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Transforming the Lives of Wounded Students

Joe Hendershott Ed.D.

Sunday, March 8, 2020
2:30–5:30 p.m.

Based on this presenter’s firsthand experiences and ongoing research, this presentation will walk participants through how emotional poverty can become a deterrent to academic success.  Research shows almost half the nation’s children have experienced trauma, which has a profound impact on their behaviors, relationships, and learning. Educators need an understanding of the social-emotional needs of wounded children in order to reach them, teach them, and avoid using ineffective strategies and consequences that might cause further frustration. This session will provide strategies for keeping wounded children engaged in their educational settings and communities and personal and professional strategies to empower adults to direct children on a path to academic and life success.

The Transformative Power of Student Voice

Leigh Colburn and Linda Beggs

Sunday, March 8, 2020
2:30–5:30 p.m.

This session invites participants on a journey to learn multiple processes for gathering the voices and experiences of their students in a manner that will transform the mindset, processes, practices, programming, and measurable outcomes of their schools. Most importantly, these whole child processes will help participants create a culture of hope for students and the staff who serve them.

Phylicia Anderson at the 2019 National Youth-At-Risk Conference

Black Girl Magic: Understanding Our Misunderstood Black Girls Through Therapeutic  Relationship Building

Phylicia Anderson

Sunday, March 8, 2020
2:30–5:30 p.m.

“Black Girl Magic” is a popular phrase that celebrates the beauty, power, and resiliency of black womanhood. Just like magic, black girls are often misunderstood and feared. Through implicit biases, stereotypes, and discrimination, many black girls are unable to tap into their full potential. As change agents, it is our responsibility to break barriers and build therapeutic relationships to tap into black girl magic!

March 8-11, 2020    |    #NYAR20    |    Hyatt Regency    |    Savannah, GA

Last updated: 1/29/2020