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 Southern Illinois P20 Closing the Gap Conference

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Participants will learn about the research on ACEs, trauma sensitive schools, social emotional learning and the impact of childhood trauma on the learning brain, as well as classroom strategies that can be used to implement trauma-informed practices and begin healing youth struggling with adverse childhood experiences and toxic stress.  This is the 17th year of the annual Closing the Gap conference with over 400 area educators participating each year.  Evaluations indicate that participants gain valuable knowledge and skills by attending this conference – Don’t miss out!  (5 Clock Hours)

Conference Theme:  Trauma-Informed Schools: Supporting the Whole Child

Some of the biggest challenges our students face occur outside the classroom.  Many students live with toxic stress.  Brain science shows that living in chronic stress physically prevents students from learning.  Let’s review the impact of toxic stress, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and trauma on the physical, social-emotional, and academic lives of our students.  Let’s explore the concept of trauma-informed schools and provide evidence-based educational and trauma informed care strategies that create healthy schools for our students and break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families. 

Breakout session topics:
  • Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Restorative practices
  • Toxic stress
  • Trauma-Informed schools
  • School safety
  • Social emotional learning
  • Resilience
  • Sensory Disorders
  • Sign Language
Conference Date:  Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time:  8:15 am - 3:10 pm  (Check-in:  7:30 am – 8:15 am)

Location: John A. Logan College, Carterville, IL

Participants should park in Lot A: John A. Logan College Map

2018 Closing the Gap Program


Registration Fees:

  • Professional: $60
  • Professional (after April 13): $75
  • Undergraduate Student/Retirees: $20

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Refunds, minus a $20 processing fee, will be issued if requested prior to April 13, 2018.

Registration Options:

  • Professionals/Students Participants register online.
  • Exhibitors register online.
  • Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard by calling
 Conference and Scheduling Services @ 618/536-7751.
Fax the participant registration form or the exhibitor registration form with credit card information to 618/453-5680.

Any Questions?
Please call Coordinator Jackie Welch at 618/453-5672 or send an email.