Each attendee will cycle through each workshop, so there is no need to worry that you might miss out on a fantastic session! Each of the three workshops will bring a unique approach on how schools are serving student populations exposed to trauma and stress.

Childhood Trauma: What's its Impact within the School Context?
Polly Gipson, Ph.D., University of Michigan
10:00-11:30 AM, 1:00-2:30 PM, & 2:45-4:15 PM 

Join educational leaders to learn how traumatic experiences impact children within the school setting including potential trauma reminders and reactions, secondary adversities and other stressors that may affect academic, socioemotional and behavioral functioning. Intervention strategies at various levels within the educational system will be discussed.   


The Importance of Mental Health of School Staff
Megan Spedoske, LMSW, Michigan State University
10:00-11:30 AM, 1:00-2:30 PM, & 2:45-4:15 PM 

We often don’t view educators as ‘caregivers’ but with high burnout rates, teachers and educators are some of the most dedicated caregivers that guide children through their academic careers. Why is mental health important for educators and how can schools be more aware of the emotional safety for staff, parents, and students?


Cultural Competency & Awareness
Dave Diemert & Amanda Satterfield, Starr Commonwealth
10:00-11:30 AM, 1:00-2:30 PM, & 2:45-4:15 PM 

What does it mean to be culturally sensitive in schools? This session will explore an in-depth review and understanding of cultural awareness of teachers and leaders and the impact schools have on families and students. Each school serves a diverse body of students and should be culturally responsive to the needs of children including those of students exposed to chronic trauma and stress.


*NWEA Report Enhancement Session
5:30-6:30 PM

Please join NWEA experts for a look at NWEA’s latest report enhancements. Take a brief look at the Achievement Status and Growth Report and the Projected Proficiency Report to make sure everyone is using the latest features. Dive into NWEA’s new Student Profile Report that provides information on all your data needs for a single student in one place. This includes state proficiency projections, college readiness, instructional learning, and goal setting.


The 3-hour workshop on Friday will take the knowledge and information learned from Thursday provide opportunity to reflect on the knowledge learned and with intentional time to process and develop a plan that will best impact your school.