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WURD Speaks: BRAIN STRAIN II — The Effect of Trauma on Education

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Too many of our children have witnessed or experienced trauma in their young lives. Whether it’s homelessness, physical abuse, community violence, or the death of a parent, many young people carry the scars of these realities into the classroom.

Join WURD on September 22 when we convene leading experts to discuss the impact of trauma on education, the developing brain, and our children’s potential. Featured speakers include: 
Arthur C. Evans, Jr., Ph.D. – Commissioner of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Service
Stanley Greene – President, PowerThinking Corp
Pam Grossman, Ph.D. – Dean of the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Otis Hackney – Chief Education Officer, City of Philadelphia and Former Principal, South Philadelphia High School
Hallam Hurt, M.D. – Medical Director of Special Babies Clinic and Attending Neonatologist at CHOP Newborn Care
Rahim Islam – President and CEO of Universal Companies
Reggie Jones – Director of Counseling, Bryn Mawr College
Michael O’Bryan – Program Manager, Youth Arts Education at Village of Arts and Humanities
Nick Taliaferro – Moderator, and host of The Nick Taliaferro Show on WURD

And remember, membership has its privileges:
– the first 50 forWURD Members will receive priority seating
– if you sign up or renew your forWURD Membership on site, you will receive a pair of tickets to a special pre-screening of the new film, “The Birth of a Nation”

Have questions? Call us at 215-425-7875 on weekdays between 9am – 4:30pm. 



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