Leading Voices: Creating Safe and Supportive Learning Environments – Dr. Christina Pate in Conversation with State and District Leaders
This recorded session is the first in WestEd’s Leading Voices online conversation series, highlighting scholarly and practitioner perspectives on pressing education issues. This session was designed to support efforts to create the conditions necessary for equitable teaching and learning.
In this session, Dr. Christina Pate, Director of Safe and Supportive Learning Environments (SSLE) services at WestEd, and Jenny Betz, Senior Program Associate at WestEd, led a conversation with Regina (Gina) Garcia Timms, Program Manager for Safe and Supportive Learning Environments at the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), and Dr. Rose Prejean-Harris, Director of Social and Emotional Learning in Atlanta Public Schools (APS).
Drawing from WestEd’s recent work with NMPED and APS, panelists reviewed current research, discussed the essentials of SSLE, and described how they implement, scale, and sustain this work.
Discussion topics for this conversation include:
- Centering equity and cultural responsiveness in SSLE work
- Collaboration and co-creation
- Effective systems and structures
- Challenges in creating safe and supportive learning environments
- Opportunities that SSLE work can offer