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Joe Hendershott Hope 4 the WoundedFor Joe & Dardi Hendershott, Hope 4 The Wounded is not a career. It’s a life calling. And seemingly to their astonishment, it’s becoming a national movement.

Joe Hendershott is a sought-after speaker about the effects of trauma on learning, behaviors, & relationships & working with wounded students™.  His ongoing research, practical experiences as an educator, and his personal experiences as an adoptive father give him a unique perspective that is engaging, thought-provoking, and inspiring. Joe has an extensive background working with at-risk and wounded youth as a teacher, coach, and administrator in traditional, alternative, and correctional education settings. He has been a high school assistant principal, head principal, alternative school principal, and principal at a residential facility as well as an administrator in higher education.

In 2006, he co-founded Hope 4 The Wounded, LLC, with his wife, Dardi, Joe has been a keynote/featured presenter at international and national conferences. He has conducted staff training/professional development on understanding and working with wounded students™, the effects of trauma on learning and behavior, emotional literacy, leadership, empathy, esteem, inclusive communities, combating compassion fatigue, and other topics relevant to today’s educational climate across the United States and in Australia. Additionally, he has been providing multi-day training/consulting with school districts and communities to create a cultural change that benefits not only youth, but those who serve them. Joe has authored two books: Reaching the Wounded Student (Eye on Education, 2008) and 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students (Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2016). Joe & Dardi have co-authored  Supporting the Wounded Educator: A Trauma-Sensitive Approach to Self-Care,  due to be released in February, 2020. 

Everything we do is focused on social emotional learning techniques and strategies for children beyond at-risk that lead to HOPE for the wounded student & HOPE for the professionals working in the trenches every single day.

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Joe Hendershott Hope 4 Wounded Educational SeminarsJoe was named the National Crystal Star award winner for 2015 through the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, which recognizes each year an individual who has contributed outstanding work in the area of dropout prevention and intervention. Additionally, Joe was named the recipient of the Professor Raymond W. Bixler Award at Ashland University, which recognizes excellence in education, and was a nominee for the Diversity Enhancement Award for the Leadership and Service Awards at Ashland University. He was invited to be the Grand Keynote speaker for the 30th Annual National Youth At-Risk Conference in 2019 and hosts a national conference, Hope 4 The Wounded--Reaching Children Beyond At-Risk, in Columbus, Ohio.

Joe is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He holds a Master of Education in school administration and earned his Doctor of Education in leadership studies, both from Ashland University. Joe and Dardi have nine children (6 girls and 3 boys) and are licensed foster/adoptive parents. Aside from spending time with family and being their kids' biggest fans, Joe enjoys being outdoors, running, playing guitar, and also has a Black Belt through USA Karate, & Dardi enjoys traveling, DIY projects, and being outdoors.