Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms:
Cultivating Gritty, Resilient Students

Merrillville, IN • Dec 5
Indianapolis, IN • Feb 8
Evansville, IN • Feb 15
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Workshop Overview

Students entering the classroom with emotional, behavioral, or mental health issues are often at a disadvantage and struggle to keep up with the demands of traditional learning. Brains affected by trauma require a different kind of instruction—and a special kind of care. The goal becomes unlocking the potential that exists within every student and developing an instructional approach that recognizes and works past the stresses, traumas, and self-imposed mentalities and behaviors that can limit learning and achievement.

Teachers will leave this workshop with strategies to build resiliency and grit in even the most challenging students, ideas for encouraging positive behavior and creating effective classroom management, and a plan of action that can be immediately put in place to start increasing student motivation. You’ll also receive an exclusive digital resource bundle that can be used for easy classroom implementation. Additionally, the workshop will focus on self-care habits, helping teachers to avoid adopting students’ traumas as their own and ensuring that personal triggers are understood and dealt with before they lead to classroom disruptions.

Winter 2017-18 Trauma-Sensitive Classrooms Flyer


Merrillville, IN • Dec 5
Avalon Manor Banquet Center

Indianapolis, IN • Feb 8
Ritz Charles, Carmel

Evansville, IN • Feb 15
DoubleTree by Hilton


Early Bird $189*

Standard $209

*Early bird – Register 15 days in advance

K-12 English-Language Arts Teachers
K-12 Content-area Teachers
Literacy coaches and coordinators
Title I teachers and directors
ELL teachers
Special education teachers
K-12 gifted and talented teachers
K-12 administrators (Principals, Assistant Principals, Curriculum Directors)

Early bird discount! Register 15 days in advance.
For room reservations please mention “STROBEL EDUCATION” to receive a discounted rate.
Save $10/person: When you register with a team of 3 or more! Contact us to make arrangements for registration.
Principals attend FREE: With paid registration of at least one staff member.

Participants may receive credit for 6 hours of professional development for each one-day workshop. At the conclusion of the day, or after online evaluations have been completed, attendees will receive a certificate of completion which can be used to verify attendance.


Learning Outcomes

• The Impact of Stress and Trauma on Learning
• How to Build a Resilient Classroom
• Creating Gritty Learners

• Neuroscience and Brain-Based Learning Strategies
• How the Brain Operates—and How to Redirect It
• Dealing with Students from Traumatic Backgrounds
• Trauma in Teachers—Fighting Burnout with Self Care

You will leave this workshop with an exclusive Digital Bundle of Resources for easy classroom implementation.

Presenter: Jennifer Mitchell

In her 17 years as an educator, Jennifer has been a special education teacher, a Title 1 director, and is now Assistant Principal at Perry Central (Indiana) Elementary School. She is passionate about education and learning and has immersed herself in the world of trauma-informed care, a topic she’s studied in depth and with which she has experiences as both an educator and a foster mother.

What people are saying about Jennifer…

“Mrs. Mitchell’s love for children and her belief that all children can be successful—if we as educators meet them where they are—shine through her presentations. After hearing about her background with students who have experienced trauma, you can feel the joy in her heart and you begin to feel the fire of inspiration growing within yourself.”

~ Jamie Guillaume, 5th Grade Teacher, eLearning Coach, Title 1 Director, PowerEd Up Coordinator


“Working alongside and learning from Jennifer for the past 10 years has been nothing short of enlightening and inspiring. She makes it easy to believe that ALL children can succeed. Jennifer’s knowledge spans the gamut of best practices in both academic and behavioral interventions, and she is always eager to share that knowledge in order to empower the staff in her care. Her down to earth attitude makes her approachable and a joy to learn from.”

~ Shelly Kunkel, Intensive Behaviorist-Behavioral Specialist, Exceptional Children’s Cooperative


“Jennifer is a tireless learner who stays current with the latest research on trauma and how it relates to brain development. She has a wealth of knowledge and experiences to share with you. In this session, you will learn how the brain works and pick up some strategies to help students develop the skills to be successful learners. You will walk away feeling inspired and empowered to make a difference in the lives of our most challenging students!”

~ Phil Zellers, Assistant Principal, Perry Central Jr-Sr High School



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  • Kim is so energetic and enthusiastic that she won us over from the very beginning. She is refreshing and her knowledge and ability to explain is wonderful. I left feeling motivated to reenter the classroom, and summer has just begun!

    B. Arnold, Elementary Teacher
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    R. Moore, Director of Education in Indiana
  • Simply put, I have never worked with a consultant that so completely wins over all teachers and so quickly influences their thinking and teaching strategies

    P. White, Superintendent