Thursday 8:45 am

What Does It Really Mean To Be Trauma Invested? Promotion Of Resiliency Despite Adversity

Madison/Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom

Trauma is real, and it is more prevalent than we might believe. In this engaging, relevant, and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers and Pete Hall, authors of Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom and Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-invested strategies for fostering resilient learners) about the importance of trauma invested practices in the community setting.  This key note will encourage participants to begin to identify ways they can come together and connect around a common language and common set of practices that can unite community members around implementation of trauma invested practices.
Pete Hall and Kristin Souers

Thursday 3:00 pm

The Invisible Line that Divides & Unites Us: Racial Equity as a 21st Century Standard

Madison/Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom

Can you imagine living with the label, “most likely to fail?” Why would a person carrying the weight of such a label want to engage? Can you imagine being burdened with the expectation “You can never fail?” Why would a person living with this burden wish to take any risks? These questions present all of us with the opportunity to ask how can we redefine educational excellence?

“Cultural Resilience” is what we call the competencies (inner strengths) acquired through diverse life experiences that often come from a difficult environment. We propose that these lived experiences develop skills/competencies that have enabled people to survive these hardships or struggles. Our educational system does not have a leak- it is broken! It is broken because we do not have tools that are focused on the strengths, resilience and brilliance that our students already bring into the classroom. Dr. Ladson-Billings states there is not an educational achievement gap, but rather- an educational debt- owed to society. The reality we face is that we must redefine educational excellence where every student- regardless of starting point- is engaged and expected to thrive in a culture of academic success. What if we had a strengths-based approach and had the key to translate those strengths into success in the classroom and the workplace?

This workshop explores how to critically shift our perceptions in a culturally competent manner around skills that are needed for students to be successful in the 21st Century!

Dr. JuanCarlos Arauz, Executive Director, E3: Education, Excellence & Equity

Friday 8:00 am

Leadership Matters: Moving Beyond “PLC Lite” and Nurturing Full Commitment

Madison/Wisconsin/Capitol Ballroom

Thirty years ago, the first book on PLC at Work was published by Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker.  The PLC at Work model has been celebrated and validated as the most promising way to improve student learning, yet so many schools remain stalled at the beginning stages of implementation.  Why does this reality of “PLC Lite” still plague our profession twenty years later?  Without exception, the schools that use this model to transform their practice have one thing is common; effective leadership.  This keynote will explore the keys to effectively transitioning a school or district into a model PLC.
Anthony Muhammad