Addressing the Impact of Chronic Stress on Learning in the ABE/ESOL Classroom

Course Dates:

Registration for this course is closed. Contact us at literacy@worlded.org to set up a session for your group or click on “register” to add your name to be notified of future sessions of this course.

Format: Facilitated

Course Fee: $341

Description:

rocks in the sandExplore the ways in which chronic stress, trauma, and adverse life experiences affect learning. You will be introduced to some teaching approaches and strategies that promote emotional and psychological well-being to help students learn more efficiently. Examine your role as an educator in helping learners practice healthy coping skills, develop supports, and connect to community resources. In addition, you will explore the value of expressive arts as a way to build community, encourage creative imagination, and enhance mental health for adult learners.

Participants say:

speech bubble“I was very excited when I enrolled in this course as I wanted to get a grip on the stress in my life as well as my students’ lives. I was surprised by all of the different ways to help alleviate the stresses. This course gave me some peace and my fellow students provided great insights for me to ponder. The best piece is I was able to communicate better and problem solve with my peers.”  Jim Hirshouer, Cochise College, AZ

Objectives:
By the end of the course, you will be able to summarize relevant research on how chronic stress affects the brain and learning; identify five promising classroom practices that promote stress reduction for adult learners; describe two strategies within each of the five classroom practices; name the strengths and weaknesses of your own program in addressing students’ mental health and stress reduction, and present a stress reduction/promotion of mental health plan for your program.

Course Instructor:

Jody Maloney

Estimated Completion Time: 3-4 hrs/week (24 hours total)

Completion Requirements:

To successfully complete this course, your work will be assessed on whether and to what extent you have participated in asynchronous discussions (25%), completed the required postings (total of 60%), and completed the staff development tool and posted your reflections, Wrapping Up (20%). If you score an 80% or above, you will have successfully completed the course and earned a certificate of completion.

Certificate for Completion: Yes

Course Development:

This course was developed by Lenore Balliro at World Education based on a New England pilot project, Managing Stress to Improve Learning, funded by Jane’s Trust.

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