Join author Karen Gross for a discussion of her book Trauma Doesn’t Stop at the School Door and an exploration of the ways in which schools can be places of healing. Karen is joined by psychologist Ed Wang, kindergarten teacher Sakina McGruder, and former teacher and middle school administrator Pat Neal. The conversation will be moderated by Brian Ellerbeck, executive acquisitions editor at Teachers College Press.

Karen Gross is an author and educator, as well as an advisor and consultant to nonprofit schools, organizations, and governments; instructor of continuing education at Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work; visiting professor at Bennington College; former president of Southern Vermont College; former senior policy advisor to the United States Department of Education; and author of the sidequel, Breakaway Learners: Strategies for Post-Secondary Success with At-Risk Students and the trauma-sensitive children’s book series, Lady Lucy’s Quest. Visit Karen’s website at

Ed Wang is the Director of Policy and Planning, Division of Global Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School.

Sakina McGruder is a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) with 18 years of experience with both elementary and intermediate aged students. She is currently teaching kindergarten and is a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

Pat Neal served as a teacher in DC Public Schools, after which she worked in Fairfax County Public Schools during which period she served as an elementary school teacher and school counselor, and as middle school counselor and school director of student services.

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