US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will address attendees of the 5th Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022. The conference will be held both in Houston, TX and virtually. Sec. Cardona will join via internet on Tuesday morning to impart the importance of trauma-informed education strategies and the need for collective care among those currently working in our nation’s schools, and to answer questions about the many challenges students and educators are facing in this country.
The conference is expected to draw over 3,500 educators from across the country to attend in person on Feb 20-22 at the Hilton of Americas in Houston or virtually, Feb 24 & 25. Conference organizers say that each year more teachers, administrators, counselors and community leaders find this conference useful as they seek to build resilience and trauma-informed care and educational strategies into their schools.
In addition to Secretary Cardona, other featured speakers addressing the group are Mathew Portell, a leading national voice on trauma-informing public schools on Monday; Dr. Stephen Porges, the originator of the Poly-Vagal Theory on Thursday, and best-selling author, Amelia Nagoski on Friday.
This year’s conference will include a service project: Calm Kits in the Community, where attendees will have the opportunity to assemble some Calm Kits for classrooms in Houston-area schools.