Ashland University Executive Director Becoming Known as National Expert

Ashland University Executive Director Becoming Known as National Expert

9/3/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Joe Hendershott, executive director of Field Experiences and Internships in the Schar College of Education at Ashland University, is quickly becoming known as a national expert in the field of reaching “wounded” students, which are children beyond at-risk.

Hendershott, who has just written a second book titled “7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students,” has recorded a special webcast presentation titled “Reaching the Wounded Student” that will air on Sept. 8 in collaboration with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network as part of its Solutions to the Dropout Crisis event.

The show will air from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time from Clemson University and the live stream is available at: The TV webcast is produced in partnership with Clemson Broadcast Productions and with the support of Catapult Learning and Penn Foster.

The National Dropout Prevention Center notes that Hendershott’s presentation focuses on the "wounded" student or those traumatized by abuse, neglect, violence, bullying, poverty and other societal ills.

The center’s website notes that “As founder of Hope 4 The Wounded Educational Seminars, Hendershott has dedicated his career to educating those who teach or work with marginalized students, sharing methods proven to ensure academic success through the implementation of programs including esteem building and emotional development, fostering characteristics that can be dormant in wounded students.”

According to Hendershott, the webcast will focus on:
-- how to identify a "wounded" student, how to recognize different types of trauma, and how wounds can be manifested through a variety of antisocial behaviors; 
-- how to reach a "wounded" student and leverage "teachable moments" to teach and/or reinforce acceptable behaviors; and
-- how alternative discipline can achieve key outcomes for both student and teacher that lay the groundwork for effective teaching of marginalized students.                                   

Hendershott’s new book, which is currently in production with Routledge, a member of the Taylor and Francis publishing group, will be released sometime in February and will be available at

“The new book is an inspirational book that provides strategies and ideas to educators who work with wounded students―students who are beyond the point of ‘at-risk’ and who suffer from hopelessness,” Hendershott said. “This book shows teachers and principals how to transform school culture and ultimately help to transform the lives of wounded students.”

Hendershott noted that the book provides examples of real schools and students, and examines the key strategies necessary for transformation to occur within school organizations and in the lives of individual students.

“This valuable resource will help educators redesign their school environment to meet the needs of children and will empower and encourage them to direct students on a path to academic and life success,” he added.

Hendershott's notoriety in the field of reaching the marginalized student population has made him a sought-after professional development trainer for school districts and speaker for major educational conference venues across the United States. In 2015, he has been a keynote speaker or featured speaker for the National Dropout Prevention Network At-Risk Youth National Forum in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Native Americans & Tribal Communities Dropout Prevention Conference in Minnesota; Maryland Center for School Safety Summer Conference in Baltimore, Md.; the 29th Annual High Schools That Work Staff Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga.; Communities in Schools 2015 Impact Conference in Raleigh, N.C.; 2015 National Dropout Prevention Network Conference in San Antonio, Texas; and the Closing the Achievement Gap Conference in Columbia, S.C.

In 2016, he will be partnering with the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network at Clemson University to offer a National Reaching the Wounded Student Conference -- Trauma Informed Practices to Working with Students Beyond At-Risk in Orlando, Fla., June 26-29, which is open to educators and youth service providers from across the United States.

Hendershott has an extensive background in working with difficult and troubled youth in academic settings, and has served school systems as an assistant principal, head principal, and as principal at Boys' Village School in Smithville, OH. Hendershott earned his Ed.D. in Leadership Studies, and his MS in School Administration from Ashland University in Ashland, OH. He and his wife, Dardi, have nine children ranging in age from 4 to 25, and are licensed foster/adoptive parents with children adopted through U.S. foster care, Ethiopia and the special needs program in China.

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