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Keynote Sessions

Baruti Kafele
Dr. Randy Sprick: A Framework for Improving Schoolwide Climate, Safety and Discipline

In this session, Dr. Sprick presents an overview of five powerful variables that constitute a framework for improving behavior and motivation within a school. These include: Structure for Success, Teach Expectations, Observe/Supervise, Interact Positively, and Correct Misbehavior Fluently. When these five variables are combined effectively, a continuous improvement cycle can be developed in a school in which every year the school is safer, more positive, with better connection between staff and students. Participants will leave with practical strategies that can be immediately applied in every school.

Stephanie Jensen
Molly Barker: Climbing Out of the Girl Box
Molly Barker encourages her audience to examine the “boxes” from which they have lived their lives and to step outside their comfort zones and seek a new, innovative and more joyful context through which to view the world. She inspires audiences to question their actions, thoughts and current position in life and to explore the “what if’s” to realize their greatest human potential.
Robert Jackson: The Power of the Educator

Every Educator has the power to build up or tear down their students. This keynote address by Robert Jackson will energize Educators by reminding them of the importance of their jobs, including how to activate their power to educate, activate and motivate all students to be champions. Every student is one caring adult away from being a success story. Why can’t it be you? In order for this to happen, we must recharge our batteries, work on our own self development and find ways to educate all students, despite their backgrounds, ethnicity or mistakes they have made along the way. Educators will leave this session energized with strategies they can use right away.

Dr. Michael Gurian: The Minds of Boys: Best Practices for Teaching Boys and Young Men
Based on thirty years of science-based research, this plenary session will trace the neuroscience of boys’ minds and hearts, how acculturation influences boys and young men, and what best practices professionals in education and mental health fields can use immediately in their work with boys and men.  Dr. Gurian will also look at male motivation issues, electronics and the impact of technology on male brains, and boy-specific nurturing and empathy techniques.

Plenary Sessions

Dr. Randy Sprick: Reducing Barriers to Learning within a Multi-Tiered System of Support

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.

Molly Barker: Putting Your Passion to Work
Molly Barker shares the story of how Girls on the Run was launched, as well as the lessons she has learned in managing its phenomenal growth. She explores the challenges faced by most passionate entrepreneurs, both in the business management and its effect on personal balance. Audiences leave with renewed inspiration to pursue their goals and dreams.
Dr. Michael Gurian: Boys and Girls Learn Differently: Why Gender Based Instruction Works

There has been a renaissance worldwide in gender- and brain-based instruction in the last two decades. One of its proponents, Dr. Gurian, will provide a keynote that focuses on gender differences in instructional systems, from pre-k through college.

In this keynote, Dr. Gurian explores how the minds of boys and girls develop distinctly and provides best practices for educators, other professionals, and parents who care for and support the behavioral, academic, and emotional needs of both genders.  He further identifies new brain-based research on transgender brains and the gender-brain spectrum. 

Dr. Gurian has been called “the people’s philosopher” for his ability to combine cutting edge science with stories from people’s everyday lives.  His presentation leaves audiences with a new vision of what boys and girls need both in school and in life, new tools by which to interpret the signals of our growing children, and new confidence to care for, love, and educate the genders in a high-pressure world.

Pre-Conference – Tuesday June 27, 2017

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Pre-Conference Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Pre-Conference Registration
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pre-Conference Sessions
Rick Shaw: Effective Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask

Not knowing doesn’t save you from liability…not knowing sets you up to fail at preventing incidents, liabilities, and tragedies. Surveys empower schools and districts to gather valuable data (with the right questions) to identify current issues, reasonably foresee potential issues, and create a benchmark for improving your school climate – because students cannot achieve higher scores if your climate is full of incidents, fears, and chaos. This session will explore the process of interpreting real survey data from real students at real schools. And by attending you will be eligible for a FREE Student Survey and analysis.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify specific gaps in connecting the pieces of the puzzle
  • Utilize best practices to prevent liability, lawsuits and tragedies
  • Demonstrate the essential steps in intervention and prevention
  • Build community prevention-based safety teams comprised of key collaborators using best practices

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Larry Thompson M.Ed.: Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline

Can responsibility be taught? How can educators move from “making” students behave to helping students learn self-management? This is a major, but necessary, paradigm shift – moving from enforcement to a focus on student growth and providing essential life skills.

In this session, author Larry Thompson will discuss how traditional discipline practices actually allow students to continue using those exits to avoid responsibility. He will also share six essential practices that will close those exits and help students learn self-management. These six essential practices include: Benefits for Changing Behavior Clear Expectations Emotional Control Consistency Leadership in Challenging Moments

OBJECTIVES: Adopt best practices for creating a school culture in which students take ownership of their actions. Master techniques for dealing with different low-to-high intensity disciplinary cases. Close exits on the road to responsibility with emotional control. Adopt methods to drastically decrease disciplinary referrals to the office. Cultivate clear, appropriate and consistent expectations to prevent and address disruptive student behaviors.  

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Mike Paget: The PBIS/MTSS Maze: Avoiding Dangerous Pitfalls & Finding the Path to Success

Effective school practice and reams of research recommend that schools address the academic and behavioral needs of students in a “tiered framework” of practices, supports, and interventions, Most frameworks have three tiers, and are generally defined as services for all, additional services for some, and highly specialized services for a few students. Getting results from these frameworks requires something elusive that holds the tiers together. This session will focus on the connections between academic and behavioral success, and will look closely at the social emotional needs of students who are “Wired Differently.”

Learning Objectives:

  •    Understanding the Top Ten Challenges of Students Who are Wired Differently
  •    Designing Tiered Schoolwide Systems for Students Who are Wired Differently
  •    Evaluating Your School for Effective School Wide Practices
  •    Collaboration Between Families, Schools and Community Resources

 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Mike currently works as a consultant to schools throughout North America to help them better teach challenging students. As a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, CD and other special needs students for more than 25 years. Mike is an innovator of effective approaches for working with extremely challenging students and has conducted seminars across the U.S. and Canada on creative techniques for managing classroom behavior, student aggression and crisis intervention. He is co-author of Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance. His newest book is High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities.

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Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP: Teaching Self-Regulation: Helping Students Excel in School & Life

Self-Regulation includes a set of skills necessary for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. In this strategy-packed session, author and national consultant Kaye Randall will provide concrete lessons targeting each of the 3 skill-training areas identified in the Self-Regulation Training System (Physical, Emotional and Cognitive Regulation.)

OBJECTIVES:
Develop a level of understanding of Self-Regulation framework sufficient for teaching it to students and parents.
Apply step-by-step strategies to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation.
Implement strategies in a way that is most effective for addressing multiple behavioral problem areas.
Report measurable outcomes from application of Self-Regulation strategies.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Kaye Randall is a nationally known author and speaker who has led professional seminars throughout North America on student mental health, bullying, self-injury, depression, anxiety and anger — as well as youth leadership and student empowerment. Kaye has inspired seminar participants through her practical insights, humor, and proactive strategies for helping children and adolescents. She continues to provide clinical services to both children and adolescents and has been named social worker of the year by the Council on Adoptable Children. She is co-author of See My Pain, Creative Strategies & Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure (featured in USA Today), 102 Creative Strategies for Working with Depressed Children & Adolescents, and Mean Girls: 101½ Creative Strategies and Activities for Working with Relational Aggression.

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12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Pre-Conference Sessions
Richard Guerry: Motivate Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Bullying, Exploitation & Abuse

This high-energy presentation will shed light on new technologies and trends on the horizon to help you teach and motivate the responsible use of any digital tool – current or future – to students, families, educators and peers.
It will illustrate how today and tomorrow’s powerful digital tools can open windows of opportunity when used appropriately – and close them if abused.
It will show you how to eliminate myths of “Anonymity, “Social Privacy” and “Ephemeral Technologies” to help reduce digital abuse and create a positive (digital) environment.
It will help the audience understand the importance of digital legacy and how our digital actions today will be used to shape and identify who we were as digital forefathers to future generation and family.
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There is no magic button to eliminate all digital abuse in your school– but there are ways to reduce it, bring accountability to those that create it, and empower those who wish to avoid it. Whether you are tech-savvy or tech-challenged, this workshop will provide you with solutions and recommendations for prevention that you can take back to your school and implement.

Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, Texting, Tumblr, Twitter and chat rooms provide great options for increased socialization. Newer technologies such as WhatsApp, Periscope, Meerkat, and Whisper provide additional options for communication – sometimes with the illusion of privacy. Gaming continues to increase in popularity, especially with boys, and is becoming increasingly social. While all of these platforms have the potential to benefits students and educators, they also have the potential to dramatically increase risk to students, families, teachers & schools.

Led by one of the nation’s most sought after speakers in the field, author and internationally known digital safety advocate Richard Guerry will help educators understand the latest technology trends and how to motivate positive use and prevent digital abuse. All attendees will obtain tools & guidelines that can be efficiently implemented to prevent:

• Sextortion
• Cyber Bullying
• Gaming Risks
• Mobile Malware
• Poor Social Media Behaviors  
• Irresponsible Use of Any Apps
• Creation of Inappropriate content
• Many Other Current & Future Cyber Issues

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS:
•  Using the “Digital Risk Assessment” with students, faculty & parents
•  Essential cyber-danger prevention strategies every educator should know
•  Integrating digital safety into the schoolwide curriculum
•  Distributing a parent/child cyber-citizen contract and a school social-media policy
•  Developing a sustainable cyber-safety mindfulness in students
•  Teaching children and adolescents the concept of “digital legacy”

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Steph Jensen, MS, LPC: Mean Girls: Behind the Screen Addressing & Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression

Technology and social media plays an increasingly large role in the social development of our kids today.  Studies show that the average child (ages 7-17) spends up to 10 hours a day in front of a screen or device.  Social media platforms have become a staple for young girls in their effort to stay connected to peers and parents. As girls spend more time trying to stay “connected” on-line, they actually become more disconnected.  Studies show a correlation between the amount of time spent on social media and personal life dissatisfaction.  Girls create elaborate identities and personas on-screen; but do you ever wonder what is going on behind the screen? As girls experience the turbulent times of childhood and adolescence they often turn to social media to cover their fears, confusion and anxiety from the outside world.  If left untreated, girls are twice as likely as boys to develop an internalizing disorder such as depression or anxiety by mid-adolescence.  The better we understand what is hidden behind the screen of “mean girls” the more effective we become in promoting the healthy development of confident, strong and happy girls.

Objectives:

Learn how social media affects brain development
Develop an understanding of how social media can impact mental health.
Discover Strategies to teach Netiquette: Send means Said
Create a plan for effective communication in the digital and real world
Apply Aggressors Anonymous: Tools to Address Social Media Addiction

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Brian Mendler M.Ed.: Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students

From the author of the international best-selling book Discipline with Dignity, this session is loaded with strategies, techniques, and ideas designed to prevent motivation and discipline problems in the most difficult classrooms. Discover and practice specific strategies and techniques designed to change attitudes and ignite a passion for success.  This practical, informative session will transform the lives of your most disruptive students.

OBJECTIVES:  

  • Recognize underlying causes of student misbehavior.
  • Identify 3 places to build relationships.
  • Describe merits of values vs. rules.
  • Demonstrate 8 steps to diffusing any student.

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Eric Clark M. Ed.: 25 Tech Tools Teachers Can Use to Enhance Student Engagement

With so much technology available how does a teacher know what will work in the classroom? For those educators just getting their feet wet with technology integration to those currently using technology in the classroom, presenter Eric Clark will explore exciting ways to use tech tools to increase student engagement and bring life into the classroom.

One-to-one computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Smart Boards and other improvements have revolutionized the technology environment in many North American classrooms, yet many educators have lagged behind in incorporating technology into their instruction. Many classrooms are not much different than they were 20 years ago. PowerPoint slides have replaced transparencies and papers are now submitted on computers, but the potential is limitless!

OBJECTIVES:
• Discern the value of reverse mentoring in a technology-supported classroom.
• Discover innovative ways to store and manage lessons, files, and multi-media.
• Integrate video editors to create lessons centered on problem-based learning.
• Learn how to use online video to support lessons rather than sustain them.
• Identify different tools to help students become authors, producers, and creators of multi-media projects.
• Apply new technology tools and/or strategies to enrich technology integration within the classroom

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5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Early Registration / Check-In

Main Conference – Wednesday June 28, 2017

7:00 am – 8:20 am
Conference Registration/Check-in, Refreshments & Exhibits
8:20 am – 9:30 am
Welcome/Plenary Session
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sessions
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Sessions
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Sessions
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Sessions
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sessions

Main Conference – Thursday June 29, 2017

7:30 am – 8:20 am
Refreshments & Exhibits
8:20 am – 9:30 am
Plenary Session
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Sessions
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Exhibits
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Sessions
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm
Sessions
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Plenary Session

Main Conference – Friday June 30, 2017

7:00 am – 8:00 am
Refreshments & Exhibits
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Plenary Session
9:15 am – 10:15 am
Sessions
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Sessions
11:30 am – 12:45 pm
Lunch (on your own)
12:45 pm – 1:45 pm
Sessions
2:00 pm – 2:55 pm
Closing Plenary Session

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