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 Niebling, Chief 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.

Al Exito Latinx –  In this session, Dawn Oropeza will discuss the impact of the current political climate and the global COVID-19 pandemic on Latinx students mental health

Dr. Christy Wolfe, Coe College – Trauma and teaching the Black Lives Matter Movement

Jake Troja, Des Moines Public Schools – In this session Dr. Troja will discuss how to approach equity while distance learning

Stephanie Brennan and Onica Sinclair, Des Moines Virtual Campus – In this session Stephanie and Onica will discuss how DMPS Virtual Campus is helping students transform their trauma into virtual learning as a coping mechanism and therapeutic experience, as well as supporting LGBTQ students in their learning and life experiences

Kirsten Faisal, Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence – Over 3 million children in America witness domestic abuse each year and one in 10 teens are physically harmed by their dating partner. This workshop will address what that means for our young people, especially in the time of COVID-19. We’ll cover what teachers may see in schools on- and off-line, and provide suggestions and resources. 

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!).