GENERAL SESSION SPEAKERS FOR THE 2018 SCHOOL CLIMATE CONFERENCE INCLUDE:
April 15, 2018 (4:00 pm - 5:30 pm) – Dr. Stephen Sroka
Dr. Stephen Sroka is an internationally recognized speaker, trainer, author, teacher and educational consultant on health education, sex, drugs (especially opiates and heroin) and violence (including bullying and suicide) proactive prevention education, school safety, brain-based learning, at-risk students and alternative education, juvenile justice, parenting, dropout prevention and leadership building for schools and communities.
He was invited to the President’s White House Conference on School Safety, and he keynoted the First International H1N1 Swine Flu Conference in Washington, DC, which was featured live on C-SPAN. He has been a guest on Oprah and featured in USA TODAY.
Dr. Sroka received the Outstanding School Health Educator Award from the American School Health Association, was selected the Disney Outstanding Health Teacher of the Year, and was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame.
Dr. Steve believes that one person can make a difference with the power of many, and that is why he is a teacher.
April 16, 2018 (11:30 am - 1:15 pm) – Christian Moore
Christian Moore is an internationally renowned author, speaker, licensed clinical social worker, and advocate for at-risk youth. Coming from a blended family of 12 children, Christian spent most of his childhood years on the streets. In a neighborhood just outside of Washington, D.C., he was exposed to a wide array of social problems, which opened his eyes to the many injustices that exist in our world today.
As a social worker in education, youth corrections, and a homeless program, Christian began to see the need for a new approach in reaching out to today's youth. Drawing from his personal challenges, his degree, his career, and his understanding of people from all walks of life, Christian created WhyTry.
Christian's personal mission is to ensure that youth are given an opportunity to succeed, regardless of social or economic status, race, background, or other personal obstacles.
April 17, 2018 (10:00 am - 11:30 am) - Gerry Lopez - Riverside County Managing Deputy District Attorney
From a prosecutor's point of view, Riverside County Managing Deputy District Attorney Gerry Lopez teaches those that interface with parents how to teach parents to develop stronger and more positive relationships with their children, how to deal with rebellious and defiant children, and how to deter children from delinquent and risky behaviors. Gerry's work with youth and parents has been recognized by the White House, Harvard University, and the California State Association of Counties as an effective and innovative community improvement best practice.
A father of four and 28-year veteran prosecutor, Riverside County Supervising District Attorney Lopez has seen it all. Using his vast experience working with families in the juvenile justice system, Lopez has created an inspirational presentation that gives parents the tools they need to build positive and healthy relationships with their children while getting them ready for life.
"It starts with you, Too many people look outside themselves and point fingers. What parents do is the most important factor in the influence of a child's behavior."