About Alex

Alex Shevrin Venet logo (color)1026404580.pngWhat I believe

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. Systems change is just as important as our individual actions, and only through systems change can we truly create equity for all.

My focus

  • Trauma-informed teaching, learning, and systems change
  • Social/emotional learning
  • Supporting (and rethinking) challenging students
  • Restorative practices
  • Educational equity.

What I do with my time

Facilitating session-building at Edcamp Vermont

My background

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.

Assorted fun facts

  • My last name rhymes with gazette
  • I love cats, especially my tortie cat Charlie
  • I’m in the Vermont 251 club, where you attempt to visit all 251 towns & cities in the state! Next time you see me, ask what number I’m up to.
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:

Cultivating Unconditional Positive Regard [Edweek]

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]

Academic Publication

Role-Clarity and Boundaries for Trauma-Informed Teachers [Educational Considerations]


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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