Memorialization and Commemoration: Navigating, Creating, and Holding Space in Our Schools After Loss (May 2021), a two-part learning experience, panelists and participants surfaced the challenges, complexities, and experiences of commemorating and memorializing crisis, trauma, death, as well as joy, recovery, and growth in and with our school communities.
Materials from the May 2021 series
Session 1: Discourse
A panel of educators (teacher educators, teachers, administrators, and clinicians) shared the challenges, celebrations, and experiences creating and holding space in schools after loss (e.g. student death, natural disaster, school shooting).
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Session 2: Dialogue
Our program’s faculty facilitated an interactive, peer-connecting sessions to reflect on the previous session’s discourse, and to share with one another to source our own experiences, questions, and ideas for holding and creating space.
Faculty and moderators for both sessions
Alex Shevrin Venet, educator, author, and professional development facilitator
Alex Shevrin Venet is an educator, author, and professional development facilitator based in Vermont. She teaches at the Community College of Vermont, Antioch University New England, and Castleton University. Previously, she was a teacher and leader at an alternative therapeutic school. Her first book, Equity-Centered Trauma-Informed Education, will be released from W.W. Norton on May 25. Alex wrote this powerful post “Navigating the anniversary of collective trauma” to help us think about commemorating the one year mark of COVID and “Role-Clarity and Boundaries for Trauma-Informed Teachers” that is always relevant.
Beth Silbergeld, educator, school leader, equity consultant
Beth is an experienced principal with a demonstrated impact of working in the primary/secondary educational spaces. Skilled in lesson planning, restorative practices, equity-centered professional development, and youth Development, Beth has been a teacher, assistant principal, and principal at Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA for almost 19 years. As a leader in a small school community for nearly two decades, Beth has created many joyful spaces and has held space to grieve youth and colleagues who were like family.
Dr. Christina “V” Villareal, Faculty Director of Teacher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Christina Villarreal spent nearly a decade teaching and learning with the youth of East Oakland, CA where she taught middle school social studies and served as an assistant principal. Currently, Villarreal serves as the faculty director of the Teacher Education Program and continues to teach the Ethnic Studies and Education course at HGSE. She also serves as a radical healing trainer with Flourish Agenda, and as a consultant with Acosta Educational Partnership. She holds a B.A. in ethnic studies from UC Berkeley, an Ed.M. from Harvard University, an M.A. in ethnic studies from SF State, an M.Phil. in education from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in social studies education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research explores enactments of humanizing pedagogies, racial literacy, and radical healing in secondary social studies classrooms through portraiture.
shea martin, writer, educator, and co-founder of Liberate and Chill *Collective
shea wesley martin is a fat, Black, queer, non-binary writer based in the mountains of Vermont. they write about the joy, pain, and triumph of being Black, queer, and not-quite-woman in and beyond this world. a freelance educator, they also research, consult, and write about creating and sustaining liberatory learning spaces. shea is the co-founder of the Liberate and Chill* Collective, serves as co-facilitator of Love and LiteraTea for LGBTQ+ Youth, and runs the Anonymous Teacher Speaks Project.
Tiffani Marie, educator and researcher
Tiffani is the daughter of Sheryll Marie, granddaughter of Dorothy Wilson and Annette Williams, and the great-granddaughter of Artelia Green and Olivia Williams. She comes from a long line of Arkansas educators. She is passionate about learning with and from youth, sewing, music production, and connecting to the natural world. Tiffany is the Instructional Reform Facilitator & Induction Coach at Leadership High School in San Francisco, CA.
Yesmina Luchsinger, MS, educator, advocate, and mental health professional
Prior to joining CARS as the NTTAC School Based Services Co-Lead, Yesmina served as the Director of School Safety and Social Wellness at the Arizona Department of Education during the expansion of their nationally recognized School Safety Program to include counselors and social workers for the first time. Yesmina’s team also led the development and release of Arizona’s Model School Safety Plan, coordinated the implementation of a statewide suicide prevention initiative, and participated in developing the Arizona Model Mental Health Referral Policy for schools. She was recognized by the National Center for School Mental Health in 2019 as the Youth and Family Partner of the Year for her work to elevate and empower the leadership of the communities she serves. An Arab-American and daughter of an immigrant, Yesmina works to improve collaboration within care networks such as health, education, and child welfare.
Dr. Leora Wolf-Prusan, SCRR Project Director
Oriana Ides, SCRR Field Coach
For Leora and Oriana’s bios, visit: https://schoolcrisishealing.org/about-us/meet-our-team/