On July 21, 2021, the USC Center for Engagement-Driven Global Education (Center EDGE), Andrew Nikou Foundation, and IDEO announced 56 selections, as part of a first-of-its-kind initiative to crowdsource solutions from educators, parents, and students to help schools navigate the many challenges they face returning this fall. These solutions, which came from across the world, will be featured on the Education Solutions Exchange — a public repository of ongoing, high-quality, achievable, and scalable ideas that can be implemented for free in schools as early as fall 2021.
Dr. Gerchow’s solution is the “Behavioral Health Residency to Support America’s Educators.” In her proposal, Gerchow noted that along with students, educators may have been dramatically affected by the pandemic. She emphasized that now is the time to leverage COVID-19 disruption and make a decision to no longer tolerate silence about teacher mental health.
Gerchow’s solution is premised on the idea that educators should receive individual support, group support, and in-vivo classroom support (i.e., to manage students who present with challenging and triggering behaviors) in addition to training. “No longer does the one and done professional development training about the biology of trauma suffice. Teachers may appreciate knowing about the amygdala, but we must do more.”
Gerchow says the support should be provided by clinicians, including pre-service clinicians, who receive training in behavioral health interventions as well as educators’ ecosystem, socialization, expectations, pressures, and beyond.
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