The pandemic is causing collective trauma as it changes life as we’ve known it. Distress for educators is layered. Many are experiencing their own overwhelming stress responses, and they’re worried about their loved ones as well as students and their families too.
Learning this fall must be a priority. It’s ideal if that learning can take place within brick-and-mortar schools as long as it’s safe to do so. The virus, however, is not well under control in the U. S. As such, the list of questions about how to best go about reopening schools seems never ending – unmatched only by the countless decisions that will need to be made by school leaders, parents, and educators.
What does returning to learn look like in the fall, and what contingency plans are necessary? Most importantly, how will school communities keep everyone safer than not? And, how will we, as community members, work together to #NoticeTheNeed and #MeetTheNeed for all people so that everyone can feel safe whether instruction takes place in brick-and-mortar schools or online? This includes tending to our educators – many of whom are anxious or scared because some have no choice but to return to face-to-face instruction unless they resign. No one can genuinely feel safe if they aren’t actually safe so this situation risks increasing educator stress even more.
While I wish there was more I could do for educators, what I can do right now is offer support – all of which will be online for the time being. Starting Monday, August 10, 2020, I will be facilitating the first of four 3.0 hours sessions that are part of a back-to-school PD series based on my soon-to-be-released new book Supporting Students and Staff After COVID-19: Your Trauma-Sensitive Back-to-School Transition Plan. Join us for one or more of these half-day seminars and be ready to experience compassionate, trauma-sensitive support in a learning environment where relationships come first. Sign-up for all sessions in order to receive a discount.
Learn more and register here.
If you are not an educator but would like to support educators, email me at MsJenAlexander@gmail.com. I will gladly explain how you could sponsor an educator who wants to attend but would likely not be able to do so without financial assistance.
We’re in this together, and we’re definitely better together.