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Keynote Speaker To Present on Trauma Informed Teaching Practices

Join us Monday, May 23, 2022, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Via Zoom

Shannon Davidson

NDSU’s annual Teaching and Learning Conference will open on Monday, May 23, 2022, with a keynote presentation by Shannon Davidson Ph.D., author of Trauma-informed practices for postsecondary education: A guide. The keynote presentation is titled, How to Implement Trauma Informed Practices (TiP), and runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. via a Zoom webinar link. All educators are invited to attend this FREE virtual keynote address.

In this 60-minute presentation, participants will:

  • Gain awareness of trauma in postsecondary education institutions.
  • Understand how trauma affects learning and development.
  • Learn strategies for how to work effectively with college students who have been exposed to trauma while mitigating the effects of secondary (vicarious) trauma.

The presentation will be followed by a 30-minute question and answer session with Dr. Davidson.

According to Davidson’s guide, “Trauma can occur at all stages of life, and learners of any age may come from a background of trauma. Furthermore, many effects of trauma often block a student’s ability to learn in the classroom.” Dr. Stacy Duffield explained that, “Student mental health needs have risen over the past several years, and especially so during the pandemic. Davidson’s presentation will be valuable to educators for all levels of learners, K12 through college.”

Davidson is a Leader in Applied Research and Evaluation at Education Northwest and has delivered trainings in TiP for postsecondary education at the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine as well as a variety of higher education institutions. A former classroom teacher, Davidson is dedicated to helping partners translate data into meaningful action, using research as a tool to promote learning and improvement. Davidson holds a Ph.D. in International and Comparative Education from Stanford University and has a background in both domestic and global issues in education. Her dissertation, funded by a Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad fellowship, was an investigation of mental health education policies and practices in China.

This keynote presentation is co-sponsored by NDSU’s Office of Teaching & Learning and Learning & Applied Innovation Center. Learn more about this presentation and find the Zoom link at

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