Dr. Kennedy is an educational researcher and consultant. She has focused on the areas of K-12 online, blended, and digital learning for over 15 years as well as SEL for teachers and students, in addition to healing trauma through somatic movement for over five years. Most of her work in these areas centers on research to practice, coaching educators in research-based best practices. In addition to her consulting work, she owns and operates an organization called Wellness for Educators that centers around the importance of well-being of educators. Through somatic movements, including but not limited to yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi, as well as contemplative, reflective practices such as meditation and mindfulness, and other therapeutic modalities (cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), EMDR, etc), the tissues that hold traumatic experiences, such as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), have the potential to be healed. Using her own personal experience with severe ACEs, Dr. Kennedy provides strategies, professional learning, and other opportunities to educators so they can empower themselves to work through and with their own traumas, secondary traumatic stress, and emotions so that they can heal and better be there for their students as well as help their students do the same to empower and heal themselves.
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