This highly interactive presentation will be available to parents and community members, with a light dinner and childcare provided for free. Dinner starts at 5:30pm, with the presentation from 6:00-7:30pm, at the Columbia Education Center (208 Advent Ave SE, Ilwaco).
Kent’s visit will span three days on the peninsula, and she will also be speaking with educators and youth. These events are part of an ongoing effort by WellSpring and Ocean Beach School District to educate on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and implement resiliency practices.
Resiliency practices, such as having one caring adult in a child’s life, acts as a buffer to the potential negative effects of having ACEs.
“Kelly is so knowledgeable, and she was able to transfer this complex idea into something that the ‘lay person’ could understand,” said Annie Fletcher, Intervention Specialist with Ocean Beach School District.
Fletcher attended Kent’s training last year, and was able to take the information back to coworkers and students alike.
“I wanted students to do what we did,” said Fletcher, “so they could understand what’s happening in their brain as they’re learning. So they could accept challenges as a good thing and an opportunity to learn even more.”
Attendees of Kent’s previous training appreciated how the presentation was hands-on and accessible. One part of the training asked participants to build model neurons in the brain, demonstrating the growth that happens when learning a new skill.
In Fletcher’s groups, students are building their own neurons out of foam balls and pipe cleaners. Student can add to their neuron once they’ve mastered a new level in their curriculum. Hanging on netting from the ceiling, students have a visual of how their learning is progressing.
While it may seem like a simple project, how students perceive challenge impacts their ability to overcome difficulties and build their resiliency.
“We want our kids to have a growth mindset. To have hope and see the possible future they could have,” said Jean Fisher, director of PALs who coordinated Kent’s visit. “We want them to be motivated to have new experiences, because that’s the basis of how learning occurs.”
Thank you to Charles Nelson Guest House and the Adrift Hotel for securing lodging. Also thanks to the Columbia Education Center for making their space available for this event.
Due to the interactive nature of the presentation, space is limited. Participants will need to RSVP prior to the event by calling 360-642-3739 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about WellSpring and the Town Hall event, visit: www.wellspringpacific.org/townhall
For more information about ACEs and resilience, visit: www.wellspringpacific.org/resilience