TUESDAY KEYNOTE: Educators as Agents for Post-Traumatic Growth
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. Many educators are leading the way in pushing for trauma-informed practices to be embedded through policies, regulations, and laws. Join Robert in an energizing and inspiring presentation on what educators have been doing to move students from maladaptive functioning to post-traumatic growth.
Robert Hull, MA, Ed., Ed.S., MHS
Mr. Hull is an award-winning career educator, special education administrator, professor and school psychologist with expertise in turning evidence-based practice into practical, easy-to-implement strategies that lead to desired outcomes. His 25 years of experience working with youth and teachers in areas ranging from urban inner cities to impoverished rural counties has led to his recognition by local school systems, state governments, and state legislatures. He has a reputation of taking on the biggest challenges in the most difficult school systems. As an administrator, both at the district and state levels, he implemented reforms in the areas of disproportionality and educating traumatized children. Mr. Hall graduated cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in Psychology and obtained graduate degrees in education and public health from Arizona State University, Memphis State University and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. He has the rare combination of training that combines educational strategies with psychological principles and a public health approach of cost-efficiency. Robert’s style uses humor to instill hope and motivation in order to release the anger and disillusionment that those working with challenged youth frequently face.