HOFFMAN ESTATES – The Illinois Education Association (IEA) and the Partnership for Resilience have partnered to train Illinois schools and educators to be trauma informed at their third annual “Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools” conference. The annual one-day conference will be held Tues., June 19 at Northern Illinois University (NIU) – Hoffman Estates, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Building trauma-sensitive schools ensures that our students have the best possible support system to address stress and adverse childhood experiences that can impact their education and, ultimately, the overall quality of their lives,” said IEA Instructional Resource and Professional Development Director Kristine Argue-Mason.

The conference is part of IEA’s efforts to continue building trauma-informed systems for its students and their families, under the umbrella Project Resilience. This conference pulls together educators, behavioral health professionals, legal practitioners and community members to establish strategies to effectively support students who have experienced toxic stress from adverse childhood experiences. Breakout sessions include topics which cover interrupting the school-to-prison pipeline; family and community engagement; introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs); and a screening of Resilience, a documentary that chronicles the trailblazing movement to address ACEs and implement trauma-sensitive education.

The conference will open with introductory remarks from lieutenant gubernatorial candidate Juliana Stratton. Dr. Susan E. Craig, one of the country’s leading experts in trauma-informed education, will keynote the conference.

“Building Trauma-Sensitive Schools” will kick-off at 8:30 a.m. with introductory remarks and a general plenary for all participants prior to break out sessions. The conference will take place at NIU’s Hoffman Estates Campus (5555 Trillium Blvd., Hoffman Estates, IL 60192).


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.