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School Leaders Nurturing Well-Being: Developing Resilience in Self and Others

June 19, 2024
8:30-4:30 pm CST
In-Person Iowa City, Iowa

Event Details

Join us for a transformative K-12 leadership conference dedicated to fostering well-being within school communities. In an era of rising stress for administrators and teachers, and increasing turnover rates, this conference offers a holistic approach to addressing the well-being of teachers and students. Designed for principals, superintendents, curriculum directors, and school board members, you’ll leave equipped with valuable insights and actionable tools to create supportive environments that promote the well-being of all school community members.

Registration closes on June 12 or as soon as capacity is reached.

This is a free event sponsored by the University of Iowa’s Educational Policy and Leadership Studies Program, the Baker Teacher Leader Center, and the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health.

Learning Goals

  1. Enhance Understanding: Gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between teacher and student well-being and how it impacts the overall school culture and academic achievement. Understand what it means for you, as an educational leader, to be resilient.
  2. Implement Effective Strategies: Explore evidence-based practices and practical strategies to promote resilience, emotional intelligence, and positive mental health among teachers, students, and families. What can you do to foster your own resilience? What can you do to help your staff work through their challenges? 
  3. Foster Collaboration: Develop collaborative approaches and initiatives that involve all stakeholders in the school community, fostering a sense of belonging, support, and shared responsibility for well-being. How can you build and maintain a strong network of professionals to help with the challenges of being an educational leader?


Location: Courtyard by Marriott (University Heights), 901 Melrose, Ave., Iowa City, IA

8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast (Melrose Room)

9 – 9:15 a.m. Welcome

  • Kenneth G. Brown, Ph.D. (Interim DEO, Educational Policy & Leadership Studies)
  • Kari Vogelgesang, Ph.D. (Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Professional Development, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and Baker Teacher Leader Center)

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Keynote: Caring for Self to Care for Others

  • Barry A. Schreier, Ph.D., H.S.P. (Professor of Counseling Psychology. Director of the Higher Education Program, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health)

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break

10:45 – 11:25 a.m. Role of Leadership in Supporting Mental Health Related Policies

  • Brad Niebling, Ph.D. (Project Leader, Metrics Technical Assistance Center; Outreach and Alignment Senior Project Manager, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health)
  • Lisa Remy, Ed.D. (Executive Director, School Administrators of Iowa)

11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Culture is Contagious

  • Joel Pederson (President, North Iowa Area Community College; 2020 Iowa Superintendent of the Year)

12:10 – 12:50 p.m. Lunch: Mediterranean Buffet

12:50 – 1:30 p.m. Strategies for Securing Resources: Navigating Funding Challenges in K-12 Education

  • Elizabeth A. Constantine, Ph.D. (Director, Grant and Research Services Center)

1:35 – 2:15 p.m. Using Medicaid for School-Based Services

  • Lisa Cook (Senior Advisor, Iowa Department of Health and Human Services)
  • Jim Donaghue (Education Program Consultant, Medicaid at Iowa Department of Education)

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. Snack Break

2:30 – 3:10 p.m. Nurture Whole School Well-Being: School Mental Health Services, Resources, and Programs

  • Kari Vogelgesang, Ph.D. (Clinical Associate Professor; Director, Professional Development, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health and Baker Teacher Leader Center)
  • Alissa Doobay (Clinical Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology; Director of Clinical Services, Scanlan Center for School Mental Health)

3:15 – 4 p.m. Closing and Collaboration

  • Stephen F. Murley, M.S., Ed.S. (Clinical Instructor, Educational Policy and Leadership Studies)

Want an extra day of leadership development?

On Thursday, June 20 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., the Iowa Reading Research Center is hosting Leading Literacy Change: Academy for District Decision Makers, a one-day academy for district decision-makers leading the transition to literacy instruction that aligns with Iowa legislative requirements and best practices.

The purpose of this academy is to equip curriculum directors, principals, superintendents, and school board members with the foundational knowledge they need to lead change effectively. Attendees will gain practical tools and strategies to maximize the impact of the time, effort, and resources invested in the change. This training includes a digital tool to guide implementation management as well as networking opportunities with other district leaders at various stages in the process. Learn more and register HERE.

This is a free event sponsored by the Iowa Reading Research Center.