SEL Summit Presenters

Portrait of keynote presenter Dr. Ann CorwinDr. Ann Corwin

"The Emotions Before the Explosions"

The objectives of Dr. Corwin's presentation are to:

1.  Establish self-efficacy in parents/providers by teaching the “Attachment Rule” for regulating childhood behavior to lower frustration levels in families and the potential of abuse. Resiliency Resources for Change.

2.  Teach Social Emotional Literacy (SEL) competence by informing families/providers about parenting & child development for accurate expectations.

3. Provide specific techniques for changing familial patterns to establish prevention protocols and provide concrete support to families/providers that is easy to apply.

About Dr. Ann Corwin

Dr. Ann has the unique talent of transforming the thousands of stories parents & professionals have shared with her over the past 35 years by first, explaining that kids behave because of the way they feel, then by giving specific, logical, easy to apply tools that can be used immediately for positive changes to literally any parenting/teaching problem.

Dr. Ann has done COX Cable TV and Los Angeles-KCET- PBS TV show called “A Place of Our Own” (syndicated throughout the US) and WLW AM 700 Cincinnati Radio and a Web Video show called www.ParentsAsk.com, plus the Child Connection DVD, SOLVE Parenting Problems DVD, Parenting Passport Discipline Guide, Oregon Emotional Literacy Project & publications from Real Simple Family Magazine & Success Magazine and many more.

She is nationally recognized for her work by connecting children and their parents/teachers for healthy relationships. Dr. Ann comes from a long line of healthy relationships herself, with both her grandparents and parents being married for over 60 years and she has been married herself for 40 years with two happily married grown children.

With a Ph.D. in Marriage, Family & Child Therapy and a Masters Degree in Education Dr. Ann is a 35-year veteran of designing and developing workshops/keynotes/parent groups/school staff trainings by teaching the biology of the brain & what it has to do with a child’s behavior & why understanding attachment is the most critical skill for making & keeping long-term, healthy relationships.



Portrait of presenter Mona JohnsonDr. Mona M. Johnson, CDP

"Fostering Professional Resilience and Social Emotional Wellness"

With the continued pressures and ever increasing demands of the workplace, fostering our own resilience & social emotional wellness often takes a back seat. This informative and energizing workshop addresses the importance of these practices and their direct connections to workplace success. Participants will review current methods for coping with positive and challenging career stress and the compassion fatigue which can result from coping with school-based trauma(s). In addition, they will explore the six comprehensive areas of wellness that are key to fostering resilience and create an individualized self-care plan to support continued positive professional and personal growth.

About Dr. Mona Johnson:

Mona Johnson is Director of Student Support at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, the primary agency charged with overseeing K-12 public education in Washington State. Student Support at OSPI is a resource for school districts and communities regarding a wide array of nonacademic barriers to learning—from bullying to homelessness. Mona provides strategic leadership and policy guidance to this diverse organizational unit and is responsible for integrating and coordinating a variety of initiatives to assist districts and schools in the provision of safe, civil, healthy, and intellectually stimulating environments that foster success for all students.

Mona served previously at OSPI as Director of Learning and Teaching Support. Before her appointment at OSPI, Mona served as Executive Director of Health Professions and Facilities at the Washington State Department of Health. Previously, she was Chief of School Behavioral Health at the U.S. Army Medical Command Child, Adolescent, and Family Behavioral Health Office on Joint Base Lewis McChord. Mona also presents, publishes, and consults at the local, state, and national levels in professional wellness, resilience, childhood trauma, substance abuse, and violence prevention. She authored Surviving or Thriving: Educator Change Following School-Based Trauma and co-authored The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency and Academic Success; Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals (2009), with Ray Wolpow, Ron Hertel, and Susan O. Kincaid; Compassion Fatigue Training for Educators (2012), with Marleen Wong; and How the Traumatic Experiences of Students Manifest in School Settings, co-authored with Ron Hertel, in Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students (Rossen & Hull, Editors, 2013).
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