Scanlan Center for School Mental Health
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2024 Iowa BEST Summit
Join us in Coralville, Iowa
Hyatt Regency Coralville Hotel & Conference Center
300 E 9th St
Coralville, IA 52241
Registration opening spring 2024

Join more than 1,500 other PreK-12 educators, school administrators, school counselors, school social workers, school mental health champions, community providers, higher education professionals, and researchers from across the state for the 2024 Iowa BEST (Behavioral, Equitable, Social-Emotional, Trauma-Informed Health in Schools) Summit. This year’s theme is “All In” for School Mental Health and Well-Being.

Immerse yourself in a transformative experience that will revolutionize the way you approach mental health and well-being in your educational community.

Collaborate with like-minded professionals and renowned experts to cultivate comprehensive strategies that nurture our students, educators, and communities.

Explore cutting-edge social-emotional-behavioral health research, emerging best practices, and innovative school mental health strategies to seamlessly embed student and educator wellness into the learning environment.

Come away with actionable solutions to build supportive, resilient learning environments where all can thrive.

*By registering for this event, you agree to be photographed or filmed for promotional purposes.

Who Should Attend?
  • PreK-12 teachers, school counselors, administrators, paraeducators, and school mental health providers

  • School district staff and leadership

  • Building leadership teams

  • Policymakers

  • AEA personnel supporting social-emotional-behavioral health and accelerating learning

  • AEA personnel supporting specific subgroups (e.g., special education, preschool, English learners)

  • University faculty who support preservice educators

  • University and college staff and faculty

  • Community partners including mental health providers, primary care physicians, Children’s Behavioral Health System Board members, and state medical association members

Why Should You Attend?
  • Take in the latest research, resources, and best practices to help activate and build mental wellness supports and capacity for your school, district, or region

  • Engage in deeper learning and knowledge sharing that leads to innovative solutions

  • Be a champion for school mental health systems change in your own school or community

  • Meet other colleagues and change-makers in the space

  • Learn and obtain CEUs (Participants can receive one Iowa Licensure Renewal Unit for attending the Summit and completing all readings and discussions)

Sunday, September 15

12:30 p.m. Registration opens 

1:30 – 3 p.m. Plenary session

3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Breakout session #1


Monday, September 16

7 – 8:30 a.m. Wellness Morning Sessions

8 – 9:15 a.m. Breakfast

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout session #2

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Breakout session #3

12- 1 p.m. Lunch

1:15 – 2:15 p.m. Breakout session #4

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Breakout session #5

1. “All In” for Educators

Join us for an enriching conference session strand dedicated to cultivating educator well-being through comprehensive education, skill-building, and robust support systems. Explore sessions tailored to empower educators with strategies for personal wellness, resilience, and stress management, alongside workshops designed to enhance instructional skills and pedagogical practices. Engage in discussions and interactive sessions aimed at fostering a culture of holistic well-being within educational communities, equipping educators with the tools and resources they need to thrive personally and professionally.  

Learning Goals: 

  1. Develop an understanding of the importance of educator well-being in fostering a positive learning environment and student success 
  2. Acquire practical strategies and techniques for enhancing personal well-being, resilience, and stress management tailored specifically for educators 
  3. Explore effective methods and approaches for integrating well-being education into curriculum and pedagogy, promoting a culture of holistic wellness within educational settings 

2. “All In” for Students 

We are “all in” for students in this strand focused on evidence-based practices for supporting students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs. Sessions will focus on both preventive and responsive interventions and supports, including those within tiered systems (e.g., PBIS). Topics include, but are not limited to, data-based decision-making, tiered interventions and supports, mental health awareness, classroom management practices, leveraging student voice, and enhancing belonging.  

Learning Goals: 

  1. Understand how school staff can prevent, identify, and respond to students’ social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs 
  2. Learn how to leverage different types of data to guide intervention decisions 
  3. Develop knowledge on cultivating student voice to improve engagement and belonging 

3. “All In” for School Mental Health Professionals

  1. This strand will focus on increasing knowledge of mental health prevention, assessment, and intervention best practices in appropriately addressing an array of student mental health needs in school settings. 

Learning Goals: 

  1. Improve awareness of established and emerging best practices 
  2. Enhance clinical skills for school-based mental health providers 
  3. Identify effective strategies for coordinating and supporting student mental health

4. “All In” for Families and Communities

The sessions in this strand will be focused on offering educators and community providers opportunities to learn about best practices in supporting family and community engagement, and establishing effective school-community collaborations to support the mental well-being of students and families. Building on this work, sessions in this strand will offer opportunities for participants to better understand how family and community wellness impacts the effectiveness of schools, how to engage families through multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), and individual and systematic roles and responsibilities in promoting wellness.  

Learning Goals: 

  1. Know the foundations of effective school-family-community collaborations 
  2. Understand how effective school-family-community collaborations can improve well-being 
  3. Identify best practices that can be used locally to enhance school-family-community relationships and well-being

5. “All In” for Higher Education 

This 1.5 day training engages participants in a deep dive into the concepts of the “health promoting campus” and the central calls to action aligned with the Okanagan Charter to: “1. Embed health into all aspects of campus culture, across the administration, operations, and academic mandates and 2. Lead health promotion action and collaboration locally and globally.”  This training engages participants in interactive sessions with representatives of the U.S. Health Promoting Campus Network.  Participants will have opportunity to engage with campus colleagues from across the State of Iowa higher education systems in discussion of the concepts, services, structures, and creative ideas that campuses engage in to promote mental health and well-being for staff, faculty, and students.

Learning Goals: 

  1. Learn how to assist your campus in becoming a “health promoting campus”
  2. Discover creative ideas and services from your colleagues and health promotion professionals across Iowa’s higher education systems
  3. Engage in self-care practices


Sunday, September 15 | Opening Session from 1:30 - 3 p.m.

Dr. Wendy Borlabi
Dr. Wendy Borlabi, High-Performance Expert, Director of Performance and Mental Health for the Chicago Bulls

Dr. Wendy Borlabi is a high-performance expert whose battle-tested strategies for enhancing workplace happiness and confidence have proven tried-and-true at the highest levels as the performance and mental health director for the Chicago Bulls and a former senior sports psychologist for the United States Olympic Committee. She’s a sought-after mindset consultant for organizations looking to instill grit, perseverance, and ingenuity in their teams in order to spark high productivity and performance. In this talk, Dr. Borlabi arms leaders and their teams against self-doubt, imposter syndrome, anxiety, and all of the obstacles that begin in the head and stand in the way of success outside of it. She takes the same framework that has helped guide the Bulls to victory on the court and shows audiences steps for adapting those same mindset principles as teams and individuals to boost workplace happiness, find purpose in their work, and perform when the game is on the line.

The 2024 Iowa School Mental Health Awards program celebrates individuals who have made significant contributions to cultivating a positive mental health culture within an Iowa PreK-12 school, district, or AEA. Our two signature awards will be presented during the 2024 Iowa BEST Summit.

The nomination period for the 2024 awards was February 19 – March 31, 2024. 

Honorees will receive:

  • Recognition at the 2024 Iowa BEST Summit, the state’s largest gathering of school
    mental health innovators and leaders, which will take place September 15-16, 2024 in Iowa City, Iowa
  • Feature highlighting their award-worthy work
  • Plaque and a $250 monetary award
Iowa School Mental Health Hero

This award honors an educator, school staff member, or practitioner for their defining contribution to school mental health in Iowa. This individual has demonstrated exemplary leadership and commitment to expanding, promoting, and strengthening mental health and wellness supports within their school, district, or organization resulting in positive outcomes. The recipient of this award has been instrumental in helping students, educators, and/or school staff reach a heightened level of well-being (e.g., physical, mental, spiritual, and behavioral). To qualify for this award, nominees must be employed by one of Iowa’s PreK-12 schools, school districts, or AEAs during the 2023-24 school year.

Mental Health Influencer of the Year Student Award

This award tributes a visionary youth leader who lends their voice and talents to advancing mental health awareness and initiatives. This student’s efforts have influenced decision-makers or policymakers to expand mental health supports within their school, district, region, or state. To qualify for this award, nominees must be enrolled in one of Iowa’s PreK-12 schools during the 2023-24 school year.

As a sponsor or exhibitor at the 4th annual 2024 Iowa BEST Summit, share your difference-making school mental health-related programs and services with 1,500+ Iowa educators, school administrators, and school counselors.

Be a Sponsor

Sponsorships include a complimentary exhibit booth package. Learn more about each level’s exclusive opportunities in our prospectus.

Platinum Level – $10,000+

  • Verbal thank-you during opening session
  • 1-page insert in the conference bags
  • Company name and logo featured on signage respective to selected sponsor opportunity
  • Recognition in the Summit mobile app
  • Logo featured on general session looping slides
  • Name and logo in the pre-conference and post-conference email to attendees
  • Complimentary Exhibit Booth Package along with all exhibitor benefits

Gold Level – $5,000+

  • Company name and logo featured on signage respective to selected sponsor opportunity
  • Recognition in the Summit mobile app
  • Logo featured on general session looping slides
  • Name and logo in the pre-conference and post-conference email to attendees
  • Complimentary Exhibit Booth Package along with all exhibitor benefits

Silver Level – $2,500+

  • Recognition in the Summit mobile app
  • Logo featured on general session looping slides
  • Name and logo in the pre-conference and post-conference email to attendees
  • Complimentary Exhibit Booth Package along with all exhibitor benefits

Exhibit at the Event 

A $500 Exhibit Booth Package includes:

  • 1 – 6 ft. draped table, 2 chairs, and wastebasket
  • 2 – Summit Attendee/Exhibitor Badges for Sunday and Monday
  • Listing in the online exhibitor directory
  • The opportunity to increase your brand visibility, grow your network, and develop meaningful connections across Iowa

NOTE: The exhibit must relate to the topic of school mental health and improving access to mental and emotional well-being resources and services for PreK-12 educators, students, schools, and districts in Iowa. Items without educational merit may be excluded.

Download the 2024 Exhibitor and Sponsorship Prospectus for more information.

Sponsor/exhibitor spaces are limited!

Apply now → 

Participants can receive one Iowa Licensure Renewal Unit (ILRU) for attending the Summit and completing all readings and discussions via the online course platform through the Baker Teacher Leader Center.

Course Requirements: Attend both days of the Summit and engage with the learning materials (complete readings and discussions) via the online course platform through the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and the Baker Teacher Leader Center. You will need to attend a presentation or workshop for each session of the Summit. In addition to each session, you will be asked to share what you learned and how you will apply this learning to your practice. There will also be 2-3 brief surveys related to the quality of the education you receive.

Course Materials: All course material will be provided via the online course platform you will access after you register for the conference and the course. You will receive an email (sent to the address you used to register for the credit) inviting you to the online course platform.

After you register for the Summit, you will be able to enroll for IRLU credits. If you have questions about IRLU registration, please contact Mariana Colombo at

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