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"Clap Once if You Can Hear Me": Setting Expectations and Creating Boundarie...

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Charles A. Hayes Family Investment Center

4859 S. Wabash Avenue

Chicago, IL 60615

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As educators, it is quite common to come across student defiance, power struggles, and student meltdowns while in the classroom. Because the classroom environment is partially dependent upon students (who may be responding to stress and/or trauma in their lives), it's important to create quality, responsive instruction, consisting of setting clear expectations, mutually-understood boundaries, and a safe space for exploring artistic practice.

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Understand how setting expectations and creating boundaries are key components in creating a healthy classroom

Learn new strategies to begin implementing restorative practices in the classroom through real-life situations

Engage in activities to create new strategies for trauma-informed teaching practices

Light food will be provided.



  • Reginald Harris, LISW, CTP

    Reginald Harris, LISW, CTP



Reginald Harris, LISW, CTP is a social worker, therapist, and arts educator. A former professional ballet dancer with ten years of professional performing experience, he danced with the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, Ballet Austin, River North Chicago Dance Company, and Dances Patrelle. In 2009, Reginald was one of a small group of arts educators to open The Chicago High School for the Arts (Chiarts) - Chicago’s first and only public performing arts high school. In 2011, Reginald became dance department chair at Chiarts and worked to build a comprehensive and intensive dance curriculum. Currently, Reginald is the Community Life Senior Manager for The Community Builders, a nonprofit real estate development company. He is on faculty at Cincinnati Ballet Academy, is a precinct executive for the Hamilton County Democratic Party, and a vice chair for the Cincinnati Democratic Committee. He sits on the board of directors for Caracole (Cincinnati, OH), and was named C(4) board chair Equality Ohio (Columbus, OH). Additionally, Reginald is a member of policy committee for the Human Services Chamber of Hamilton County and was appointed chair of the Human Services Chamber transportation subcommittee. As a certified trauma practitioner (CTP) - Reginald has developed an arts-focused training that addresses trauma and the ways in which it impacts students’ cognitive and emotional development and academic achievement, and works closely with arts education organizations on becoming trauma-informed. Reginald holds a Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Roosevelt University and a Master of Social Work from Boston University. Reginald has dedicated his life to service, social and economic justice, and arts education through activism, community engagement, and advocacy.
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