Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress
with Debbie Zacarian, Lourdes Alvarez-Ortiz, and Judie Haynes

Half the students in U.S. schools are experiencing or have experienced trauma, violence, or chronic stress. Much has been written about these students from a therapeutic perspective however, little has been written about teaching this population, and doing so from a strengths-based perspective.

Using real-world examples as well as research-based principles, this symposium will show how to

  • Identify inherent assets that students bring to the classroom
  • Connect to students’ experiences through instructional planning and delivery
  • Foster students’ strengths through the use of predictable routines and structured paired and small-group learning experiences.

This blended-learning symposium will encourage educators to embrace teaching and school-wide practices that support and enhance the academic and socio-emotional development of students living with trauma, violence and chronic stress. In this unique environment, participants will have the chance to interact with the authors directly via a live stream, while processing their learning in small groups with professional facilitators at several locations across our state.

When: January 29, 2019  |  9:00AM – 3:00PM

Cost: $165 a person  |  Teams of three or more have a reduced rate of $145/each (Use coupon code TEAM at checkout)
This cost includes a copy of Teaching to Strengths: Supporting Students Living with Trauma, Violence, and Chronic Stress, a 1 year membership to Michigan ASCD, and a light lunch.

Locations: Click on an individual location to view it on a map. To view a map of all locations to see which is closest to you, click here.

To register online, click the button at the left and be sure to select the correct location before adding the item to your cart. If you would prefer to be invoiced, please email Administrative Coordinator Sara Bishop at

To download a pdf copy of the program flyer, please click here.