The global pandemic has left in its wake traumatized students, families, and educators. Fear has been the dominant emotion – fear of illness and death, fear of the unknown, fear of economic calamity, and fear of failure have dominated schools from classrooms to boardrooms. The essence of fearless schools is the building of psychological safe environment for every stakeholder. In such an environment, students and educators can learn together, make mistakes with transparency, learn from those mistakes, and engage in an environment of consistent innovation, experimentation, and learning. The aftermath of the pandemic will include the psychological scars of depression, stress, and anxiety. Fearless schools will be capable of meeting these psychological needs for students and staff and will be the foundation for resilience for students and the communities we serve.
participants will 1) learn about the impact of psychological safety on learning and leadership, 2) identify the barriers to psychological safety and fearless schools, 3) evaluate alternative practices that lead to or detract from fearless schools, and 4) apply the learning to their individual contexts.