School counselors on how to support students through a trial and COVID-19 | #coronavirus | #kids. | #children | #schools

Pandemic stress continues, even while vaccine availability expands and most Minnesota students have the option to be in school for in-person learning again. How can we better support students and address mental health needs?

School counselors are helping students and teachers navigate feelings sparked by the pandemic and the ongoing trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

At 11 a.m. Thursday, MPR News host Angela Davis will talk to two school counselors about strategies they’re using to help staff and students through the stress and turmoil. They’ll also talk about how their school communities are navigating conversations about race.

We will also be joined by a Minneapolis-based counselor who works with teens.

And we want to hear from our listeners. What are the elementary or secondary students in your life struggling with right now? What have you been doing to try to help them? Call 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 during the 11 a.m. hour or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR to join the conversation. 


  • Derek Francis is the manager of counseling services for Minneapolis Public Schools and serves on the Minnesota School Counselors Association board. 

  • Casie Nauman is a school counselor at Mayo High School in Rochester, Minn. 

  • Jason Clopton, known as The Teen Whisperer, is a Minneapolis-based counselor who works with teens.

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