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With COVID-19 and the closure of schools, many narratives have focused on remote learning and teaching, and in some spaces food security. But what about our most vulnerable students? This pandemic also compromises student safety and well-being. Teachers and school leaders are primary reporters of physical and sexual abuse, neglect, and other issues of wellness. So how can we approach these challenges?

The UNC School of Education will bring together school professionals — including teachers, counselors, social workers, and principals — and Dorothy Espelage, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education who has 25 years studying school violence, bully, and harassment, for an online discussion around how to keep students safe while schools aren’t in session and what roles schools play. Chris Scott, a clinical assistant professor in the educational leadership program and a former school principal and district leader, will moderate. The discussion, hosted on Zoom (link below), will allow audience members to submit their questions through the platform.

Panelists include:

  • Christopher Scott, clinical assistant professor
  • Dorothy Espelage, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of Education
  • Alison Cleveland, principal
  • Trinity Pellas, school social worker
  • Brittanie Howard, middle school teacher
  • Angela Teal, middle school counselor

Join the event on Zoom.

The event will also stream on Facebook Live, but questions will only be answered on Zoom.


April 28
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
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