About Alex

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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, recognizing the dynamic and complex lives of our students.

I think, learn, and write about trauma-informed teaching, social/emotional learning, supporting challenging students, restorative practices, and educational equity.

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 professional development at school, districts, organizations and events – more on that here. You can find links to my writing and other media at the bottom of this page.

Facilitating session-building at Edcamp Vermont

What I do with my time: I teach at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski as well as Castleton Center for Schools and  Antioch University New England. I facilitate professional development for teachers and support schools as they work toward implementing trauma-informed practices. I work as a Community Facilitator for Edutopia, and co-organize Edcamp Vermont and the Trauma Informed Educators Network Conference.  I’m a former school leader and teacher at a small alternative therapeutic high school near Burlington, Vermont.

I attended the University of Vermont for my degree in Secondary Education – English and Antioch University New England for my Master’s Degree in Education.

Presenting at the ASCD Empower conference

Links to my writing and media on other sites:

Follow the links below for more strategies and frameworks grounded in unconditional positive regard for students.

Blog Posts

Much of my writing can be found on Edutopia, including pieces on trauma, challenging students, and teacher wellness. Find the list here.

Selected other publications:

A Mindset Shift to Continue Supporting the Most Frustrating Kids [Mindshift]

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I’m honored to be recognized by SmartBrief for my piece on KQED on supporting frustrating kids

Is Extra Credit An Equity Issue? [Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education]

What To Say Instead of “21st Century” [Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education]


Unconditional Positive Regard [Massachusetts Teachers Association EdTalks]


A Crash Course on Trauma-Informed Teaching

On “Apathetic” Students [Right Road Radio]

Supporting the Most Challenging Kids [Education Talk Radio]

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