Classroom strategies in action from a trauma-informed/wellbeing lens: Berry Street Education Model
Leonie Abbott, Berry Street Education Model, Berry Street Childhood Institute
Every day strategies are required to integrate (1) trauma-informed practice and (2) wellbeing research (positive education and positive psychology) to support durable academic outcomes in all classrooms (as well as flexible and alternative learning settings). We know that the best strategy is the implementation of “pro-active, pre-emptive, strengths-based classrooms” consistently across an entire school. Learn how to implement wellbeing strategies that focus on integrating body/brain connections and build student capacity by increasing stamina for learning. This workshop will give a snapshot of our comprehensive pedagogical model arising from our experience implementing the Berry Street Education Model in schools across the country; and provide strategies that you can use to assist teachers to enhance the academic success for all students.
Leonie Abbott is the Senior Trainer in the Berry Street Education Model for the Berry Street Childhood Institute providing schools with the training, curriculum and strategies to engage vulnerable students. She is a foundation graduate of the Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne and has over 20 years education experience including a range of education leadership roles. Wellbeing has always been at the core of the roles Leonie has undertaken. Previously, Leonie was Senior Advisor at Independent Schools Victoria: Positive Education was a significant element in driving school improvement.
About Berry Street
Berry Street believes all children should have a good childhood. The Berry Street Childhood Institute contributes to this vision by collaboratively building and sharing knowledge, encouraging public dialogue and mobilising leadership.
Berry Street has been supporting vulnerable children and young people since 1877. Over our long history we have grown to meet increasing demand and adapted to meet new challenges. As the Australian economy and society become increasingly complex, the conditions of childhood are changing: many children are flourishing in the 21st century but the wellbeing of increasing numbers of children appears to be declining. Berry Street continues to provide children with care, protection, education and support as our core business but we know we must do more to avert the growing crisis for children who are at risk. We are seeking to broaden our impact on the lives of Australian children through greater advocacy, service innovation and knowledge sharing. The establishment of the Berry Street Childhood Institute in July 2012 was a key part of our commitment to help more children have a good childhood in Australia.