Greg Benner returns to lend his expertise to school district

August 1, 2018

SCOTTSBLUFF — Greg Benner is a familiar face in Scottsbluff and he is making a return trip on Aug. 8 to speak about building a trauma-informed community.

Benner is returning to continue working on the 3E — Every Child, Every Day Everywhere — community partnership Scottsbluff Public Schools began three years ago.

Benner will host a conversation about creating a compassionate, caring community for each child using the trauma-informed approach already practiced in the Scottsbluff school system. The trauma-informed approach helps individuals to understand, recognize and respond to the effects of trauma on a person’s well-being and behavior. Physical and emotional safety is emphasized to allow survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment in their lives.

Benner has worked with Scottsbluff Public Schools for several years in reinforcing a “whole child, whole school, whole community” approach to student success. Through learning with him, the district has continued further efforts with Social Emotional Learning (SEL), the district’s approach to improving student behavior. By combining SEL, the 3E Community Partnership and trauma-informed practices, employees in the district are better informed about the trauma their students have experienced and can create better outcomes for the students.

Melissa Price, director of communications, Scottsbluff Public Schools said the event is open to anyone who wants to come and learn.

“We’re trying to personally reach out to different agencies that would benefit from this,” she said. “But if parents, teachers, anyone who is interested wants to come, they are welcome.”

Price said 20 percent of the district’s students are mobile, so having interested parties from other school districts is welcome.

“They are constantly coming in the district but not moving far when they go,” she said. “If we’re all speaking the same language, it is only going to benefit the kids.”

The event takes place on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from 4-5:30 p.m., at the Scottsbluff High School cafeteria. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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