5th Annual Growing School Mental Health Summit
Inspired and Inclusive: Mental Wellbeing for All
June 16 & 17, 2021

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About Our Keynote Speakers

Wednesday, June 16th Keynote Presentation featuring Kristin Souers and Pete Hall
Need vs. Behavior and the New 3 R's

Kristin Souers Kristin Souers, MA LMHC is an award-winning author of Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom environment (ASCD, 2016) and many other publications and articles. She provides critical professional development, consultation, education, and training services to schools, school districts, and organizations throughout the country. She has presented to thousands of audiences, facilitated group learning, supervised internships, directed programs, been an adjunct professor at Gonzaga University in their Masters in Counseling Program, and supported the learning and growth of countless educators, caregiving professionals, and other individuals.

Pete Hall is a dynamic educator and speaker with a proven leadership track record. In addition to teaching in three states at multiple grade-levels, Mr. Hall served as principal of three Title I schools, each of which earned awards for student achievement and accolades for social-emotional growth.

As a self-titled Professional Development Agent, Mr. Hall has partnered with licensed mental health counselor Kristin Souers to create multiple tools and resources to support the cultivation of #TraumaInvested learning environments in schools and districts worldwide. Together, they have written several articles and published two books, Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for creating a trauma-sensitive classroom (ASCD, 2016) and Relationship, Responsibility, and Regulation: Trauma-invested practices for fostering resilient learners (ASCD, 2019). For more information on these resources and their professional development offerings, visit www.FosteringResilientLearners.org.

Mr. Hall has been honored with Nevada’s Martin Luther King Jr. Award, was appointed to the Nevada Governor’s Commission on Excellence in Education, and was selected to sit on the National Education Association's Great Public Schools Indicators Advisory Panel, among other recognitions. He is a veteran conference presenter and keynote speaker at dozens of international, regional, and local education conferences. Currently working on his 11th book, Always strive to be a better you: How ordinary people can live ordinary lives.


Thursday, June 17th Keynote Presentation featuring H. Richard Milner, Dept. of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University: Pressing Toward Justice and Equity: Curriculum Tools to Advance Psychological Wellbeing

H. Richard Milner IV (also known as Rich) is Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education and Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research, teaching and policy interests concern urban education, teacher education, African American literature, and the social context of education.  Professor Milner’s research examines practices and policies that support teacher effectiveness in urban schools.  Professor Milner is President-Elect of the American Educational Research Association, the largest educational organization in the world. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Professor Milner’s work has appeared in numerous journals, and he has published seven books. His most recent are: Start where you are but don’t stay there: Understanding diversity, opportunity gaps, and teaching in today’s classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2010 and 2020, Second Edition), Rac(e)ing to class: Confronting poverty and race in schools and classrooms (Harvard Education Press, 2015) and These kids are out of control: Why we must reimagine classroom management for equity (Corwin Press, 2018). 

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