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Saturday, January 25 • 15:45 - 16:45
Student Agency in Child Protection: A Classroom Journey

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Many schools are now focused on training staff about child protection and strengthening child protection policies and procedures. As a next step, school communities should be in the process of thinking how to bridge the gap from policy to actual lessons for primary aged children. In order for these policies to be truly effective, students must feel confident to act as agents for themselves in this context.

These lessons couldn't come at a better time, given the focus of agency within the enhanced PYP. Through a child protection curriculum geared towards primary pupils, students develop greater self-advocacy skills, as they learn about voice, ownership over their bodies and ways of taking action to protect themselves and others.

Workshop participants will have the opportunity to examine current practice at her/his respective schools, discuss the importance of direct lessons for primary students, and explore how to get started in the classroom. View curriculum and supporting literature, and learn from a counselor who has taught these lessons for four years in the primary section of BIS. The presenter will discuss common questions/issues that may arise, key vocabulary to use, and effective types of scenarios to offer children aged 3-11 for meaningful discussion.

Through discussion and exploration of resources, participants will learn practical ways to introduce a child protection curriculum (for students age 3-11) in the classroom. Attendees will come away with the motivation and confidence to cultivate agency in the area of child protection for primary students of all ages.

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Kelli Holm

Counselor, Bonn International School
I have been in international education for 18 years. The entirety of those years has been within PYP schools in Europe, Asia and Africa. Before becoming a counselor, I was a classroom teacher (Grades 2-4) for well over a decade, and PYP coordinator. My counseling practice (particularly... Read More →

Saturday January 25, 2020 15:45 - 16:45 CET
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