Trauma-informed Discussion with special guests May 6, 7, and 8th, 2019.
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on May 3, 2019 - 7:00pm
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Join the Evidence Based Professional Development Group, Corrections and Re Entry Group, Program Management, Disabilities and Equitable Outcomes, Career Pathways, and Teaching and Learning as we explore the connections between trauma-exposure and trauma-informed practices in adult education.
Through our discussion, we will discover how to implement research-based trauma-informed practices in your program and classroom. Implementing trauma-informed practices can lead to higher student retention rates and students can take advantage of these opportunities and achieve outcomes that will help them transition to the next stage of their lives. The discussion will focus on
providing an overall awareness of trauma and trauma-informed practices,
explore the needs of individuals involved in the criminal justices system (either in corrections or in returning citizens),
career pathway instruction,
and trauma-informed teaching.
Furthermore, connections to trauma-informed practices and the impact on learning gains and student retention will be discussed. Finally, effective models of working with both adult learners in the classroom and employers will presented and explored. Our guest leaders in this discussion include:
- Jeri Gue has been an educator for almost 30 years, teaching special education and reading in public schools, ABE and GED in corrections, and graduate teacher preparation courses at Delaware State University. She is currently Curriculum Coordinator for Delaware Adult and Prison Education and has been a LINCS Learning to Achieve trainer and a STAR trainer for more than 5 years. As an expert in trauma-informed practices, she has attended training from experts and presented on this topic for over three years at a state and national level.
- Stephenie Rittberger is the Adult Education Director for the Career Learning Center of the Black Hills and has been with Adult Education as a division of Black Hills Special Services Cooperative for seventeen years. Prior to this, she taught in the Minimum Security Unit in Rapid City. In 2008, she was the Adult Educator of the Year for the South Dakota Association of Adult and Life-long Learning. She is working on Woksape which centers on career pathways for students focusing on transition to post-secondary institutions or ensuring stackable credentials for students exiting Career Learning Center programs while focusing on trauma-informed practice with a cultural component. The team she works with is developing training components specific to employers.
- Dr. Karen Oliver-Rider is currently the principal for the State Correctional Institution (SCI) Muncy, Muncy, Pennsylvania, one of two state female correctional facilities in Pennsylvania. Prior Dr. Rider was the principal at SCI Dallas, Dallas, PA. Before working in the correctional education setting Dr. Rider was an elementary art teacher for thirteen years. Dr. Rider utilized Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) to allow for choice making to promote individualization of the learning process. Dr. Rider grew up in the hospitality industry noting that those formative years assisted in setting the stage of the necessity of treating all individuals with care and compassion. Dr. Rider incorporated the importance of individualized learning and compassion with the completion of her dissertation, “Teacher Perceptions of Trauma Informed Practices at the Female Correctional Education Setting” during her final year of her doctoral studies with Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pa.