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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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Kay Augustine

Iowa Department of Education
Education Program Consultant
Kay Augustine is an Education Program Consultant for the Department of Education (DE). As the former Project Director of the School Climate Transformation Grant she coordinated the development of Iowa's SEL Competency documents. She serves as the state liaison with the Collaboration of the States through the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). As a part of the Social-emotional-behavioral health team (SEBH) at the DE, she works at the state level with AEAs and local school districts to develop a strong foundation for a Multi-tiered System of Supports focused on SEBH. She is also the state coordinator for Check & Connect. Kay’s past experience includes teaching in public and private school settings, administrative roles in higher education, K-12, and non-profit settings. Kay's primary focus after leaving the classroom has been facilitating, consulting, and training adults across the U.S. and internationally in educationally focused settings. A key focus of Kay’s passion, experience, and focus is on integrating SEBH into systems, instructional practices, and the culture/climate of the learning environment. Prior to moving back to Iowa, Kay was the National Project Coordinator/Trainer for Check & Connect (C&C) at the University of Minnesota and a district C&C coordinator in MN. Kay received her Doctorate in Education Leadership from Drake University from where she also holds a Bachelor of Music Education, a Master of Science in Education in special education, and a Specialist in Education Leadership focused on Adult Training and Development. She earned her Certificate in Leadership for Social-Emotional Learning and Character Development from the Academy for Social Emotional Learning. As a volunteer, Kay has coordinated the International Summit on Student Voice since 2019 and recently received an Iowa Governor's Award for Volunteerism. She also currently volunteers on an emerging network for service-learning in the state. Kay's favorite pastimes are geocaching and hanging out with her 5 grandchildren.