Monday: Reclaiming Our Connection to Hope and Inspiration as We Close out the School Year

Presenter: Joelle van Lent, Psy.D.

Joelle will offer insights into the impressive complexity and accomplishment of this academic year to guide our capacity to integrate this experience in a manner that inspires our sense of hope, connection to our community, and forward vision.


Dr. Joelle van Lent is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and child serving agencies. Dr. van Lent has expertise as a therapist, clinician, evaluator, consultant, and trainer. Her work focuses on child and adolescent mental health, family therapy, trauma, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. van Lent’s approach is geared toward fostering resilience and creating communities that support healthy development. She is currently in private practice based in the northwestern part of Vermont and works across the state with schools and agencies.

Tuesday: Make School Magical Again

Presenters: Dr. Sharla Horton Williams and Dr. Toni Harrison-Kelly
Co-Founders/Partners of the SLSJ/Horton Kelly Company

Make School Magical Again is about just that - finding and remembering the thing that we all love about school as students, as teachers, and as administrators. Our time together will be spent reigniting that passion, and recognizing/harnessing the transformative, contagious, and magical power of joy. Our time together will be interactive. We will sing. We will dance. We will share our stories. And we will make collective and individual commitments to intentionally operate from a place of passion. We owe it to ourselves to rediscover our own unique spark. Our students need it. Our schools need it. The world needs it.


Dr. Toni Harrison-Kelly is a fifteen-year master teaching veteran and education consultant, having worked with a variety of community partners, including KERA, the Dallas-area PBS affiliate and trained over 1,300 parents and teachers to date. Dr. Harrison-Kelly earned her Doctorate of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University. She is also the Co-Founder of School Leadership for Social Justice (, an equity firm focused on changing the story for students and for society.

Dr. Sharla Horton Williams has a 20-year career in early childhood and PK-12 education and is committed to achieving educational excellence and equity for all students - especially Black and Hispanic students who have historically been underserved in education. She has served as a teacher, assistant principal, and principal in private, public charter, and traditional public schools. Sharla earned a doctorate in curriculum and instruction from Texas A&M University.