Trumbull County ESC News Article

Trumbull County PD Day

On November 7th, the Trumbull County Educational Service Center held the Trumbull County Professional Development Day, bringing together more than 1,100 educators. The day unfolded across multiple locations, including Warren Harding High School, Williad Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School, The Grand Resort, and The Butler Art Museum in Youngstown.

The professional development hosted over 50 session presenters, each delving into compelling topics. Among these luminaries, Brad Hurting stood out, delivering an inspiring message encapsulated by the mantra, "Find A Way." Hurting, a former student-athlete from a small town in Northwest Ohio, shared his poignant journey of resilience following a life-altering accident that led to the amputation of both his hands just days after completing his sophomore year of high school.

Dr. Pam Kastner was pivotal in advancing literacy efforts in Trumbull County, collaborating with over 300 individuals. As an educational consultant at the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN) Harrisburg, Dr. Kastner serves as the state lead for literacy in Pennsylvania. Her impactful work extends to leading Pennsylvania's Dyslexia Screening and Early Literacy Intervention Pilot Program, showcasing a commitment to educational excellence.

Erin Merryn, a survivor of childhood sexual assault turned author, speaker, child advocate, and activist, shared her personal story with hundreds in attendance. As the founder and president of Erin's Law, Merryn is on a mission to advocate for mandatory age-appropriate curricula in all public schools to educate students on reporting abuse—a cause she passionately champions across all 50 states.

With over 30 years of experience in leadership training and teaching, David Kohout brought his insights from the world of sales and sales management to a diverse audience. Through Talk Is Cheap, Inc., Kohout has impacted the lives of over 700,000 students, staff, and academic leaders, demonstrating the power of effective communication and leadership in various settings.

Jonathan Schulz, an Academy-Certified Performance Coach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Practitioner, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming Master Practitioner, shared his expertise as a professional speaker and advisor. Schulz partners with schools, businesses, and sports organizations, offering customized programming, workshops, and retreats focused on personal development, leadership, and sustainable culture enhancement. Additionally, he serves as the private mental performance coach for professional athletes, CEOs, students, and diverse individuals seeking to unlock their full potential. Our Educational Service Center employees received sessions in verbal de-escalation, handling parental situations, and reporting and documentation at the Grand Resort in Howland.

Trumbull County art teachers had the opportunity to receive a tour of the Butler Art Museum and went through multiple sessions of different art forms to bring back to the classroom.
Thank you to our presenters, Warren City Schools, The Grand Resort, and The Butler Art Museum for making the day possible for our educators.

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