Slade is a school-based expert on Socio-Emotional Learning and sits on the advisory board for the Midwest Principal's Center and the Illinois Principal Association's North Cook Board. She practices yoga, breathing and self-care daily, as well as implements a calm down corner and choices for her own two daughters daily during home schooling for COVID-19.