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 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 professional development at conferences and in school districts. You can find links to my writing and other media at the bottom of this page.

Facilitating session-building at Edcamp Vermont

I teach at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski as well as 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.  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]


On “Apathetic” Students [Right Road Radio]

Supporting the Most Challenging Kids [Education Talk Radio]

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