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July 24th - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lori Desautels

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. In its 7th year, and now sponsored by Butler University College of Education, 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 our classrooms. Because of her work, Lori has been able to attract the foremost experts in the field of educational neuroscience, trauma and adversity growing the conference from 60 participants to over 400.

Dr. Desautels’ passion is engaging her students through neuroscience as it applies to education by integrating Mind Brain Teaching, learning principles and strategies into her coursework at Butler. 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. Lori has conducted workshops throughout the United States 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. 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 faculty in residence position with Washington Township Schools. Lori has met with over 30 school districts across the country, In Costa Rica and Dubai equating to more than 20,000 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 has the ability to repair and resilience through relationship is critical for emotional social and cognitive health.

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 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.

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