Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bernard Franklin
Monday Keynote

Dr. Franklin has a intensive training certification from one of the leading research and teaching child development programs in the county on Trust-Based Relational Intervention from the Institute of Child Development at Texas Christian University.  He is a professional member and currently in training with the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The Institute is dedicated to resolving trauma worldwide by providing state-of-the-art professional training and public education in Somatic Experiencing.

In addition, Franklin has trained with Trauma Recovery Associates connecting faith elements to trauma, resilience, and neuroscience to train practitioners who work in faith-based settings on how to bring healing to victims of trauma and chaos.

Franklin is also a research associate with the Advanced Learning Institute in Boulder, Colorado, whose mission is “cracking the learning code”.  The Institute employs the latest scientific research from the fields of neuroscience, genetics, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, quantum physics, complexity science, and chaos theory to develop and implement cutting-edge learning programs that dramatically accelerate learning.

Franklin is an urban community associate with Turning Point: The Center for Hope and Healing serving the KC area.  Through innovative programs including resilience training, Turning Point strives to empower and transform the mind, body and spirit of individuals, families, and friends living with and coping with serious and chronic physical illness.

Franklin serves on the boards of two significant public charter schools in Kansas City that are implementing and are influenced by his work around trauma informed teaching and learning; Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School and the University Academy, supported by the families of Helzberg Jewelers and H&R Block.

James Moffett
Tuesday Morning Keynote

James is the principal of Derby Hills Elementary School in Derby, Kansas. Throughout his career, Moffett has taught various demographic groups, observing the differences and similarities in effective instructional and behavioral strategies.

Ultimately, James realized what we all know  meaningful relationships enhance behavior and academic success. He often threw around the words “grit” and “perseverance” but after viewing the movie Paper Tigers documenting Jim Sporleder’s work in Washington, it came full circle. Since then, James has worked to create a trauma-informed and trauma-responsive environment at Derby Hills, encompassing safe spots, mindfulness, self-regulation, and an explicit SEL curriculum.

Lara Kain
Tuesday Afternoon Keynote

Lara Kain is an experienced educator and national speaker on trauma-informed schools. She was senior director at Los Angeles Education Partnership from 2013-2017 leading their work in community schools and trauma-informed schools. In 2016-17, she developed and led the launch of Kaiser Permanente’s trauma-informed schools model, RISE (Resilience in School Environments), now being implemented in 20 schools across the country.

Prior to LAEP, she worked for four years at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, providing expert leadership and technical support, including Homeless Education, Title I, and School Improvement Grants. She also worked as a teacher and administrator of small teacher-led public high schools. She has a bachelor’s in education from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s in public administration from Evergreen State College.