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     November 12, 2024
     8:30 am - 3:00 pm




Presented by DOUG BOLTON


Tuesday, November 12, 2024

8:30am – 3:00pm

Choice of IN-PERSON or VIRTUAL Registration


Medinah Shrine Center

550 Shriners Drive

Addison, Illinois

(A continental breakfast and lunch buffet provided)


A sense of belonging within a school community is perhaps our most powerful tool to promote not only student well-being and resilience but to enhance and intensify student academic engagement. Drawing upon research from brain science, social sciences, education and 30 years of practice within schools, this workshop will help participants uncover the positive impact of a belonging community on students and staff, discuss factors that threaten a student’s sense of belonging and describe how we can create a belonging community in our classrooms and in our schools.


Learning Outcomes:


  1. Participants will be able to describe the positive impact of belonging on academic engagement, mental health, attendance, and trauma.

  2. Participants will analyze factors that undermine student belonging and the educational and societal factors impacting staff and student’s experience of belonging in schools.

  3. Participants will reflect on how to best implement each of the 10 belonging strategies within their schools.

  4. Participants will apply research-based practices to create a plan to enhance the sense of belonging in schools for students and staff.

Target Audience: 

School leaders, building leadership teams, classroom teachers, instructional coaches, and student support personnel.


About the Presenter:

Doug Bolton is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Director of School Consultation for Formative Psychological Services. He spent over 20 years as a psychologist and principal at North Shore Academy, a K-12 therapeutic school in Highland Park.  Dr. Bolton provides consultation, supervision and professional development to parents, educators, and clinicians throughout northern Illinois to create communities that help foster student and staff resilience.  His book, Unravelling:  Why Our Children’s Emotional Wellbeing is in Crisis—and How We Can Help will come out in early 2025



550 North Shriners Drive, Addison, Illinois, 60101, United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 10 people, the 10th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 or email [email protected] to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at [email protected].