Call for Trauma Sensitive Practices Presentations

Urban Learning Collaborative presents
5th Annual Winter Symposium: Trauma Sensitive Practices

Proposal Deadline: November 19, 2021 
Conference Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022 

Mount Mary College, Milwaukee, WI

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Urban Learning Collaborative, formerly the Milwaukee Teacher Education Center (MTEC), invites you to submit a proposal to speak at our annual Trauma Sensitive Winter Symposium to be held Saturday, March 5, 2022. The mission of the Trauma-Sensitive Practices Conference is to give all educators – teachers, administrators and school personnel – as well as other child-serving professionals, community leaders and parents an opportunity to explore the importance of trauma sensitive practices in schools and other child-serving environments. Through the ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) studies and neurological research, we now know how significantly early trauma impacts a child’s ability to learn and develop, and the importance of addressing the complexities of childhood trauma in schools. Each year the conference invites professionals who have experience and expertise in the development of trauma sensitive practices, educational programs, and systems at all levels.

What We Are Looking For at WS 2022
The Trauma Sensitive Practices Winter Symposium is a venue for all education professionals and child-serving experts to share their ideas—sessions can be led by teachers, administrators, school counselors, psychologists, social workers, parents, or any other professional from across the broad spectrum of trauma sensitive education, parenting and community-building. Given the variety of audience and attendees’ levels at our conference, your proposed workshop description should make the topic and target audience(s) of your session completely clear. This year we will be asking you to designate your target audience(s) as well as whether your session will cover trauma-sensitive education from an introductory or advanced level.

Symposium Format
Participants will have an opportunity to hear from a dynamic keynote speaker, attend 4 workshop sessions, and engage with various vendors focused on trauma sensitive practices

Workshop Presentation
55-minute workshops: The workshop should cover a specific aspect of creating trauma-sensitive schools and a trauma sensitive community, parenting strategies, and/or trauma impact on health.

Session Subject Areas
We are especially interested in sessions that address these topics:

  • Programming and activities that improve academic outcomes for children with DT (Developmental Trauma).
  • Examples of trauma sensitive programs/strategies that have been implemented that show improved outcomes.
  • Developing, implementing, and assessing innovative teaching strategies and successful academic programs.
  • Research-informed interventions and tools that can be implemented in school settings.
  • Leading system-wide or community initiatives, and implementing policy changes.
  • Creating trauma sensitive community partnerships and involving parents, families, and other stakeholders.
  • Diversity, poverty and the unique needs of children and schools in high poverty areas.
  • Cultural Competency – school programs and systems that meet the cultural, linguistic and social needs of the students.
  • Self Care – the importance of and strategies for caring for those working daily with traumatized children.
  • Trauma’s impact on health and human development.
  • Effects of secondary trauma stress on first responders and individuals working daily with traumatized children.

Using the Online Form

All proposals for workshops must be done through this online form.

Within this form we will be asking you to submit:

  • The contact information for the presenter(s) – no more than two presenters per workshop.
  • A brief title and description of the workshop that will be used in our conference program/conference app (online and in print).Please make the title short and meaningful and the description clear and interesting. It will be the primary way attendees decide to choose your workshop.
  • Goals – the learning objectives for those attending your session
  • Intended audience and level of presentation
  • Desired length of presentation, and whether you’re willing to consider a different workshop length, as well as whether you’re willing to repeat your session
  • Citations – three (3) citations of at least 3 reference materials (Books, articles, other resources)
  • Brief bios of the presenter(s)
  • Headshot

Adding one (1) Co-Presenter is optional, but if you do, their email, bio and resumes are required as well. In addition to completing the form, full resumes/CVs of each presenter must be uploaded at the time of submission. We highly encourage you to print your submitted proposals and maintain a copy of all workshops you submit.

Timeline: Call for workshop proposals will be open from October 18, 2021 through November 5, 2021. All proposals will be reviewed during November and everyone will be notified by November 30, 2021 of their selection status.

Logistics for Selected Presenters
By submitting a proposal to present at the Trauma Sensitive Practices Conference hosted by the Urban Learning Collaborative, you agree to the following (Hosting this conference in an in-person environment and virtual environment means (presenters will only present in one format to be determined by ULC). Selected speakers will receive information from ULC about the procedures and processes, such as needed technology, COVID protocol, virtual platform training, etc in late January to mid-February.)

Conference Costs
All presenters must register for the conference. Full registration fee will be waived for the main presenter of the workshop.

A/V Equipment and File Sharing
Each workshop room will be equipped with an LCD/digital projector and a laptop.
Presenters must bring their presentation on a flash drive or have access to a web-based presentation.

Presenters must use the computer/projector technology provided. Speakers, microphones and wifi connection will be available upon request.

If you plan to include videos with your presentation (ie YouTube videos or audio from YouTube), please make sure they are downloaded to your flash drive, not embedded in your presentation.

We advise bringing a backup of your presentation on another flashdrive. ULC will not print handouts for you at the Conference and highly encourage that you load handouts and other materials directly into your workshop space on the conference app.

Please check our Events Page for the most up-to-date information.

Selected presenters should direct any questions and communications to

Other Considerations
Given time and space constraints, as well as our need to develop a balanced program, we may not be able to accept all exceptional proposals. If your proposal is not accepted for this year’s conference, we encourage you to consider submitting a proposal in the future.

All workshop titles and descriptions, along with presenter names, job titles, and institutions are part of the official conference program, and by submitting a proposal you grant us permission to publish and promote this workshop as a part of ULC’s Trauma-Sensitive Practices Symposium. ULC reserves the right to edit any descriptions for consistency, accuracy and to fit within space constraints.

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Proposal Requirements and Review
Your workshop proposal will be reviewed by a cross-professional group and should include:

  • Present programs, practices, or models that have been effective with, developed by, and/or created for working with children with Developmental Trauma (DT);
  • Specify how the work presented has a positive impact on children impacted by trauma;
  • Be delivered in a dynamic way that enhances the attendees’ learning and professional development
  • Present work that can be replicated in other settings.
  • The selection committee will evaluate your workshop session using these criteria:
    • Relevance: Is the content of the workshop significant and aligned with conference topic areas? Can it be used to help children with DT, their teachers or their family succeed? Does the content appear to be suitable for the level proposed(introductory/advanced)? Does the content reinforce the stated workshop objectives?
    • Innovation: Will the workshop present creative new solutions, insights, or approaches?
      Perspective: Does the proposed workshop represent multiple perspectives on the topic? Does it address both student and professional experience?
    • Effectiveness: Will the workshop present ideas or strategies that are supported by data and have proven successful in the classroom, community or in the home?
    • Application: Is the workshop applicable to a broad spectrum of pre-K–12, higher education communities, the greater community as a whole, or parents? Does the workshop appear to fit the targeted educational communities proposed? Will it suggest methods for implementing ideas or strategies?
    • Interactivity: Does the proposed workshop encourage interaction with attendees and specify how that will be done? i.e., discussions, activities, simulations, gaming, or other ways to engage the audience?

TO SUBMIT: Read through this page. Choose one email address that you will use for the entire submission process and the Conference. Resume/CV MUST be uploaded during this process.
Please do not send them to us via email.