Many factors contribute to a positive learning climate. One factor that is often overlooked is engaging the participation of all stakeholders including youth in planning, solution generation and problem solving. Creating an environment in which all students feel that their voice is being heard has benefits to individuals as well as to climate as a whole in terms of health and learning outcomes. This interactive session will involve participants in understanding youth as resources. Participants will leave with resources and strategies for engaging youth and creating a positive learning climate.
Dr. Kris Bosworth joined the College of Education to hold the Lester L. and Roberta D. Smith Endowed Chair in Education with a focus on the prevention of substance abuse and other factors that put young people at risk.
She is the Head of, as well as a professor in, the Program in Educational Leadership. She teaches courses in school climate, the administration of prevention programs, and educational change. She was awarded the College of Education Service Award for 2003. She holds a Masters in Counseling and Guidance, and a Ph.D in Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
She is the author of more than a dozen multimedia and video programs for young people with subjects that include AIDS, alcohol and drugs, sexuality, and violence. These projects have earned awards from the American Medical Association National Congress on Adolescent Health (1989) and the Society for Technology and Teacher Education (1992), as well as the Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Programs Award from the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) (2000).