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Virtual Students Help Teachers Learn To Navigate Difficult Conversations

Nov 11, 2019 12:00:00 PM / by Kelsey Batt

As anxiety becomes more prevalent among young people, school's are being prompted to act. Texas educators have begun using an innovative computer program to help train their teachers. In Round Rock ISD, a school district near Austin, the teachers are learning how to approach sensitive conversations by using At-Risk, a digital role-playing program.

At-Risk allows teachers to practice difficult conversations with a set of students experiencing different emotional issues. As conversation is simulated, the educator is able to choose which phrasing they want to use and gauge the student's response while also receiving feedback and advice from an expert.

The suicide prevention program helps teachers to practice important mental health discussions. This program allows for in depth knowledge and experience that will prepare against "saying the wrong thing" and putting fears to rest.

Best of all, it's effective. Suicide prevention and anti-bullying measures have a significant and measurable impact. The teachers at Round Rock found the program effective and will take the training forward in their classrooms.

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Kelsey Batt

Written by Kelsey Batt