Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind

Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind

Author Claire Latané will join us to discuss her 2021 book, Schools That Heal: Design with Mental Health in Mind.  

The webinar below has been brought to you in partnership with the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS). 

About the Webinar

What would a school look like if it was designed with mental health in mind?

Too many public schools look and feel like prisons, but we know that nurturing environments are better for learning. Research consistently shows that access to nature, big classroom windows, and open campuses reduce stress, anxiety, disorderly conduct, and crime, and improve academic performance. But too few school designers and decision-makers apply this research to create healthy schools. In her book, Schools That Heal, Claire details the myriad opportunities—from furniture to classroom improvements to whole campus renovations—to make supportive learning environments for our children and teenagers.

Schools That Heal is available through Island Press in book and e-book form.

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  1. Understand the reasons why designing for mental health is important.
  2. Understand some of the research on why the school environment makes a difference.
  3. Identify strategies to use in designing for mental health.
  4. Learn about the triple benefits the strategies have for mental, physical, and public health.

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CE Credit

1 HSW | LU

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Yes, this session has been approved for 1HSW LU. You can also self-report this course as 1 general hour towards your LEED or WELL credential.

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Yes! We are happy to report your credit to AIA. The information needed to self-report these credits for LEED & WELL CE will be sent once you have passed the CE quiz.

Jeslin Varghese, Director of Sustainability, GBRI

Jeslin Varghese is Director of Sustainability at GBRI and Project Controls in the program controls division of Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Construction & Development (MTACD), overseeing multiple mega-projects in New York City with a combined value of $50bn.

Mr. Varghese has over 17 years of professional experience in sustainability and project controls. His experience spans planning, problem solving, strategy development, risk assessment, CPM scheduling, performance monitoring, building & managing teams, and project management.

An avid believer in sustainability and social equity, Jeslin brings enormous talent and engineering experience from the many green residential and commercial building projects he has worked on both in the US and overseas.

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