Wednesday May 01, 2024

Family + Educator Together Teams (FETs)

Ari Gerzon-Kessler



Ari spent two decades implementing SEL best practices as a teacher and principal, and led retreats for educators as well on SEL. He applies much of that to coaching teachers and school leaders on how to build stronger partnerships with underrepresented families and integrate those practices into gatherings with families, which include conversations around ways to support students and families mental health.


He also spent 16 years working as a teacher and school leader... 7 years coaching educators at 30 plus schools... extensive expertise on SEL, with several articles published specifically around mental health as it connects to creating safer schools and preventing violence. A decade plus on the board of Passageworks Institute, which for 22 years focused on supporting the mental health of students, families and educators!


One of the major ways he supports the mental health of all stakeholders within a school community is by creating spaces where people can show up authentically and feel deeply seen, heard, and valued. 


FREE RESOURCE from his new book, On The Same Team: Bringing Educators and Underrepresented Families Together to help you strengthen school-family partnerships at your site:



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BIO: Charle Peck is the co-creator of Thriving School Community, a revolutionary program designed for schools to improve mental health. With over 20 years of education and mental health leadership experience, she has the unique lens of both a certified teacher and a licensed clinical therapist specializing in trauma. Charle holds an MS in Education and an MS in Social Work. Her role as a high school teacher coupled with her work with children and families in crisis gives her incredible insight into solving youth mental health problems stemming from our schools. She is the co-author of Improving School Mental Health: The Thriving School Community Solution and a global keynote speaker delivering powerful messages of hope to educators. Connect with Charle at: and on Twitter at: @CharlePeck







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