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Spotlight Sessions: Webinars for Educators

Helping Students Manage Worry and Anxiety: Strategies for Self-Regulation and Success in the Classroom, Virtual – Summer Institute 2021


  • Type: Spotlight session
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Attendance: Live, attendance required on date and time listed in the course information section
  • Platform: Zoom. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins



In the wake of the pandemic, mental health needs are on everyone’s minds, especially as they affect schools, families, children themselves and society at large. Social emotional struggles often have an impact on children’s ability to learn and engage with their academic experience. Students with social emotional struggles, such as anxiety, may resort to counterproductive coping strategies such as task avoidance, shut downs, meltdowns, and being the class clown. This seminar focuses on some basics regarding the presentation of anxiety and worry, the normalcy of this during a pandemic, and issues that disrupt class performance. The webinar will offer concrete strategies for managing these behaviors in class (virtually or in person). The course will also highlights real voices of students and educators as they explain their experiences managing anxiety in the classroom setting. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define anxiety, stress, and worry. 
  • Understand the basic neurology of an anxiety-triggering event
  • Identify behaviors anxious thinkers may display in the class setting
  • Describe strategies for constructing classroom routines and managing anxiety in the class setting, especially during a pandemic. 



This course is appropriate for educators at all grade levels.



All necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

1 Hour
Dates/Time Price
July 16, 2021
11:00 am-12:00 pm Eastern

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Laura Polvinen

Laura is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who has worked at Landmark School since 2015. Prior to Landmark and during her tenure there, Laura has worked with children and families with needs ranging from trauma, chronic illness, traumatic brain injury, anxiety, depression, ADHD and learning disabilities. In her role as the counseling department head at Landmark Elementary•Middle School, she works closely with both elementary and middle school students, and their caregivers. Laura develops curricula for and facilitates groups for students on the topics of: identity development, antiracism, bullying prevention, drug and alcohol awareness, comprehensive sexuality education, and understanding their Language Based Learning Disability. Laura holds a Masters in Social Work from Wheelock College and a Bachelor’s Degree from Tufts University. 

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