With deeper thought and reflection, we feel that as urgent and needed as this event on education for hope and healing is, we need to respect and honor the moment that is happening now.

It would be inappropriate for the #youmatter message to seem in any way to be detracting from #BlackLivesMatter and the important conversations taking place in that regard.

With love,


Education for Hope and Healing - a #learningrevolution Mini-Conference

We invite you to join us for a very special live broadcast on Thursday, June 4th, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-EDT, on EDUCATION FOR HOPE AND HEALING. Hosted by Angela Maiers, and joined by student, teacher, and community teams from Ohio and Texas, this three-hour mini-conference will describe the inspiring journeys of two communities that went from crisis to hope and healing by building cultures of "mattering."  Follow the student-led Twitter chat #youmatteredu.


 To register for the mini-conference, join LearningRevolution.com. There is no cost to join, but there is a membership approval process in order to eliminate spammers. Those who are already members of LearningRevolution.com do not need to do anything.
  • The sessions and links will appear in the regular learningrevolution.com conference schedule pages for each time zone.
  • The schedule with the live session links will also be sent to all members of LearningRevolution.com early on the day of the conference, as well as posted on a special page.
  • If you are learning about the mini-conference right before or during the event, please join LearningRevolution.com and while you are waiting for your approval we will have a special link for you to use to join the sessions.
PLATFORM: The mini-conference platform is Zoom. To make sure your computer or mobile is configured for Zoom, please visit zoom.us/test. Session rooms accommodate 1000 people; each session will have a specified overflow simulcast via YouTube of unlimited capacity. 

 The recordings of the event will be posted and freely available to watch at LearningRevolution.com within one day (you will need to be a member of LearningRevolution.com to do so).
SCHEDULE: (Times are US Eastern Daylight Time)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Angela Maiers Welcome | Stark County's Story and AultCare
    "Our doors may be closed, but our mission is at the forefront. Educators are our first responders of the soul. Our mission is to change lives and change the world, and that's what we do, period. The most universal and powerful way we have to do this is through this simple proclamation for one another: you matter. This is not only a reminder of how important our community is, but of how important we are to each other. In Stark County one of the things they committed to was a consistent message of mattering with intensity across the city. So they put 'you matter' on billboards all over the city and on welcome screens when you walk into the hospital, and all the schools have a manifesto. In the last year they haven't had any suicides--it's all the concerted efforts and the importance of the message. The head of the hospital and the head of the campaign will tell their story. You shouldn't wait until it becomes pandemic and our communities are already at risk."

  • 1:00 - 2:00 pm: "Students Take the Lead in McAllen School District and City Story: Hope and Healing Texas Style"
    "First, McAllen is a border city already struggling with a large percentage of their students being undocumented and feeling like they didn't matter. Then there was a murder-suicide, followed by a rash of suicides. A group of students had an idea and reached out to me on Twitter, so this all started with a tweet. They said: 'We have a problem in our community. In our world right now people don't feel like they matter. And we want to do this thing.' And so a group of fifteen talked to me over Zoom. And days later, not weeks or months or years later, they had created a gigantic campaign to spread the message of mattering not just through their school, but to reach every school in the district--which they accomplished; to reach every home in the district--which they accomplished; and to do it both at school and outside of school--which they accomplished! And then they made sure that the leaders of their world, which were their school leaders, their church leaders, their community leaders, their city leaders (the mayor!), and their parents, did not underestimate the power and urgency of this message.  In Texas, they do things big, so they put messages of mattering on the stadium jumbotron at halftime at all the football games. Two years later the mayor declared McAllen to be the first city that chose to matter."

  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Research | Our Community's Call to Action - #youmatteredu | CUE.org | Angela Closing Remarks.
    "Our education world is often focused on logic and intelligence. Our intellect is significant to us, but we have always known there was more to our lives like, and just like we describe EQ (Emotional Intelligence), Dr. Adam Saenz and a team from Texas A&M will describe maximizing our MQ (Mattering Quotient). We'll close by issuing a community call with CUElorg to action to spread the message of #youmatteredu. This is a chance for us to step up to and into our genius by sharing messages of hope with our students and the world. "
Angela Maiers (@AngelaMaiers)
Founder, Choose2Matter.

Angela Maiers, Founder Choose2Matter. Leader. Visionary. Entrepreneur. Disruptor. Change Maker. Angela embodies each of these descriptors with passion, commitment and fierce determination. She has been creating and leading change in education and enterprise for 31 years, teaching every level of school from grade school to graduate school and consulting with companies around the world. Angela founded Choose2Matter to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. Initially launched to challenge and inspire students to work collaboratively to develop innovative solutions to social problems, Choose2Matter has evolved into a movement that support parents, educators, and employees around the world. Her work in 60,000 classrooms across 100 countries has rallied more than a million children who have banded together to launch 170 social enterprises and pass 17 laws. And organizations across all industries are finding new ways to ignite the genius of their employees, successfully addressing a $15 trillion employee engagement problem. Angela earned a BS in Education with a minor in Neuroscience and Master Degrees in Literacy and Ed Leadership. She is the author of eight books, including Liberating Genius,The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom. Angela is widely recognized as one of most influential voices on social media today, consistently ranking in the top 1% and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.


Joe Chaddock
Superintendent - Stark County Educational Service Center - Stark County, Ohio

Joe Chaddock is the current superintendent of the Stark County Educational Service Center in Stark County, Ohio. He is responsible for coordinating services among 22 local and city school districts in the Canton, Ohio area. Prior to this current position, Joe was the superintendent of the Minerva Local Schools in Minerva, Ohio. He has been in public education for 25 years and has held the positions of teacher, coach and administrator. Joe and his wife, Susan, are the proud parents of four children and reside in Minerva, Ohio.


Margaret DeLillo-Storey
Licensed Clinical Counselor - Perry Local Schools, Stark County, Ohio

Dr. Margaret DeLillo-Storey is a licensed clinical counselor/supervisor currently working in the Perry Local School District in Stark County, Ohio. She is an adjunct professor at Malone University in the counseling program, teaching and supervising school counseling and clinical mental health counseling practicum students. A trainer contracted with the Stark County Educational Service Center, Margaret works in trauma, resiliency, and education collaboration. Margaret is a retired United States Army Officer and Combat War Veteran, having served in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. During her 22 years with the Army, she held several leadership positions and won numerous awards and commendations. When she was inducted into the Ohio Veteran's Hall of Fame, Margaret was the first woman from Stark County and the youngest inductee. She has presented over a hundred times, and each talk is infused with plenty of laughter, leadership ideas, lots of Brené Brown references and colorful bits of life in general. Margaret resides in Stark County, Ohio with her husband, Duane. They have two grown children, Nick and Courtney, and a host of extended family, both biological and those acquired as friends and counted as family.


Mike Gallina
Vice President - Organizational Development and Community Enagement - AultCare | Retired Superintendent of the North Canton City Schools and the Minerva Local Schools in Stark County, Ohio

Mr. Gallina is currently the Vice President of Organizational Development and Community Engagement for the AultCare Health Insurance Plans. Prior to joining AultCare, his career spanned 30 years in the field of education: 24 years as a school administrator, with the final 19 of those years in the role of superintendent. Those 19 years of superintendency consisted of 11 years as superintendent of the Minerva Local Schools and the final 8 years as superintendent of the North Canton City Schools. Mike’s civic involvement includes leadership and board positions in the following organizations: Chambers of Commerce in Canton and Massillon, the North Canton YMCA, Child/Adolescent Behavioral Health, Walsh University, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon Club, Canton Student Loan Foundation, The Patriot Project, and the Better Business Bureau. In 2009, Mike was selected by the Marth Holden Jennings Foundation as the Ohio Superintendent of the Year. Mike has been inducted into the Academic and Athletic Halls of Fame at Minerva High School, and has received the University of Mount Union’s Athletic M-Club Award of Excellence. He has also been inducted into the Stark County and Tuscarawas County Amateur Baseball Halls of Fame. Mr. Gallina is a motivational and leadership keynote speaker, delivering presentations to colleges/universities, the Ohio Department of Education, local and regional company executive teams and staffs, youth leadership conferences, commencement exercises, health care conferences, and many other employee, athletic, and honors banquets.


Jennifer Rodriguez (@McHi_Yearbook)
Teacher, McAllen High School

I have taught at McAllen High School or McHi as we call it for 16.5 years. I have taught all levels of English, Journalism, Yearbook, Newspaper, Credit Recovery, Student Leadership, Cheerleading, and Colorguard. I hold a principal, journalism, English, and ESL certifications. I am a mother of two, Alyssa Butterfly who is just turning 21 and Alex who is a 16 year old drummer. I am also married to my amazing husband of 25 years. I am a former District Technology Teacher of the Year.


J.A. Gonzalez
Superintendent, McAllen Independent School District

Experienced public school district Superintendent and small business owner (real estate) with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. Skilled in Educational Consulting, Classroom Management, Lesson Planning, Educational Systems and Instructional Design. Strong business development professional with a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Educational Leadership and Administration, General from The University of Texas-Pan American.


Albert Canalas (@mchipride)
Principal, McAllen High School


Adam Saenz, Ph.D. (@AdamSaenzPhD)
Psychologist/CEO The Applied EQ Group

As a licensed psychologist, author, and emotional intelligence expert, Adam has worked in the education and mental health fields for over twenty years. He has worked in collaboration with the College of Education at Texas A&M University, including the Department of Human Resource Development, The Department of School Psychology, and the Department of Research, Measurement and Statistics. He has also lectured in the graduate school at Texas A&M’s Mays Business School. He has delivered state national keynote addresses based on his research, which focuses on stress management, the dynamics of effective relationship building, personality assessment, and emotional intelligence. Among his publications are the best-selling The Power of a Teacher, Relationships That Work, and his most recent release, The EQ Intervention: Shaping a Self-Aware Generation Through Social and Emotional Learning.


Melissa Silva (@missmsilva )
Director of Programs, The Applied EQ Group

Melissa joined Applied EQ Group as a veteran classroom teacher and campus intervention coach. Melissa has overseen the development and district-wide implementation of social and emotional curricula. She cares deeply about reaching students from socially and economically impoverished backgrounds, and she excels in her ability to mentor other teachers as they implement social and emotional learning strategies with their students.


Kristen Shumbera (@kshumbera)
Lecturer/Trainer The Applied EQ Group

Kristen graduated with her undergrad from The University of North Florida and her Masters from the University of Florida. She has over ten years experience in the elementary classroom with all of them serving students in Title I schools. Kristen also has over five years experience working with pre-service teachers during her tenure as a lecturer at Texas A&M University. Kristen has a heart for students and focuses on building healthy relationships that encourage kids while they are in her class, and after. She firmly believes in the importance of mental health and connecting students with the appropriate resources.



"Last school year was among the most heartbreaking and frightening nine months in Stark County school history. School leaders buried 25 students or recent graduates, including roughly a dozen of them who died by suicide. One student plotted to kill his fellow classmates before deciding to turn the gun on himself. Threats of violence bombarded nearly every local school district, and more than 1,500 Stark County children were taken to nearby hospitals for mental health concerns. School leaders and staff didn’t know what to do." (Source)


"In Stark County one of the things they committed to was a consistent message of mattering with intensity across the city. So they put 'you matter' on billboards all over the city and on welcome screens when you walk into the hospital, and all the schools have a manifesto. In the last year they haven't had any suicides--it's all the concerted efforts and the importance of the message.

"I believe that we are messengers of hope. So, while the world is telling us to sit down and wait, and we don't know what's going to happen, we're teachers, we're leaders, and we're going to take the lead as messengers of hope, and ask our kids to step up and lead and spread the message of mattering throughout the globe when the world needs it most.

"My mission has always been to bring the world hope by helping every individual embrace their value and potential contribution. It’s been the foundation of all my work, finding and unleashing the inner genius of countless kids, teachers, parents, employees, and communities.

"We were born to make an impact, and when we get back to the root of who we are and embrace what we are truly capable of; there are no limits to what can be done. Sometimes, all it takes is a simple reminder--two simple words: 'You matter.' Those two words can change a mood, a mind, a life, and the world."

-Angela Maiers