The Manassas Campus Achieving the Dream (ATD) Committee hosted a lunch and learn as part of spring semester startup activities on January 6. Faculty had expressed interest in learning ways to reduce stress for students in the classroom (while still maintaining academic rigor) as a means to increase student success. The importance of faculty managing their own stress before entering the classroom was also noted. To address these issues, the Manassas ATD Committee, along with the Teacher2Teacher mentoring program, hosted a lunch and learn.
The workshop began with a brief overview of the importance of stress management for students and faculty. Faculty then worked in small groups to discuss possible responses to a hypothetical example of a student experiencing significant stress. These small groups then reported back to the larger group different strategies they discussed. Drawing from their work in class, Dr. Mary Ann Schmitt, the Manassas ATD chair, and Dahlia Henry-Tett, the Teacher2Teacher lead, ended the workshop with a presentation about how managing personal stress is connected to helping students deal with stress and shared research-based tips on how to manage stress.