Session 3

Student Focused Teacher Led Virtual Series


Teaching the Whole Child: Strategies for Meeting Students’ Basic Needs

In this session, Dr. C.J. Huff and Dr. Elaine Weiss share strategies to engage the community in a meaningful way to create integrated systems of support for children and youth to build a more resilient community. Scroll down to learn more.

About This Session


As educators we understand children and youth can’t learn if their basic needs are not being met. In response we “pass the hat” in the workroom, keep crackers in our desk, and give hugs, love and support to our neediest kids. But wouldn’t it be nice if the whole community was engaged to remediate these systemic issues so we can teach and our kids can learn? In this session, Dr. C.J. Huff and Dr. Elaine Weiss share strategies to engage the community in a meaningful way to create integrated systems of support for children and youth to build a more resilient community. At the end of this session the educator will:

  • Understand how integrated systems of support (ISS) can positively impact life and educational outcomes of children and youth.
  • Learn about the Bright Futures Community Resilience Framework® and how it can be used to engage the whole community to create integrated systems of support.
  • Learn specific examples of strategies from panelists who have had an active role in creating ISS in school communities.

Presenters & Panelists


  • PRESENTER: Dr. C.J. Huff, Founder, Bright Futures USA
  • PRESENTER: Dr. Elaine Weiss, Policy Director, National Academy of Social Insurance
  • PANELIST: Kelli Neal, 5th Grade Teacher, McEowen Elementary School, Harrisonville, MO
  • PANELIST: Angela Robinson, Teacher, Berryville School District, Berryville, AR
  • PANELIST: Kelsi Bartholomew, 2nd & 3rd Grade, Lincoln Elementary School, Lincoln, AR
  • MODERATOR: Michele Gay, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Safe and Sound Schools

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