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ATLANTA INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS SUMMIT PLENARY SESSIONS

Economics, Diversity & Justice in the 21st Century: Key Insights for Overcoming the Challenges Facing Education
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
June 20th
Education is the bridge that people cross to obtain knowledge, occupational competence, and a better life. Despite the many documented benefits of education, it is clear that there is not equal access to K-12 or higher education, that there is a persistent achievement gap, and that educational outcomes are strongly influenced by race and class. Educator and economist Dr. Julianne Malveaux offers insights for improving educational effectiveness in light of our nation’s shifting demographics.

 

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking
Jordan Ellenberg
June 21st
The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In this talk, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how wrong this view is: Math touches everything we do, allowing us to see the hidden structures beneath the messy and chaotic surface of our daily lives. It’s a science of not being wrong, worked out through centuries of hard work and argument. Drawing from history as well as the latest theoretical developments, Ellenberg demonstrates that profound mathematical ideas are present whenever we reason from the commonplace to the cosmic. And, he shows how to use this knowledge in our lives, whether you’re a business looking to discover the power of big data, a corporate audience out to improve logic and understanding within your organization, or a college crowd with an appetite for the latest research by one of America’s rising scholarly stars.

Reducing Barriers to Learning Within a Multi-Tiered System of Support
Dr. Randy Sprick
June 22nd
High quality instructional practices are the best way to engage students and reduce behavior and motivation problems. However, problems like chronic absenteeism, tardiness, off-task behavior, refusal to follow directions, and student apathy are barriers to learning that even the most experienced teachers are faced with. In this session, Dr. Sprick explores how to intertwine effective instructional practices with effective behavior management techniques to reduce these barriers and increase student achievement.

 

ATLANTA CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SESSIONS

Female Leadership as it Relates to Young Women Today
Dr. Julianne Malveaux
June 20th
Dr. Maya Angelou often said that "whining lets a bully know there is a victim in the neighborhood". Young women must be challenged to get past the whining to lean in and lead in to their power. They must do this with a confidence that is not often societally reinforced, with an energy that taps into their sufficiency, with the knowledge that they are "enough", which is a concept that is not affirmed by the many "fix-its" (ten ways to improve your body, nine ways to tweak your makeup, eight ways to implement a new exercise program) that women are encouraged to implement. Teachers much assertively encourage young women to embrace their uniqueness and their confidence. Self-confidence is the antidote to bullying.

The Bully, The Bullied and the Not-So-Innocent Bystander
Barbara Coloroso
June 20th

It is the deadliest combination going: bullies who get what they want from their target, bullied kids who are afraid to tell, bystanders who either watch, participate, or look away, and adults who see the incidents as simply “teasing” and a normal part of childhood. We have only to look to the headlines to understand that this is a recipe for tragedy. Some bullying targets, their cries unheard, have fought back with violence that has devastated entire communities; others have committed suicide; many more suffer in silence, their lives a constant round of emotional and physical pain. Discussing her book, The Bully, The Bullied,and The Bystander, Barbara Coloroso gives parents, caregivers, educators — and most of all, kids---the tools to break this cycle of violence. Participants will be able to define and discuss the following and have the tools to go back into their communities to effect changes needed to break this cycle of violence.

From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers: Engaging Deep-Thinking Brains
Dr. John Almarode
June 20th
Did you know that students actually use 100% of their brains? You do as well! How about the fact that our brains are designed to forget? So what can we do in our classrooms to encourage students to use their 100% as efficiently as possible or to help them remember the information needed to be successful in school? The answer is: Engage them in deep-thinking! This action-packed, edge of your seat keynote looks at the latest research on student engagement, student thinking, and how to design classrooms that promote deep-thinking and understanding. Participants will experience targeted and specific strategies for grabbing and maintaining student engagement at all three levels: behavioral, emotional, and cognitive. Practicing what we preach, audience members will take part in an "out of your seat and on your feet" experience that models the brain rules for deep-thinking and understanding: simple to complex, concrete to abstract, and we only remember what we think about. Teachers will walk away from this keynote with dozens of strategies, ready for action in any classroom.

Do More With Less: Self-Regulation Equals Success
Brad Chapin
June 20th
If you only had 10 minutes to spend with a child, what skill would you teach? The Self-Regulation Training System provides an evidence-based, empowering framework for teaching professionals and children how to proactively manage behavior. Self-Regulation skills are related to success in many areas of life including academic performance, social skills and emotional/physical health.

"I Define Me!"
Tracie Berry-McGhee
June 21st
An inspiring keynote presentation were Tracie Berry-McGhee, M.Ed., LPC, a licensed Therapist and founder of SistaKeeper Empowerment Center challenges educators, community leaders and volunteers to promote GIRL EMPOWERMENT! Girls need to have a strong sense of self, being a keeper to their friends, and community, thus to find their purpose. Berry-McGhee will empower educators to step outside the box and turn the key to enter mentoring wellness circles that model a safe space for girls to explore social media, peer pressures and how the impact of a strong sense of self, perceived social supports and sense of belongingness breaks down barriers and teaches girls to embraces their differences. Come find out how Girl Empowerment is the key to decreasing bullying, girl on girl aggression and increasing social-emotional learning skills. We must be a SistaKeeper to girls, allowing them to hold the Key to their empowerment journey knowing “I Define Me!”

Solution Focused Parent Conferences
Dr. Russell Sabella
June 21st
The Solution Focused Brief Counseling, Consultation, and Conferencing meeting model uses a systematic approach in which parents, teachers, and students focus on solutions rather than problems. Conference attendees are encouraged to discover exceptions and explore future behavior that is more “on track.” Focus is on the attendee’s strengths and abilities rather than their weaknesses. Solutions are derived by attendees themselves and therefore, not only are they more involved in their success, but the solutions fit their unique circumstances. Finally, because parents, teachers, and students find their own solutions that work, hope and confidence are enhanced. People who apply the solution focused methods find that, by focusing on solutions rather than problems, their meetings are more positive and less stressed. SFBC users report that, instead of leaving work drained of energy, they are energized and full of hope for their students. And, they don’t encounter as much “resistance” as they would have expected.

Non-Exclusionary Discpline: Alternatives to the ReferralSuspension Quagmire
Larry Thompson
June 20th

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have advocated a shift in school discipline policies – due to concerns about inequities in the administration of “exclusionary discipline” practices with minorities and students with disabilities. While the causes of those inequities are the source of some debate, almost everyone can agree that educators have a far greater opportunity for success if they can keep students, especially at-risk students, in the classroom. Attendees will be guided through school-wide evidence-based discipline practices and proven de-escalation processes that are designed to create responsible students by harnessing the power of self-regulation. Implementing these key components has enabled schools to report reductions in office referrals of as much as 90 percent, while almost eliminating suspensions.

The Intentionality of Excellence in the Classroom
Principal Baruti Kafele
June 21st
An extension of Principal Kafele’s popular workshop and book, Closing the Attitude Gap, this workshop challenges teachers to look deep within themselves for the passion and drive that are essential for sustained teacher success, particularly with at-risk student populations. In this high energy, interactive workshop, Principal Kafele says that it is one thing to “strive for excellence” which can translate into a never-ending pursuit that is never attained, but it's something entirely different to be “excellent on purpose” which is a collective classroom or school-wide attitude that “we are intentionally excellent.” It’s a declaration by students and staff that “in this classroom or school, our excellence is deliberate.” This workshop is an absolute must for any school, district or college-level teacher preparation program that is serious about developing teachers who are “intentionally excellent” within their practice of teaching.

 

ATLANTA BREAKOUT SESSIONS

I'm A Keeper!
Tracie Berry-McGhee, Author & Therapist
Grades K-12

"I'm a Keeper!" gives educators a tool kit to engage middle school girls in gender-specific mentoring circles, utilizing bibliotherapy, journaling and creative expression. Tools to develop a sense of self, a sense of belonging and sense of community in girls. A therapeutic approach that encompasses prevention, intervention and awareness.

gbciconIt's Not Drama, It's My Life!
Karin Kasdin, M.Ed., Director, Girls Unlimited
Grades 6-8
Attendees will become a 7th grade class as Karin Kasdin, founding director of Girls Unlimited, takes them through activities from this highly successful, evidence-based curriculum. Girls Unlimited is a school-based program that builds empathy and self-esteem, teaches girls how to manage emotions, and helps them combat relational aggression. And it's fun!

gbciconBreak the Silence & Unleash Your Inner Lion
Karly Peters, CPC, Blogger & Speaker
Grades 6-12
Living a silent existence draws fear, indecision, and doubt to your life. It also leaves you prey to those whom want to do you harm. Learn how to find your voice, strengthen your inner belief, and use your voice to improve the life of others. Join me to unleash your inner lion unto the world and create the beautiful future you deserve!

Stand Together: Students Taking Action Against Bullying
Kathleen Byrd
Grades K-12
Students at Nettleton Junior High in Jonesboro, Arkansas have taken a pro-active approach to bullying. Beginning with novels on bullying, students read fictional stories about real life scenarios which then enables students to design lessons that teach others about the damaging effects of bullying. Students then write poems, letters and create book trailers to present to the entire student body. Along with these activities, students talk to their peers about the crushing effects of bullying and how being a bystander is not acceptable. Come to this interactive session and learn how to develop a student lead program in your school and how to involve the parent and community in the Stand Together program. Watch video of current student lead presentations and hear testimonies from participants and viewers.

How Disproportionality & Marginalization Gives Rise to Anger in Girls of Color
Micha Toland, CEO of Greatness Now®, Candace Carter, Student & Keionna Henderson, Student
Grades 6-12
This session will focus on the ways in which girls of color in particular experience disproportionality and marginalization, and how their perceptions of both inform what we see as anger.

Making Parents Allies
Stephanie Plain Potter, Ed.D., Professor & Counselor
Grades K-12, Agency
Making Parents Allies is designed to assist parents, educators, and students in bully prevention. It gives a concrete plan to involve parents in bully prevention that includes current research, a detailed involvement process, and practical activities and strategies. Thus, the participants have a step-by-step blueprint that can be implemented across grade levels and social/economic lines.

Black Girl Blues: An Introduction to Intra Racial Bullying
Carolyn Strong, Dean of Students
Grades K-12, Agency
What does it mean to be black in America? As long as there have been blacks in the new world, this has been an issue up for debate. But for African American girls, these questions of racial identity and physical appearance manifest themselves in a way that is detrimental to themselves and other girls. Light Skin vs. Dark; Straight hair vs. Kinky hair; this media-fueled war wages on in the inner circle of black girls.

Successful Bullying Prevention Programs
Jodi Green, Ed.D.
Grades K-8

In this session, I will give steps to creating a successful bullying prevention program in schools. I will explain the events, procedures, meetings and such that help everyone feel safe so that a school can focus on learning instead of behavior.

The Usual Suspects and TALK-WALK-TELL
David Dye, School Counselor
Grades K-12, Agency

After years of research we know the definition, but many bothersome behaviors do not fit the mold. If it's not bullying, what is it? Gain the knowledge and resources to confidently and quickly identify Negative Social Interactions. Prepare staff and students to take the bully by both horns!

Surviving the Social Jungle
Kimber Bishop-Yanke MIM
Grades K-6

Help girls navigate their social world and strategically manage unfriendly or bullying situations. Teach girls to strengthen social connections, building confidence and resiliency. Girls learn what types of words, voice, and body language to use in different social situations while standing up for themselves. Learn to use craft activities and role plays to teach lessons.

Employing Empathy Building Strategies in the Classroom to Create a Harmonious Classroom Community
Dr. Laura Erhard Fiorenza & Sara Lamb Kistler
Grades PK-8
Teachers that model pro-social behaviors and integrate pro-empathy learning strategies into their curriculum encourage caring in the classroom community. In this session the participants will be provided with strategies that can be utilized in identifying bullying, developing empathy in students and building supportive collaborative relationships among students within the classroom.

Unpacking the Dreaded Emotional Suitcase
Tierica Berry - Senior Program Coordinator for Make A Way Now
Grades K-12, Agency
When young women do not have a healthy way of processing and redirecting emotions, suppression tends to be a common solution. For these you women each experience that affects her physically, mentally, or emotionally is packed away in what we call an emotional suitcase. This young lady carries that suitcase wherever she goes. Over time the suitcase fills up with a plethora of negative experiences and becomes too heavy to carry, too messy to sort through and hopeless to unload. With no hope, relief, or help in sight she turns to at-risk behaviors such as drugs, bullying, gang life, and sometimes suicide in order to avoid facing that “emotional suitcase!” In this interactive workshop participants will have the opportunity to see through the eyes of the students they serve through real life testimonies and various case studies. Tierica provides practical steps to help reach students and guide them through the process of redirecting and choosing expression over suppression.

"Get Over It!" How to Bounce Back After Being Bullied
Dr. Adair White-Johnson
Grades 6-12
Using the main tenets of Dr. Adair's unique G.O.H.A.R.D. and B.E.L.I.E.V.E. systems, teen girls will learn creative and effective strategies to "Get Over It' after being bullied. The girls will also learn empowerment and resiliency techniques to help them remain on the path of remaining a "reformed" bully (if they ever served in this role).

Resiliency Training: New Hope for Combatting Bullying Behavior
Bernard Oliver, Ed.D.
Grades K-12
This session explores the utility of resiliency training for combating bullying behavior with an emphasis on those protective factors that enhance development.

The Power of Connection: Teen Dating Violence, Unhealthy Relationships and Bullying
Dr. Adair White-Johnson
Grades 6-12
This session will focus on raising the awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive relationships, the causes and the consequences and equipping the teens with the skills and resources needed to avoid engaging in negative relationships. The girls will also learn how this is related to bullying.

Application of Current Teen Brain Research to Prevent Bullying
Dr. Greg Richards
Grades 6-12

Research using modern medical imaging techniques allows us to look into young brains, discovering new understandings of both the challenges and opportunities offered by teen brain development.  This new knowledge also recommends practical ways for educators to improve student decision-making and to prevent bullying and risky behaviors. In this session, Dr. Greg Richards briefly introduces the adolescent brain and focuses on critical maturation processes for peer relationships and moral judgment. The challenges and opportunities of brain biology in adolescence prescribe positive connections of students to parents, school personnel, and peers to minimize bullying and its effects.

 

Power Struggles Unplugged
Brian Mendler, Author & Speaker
Grades K-12

This high energy session teaches specifically how to diffuse power struggles with any student in any situation at any time with our proven step by step process. Discover two words guaranteed to stop mouthy kids in their tracks. Learn exactly what to say when removing a student so they want to return to your class.

sdicon Maintaining Discipline in an Alternative Setting with At-Risk Youth
Matthew Byrnes, M.Ed & Huey Daigle, M.A.
Grades 9-12
The Rapides Alternative Positive Program for Students is an alternative site geared specifically for students who have been expelled from their zoned schools. The program is the last point of defense for students who have not been able to be successful in a regular public school.

sdicon How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach
William T Noel, Sr, Ph.D.
Grades K-12
This presentation offers participants effective strategies and personal account . The presentation topics include, but are not limited to: Connect Through Relationships; Discipline, Not Punishment; Emotions & Feelings; Set Your Climate; and What Kind of Leader Are You?

sdicon Chicken Wings and Love: Working with Children from Trauma in Schools
Matt Snyder - Regional Superintendent of Schools
Grades K-12
As an educator and adoptive parent, this session will explain what to look for in children of trauma and strategies to counter it in the classroom.

sdiconFactors Related to Disproportionate Suspension Rates and Strategies to Mitigate Them
Terri Seay Ph.D.
Grades K-12
Disproportionate suspension rates for black students continues to be a pervasive issue across the nation. Participants in this session will learn about research conducted in 2015 which shows variables highly correlated to increased suspension rates and strategies to begin to reduce or even eliminate discipline disparities in their local schools/districts.

sdiconTeach With Passion, Manage With Compassion
Pamela Bouie, Ph.D., Consultant
Grades K-12, Agency
This fun, fast paced session will inspire administrators and teachers to implement practical, powerful strategies proven to reduce disruptive behavior, increase student achievement, gain parental support and empower educators. Learn how to build and sustain a positive learning environment while making improvements throughout your school!

sdicon At-Risk or Underserved: Focusing on What REALLY Matters in Student Learning
Kenneth Williams
Grades K-12
The labels we assign often influence the questions we ask. In this provocative session, Ken Williams will engage educators in paradigm-shifting dialogue that will shift traditional thinking, and place educators in position to capitalize on the collective expertise of a collaborative culture; identifying best practices that ensure learning for all.

Student Discipline and the Social Media Threat in a Time of Terrorism: How Schools and Police Respond
Stephen Wilkins, MPA & Vic Ferrell, CPI Instructor
Grades K-12
This session describes how a suburban school district is transforming its safety and security posture to face the contemporary threat environment. The goal is to impact student discipline behaviors to foster a positive use of social media and maintain a safe learning environment.

How to Motivate the Unmotivated: Teaching With Poverty in Mind
Craig Boykin
Grades K-12
Learn how to help at-risk students succeed in your classroom. It's clear that students from poverty are habitually at a disadvantage when it comes to education, and educators can find it challenging to motivate such students become positively engaged in their own learning. Above all, Craig J. Boykin advises educators to avoid giving up on difficult students by deciding that certain students can't be taught, and provides powerful examples of at-risk students succeeding in large numbers in supportive environments. Craig also admonishes, to remember the three educators must be Real, Respectful, and make information Relevant!

Using Process Improvement Guidelines and Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning and Engagement
Raymond Francis, EdD
Grades K-12, Agency

The process of establishing and managing school and classroom based discipline is a highly important process in k-12 schools. The Process Improvement Guidelines are a best-practice and research-based process intended to help school administrators and teachers effectively implement, evaluate, and refine disciplinary processes in k-12 schools.

Restorative Justice from Concept to Implementation
David Hernandez, Robert Okman & Hanno Becker
Grades 9-12

Emmerich Manual High School is an urban high school located in Indianapolis. We went from 850 suspensions in school year 2014-15 to 200 suspensions, first part of school year 2015-2016 by implementing a Restorative Justice approach to discipline. Schools interested in RJ, but unsure where or how to begin, our first year trials and tribulations will be explained.

Less Talking - More Teaching
Donetrus Hill, Ed.D
Grades K-12

Teachers lose an average of 5-9 hours a week dealing with minor misbehavior. Imagine how much more instruction could be accomplished with those hours available. Lear how to manage your classroom in a way that eliminates gimmicks, reduces teacher stress, and works for students. It can be done!

Behavior is a Symptom…NOT the Problem!
Hotep
Grades 6-12, Agency

Behavior is a Symptom demystifies the common behavior problems exhibited in schools by first explaining WHY they occur and the teaching HOW to change them. This workshop will: share the precursors that lead to all behavior, inform on how to transform academic and behavioral outcomes, explain what leads to at-risk behaviors and why people repeat the same negative behaviors and demonstrate how relevance and relationships impact behavior.

Does Discipline Have to be a FOUR-LETTER Word?
Janilyn Elias Ed.D
Grades K-12

Discipline even with the positive behavior push is considered negative. Ways our school (center based emotional support, autistic, mental health treatment facility) has changed discipline into a negative 4-letter word to a positive 4-letter word using LABS (Learn first, Act responsibly, Be their best self, Show safe actions. Oh and did I mention our Labrador Retrievers?

From Rhetoric to Praxis: Increasing Instructional Time Through Effective Classroom Management
Lydia Nantwi, Administrator
Grades K-12

Are you exhausted with never-ending classroom behavior problems? Would you like to increase your instructional time? If you answered yes to either question, take a deep breath, you've found the right presentation! Learn proven, research-based strategies and techniques that will reduce problem behavior and increase instructional time.

Discipline: A Proactive-Teacher-Centered Approach
Dr. Earlene Crump & Yolanda Reid
Grades K-12, Agency

Establishing and maintaining effective discipline is not difficult, nor does it require gimmicks or tricks. In fact, the most successful success strategies will not work unless the foot-soldier is on board, the class room teacher. It is essential, therefore, that educators approach this "no-nonsense" strategy through student management, a teacher-driven, student-centered approach. School leaders must empower teachers to be the quintessential teacher-leaders they've been trained to be. How do we do that? We empower teachers by incorporating the following into our daily lives: 1. De-Escalation Techniques 2. Positive Behavior Intervention Support 3. Prevention and Understanding 4. Cultural Diversity Competence Training 5. Community Involvement This break-out session is designed to assist teachers and administrators who are committed to improving their management of student behavior. Throughout our session we will review many discipline approaches, strategies, and techniques.

Bad Kids Bad Kids, Whatcha Gonna Do?...
Dr. Beverly Simmons & Dr. Stanford Simmons
Grades K-12
Children come with various "plans". Just like cell phones the reception is better on some networks than others. These plans aka labels, in the area of student behaviors "bad kids" impact how children are viewed, treated AND how they learn in their classrooms. Learn strategies that make a real difference!

Transparency in Discipline Data
Laterica Quinn & Tim Harwood
Grades K-12, Agency
Are students of color suspended more often than white students? Are special education students expelled at higher rates? Learn how one city made data easily understandable, comparable and actionable for parents and school leaders, which helped schools to improve their discipline policies by addressing some of the most critical questions surrounding equity in public education.

Practical Resiliency Strategies to Help You Thrive as a Teacher
Marcia Collins, M.Ed., Teacher
Grades K-12
Are you suffering from burn-out or on the verge of leaving the profession? We all have contemplated one time or another about jumping ship. Whether you are a novice or veteran teacher, we all have tested by challenging students. The question remains "how do we be resilient and thrive in the classroom, while we deal with difficult students." As a life coach, veteran educator and classroom teacher, I will demonstrate how use practical resiliency approaches within the classroom, maintain your sanitary and professionalism and THRIVE as a teacher!

Applications from Adolescent Brain Biology to Improve Behavior and School Culture
Dr. Greg Richards
Grades 6-12
Imaging research on the adolescent brain affirms the intuition of many secondary school professionals: students need long-term support and scaffolding from significant adults to develop moral judgment and risk avoidance.  Dr. Greg Richards summarizes research, neurobiological “opportunities”, and strategies for school personnel to foster sound decision-making and prevent destructive behaviors.

Enhancing Your "Datability"
Dr. Russell Sabella
Grades K-12
Advance your understanding of how to use high-tech tools in a useful and practical manner, especially in the area of accountability and advocacy. Particular attention is given to using Microsoft Excel to make data an important part of your comprehensive school counseling program. From data-driven decision making, to monitoring progress, to reporting the positive impact you’re having on kids, this workshop will de-mystify how it’s done. Also, participants will learn how to create a “narrated, multi-media, self-advancing results report,” a digital story that inspires others about how you add value to the overall educational mission.

Biblio-Rhymology: The ART of Character Ed
Kip Jones, Author, School Counselor
Grades K-5

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Taking the Bully by Both Horns: The Five Rules of Bullying
David Dye, School Counselor
Grades K-12

Bullying has been well defined for decades, yet it is still misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The Five Rules of Bullying will equip educators to efficiently and effectively identify this Aggressive Social Interaction and provide knowledge and anti-bullying resources at their fingertip. It's a perfect companion to T-W-T and the Usual Suspects.

Lighting The Way to Your Future
Shandra Hall, M.Ed., LPC
Grades K-6

Are you looking for new and innovative ways to introduce the world of work to your students? Learn how to develop a career based school culture and few Core Curriculum Counseling lessons & culminating activities that have been successful in career development at the elementary level.

Mindfulness Made Easy
Susan Miller, M.Ed.
Grades K-12, Agency
Mindful Meditation is good for Anxiety, ADHD, Personality Disorders and even PTSD. This session will be a fun 5 seNses filled experience. Attendees will leave not only feeling refreshed and energized, but they will also be able to remember how to do mindfulness as well as how to teach it!

Using Student Built Models to Access Reflected Thought
Kelly Reddin
Grades K-12, Agency

Help students express themselves by building a visual representation of their thoughts. Focusing attention on the model rather than themselves, allows students to reduce their anxieties and discuss their reflected thoughts. This hands-on session will allow you to be a student so you can analyze this process as a professional.

Innovative Counseling Strategies for Working with Middle Schoolers
Robb Underwood, School Counselor
Grades 6-8
Do you have a difficult time getting through to your middle schoolers? Want more effective strategies that your students will actually enjoy? In this presentation you will learn about tried and true methods, activities, and programs that your students will learn from and love.

Step-Up to Better Grades
Robin Zorn, Author
Grades K-5
Based on my book, STEP-UP to Better Grades is a unique program where each letter of the word STEP-UP stands for a habit or skill that will help students to be successful in school. Study skills lessons are not new to educators; however, what I have found by using this acronym is that students are able to remember the habits and skills from year to year and actually apply them. STEP-UP to Better Grades takes all the important study skills and puts them in a framework that is fun and easy for the counselor to teach from year to year. Prepare to have fun and leave with several new ideas and maybe some prizes!

The Teacher That Changed My Life
Brian Mendler, Author & Speaker
Grades K-12

Plagued by severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties, I began disrupting class in 4th grade. I called teachers names, flipped over desks, and loved to break rules. I was kicked out of school in the middle of 6th grade. Two weeks later in a brand new school I had one teacher dramatically change my life. He did in about five minutes what nobody had done between kindergarten and 6th grade. And the amazing thing is that it is something any of you can do with any of your students immediately! Do you want to know what he did? Do not miss this session!

Elevating Success in Schools: Shaping Behavior and Restoring Sanity
Cheryl Turner Ed.S. - Educational Consultant
Grades 6-12
Discipline problems contaminate and compromise teaching and learning. Programs that document misbehavior and justify consequences are often primarily reactive. This session focuses on early intervention strategies that diminish misbehavior before it becomes destructive. We share a practical approach to shaping appropriate behavior, restoring sanity and improving the learning climate.

Taking STEM to STEAM
Natalie Holliman
Grades K-12

Spice up your classroom with lessons that take you and the students from STEM disciplines to STEAM (adding the ARTS to STEM)! Literacy is fundamental in all content areas, let's collaborate and stretch in all directions to bring together a lesson that is engaging, creative, and full of STEAM!

The English Equation: It All Adds Up Like 1+2=3
Stephanie Plain Potter, Ed.D., Professor & Counselor
Grades K-12, Agency
One plus two equals three is strictly a math concept, right? English Equation disagrees. English contains different equations to produce designed results. The art of teaching English is helping students to see the designs the equations. English Equation provides individuals with strategies to teach sentence structure to students from elementary grades to post-secondary levels. Participants will leave with ready-to-use activities. These research-based activities are designed to challenge students so they will start thinking beyond knowledge to application and expand to synthesis.

From Dance Craze to Teaching Strategy
Rachel Blanks, M.Ed., Teacher
Grades K-6
I know you've heard the popular songs that are pretty much instructions to current dance moves. Our students know the lyrics and moves and could perform in their sleep! Use this knowledge as a springboard for your teaching. It works!

Project Based Learning in an English Classroom
Elizabeth Jenkins, M.A.
Grades
This presentation will discuss several different styles of project based learning with examples of prompts, rubrics, and student work. Although the focus will be on English literature, the projects could also be adapted to other disciplines. It will also include a discussion of adjustments and revisions that could be used to customize for student’s needs.

Motivate, Excite and Engage Students With Differentiated Instruction!
Pamela Bouie, Ph.D., Consultant
Grades K-12, Agency
Attend this exciting, interactive session and leave with practical strategies that will inspire administrators, teachers, etc. to differentiate instruction both in the classroom and throughout the school. Learn how to use powerful strategies proven to be relevant and responsive to the varied needs of students.

Understanding Augmented Reality and Its Transformation of Society and Education
Stephen Marvin, Ed.D.
Grades K-12
Augmented Reality (AR), the blending of real and virtual worlds, has begun to transform society, including the education environment. This session will introduce AR, provide examples of this emerging technology, and share implications for the classroom. Attendees will contemplate the implications of AR for their particular content and educational setting.

Meeting Great Expectations Without Killing the Mockingbird
Carren Marvin, Ed.D.
Grades 6-12

Every public school teacher feels the pressure of curriculum shifts and high stakes accountability. Keeping the fun in learning can be a challenge! This session offers creative solutions to keep the life and joy in your lessons while still preparing students for standard assessments and future college and career studies.

Highly Motivating Approaches for Teaching Students Social & Emotional Intelligence
Susan Bowman & Dr. Robert (Bob) Bowman - Founders of YouthLight, Inc.
Grades K-12

Try these amazing activities to introduce, enhance and personalize lessons on social/emotional skills for young people. This session will provide demonstrations of highly creative, inspirational tools that will help you provide unforgettable lessons on self-regulation, empathy, personal strengths, drama, anger issues, encouragement, mindfulness, responsible behavior, and academic success. Included will be tips for using a variety of Thumballs, Smartboards lessons, expressive art, mind bogglers and personal metaphors. Handouts will be provided so you can take back several of the ideas & activities to use with individual & small groups of students and in classroom lessons.

Helping Struggling Secondary Students Become Confident Readers: It's Elementary!
Stacy James, Educational Specialist in Instructional Leadership
Grades 6-12

Each year, the number of struggling readers in middle and high schools are increasing. Unfortunately, many secondary educators are not equipped with the strategies to assist these students. This session will provide teachers with simple strategies to help all learners become more confident readers.


 

LAS VEGAS INNOVATIVE SUMMIT PLENARY SESSIONS

UNSELFIE: Surprising Role of Empathy to Predict Children's Happiness and Success

Dr. Michele Borba

The goal of Unselfie is to reactivate empathy - the core trait research shows is crucial not only for relationships and humanity, but also all facets of life. This is a 9-step process with best proven practices culled from touring the world and viewing programs in 5 continents and interviewing dozens of educators. Empathy by itself is limited, but when you teach the habits of collaboration, perspective taking and courage you’re unlocking what we need to create empathetic citizens and compassionate change-makers. The summation includes how to raise today’s youth to be prepared for the global, digital world and have the “right stuff” - Empathy is the start, but the remaining habits of highly empathetic kids and adults are emotional literacy, perspective taking, collaboration, moral imagination, moral identity, self-regulation, courage and change making.

Our biggest mistakes:
1. We fail to recognize that empathy is teachable
2. We fail to provide crucial real opportunities for kids to practice those 9 skills so they become habits
3. We fail to realize that the end goal is a contributing citizen with courage.

And we need to act quickly: data shows that American children are tanking in empathy, narcissism and self-centeredness is rising, their mental health is dropping - the alarms going off tell us re-evolution is crucial.

 

Dr. Pedro Noguera

 


The Power of Nonverbal Communication in Education
Joe Navarro
Nonverbal behaviors can reveal a person’s true thoughts, feelings, desires and intentions – all without saying a word. In this presentation, Joe Navarro will provide crucial insights into the importance of nonverbal communication and body language in our daily lives and how it can be used to communicate more effectively and to influence others profoundly. He also reveal the five traits of exceptional individuals.

 

LAS VEGAS CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SESSIONS

 

Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook: Key Insights Every Educators Needs to Know About Student Safety
Rick Shaw
June 29th

 

The Power of Procedures
Chelonnda Seroyer
July 1st

Chelonnda Seroyer will share her eventful and inspirational journey into the world of teaching as she discusses her priceless “lessons learned” and offers insight into how running your classroom like a well-oiled machine can help you develop meaningful relationships with students while decreasing teacher stress levels and maximizing instructional time.

The Teacher Who Changed My Life
Brian Mendler
June 29th
Plagued by severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties, I began disrupting class in 4th grade.  I called teachers names, flipped over desks, and loved to break rules.  I was kicked out of school in the middle of 6th grade.  Two weeks later in a brand new school I had one teacher dramatically change my life.  He did in about five minutes what nobody had done between kindergarten and 6th grade.  And the amazing thing is that it is something any of you can do with any of your students immediately!  Do you want to know what he did?  Do not miss this session!

Neurodiversity
Steve Silberman
June 30th


De-Stressing the Cycle of Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges
Mike Paget, M.Ed.
June 29th

Students with emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges often experience predictable “stress-triggers” that create resistance, refusal, anger, and other disruptive responses. Being aware of these triggers allows us to decrease distractions and increase student success. Included will be best-practice strategies to address respect, bullying, positive prevention, and collaboration between school, families and youth.

The Mental Health Crisis in Education: Insight, Intervention & Strategies for Maximizing Educational Potential in an Ever Increasingly Stressful School Environment
Aaron Wiemeier, MS, LPC
July 1st

This training will address in a practical and straightforward way what every educator, administrator and support staff know to be a growing reality: The children they are attempting to educate on average are more difficult to teach, act out more often, the systemic and family dynamics are ever increasingly complicated and frankly the school environment has become a significantly more stressful environment to work in in the last 10-20 years. Participants will gain profound insight into why this is occurring but more importantly receive specific individual and systemic strategies and interventions to make a powerful and practical change in your school immediately. Whether you are a teacher, a principal or the secretary.....this training will empower you to see hope and take action to change the very culture of your school!

Staying Alive - How to Act Fast and Survive Deadly Encounters
Dr. Sonayia (Sony) Shepherd
June 30th

TBA

"I Define Me!"
Tracie Berry-McGhee
June 30th

An inspiring keynote presentation were Tracie Berry-McGhee, M.Ed., LPC, a licensed Therapist and founder of SistaKeeper Empowerment Center challenges educators, community leaders and volunteers to promote GIRL EMPOWERMENT! Girls need to have a strong sense of self, being a keeper to their friends, and community, thus to find their purpose. Berry-McGhee will empower educators to step outside the box and turn the key to enter mentoring wellness circles that model a safe space for girls to explore social media, peer pressures and how the impact of a strong sense of self, perceived social supports and sense of belongingness breaks down barriers and teaches girls to embraces their differences. Come find out how Girl Empowerment is the key to decreasing bullying, girl on girl aggression and increasing social-emotional learning skills. We must be a SistaKeeper to girls, allowing them to hold the Key to their empowerment journey knowing “I Define Me!”

Bullying Prevention: What Are We Doing Right? What Are We Doing Wrong? What Could We Do Better?
Lorna Blumen, MS, MBA - BullyingEpidemic.com & GirlsRespectGroups.com
July 1st

Despite thousands of prevention programs, why is bullying still a problem?? Perhaps surprisingly, kids are not the main problem in children’s bullying – it’s adults! Without realizing it, adults have allowed bullying to become woven in to the everyday fabric of life. We’ll look squarely at the factors encouraging bullying’s insidious persistence & our incremental acceptance of bullying as the new normal in our homes, schools, & communities.

Belligerent bullies are idolized in politics and on television. Toddler-style emotional meltdowns and fistfights are reality show staples. How can we be authentic role models to our kids? We say “No bullying here,” but our behavior speaks much louder and says bullying is an accepted fact of life. We’re teaching our kids to expect to be bullied and to aspire to become the bully – because the bully becomes the boss. Girls are learning relationship roles from “Real Housewives.” These lessons are spilling over into damaged friendships, dysfunctional romantic relationships, and a toxic view of the adult workplace. What a bad way to enter your teen and early adult years!

But there’s hope. There are many simple strategies (simple, not always easy) that adults can employ, to improve and re-anchor our own behavior and help us set the tone and the structure for our kids to work and play together in peace and cooperation. Working together and as individuals, adults can shift the path. We can help – and insist that – kids learn to build positive friendships, anchor their own self-esteem, develop resilience, and stick up for others. Let’s be courageous, strong, and kind, and teach our kids to be that way, too!

 

LAS VEGAS CONFERENCE BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Girls' Respect Groups: Skills of Friendship, Collaboration, & Resilience That Prepare Girls (& Boys) For Life
Lorna Blumen, MS, MBA
Grades K-12
Respect, for ourselves and others, drives our important life decisions – the friends we choose, how we approach school and work, the challenges we accept or avoid, how we bounce back from life’s inevitable ups and downs. Girls’ self-respect is under attack from all sides. How do we keep young women grounded? How does this affect boys’ self-respect and relationships with girls? Learn simple ways adults can create environments that support children from 5-18 to help them build positive, respectful friendships, stick up for oneself and one another, and develop empathy and self-esteem.

gbcicon Strategies to End Bullying in Your School
Franklin Schargel, M.S., Author
Grades K-12
Over 13 million American kids will be bullied this year, making it the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the nation. Additionally, he Internet has unleashed meanness to a degree unseen before. Cyberbullying has become more rampant and has contributed to the suicides of multiple children.

gbcicon Mean Girl Makeover™
Jessie Funk, Executive Director of Non Profit for Girls
Grades 6-12
From being relentlessly bullied to becoming the relentless bully, Jessie Funk gives educators the psychological tools they need to access the humanity in those "mean girls." Using humor, personal experiences and even a little dash of music, Jessie helps the people who truly care about investing in our most challenging kids by empowering them with proven tactics to help bullies do a 180.

gbciconGirl Bullying: Mean Girls Come in All Shapes, Sizes and Cultures
Cheri Dill-Schenkar, M.Ed.
Grades 6-12
You will take home proactive prevention and intervention strategies that you can use immediately. Topics include: School Culture, Student Involvement, Prevention Priorities, Intervention Skills, Empowering Bystanders, Characteristics of Quietly Vicious Girl Bullies, Cost of Bullying

GBCICON Bibliotherapy: Using Novels to Heal
LoraLee Kodzo, Author & Speaker
Grades 6-12, Agency
Discover or rediscover the art of bibliotherapy. Across the country, in classrooms, counseling offices and homes people are finding answers in books. And not just non-fiction. Join author and speaker, LT Kodzo as she explores the use of novels to deal with bullying, suicide, date rape or simply being different.

Teaching Kids to be Upstanders & SHINE!
Cindy Wetzel, Author & Allison Stirling, Dean of Students
Grades K-6

Want to help children build their courage and confidence to Stand up for themselves and Help other Individuals Needing Encouragement? This session provides you with fun activities that can easily be put into action. Participants will learn strategies than can help empower children to handle bullying situations on their own, safely and responsibly.

The Resilience Breakthrough: Keys to Unleashing Resilience
Christian Moore, LCSW, Founder WhyTRy
Grades K-12, Agency
Drawing from WhyTry Founder Christian Moore's book, "The Resilience Breakthrough: 27 Tools for Turning Adversity into Action" this engaging presentation empowers participants to learn resilience and to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style.

Taking the Bully by Both Horns: The Five Rules of Bullying
David Dye, School Counselor
Grades K-12

Bullying has been well defined for decades, yet it is still misunderstood and misdiagnosed. The Five Rules of Bullying will equip educators to efficiently and effectively identify this Aggressive Social Interaction and provide knowledge and anti-bullying resources at their fingertip. It's a perfect companion to T-W-T and the Usual Suspects.

Bully to Builder: Empowering Girls to be the Solution
Lori Woodley, MS
Grades K-12
When girls are presented with an opportunity to actually feel the impact of connection and discovery they begin to purposefully speak and act from compassion and understanding rather than reaction and blame. The results are extraordinary.

Evolution of a Bully
Javonnie Shearn
Grades 6-12

Our anti bullying workshop is different from any other anti bullying workshop and is facilitated by someone who was a bully in school. Through this workshop we set out to help people recognize and value difference, diversity and togetherness. The concept of bullying is explored on many levels from power to empowerment. What the word bullying means, strategies for dealing with bullying, identifying bullying behavior in themselves and others, understanding some reasons people bully and helping them understand their own behavior. Our goal is to build confidence and coping skills while looking at active listening, empathy, and how to communicate effectively.

sdicon Creating a Customized and Highly Effective Classroom Management Plan
Chelonnda Seroyer, Award-Winning Teacher, Educational Consultant
Grades K-12
In this session, Chelonnda Seroyer will provide you with information based on the work of Dr. Harry K. Wong that supports the need for effective management techniques. Participants will receive free resources and varied strategies that will assist them as they work to customize their classroom management plans to fit their specific needs. Because effective teachers understand that having procedures in place will ensure that the school day runs smoothly, techniques will be shared that will provide them with ideas for classroom procedures for such as (but not limited to) arrival, dismissal, make-up work, missing assignments, substitute teachers, leaving the classroom, etc.

sdiconHow to Say No to Drugs: Let Me Count the Ways? The Influence of Random Drug Testing on School Culture and Climate
Kaycie Bowen & William Weber
Grades 6-12
The abuse of drugs and alcohol impacts a students academic performance. Long-term effects on the body can be devastating. The implementation of random drug testing is positive when the focus is education, deterrence and remediation. Participants will learn how this method of testing impacts school culture and climate.

sdiconLearning Gap Gobbling: Teaching Strategies and Reducing Classroom Disruptions
Cheri Dill-Schenkar, M.Ed.
Grades 6-12

Your will take home strategies that emphasize You Do, We Do, I Do reversing the traditional approach: STRATEGIES:
1. That constructively engage students in learning vocabulary
2. That provide built in completion opportunities.
3. That provide strategies to teach reading in content
4. That narrow the achievement gap
5. That bring about changes in teaching methods to student centric strategies
6. That improve student enthusiasm for school through experienced success.
7. Reduce classroom disruptions through a positive SUCCESS culture

sdicon The Suspension Question: What Schools Need to Know About Discipline Options
Susan Coleman, Doctorate & Michelle Rappaport, LCSW CAS MSW
Grades 6-12, Agency
The suspension question provides educators the tools they need to develop sound discipline practices while remaining in legal compliance, Participants will be given specific examples on programming that reduces the cost of out of school suspension. Programs include, but not limited to: mentoring, peer mediation, and a research based curriculum.

sdicon Chronic Absenteeism: A Taleof States
Kimberly Baker & JB Blocker, Ed.D.
Grades K-12
What is Chronic Absenteeism? Is it new or is it that we have shifted our focus as educators, practitioners, and researchers? This session will focus on the nation's chronic absenteeism rate and the effect it has had on the state of education, discipline, and the dropout rate. This session will also provide a hands on approach to possible solutions and outcomes. 

sdicon Discipline Without Stress: How to Handle EVERY Discipline Problem
Marvin Marshall, Ed.D.
Grades K-12, Agency
This session by the international disciple expert shows how to receive FREE MATERIALS for the only discipline program that is totally NONCOERCIVE, but never permissive. The system shows how to tap into internal motivation so students WANT to behave responsibly. You will leave knowing how to use AUTHORITY WITHOUT COERCION.

Drag Them In and Dust Them Off: A Guide to Reducing Exclusionary Consequences that Lead to Truancy
JB Blocker Ed.D & Momodou Keita Ed.D
Grades TBA

Rewards or Relationships: What's in Your School?
Russell Johnson - Social Worker
Grades K-12
Is your school data-driven or student-driven? The emphasis on data can turn our students into data beings instead of human beings. Performance increases by creating a climate in which relationships amonst all are valued and nurtured. This workshop offers practical strategies that strengthens relationships in a school community.

Into the Heart of Teaching: Fostering an Internal Locus of Control Within Ourselves and Our Students
Corinne Christiansen - Dean
Grades K-12
Participants will experience and practice highly successful paradigms that foster authentic growth within themselves and with their students. While exploring the paradigms of Mindfulness, the 3 C's: Classroom Culture Creation, the 3 R's: Relationship, Relevance, Responsibility, Seek First to Understand, the 4 Agreements, and the Hero's Journey, participants will discover ways to increase empathy, decrease frustrations and be more excited about their jobs and their students.

I Collect Zeros: Strategies for Kids Who Do Absolutely Nothing
Brian Mendler
Grades K-12
In this session you will learn the number one best relationship building strategy for kids who come everyday and do absolutely nothing.  Learn to prevent the number one mistake many teachers make that inadvertently kills student motivation.     

Follow the Leader & Reduce Discipline! Developing Student Leadership at the Elementary Level
Marie DuFresne, M.A., Robbie Wickware M.A. & Barbara Harris M.A.
Grades K-6

Get your elementary students involved in actively promoting a positive culture by cultivating leadership skills and reduce discipline referrals. This session will focus on how to develop and implement a student-led peer court and student leadership program with tips, ideas and helpful hints.

Proactive Choice: A Classroom Discipline Intervention that Fosters Brain Activity, Student Ownership and Positive Relationships
Mark Johnson & Sam Stecher
Grades K-12

Anytime we ask our students to do anything they are making a choice: compliance or noncompliance. As much fun as we find the noncompliance it's not the most conducive to learning. Learn how to get more compliance, share a little bit of control, and set your students up for success in the classroom and beyond with a few choice tweaks in your learning environment.

The Usual Suspects and TALK-WALK-TELL
David Dye, School Counselor
Grades K-12, Agency

After years of research we know the definition, but many bothersome behaviors do not fit the mold. If it's not bullying, what is it? Gain the knowledge and resources to confidently and quickly identify Negative Social Interactions. Prepare staff and students to take the bully by both horns!

Does Discipline Have to be a FOUR-LETTER Word?
Janilyn Elias, Ed.D.
Grades K-12

Discipline even with the Positive Behavior push is considered negative. Ways our school (center based emotional support, autistic, mental health treatment facility) has changed discipline into a negative 4-letter word to a positive 4-letter word using LABS (Learn first, Act responsibly, Be their best self, Show safe actions. Oh and did I mention our Labrador Retrievers?

Teach with Passion, Manage with Compassion!
Pamela Bouie, Ph.D.
Grades K-12, Agency

This fun, fast paced session will inspire administrators and teachers to implement practical, powerful strategies proven to reduce disruptive behavior, increase student achievement, gain parental support and empower educators. Learn how to build and sustain a positive learning environment while making improvements throughout your school!

Transforming ISS: Utilizing Social Emotional Learning, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and Restorative Practices
Troy Gray, M.Ed., Rosalynn Petrusas, M.Ed. & Katie Showalter
Grades K-12

Current practices with In-School Suspension (ISS) are ineffective, but with small structured changes, ISS can positively impact student behaviors and decrease student recidivism and bullying. Through the effective use of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Positive Behavior Supports, and Restorative Practices, ISS can help students learn corrective behaviors and increase mindfulness.

Implementing PBIS in Culturally Diverse Schools
Rebecca Bateman, MA & Melissa Becchina
Grades 6-12

This discussion examines implementation of positive behavior interventions and supports within large, diverse schools. Two major themes include reducing bias within implementation and increasing cultural capital for students. Discussion is based on an evaluative case study of a school using exploratory statistical analysis of disaggregated behavior data and qualitative data coded in-vivo to explore major themes given by participants and how those themes fit into these two major categories. The study uncovered two subthemes within each category; for reduction of bias, participants discussed alternatives to removal from the classroom and leadership implementation. For building cultural wealth, the participants discussed development of relationships within the learning community, and giving power and choice to the learner.

Power Struggles Unplugged
Brian Mendler
Grades K-12

This high energy session teaches specifically how to diffuse power struggles with any student in any situation at any time with our proven step by step process. Discover two words guaranteed to stop mouthy kids in their tracks. Learn exactlywhat to say when removing a student so they want to return to your class. 

Dangerous Personalities: How to Identify Them to Protect Yourself
Joe Navarro
Grades K-12
While the headlines may shock us, most of the harm caused by dangerous individuals goes undetected. In this fast moving presentation Mr. Navarro reveals the four personality types that will cause the most harm and how they can be detected, based on their behavior, before they victimize others.

Economy of Emotions - Crisis Response and Recovery
Dr. Sonayia (Sony) Shepherd - Safety Expert, Author
Grades K-12

Increasing Safety Through a Security Bond Project: Prioritizing Funding While Balancing Safety & Convenience
Curtis Case, Ed.D.
Grades K-12
Dr. Curtis Case shares how the Millard Pubic School District is increasing school safety through a security bond project that includes physical changes to facilities, integration of security hardware and software, training of staff, access control systems, and alarm monitoring/response. In 2011, Principal Case was injured in a school shooting. 

WATCH D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students)
Keith Schumacher
Grades K-12
WATCH D.O.G.S. ® is an innovative program focusing on education and safety in schools by using the positive influence of fathers and father-figures to provide an unobtrusive fathering presence, and a positive and active role-model for students. Fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers and uncles are asked to spend at least one day volunteering.

School Safety and the Social Media Threat in a Time of Terrorism: How Schools and Police Respond
Stephen Wilkins, MPA & Vic Ferrell, CPI Instructor
Grades K-12
This session describes how a suburban school district is transforming its safety and security posture to face the contemporary threat environment. Attendees will discuss a district case study of an actual incident and the lessons-learned to respond effectively to the social-media threat.

Crisis Prevention/Response for Rural K-12 Schools
Steve Webb, Ph.D.
Grades K-12
Crisis prevention and response in rural schools faces many challenges including, but not limited to the lack of funding, scarce community resources, and geographic isolation. This workshop will discuss active shooter/threat prevention and response, developing an emergency plan for the rural school, organizing multi-agency crisis teams, and conducting common-sense threat assessments for rural schools.

Suicide Prevention, Awareness & Response Strategies (S.P.A.R.S.)
Vaughn Baker
Grades K-12

This session is designed to educate attendees so they are more aware of types of students who may be or may know someone who is at risk f suicidal thoughts/behavior.Suicidal ideation, bullying/cyberbullying, risk factors and warning signs for teen suicide will be discussed. Response strategies based on weather they are a teacher or counselor are discussed as well as establishing a mitigation plan for the at-risk student.

Improving School Safety by Increasing Academic Achievement
John Tucker, Ph.D.
Grades 9-12

This session will focus on strategies and statistics that reveal the correlation between academic achievement and school safety.

Complacency and Concussions
Hunter Visser, Director, Safety and Performance Education
Grades 9-12
In this session, Hunter talks about his experience with a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and how complacency resulted in a lack of focus, causing an error that lead to his injury. Hunter will share some effective techniques that help fight complacency and how implementing these techniques result in a decrease in the errors that lead to concussions and injuries.

We Are More Alike Than Different
Suzanne Tocci, MA & Anthony Tocci
Grades K-6

Patriot Pioneers are students who have been trained in sensitivity awareness to become the inclusion experts at Patriot Elementary School. Patriot Pioneers train and educate future teachers in the College of Education at Florida Gulf Coast University, as well as current educators in the School District of Lee County. Students who are "wired differently" with disorders such as ADHD, ODD, and Autism have found their niche in the Pioneers by assisting students with more significant disabilities than their own. This group of diverse elementary level students have developed coping strategies and reinforcement opportunities to address some of their own exceptionalities. Patriot Pioneers are an example of student leadership in action and humanitarianism at its best!

I Used to Be Bullied for Having Special Needs: Here's When It Stopped
Kerry Magro, M.A.
Grades K-12

Bullying can be a lifelong concern for those with developmental disabilities. This presentation will offer offer a first-hand account of a young man who was bullied growing up on the autism spectrum. He will share the difficulties of having autism and not being able to express and defend himself.

Disciplinary Challenges with Special Education Students
Janilyn Elias, Ed.D.
Grades K-12

Special education law is easy when the student's behavior directly relates to his/her disability. However, what do you when the student is lazy, non-compliant, disregards authority and the disability doesn't indicate these behaviors? Can you suspend, expel or fail a special education student? We want to keep all students in school as much as possible but the answer to this question ~ Yes you can!

The Trauma -- Relationship -- School Environment Triangle: Understanding The Cyclical Nature of Trauma and Conflict and How to Change It!
Aaron Wiemeier, MS, LPC
Grades K-12
What is the the single largest obstacle to creating a healthy school climate and culture? What is the single most important thing every educator needs to know before they step foot in a school? Attendees of this breakout will learn the neurobiological and relational complexities of this often destructive and cyclical pattern that tends to shut down the process of healthy learning and interaction in schools. Warning....if you attend this breakout .....prepare to have your life changed and to reach a level of awareness that will empower you to become the teacher or administrator that you have always known that you can be!