Safe Passage: The Link between Sustainable Transition Programs and Optimal LearningShekou International School, ShenzhenMarch 7-8, 2020
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Essential Learning Question: In the face of the mobility and turnover that typify many international school communities, how can we build and maintain the kinds of schools that support optimal learning and attachment security?
Goal: Research clearly demonstrates that people learn better when they feel safe. Research also clearly connects attachment security to better outcomes across the lifespan, in relationships, work, and physical health. This "SPAN Primer" workshop provides a comprehensive understanding of the issues at stake when people move or are moved away from. The workshop starts at the micro level, reviewing the psychological, neurological, and biological issues at stake when the stress of moving strikes. The workshop then "pans out," linking these issues in increasingly broader fashion to the realities of how schools work. Participants examine i) how mobility has affected them personally and why they are invested in building effective transitions programs; ii) how to build and actually maintain such programs for the long term; iii) how networks of schools can and must collaborate in order for any school to be optimally effective; iv) the challenges that exist before schools can collaborate; and v) how SPAN strives to resolve these challenges by developing effective global best practices and policies.
Target Audience: This workshop is intended for those who develop, implement, or support transitions activities or programs at schools or networks of schools: school leadership, counselors and pastoral care specialists, admissions directors, teachers, empowered parents.
- Participants will gain a visceral grasp on why they care about, and are invested in, addressing mobility.
- Participants will understand what happens inside the brain and physiology of somebody stressed by moving or being moved away from - regardless of appearances on the outside.
- Participants will grasp the empirical connections between this stress and learning outcomes.
- Participants will understand what is meant by attachment security, and the importance of attachment security for long-term human health and well-being.
- Participants will understand why it is likely that many school practices in the domain of mobility may be inadvertently contributing to attachment insecurity in their students.
- Participants will grasp key parameters for building effective transitions programs at their schools.
- Participants will craft strategic plans and visions for develop or improving such programs.
- Participants will understand why single schools cannot build truly effective programs in isolation.
Drs. Douglas Ota is a psychologist, author, researcher, presenter and consultant. Author of Safe Passage: What Mobility Does to People and What International Schools Should Do About It, Doug’s passion is to challenge the educational community to address transitions effectively. He provides training to support, refresh, equip and connect transition-care providers around the globe who are committed to healthy student, family and staff mobility within and between schools. As the Chair of Safe Passage Across Networks (SPAN), Doug seeks to support and connect school-based programs addressing international mobility and partner with schools to transform transition-care within the school community. As the lead researcher on the Safe Passage Attachment Study at International Schools (SPASIS), Doug is investigating what happens to student levels of attachment security in the world of international education and mobility.
Notes with hotel reservation:
You need to make your own hotel reservation (or for your colleagues who are going to attend the workshop).
Transportation will not be provided during the workshop days. You and/or your colleague who registered the workshop will receive a notification email approximately a week before the conference with workshop information and direction to the host school.