About the Instructor: Ron Hertel, is the Program Supervisor for Social/Emotional Learning in Student Support at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Since 1989, Ron has worked as an a supervisor and administrator for DSHS for both the Children’s Administration and Mental Health. In 2000 he moved to OSPI to bring together his careers as teacher and social worker where he has led the development of the Compassionate School Initiative which began in 2008. He was a co-author of a book published in 2009 entitled, The Heart of Learning and Teaching; Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success. He also coauthored, Supporting and Educating Traumatized Students: A Guide for School-Based Professionals published by Oxford University Press (2012), and Optimizing Learning Outcomes: Proven Brain-Centric, Trauma Sensitive Practices, published in the spring of 2017 by Routledge (Taylor and Francis Books).