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Digital Seminar

Optimizing School Leadership with Polyvagal Theory

Emily Daniels, MEd, MBA, NCC, SEP in training
1 Hour
Nov 05, 2021
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The Polyvagal Theory provides an organizing framework through which to consider key aspects of school leadership. It redefines the experience of being a principal, superintendent, or other school leader and informs the essential priority of school leadership: cultivating a culture of safety.



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Emily Read Daniels, M.Ed., MBA, NCC, SEP in training, is the founder of HERE this NOW and the author of The Regulated Classroom: "Bottom-Up" Trauma-Informed Teaching©. She is an internationally-recognized specialist in the trauma-informed schools movement and has worked with over 100 schools, non-profits, state and federal agencies throughout the U.S.


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Financial: Emily Daniels is the founder and owner of Here This Now. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Emily Daniels has no relevant non-financial relationships.


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  1. Apply the tenet of the intervening variable in Polyvagal Theory- physiological state - to educator performance challenges.
  2. Analyze the primary drivers of high employee engagement and how they relate to cultivating cues of safety in the school community (the essential foundation to school culture of safety).
  3. Demonstrate 3 organizational school-based strategies for trauma-informed school-based clinicians.


  • Behavioural manifestation of mobilization and immobilization and how that may be reflected in school personnel performance 
  • Conditions for high employee engagement and its relationship to prioritizing a culture of felt safety 
  • Current efforts from various schools that address the physical environment and relational context that establishes an association between a felt sense of safety and school leaders 

Target Audience

  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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