2022 Spring Speaker Series

2022 Spring Series Virtual Events


Due to technical difficulties, any registrations submitted before April 18 have been lost. We greatly apologize for this inconvenience. If you registered before April 18 for any of the sessions below, please re-register. Thank you for your understanding! 

Join Us for a Spring Speaker Series Event: Self-Care, Compassion, and Connection

New Session Added! 

You are invited to attend our special Spring Speaker Series virtual event focusing on self-care, compassion, and connection. The series includes special guests from Pennsylvania and throughout the United States who will infuse inspirational storytelling and professional insights that will highlight resources, strategies, and tools to expand upon your services and support to students and families experiencing housing instabilities. This series is brought to you by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness (ECYEH) program.

All sessions will occur virtually. Registration is free and now open for ALL sessions! You can register for all sessions, or pick and choose as you go.

Why should you attend?

  • Receive a free resource with each session you attend.
  • Reenergize with speakers’ personal accounts of uplifting resiliency in their own lives and in their work with young people.
  • Gain new educational insights and practices to support holistic, wraparound services for students experiencing housing instability.
  • Practice and engage with new tools, tips, and tricks you can use for both personal and professional growth.

Please remind me of upcoming sessions! 

Upcoming Sessions:

Wednesday, May 4, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

Serving Ourselves and Each Other—Compassion and Adult Social and Emotional Learning with Project Wayfinder

As service providers we are carrying our own trauma from the pandemic. In this session, we team up with Project Wayfinder to take a deeper look at self-compassion and how we take care of ourselves before we take care of others. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the research behind the benefits of self-compassion, experience Wayfinder activities that can be used in a safe environment for service providers to practice joy and compassion, and explore systems of support for social and emotional well-being. The first 100 registrants will receive access to exclusive Project WayFinder curriculum after the session.


Katie Barr

Katie is a passionate educator whose goal is to connect content to the real world, helping young people find their passion for learning and a path to their futures.

Before joining Project Wayfinder, Katie was a principal of a comprehensive high school in Northern California. During her tenure, the school re-envisioned their approach to teaching and learning and developed a five year strategic plan that focused on student engagement. She created and piloted a school-wide career development curriculum that was adopted by numerous high schools in Sonoma County.

Prior to returning to site administration in 2016, Katie was the director of the Northern California Pathway Trust that aligned K-12 and postsecondary systems with local industry. Her interest in career technical education led to the creation of the first career pathway hub, which allowed K-12, postsecondary and industry partners to collaborate and create pathways for students that led to students engaging with industry and living wage jobs post-graduation.

In 2015, Katie was asked to be a member of the Practioners Advisory Board which helped the California State School Board create the current public school dashboard. In addition to public school education, Katie was the founder of the Patrick McCurdy Education Foundation in 2004, a rural school-based mentoring program in Lane County, Oregon. The program grew under her leadership to include three school districts, over 300 volunteer mentors and family resource centers that supported families’ housing, medical, and parenting needs. “My vision is for students to be the drivers of their education and find connection and meaning to their learning.”

Tristan Love

Tristan Love is passionate about making school a safe and supportive place to learn, grow, and develop. This passion is rooted in Tristan’s experience as an “at-risk” student and his experiences in a nurturing school while he experienced several traumatic events. Tristan began his educational journey as a high school science teacher and Teach for America Corps member in Houston. Tristan’s “whole student” approach to teaching played an instrumental role in increasing student achievement, student morale, and appreciation for science.

As an administrator at the same school, Tristan assisted the school in breaking a long streak of underperformance, as well as a decrease in severe discipline infractions and recidivism in alternative school placements. Afterward, Tristan helped the district create and oversee a districtwide Disciplinary Alternative Educational Program (DAEP) that supported more than 50 high schools.

As a principal, Tristan continued his work in making school a safe and supportive place for students to learn, grow, and develop. Tristan’s journey and work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, RoadTrip Nation, and several other news outlets.

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Wednesday, May 18, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ET (note special time)

Making Engagement Easy: The 5 Ingredients with Chad Littlefield

In this fun, interactive session, Chad Littlefield, TEDx speaker and bestselling author, will share practical tools on making engagement and connection easy, whether you’re in person or on your fourth Zoom call of the week (or day). You’ll walk away with numerous tips, tools, and techniques that you can implement within your own context immediately. Perhaps most importantly, this session is designed to be highly enjoyable—life is short!

During this session, you will:

  • See and practice concrete tips and tools to make your virtual, hybrid, or in-person gatherings better
  • Develop two key strategies to foster meaningful “connection before content”
  • Leave re-energized at the possibility to gather with purpose—online or off
  • Takeaway tips to redesign your content for contribution—not just consumption

Note: Being video and mic ready is highly encouraged, as intentional breakouts and interaction will be a key component of this session (i.e., wear pants). The first 100 registrants will receive Chad’s We! Engage Cards deck after the session.

Presenter: Chad Littlefield

Chad Littlefield is the co-founder and chief experience officer of We and Me, Inc., an organization whose mission is to create conversations that matter. Leaders call Chad when they want to amplify connection, belonging, and trust in their organization. Forbes calls Chad a “global expert on asking questions that build trust and connection in teams.” He is a TEDx speaker, author of the “Pocket Guide to Facilitating Human Connections,” and creator of We! Connect Cards, which are now being used to create conversations that matter on campuses and companies in over 80 countries around the world. Most recently, Chad and his partner Will Wise launched their new book, “Ask Powerful Questions: Create Conversations that Matter,” now a #1 Amazon bestseller.

Chad has led workshops, trainings, retreats, and interactive keynotes at JetBlue, Starbucks, Conscious Capitalism International, Johnson & Johnson, Penn State, Notre Dame, George Mason University, Typeform, Goodwill, and dozens of conferences. Feel free to follow Chad via video beforehand through his interactive learning letter right here: www.weand.me/ideas

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Wednesday, May 25, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. ET

How to Humanize: The Questions You Should Be Asking Before You Tell Other People’s Stories with author Jessica Goudeau

It’s one thing to connect with another person–to sit with them and really listen to who they are, where they came from, and what motivates them. But how do you turn that conversation into a story that captures something essential for a wider audience? And how do you do that without damaging the people you’re writing about or falling back on problematic clichés? Those are just two of the many questions advocates who represent people in vulnerable situations must wrestle with. In a world that relies on sympathetic stories that grab an audience in order to market programs, raise funds, or increase community interest, the potential for harm to the real people at the heart of any good work remains high. In this practical session, advocate and author Jessica Goudeau provides the necessary tools to write engaging, ethically told narratives that transcend stereotypes and tropes. The first 100 registrants will receive Jessica’s book “After the Last Border.”

Jessica GoudeauPresenter: Jessica Goudeau, Ph.D.

Jessica Goudeau is a journalist, professor, producer, and advocate. Her first nonfiction book, “After the Last Border: Two Families and the Story of Refuge in America,” won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize and a Christopher Award, was named a New York Times Editors’ Choice book, World Magazine’s Understanding the World Book of the Year, a Library Journal Best Social Science Book of the Year, and one of Chicago Public Library’s Best Books of 2020. She has been an as-told-to columnist about displaced people and those living in war zones for Catapult, and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. She is currently working on her next nonfiction book for Viking called “We Were Illegal.” She produced a mini-documentary series called “Ask a Syrian Girl” for Teen Vogue and “A Line Birds Cannot See,” a short documentary distributed by The New Yorker. She co-founded a nonprofit for Burmese refugee artisans in Austin, Texas, that successfully ended after seven years when the last artisan found full-time employment. She has a Ph.D. in literature from the University of Texas and currently teaches narrative nonfiction at Wilkes University.

About “After the Last Border”

“After the Last Border” situates a dramatic, character-driven story about Mu Naw (a Christian woman from Myanmar) and Hasna (a Muslim woman from Syria) within a larger history–the evolution of modern refugee resettlement in the United States, beginning with World War II and ending with current closed-door policies. The book reveals not just how America’s changing attitudes toward refugees has influenced policies and laws, but also the profound effect on human lives.

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Act 48 credits offered. Certificate of Attendance/Completion provided.