5th Annual Education Summit


Catholic Partnership Schools will host the 5th Annual Education Summit on Monday, March 13, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rutgers – Camden Gordon Theatre. The Education Summit is a premiere gathering of academics, educators, psychologists, social workers, and others. This year’s summit will focus on Trauma Sensitive Classrooms and Responsive Schools. Internationally recognized experts, Dr. Sandra Bloom and Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, will share the keynotes of the day followed by afternoon breakout sessions. Please use the below form to register for this event today.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions 
(Choice of 1 session)

 Trauma Sensitive Classrooms & the Role of School Administrators, Dr. Sandra Bloom, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

This workshop is geared towards school leaders and administrators and will provide an overview of how to address the needs of students who are impacted by childhood traumatic stress. Participants will gain a greater awareness of the effects trauma can have on academic achievement and learn intervention strategies to help students cope with trauma in the classroom and beyond. In addition to the various aspects of learning, teachers and their ability to effectively mold their interactions around the needs of a student matters greatly. For this reason, there will be discussion for developing cohesive, innovative, and creative best practices for providing trauma-informed and responsive educational services to traumatized students that can be applied in the classroom.

Trauma & Our Immigrant Population, Dr. Lourdes Ferrer, Ed.D, Author, Researcher, Consultant, Education Expert

The focus of this workshop will be the effects of trauma on our immigrant population and how to help them hold high expectations. “Voices: African American and Hispanic Students’ Perceptions Regarding the Academic Achievement Gaps” is a book based on a multi-year qualitative research study that Dr. Lourdes Ferrer conducted to find out, from the students’ perspectives, the possible reasons behind these performance gaps and strategies to hopefully increase the academic achievement of African American and Hispanic students.

Hopeworks Youth Healing Team

This group of young people trained in trauma informed principles will present information about adverse childhood experiences in an emerging and non-     traditional way. The young people of the Youth Healing Team are working to spread the information about the effects of trauma to audiences who would not normally hear about it. Described by participants as “transformative,” “life-changing,” and “an amazing experience,” the presentations by the Youth Healing Team are doing a great deal to change the conversation locally, regionally and nationally.

Trauma Informed Approaches in Schools & Classrooms, Kristina Moon, Esq., Education Law Center, Philadelphia, PA

Research suggests that between half and two-thirds of all school-aged children experience trauma as a result of exposure to one or more adverse childhood experience. Childhood trauma can have a direct immediate and potentially overwhelming impact on the ability of a child to learn in the classroom. But there are effective strategies that educators and schools can use to respond to and ameliorate the effects of trauma. “Trauma informed approaches” allow children impacted by trauma to feel safe and understand and support a positive learning environment in classrooms and schools. This session describes effective strategies that educators can use at the classroom and school level to interact and respond to children impacted by trauma.

About Our Keynote Speakers


Dr. Sandra Bloom

Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, graduate of Temple University School of Medicine and recently was awarded the Temple University School of Medicine Alumni Achievement Award. In addition to her faculty position at the School of Public Health at Drexel, she is President of CommunityWorks, an organizational consulting firm committed to the development of nonviolent environments. Dr. Bloom currently serves as Distinguished Fellow of the Andrus Children’s Center in Yonkers, NY. She is internationally recognized for her research on the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences.

From 1980-2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for the treatment of trauma-related emotional disorders. In partnership with Andrus Children’s Center, Dr. Bloom has established a training institute, the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute, to train a wide variety of programs in the Sanctuary Model®. The Sanctuary Model® is being applied in residential and multi-service treatment programs for children, inpatient mental health programs, schools, domestic violence shelters, group homes, homeless shelters, juvenile justice programs, schools and communities across the United States and internationally.


Dr. Lourdes Ferrer

Dr. Lourdes Ferrer returns for this year’s Education Summit by popular demand. A nationally recognized scholar, researcher, author and expert in education, Dr. Lourdes grew up in a disadvantaged family in Puerto Rico and soon learned that education was the way out of the poverty cycle. This understanding led her to complete her undergraduate degree in mathematics and begin teaching. She went on to complete her Ed.D. in Leadership.

Dr. Lourdes is the author of two books, Hispanic Parental Involvement: Ten Competencies School Must Teach Hispanic Parents and Sentado en la Silla del Conductor (Seated in the Driver’s Seat). She is also the creator and leadership trainer for Navigating the American School System (NAES), a Hispanic Parental Involvement Initiative and In the Driver’s Seat (IDS), two very popular and dynamic academies for parents. Dr. Lourdes specializes in academic and non-academic issues regarding English Language Learners, Hispanic and African-American students and families. She regularly consults with school systems regarding Hispanic issues including parental involvement, assessment, and the No Child Left Behind act (NCLB).

If you have questions or would like more information about this event, please call (856) 338 – 0966 or email admin@cspschools.org.