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MPA 2021 Fall Conference ~ VIRTUAL VIA WHOVA

November 18, 2021 @ 9:15 am - November 19, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

Maine Principals’ Association Fall Conference

Leading A Trauma Sensitive School:  Moving From Awareness to Readiness

with Tom Hierck

November 18-19, 2021



Registration Fee:     $369 MPA Member     ~        $469 Non-MPA Member


~ A G E N D A ~

Thursday, November 18, 2021
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Welcome, Entertainment, and Professional Division Business Meeting
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Keynote:  Leading A Trauma-Sensitive School:  Moving From Awareness to Readiness with Tom Hierck
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Educator Leadership Experience:  Importance of Building the Bridge Between Schools and Businesses in Maine.
2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Concurrent Session I
Friday, November 19, 2021
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Session II
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. Concurrent Session III
11:30 – 12:30 p.m. Final Keynote
12:30 p.m. Conclusion


Tom Hierck has been an educator since 1983 in a career that has spanned all grade levels and many roles in public education.  Tom is a compelling presenter, infusing his message of hope with strategies culled from the real world. He understands that communities face unprecedented challenges and knows which strategies will produce the best results. Tom has presented to schools, districts, community leaders, and business groups across North America with a message of celebration for those seeking to make a difference.  His belief that “every student is a success story waiting to be told” has led him to work with teachers and administrators to create positive school cultures and build effective relationships that facilitate learning for all students.  He is the author/co-author of 19 books. Tom and his wife of 39 years, Ingrid, are the proud parents of three children and grandparents of six.  In his spare time Tom likes to run and he has completed 49 marathons.

About the Keynote Presentation with Tom Hierck

The impact of trauma on learning can be significant and long lasting.  In this presentation you will learn how you can confidently and meaningfully support your trauma-impacted students and foster trauma-informed schools. Drawing from personal and professional experiences with trauma, mental health, and school culture, Tom will provide real insight into what you can do as leaders to help build resilience, cope with adverse situations, and help your schools achieve at high levels.  By implementing trauma-informed teaching practices, leaders can cultivate a school and classroom environment that encourages positive learning experiences. This session will help participants to:

  • Understand childhood trauma and the impact traumatic experiences have on learners;
  • Develop a trauma-informed attitude and mindset;
  • Examine schoolwide structures that support trauma-sensitive practices while recognizing those that may contribute to trauma;
  • Gain effective classroom management strategies and techniques to support all students, including those experiencing trauma; and
  • Learn how to develop trusting and positive relationships with trauma-impacted students and their families.

MPA Fall Conference Sponsors

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November 18, 2021 @ 9:15 am
November 19, 2021 @ 12:30 pm
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