2016 Changing the Paradigm Post Conference

2016 Changing the Paradigm Post Conference
April 4, 2016 Echo

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Echo Parenting & Education Changing the Paradigm Conference 2016 

“See it, believe it, act on it!” That was the exhortation at the end of the Building Trauma-Informed Schools & Communities conference last week. Around 250 people gathered to share experiences, best practices, questions and dreams as Echo hosted the first ever national conference on trauma-informed schools.

We were fortunate to have many extraordinary thought leaders, including Dr. Ross Greene “Lost at School” and “The Explosive Child” who flew across country to deliver his presentation to a captivated audience. (Please check our website for his slideshow coming soon.)

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Our second Day One keynote was Dr. Susan Craig “Reaching and Teaching Children who Hurt” and “Trauma Sensitive Schools” who serenaded the participants with a rendition of “Happy Talk”.

Other highlights included hearing from the team from Sally Ride Elementary, which is the pilot site for Echo’s Whole School Initiative.

Sally Ride team: Parent representatives including Katia Tovar (center), Catherine Daley, principal (right of center) and Lizeth Toscano, Echo parent educator (far right)




We also heard from Pia Escudero, head of School Mental Health for LAUSD and Superintendent Robert Martinez (pictured left).

Workshop Highlights


Popular workshops included a Restorative Justice circle from Roosevelt High School, Jose Arreola on the mental health of undocumented students and resiliency building from Elaine Miller-Karas.

Photo Gallery


Want to see photographs of you and your colleagues at the conference? We have the entire album available.


Echo Co-Directors, Diana Ayala (left), Louise Godbold (right) and Jane Stevens, founder of ACESConnection.org (center)

Conference Feedback

We were happy to get back many evaluations extolling the event, but if you attended the conference and didn’t get a chance to fill in an evaluation, could you please complete the online version. We work hard to incorporate your feedback in each successive conference, so please take the time to tell us what you liked and didn’t like.





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