Jacob Laurent currently works as Climate Coordinator for the Duluth Public Schools District in Duluth, Minnesota.
Jacob has spent his diverse career experience working in a variety of educational settings and roles, including wilderness therapy on the Superior Hiking Trail, teaching, and working as an Aventura instructor at a therapeutic boarding school in Costa Rica. More recently, he has spent the past eight years working in the Duluth Public School District, focusing on the social, emotional, and behavioral side of MTSS. Before that, he was working as the Dean at a Duluth elementary school. Jacob is passionate about his work and believes that happy adults impact and motivate happy kids and that efficient systems, in addition to a “bucket-filling” mindset, can make a tremendous difference in the educational profession.
This session will focus on trauma-informed practices and strategies to support student behavior and social-emotional needs in our students. The work will focus on adult communication and response through a lens of equity, relationships, communication, and compassion.
Join Jacob Laurent as we unpack current research, best practices, and simple strategies to support our LGBTQ+ youth in their school communities. Looking through an equity lens, learners will leave with a better understanding of the what, why, and how when supporting one of our most vulnerable student groups. Participants will also have access to tools and resources to help spur this change and increase their effectiveness in reaching ALL kids.