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Iowa BEST: Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools Summit
The Iowa BEST Summit is designed to highlight educators’ collective need to bolster support and care across the educational system, and to build shared capacity to get there. The sessions will deliver resources and practical solutions around social-emotional-behavioral health. #IowaBEST2021

The summit is co-sponsored by the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa College of Education.

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Tuesday, November 2 • 2:30pm - 3:45pm
Families and Schools: Working Together to Ensure Student Success

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The participants will learn about the impact made when families and schools work together to create a collaborative community with common goals for the learner. Additionally, the participants will hear from individuals who have first-hand experience navigating their way through situations for their child and the impact it had on them. Regardless of the participant's role, this session will encourage deeper thinking about how everyone can impact student learning through the use of regular and open communication.  

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Jennifer Cira

Family Coordinator, Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Jennifer Cira brings us knowledge from nearly 15 years of experience as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. During that time she was able to work in both educational and clinical settings. Her drive to work with families began with her role as a Forensic Interviewer. This role provided... Read More →
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Sara Mohr

Grant Wood Area Education Agency
Sara Mohr began her journey as an educator as a classroom teacher, where she spent nearly a decade.  From there, she decided she wanted to stretch herself and impact other educators. She was able to do that by being an Induction Coach and Lead Induction Coach with the Grant Wood... Read More →

Heather Dirks

My name is Heather Dirks. I have been married to my husband, Robert for 13 years and we have am 4 children together. Lani, 12, Cambria, 10, Brecken, 8, and Emberlynn, 5. Lani was born DeafBlind with multiple disabilities. I also work as the Family Engagement Coordinator for the Iowa... Read More →

Brenda Hummel-Foreman

My name is Brenda Hummel-Foreman. I live in Polk City with my husband, Dan Foreman, my 17 yr old son, Sal, my 13 yr old daughter, Andrea and my 5 yr old son, Zach. I have been employed by Valiant Wealth for 10 years as director of financial advisor client relations. I can usually... Read More →

Tuesday November 2, 2021 2:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
Room 318