Supporting Educators Through Trauma Sensitive Practices 

Every Thursday in March

Starts Thursday March 4th
Virtual Lunch and Learn Series

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, a traumatic event is a frightening, dangerous, or violent occurrence that poses a threat to a child’s life or bodily integrity. The mission of MTEC 2021 Winter Symposium: Lunch and Learn Series is to give all educators – teachers, administrators, and school personnel, community leaders, and parents an opportunity to explore the importance of trauma-informed care in schools and other child-serving environments.  

Through the ACEs 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. MTEC recognizes the seriousness of trauma, especially for children, and the need for educators to be equipped with the tools to support students and families while also supporting themselves; therefore, each year we invite professionals who have experience and expertise in the development of trauma-informed educational programs and systems at all levels to share their expertise with our participants. As a participant, you can expect to gain a greater understanding of the trauma of various entry points in education that affect children and families while connecting with new and established colleagues.

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$34.99 per individual session

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Our Host: Dorothy Enriquez

The Communication Strategist”

Dorothy Enriquez is a third culture kid who grew up to love fashion, gal pal bonding, learning and leadership. Dorothy has found her written works on confidence, competence and closing the leadership gap in Forbes, Training Industry Magazine, The BOSS Network and Ambition Magazine. 

Dorothy is known for her effective communication skills, ‘edutaining’ leadership courseware and interactive programs. A 15-year veteran of Corporate America, wielding multiple certifications and degrees, she and her collective partners strive to make transformative development accessible. In 2018 after giving birth to her daughter, Dorothy went full time as a small business owner. 

A boutique learning and leadership development firm, The Ellevate Collective, formerly known as The Communication Strategist, is dedicated to helping organizations and individuals optimize their leadership so that they are equipped to lead from every seat they sit in. 

Serving clients such as Kohl’s, Citizen’s Bank, The Y, Campbell’s The Boys & Girls Club of Greater  Milwaukee, The City of Milwaukee and Rockwell Automation, Ellevate strategically supports you through  your leadership transformation in a relatable and impactful way.

Featured Speakers:  

MARCH 4   11:30-1pm

The disconnection offered by our Perceptual Bias and the need to reconnect

with Pardeep Kaleka
Executive Director, Interfaith 
Session Info:

My workshop will focus on the way our brains manufacture our personal truths and how these truths shape our current state of reality, especially as our perceived reality related to our mental and spiritual health. I will also discuss how we must have the courage to challenge our own lens, and productively challenge others in order for us to connect a divided world.

Speaker Bio:

Executive Director of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and The Zeidler Group, Published Author of “The Gifts of Our Wounds,” award-winning columnist with Milwaukee Independent and Clinician specializing in utilizing a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse and acts of violence.

A native of Punjab, India, Pardeep Singh Kaleka grew up in Milwaukee, and served as a police officer and educator in the inner-city of Milwaukee until the shooting at the Sikh Temple in 2012, where a white-power skinhead took the lives of 7 parishioners, one of them being his father. In the aftermath, Pardeep’s call was one to help individuals and community heal, connect, and transform.

MARCH 11    11:30-1pm

Cultivating and Living Your Core Values

with Kanika A. Burks
Principal, Milwaukee College Prep 
Session Info:

Core values are the foundation of self-reflection, decision making and wellness. Consistently living and cultivating core values are essential to effectively supporting those dealing with trauma. During this session, participants will identify core values and turn them into actionable practices. Participants will commit to wellness strategies to cultivate core values.

Speaker Bio:

Kanika A. Burks’ mission is to educate and empower everyone she encounters. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Alverno College and she is currently in the first cohort of Alverno’s doctoral program. Over the past twenty years, Ms. Burks has professionally served as a middle school teacher, mentor, coach, assistant principal and principal in the city of Milwaukee. She is currently the principal of Milwaukee College Prep – Lola Rowe North Campus and the Equity Priority Owner for the Milwaukee College Prep Network. In 2019, Ms. Burks was named the Sarah Scott Administrator of the Year by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Alliance of Black School Educators.
Kanika A. Burks is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc – Milwaukee Alumnae Chapter. Ms. Burks was voted Delta of the Year in 2018 for her dedication of service to not only her chapter but also to the Milwaukee community.

MARCH 18   11:30-1pm

When the Educators need Healing!

with Muhibb Dyer
Author & Speaker 
Session Info:

“When the Educators need Healing” is a workshop/training that serves as a call to Educators, to prioritize their own healing from personal traumatic experiences that they’ve endured; so that they can aid their students in navigating their way through the painful episodes of life that ultimately impede their academic success.

Speaker Bio:

Muhibb Dyer, a native Milwaukeean, was born and raised in the infamous 53206 the most incarcerated zip code in America. Despite the fact that many of his childhood peers fell prey to homicide and incarceration, he managed to survive and ultimately graduate from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Educational Policies and Community Studies. While still in college, Dyer discovered his passion for using his voice to give hope to the hopeless. 17 years later, he has reached a quarter of a million youth in more than 25 states through his riveting keynote addresses and workshops.

MARCH 25   11:30-1pm

You Are Not Being Punished You Are Being Prepared

with Kwabena Antoine Nixon
Author & Speaker 
Session Info:

Be Inspired Works, Kwabena Nixon uses edutainment, enlightenment, engagement, and empowerment to hook participants. Elements include spoken word poetry, storytelling, writing exercises, guest speakers, and visioning tasks to help young people of color to open up and do what is needed to realize their dreams. The methods achieve Social-Emotional Learning in many areas, especially with regard to outcomes like self-efficacy, perseverance, self-management, and growth mindset

Speaker Bio:

Kwabena Antoine Nixon is a nationally known spoken word artist, author, community educator, and motivational speaker. Kwabena is the founder Of Be Inspired Works, his organization primarily targets African-American youth ages 16-25 from low-income communities who experience trauma on a daily basis and cease to dream a brighter future, contemplate the possibilities of breaking the cycle, or to see past the boundaries of these conditions.

Kwabena has created tangible programming for the community. Be Inspired Works uses art to spread empowerment, Social-Emotional Learning, cultural awareness, resiliency and skill-building to hundreds more young people.
Kwabena Is A Native Of Chicago, Illinois

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