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2020 Conference: Featured Presenters

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Bold Women Inspire and Innovate to Lead Greatly
Dr. Deborah Kerr

Go on this journey with Deb Kerr, only the sixth AASA women President in an organization that started over 150 years ago. She will share her story of a small-town girl with big-city dreams.  Lean in to learn how we can intentionally position ourselves to increase the female leadership pipeline and create a network that will help us all reach our career goals through the passion of Deb’s vision: to Inspire, Innovate, and Lead Greatly! 
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Finding the Magic in the Dust
Gillian Huebner

Children's well-being does not unfold at the hand of experts – the researchers, policy wonks, and child welfare professionals. Their work is important, but so is ours. It is a community function – and it doesn’t depend on a resource-rich or perfect policy environment to work. Huebner weaves together stories lived and told by children, parents, and caregivers in the midst of war and humanitarian crises and then brings the lessons home, back into more secure and stable settings where we still maintain some illusion of control over our life plans and processes. Can the stories of caregiving in the midst of insecurity inform the ways in which we support young people as parents and neighborhoods, in school communities, and through policy? Huebner is a humanitarian at home, celebrating those who show up and stay present on the front lines of children’s lives, no matter where they may be. She insists that as we commit to being trauma-informed, we must be ever more so resilience-focused.
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Universal School Approaches to Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Wellness
Dr. Dana Milakovic and Dr. Stacie Molnar-Main

As a school system we are tasked with meeting the needs of all children, despite the rise in mental health needs and incidences of trauma in our students’ lives. In PA, nearly 45% of school-aged children have experienced one or more Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE). This presentation will focus on how to take a universal approach to social, emotional, and behavioral wellness to meet the needs of our students and staff.  The focus will be on usage of data to effectively use prevention strategies, enhancing school climate, and creating a school culture that supports student and staff wellness and resiliency. 
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Dr. Deborah Kerr

Gillian Huebner

Dr. Dana Milanovic

Dr. Stacie Molnar-Main