Nobel Conference

Teacher Resources

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Teacher Classroom Resources

Dr. Brendesha Tynes 

The resources linked below can be paired with Dr. Brendesha Tynes’ talk, Adolescents’ daily race-related experiences and mental health outcomes. Dr. Tynes’ work focuses on Augmented Reality in relation to bias, anxiety and depression (Instagram and Snapchat filters). 

  • Q&A Brendesha Tynes, PhD  
    • Dr. Brendesha Tynes participates in a Q&A about her research in this YouTube video. It is a great introductory piece to understanding the work she has done in fifteen minutes. 
  • Social Media Images Aren't Always Real. But Their Impacts Are. 
    • This lesson plan, created by Common Sense, details an activity that teaches about the impact of social media and unrealistic beauty standards. The activity analyzes articles and other resources about women and the impact of social media, but is applicable to all people. 

Dr. Priscilla Lui

The resources below tie in with the work of Dr. Priscilla Lui on virtual reality, microaggressions and ethics, and more. Dr. Lui’s talk titled, Scientific understanding of racism and discrimination experiences: A path toward mental health equity, will serve as a compainon piece to the resources.

Dr. Meryl Alper

The following resources are related to Dr. Meryl Alper’s work on the impact of technology, (dis)abled individuals, autism and debunking the “lack of emotion” myth, and more. They would be a powerful addition to Dr. Alper’s talk, Supporting Mental Health among Autistic Youth in the Digital Age. These resources are more geared towards teachers looking to learn more about supporting their students. 

Dr. Manuela Barreto 

The following resources pair with Dr. Manuela Barreto’s talk, It takes a village to make someone lonely. Dr. Barreto’s research focuses on loneliness, stigma, social relationships, interpersonal connection, pandemic, cultural groups, and more. 

Dr. Nic Rider 

The following resources can be paired with Dr. Nic Rider’s talk, Radical Healing and Inclusive Change-Making: Centering Transgender and Gender Diverse Communities. Dr. Rider’s research focuses on gender and sexualtiy constructs as tied to mental health, risks, protective facts and supporting the transgender community.

  • American Psychology Association: Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students in Schools
    • While written with school administrators in mind, this American Psychological Association PDF is applicable to teachers as well. Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students in School is a great starting point to learn more about safe and healthy environments for students who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community.
  • Institute for Sexual and Gender Health
    • This is the home page of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Health at the University of Minnesota. Here you will find resources as well as the bio and information from Dr. Rider. This resource would serve as a primer to Dr. Rider’s talk and provide solid background information. 

Dr. Daniel Eisenberg 

The following resources center on Dr. Daniel Eisenberg’s research on the socioeconomics of mental health, what it takes to make change and policy, the importance of nurturing environments, and much more. These links can be used in connection with Dr. Eisenberg’s talk Investing in youth mental health at a population scale

  • The Healthy Minds Network 
    • Here is a link to Dr. Eisenberg’s Healthy Minds Network where you can participate in a long term study measuring young adults and their mental health. Teachers can also utilize the Mental Health Action Toolkit to introduce ways to positively promote healthy behaviors. 
  • The Quadcast: Episode 6 - Creating Environments for Flourishing
    • This is a link to an Apple Quadcast entitled Flourishing. This is episode 6 in the series featuring Dr. Eisenberg and his observations and discussion about student mental health and ways to combat stress and anxiety in young adults. The 23 minute podcast would be a great addition to the Nobel presentation. 
  • College Students Struggle to Address a Mental Health Crisis
    • The article from The Nation focuses on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on student mental health. In conjunction with Dr. Eisenberg’s talk, this article can be used in discussion and to create clear connections between the pandemic’s effects and mental health. 

Dr. Joseph Gone

The following resources relate to Dr. Joseph Gone’s work, focusing on ideas of community based mental health and are additional resources to use in addition to Dr. Gone’s talk, Anti Colonial Approaches to Community Mental Health Services for American Indians: Enacting AlterNative Psy-ence

  • The Healing Power of Heritage
    • This resource from the American Psychological Association focuses on the power of indigenous traditions for mental health practices. The article focuses on diverse Indigenous groups and Alaskan communities.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness - Identity and Cultural Dimensions - Indigenous Communities
    • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides an overview of Important Factors of Indigenous Mental Health, as well as, many resources for Indigenous folks and support systems. This resource can be used as an introduction to Dr. Gone’s lecture and as a point of discussion through use of the statistics and facts stated in this writing. 

Digital Literacy 

With the digital world that we live in today, skills surrounding digital literacy need to be integrated into the classroom. Digital literacy is strongly linked to mental health due to the increasing use of social media platforms and the impact this entails. The following lessons and activities can be used in conjunction with the conference talks. 

  • Digital Literacy Lessons

    • This resource from Learning For Justice has a compiled list of Digital Literacy Lessons for Grades K-12. The various resources included provide lessons and examples for instruction and detailed outlines. One or several of these lessons paired with the Nobel Conference would be a great unit in any classroom. 
  • Media Literacy Unit Plan: The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
    • This lesson plan created by Ferris State University would be perfect for a Social Studies or English classroom. The Media Literacy Unit Plan focuses on The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia and walks us through Diversity Equity and Inclusion, understanding media literacy, and almost a dozen activities, as well as including graphic organizers and more. 
  • Teachers’ Essential Guide to Social and Emotional Learning in Digital Life
    • Common Sense Education has put together a brief overview of Social Emotional Learning in relation to Digital Life and the importance of these two concepts. This resource would be a great addition to any classroom for teachers to read through and integrate into everyday lessons. 
  • Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide

    • The Mental Health and Curriculum guide from Teen Mental Health includes a pre/post quiz, various modules, and other resources. Portions of this guide can be used individually or together. These lessons pair nicely with the theme of the conference. 

Social Emotional Learning

Social Emotional Learning is a necessary component to include in each and every classroom. Students across the world are in need of support when it comes to developing their social emotional skills. This category pairs perfectly with this years’ conference, and can also be implemented in everyday classroom routines and norms. 

  • Social Emotional Activities Workbook
    • This social emotional activities workbook provides a plethora of resources for teachers to implement and use in their classroom. From “A Rose and a Thorn” activity to working through various scenarios, students can learn more about their social emotional wellbeing. 
More Information

Check out this Nobel Conference Resources site for additional recourse compiled for the Nobel Conference audience related to this year's topic.