Our guest today is Scott McLarty. An educator for more than twenty years, Scott McLarty believes that students deserve schools that promote health and wellbeing and prepare them to thrive in a rapidly changing world. After teaching full-time for 11 years in Los Angeles, Chicago, and San Francisco, Scott moved into school leadership and is currently Head of School at Providence High School in Burbank, California. As an experienced Head of School, Trustee, administrator, teacher, coach, and mentor, Scott is passionate about transforming education to better inspire students, maximize their agency, and meet their needs in a rapidly changing world. He is committed to a vision of education as joyful, relevant, preparatory for life and work, and productive of social good.
Providence High School is doing a lot of work regarding supporting the mental health of both students and employees, including forging partnerships with outside organizations, two of which are Work2BeWell and #HalfTheStory. So much of this work is about destigmatizing mental health issues. Providence also spent the majority of in-service time with faculty right before the school year began doing a deep dive into trauma-informed teaching and reinforcing Providence’s Promise – “know me; care for me; ease my way.”