Register: Social/Emotional Support Professional Development Webinar


Maximizing Your Leadership During the Pandemic

Everyone understands and sees firsthand the social and emotional toll the COVID-19 pandemic is having on our school communities.

While AFSA has worked for years to offer insights and professional development on how to deal with school crises and grief, now more than ever, we urge you to take part in a three-part series led by our longtime partner Dr. David J Schonfeld, director of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement (NCSCB) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Schonfeld says, "many of our responses to the COVID-19 pandemic—as a society, within families and as individuals—add unique challenges to children’s grief, whether a loss is directly related to COVID-19 or stems from another cause. The support of educators is even more important for students at this time."
Additionally, he states, "educators are also struggling with the difficulties of the pandemic, and may be coping with losses of their own. It is important for educators to identify friends, family and colleagues they can talk to about their feelings as they do this work. Ensure that employee assistance programs or other resources are available for school staff seeking professional assistance."

Register now.

Supporting Children, Staff and Ourselves Before/After Schools Reopen
Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. EST (noon PST)

Register here.

Supporting Grieving Students
Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m. EST (noon PST)

Register here.

Supporting Adults in the School System—Including Ourselves
Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. EST (noon PST)

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you have questions you would like addressed during these events, please submit them in advance to