Learning Courage PART ONE — Latest Trends From The Road: Sexual Misconduct and More
Learning Courage, experts in working directly with independent schools to reduce and respond to sexual misconduct and abuse, will share their observations of increasing trends in student on student assault and the related impact of record levels of anxiety, depression, and social isolation in students and adults. This interactive workshop will give attendees a chance to move beyond trends, learning about and sharing strategies and resources for improving student safety and wellbeing.
Amy WheelerExecutive Director & Survivor, Learning Courage
Amy joined Learning Courage in the fall of 2019. A survivor herself, Amy has been an independent school educator and administrator for over 30 years. She began her career as an English teacher, dorm parent and coach at Lawrence Academy and understands the full life boarding school faculty and staff lead. Since then, she has worked as an administrator in K-8 day schools, 6-12 day schools, and a 6-12 all girls boarding school and knows well the impact of sexual misconduct on students, faculty, staff and institutions and the importance of training and prevention. Her experience on a number of independent school boards also gives her insight into the larger institutional issues that arise from both historic and current sexual misconduct on independent school campuses.
Jamie ForbesCEO & Survivor, Learning Courage
Jamie is the founder and leader of Learning Courage. His experience includes nearly two decades in the private sector in both finance and marketing roles, where he honed his business acumen, strategic thinking and creative approach. Jamie has also consulted with, helped start, and been involved in board leadership of other nonprofit organizations.
His work with schools began when he shared the story of his own abuse as a student at Milton Academy. During the resulting investigation, he observed first-hand how important and yet challenging it can be for both survivors and school leaders to support healing. His experience and these observations inspired him to begin consulting with schools. He started Hadley Rock Advisors, which advises school leaders on how to create a safe environment for survivors and helps survivors navigate the process of reporting and responding to findings.
Learning Courage came out of his work with schools, as Jamie observed many of the same issues recurring with different schools. The best way to improve the sector’s response to sexual abuse, he reasoned, was to create an organization that collected and shared what they learned. The Learning Courage name speaks to the K-12 school audience which focuses on education and learning and also to the necessity to always learn about how we can do this work better.