Experience Mapping: Helping Teachers and Students Process Trauma

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Teachers continue to be front-line workers in the biggest disruption to school ever. The last six months have been a trauma, pure and simple, for teachers, students, and parents and it continues with all the pain, injustice, and political fighting happening right now. Teacher morale in Fall 2020 is at an all-time low, according to several studies.

Post-traumatic stress debriefings are a proven strategy for preventing anxiety, depression, and despair among firefighters, doctors and soldiers. If the last six months have been traumatic, why aren't we doing this work in schools? In this workshop we will create the space for experience mapping, a process that allow humans to process emotion by sharing stories in community around a common lived experience. By celebrating what was accomplished and grieving what was lost, we will explore how to help teachers, students and even parents shift from despair and burn out to hope and determination. We know that humans cannot learn when stressed, so schools have to find ways to process emotions so learning can happen.

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