Join us for Listening Session III: How Can Schools Adapt to the Impacts of Climate Change? Extreme weather events such as flooding, wildfires, and hurricanes have already impacted schools across the country, threatening children’s health, safety, and wellbeing. This listening session will focus on how education systems can adapt the impacts of climate change and improve their resiliency. Panelists will share how their schools and communities have been affected by climate change and adaptations they have made in response.

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Alberto M. Carvalho has served as Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), fourth largest school system in the United States, since September 2008. He is an expert on education transformation, finance, and leadership development. During his tenure, M-DCPS has become one of the highest-performing urban school systems in the U.S. and expanded school choice options to over 1000 offerings. Mr. Carvalho is also the proud founder and principal of the award-winning iPreparatory Academy that has become a model of 21st century learning in the age of innovation and technology. He is recognized by his peers as a national voice for equity in education. He serves on the National Assessment Governing Board, to which he was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education. He also serves as a committee member for the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, and as an Advisory Committee Member to the Harvard Program on Education Policy and Governance.

Michealrose Ravalier is a certified sixth year Science Educator teaching at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She was named and served as the 2019-2020 St. Thomas/St. John District Teacher of the Year. Ms. Ravalier is the Coordinator of the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School’s Science Club and has been instrumental in the School becoming an Eco School and recently earning their Bronze Award. She currently serves on the Virgin Islands Science Curriculum Workgroup and is a member of the VIEPSCOR/STEM Team at the University of the Virgin Islands where she serves as the STEM Mentor Teacher. Michealrose is passionate about teaching and student engagement. She believes that students want to be a part of the conversation concerning current issues and that youth are essential partners for finding real solutions that are sustainable. Michaelrose earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology and a Master of Public Health Degree with a concentration in Environmental Science from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Victor Carrion is the John A. Turner, M.D. Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford University School of Medicine and Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He directs the Stanford Early Life Stress and Resilience Program. Since joining the faculty at Stanford 25 years ago, Dr. Carrion’s research has concentrated in understanding how early life stress, such as traumatic experiences, alter behavior and emotion and the role of brain structure and function in these findings. He has also developed new treatment modalities that are focused and targeted. Dr. Carrion chaired the Mental Health Oversight and Accountability Commission for the State of California and published the main text on the neuroscience of posttraumatic stress in youth, as well as texts on treatment. He has received multiple awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Institute of Health, among others. He has worked extensively with children who have experienced interpersonal violence, physical and sexual abuse, loss of loved ones and natural disasters, such as Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the October 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa, California.

Laura Capps is a member of the Santa Barbara School Board and runs a coalition to help provide low-income meals to children in the summer. She has spent 20 years developing strategic communications and issue advocacy campaigns for the nation’s highest profile public officials, including President Bill Clinton, Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Secretary of State John Kerry, as well as leading non-profit organizations. Laura runs her own public affairs practice providing services in communications, government affairs, strategic planning and project management. For the past decade, Laura has worked with national non-profit organizations, building a reputation as a respected advocate for environmental conservation and climate issues through her roles at Ocean Conservancy and the Alliance for Climate Protection. Laura holds a Masters in History with Distinction from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts from UC Berkeley.