A confluence of events has put new emphasis on the role that schools play in not only the academic but also the social, emotional and mental health of its students. Safe and supportive schools are a crucial protective factor for youth, and districts are more focused than ever on upskilling their communities of support to foster environments where students thrive.
Playing the role of an educator, users practice reflecting on their role in a safe and caring school, learn how to recognize signs that a student may be in distress, understand potential resources of support, and engage in a caring conversation in a safe practice environment. Users also explore ways to recommend appropriate actions when they hear something of concern. Educators and school staff have access to customized national, local, and school-specific resources in addition to simulation content.
The goal of Safe & Caring Schools for Educators & Staff is to learn how to foster a safe & caring school, identify concerning behavior, and understand resources of support.
- Understand the positive role educators play in the lives of children
- Analyze ways to talk to an adolescent that helps them to open up
- Recommend appropriate actions when you hear something of concern
- Identify behaviors of concern including bullying, harassment, self-harm, and threats
- Recognize the role educators play in fostering a safe and caring school climate
Research shows that with experiential practice, increased emotional engagement and reflective thinking leads to stronger self-efficacy and behavior change.
Mental wellness professionals, psychologists, and social workers contributed to the simulation content.
Users receive customized feedback based on their in-simulation choices.
The simulation is available online 24/7. Users are asked to complete pre-, post-, and 3-month follow up surveys to assess changes in skills. Attitudes, and behavior. Upon completion, users receive a certificate of completion. Clients have access to usage reports and evaluation data via the Kognito client portal.
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