TUESDAY KEYNOTE: Educators as Agents for Post-Traumatic Growth

Description: Our job is to help children, who lack the resources and mobility of adults, realize that with the support of their school community, they can move away from the adverse reactions to trauma and towards growth and resilience—even happiness  That’s post-traumatic growth.  The urgency of developing trauma-sensitive policies and programs has never been greater.

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OPENING KEYNOTE – Trauma Sensitive-Schools: Keeping the Momentum Going

Description: The goal of the trauma-sensitive school movement is to firmly establish trauma sensitivity within school cultures and practices. Sustaining the enthusiasm of those working to achieve this goal, requires skill in understanding and managing complex change. This starts with knowing how to articulate and market the vision of the desired change. In the case

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CLOSING KEYNOTE: Surviving or Thriving? The Intentional Practice of Workplace Wellness

Description: With the ever increasing pressures and demands of the workplace, fostering our own resilience & social emotional wellness often takes a back seat.  This keynote will address the critical importance of prioritizing self-care practices and their connection to workplace success. Participants will reflect on current methods for coping with career stress; explore areas of

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Ilene Pawlak

Rose Cavaliere

Julie Simmons

Natalie Montford, PhD

Natalie T. Montfort, PhD – I graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology. I earned a Master of Arts Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University. I

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Janis Bozowski, MA, M.Ed.

M.A. in Human Development, M. Ed. In Educational Leadership Janis Bozowski describes herself as a perpetual student and committed educator. She proudly worked in public education for more than 30 years, assuming roles that ranged from elementary and instructional support teacher to district staff developer and principal. Whatever position she held, she lived the mantra

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Melissa Sadin, Ed.D.

Melissa Sadin is an adoptive mother and a lifelong educator. Professionally she has served as a special education teacher in all grades 2-12, and was an elementary school building administrator for 10 years. She is currently serving as a Director of Special Education in Morris County, NJ. She holds two Masters degrees and a Doctoral

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Ralph Rothacker

Ralph has dedicated over thirty-five years to public education. His multiple degrees from the New York State University system has afforded him the unique opportunity to teach and serve as a school leader at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Ralph retired as a public school administrator in 2013, and currently serves as the

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