Supporting the Whole Child: A Mental Health and Wellness Series

The Jewish Education Project
October 28, 2021

Session #2 Rescheduled: Thursday, October 28th, 2021

The last 18 months have affected all of us differently, leaving some of us feeling energized and others feeling disoriented. Join us for the second part of a 2-part series facilitated by Nancy Parkes that will focus on supporting the mental health and wellness of our K-8th grade learners this fall. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in self-care practices, learn techniques to understand the mental health of others, explore pedagogies that promote wellness and relationship building and think about what will be needed in their environments to support re-entry. This series is co-sponsored by The Blue Dove Foundation.

The Series focused on: 

  • Mental health and wellness on re-entry to support transition 

  • Self-care for teachers 

  • Pedagogy that promotes wellness and relationship building 

  • Understanding mental health and wellness for children 

Here are the Resources from this Session:


Session #1 on Wednesday, July 14, 2021, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET:

  • Facilitated by Dr. Betsy Stone  
  • Understanding your own mental health as an educational leader and that of others 

Session #2 on Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM ET:

  • Facilitated by Nancy Parkes 
  • Educational approaches and tools that support students’ mental health and wellness 



Dr. Betsy Stone headshot

Dr. Betsy Stone received her Doctorate in Psychology from Yale University. She is a psychologist and for the last seventeen years has served as an adjunct lecturer at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. Her classes include Human Development for Educators, Adolescent Development and Teens In and Out of Crisis. She also teaches a family education class in her synagogue, Temple Sinai of Stamford, for 6th and 7th graders and their parents, and likes to travel and teach about teenagers and their families. Betsy’s book, Happily Ever After, was published by Random House. 




Nancy Parkes Headshot

Nancy Parkes is an educational consultant and founder of JTeachNOW. Her current focus is in helping Jewish educators and directors bring social emotional and spiritual learning to their settings. Several of her articles on the topic have appeared in eJewishphilanthry and she is currently working on an SESL toolkit for Jewish educators. For the past two years, Nancy has worked with educators enrolled in a certification program in Social Emotional Learning at Rutgers University as they translate their learning into their Jewish educational settings. Nancy also continues to work with schools, organizations, and educators as they embark on, or are in the process of, change as they redefine Jewish education for the 21st century. Nancy gave an ELI talk on this topic in 2015. For the past two years, Nancy has worked with the Matan organization helping leaders of schools and organizations bring inclusion into their settings, and taught Jewish Leadership at JTS. Nancy served as the Director of Congregational Learning at Temple Israel Center in White Plains for ten years, creating a new model of education that included full time community educators. She has become an outspoken advocate for synagogue schools and for the partnership between Rabbis and educators in bringing about innovation and change in this setting. Nancy received her M.A. degree in Jewish Studies and Education in the William Davidson School of Education at JTS and is currently earning her Ed.D there.

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  • Congregational Learning
  • After School and Beyond
  • Teen Engagement