Instances of student violence, abuse, and neglect are at an all-time high. It's estimated that 1 in 2 children across the U.S., Asia and Africa have suffered this type of trauma within the past year alone.

Now more than ever, finding ways to focus on and support the individual needs and wellbeing of our students is key to transforming our schools. The use of trauma-informed practices is helping K-12 student services teams and educators support those students who need it the most, while also benefitting their entire communities.

Dr. Lateshia Woodley, former Assistant Superintendent of Student Services for Kansas City Public Schools, will share how K-12 student services teams and educators can use trauma-informed practices to support student wellness, create safer schools and communities, and improve their student outcomes.

  • Demystify trauma-informed education
  • Learn how trauma-informed practices improve behavioral and academic outcomes
  • Implement simple practices that help students self-regulate and be available for learning
  • Explore the tools available to student services teams and teachers
Dr. Lateshia Woodley, LPC, NCC
Chief Executive Officer, International Presenter, Award Winning Author, TedX Featured, Lead Dream Builder
Dr. Lateshia Woodley was an alternative education student, who became an impactful district administrator, and is now an educational consultant and speaker that specializes in working with turnaround school transformation initiatives. Since 2008, Dr. Woodley has worked as a turnaround leader to help bring about positive changes in some of the lowest performing schools in Georgia and Missouri.

As the Assistant Superintendent of Student Support Services for Kansas City Public Schools (KCPS), Dr. Woodley served alongside the superintendent to provide oversight and leadership across the entire district. She implemented a school improvement transformation model that resulted in the school district receiving full accreditation after 22 years of challenges.

Responsible for managing a $328 million budget, Dr. Woodley cultivated human capital of more than 3,000 people and ensured a culture of caring and student success for approximately 15,000 students. Under her leadership, KCPS secured funding in access of $3 million to double the number of trauma informed clinicians and counselors, as well as implemented a four-year collective impact model that focused on trauma sensitive practices and equity throughout all departments, including a complete transformation of the student code of conduct and punitive discipline practices. These efforts resulted in 56% of KCPS schools demonstrating improvements in ELA & Math, 56% reducing the number of out of school suspensions, and 60% of schools increasing their attendance rates.

As the Principal of McClarin Success Academy, Dr. Woodley led the implementation of a community school model to assist students in overcoming barriers that hinder successful completion of high school graduation requirements. During her tenure, McClarin’s graduation rate increased from 19% in 2012 to 75% in 2017. Through her leadership, McClarin was recognized as a 2017 National Model School, 2016 NAEA Exemplary Practices School, and 2016 GAAE Spotlight School.

Dr. Woodley is an award-winning author and has received numerous award and accolades, including acknowledgements from the US Department of Education and the 2016 National Dropout Prevention Center Crystal Star Award.
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