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Fireside Chat with Ali Hearn: Returning to School, Empathy for Teachers and Sparking Ideas to Support Students

Ali Hearn comes back to the show to provide her unique spark of energy, positivity, creativity and strategy to school social workers. Ali has a unique background that extends from the micro (school social worker) to the macro (district consultant). When Ali comes on the podcast she brings authenticity and an understanding school social work that makes her perspective invaluable.

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Lessons In Stress: If Scrappy Vines Can Overcome Adversity, So Can Our Kids

Allowing our children to firmly plant themselves in uneven turf that consists of disappointment, challenge, and hurt ultimately promotes skills and introduces children to their assets. These experiences build on one another and lead to increased confidence and a robust sense of self. I have had a front-row seat to watching the students at my school navigate the return back to school this year. Not unlike the vines, their return has been fraught with the less than ideal routines and conditions of wearing masks, one-way aisles, spaced desks, lessons via Zoom, and outdoor classrooms. And like the vines, they have had to create new paths to find the sunlight and a new comfort level - and they have done it with grace and adaptability.

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