As students return to in-person instruction, the focus on academic instruction will be intense. At the same time, both students and staff have experienced unprecedented levels of disruption and stress that will impact their ability to focus on learning. The “science of learning and development”—a concept that describes the connection between adversity, stress, and academic performance—offers techniques to calm students and staff, and create positive conditions for learning.
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is partnering with Turnaround for Children (a national organization focused on engaging students in a safe and supportive school culture) to offer a series of free workshops designed to help districts understand the concept of science of learning, and apply strategies and tools that are grounded in this science. The goal of the free series of 90-minute webinars is to help districts be better prepared for in-person instruction in the summer and/or fall.
The webinars are designed for district teams—including a combination of district and school staff—representing a mix of curriculum and instruction, student support services, school leadership, and teaching roles. Expanded learning staff, preschool/early learning staff, and mental health and behavioral support staff are encouraged to attend.
The webinars include four brief guides to the science and practice, recordings of the four sessions, plus two hours of consulting support per district team.
Relationships, Routines, and Resilience: Reopening With the 3 R’s
- The Science of Learning and Development—Learn how the brain develops, how it responds to stress and trauma, and what that means for teaching and learning.
Tuesday, April 13 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Relationships—Explore the science behind the human relationship and the power of positive developmental relationships as the “active ingredient” in any learning environment.
Tuesday, April 27 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Routines—Learn practical strategies for building routines so that students can focus on learning despite all the disruptions they’ve experienced over the past year.
Thursday, May 6 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Resilience—Explore self-awareness and self-regulation as foundational skills for resilience, and learn how co-regulation helps students strengthen the skills, mindsets, and habits to persevere in the face of challenges.
Thursday, May 20 (2 p.m. to 4 p.m.)
Attendance is limited and registration for the free series of webinars is required:
For questions, please email or call Kim Holm: (916) 224-9231