Mental Health Summit 2023

The Mental Health Summit is sponsored by the Ruderman Family Foundation.
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Registration Fees:
Prizmah Network schools $280 per person
Non-network schools $350 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $210 US per person
Canadian Non-network schools $262.50 US per person (Code: CADNON)


Two or more registrants from a school will receive a discounted registration fee. In order to activate this discount, all participants must register and pay at the same time.

Prizmah Network schools $160 per person
Non-network schools $200 per person
Canadian Prizmah Network schools $120 US per person
Canadian Non-network schools $150 US per person (Code: CADNON)


The registration system will automatically determine whether or not your school has joined the Prizmah Network, and will charge the appropriate price for all US schools and for Canadian Prizmah Network schools. Participants from Canadian Non-network schools should use the discount code CADNON to activate Canadian school pricing.

John D’Auria
Educational Administrators / Directors of Teaching and Learning, Student Services Professionals / School Counselors / School Psychologists, Teachers
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Improving communication and collaboration: 
The intersection of neurodiverse learners and mental health

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023 - Thursday Mar 23, 2023
29 Adar - Rosh Chodesh Nissan 5783

Join learning specialists and school counselors from Jewish day schools and yeshivas across North America for two days of learning and connection. An interactive series of four workshops will enhance your understanding of the confluence of students’ social emotional and neurodiverse learning needs and will allow teams of learning specialists, school counselors, and administrators to learn to access and direct behaviors, and collaborate and communicate more effectively, ensuring that all members of the school community can thrive.

Program Outline

During the four sessions, we will learn from each other and from field experts, collaborate with one another, and leave with practical skills and takeaways for our schools.

In each session, following a brief presentation, school teams will be assigned a small breakout room for a facilitated interactive workshop, enabling in-depth discovery and learning. To make the most out of this experience, please plan on attending ALL four sessions.

Session One | Accessing Support in Schools - Student, Teacher, and Administrator Perspectives

Wednesday, March 22, 2023
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM PT

In this session we will explore the challenges of accessing support in schools for neurodiverse and mental health needs, from the perspective of students, teachers and administrators. Using specific case studies we will learn how to best create and access support in our schools.

Session Two | Navigating Difficult Conversations with Students, Parents and Teachers

Thursday, March 23, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM ET
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM PT

Featuring an honest and open panel discussion with a student, teacher, parent and administrator, we will review how to navigate difficult conversations from a range of perspectives. In small workshop groups, we will have the opportunity to practice and reflect on conversations with those who are in pain.

Session Three | Exploring Models of Collaboration in Schools - What Really Works?

Thursday, March 23, 2023
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM ET
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM PT

In this session, we will explore models of collaboration and management that work to address student needs. Using a self-assessment tool, school teams will consider the systems they have in place, further delineate unmet needs, and brainstorm solutions to enhance collaboration.

Session Four | The Potent Connection Between Emotions and Learning 

Keynote Speaker: John D’Auria

Thursday, March 23, 2023
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM ET
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM PT

In this keynote presentation, John D’Auria will share current research that upends the traditional understanding that emotions get in the way of our important thought processes and only educators who are specially trained should pay attention to them. We now understand that emotions are at the foundation for deep learning. This is an important insight for school counselors, learning specialists, and leaders to recognize and promote. John will also focus on the central idea of balancing psychological safety with accountability in our classrooms and in our schools. That balance requires two key skills that John will discuss: listening in stereo, i.e., listening to understand the ideas and acknowledge the feelings of others and responding to wrong sounding ideas with curiosity.

Make sure to look at the materials, resources, worksheet, and slide presentations from the summit under participant resources on the left column of your screen 


John D'Auria

Throughout his extensive career, John D’Auria has supported educational leaders in shaping vibrant learning cultures. He specializes in assisting leaders take on deep-rooted problems and manage conflict in the workplace. A former math teacher, counselor, and principal, D’Auria also served as president of Teachers21, a professional development organization for educators, and was the Superintendent of Schools in Canton, Massachusetts.  During the 2017-18 academic year, the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania invited him to become a Professor of Practice within its Teaching, Learning, and Leadership Division. John also was a faculty member at William James College where he taught in the Organizational and Leadership Psychology Department. John is currently a senior consultant at William James and a professional mentor at UPenn’s Mid-Career Doctoral Program where he coaches a wide variety of educational leaders from across the country. John is also the author of four books on leadership. His most recent publication is The Influential School Leader (Routledge, 2020).

Areas of Expertise
Educational leadership; professional development; school culture; conflict management and effective communication; supervision and evaluation in schools.