Community Conversations: Rebuilding Routine

Strengthening skills for a fresh start


This free Community Conversation took place on August 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The virtual event featured a panel of educators, therapists and parents sharing practical advice to prepare kids for the year ahead.

No one wants to call it the new normal, but we know it’s going to take special care to get kids ready for fall routines after 18 months of feeling scrambled through the pandemic.

Be equipped to start school on the right foot and ramp up into new routines. What you can expect:

  • Conversation tailored to you. Submit your questions or topics that you are most curious about when you register at the link below.
  • Tips for caregivers to manage the big feelings that are likely to crop up this fall.
  • Walk away with tangible tips and ideas to better support kids in your circle.


Meet the panel

Naida Grussing-Neitzel
Associate Principal; Adjunct Professor
Roseville Area High School; Contracted Faculty of Practice

Naida Grussing-Neitzel is grateful to be in her 21st school year of serving as an educator and educational leader. She began my career as a high school International Baccalaureate Spanish Teacher at Patrick Henry High School in Minneapolis and have since served in both urban and suburban school districts in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area. Naida’s experience in educational leadership has included Spanish Teacher, Teacher on Special Assignment, Assistant Principal, Associate Principal and Adjunct Professor. She believes that quality learning and teaching is one of the most important social justice issues of our time.

Maia Jackson, MSW, LGSW (she, her, hers)
Intensive In-Home Therapist
Washburn Center for Children

Maia Jackson is a family therapist with Washburn Center for Children’s Intensive In-Home program. She specializes in working with children and their families from an integrative approach to support with socio-emotional/behavioral difficulties, familial dynamics, trauma, and other complexities in life. Maia is passionate about collaborating with families to work on improving their family functioning and incorporating more balance, connection, and self-care into their lives.

Maia feels gravitated towards this topic: re-creating structure, routines, and preparing for the return to school and work that for so many can be stressful, complicated, and overwhelming. She thoroughly enjoys exploring new family rituals that align with the needs and values of the family system. Her hope is to support families in making this transition graceful and intentional, while ensuring children have the structure they need to be successful. Outside of Maia’s therapy practice, she loves reading, cooking, doing yoga, making delicious coffee recipes, spending time with her partner, and traveling.