About Alex Shevrin Venet:
I believe that all students need a safe and caring school environment. We can create this environment through unconditional positive regard for the person and conditional response to the behaviors, recognizing the dynamic and complex lives of our students.
I think, learn, and write about trauma-informed teaching, special education, therapeutic schools, social/emotional skill-building, supporting challenging students, alternative education, teacher-driven professional development, restorative justice/restorative discipline, and above all, the importance of authentic student-teacher relationship.
I love to talk with other teachers about how to transform theory into practice to support all students, especially our most challenging kids. I facilitate conversations and presentations around these topics at conferences and events such as Educon, the Coalition of Essential Schools Fall Forum, Dynamic Landscapes, the Vermont Therapeutic Schools conference, and the Massachusetts Teachers Association’s Summer Conference. You can find links to my writing and other media here.
I teach at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski as well as Antioch University New England. I work as a Community Facilitator for Edutopia, and organize Edcamp Vermont. I’m a former school leader and teacher at a small alternative therapeutic high school near Burlington, Vermont.