Staying Connected with Students and Youth during COVID-19 Part 2: Maintaining Meaningful Teacher-Student Connections in the time of COVID-19


The Great Lakes MHTTC offers this training for school mental health professionals and other behavioral health professionals in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, and WI.


In the wake of COVID-19 school closures, educators, parents, and students across the globe are coping with a new reality. In this webinar series we will explore research on belonging and connectedness, they key tenants of virtual communication for educators, and effective strategies for building virtual connectedness.

Research has demonstrated just how vital school and teacher connections are for students. Students who feel connected to their school are less likely to be truant or have disciplinary issues and are more likely to succeed academically, as well as graduate.



  • Discuss the benefits of developing meaningful connections with students by providing effective relationship-building strategies for educators.
  • Discuss utilizing weekly “check-ins” to measure student’s emotional well-being, as well as the importance of stimulating peer-to-peer connections.


Speaker: Angela Begres

Angela BegresAngela is a licensed clinical social worker who obtained her MSW at the University of Chicago. She is an experienced trainer and presenter contracted both independently and through various nonprofits in the Chicago area, Michigan, and others, with experience integrating mental health education programs into the curriculum for students and staff within the Chicago and West Cook County public schools. In Partnership with the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Metro Suburban, Angela also developed a program to help decrease student stress and implement mindfulness in the classrooms. She has also worked with Chicago Family Services (DCFS) providing parenting education, with efforts to get parents reunited with their children.



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