Dr. Lori Desautels

Assistant Professor, Butler University’s College of Education

Wednesday, September 29 Keynote

How Our Brains Learn, Feel, Behave, and Socialize When There is Adversity and Trauma

In this session we will explore brain development through an educator’s lens. We will learn how adversity and trauma affect the way we learn, behave, and perceive the world, addressing specific brain aligned strategies that regulate our nervous systems and help us to connect with one another.

Dr. Lori Desautels, has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016 where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Education. Lori was also an Assistant Professor at Marian University in Indianapolis for 8 years where she founded the Educational Neuroscience Symposium. Currently, the Symposium is in its 8th year, and now sponsored by Butler University College of Education. Through these conferences and symposiums, educators, parents and the community learn to implement the tools to help our students be successful, feel a sense of purpose and connection as they walk into their classrooms. Because of her work, Lori has been able to attract the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience, trauma and adversity which significantly grow the conference each year. Dr. Desautels has created a nine-hour graduate certification at Butler University in Applied Educational Neuroscience / Brain and Trauma. This certification has grown from six graduates in its pilot year in 2016, to 70 graduate students in its third cohort. The certification is open to students around the world as it has transformed into a distance learning / hybrid format. The Applied Educational Neuroscience Certificate, created by Lori in 2016, is specifically designed to meet the needs of educators, counselors, and administrators who work beside children and adolescents who have, and are, experiencing adversity and trauma.

Dr. Desautels’ passion is engaging her students through the application of neuroscience as it applies to attachment, regulation, educator brain state, and teaching students and staff about their neuro-anatomy thus integrating Mind Brain Teaching, learning principles and strategies into her coursework at Butler. Lori has conducted brain institutes and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Dubai on Mind Brain Teaching and Learning. She has created webinars for educators, clinicians, and administrators illustrating how educators and students alike must understand their neuroanatomy to regulate behavior and calm the brain.

Lori was a co-author of the Social and emotional competencies for the state of Indiana published in January 2018. She has also authored a series of articles for “Inside the School,” an online publication providing strategies to administrators and educators alike. Lori’s articles are published in Edutopia, Brain Bulletin, and Mind Body Spirit international magazine. She also was published in the Brain Research Journal for her work in the fifth-grade classrooms during a course release partnering with the Washington Township Schools in Indiana. Lori continues her work in the Pre-K classrooms and is currently co-teaching in fifth grade and working with St. Mary’s Early Childhood Center in Indianapolis for the second consecutive year. Lori has met with hundreds of school districts across the country, equating to more than 60,000 educators with much more work to be done!

Dr. Desautels taught emotionally troubled students in the upper elementary grades, worked as a school counselor in Indianapolis, was a private practice counselor and was co-owner of the Indianapolis Counseling Center. Lori was also a behavioral consultant for Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on the adolescent psychiatric unit where she learned that emotional and mental illness can be so challenging for youth, but the brain can repair and heal and resilience rests at the core of human nature and our well-being.

You can find Lori’s work, presentation videos, and latest research on her website  www.revelationsineducation.com. Her first book, “How May I Serve You, Revelations in Education” was published in March of 2012. Her second book, co-authored with educator Mr. Michael McKnight, entitled “Unwritten, The Story of a Living System” had been shared and used as a foundation to create curriculum across the country. Lori’s third book, “Eyes Are Never Quiet” was published in January of 2018 and a new book, “Rewiring Our Perception of Discipline” will be coming in January 2021.

Lori graduated with a BS in Special Education from Butler University, an MS in counseling education from Indiana University and earned her Ph.D. in philosophy with an emphasis in early adolescence/ thought formation from Indiana University and American Institute of Holistic Theology.

Lori resides in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband, Michael. She has three grown children, Andrew, Sarah and Regan and four rescue fur babies.

Steve Haffner

Speaker and Mental Performance Specialist

Thursday, September 30 Keynote

From A-ha to Ta-da!

Challenge your invisible mental deceptions to achieve magical results. We each have the potential to be amazing, but often fall short and beat ourselves up in the process. In this motivational and entertaining program, learn from a former professional magician how to discover your amazing hidden talents so you can live your values and become the best possible version of yourself.
Key Takeaways
 How to discover your core values and the
impulses that hinder values-based decisions
 How to use failure as an opportunity for growth
rather than self-criticism
 How to reach your mental performance potential

Breakout Session 6
Confront the Lizard
Outsmarting your reptilian brain to reach your leadership potential. Having excellent decision-making skills, including the ability to overcome subconscious lizard brain influences, is vital to effective leadership. This unique program teaches attendees to how to recognize and challenge their own subconscious impulses and preferences.
Key Takeaways
♦ How to remove the subconscious barriers to growth and innovation
♦ How to focus on and achieve long-term goals over short-term results
♦ How to promote and build trust with your team to improve relationships and employee engagement

Jim Ansaldo

Research Scholar
Pronouns: He/Him

Friday, October 1 Keynote

The Carol Burnett Principle: Using Improv to Enhance Human Connection in the Learning Environment

There are two levels of activity that operate simultaneously in any learning environment. There’s the level of academic learning that reflects the fantastic plans educators have designed for their students, and there’s the level of social-emotional learning that reflects how educators and students connect and relate to each other as human beings. The cast of The Carol Burnett Show — the hit comedy/variety TV show of the 1970s — taught us that a comedy sketch can completely fall apart, but if the people on stage are having the time of their lives, the audience will love it anyway. Similarly, plans for academic learning can go completely sideways, but if our learning community is connected on a human level, things will be okay. In this interactive, participatory presentation, we’ll explore ways to use improv games to enhance human connection in the learning environment. We’ll try out some games that you can use, learn about the research supporting this approach, and most important of all: have fun!

Jim Ansaldo, Ph.D., is a Research Scholar at the Center on Education and Lifelong Learning, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University Bloomington. For 20 years, he has conducted research, supported school change efforts, and facilitated teacher professional learning around applied improvisation, coaching, and consultation, culturally sustaining pedagogies, curriculum design, and online learning. Jim is a founder and co-director of Camp Yes And, an improv-based professional learning intensive for educators who support teens on the autism spectrum (http://yesand.indiana.edu). For this work, Jim was honored with a 2017 Certificate of Commendation Award by the Indiana Speech-Language-Hearing Association.