PRE-CONFERENCE SEMINARS – July 30, 2019


Seminar 1 – Mashantucket Pequot Museum
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Registration fee - $50


The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center is a non-profit educational institution that seeks to further knowledge and understanding of the richness and diversity of the indigenous cultures and societies of the United States and Canada. The museum is tribally owned and operated since Aug. 1998. It brings to life the story of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation. It serves as major resource on the histories and cultures of Native Americans in the northeast and on the region’s rich natural history.

This seminar will include a Gifts of the Land tour and speaker. Discover why Native people have great respect for the natural world and why resources are valued as gifts. Stone, bone, shell, and wood were appreciated because they could be transformed into useful objects. Explore the seasonal dioramas and learn how each season brings different gifts.

The seminar fee also includes a Native themed luncheon and transportation from and back to Fox Tower Hotel.


Seminar 2 – Restorative Practice Framework and Violence Prevention
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Foxwoods Convention Center

Registration fee - $50


Using a Restorative Practice Framework as Remedy to Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences: How Restorative Practices Intersect with Childhood Trauma and Toxic Stress to have a Positive Impact on a Child’s Present Life presented by JoAnn Freiberg, Ph.D. and Patricia Ciccone, M.A., C.A.G.S., L.P.C.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are the largest public health problem to be discovered in the past thirty years. Traumatic childhood experiences (toxic stress) impacts a child’s daily life in the home, in school and the community. Even when children are too young to remember the events (neglect, abuse, abandonment, violence, etc.), the body never forgets. In this workshop, ACES and the ACES Scale will be introduced and the research and importance of this life-changing information will be presented. What is also known is that there are concrete home and school strategies that can mitigate the negative effects of childhood adversity and help children heal and be successful. Using Restorative Practices (RP) at home, at school and in the community provides such a remedy. The RP philosophy, framework and strategies will also be presented as a way that parents/guardians/case workers/advocates and educators can better support children rather than inadvertently re-traumatizing them.

Dr. JoAnn Freiberg, a consultant at the CT State Department of Education, consults in school climate, restorative practices and bullying. A teacher, teacher educator and national expert, she works to create positive learning environments.

Patricia Ciccone, Superintendent of the Westbrook, Ct Public Schools, is an experienced educator and administrator. She has been recognized for her leadership in the area of school climate improvement and character education.

The seminar also includes a speaker from the Sandy Hook Promise organization. Sandy Hook Promise is a national non-profit organization founded and led by several family members whose loved ones were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. Their mission is to prevent gun-related deaths due to crime, suicide and accidental discharge so that no other parent experiences the senseless, horrific loss of their child. They are building a national movement of parents, schools and community organizations engaged and empowered to deliver gun violence prevention programs and mobilize for the passage of sensible state and national policy. The speaker will discuss many of the initiatives that they are providing to schools and communities to accomplish this.

Lunch at Foxwoods Convention Center is included in the registration fee.