5-3-2024 Trauma/Chronic Stress


Understanding and Mitigating the Impacts of Stress on Student Performance

Friday, May 3, 2024
1:00-4:00 PM (Hybrid: Attend in person or via Zoom)
at First Literacy

160 Boylston Street, 2nd Floor
Boston, MA 02116 (across from the Boston Common)

Please Note: These sessions are not recorded.

Workshop Description: 

Stress is a factor in the lives of many people. It is time that educators gain insight on how stress may play a role in student performance in the classroom. Participants will gain an understanding of the variety of stressors students experience, what an instructor can do to assist students impacted by stress, and what resources can be accessed to help mitigate the influence of stress on student performance.

Workshop Learning Objectives - Participants will be able to:

  • Define stress and recognize the signs of stress in their students.
  • Understand the various ways stress can impact a student’s performance.
  • Know how to perform a stress assessment for the purpose of identifying individual students’ stressors.
  • Identify a method of instruction that will benefit learners who are impacted with high levels of stress or a variety of stressors.
  • Access resources that can be offered to assist students in stress management in and out of the classroom.


Jennifer Rampsi has been involved in the education field for almost twenty years and has worked as a tutor for grades k-12, an English mentor at UMASS Boston, and has prepared students for the SAT exam. Jennifer has spent the past ten years working in the field of adult education. She has held the roles of ESL instructor, Academic Vocabulary instructor, HiSET/GED instructor, and she is responsible for the design and implementation of a writing workshop at the Brockton Adult Learning Center.

This workshop is free to staff of all Massachusetts non-profit ABE and ESOL Programs.

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