Lakeside faculty and staff spent Tuesday, Nov. 28 on professional development opportunities covering a variety of subjects. A morning session for faculty explored topics related to Lakeside's global curriculum, including teaching students about current events, and privilege and Global Service Learning.
Following work in departments, all faculty and staff who advise students came together for a suicide prevention training. Jamie Asaka, director of student and family support, recapped Lakeside's recent work with the nonprofit organization Forefront on suicide prevention. Affiliated with the University of Washington, Forefront advances innovative approaches to suicide prevention through professional training, campus- and school-based interventions, policy change, media outreach, and support for persons affected by suicide.
Educators heard from members of the team working with Forefront, and then volunteers role-played conversations between students and adults focused on how to recognize distress and talk with students about it. Learn more about Lakeside's work with Forefront on page six in the fall/winter 2016 Lakeside magazine.