Educators returning to in-person or virtual classrooms are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to balancing their traditional roles with supporting the growing social and emotional needs of students. Navigating the current educational environment requires new skills, and many district leaders are searching for fast but effective and flexible solutions to empower teachers and staff. As you plan for the future, one of the best sources is learning from the success of fellow district leaders who have seen positive change.

In this webinar discussion, you’ll hear from a panel of district leaders who will share valuable insights including:

  • Their re-entry strategies to address social and emotional learning for teachers and students
  • How they quickly implemented virtual role-play trainings to prepare faculty and staff for scenarios they’re likely encounter
  • Tips and insights that can help in your own planning and implementation strategies
Watch this valuable discussion to learn from fellow district leaders and walk away with knowledge that will help you ensure your teachers and staff are prepared to support student mental health and trauma during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Karen Haynes, Ph.D., LPC-S
Director for Mental Health and Social Services, Galena Park Independent School District

Dr. Karen Haynes, LPC-S is the Director for Mental Health and Social Services in Galena Park ISD in Houston, Texas. Dr. Haynes has served in many different capacities for the past 24 years in GPISD. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor (LPC-S). She has worked as a Community Youth Services Specialist, Special Education Counselor, Program Director for Social Services, and Director for Mental Health and Social Services. Dr. Haynes is committed to improving the lives of students and families by serving with “HEART.” She loves training other professionals who are eager to learn. Dr. Haynes fully believes that relationship building is one of the most important skills in the school setting.
Jennifer Taylor, LMHC
Supervisor of School Counseling and Student Services, Alachua County Public Schools

Jennifer Taylor is the Supervisor of Guidance and Student Services for Alachua County Schools where she supports the school counselors, social workers and mental health initiatives for the district. Jennifer was a school counselor for 20 years prior to serving in this position for the last 6 years. She is also a licensed mental health counselor.
Elizabeth Lane, MS
Coordinator of Student Services, Department of Student Services, The School District of Osceola County, Florida

Elizabeth Lane, MS, is the Coordinator of Student Services with the School District of Osceola County, FL. Part of her responsibilities include the Mental Health Allocation which is awarded due to the Marjorie Stoneman Act. She is a strong believer in the collaboration of all child serving agencies to develop the best gains for the children we all serve every day.
JACQUELINE RODRIGUEZ, LCSW
Coordinator, Student Support & Health Services Department, Sacramento City Unified School District

Jacqueline Rodriguez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over eighteen years’ experience in developing and implementing student support services and programs in an educational setting. In addition, she has experience working within the Foster Care and county-level community-based behavioral health systems. Currently, Jacqueline Rodriguez serves at Sacramento City Unified School District as a district-level coordinator managing school-based mental health services including oversight of the district’s mental health crisis response team and Student Support Centers. She has a Masters in Social Work from San Jose State University; Preliminary Administrative Credential; Pupil Personnel Services Credential in Child Welfare & Attendance, School Counseling, and School Social Work. Jacqueline is also a certified Instructor of Mindful Schools Essential Educator; Youth Mental Health First Aid; QPR Gatekeeper; and Restorative Circle Facilitation. For fun, she enjoys spending time with her family, cycling long distance and escaping to the beach whenever possible.
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