Health & Wellness

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Most sessions will include a recorded presentation available to all Conference attendees throughout the Conference until the end of December 2020

Lisa Damour, PhD

Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University

Spotlight Speaker • December 8, 4:oopm

Moving From Coping to Adaptation: Helping Adolescents (and Adults!) Manage the Anxiety and Stress of 2020

The events of 2020 have upended the lives of students, faculty, and staff and introduced uncertainty and unpredictability on an all-new scale. Dr. Damour will explain the science showing that stress and anxiety are unavoidable and, to a degree, necessary aspects of life. Dr. Damour translates the psychological science into concrete steps that help both adolescents and adults keep tension and pressure at sustainable levels. Her groundbreaking and practical approach will provide you with the tools you need to help your community members feel steady in the midst of uncertainty.


What Can We Do? Pathways to Understanding Youth Suicide

This workshop will offer pathways to understanding youth suicide, with a focus on the ability of educators to connect the disconnected, and foster hope. The discussion will include: various interventions and the landscape of prevention programming and support; current research on trends, including the neurobiological perspective of suicide; and ways that educators can take action, both personally and professionally, to feel empowered in the fight to save young lives.

Hannah Mariotti

Educational Consultant, BEACON Coaching & Consulting, NH


The Student Mental Health–Nutrition Link: How Boarding Schools Can Help

From behavior and focus, to energy and confidence, the link between nutrition and student mental health and well-being has never been more clear. Do you know enough about nutrition and its role in physical and emotional health? In this session, we'll discuss how Boarding Schools that understand and capture data regarding meal satisfaction, nutrition and mealtime engagement, can use that data to bolster student mental health and support overall wellness and achievement.

Sherry Ephraim
National Director of Business Development

Jane Segale
Chief Financial Officer, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, MA

Peter Walker
General Manager, Walnut Hill School, Master Trainer, AllerU, Sodexo, GA

Quintina Reddington
National Manager of Nutrition, Sodexo


Viruses, Vaccines, Pandemics & Mold: Stopping the Spread and Managing Legal Risk

High-profile outbreaks of mumps, measles, meningitis — and, of course, the coronavirus — have populated headlines. There also has been an increase in allegations of mold causing student and employee health issues. This session will: - Provide an overview of widespread health challenges facing schools - Describe the anti-vaccination movement, legal protections for those claiming a vaccination exemption, and how to address exemptions - Best practices to mitigate legal risks associated with student health affected by infectious disease, mold and pandemic illnesses

Kathryn Beaumont Murphy

Counsel, K-12 Schools, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, PA

James Keller, Chair
K-12 Schools, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP, PA



A discussion on overall student well being and how it has been addressed appropriately and successfully by some of the best professional peers in our field. Today there are so many aspects of a student's well being needing attention, how and when do we know we are getting it correct for our international students in particular? Learn how to prepare your school community for the cultural expectations from students from around the world.

Jacqueline Yamada

Consultant, Educator, ISM, DE


Roundtable discussion:

Lessons Learned and Innovations that Will Endure Beyond 2020

Join Chris Button, Associate Head of School at Virginia Episcopal School, and friends to hear and share the best lessons and practices to come out of the last nine months of forced disruption and innovation in the realm of health and wellness operations. WeÌll discuss the developments of 2020 that are worth sustaining into the future.

Chris Button
Associate Head of School, Virginia Episcopal School

Nolan LaVoie
Dean of Students, Woodberry Forest

Caroline Baum
Associate Head of School, Oldfields School

Amy Kolman
Dean of Students, Virginia Episcopal School

Ryan Pagotto
Associate Head of School, Blair Academy