Healing-Centred Teaching Practices

What every educator needs to know about stress and the impacts on learning

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Presented by Dr Jamie Gunderson and Dr Rebecca Justeson

Hailing from California State University, Dr Jamie Gunderson and Dr Rebecca Justeson join us for a special Scientia Education lecture to kick-start 2022.

This interactive workshop will support educators in understanding the impacts of stress and trauma on learning and teaching, and identify healing-centred teaching practices that will equip participants with tools for supporting students in crisis.

Educators will prepare to face challenging educational contexts head-on by engaging in self-care, maintaining a focus on behaviours that enhance resilience, exploring post-traumatic growth as a pathway to healing, and mitigating long-term inter-generational impacts in communities affected by stress and trauma.

About the Speakers

Jamie Gunderson

Dr Jamie Linn Gunderson is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Chico, and the Lead Faculty Fellow for the Office of Faculty Development. Born and raised in Las Vegas, NV, Jamie served the Clark County School District as a paraprofessional, special education teacher, assistive technologist, and finally, administrator prior to coming to Chico State. Jamie enjoys teaching and learning! She teaches courses in Classroom Management, Research, as well as Instructional and Assistive Technology for the School of Education, and is also the coordinator of the Computation Literacy Across Secondary Subjects (CLASS) program. Jamie's research interests include Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education and Healing-Centered Teaching Practices, and she is excited to share her knowledge and experience as an educator with fellow educators. 

Rebecca Justeson

Dr Rebecca Justeson is a Professor and the Director of the School of Education at California State University, Chico. She previously served for many years as the Director of the Rural Teacher Residency Program, as well as serving an interim term as Director of the Residency in Secondary Education (RiSE) program, both blended credential and master’s degree programs within the School of Education. In addition to her experience with field-based models of teacher preparation, she teaches and provides professional development in the areas of literacy and resilience development. Prior to arriving at CSU, Chico, Rebecca served as both a reading specialist and a bilingual elementary teacher. Her research interests include understanding trauma and resilience in all populations. Rebecca studied positive psychology in the MAPP Program at the University of Pennsylvania and has also earned degrees in Educational Psychology and Bilingual/Multicultural Education. She has experience as a lead trainer, serving in that role as a co-teaching trainer in her region, and as a master resilience trainer with both the United States Army and the University of Texas system.