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Virtual 1 Day Workshops

The Whole Student: Understanding Students’ Social-Emotional Needs and Strategies for Classroom Success, Virtual – Summer Institute 2021

If you sign up for this section, you are signing up for a virtual section. There are a limited in-person spaces for this course. If you want to take the course in-person, you must register for the in-person section so we can ensure social distancing.

The content for the virtual section and in-person section is the same.



  • Event type: One-day workshop
  • Section delivery mode: Virtual. The instructor will be on-site, and participants will be virtual.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section. Please be prepared to be available for a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction for the entire duration of this course.
  • Platform: Canvas and Zoom. You will need access to a reliable internet connection and computer with video and audio. Login credentials emailed the day before the course begins.



Now more than ever, we are thinking about child and adolescent mental health issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Social emotional struggles often have an impact on children’s ability to learn. Students with social emotional struggles may resort to counterproductive coping strategies such as task avoidance, shut downs, meltdowns, and being the class clown. This seminar focuses on understanding different categories of social emotional needs (i.e. in particular worry and anxiety), understanding presenting issues that disrupt class performance, and will highlight real voices of students as they explain their experiences with social emotional challenges. 

Through hands-on tools and multimedia, participants will collaborate and explore ways to create structured and supportive classroom environments that set students with social emotional challenges up for success. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Define anxiety, depression, stress, worry, and mental health needs with which students may present.
  • Identify and discuss the prevalence of social-emotional needs of students, especially those with learning disabilities.
  • Label 5 student behaviors indicative of social emotional struggles at school.
  • Construct classroom routines with students with social-emotional needs.
  • Identify strategies for teaching and oral communication with students to help them manage their social emotional needs and regulate themselves in class.
  • Describe tools and tips to help students with mental health needs to be more successful in the classroom, including meditation, feelings thermometers, and self check-ins.



This course is appropriate for educators at all grade levels.



All necessary materials will be shared electronically.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 23, 2021
8:30am - 3:00pm 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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