CONFERENCE AGENDA

Please continue to check this page as we are currently organizing the 2018 School Climate & Culture Forum.

If you would like more information on becoming a speaker at any of our conferences please email us at pd@accutrain.com.

KEYNOTE SESSIONS -  ORLANDO

Robert Jackson: Building Cultural Awareness & Effective Communication with Stuff/Students

There is Power in being an Educator. During this interactive keynote address, educators will learn how to activate that power to inspire all students to be success stories.  Educators will be challenged to self-evaluate their day to day routine. Strategies will be given to build positive relationships and cultural awareness with students and staff. Who are you as an educator? We must understand our roles to positively impact our students. There are several factors that affect our view of our children that will be mapped out during this keynote also. We must recharge our batteries and renew our minds daily so our students receive our best. Educators will leave this keynote recharged and empowered to do their jobs more efficiently.

PLENARY SESSIONS - ORLANDO

Dr. David Rendall: Funny for a Change: Using Humor to Create Serious Transformation
Dr. Spencer Kagan: TBA
Baruti Kafele: School Leadership Strategies for Creating a Climate and Culture of Excellence

According to Principal Kafele, school climate and culture are inextricably linked to student achievement. In this high energy keynote address, Principal Kafele will provide a framework for the role of school leaders toward ensuring that the school’s climate and culture are conducive to high academic performance.

FEATURED SESSION - ORLANDO

Brian Mendler: That One Kid

Date: March 25, 2017

Time: 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Location: Caribbean IV & V

Plagued by severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties, I began disrupting class in 4th grade.  I believed my peers would laugh at me for being “dumb” so I made sure they laughed at me for being “bad” instead.  I was defiant, disruptive, and relatively unmotivated. I was “that one kid” that drove my teachers crazy.  By sixth grade my academic skills were so below grade level that I was pulled out of school.


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 featured session!

PRE-CONFERENCE - ORLANDO

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

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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

About the Presenter:

Steph Jensen, MS, LPC is an award-winning author and international speaker recognized for her insight and understanding of relational aggression. She combines 15 years of practice in the fields of education and counseling with research, practical strategies and humor to address challenging behaviors and build positive relationships with kids. She has held positions as classroom teacher, education consultant and international speaker. She holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues.


In recent years, Stephanie has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, social-emotional learning, and positive behavior interventions. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive: Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-haviors, Mom’s Choice Award-winning Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day, Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow and her latest: Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla!

Catava Burton, M.S.: Trauma, No D-Code Drama

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Adolescents are more susceptible to adverse childhood experiences (psychological trauma) during what Erikson described as the identity versus role confusion stage. Pubescent brains are pruning; trauma or toxic stress can substantially disrupt brain development, changing how they respond to perceived threats. In schools, students’ trigger reactions (fight, flight or freeze) are categorized as disruptive, defiant, and/or disrespectful (D-Codes) resulting in more punitive disciplinary consequences.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop an understanding of how trauma imprints on the brain.
  2. Analyze how student responses can present as defiance/disrespect.
  3. Gain research/evidence-based, non-punitive disciplinary responses to subjective behaviors.

About the Presenter:

Catava Burton, M.S. is the Preventative Services Specialist for Henrico County Public Schools providing oversight to the Behavior Support Team and Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports. She possesses 19 years experience in psychology with a focus on mental health, trauma, and human development. Catava is also a certified trauma practitioner, blogger for The Mighty, and featured as a 2017 Human of Richmond.

Larry Thompson, M.Ed: Defiant, Manipulative & Attention Seeking Students: How to Unlock Their Potential and Survive the Process

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With today’s increased focus on academic success and measureable outcomes, how educators handle defiant, manipulative, apathetic or attention-seeking students can often be the difference between success and failure in a given classroom – or an entire school. The disruption to the classroom and the energy that the educator must expend to address behavioral issues can create serious roadblocks to learning. Situations with difficult students have a way of intensifying quickly.

This seminar will provide attendees with up-to-date insights and strategies for reaching and helping students who can evoke strong feelings of frustration and discouragement. Educators will learn a five-step responsibility-centered approach that has been proven effective in helping educators become masters of challenging moments with students.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
  • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-focused approach to a responsibility-centered approach
  • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behaviors

About the Presenter:                                             Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained

KEYNOTE SESSIONS -  LAS VEGAS

Dr. Peter DeWitt - Collaborative Leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most

Whether we are teacher leaders, instructional coaches or school administrators there needs to be a focus on learning and impact. Collaborative leadership: 6 Influences That Matter Most focuses on how educators can use 6 of John Hattie’s high effect influences on learning to foster growth in their school communities.

Participant Outcomes

  •        Participants will understand the importance of, and research behind, collaboration as a school leader
  •        Participants will learn why within school variance between teachers may be an issue to focus on because it is much wider than the variance between schools (PISA)
  •        Participants will learn how collective teacher efficacy is a way to minimize within school variance among teachers
  •        Participants will learn how/when to use tools such as the flipped model to build collaboration
  •        Participants will learn how there are at least 6 influences to increase your success as a collaborative leader

       Participants will walk out with numerous practical actions to use in their classroom or school regardless of whether they are a teacher, school, district or division leader.

Merlyna Valentine: From Impossible to Possible...Every Child, Every Day

PLENARY SESSIONS - LAS VEGAS

Dr. Ned Hallowell: The American Edge: The Mind of the Entrepreneur

Most entrepreneurs have the trait that is so misleadingly called ADHD. Dr. Hallowell renames it “The Entrepreneur’s Trait,” and shows how phenomenally beneficial it can be. A follow-up to talk # 1, this presentation shows how many different paths people with the entrepreneurs trait have followed, and what factors predict the greatest success.

Dr. Yong Zhao: TBA

Most entrepreneurs have the trait that is so misleadingly called ADHD. Dr. Hallowell renames it “The Entrepreneur’s Trait,” and shows how phenomenally beneficial it can be. A follow-up to talk # 1, this presentation shows how many different paths people with the entrepreneurs trait have followed, and what factors predict the greatest success.

 PRE-CONFERENCE - LAS VEGAS

Larry Thompson M.Ed.: Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
Rick Shaw: School Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask! And You Can’t Measure What You Don’t Know!

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Not knowing does not protect your school or you from liability…not knowing sets up a failure at preventing disruptive incidents, liabilities, negative headlines, angry parents, and tragedies. Surveys are one of multiple ways to empower schools and districts to gather valuable data (with the right questions) to identify current issues, reasonably foresee potential for issues, and create a benchmark for improving your school climate – because collecting, assessing, and connecting the dots is critical to the overall climate when it comes to dangerous gaps with old school approaches [trusted adults, bullying reporting pages, paper, meetings, silos, etc.]. This session will explore the critical process of collecting, assessing, and interpreting real data from your students and your people in your schools/community.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Formulate surveys/incident reports in order to get the information you need to identify issues and create benchmarks for improvement.
  • Utilize the data (dots) collected to create 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.

About the Presenter:

Rick Shaw is the Founder, CEO and CDO of Awareity Inc. – a developer of innovative, web-based and award-winning prevention platform for students, employees and communities. He has more than 20 years of experience performing numerous types of assessments (threat, compliance, physical, information security, social media and others), with a focus on prevention processes across multiple industries and types of threats.  Rick's experiences – combined with extensive research using post-event reports, lawsuits and surveys – has helped expose the most dangerous disconnects and potential liabilities facing schools (including new threats related to social media).

Mike Paget: Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently

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Supporting students who are “Wired Differently” in an inclusive school setting requires an array of practices beyond traditional discipline. This session will include an overview of the major emotional and behavioral challenges of students who are “Wired Differently.” Success for all students requires an emphasis on prevention and positive skill building. Increasingly school experience is showing the importance of effective school wide practices to best support all students. “School wide positive behavior interventions and supports” is one of the more prominent practices. This session will look at effective practices at the universal, secondary, and tertiary tiers.                                                                                       

Learning Objectives:
In this session, you will learn how to:
•              Understanding the top Ten Challenges of Students Who are Wired Differently
•              Designing School-wide 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.

 
Dr. William Noel: Implicit Bias, Equity & Cultural Competence

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In a single school year, 1.2 million African-American students faced at least one (1) day of suspension from our nation’s public schools.  Research indicated that nearly 55% of that 1.2 million were from districts in 13 southern states, including Virginia.  Research also revealed that African-American students were suspended more than 3x the rate of Caucasian students.

One possible explanation is that there are seemingly two (2) types of student discipline at work in our schools. First, Criminalized Discipline, which uses punitive-based measures like suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement, and secondly, Medicalized Discipline, which uses solution-based measures like medical attention and/or psychological intervention.  Code violations by minority students are viewed as conditions that warrant Criminalized Discipline; whereas, code violations by non-minority students are viewed as conditions that warrant Medicalized Discipline.  In this session, Dr. Noel will take a serious look at the role Implicit Bias; a lack of Equity & our lack of Cultural Competence plays on the actions & decisions of school staff, based on what they see.

Learning Objectives:

In this session, participants will learn about topics that include, but are not limited to:

  • Understand how our Implicit Bias influences our actions.
  • Discern   why we should stress Equity over Equality.
  • Learn   the Cultural Competency journey
  • Discover  the importance of being “color brave”.
  • how our Mindset impacts the emotions & feelings of students.

 

About the Presenter

The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out WHY.” This quote by Mark Twain perfectly captures Dr. William Noel’s personal calling and dedication to working for children.  That higher calling and dedication is “WHY” Dr. Noel remains committed to being an influential role model for all students, but especially for our (sometimes) Hard-to-Reach students.

Dr. Noel emphasizes the importance of connecting with our Hard-to-Reach students through establishing genuine relationships, and teaching them to make better decisions.  He will be the first person to debate that knowing WHO we teach may be more important than WHAT we teach.

Dr. Noel began this exciting journey first as a substitute teacher, then an Alternative Education teacher, Social Studies teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, and now Director.  When asked by a colleague if he was going to miss teaching now that he is an administrator; Dr. Noel replied, “I will always be a teacher; just no longer from a classroom.”

 

ORLANDO AGENDA

Pre-Conference - Friday, March 23, 2018

6:30 am - 8:00 am: Pre-Conference Registration

8:00 am - 11:00 am: Pre-Conference Sessions

8:00 am - 12:00 pm: Regular Conference Check-in/ Registration

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)

Conference - Friday, March 23, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:10 pm: Welcome/Plenary  Session

1:45 pm - 2:45 pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions                

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm:Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm: General Session - "25 in 50: 25 Innovative Strategies to Create a Positive School Climate"

Conference - Saturday, March 24, 2018

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Refreshments & Exhibits

8:30 am - 9:30 am: Plenary Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

12:20 pm - 1:40pm: Lunch 

Options Include

          - On your own

          - "Lunch & Learn"  *additional fee

1:45  pm - 2:45pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm: General Session - "25 in 50: 25 Innovative Strategies"         

Conference - Sunday, March 25, 2018

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Refreshment & Exhibits

8:30 am - 9:30 am: Keynote  & Breakout Sessions

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

11:15  am - 12:15 pm: Closing Session

LAS VEGAS AGENDA

Pre-Conference - Tuesday, July 10, 2018

7:00 am - 8:00 am: Pre-Conference Registration

8:00 am - 11:00 am: Pre-Conference Sessions

10:00 am - 4:00 pm: Regular Conference Check-in/ Registration

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Pre-Conference Sessions

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm: Conference Check-in/Registration

Conference - Wednesday, July 11, 2018

7:00 am - 8:30 am: Registration / Check-in

8:30 am - 9:30 am: Welcome / Plenary  Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Keynote & Breakout Sessions                

11:15 am - 12:15 pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

12:20 pm - 1:40 pm: Lunch

Options Include:

          - On your own

          - "Lunch & Learn"  *additional fee

1:45 pm - 2:45  pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

3:00  pm - 4:00 pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm: General Session - "25 in 50: 25 Innovative Strategies to Create a Positive School Climate"      

Conference - Thursday, July 12, 2018

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Refreshments & Exhibits

8:30 am - 9:30 am: Plenary Session

10:00 am - 11:00 am:  

Keynote & Breakout Sessions

11:15 am - 12:15 pm:

Keynote  & Breakout Sessions       

12:20pm - 1:40pm: Lunch

          - On your own

          - "Lunch & Learn"  *additional fee

1:45 pm - 2:45pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Keynote & Breakout Sessions       

4:10 pm - 5:00 pm: General Session - "25 in 50: 25 Innovative Strategies"

Conference - Friday, July 13, 2018

7:30 am - 8:30 am: Refreshment & Exhibits

8:30 am - 9:30 am: Plenary Session - "Learning Difference: the Mind of the Entreprepreneur" by Dr. Ned Hallowell

10:00 am - 11:00 am: Keynote - "ADHD: It Can Break You or Make You" by Dr. Ned Hallowell & Breakout Sessions       

11:15  am - 12:15 pm: Closing Session