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Educator and other Youth-Serving Professionals Restorative Practices Sessions

Sessions are designed to promote well-being, growth, and educational equity to nurture the full potential of educational practitioners, schools, and communities.

Who should attend?

  • Homeless liaisons.
  • School staff supporting students and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Community colleagues and partners.
  • Other children- and youth-serving professionals.

Participants of these sessions will receive a certificate of attendance.

ACT 48 and NASW credits are available upon request.

Unpacking Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences

September 12  |  9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET

It is important to reflect on and develop a deeper understanding of historical, collective, and individual trauma. How does trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) impact learning and well-being? In this virtual workshop, educators and youth service providers will develop a deeper
understanding of trauma and ACEs from interdisciplinary perspectives including the arts. Equity-centered strategies to support students and families will be shared.

Building Healing-Centered Learning Environments

November 21 |  9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ET

The prevalence and rise of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the importance of intentionally promoting healing in schools and communities merit our immediate attention. How can we help to address and prevent trauma? How can we promote healing-centered engagement in
our schools and communities? In this virtual workshop, educators and youth service providers will explore promising practices that prevent and address trauma, and actively support healing.

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Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.

Meet our instructor, Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D.

Rajni Shankar-Brown, Ph.D., is an award-winning professor and the endowed chair of social justice education at Stetson University, President of the National Coalition for the Homeless Board, and the Executive Director of the Institute for Catalyzing Equity, Justice, and Social Change

She is also the co-Chair of the Equity and Justice SIG for International Society for Teacher Education, and the founder of the Poverty and Homelessness Conference, University Dream Scholars, Acts of Kindness and Justice Movement, and the faculty advisor for the Student Homeless Coalition. Dr. Shankar-Brown is an interdisciplinary educational scholar of social and environmental justice, community organizer, cultural strategist, human rights activist, poet, and artist. She began her career as a public-school teacher and has worked in a variety of transformative leadership roles with communities, organizations, government agencies, corporations, and schools in urban, rural, and suburban areas across the United States and around the world.

As an internationally renowned educational expert in transformative education, equity centered practices, healing centered engagement, and arts integration, she has presented around the globe and authored leading works including a national educational justice book series and a collection of poetry. In addition to being a passionate educator-scholar, she is a devoted Amma (mom) and chai enthusiast.