Perspectives from the Field Talk Show

Perspectives from the Field Talk Show

Join the conversation! At our interactive talk show hosted by Shawn Petty, our special guests and audience members get together and explore topics of interest to educators from all walks of life.

Check out the recordings from the virtual edition of the talk show below — and register for upcoming webinars!



Shawn C. Petty

Fellow & Faculty Member
White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellowship

San Antonio, Texas

Shawn believes that out-of-school-time programming is vital for enhancing life chances for our nation’s underserved students. He co-plans the Perspectives from the Field Talk Show at Beyond School Hours to fuel his passion for delivering great training content to educators in fun, creative and engaging ways.

Our 2018-2019 series A Close-Up on Trauma discussed challenges and strategies related to overcoming adverse childhood experiences, while illuminating how trauma-informed practice can positively impact children’s health, well-being, and education.

We’re continuing the conversation about trauma-informed practice in our 2019-2020 series The Bigger Picture, taking a step back to look at the environmental effects that contribute to adverse childhood experiences and how to tackle some of those challenges.

Children can’t grow and learn when there are external factors affecting their lives, such as housing instability, domestic violence, insufficient health care, or food insecurity. Rather than treating the symptoms, how can we get to the root causes of childhood toxic stress? Come join the discussion – and learn more about connecting underserved populations with the community resources to help children thrive.

2019-2020: The Bigger Picture

Sharon Darling

The Bigger Picture: Community Resources and Childhood Trauma

January 30, 2020

Guest: Sharon Darling, President and Founder of the National Center for Families Learning

Synopsis: Shawn and Sharon will discuss a multigenerational approach to providing comprehensive supports to children and their families in high-need neighborhoods.
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Dr. Dayna Long

The Bigger Picture: Health Disparities and Childhood Trauma

September 11, 2019

Guest: Dr. Dayna Long, Medical Director at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland

Synopsis: Shawn and Dr. Long addressed social and environmental factors that contribute to health, as well as strategies for connecting underserved youth with community resources.
Check out the recording here:
Additional resources:
PDF of Dr. Long’s slides

Dr. Colleen Lelli

The Bigger Picture: Domestic Violence and Childhood Trauma

May 21, 2019

Guest: Dr. Colleen Lelli, Director of the Center for Trauma and Domestic Violence Education at Cabrini University

Synopsis: Shawn and Dr. Lelli explore ways to support children who have experienced trauma, especially domestic violence — and how to prevent and spread awareness of domestic violence to stop the problem before it starts.
Check out the recording here:
Additional resources:
Resources from Dr. Lelli

2018-2019: A Close-Up on Trauma

Anna Blount

A Close-Up on Mentoring to Overcome Trauma

January 17, 2019

Guest: Anna Blount, Founder and CEO of Team Up Mentoring

Synopsis: Shawn and Anna held an interactive conversation about the positive role that mentoring can play in the life of a child who has suffered trauma.
Check out the recording here:

Jacquelyn Santiago

A Close-Up on Youth Trauma and Violence

September 12, 2018

Guest: Jacquelyn Santiago, Chief Executive Officer of COMPASS Youth Collaborative

Synopsis: Shawn and Jacquelyn discussed a system of strategies for building trust with young people to help them rise above violence and pursue a better life.
Check out the recording here:

Dr. Colleen Lelli

A Close-Up on Trauma-Informed Practice

May 15, 2018

Guest: Dr. Colleen Lelli, Director of the Center for Trauma and Domestic Violence Education at Cabrini University

Synopsis: Shawn and Dr. Lelli led an interactive discussion about approaches to working with children exposed to traumatic events or conditions.
Check out the recording here: