Fostering a Classroom Culture to Support Students’ Mental Health: Strategies and Practices for Classroom Teachers

Oct 21, 2024 9:00AM—3:30PM


Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences

Cost Early Bird Pricing for Members (Available until Sept 23) $1,010 members; $855 group-rate 3+; $1,590 non-members

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Independent school teacher facilitating productive discourse with and students.


In this day-long intensive, educators will learn more about the current mental health climate and how this widespread epidemic is affecting young people. During this program, educators will develop strategies, curricular guidelines, and pedagogical approaches to address how physical health and mental health intersect in classrooms. Educators will leave this workshop with tools to support students in recognizing their stressors, coping mechanisms, nervous systems, and social wellness and to begin facilitating age-appropriate discussions about mental health. Additionally, participants will develop strategies to engage their school communities to collectively support this work.


Participants will:

  • Explore how the mental health crisis impacts students and discover ways to foster developmentally appropriate conversations about this topic.
  • Practice designing grade-specific lesson plans that address overarching mental health concepts.
  • Engage in a discourse about how to raise these pressing themes in the classroom (and school community). 
  • Embrace our role as first responders for students, supporting their understanding of mental health as they navigate the ever-changing landscape of twenty-first-century adolescence. 


The intended audience for this program is educators and administrators who are passionate and curious about supporting the mental health of their students and community. The “best fit” audience member is an educator who works with early to middle adolescent students, though the content of this program can be adapted and modified to fit a wider audience.


Natalie Babcock, CATDC Facilitator

Natalie Babcock is an elementary school educator at The Center for Early Education (CEE) in West Hollywood, California. After cutting her teeth in the Early Childhood sector, Natalie earned her Masters Degree and Teaching Credential from Bay Area Teacher Training Institute (BATTI), in Oakland, California. In 2018, Natalie moved back home to her native Los Angeles and worked in LAUSD as a fifth grade teacher. Today, Natalie calls CEE home and is proud to be in her fourth year at The Center, currently working in the Upper Elementary Division. She has contributed essays to the Los Angeles Times and hosts a Children’s storytelling podcast called Small Tales.


CATDC partners with member schools to host our in-person programs, providing educators the opportunity to learn with peers in diverse settings. We are thrilled to partner with Crossroads School on this Intensive, welcoming the larger independent school community on their campus for a day of learning and collaboration.

Cancellation Policy

Life happens. We understand that there will be times when you cannot attend a workshop that you have registered and paid for. We strive to be as helpful and flexible as possible when things out of your control happen. Please visit our FAQ page for detailed information about our cancellation policy and answers to frequently asked questions about enrollment and membership.