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Dr. Eric Jensen to Keynote the 2019 NAREN-TranZed Conference in Baltimore
Conference to focus on braiding academics, behavior and culture to boost resilience for student success

BALTIMORE—The 17th annual National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN)-TranZed Conference with theme “Resilience Realized: Braiding Academics, Behavior and Culture to Build Extraordinary Brains” will be held Oct. 16 and 17, 2019, at the Baltimore Convention Center at 1 W. Pratt St. in Baltimore.

Internationally renowned educator and author of over 30 books focusing on brain research and education strategies, Dr. Eric Jensen, will make a rare East Coast appearance as the opening keynote speaker. Horacio Sanchez, president and CEO of Resiliency Inc., a leader in helping schools improve school climate and instruction by showing how the brain shapes student behavior, will be the keynote speaker on day two. Dr. Bryan Harris, author and educator who has trained more than 18,000 educators to increase student engagement and achievement, will conduct a plenary session.

The conference is designed for educators, clinicians, counselors and leaders as well as other child-serving professionals who work with children in the U.S. and internationally. Certificate of attendance for all attendees and Category 1 Social Work CEUs are awarded.

“We are excited with our cadre of outstanding speakers led by keynote speaker Eric Jensen. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with fellow child-serving professionals from across the country to learn together the skills necessary to make a positive difference in a child’s life,” said conference co-chair Jenny Livelli. “Rooted in the belief that building adult capacity improves student outcomes, the conference provides comprehensive proven skills for working with all types of children in a wide variety of contexts. Participants will walk away with specific tools for strengthening the student’s readiness for instruction, ability to learn and resilience.”

Among the sessions offered will be a presentation by Woz ED, a company launched by Apple’s co-founder Steve Wozniak. Woz ED will demonstrate how to revolutionize education technology using a hands-on approach to STEAM through a unique robotics experience.

The conference will offer keynote and breakout sessions, youth performances and networking opportunities spotlighting braiding academics, behavior and school culture into a practical and inspiring model to help build and strengthen resilience in students. Once again this year, Authoring Action, an organization that provides tools to youth for their personal success in any career, calling and life path, will participate. Brief talks will also be used to expose participants to some of the most innovative ideas in education.

Discussing one of the reasons for this year’s theme of resilience, conference co-chair Frank Kros said, “The trauma-informed movement is sweeping the globe, and we know that that almost everyone today serving children and youth in educational settings knows something about childhood trauma and its devastating impact on learning, behavior and quality of life. We also know that building a child’s resilience is the antidote to traumatic experiences.”

To learn more and register for the conference, visit Receive a $25 discount off the registration fee by using the promo code goNAREN.

The National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN) is a private, nonprofit educational agency dedicated to promoting the success of at-risk youth in schools and supporting the professionals who work on their behalf. NAREN-TranZed Conference is part of The Children’s Guild Alliance, headquartered in Baltimore.

The Children’s Guild Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving children, families and child-serving organizations and is dedicated to transforming how America educates and cares for its children through education, behavioral health and national training and consultation services. Affiliates of The Children’s Guild Alliance include The Children’s Guild, Monarch Academy public charter and contract schools, The Academy for Working Students (TAWS), TranZed Apprenticeships, The Children’s Guild D.C. Public Charter School, Transformation Education Institute, National At-Risk Education Network (NAREN),  Conference Center at The Children’s Guild Alliance and The National Children’s Guild Fund. (

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