2019 Breakout Sessions

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The Neurosequential Model of Education

Pat Harrison

The Neurosequential Model in Education (NME) draws upon the NMT, a neurodevelopmentally-informed, biologically respectful perspective on human development and functioning, to help educators understand student behavior and performance ( This session will explore how the NME can be used in classrooms as a practical assessment tool to guide classroom strategies that will support the development of resilience in children and adolescents who have experienced adverse trauma.


Supporting Student Wellness and Regulation

Lisa Neufeld

Have you ever tried to teach content and skills to a crew of unregulated students with unmet needs and intense life experiences? Me too. This interactive workshop will offer you relevant research-based practices to help support your students on their journey to wellness. We will explore the various domains of well-being and self-regulation, while uncovering the barriers to practicing wellness in the classroom. We will develop our understanding of the trauma our students carry, while exploring practical activities and skills that we can infuse into our daily practice in hopes of helping our students succeed in school, and in life.


Student Well-Being in K-12 Schools and the Trade-offs Teachers Must Make


Heather Krepski


Description: When it comes to children's well-being, teachers must think about what they need to flourish in their lives as children, and what they will need to flourish as adults. Facilitating opportunities for children to thrive in these different stages of life often involves difficult trade-offs.  This session will explore the nature of children's well-being and how teachers in particular can think about weighing out the necessary trade-offs in schools. Opportunities for discussion and personal engagement with the ideas presented will be provided throughout the session.


Building a Mental Health Promotion Leadership Team In a School Setting

Darlene Gerrior and Denis Granger

This session will provide a comprehensive school-based response to promoting mental health and resilience for children youth, families, staff and communities including a review of our experience creating a Mental Health & Well-being Leadership Team in partnership with the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and the Canadian Mental Health Association. We will explore the most urgent mental health needs in our school communities; the skills staff can tap into to support Social-Emotional Learning (SEL); assessment methods, tools and strategies useful for assessing students’ risk and protective factors; and how the current roles of student support services, school psychologists and social worker in your school division would change if they were to assess risk and protective factors in the school division’s students.


Crossing Borders in Inner City Classrooms and Schools

Jeannie Kerr & Marc Kuly

 In this session we support teachers in engaging the complexity, uncertainty and diversity of working in inner-city classrooms in ways that affirm students, families and communities. Considering the challenges and opportunities of working in inner-city classrooms and schools, we engage teachers with ways we can recognize and work through the borders that emerge for us when teaching in this complex context.  While we will focus on the inner-city as a place of enrichment and activism, and where economic poverty and racialized injustice is experienced by children, families and communities, we will also consider educational engagement with children living in poverty outside the inner city.


What’s In a Name? 

Katya Adamov Ferguson 

School names become imprinted on us as a way to identify as a community—quietly invading our language. Often, without consideration of the stories they (re)tell. At the heart of this session is one teacher’s research/art/work in response to the TRC's Calls to Action. Katya invites you to explore naming as a way of building resilience and to “talk back” to sources of resistance to reconciliation within your educational environments.


2SLGBTQ+ Inclusion in Schools

Kelsey Lambert

 The school environment provides opportunities to create communities of strength, belonging, leadership, and resilience. In this session attendees can expect to learn more about the present experiences, barriers and realities of 2SLGBTQ+ youth in schools, and learn how they can use their role as part of the school community to create positive and meaningful change.