First virtual session will explore the four principles of Applied Educational Neuroscience 

School administrators have a unique ability to shape the culture within their districts. That includes creating powerful learning environments for all members of the school community. Cape Assist is offering education leaders a new opportunity for professional learning that they can leverage to create stronger, more compassionate schools.   


The first installment of Cape Assist’s School Administrator Academy, led by respected education specialists Dr. Lori Desautels and Michael McKnight, will be held virtually on Wednesday, February 3, at noon.  


The first (of many) sessions will explore the four principles of Applied Educational Neuroscience:  

Educator Brain State, Safe Attachment, Regulation and Co-regulation and Teaching Neuroanatomy 


Participants will hear about the latest research and the best ways to support their staff. They also will learn practical exercises designed to help administrators and staff to effectively connect with students while maximizing their potential for academic achievement.   


“In these gatherings, we will address the brain and body states of the adults in our buildings that can contribute to overall well-being,” said Dr. Lori Desautels. “We will explore how adversity and trauma impact these states and how we can build resiliency with one another, especially during this pandemic where there’s extreme restlessness in our communities, schools, and homes. Our brains and bodies are built to always heal, and repair and we all carry a great deal of emotional contagion. When we carry in calm nervous systems, our students feel the shifts inside their bodies and brains.”


To register for the workshop, visit A question-and-answer segment will be held directly following the presentation. 


Educator Professional Development hours are available through the Southern Regional Institute and Educational Technology Training Center (SRI & ETTC) of Stockton University.  


This session is free and hosted by Cape Assist in partnership with Cape May County, the Cape May County Healthy Community Coalition, P.R.I.D.E., Cape May County Children's InterAgency Coordinating Council (CIACC), JTAC, Atlantic Prevention Resources, Ocean Inc., and Southern Regional Institute & ETTC of Stockton University.  


The workshop series will continue through the spring with dates scheduled for March 3, April 14, May 5, and June 2, all beginning at noon on Zoom.


For additional information or questions, please email Natalia Leusner at or Laurie Smith   


  • Occurred Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
  • Occurred Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
  • Occurred Wednesday, April 14th, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
  • Occurs Wednesday, May 5th, 2021 @ 12:00 pm
  • Occurs Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021 @ 12:00 pm




Natalia Leusner