Author, Founder and CEO
Organization: Connected Kids
Barbara Sorrels, EdD is a child development specialist, educator and consultant with a heart for “children from hard places.” As the founder of Connected Kids, she provides educators, parents and advocates with compassionate, evidence-based strategies for guiding children through trauma and other challenges. Her approach is based on the belief that when children feel connected to themselves, their families, and the world around them, they can overcome even the darkest of circumstances and reach their fullest potential.
Dr. Sorrels spent more than 20 years in education as a classroom teacher, a founder/director of early childhood centers, and a professor of graduate and undergraduate students in the Early Childhood Education program at Oklahoma State University.
In 2004, Dr. Sorrels founded The Institute for Childhood Education to provide consulting and professional development training for educators, professionals from state agencies, and other child advocacy organizations.
After recognizing the extent of need, she expanded her work to provide educational workshops through Connected Kids.