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Brittany Collins, Consulting AuthorBrittany Collins, Consulting Author

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Speaking Topics

  • Grief-responsive teaching (navigating loss and grief in the learning environment)
  • Trauma-informed, healing-centered education
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Student and teacher wellbeing/stress management
  • Vicarious trauma
  • Adolescent identity development curricula

Speaker Profile

Brittany Collins is an author, educator, and curriculum designer dedicated to supporting teacher and student social and emotional wellbeing, especially in times of adversity. Her work explores the impacts of grief, loss, and trauma in the school system, as well as how innovative pedagogies—from inquiry-based learning to identity development curricula—can create conditions supportive of all learners. She is the founder of Grief-Responsive Teaching, a professional learning community and resource hub that supports students' and teachers' wellbeing in times of loss.

Brittany is passionate about connecting theory and practice to foster collaborative relationships with students, teachers, and writers around the world. She is the Director of Teaching & Learning and Product Manager of Global Writing Workshops at Write the World LLC, where she designs, develops, and implements original writing curricula and supports middle and high school students and teachers across continents.

She is the author of Learning from Loss: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Supporting Grieving Students. Her writing also has appeared in The Washington Post; Education Week; Edutopia; Inside Higher Ed; We Need Diverse Books; English Journal and Literacy & NCTE of the National Council of Teachers of English; Teachers’ and Writers’ Magazine; and Thrive Global, among other outlets, and she has developed curricula for PBS Learning Media, Write the World, Smith College, Boston University, and Race Project Kansas City, among other schools and organizations.

Brittany studied English and Education at Smith College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Creative Nonfiction at the Yale Writer’s Workshop; and is pursuing her certificate in Trauma Studies from the Trauma Research Foundation.

You can connect with Brittany on her website or on Twitter.

Grades: 5–12


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