Grant funds Kent School District teacher development workshop with award-winning author Dr. Jane Bluestein

Award-winning author, Dr. Jane Bluestein, presented her latest book, “The Win-Win Classroom,” in a workshop to approximately 400 Kent School District teachers.

Bluestein has worked with thousands of educators, counselors, and parents internationally, and has appeared as a guest on CNN, National Public Radio, and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

She specializes in programs and resources geared to provide practical and meaningful information, training, and guidance in areas related to relationship building, effective instruction and personal development. Much of her work focuses on interactions between adults and children, especially children at risk.

The workshop, which was made possible by grant resources from the Raikes Foundation, is part of a larger district-wide effort that began last spring to create more compassionate schools and classrooms.

To prepare for the workshop, each participating school designated at least one teacher to take a 3.5 hour on-line class called Reducing Adverse Childhood Experiences and share the training with teachers at their school.

The course covered brain science, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, and resilience research. Participants learned the prevalence and high cost lifelong outcomes of ACEs, the vital role of culture and community to optimize wellbeing, and how to use this emerging research to create transformative conversations.

Grant resources from the Raikes Foundation also provided each teacher attending the workshop with a copy of Bluestein’s book, “Creating Emotionally Safe Schools.”More information about Dr. Bluestein can be found at

For more information about the Raikes Foundation visit their website.


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