All students need a safe and caring school environment.

Welcome to Unconditional Learning. My name is Alex Shevrin Venet.  I help teachers connect theory to practice to create equity-centered trauma-informed schools. I’m an educator, professional learning facilitator, and writer.

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I am deeply motivated by the concept of unconditional positive regard in education.

To me, unconditional positive regard is the the foundation for creating the schools we need for every student. I spoke about what unconditional positive regard means to me in an EdTalk at the MTA Summer Institute a few years ago.

I believe we can create a safe and caring school environment through unconditional positive regard, recognizing the dynamic and complex lives of our students. Systems change is just as important as our individual actions, and only through systems change can we truly create equity for all.

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Three ways to say no and set boundaries at school
The first year that I took on a leadership role at my old school, I stopped eating lunch.  I’m not a person who thrives when I’m hungry. The term “hangry” seems like it was coined just for me. But I …
What I wish teachers knew about “what I wish my teacher knew”
As the school year gets underway this fall, many teachers are wondering how to address the mental health repercussions of the past two years. How can we show up for our students with care at the center? How should we …