Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Sign up now for the PLAEA Trauma Responsive School Conference

Prairie Lakes AEA welcomes you to attend a conference focused on creating a trauma-responsive school. The conference will be held Nov. 2 & 3 at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Bring a district team! The conference will include time to work as a team to create an action plan.

A trauma-responsive school is a safe and respectful environment that enables students to build caring relationships with adults and peers, self-regulate their emotions and behaviors, and succeed academically, while supporting their physical health and well-being.

The conference kicks off at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2 with keynote speaker Jim Sporleder, principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, Washington who changed his school's approach to discipline to help students overcome traumatic events.

The afternoon will also feature a variety of break-out sessions on topics including:

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) (Connections Matter)
  • Dr. Ross Greene's Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CPS) model
  • Promising practices in the area of behavior and academics from local schools
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Self-Care/Self-Regulation Blue Zones
  • Restorative Justice
  • ... and many more!

For those who wish to stretch their learning, Saturday kicks off with yoga and exercise at 6:00 a.m. 

A light breakfast is offered which is included with the registration.

Breakout sessions be held from 9-11:20 a.m.

Carla Tantillo Philibert, founder of Mindful Practices, will close the conference with a keynote session at 11:30 a.m. Philibert is the author of Cooling Down Your Classroom and the Everyday SEL series on Routledge, which provides practical Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness solutions for Early Childhood to High School teachers.

For more information, including registration, click here. 

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