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Register for Iowa BEST

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Registration is under way for the 2022 Iowa BEST (Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools) Summit to be held in Des Moines Oct. 10-11.

Sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Center for School Mental Health, the summit will focus on practical solutions for school-based social, emotional and behavioral health.

Participants will learn how to take a holistic approach within their schools, incorporating the latest research, resources and best practices. The goal is to build mental wellness supports and capacity for schools, districts and regions.

Keynote speakers are Robert Brooks and Erika McDowell. 

Brooks has lectured nationally and internationally to audiences of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people on topics pertaining to motivation, resilience, family relationships, the qualities of effective leaders and executives, and balancing our personal and professional lives. Brooks has written extensively on behavioral issues in the classroom setting.

McDowell is an Equity Steward for Wildflower Schools and a clinical associate professor of educational leadership and policy at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. Her in-depth experience includes restorative practices, equity, positive behavioral support, conflict resolution, classroom management, coaching, leadership development, and behavioral data support. Dr. McDowell is committed to nurturing the minds and gifts of leaders, teachers, practitioners, and youth nationwide.

The summit is designed for PreK-12 educators, counselors, administrators, paraeducators and school mental health providers. In addition, AEA personnel who support social, emotional and behavioral health, university faculty who support preservice educators and community stakeholders are encouraged to attend.

Learn more about the summit.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on August 18, 2022 at 9:08pm.