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

"I'm a Keeper!" gives educators a toolkit 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!

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.

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.

The T.R.U.TH About Teens:  Cultivating Resiliency and Leadership Skills in At-Risk Youth (and ALL Teens)
Keon Marcell-Merriett
Grades 6-12

This insightful session will guide educators and those who work with teens in bridging the gap to understand the needs of at-risk and all teens in order to help them overcome life’s challenges. The Teens Realizing and Understanding THemselves (T.R.U.TH) Mentoring Program is a community-based youth advocate to aid youth in reaching their full potential and harness their talents.

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 and 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.

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!

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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

TBA

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.

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.

Academic Resiliency Instructional Strategies: The Missing Variable for Struggling Student Success
Philip Trejo, MS
Grades K-12, Agency
Participants will learn the high-yield instructional strategies that also foster academic resiliency, averaging a 20% increase in student achievement with At-Risk student groups. Participants will be able to assess the non-cognitive skills, provide specific targeted supports and have examples to be able to implement the strategies in their teaching.

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.

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.

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!

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!

Doing Suspension Differently: Lessons Learned from an Out-of-the-Box Approach
Katie Ashell, Ed.D., Ashley Robertson, M.Ed., & Kaleb Carter
Grades K-12

In Champaign Schools (IL), The ACTIONS Program serves the most challenging students before during and after suspension. It provides family, teacher, school, and student support to encourage behavior change. After three years of out-of-the-box approaches, program staff share their non-traditional path to decreased suspensions and lessons learned.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



 

LAS VEGAS SESSIONS

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.

Being a Woman, a Leader and Victim of Childhood Bullying
Marcella Gonsalves, MPH
Grades K-12, Agency

This presentation will review literature and preliminary results from a qualitative study that explored the lived experiences of women leaders who were victims of childhood bullying. In doing so, it provides insight into the lifelong effects or influences of bullying victimization both in general and within their approaches to leadership.

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

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

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Teaching Through Trauma: The ABCs of Implementing Psychological First Aide in the Classroom
ELainia Ross-Jones
Grades K-12
This insightful presentation teaches educators how to foster resilience and create a healing learning environment for students who have been impacted by tragedy. Through this workshop, educators are equipped with clarity about their role and given tools to avoid the pitfalls of avoidance and confusion.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Black Girl Blues: An Introduction to Intra Racial Bullying
Carolyn Strong, Dean of Students
Grades K-12

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 and 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.

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.

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.

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!

Transforming Turnaround Schools
Mokysha Benford, Ed.D.
Grades K-6

Transforming turnaround schools scan be a daunting task. Many times there is poor culture, a lack of trust, disconnection, inadequate instruction, deficient students, imperfect management, and new leadership. This session will take you through one school\'s journey of working towards this goal understanding the need for effective discipline management, building relationships, and utilizing best practices.

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!

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!