Keynote Speakers

Keynote 2

Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray


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Keynote 1

Deborah Lynch

Trauma and Its Effect on Teaching and Learning

Deborah Lynch taught in urban elementary and high schools for twenty years. She also worked as an Assistant Director of the Educational Issues Department of the American Federation of Teachers. Lynch was instrumental in the award of a $1.3 million MacArthur grant for an education reform and teacher leadership initiative to the Chicago Teachers Union and served as its president from 2001-2004. She earned a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is currently an Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies in the College of Education at Chicago State University.


  • Ph.D., Public Policy Analysis, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • M.S., Special Education, Chicago State University
  • B.S., Education, Western Illinois University

Domestic Violence Certification, Training and Experience

Illinois Domestic Violence Professional
Illinois 40-Hour DV Training
Illinois 20-Hour Partner Abuse Intervention Program (PAIP) Training|
Board of Directors, BELA (Barbara Ellen Lynch Associates) Charites, Inc., 1995-2016
Board of Directors, Crisis Center for South Suburbia, 2013-Present
Secretary, Crisis Center for South Suburbia Executive Committee, 2015-Present
Volunteer, Crisis Center for South Suburbia Hotline 2007-Present
Faculty Adviser, Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program, Gage Park High School, Chicago,

2008-2011: National Presentations on Domestic Violence and Childhood Emotional and Behavior Disorders, Council for Exceptional Children, 2015 (San Diego CA) and 2016 (St. Louis, MO)Book Chapter on Teen Dating Violence (in press)


Select Publications

  • Schooled in Fear:What We’ve Learned Since Columbine about Keeping Students Safe, Rowman & Littlefield, Landham MD (2016)
  • “Talking to Students about Ferguson”, with Crystal Laura, Black History Bulletin, Volume 78, Number 1, 2015.
  • Book Chapter “Teacher Leadership in Implementing STEM Instruction”, Nova Publishers, 2014
  • “Why Does the Public Hate Us?” Educational Leadership, February, 2014.
  • An Open Letter to President Obama: Chicago Teachers Speak Out on Urban Education, NCPEA Press, 2013
  • Labor of Love: One Chicago Teacher’s Experience,, 2000
  • The Medically Fragile Child, American Federation of Teachers, Washington D.C.