Reducing Stress and Disruptive Behavior: Amanda Williford Presents at Professional Learning Event


How can adults buffer stress for young children and reduce challenging behaviors? Amanda Williford, research associate professor at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, and fellow presenters will tackle this issue head-on at a Connecticut Association of Schools event Wednesday, April 25 in East Hartford, Connecticut.

The first of a professional learning series, the event aims to support teachers and leaders who design early learning environments that buffer stress, reduce challenging behaviors and promote the healthy development of 3- to 8-year-old children.

As a clinical psychologist and researcher, Williford develops and evaluates classroom interventions for children who display challenging behaviors, such as low emotional regulation and disruptiveness. Williford’s presentation explores classroom strategies to decrease and respond to disruptive behaviors.

A panel of school district administrators, teachers and Project Director Elizabeth Aschenbrenner will also discuss “Executive Function and Active Engagement in Learning: Approaches to Increase Self-Regulation and Outcomes for Children.”

Pre-K to third grade administrators, teachers, related service staff, Board of Education members and community partners are all encouraged to attend.