US Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona addressed over 4,000 educators at the 5th Annual Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools Conference on Tuesday, Feb 22, 2022. The conference was held both in Houston, TX and virtually. Sec. Cardona joined via internet 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.
Conference organizers say that having Secretary Cardona address the group was crucial for highlighting the importance of trauma-responsive educators and trauma-informed strategies that are needed now more than ever.
In addition to Secretary Cardona, other featured speakers addressing the group were 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.