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Institute 2022 Pre-Conference Session with Clay Cook

  • 02 Feb 2022
  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Radisson Blu Mall of America, 2100 Killebrew Dr, Bloomington, MN 55425


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Join Dr. Clay Cook for a Pre-Conference Session at Institute!

Clay Cook - Prioritizing the Resilience and Well-Being of the Adults to Get to Outcomes for Students

Educators and community members alike are concerned about how the pandemic has negatively impacted student outcomes. However, report after report reveals that educator stress, burnout, and turnover have reached concerning levels. There is a need for school leaders to prioritize the well-being and resilience of educators in order to get to outcomes for students. Educators cannot self-care their way out of the current situation. This work needs to go beyond self-care and get at the root causes that are undermining educator well-being and resilience. This keynote will reinforce the critical role that building leaders play to activate solutions that prioritize the well-being, resilience, and engagement of one of the most precious resources in our schools – our educators. It will also provide resources and examples of effective approaches schools are taking to prioritize the needs of educators while also maintaining a relentless focus on promoting desired outcomes for students.

Dr. Clay Cook is the Chief Development Officer at CharacterStrong (characterstrong.com). He formerly held the John and Nancy Peyton Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing at the University of Minnesota and also co-founded the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center at the University of Washington. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles on the implementation of effective practices that promote social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes as enablers to school and life success. As a former paraprofessional, middle school math teacher, school psychologist, and licensed psychologist, he has extensive practical experiences that enables him to effectively translate evidence-based knowledge to educators.

Institute 2022 General schedule:
Wednesday, February 2nd -11am-5pm

Thursday, February 3rd - 8am-5pm
Friday, February 4th - 8am-12pm

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