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Local Educators Learn New Ways to Help Students Grow at Leaders' Academy

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On Wednesday local educators learned a lesson of their own at this years 33rd annual Leaders Academy about the importance of building relationships with students in order to help them thrive.

Allen Buyck, Broome-Tioga BOCES District Superintendent and Chief Executive Officer,  says, “It's about trauma-informed practices and resilience, our students deal with things based on trauma and were trying to understand it better and develop strategies to deal with it”.

And to help develop those strategies, pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and author Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg was brought in to help.

Ginsburg says, "Human beings thrive when they know they are safe, secure and have real relationships with caring adults, so today is about working with adults to be that adult who's going to help a young person thrive through good times and challenging times”.

Ginsburg helping those that mold our communities young minds on Wednesday through a 4-hour seminar, teaching them many lessons including how certain types of body language can affect children both positively and negatively. 

"It has never been to focus on what they are doing wrong, it’s a matter of finding all that they are doing right and their essential core goodness and leveraging and building on that, how to talk to kids in the kind of way that young people can reason with and make their own decisions and giving them control over their lives”, says Ginsburg. “When we engage kids in that way they rise and are astoundingly wise”.

And Buyck is excited to incorporate the lessons him and his colleagues learned Wednesday into everyday learning.

“Educating a child today is complicated, we can learn the standards but understanding the child and making a connection with the child is how they will learn the best. When a child comes to school we want them to be prepared to learn and there are many things in their lives that might prevent that and the more we understand that the more we can understand their behaviors and just the fact that they might act out doesn't mean they're a bad kid but they’re dealing with trauma in their own personal life”, says Buyck.