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Safety, Belonging, and Learning: An Inextricable Link

A discussion on how to create safety and belonging in the classroom so every student can learn and unlock their full potential.

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Featured Speakers

Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Pamela Cantor, M.D. is a child and adolescent psychiatrist, author, and thought leader on human potential, the science of learning and development, and educational equity. In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, she founded Turnaround for Children, which translates scientific insights into tools and services that help educators establish the conditions for all students to thrive.

Dan Cogan-Drew

Dan brings twenty-plus years of professional experience spent working towards a more perfect union of teaching, learning and technology. Prior to Newsela, Dan was the founding Director of Digital Learning at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, where he spearheaded the integration of digital learning technologies across the network. He began his education career in Teach for America and went on to teach in public and private schools, as well as in the US Navy.

Dr. Jawana M. Johnson

Dr. Jawana M. Johnson is the New York City Department of Education’s Chief of School Culture, Climate and Well-Being. In this role, she leads all initiatives related to student wellness and school climate, including safety, physical and emotional well-being, and community school initiatives.

Dr. Melissa Kim

Dr. Melissa Kim is the Deputy Chancellor of DC Public Schools. In this role, she leads the district’s 116 schools as well as all programs including academics, interventions, innovations, equity initiative, and family engagement to ensure that DCPS provides rich and rigorous experiences for all students. Dr. Kim has been an educator in DC for more than 20 years, and she previously served as Chief Academic Officer for KIPP DC, where she worked closely with secondary schools and special education services to ensure student success.

Zaretta Hammond

Zarretta Hammond is the author of “Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain” and founder of the “Ready 4 Rigor” blog. She is a former English teacher and, for nearly two decades, has worked at the crux of instructional design, professional development, and achieving equity. Hammond’s research explores and analyzes the brain functions that inform how we learn and think.

Featured Blog Posts

Catch up on the content covered in our webinar series with these recaps. 

Empowering teacher growth in K-12 education

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How Motivation Influences Student Engagement

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How relationships influence learning

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From Learning Science to Learning Recovery

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