Free professional development opportunity: how to support students and educators dealing with trauma

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Between the ongoing opioid crisis and all of the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted students and families, educators’ number one learning need for the 2021-2022 school year is supporting students experiencing trauma. Fortunately, our partners at REL Appalachia are offering a two-day online learning opportunity on the topic this summer.

Attendees will hear from national experts, state administrators, and front-line educators and learn about strategies for supporting educator and student well-being and learning, including best practices, tools, and resources. We hope you will join REL Appalachia on August 16-17, 11:00am – 4:00pm EDT.

Objectives for the Virtual Summit:

  • Develop a shared understanding among stakeholders across multiple agencies and organizational levels about the urgent importance of addressing student and educator trauma in K–12 education settings, particularly within the REL AP region.
  • Provide information about evidence-based practices, strategies, and tools to support students and educators experiencing trauma.
  • Encourage attendees to develop action plans to make concrete, meaningful, and sustainable steps toward supporting educators and students with comprehensive, trauma-informed services.

The Summit’s lineup of speakers includes individuals from the following organizations:

  • Boone County Schools (KY)
  • Center for Applied Research Solutions
  • Center for Rural Health Research (TN)
  • Marshall University, Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health
  • University of Maryland, National Center for School Mental Health
  • REL Appalachia
  • SRI International
  • American Institute for Research
  • Trauma and Learning Policy Institute
  • West Virginia Center for Children’s Justice


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Tiffany Beason
National Center for School Mental Health
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Tammie Causey-Konaté
American Institute for Research
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Marissa del Rosario
Trauma Learning Policy Initiative
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Jason Glass
Kentucky Department of Education
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Jim Harris
West Virginia Autism Training Center
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Yesmina Luchsinger
Center for AppliedResearch Solutions
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Michael Meit
East Tennessee State University
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Joe Ristuccia
Trauma Learning Policy Initiative
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Ginny Sprang
Center on Trauma and Children


Who should attend?

Anyone is welcome to attend the event, but the primary audience will be those working with students and educators experiencing trauma, including policymakers, state and local education agency staff, school staff (including administrators, school-based mental health providers, teachers, resource specialists, and support staff), community-based providers, and researchers and technical assistance (TA) specialists.


Remember to mark your calendars for Monday, August 16th and Tuesday, August 17th from 11:00 am – 4:00pm EDT. Check out the event agenda and registration.


Topics: Educator professional development and support Research Project Topics Topic Trauma