4th Annual Resiliency Summit (CANCELED)

Summit for Educators, Administrators and Youth-Serving Providers (CANCELED)


July 29, 2020

8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

University Readiness Center Map Location to Sansbury Campus Life Center

Event Cancelled

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Educators and youth-serving providers can encounter challenges when trying to reach all students. Fostering relationships and building connections -- especially with those who come from different backgrounds and life experiences -- can be tricky.

Our 4th Annual Resiliency Summit will focus on creating cultures of safety in our classrooms and beyond. Presentations and breakout sessions will address reaching diverse populations, intervention strategies to address unmet needs, contagious mindsets and much more! Participants will come away with skills and strategies to help support all youths’ mental and cognitive health.

Information on individual breakout sessions will be posted later.

Keynote Speakers

Pete Hall, Ed.S, Ed.M, AB

Pete Hall, Ed.S, Ed.M, AB


Topics: Creating a Culture of Safety; Intervention Strategies to Address Children’s Unmet Needs 

After a teaching career that spanned preK-8 over three states, Pete Hall served 12 years as a principal in three Title I schools: Anderson Elementary in  the Washoe County (Reno, Nevada) School District, and Sheridan Elementary and Shaw Middle in the Spokane (Washington) Public Schools. Under Hall’s leadership, Anderson Elementary was the only Title I school in Nevada to earn “High Achieving” designation; Sheridan Elementary earned accolades from the Washington State Office of the Superintendent for its growth and achievement; and Shaw Middle earned a Career & Life Readiness Award from the state of Washington.

Hall’s written works include more than a dozen articles on leadership and six books, most recently The Principal Influence: A Framework for Building Principals’ Leadership Capacity (ASCD, 2016).

Hall has worked as a personal consultant/mentor/motivational coach for school leaders, teachers, professional athletes, weekend golfers, stand-up comedians, firefighters, business executives, custodians, and more. A current resident of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, he speaks and consults internationally.

Jed Dearybury

Jed Dearybury


Topic: Contagious Mindsets

Jed Dearybury began his education career in 2001. During his 13 years in early childhood education, Dearybury received numerous awards. He was featured in GQ Magazine as Male Leader of the Year, met President Barack Obama as the South Carolina winner of the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching, and was a top 5 finalist for South Carolina Teacher of the Year in 2014-15 because of his passion, love, and success in education. Since 2015, he has become an educational leader by providing quality, hands-on, engaging learning experiences for students and teachers across the country.

Matthew Portell  Executive Principal, Fall-Hamilton Park Elementary

Matthew Portell

Executive Principal, Fall-Hamilton Park Elementary



Mathew Portell has dedicated a decade and a half to education in his role as a teacher, instructional coach, teacher mentor, and school administrator. He is currently in his fifth year as principal of Fall-Hamilton Elementary, a nationally recognized innovative model school for trauma-informed practices in Metro Nashville Public Schools.  The school’s work has been featured on National Public Radio, the local documentary Enough, PBS, and Edutopia.

Portell is a monthly contributor to the Education Week blog "Learning is Social and Emotional," where he documents the journey of sustaining a trauma-informed school, and he regularly contributes to Edutopia.  He is the founder of the Trauma Informed Educators Network Group, and in July 2019, his consulting company, Paradigm Shift Education, hosted an international conference in Nashville, “Trauma-Informed Educators Network Conference: Cultivating Connections.”  In September 2019, he launched the Trauma Informed Educators Network Podcast. 

As a classroom teacher in 2008, he combined his passion for literacy and cycling and founded the award-winning national nonprofit Ride for Reading.