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Westgate Community School Presents The Upstanders!
The Upstanders is a film-based education program about resilience, attention, and the power of connection to end bullying. The film explores cyber-bullying, bullying among friends, families, co-workers and the brain science behind it all. We will be showing the film at [TIME], which will promptly be followed by a panel discussion. Since Westgate was lucky enough to be a part of the filming for The Upstanders, you will see some of your very own Westgate staff members on the panel and in the film! The panel will also include access to further resources and materials.
Learn more at https://www.theupstanders.com/

Oct 28, 2020 06:00 PM in Mountain Time (US and Canada)

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Sharon Collins
Executive Director for Westgate Community School
Sharon Collins is the Executive Director for Westgate Community School, a K-12 school serving gifted students in Thornton, Colorado. Under her leadership, WCS has been awarded over $2 million in grants for the development of the school land and enhanced whole-child programming. In 2018, Sharon was honored as the Colorado Charter School Leader of the year. Before Sharon began leading Westgate, she was a teacher, leader and a district gifted program coordinator. In 2000, Sharon earned an M.A. in Teaching and Learning from DePaul University. In 2003, Sharon was named a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholar and traveled to Japan to study K-12 schools.
Autumn Washington
School Counselor @Westgate Community School
Autumn is a licensed K-12 School Counselor currently at Westgate Community School in Thornton, Colorado. She specializes in elementary, middle, high school, and gifted/talented counseling, Solutions-Focused Brief Therapy, exceptionalities, concurrent enrollment, and post-secondary advising. Autumn began her career with youth, ages 0-21, 12 years ago, and has continued her passion through different avenues and roles. Previously, she had the honor and privilege of serving military youth and their families at Buckley Air Force Base, and Boys and Girls Club of America youth members in Aurora for 8 years. Furthermore, she has worked with underrepresented students and families in both Denver and Aurora, Colorado for the last 6 years. Autumn's social-emotional interventions as a School Counselor extends to anti-bullying teaching (such as Westgate's "Enough" protocol), self-esteem/efficacy building, social skills development, anger management, restorative, and mental health support for all age
Amanda Novak
High School Assistant Principal and Whole Child Education Coordinato @Westgate Community School
As the High School Assistant Principal and Whole Child Education Coordinator at Westgate Community School, Amanda has the unique opportunity to weave whole child practices into educational systems and structures for all students and the larger community. As an educator and social worker, she is passionate about creating safe spaces for students to thrive in school (and life). Over the last 9 years, Amanda has had the privilege to serve in a variety of school roles, including teacher, athletic and academic coach, activities director, Dean of Culture and Assistant Principal, allowing her to see many sides of schools and education.