#SELChat: New Year, New Beginning?

Contributed by Tamara Fyke

With the onset of the coming holidays, the school year is nearly halfway over. We know the students, parents, and teachers who have made the fall semester a challenge. As we step into the new year, are we open to a fresh start?

Each and every one one of us has a story to tell. More than likely, our stories include events of trauma. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), trauma is defined as “an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.” Trauma may include job loss, divorce, death of a loved one…the list goes on. Read more.

About the Author:

Tamara Fyke is an educator and creative entrepreneur with a passion for kids, families, and urban communities. She is the creator, author, and brand manager for Love In A Big World, which equips K-8 educators with a social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that is both research-based and practical, and also provides the supporting resources necessary to empower students to be socially competent, emotionally healthy problem-solvers who discover and maintain a sense of purpose and make a positive difference in the world. Tamara is editor of Building People: Social & Emotional Learning for Kids, Schools & Communities, a book that brings 12 wide-ranging perspectives on SEL to educators, parents, and leaders.

Tamara Fyke will be presenting the following session: