Safety, Belonging, and Learning: An Inextricable Link

AUG 9, 2022

In this webinar recording, we'll cover:

  • 1

    How safety and belonging are biologically linked to learning

  • 2

    Creative, effective ways to create safety and belonging in classrooms

  • 3

    The impact instructional materials have on students’ sense of belonging

Speaker Details

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Dr. Pamela Cantor, M.D.

Turnaround for Children’s Founder & Senior Science Advisor

Pamela Cantor, M.D. practiced child and adolescent psychiatry for nearly two decades, specializing in trauma. She founded Turnaround for Children in 2002, after co-authoring a study on the impact of the 9/11 attacks on NYC schoolchildren. Today, Turnaround translates scientific knowledge about how children develop and learn into integrated tools, resources and services for educators, school leaders, and school systems to establish the conditions and practices that drive learning and growth, so that all students thrive.

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Dr. Jawana M. Johnson

Chief of School Culture, Climate and Well-Being

Dr. Jawana M. Johnson is the New York City Department of Education’s Chief of School Culture, Climate and Well-Being. In this role, she leads all initiatives related to student wellness and school climate, including safety, physical and emotional well-being, and community school initiatives. Dr. Johnson previously served as the Chief Achievement Officer for the Eagle Academy Foundation, where she supported principals, district leaders, and teams from local and national partner schools through strategic solutions, leadership coaching and capacity building, targeted instructional and operational support, and crisis management. Dr. Johnson is a career educator and school leader. Over the past 20 years, she has worked at the DOE and at Harlem Children’s Zone in a variety of instructional roles, including principal, resident principal, director of curriculum and instruction, assistant principal, and teacher.

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Dr. Melissa Kim

Deputy Chancellor of DC Public Schools

Dr. Melissa Kim is the Deputy Chancellor of DC Public Schools. In this role, she leads the district’s 116 schools as well as all programs including academics, interventions, innovations, equity initiative, and family engagement to ensure that DCPS provides rich and rigorous experiences for all students. Dr. Kim has been an educator in DC for more than 20 years, and she previously served as Chief Academic Officer for KIPP DC, where she worked closely with secondary schools and special education services to ensure student success.


Dan Cogan-Drew

Co-Founder and Chief Academic Officer, Newsela

Dan brings twenty-plus years of professional experience spent working towards a more perfect union of teaching, learning and technology. Prior to Newsela, Dan was the founding Director of Digital Learning at Achievement First Public Charter Schools, where he spearheaded the integration of digital learning technologies across the network. He began his education career in Teach for America and went on to teach in public and private schools, as well as in the US Navy. He holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Brown University, and Tufts University.

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