Lynn Scott and Kiera Anderson
Kiera Anderson is a current Ph.D. student and Teleports Scholar in Exceptional Education in the College of Community Innovation and Education at the University of Central Florida. Kiera has a background in Occupational Therapy, specializing in children with exceptional needs.
Articles by Lynn Scott and Kiera Anderson
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Schools seeking assessment for the purpose of evaluating and improving family and community connection can earn a family-friendly school designation by the Department of Education. The recognition is the result of an assessment process centered around surveys of school staff, parents, and students. The Family Friendly School program addresses not only academic, but physical, emotional and social needs of students. Schools earn distinction by providing evidentiary documentation addressing the components of the program.
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
The National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments defines emotional safety as experiences in which one feels safe to express emotions, confidence to take risks, and feels challenged and excited to try something new. They conclude emotionally safe learning environments can be achieved by making social-emotional learning (SEL) an essential part of education. Emotional and physical safety allows the brain to be in a prepared state to learn. Now more than ever, schools have an indispensable obligation to seize the opportunity, evaluate past practices, and adopt new methods to bridge the gap between physical safety and emotional wellness.