The WhyTry Approach to Teaching Every Student Resilience

How do You Motivate and Engage Even Those Difficult to Reach Students?

Over the last 20 years, WhyTry has led the way with practical and effective social and emotional education resources. These include curriculum, tools, and training to help educators motivate, address mental health needs, and follow a trauma-informed approach to build emotional resilience in every student. In this webinar, we discuss practical examples of how educators can build competencies that are key to student engagement and follow our proven model of teaching resilience to all students using the WhyTry program. The WhyTry program is not just a series of tools and resources to teach life skills; it’s an approach to motivating even the most difficult to reach students.


Tim Morrow

NAEA President

Tim Morrow, with over three decades in education, currently leads Antietam Academy. He is a fervent advocate for “at-promise” youth and emphasizes the importance of addressing the root causes of behavioral issues. His experience spans across various roles, significantly impacting alternative education at both state and national levels.

Dr. Coby Davis

NAEA Treasurer

Dr. Coby Davis brings an extensive background from public schooling to higher education. As the assistant principal of Archer Learning Center, he is known for integrating modern learning techniques and technologies and has a significant impact on community and educational development.

Dr. Mary Cullen Frazier

NAEA Executive Director

With a focus on DEI practices and trauma-informed principles, Dr. Mary Cullen Frazier has led transformative programs in alternative education. Her work is grounded in extensive research and experience, aiming to support marginalized student populations through innovative educational practices.

Jason Johnson 

Jason is a licensed school psychologist and has published research on resilience and student performance.  Jason is a passionate advocate for disadvantaged students and currently consults and trains educators across the nation as the director of training and research for the WhyTry organization. Jason is a thought leader on resilience education and has spoken at hundreds of conferences around the country. He has led successful implementations of all WhyTry programs and has pioneered trainings for clients in healthcare, corporate, and the US Military.

Join us as we bridge the gap between alternative and mainstream education, bringing forward solutions and strategies that address some of the most pressing challenges in today’s educational landscape. Your voice and engagement are key to our collective success. See you at the webinar!

Jennifer Kortge

Jennifer Kortge

Jennifer is currently in her twenty-fourth year as a School Social Worker at the Consortium for Exceptional Children, the Special Education Department of Almont, Dryden, and Imlay City Schools in Lapeer County, Michigan. Jennifer is privileged to work with extraordinary students and staff in elementary and secondary settings across the districts. The WhyTry Program and Resilience for Youth Program have been foundational in her work to support social-emotional learning. In 2021, Jennifer additionally became a Certified Trauma & Resilience Trainer through Starr Commonwealth of Michigan.

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