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Just School. Just Growth: The Path to Student Agency - Intersection of SEL & Trauma: Healing Relationships for Resilience

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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. For instance, a student of color who experiences racist taunts (microaggressions) and reduced expectations is challenged socially & emotionally, experiences trauma, and suffers inequity – all at once.

Equity, Trauma-informed and SEL work are 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.

Educators who attend this series recognize that schools who integrate these three areas support each students’ needs for positive growth - intellectually, emotionally, mentally and behaviorally.


Overarching goals:

We are excited for you to join us on this three-session 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 your school’s/district’s 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 and Educators in every community are carrying trauma caused by the health and political events of the recent past. We know 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 educators who know that we need to change our system now and want to help with that change!

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
Location: Ramapo College of NJ (Mahwah, NJ); Trustees Pavilion 

Date/Times (attend any one or all):

    • Session 1 - October 21, 2022; 9am-1pm (EST)
    • Session 2 - November 2, 2022; 9am-1pm (EST)
    • Session 3 - December 6, 2022; 9am-1pm (EST)

Cost: $159 per session; $477 for three sessions. Please register for each session separately, if interested.

The TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Learning Series: Ensuring Safe, Healthy and Equitable Learning Spaces

The past two years have dramatically changed all aspects of our lives. We are more keenly aware than ever that our classrooms are integral to the health and well-being of our communities. These events have brought into sharp focus that the future of education lies at the recursive intersection of Trauma - inclusive of ACEs & Chronic Stress; Social Emotional Learning (SEL); and Equity & Social Justice.

To be clear, the approaches in SEL support and help heal those with the ACEs that contribute to Trauma. However, SEL is only successful in systems where Equity is valued and present. Equity is only possible when compassionate members of the system check their power, privilege and implicit bias, which is accomplished through the SEL competencies and sub-competencies. As educators, we tend to believe that all humans deserve to thrive socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically, emotionally and spiritually. We have the power to make the world - specifically our learning spaces - a better place - what would you like to do? What would you like to try?

The 2022-2023 TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Development Series enhances your ability to turn your desires into reality. We think of our SEL Series as an integrated roadmap to create and maintain learning spaces where students feel - and - are safe, connected, supported and challenged. Each session contains the recursive threads of SEL, Equity and Healing Informed practices for Trauma. Take one, take two or take them all. Think of them as the vessel to hasten your journey to become the educator you are in your heart of hearts.

All of our TMI-ENVISION SEL Professional and Personal Development Series programs are led by Sharon McCarthy, popular TMI-ENVISION SEL Specialist/Lead Consultant, ENVISION President dynamic presenter and author.

Payment Methods and Cancellation/Refund Policy: Payment can be made by purchase order (PO) or check to TMI Education, LLC. Please mail all correspondence, including purchase orders, checks and agreements to TMI Education – PLC Division at PO Box 922, Madison, NJ 07940. If you are unable to attend a program for which you have registered, email the TMI PLC at [email protected] 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. TMI Education reserves the right to cancel events for any reason, including inclement weather and instructor illness. If TMI Education 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 TMI Education website event page. If TMI Education 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.



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