Social/Emotional Learning

Building Students' Sense of Social Belongingness at School

April 27, 2022 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Speaker: Lisa Kingkade, LMHC, M.Ed.

Webinar Description
How can we as educators build our student's sense of belonging to increase student motivation, engagement and self-efficacy? In this webinar, we will explore how students might spiral when they lack social belongingness at school, reflect on our own practices to foster connections with our students, as well as normalize the experience of worrying about belonging. Over the past two years, Milford Public School has partnered with our colleagues at the Trauma and Community Resilience Center at Boston Children's Hospital. Working with our colleague, Dr. Jeff Winer we developed and are piloting a social belongingness and resilience intervention called "Strong and Belong." Strong and Belong is made up of two phases: (1) a whole grade social belongingness intervention that is embedded within a school classroom block/hour; and (2) a three-session workshop series that draws content from several evidence-based psychotherapy models including "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy" and "Trauma Systems Therapy."

About the Speaker
Lisa Kingkade is the Director of Social Emotional Learning for Milford Public Schools. She also serves as the District McKenny Vento/Foster Care Liaison; 504 District Coordinator and Civil Rights Coordinator. Before working for the Milford Public School system, Lisa worked as a licensed mental health counselor at Wayside Community Counseling Center with a focus on children and trauma. She also served as a domestic violence advocate/ bilingual counselor with the Milford Police Department. She has worked for Milford Public Schools for the past 18 years in various roles from adjustment counselor at Milford High School to Assistant Principal of Stacy Middle School, Assistant Principal of Woodland and has been in her current role for 4 years.

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