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Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit
The Iowa BEST Summit is designed to highlight educators’ collective need to bolster support and care across the educational system, and to build shared capacity to get there. The sessions will deliver resources and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. #IowaBEST2021

The summit is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa College of Education.

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Tuesday, November 2 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Finding the "Fuel" for Learning and Emotional Well-Being – “How” We Can Enhance Learner Engagement while Supporting Educators’ Well-Being (Part 3)

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In this session, participants will explore the “how” of engagement, as engaging in teacher to teacher mentorship is a key strategy for building capacity within a given setting.  Using the freely accessible tools of SEE-KS, we can structure peer mentoring using an Appreciative Inquiry (AI) model to facilitate reflection on “what is working” in the context of classroom lessons, so that groups of teachers collectively develop action plans (“what can be”).  This mentorship is focused on enhancing classroom practice focused on increasing active engagement using practices consistent with a Universal Design for Learning Framework. Participants will learn a structured process for mentoring one’s peers by appreciating what appears to be effective at enhancing learning engagement and identify opportunities for next steps.  Our focus is on enhancing educator self-efficacy and well-being while addressing learner engagement.

Participants will:

  1. Identify an appreciative-inquiry based mentorship framework for noticing the strategies that appear to be effective at enhancing engagement, and
  2. Identify strategies for inquiring with mentee to identify opportunities for enhancing engagement. 

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Jen Townsend

Owner, Universal Access Consulting, LLC
Jen Townsend, M.Ed. is an educational consultant with expertise in social emotional learning differences, including autism spectrum disorders. She is also the owner of Universal Access Consulting, LLC, a company that specializes in professional development and collaborative consultation... Read More →
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Emily Rubin

Director, Communication Crossroads, Inc.
Emily Rubin, MS, CCC-SLP is the Director of Communication Crossroads, Inc., a private practice specializing in the provision of professional development workshops.  She has served as a member of an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Autism Spectrum... Read More →

Tuesday November 2, 2021 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Hy-Vee Hall Room 108