Supporting Teens with Organization and Stress Management Skills

Today’s teens face a stressful world, and many find refuge in their local library. Whether you serve teens in a public library or a school, your patrons can benefit from personal organization and stress management skills. In this webinar, high school media specialist Grace Hammond will teach you the principles she developed in her work smarter approach, as well as how to achieve student, patron, and staff buy-in for empathy-based, whole-learner library services.

With a focus on teaching students and patrons executive skills and stress management, you’ll learn to help teens gain confidence as learners through proven methods of personal organization, delivered in a safe and trauma-informed learning environment.

After participating in this event, you will:

  • Understand how to easily adapt a library environment to one that supports stress management and organizational skills
  • Gain a basic understanding of trauma-informed principles that will help inform your first steps in supporting these skills in your library
  • Understand how to assess the unique needs of your community and how to personalize these principles to help your patrons become empowered learners

Grace Hammond is a high school Library Media Specialist focused on supporting students as whole learners. She has redefined her school library media program since the start of the pandemic to support students’ executive functioning skills and confidence as learners with a new curriculum called the Work Smarter Boot Camp. This 8-week program on personal efficiency and organization teaches students organizational skills using nuts and bolts skills combined with empathy-based teaching principles and integrates weekly exercises to disarm and support students who are feeling overwhelmed. This trauma-informed program helps students increase personal efficiency while lowering stress. Grace is a lifelong learner and holds an MLIS from the University of Alabama, a BA from Oberlin College, and certifications in Teacher Leadership, Instructional Design, Trauma-Informed Care, Digital Health and Wellness Coaching, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, K-12 Yoga, Childhood Grief and Bereavement, and Psychological First Aid. 

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