Monday: The Other 3 R’s: Relationships, Resilience, and Restorative Practices

Presenter: Mark Freado

The Active Ingredient in all successful work with children and youth is in developmental relationships. A strong caring and healthy bond with a significant adult contributes to a young person’s sense of safety and sets the stage for learning to occur. Relationships provide support and guidance through stressful experiences of our students, identifying strengths and helping their innate resilience to emerge. On the foundation of safe relationships and developing strengths, children and adolescents are more willing to take the risks necessary to learn and grow. This sets the stage for young people to accept responsibility and interact with others in restorative practices, not only building individual skills but also contributing to a safer and healthier community.


Mark FreadoMark Freado is founder and Director Growing Edge Training Associates of Westerville, Ohio.  He has been Director of the International Training Network for CF Learning, a program of Cal Farley’s in Amarillo, Texas. Freado’s 40-year professional career encompasses contributions to the mental health field, public education, social services, program development, leadership, consultation, and training. He is a master trainer of Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) and has trained more people in this skill-based course than anyone in the world. He is the co-creator of training, The Art of Kid Whispering: Reaching the Inside Kid. Freado is also a senior trainer of Planning Restorative Outcomes: Transforming Assessment, a senior trainer of Three Pillars of Transforming Care: Helping Kids Who Hurt, and a certified trainer of Situational Leadership II with the Ken Blanchard Company. He has worked with private providers, public agencies, and schools throughout the United States as well as Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, and Asia, speaking, consulting, and delivering training services. He specializes in program development, leadership skills, and interventions for at-risk and disadvantaged children, adolescents, and their families. Freado holds a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, and a master’s degree in Counseling from West Virginia University.


I belong, but do you belong? What a learning environment says

Presenter: Loui Lord Nelson

An inclusive environment supports the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of all learners. In every case, this begins with an environment that provides accessibility, but that environment must quickly become one that builds on student skills and knowledge, ultimately supporting ownership of learning. This cycle is repeated over and over, but it begins with whether each learner believes they are a member of the learning community. That belief of membership is crucial to access and paves the pathway to expert learning. This keynote will use stories, classroom examples, and the Universal Design for Learning framework to share the message of belonging.

After this keynote, participants will be able to:
• Identify the characteristics of belonging.
• Articulate structures and supports they can offer to enhance membership in their learning environment.
• Articulate how they can use the framework to discover new ways to enhance membership in their classroom.
• Articulate how membership is a key component to becoming an expert learner.

Loui Lord NelsonBio:
Loui Lord Nelson, Ph.D. is an internationally recognized educational consultant whose work focuses on Universal Design for Learning. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with CAST and Boston College and continues supporting CAST as a member of their Cadre. She wrote the best-selling book Design and Deliver: Planning and Teaching Using Universal Design for Learning which was based on her work as the UDL Coordinator for Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Columbus, Indiana from 2007 – 2012. Loui co-authored a chapter for the book Research-based Practices for Educating Students with Intellectual Disability titled “The role of technology in implementing universal design for learning” and co-authored Culturally Responsive Design for English Learners: The UDL Approach. Her third book about UDL, A Tree for All: Your Coloring Book of UDL Principles and Practice, is now available through CAST Publishing.  Loui received her Ph.D. from the University of Kansas and is a former special education teacher. She lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and enjoys running, reading, and traveling.