As an elementary school counselor in Cape Girardeau, Mo., National School Counselor of the Year Olivia Carter has honed in on trauma-informed practices and built a team that is prepared to meet the mental-health needs of their students. Carter shares some of her techniques for vulnerable students and discusses the need for more counselors at the elementary level in this Learning First Alliance #PublicSchoolProud podcast hosted by LFA Executive Director RIchard M. Long.
Carter will be a featured educator on LFA's virtual panel, “Speaking Up for Public Schools: Educators Find Solutions in Uncertain Times,” where a panel of exemplary educators will discuss what has been learned and how public schools can move forward from the Covid-19 pandemic. The event will spotlight social-emotional learning and mental-health needs and the educators discuss their schools’ needs. The show can be viewed on LFA’s YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13EXg_k8XJQ) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LearningFirstAlliance/) on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. EST.