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 help 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.

Read the latest from my blog

Hypervigilance (and a free self-regulation resource)
I’ve been thinking a lot about hypervigilance. In a slide deck for a recent training, I used this picture on the slide about hypervigilance: That should give you some idea of what hypervigilance means: ears perked up, eyes wide open. …
Is the pandemic a teachable moment?
The fall is fast approaching. Despite the lack of clarity about what school is going to look like, teachers are starting to prepare. One of the topics I’ve seen come up in teacher conversations: whether or not to use the …