Join us for this engaging and informative workshop hosted by the OSBA Black Caucus. You’ll learn trauma-informed practices to support students, strategies for creating trauma-informed schools that can accelerate learning and much more.


9:30 a.m.
10 a.m.
Welcome and announcements
10:15 a.m.
Reaching and teaching distressed students
Meryl Johnson, member, State Board of Education
Everyday, more and more children are experiencing trauma which has a direct impact on their ability to learn and self-regulate. Chronic trauma alters the architecture of the brain, and teachers are struggling to help these students due to the lack of tools. This session will share important research on trauma-informed teaching strategies which will enable board members to advocate for improved school environments, resulting in happier students, less teacher burnout and better state report cards.
10:55 a.m.
11:05 a.m.
Don’t mistake my trauma for drama
Dr. Vilicia Cade, chief academic officer, Sandusky City
Learn how trauma impacts students and families in your community. This session will explain a new paradigm and show strategies for creating trauma-informed schools that can aid in acceleration of learning.
11:45 a.m.
Lunch (provided)
12:40 p.m.
A Call to Action: Trauma-informed practices to support students
Dr. Dakota King-White, assistant professor and school counseling coordinator, Cleveland State University
Research has shown that when children are exposed to traumatic events they can be impacted academically, socially, and emotionally. This interactive session will take foundational information pertaining to trauma-informed practices and help participants create an action plan that they can use to integrate trauma-informed practices into their school districts.
1:25 p.m.
Caucus updates
2 p.m.