The 2021 ISCA Conference was held in Des Moines from November 14 - 16.
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Three dynamic pre-conference sessions were offered.
Monday Keynote - Kristin Souers
Fostering Resilient Learners
Childhood trauma is real, and it is more prevalent than we might believe, especially now. We recognize that our staff are struggling and that we can’t be good for others if we aren’t good to ourselves. In this engaging, relevant, and practical session, learn from childhood trauma expert Kristin Souers (lead author of the best- selling and award-winning Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom – ASCD, 2016 and Relationship, Responsibility and Regulation: Trauma Invested Practices for Fostering Resilient Learners; 2019) about the importance of incorporating trauma-invested practices into the work we do with each other, caregivers and our youth. In this training, staff will be invited to reflect on their current states, and what they are doing to ensure their own regulation. We will acknowledge the reality of trauma and be reminded to build empathy for ourselves and for those we serve. We will explore our triggers and our mindsets as well as what can impact our ability to be regulated and present. Because we’re in a service-oriented profession and continuously look outward to help others, we’ll turn our lenses around to build self-awareness and embrace the concept of grace as we collaboratively build a Culture of Safety for our youth, families, staffs, and communities. If we’re going to be good to others, first and foremost we’ve got to be good to ourselves.
About Kristin Souers