The HEAL Association


The Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison Association’s Annual Conferences provide opportunities for professional development and ongoing collaboration among multidisciplinary professionals to support our mission of improving the educational outcomes for students with medical and mental health needs.  Combining the expertise our members and invited speakers we offer a robust educational program specific to the needs of our membership.

Tentative Conference Schedule – at a glance

(Schedule subject to change)

7:30 am Registration and Nutrition Bar Opens
8:30-8:45 am Welcome and Conference Kick-off
8:45-10:00 am Keynote Speaker – Kristy Eaton, EdD, MSW, LCSW, Assistant Director of the Indiana School Mental Health Initiative, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community at Indiana University
10:00-10:15 am Break
10:15-11:15 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 1: Lecture: Using Tiered Intervention to Stretch Resources and Meet the Psychosocial Standards of Care for Children with Cancer

Session 2: Lecture: Support Through the Storm: Where School Program and Child Life Meet

Session 3: Roundtable: New Member Orientation

11:15-11:30 am Break
11:30 am-12:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 4: Panel: Building a Statewide Educational Support Program for All Childhood Cancer Patients and Survivors

Session 5: Lecture: Assessment 101 for Hospital Teachers: Identifying Patient’s Individual Learning Needs Through Formal and Informal Assessment

Session 6: Roundtable: Developing a Collaborative Communication Model to Address Absenteeism for Students with Chronic Medical Conditions

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch (Regional Connections)
12:30-2:00 pm Vendor Showcase
2:00-3:00 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 7: Lecture: Understanding Children’s Lived Experiences and Improving Communication During Pediatric Visits

Session 8: Lecture: STEM in the Hospital: An Implicit Statement of Hope

Session 9: Roundtable: Measuring Our Impact

3:00-3:15 pm Break
3:15-4:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 10: TBD

Session 11: Lecture: Healing Hearts Through the Arts

Session 12: Roundtable: School Transition Planning for Students Leaving Psychiatric Treatment

4:30-5:30 pm Welcome Reception


(Schedule subject to change)

8:00-8:45 am Nutrition Bar Opens
8:45-9:45 am General Session: When Multiple Systems Fail: Contextualizing Disparities to Inform Interventions for Diverse Youth
9:45-10:00 am Break
10:00-11:00 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 13: Panel: Microschooling: Meeting Every Student’s Unique Needs in Fully Customized Learning Environments

Session 14: TBD

Session 15: Roundtable: Holistic Lesson Planning: A Roundtable Discussion of Lesson Planning Best Practices for Hospital/Homebound Students

11:00-11:15 am Break
11:15 am-12:15 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 16: Helping Schools with Instructional Plans for Students with Acquired Brain Injury and TBI

Session 17:  Lecture: Partnerships Multiply Teaching Hands

Session 18: Roundtable: “Standardizing the Field of Hospital Educator and Academic Liaison

12:15-1:45 pm Awards Luncheon
1:30-2:30 pm

Vendor Showcase

Poster Session

  • Summer Camp in the Hospital…A New Take on Summer School
  • Starting School Strong: ​Providing 1:1 Education to Caregivers of Children with CHD to Increase Knowledge of and Advocacy Within the Early Childhood Special Education System
  • Story & STEAM: Putting Wonder in Wait Time
  • Science Journeys
  • Parent Desired Resources and Support for School Following Cancer
  • HEART CART: Empowering Children to Actively Engage in and Express Art
2:30-3:30 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 19: TBD

Session 20: Lecture: Reframing Late-Effects of Childhood Cancer as a Chronic Medical Condition to Support Educational Attainment

Session 21: Roundtable: Bilingual Education in the Hospital Setting

3:30-3:45 pm Break
3:45-4:45 pm

Breakout Sessions

Session 22: Panel: Adapting Educational Resources for Long-Term School Support in Cancer Survivorship

Session 23: Lecture: Balancing Care and Commitment: Stress Management for Student Support Professionals

Session 24: Roundtable: Better Together: A Collaborative Approach to the Whole Child

  Evening on your own


(Schedule subject to change)

7:30-8:30am Nutrition Bar Open
8:00-9:15 am HEAL Business Meeting
9:15-9:30 am Break
9:30-10:30 am

Breakout Sessions

Session 25: Lecture: Bridging the Gap: Using Research to Better Support the Reintegration of Mental Health Patients Back into School

Session 26: TBD

Session 27: Roundtable: Creation and Implementation of an Academic Discharge Summary

10:30-10:45 am Break
10:45 am-12:15 pm Closing Session: Panel Discussion- Peace Rounds: Enhancing Educational Success Through Whole-Person, Palliative Care Rounding
12:15-12:30 pm Closing Remarks and Evaluation

Due to circumstances beyond our control, conference content, speakers, and schedule may change unexpectedly.

We will post any changes as soon as we are made aware of them. Thank you for your patience.