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Southern Illinois P20 Closing the Gap Conference

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The Power of Teaching: Focus on the Learner


Ginger Meyer is the Clinical Director for Children’s Medical and Mental Health Resource Network, a program of SIU School of Medicine. She has worked with children and child welfare issues for over twenty years. She has been a leader in the Southern Illinois community in developing a Children’s Mental Health Network to increase the professional development opportunities for professionals who work with traumatized children and their families.


A Journey to Building Resilience

Resilience is a journey of discovery, curiosity, and building mutual trust and connection through coaching, mentoring, and support.  We cannot create resilience in our students alone; it takes a powerful dedicated team of people to make it happen.  Nuggets of how this is done will be woven into the engaging presentation through real examples of struggle and mastery over malidaptive behavior. 


Breakout Sessions

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.  Breakout sessions will also target topics such as truancy, suicide, bullying, behavioral health, social emotional learning, drug education, resilience, and teacher care.  This is the 18th 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)

All Day Workshop

Transitioning from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Sensitive: Leading the Change

Early childhood experiences have lasting, measurable consequences later in life; therefore, fostering emotional well-being from the earliest stages of life helps build a foundation for overall life-long health and well-being. This full day session is specifically designed for individuals or teams who would like to develop a trauma-informed school system. Training will focus on ACES research, developing resilient students and staff, parent and community engagement, staff care, classroom strategies to meet the needs of students exposed to toxic stress, and increasing executive functioning in order to meet the needs of the whole child. It is suggested that attendees who register for this session have basic prior knowledge of the Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) research. (5 Clock Hours)

Conference Theme:  The Power of Teaching: Focus on the Learner

Conference Date:  Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Time:  8:15 am - 2:50 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

Registration Fees:

  • Professional: $60
  • Professional (after April 12: $75)
  • Undergraduate Student/Retirees: $20

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Refunds, minus a $20 processing fee, will be issued if requested prior to April 12, 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