While the holiday season typically brings feelings of joy, this time of year can be difficult for many. In this webinar from our Student Wellness Series, you’ll learn about causes of holiday blues and coping mechanisms, hear how one superintendent keeps students safe during the holidays, and see examples of struggling students who were identified by Gaggle so they could get the support they needed.
Watch the webinar to hear Dr. Lisa Strohman, Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton from Millburn Township Public Schools, and Heather Durkac, Gaggle’s VP of Operations, discuss the mental health struggles students face during the holidays.
Christine began her career in education as a math teacher in Hillsborough Middle School, where she then went on to be the math content specialist. In 2001, she took on the role of director of Mathematics. In 2010, Dr. Burton became the assistant superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction in Millburn, where she began igniting the movement toward innovation and design thinking within the district. After becoming superintendent in 2015, two successful referendums allowed the district to develop innovative spaces in all of the district schools through design ideas gleaned through visits to Google. Dr. Burton is working to redefine the goals of education, the learning environment, and the role of the educator as orchestrator to foster students’ engagement and empowerment in their education journey.
A psychologist, attorney, author, and mother, Dr. Lisa Strohman established Digital Citizen Academy to help keep families safe from online dangers. Her background working as a visiting scholar with the profiling unit at the FBI during one of the most tragic school shootings in the U.S. helped create her passion to help proactively prevent and educate students, educators, and parents on issues related to technology.
With a focus on providing support and guidance for Gaggle educational partners, Heather Durkac oversees an award-winning Customer Service team, the vital Safety Management team, and the superb Implementation, Professional Development, and Account Management teams. Heather brings nearly 20 years of experience in management, customer relations, and training from both the corporate sector and the K-12 environment. Passionate about keeping students safe, she values the partnership with customers to ensure school leaders and staff are equipped with the means to effectively respond to student safety concerns.
Machine learning technology flags potentially harmful content and images in students’ school-issued email and online file storage accounts.
(G Suite, Office 365, and Canvas)
An in-house team of trained safety professionals work 24/7/365 to evaluate flagged content for false positives, categorize incidents, and determine their severity.
Gaggle intercepts harmful content and alerts administrators based on severity. In imminent situations, district-appointed contacts are notified immediately, even after standard business hours.