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Workshop on Returning to School after COVID Receives Great Response

Updated: Jul 30, 2020


The SEL & Trauma Informed Practices to Re-engage Students in STEM Learning was a workshop facilitated by Dr. Nicole Cobb from Vanderbilt University and Ms. Deborah Osborne with Metro-Nashville Public Schools. This workshop focused on helping teachers navigate their students and communities back-on-track by helping them understand the effects of stress and trauma. Through this workshop, teachers were able to learn practical ways to embed these strategies into STEM content. 

137 people registered for this workshop!

About the Workshop Facilitators: 

Dr. Nicole Cobb, Vanderbilt University 

Dr. Nicole Cobb has worked in education for 25 years as a teacher, school counselor and administrator at the school, district and state level. Her professional experience has allowed her to link research to practice in the field of education, specifically as it relates to school climate and crisis response. She is currently an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University training future educators. 

Before joining the Vanderbilt faculty, she was the Executive Director of School Counseling for Metro-Nashville Public Schools and Director of School Counseling for the State of Tennessee under Governor Phil Bredesen. She has served nationally on many councils and committees including but not limited to: Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative, Southern Regional Education Board’s Advisory Council and as a College Board National Ambassador. She also 

Led the development of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards school-counseling certificate. She is the current Vice President of the Association of Career and Technical Education’s Counseling and Career Development division and was recently appointed by Governor Bill Lee to serve as an advisor on Tennessee’s Council for Career and Technical Education.

Ms. Deborah Osborne, Metro- Nashville Public Schools

Ms. Deborah Osborne is currently a GEAR UP Specialist in Metro Nashville Public Schools, focusing on college and career education and attainment for first-generation middle and high school students. Previously, she was a school counselor for five years, working in low-income and majority minority schools to address educational inequity and provide students with trauma focused social-emotional support. She holds a Master’s of Education in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University, and currently serves there as an adjunct faculty member.

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