Transforming Trauma Summit: Supporting Students Through 2020

Transforming Trauma Summit: Supporting Students Through 2020

WHEN: Thursday, September 24th 2020
WHERE: Virtual! 

WHEN: Thursday, September 24th 2020
WHERE: Virtual! 

As schools and districts finalize their return-to-learn plans for the 2020-2021 school year, educators throughout the country are left wondering how they’ll possibly manage this “new normal.” In addition to trauma induced by the global battle against COVID-19, students and educators are being asked to help heal their communities from intense political divides that may deepen as we approach and respond to November’s presidential election.  

We don’t know what else 2020 is going to throw our way, but we do know that Iowa’s educators are being tasked with providing effective learning environments (virtual or otherwise) in the midst of unprecedented chaos. 
Iowa Safe Schools’ 2020 Transforming Trauma Summit is here to support educators in this journey. This summit will provide youth-serving professionals with resources to help them successfully navigate the barriers of this school year, as well as find balance in their daily lives by prioritizing care and compassion for themselves. Educators are essential. Healing is crucial. Iowa Safe Schools is proud to support and stand in solidarity with teachers, administrators, and all youth-serving professionals as they move boldly forward.


Your registration includes: Access to the 2020 Transforming Trauma Virtual Summit, a best-selling book on the ways in which trauma manifests in the body, and a box of conference goodies mailed straight to your door (or available for curbside pickup at our Des Moines office!).


Student: $35
Early-bird registration through 9/4: $89
Early-bird Exhibitor registration: $150


All registrations are nonrefundable. Registrations can be transferred to a different name for those who cannot attend. Payment can be made with a check or PO.  In order to pay with a check or PO please call us at 515-381-0588 or email with number of participants and additional details, and an invoice will be made for you.

If you are interested in paying with a check or PO, please call our office at 515-381-0588. Please note that a credit card must be given at the time of registration if paying with a check or PO to reserve the desired headcount. No charge will be made to the card on file, provided that payment by check is received by October 31st, 2019. It is the responsibility of the reserving party to ensure that payments are received by Iowa Safe Schools. All registrations are final and no refunds will be given.  Payment must be received by the date of the Conference.

Morning Keynote Address: Dr. Bradley NieblingChief Bureau of Learner Strategies and Support – Dr. Niebling’s keynote address will provide educators with the best practices for facilitating instruction throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Afternoon Keynote Address: Rev. Dr. Jennifer HarveyProfessor of Religion at Drake University, and best-selling anti-racist scholar – Dr. Harvey’s keynote address will provide attendees with guidance as they work towards anti-racism in their school communities.

Dr. Jen Ulie-WellsExecutive Director of Please Pass the Love and VP West Des Moines School Board – This session will help educators learn how to hold space for themselves, and manage their own anxieties as they lead their students through the school year.

Joby Holcomb, LMHC: This session will detail different kinds of trauma LGBTQ youth may be facing during quarantine, and outline ways in which educators can support them.

Young Women’s Resource Center – Experts from Des Moines-based Young Women’s Resource Center will be training participants in Trust-Based Relational Intervention.

Stephanie Brennan and Onica Sinclair: Virtual Campus, Des Moines Public School – In this session, representatives from Virtual Campus provide tips and tricks for successful virtual learning. 

Mary Jane Cobb and Mike Beranek: Executive Director ISEA, President ISEA – In this session participants will hear from ISEA Leadership on what the Iowa Teacher’s Union is doing to support educators as they move back to their classrooms this fall.

Are you interested in exhibiting at the Transforming Trauma Summit? Click here to register as an exhibitor. 

Iowa Safe Schools is here to support Iowa educators however we can, and right now that means bringing all of our programming opportunities to you virtually. We are so excited to be bringing you the incredible presenters we have lined-up for the 2020 Virtual Transforming Trauma Summit in the comfort of your own home (or school)! 

How will this work? The 2020 Transforming Trauma Virtual Summit will feature a mix of pre-recorded and live presentations, many including a Q &A session! If you miss any of the live sessions, don’t worry! 

All live sessions will be recorded and archived in the conference platform so you can return to them at any time.

Your registration includes: access to the 2020 Transforming Trauma Virtual Summit, a best-selling book on the ways in which trauma manifests in the body, and a box of conference goodies mailed straight to your door (or available for curbside pickup at our Des Moines office!).