Build Resilience Through Strength-Based Learning

Have the events of the past year brought you feelings of stress and uncertainty? We have all experienced traumas, both big and little, in our lives. Discover the importance of co-regulation to build resilience and lean into your strengths. Join two experienced strength-based practitioners to help you understand the effect of trauma, the importance of co-regulation, and the identification of strengths to support learners and families in reaching their learning goals.

How: Workshop at the second virtual AERO Conference

When: June 24-27, 2021 for the conference (Saturday, June 26 at 1:00 PM EDT for this workshop)

Where: Online

Cost: $40 – $125 USD for conference registration

Facilitators: Monica Cochran and Kathy Magnusson

Monica CochranMonica Cochran, M.Ed. has worked with children, parents and other adults in a wide variety of educational, hospital and business settings for over 40 years. She has been active in alternative education since 1978, home educated two of her own children, and has worked with other home educating and distance learning families since 1997. She has vast experience in helping learners of all ages and abilities enjoy learning. She especially enjoys helping learners who have both unique talents and unique challenges develop their strengths and create learning experiences that work for them. Currently, Monica works with learners and their families around the world through her private practice, Learning Without Borders.

Monica earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in a multi-disciplinary program in child development, social work, and early childhood education and a Master’s Degree from Eastern Michigan University in special education with certifications in learning disabilities and emotional impairment. She also earned a Primary Montessori Certification from the American Montessori Society and is an Advanced DIR practitioner. Since 1997, following her youngest son’s auto accident, she has also been active in supporting survivors of brain injuries and learners with other health and developmental issues, as they redesign their lives.

Kathy Magnusson, M. Ed. believes learning is an adventure. She has over 25 years of working with youth in a variety of formal and informal settings. Kathy taught as a public school science teacher and developed a leadership program for girls ages 10 and up. Kathy has earned a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota.

As the owner of Wildewood Learning, Kathy develops tailor-made professional development opportunities for educators and youth professionals that will support them in designing positive learning environments for their students. Kathy is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) Interface trainer, she provides training to professionals in trauma-informed and resilience-based practices. Kathy believes educators and youth professionals need to develop their own social and emotional learning skills to create meaningful relationships with students, creating a ripple effect that changes the process of learning for all.