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 Just School. Just Growth. The Path to Student Agency – Intersection of SEL & Trauma: Healing Relationships for Resilience; January 13, 2022 @9am-12pm (EST); Virtual (please note change as of 12/20/21)

January 13 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm



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 Just School. Just Growth: The Path to Student Agency

Just:  /jəst/ adjective based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair.

All  learning is social and emotional, but to truly thrive, students require  equitable and trauma-informed learning spaces.  Equity, Trauma-informed and SEL work as instrumental to reducing toxic stress and creating safe, nurturing, and stable environments for each child. It is here where we will be successful at closing the pervasive opportunity gap

Overarching Goals:

We are excited for you to join us on this journey! We will  use this integrated roadmap to create and maintain learning spaces where each student feels and is – safe, connected, supported and challenged.  Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL, Equity and Healing Informed practices for Trauma that encourage us to reimagine, reinvent classrooms and schools around the principles of equity, authentic learning and stronger relationships.  

Collaboratively, we will map the connections among these three driving initiatives to quell overwhelm and ensure PD is balanced and focused on our unique needs. Every session makes concrete connections between what we are doing in our daily practices and larger outcomes.

All of our Just School. Just Growth: A Path to Student Agency sessions are led by its program developer, Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President dynamic presenter and author.

Note: According to a CORE Education report (2017) the benefits of student agency are: Students take ownership of their learning; Students develop self-regulating skills; and Student voice emerges leading to empowerment.  Importantly, agentic children turn into agentic adults!

Session 1: Intersection of SEL & Trauma: Healing Relationships for Resilience

Children in every community are carrying trauma caused by the health and political events of the past 16 months and a successful academic recovery can only happen when the emotional and mental health needs of students and educators are taken care of.

Folks who have experienced trauma, violence or chronic stress struggle to regulate their emotions. They are more likely to be stressed or upset due to emotional dis-regulation. Due to their brain chemistry, when someone who has experienced trauma becomes stressed or upset, they are unable to de-escalate at a typical rate, which then causes more problems (Van der Kolk, 2014). 

Add Van der Kolk’s assessment to the fact that schools have academic and behavioral expectations that can be very difficult, even impossible to meet for a child who has experienced trauma and you have the recipe for lack of success in students and burn out in educators.

Solution: In this session, we practice what it takes to create a safe and reliable environment where students who have experienced adversities and trauma feel supported, are welcome to explore their strengths and identities, exercise their agency, and can develop meaningful, positive relationships with adults and peers in their learning community. This is a non-negotiable for this school year.

Participants can expect to acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions to:

  • Recognize trauma and respond skillfully
  • Become familiar with biology of stress (Response-Able)
  • Discover and utilize a student’s strengths to foster resilience
  • Create developmental relationships
  • Identify emotional triggers and make a plan (Respond rather than react)

Audience: All Grades PK-12 Educators
Presenter(s): Sharon McCarthy, TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President
Delivery Format: Virtual (please note change in delivery format as of 12/20/21)

    • Session 1 – January 13, 2022; 9am-12pm (EST); Virtual
    • Session 2 – February 10, 2022; 9am-1pm (EST); Delivery Format TBD
    • Session 3 – March 10, 2022; 9am-1pm (EST); Delivery Format TBD

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to ChangeMaker, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – ChangeMaker PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the ChangeMaker PLC at support@changemakeredu.org or call seven (7) days prior to the program to request a refund. No refunds will be granted unless notification is provided within this time frame. ChangeMaker reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If ChangeMaker makes the decision to cancel a workshop, we will use the EMAIL contact information you have provided to us to inform you. In addition, we will post the announcement of cancellation on the respective ChangeMaker website event page. If ChangeMaker cancels, participants will be provided a choice of:

  • a full refund;
  • transfer to another, upcoming workshop date and location (space permitting); or
  • credit toward a future workshop. (Please note that all credits expire one (1) year from the date that they are issued.)

Video-Recorded Virtual (Zoom) Sessions and Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Recorded Session:  As an added value, all virtually-delivered programs are video recorded and accessible to our workshop registrants and Professional Learning Consortium Members subsequent to the session. Therefore, each virtually-delivered workshop and webinar will now have Zoom’s Recording Disclaimer enabled by default. With this feature, attendees will receive a notification when a recording starts or if they join a session that is already being recorded. The participant can then consent to stay in the session and be recorded or choose to leave the session altogether.

Tips to Maintain your Privacy during a Virtually-Delivered Session: Actively engaging in Zoom sessions is important. Participants may have concerns, however, of a Zoom session recording capturing their participation. Meeting hosts or instructors are taking steps to minimize this concern. In addition to the consent, participants can also use the following steps and features to take control of what is shared when a session is being recorded.

  • Change your participant name displayed in Zoom (e.g. only use your first name, replace your name)
  • Disable your video
  • Mute your audio
  • Do not communicate via the chat feature
  • Do not upload an identifiable profile photo

Please refer to Zoom’s Attendee Controls for more information on how to use these features.


January 13
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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