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A Trusted Space: Screening & Panel

Documentary screening and panel discussion for educators about how to help mitigate the effects of the grief, trauma, and anxiety in the classroom.

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A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week and Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute will be hosting a free virtual screening and panel discussion of A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth on Monday, May 3, 2021 from 4-5:30 p.m. CT

Documentary Screening & Panel Discussion

A Trusted Space

A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth is a documentary film and curriculum for educators, counselors, school administrators, parents, and others on how to mitigate the effects of grief, trauma, anxiety, and other emotional stressors that have impacted both students and teachers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The film features leading experts in trauma-informed education and is designed to help educators better understand the complex issues and feelings that they and their students are coping with, and to provide strategies to redirect grief into growth by building a safe and trusted emotional space – ultimately creating a better environment for learning and inspiring more resilient students.

The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring distinguished Texas education leaders. The event recording and other resources are available below.

Panelists Include

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Mike Morath

Commissioner of Education, Texas Education Agency

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Charles Martinez, PhD

Dean, College of Education, The University of Texas at Austin

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Pam Wells, EdD

Executive Director, Region 4 Education Service Center

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Moderator: Marcellina Melvin

Senior Director of Health Equity Strategy, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

The Curriculum

Creating A Trusted Space In Five Days accompanies the documentary as an S.E.L. resource for educators to support students through emotional stressors and trauma.

The Documentary

View the full 43-minute documentary, A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth.

Panel Discussion

Watch the panel discussion from our May 3, 2021 event featuring distinguished leaders of education in Texas, moderated by Marcy Melvin, Senior Director of Health Equity Strategy at the Meadows Institute.

Additional Resources

The Meadows Institute developed the Mental and Behavioral Health Roadmap and Toolkit for Schools to provide Texas schools and districts with information on research-driven, evidence-based practices, as well as practical guidance to more effectively assess and address student mental and behavioral health needs.