2018 Winter Workshops Overview:

The School Climate Conference will feature  (25) workshops and up to (6) Early Bird Sponsored Workshops.  Click on the below date and time to find the titles, summaries and presenters of each workshop. To print out the conference program, use the download option.

*Early Bird Workshops are delivered by School Climate Conference Sponsors and are intended to introduce attendees to the latest programs, products and services available.

Day 1: Sunday November 4th

  • 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Registration
  • 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Workshop 1
  • 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Workshop 2
  • 3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Hotel Check in
  • 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Opening - General Session 1
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Networking Social

Day 2: Monday November 5th

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Coffee and Registration
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.  - Workshop 3
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Workshop 4
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch & General Session 2
  • 1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Workshop 5
  • 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Workshop 6
  • 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Networking Social

Day 3: Tuesday November 6th

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Coffee and Registration
  • 8:30 a..m. – 9:45 a.m.  - Workshop 7
  • 10:00 a.m - 11:30 a.m- Closing General Session 3


2018 Workshops

*Workshop Titles, Summaries and Presenters could change prior to conference date.

Preliminary Workshops Announced.  More workshops will be added to fill out the agenda.

Sunday | November 4th, 2018

1:00 p.m – 2:15 p.m.

S.H.E. (Strong, Healthy, Educated) is Me! - A Curriculum for Girls

Girls are growing up in one of the most exciting, yet challenging times in history. The purpose of S.H.E. is Me! is to help girls navigate the issues and situations faced in the teenage years. The group provides a safe and supportive environment to discuss these issues. Topics covered include body image, dating and relationships, communication skills, setting boundaries (emotional and physical), sexuality, and the positive and negative consequences of social media usage.

Room: Elderberry Presenters – Lisa Pynn and Natasha Kohls, Alvord Unified School District


Current Social Media Trends and the impact on school culture and climate.

This session will address current social media trends and the impact it has on the culture and climate of our schools.  Safer Schools Together (SST) designs and implements comprehensive professional development sessions tailored for school administration, law enforcement, students, staff, parents, community groups, and multi-disciplinary teams throughout North America.

A deeper understanding of how to create, measure and evaluate school connectedness and school systems will be explored. Additionally, we will provide current best practice on how to utilize social media to ensure safe schools by identifying individuals on the pathway to engage in behaviors harmful to self and or others. 

Room: Cottonwood -Theresa Campbell – Safer Schools Together


Three Perspectives of Crisis: Students, Parents, and You

Dealing with loss affects every aspect of a child’s life. Often, families do not talk to each other about death thus making it dif cult for children
to process the death. Participating in groups designed to address death provides a platform for children to express their thoughts and beliefs regarding death. It is necessary to address key components of grief in an age appropriate manner in an effort to facilitate the development of healthy coping skills. The facilitation of a grief group provides a safe environment for children to come together and gain the necessary tools to progress through the grieving process.

Room: White Sage- Presenter – Regina Siez – LCSW,PPS, Temecula Valley Unifed School District

2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

5 Mindful Ways to Shift the Climate of Your Classroom

Session will include tips, tools and trade activities that will help students learn how to build skills in self-regulation, self- awareness, empathy and build connection and community inside the classroom. We will take a deeper dive into todays digital dilemma and provide a new approaches so that students can make healthier decisions about how to use devices and social media. Further, we will review the power of reflection, so that students understand their potential to become thoughtful and kinder contributors to a larger society.

Room: Elderberry - Presenters: Julia Gabor, M.Ed, Founder, kid-grit and Jeffrey L. Jordan, CEO Sportika Goodworx and Founder, kid-grit


Integrating Alternative Discipline, Restorative Practices, and Community Intervention to create a positive school climate

This presentation will focus on the development and implementation of intervention programs and alternative discipline strategies on a middle school and high school campus. A school administrator will discuss the stages and process involved in revamping school systems and procedures to best support students.  Community Intervention Specialists will discuss their role as a liaison between the community, parents, students, feeder schools, and after school programs to create a positive school culture and climate. Specific strategies and practices will be reviewed.

Room: Cottonwood -Presenters: Katie Knifton, M.A,. PPS, Christa Green, Christopher Green - School Community Intervention Specialist- Mesa Verde High School -Sylvan Middle School– San Juan Unified School District


Popular Culture and the Noise it Makes

This class will help attendees understand popular culture and how it impacts youth. Attendees will expand their knowledge of today’s popular culture, gain a better understanding of millennials, their unique language and way of thinking. Examples from music, Internet and video games will be highlighted. This presentation contains ADULT THEMES.

Room: White Sage - Presenter - Paul LeBaron - Long Beach Police Department

Monday | November 5th, 2018

8:30 a.m - 9:45 a.m.

Resiliency in the Classroom

This interactive session will inform teachers about how to enhance resiliency in the classroom, by focusing on their own reflective growth. Teachers will see increased student engagement, and a decrease in challenging behavior through a focus on the development of the external assets of 1) Caring Relationships, 2) High Expectations, and 3) Opportunities for Meaningful Participation.

Room: Elderberry - Presenter - Tom Herman - Administrator Coordinated School Health and Safety Office - California Department of Education


“Dr. RB, We need you Now!!” - One Data-Driven Approach to Transform an Elementary School’s Climate

In this session, participants will delve into the data and decision-making process for school climate transformation for an urban, 1000 student, K-5 school situated within the western US .  Participants will be introduced to the school site administrator’s three prong plan. Participants will collaborate with each other to compile a very simple 30-day action plan to begin the process of transformation for their own schools.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Dr. Carey W. Roybal-Benson


Monday Morning Blues

It's Monday morning and, as students arrive on campus, you notice a crowd forming. Two students start fighting. By the time you and your vice principal have stopped the fight and interviewed witnesses, it's on Instagram. What do you do next? This workshop is a participatory simulation of effective school social media incident response

Room: White Sage - Presenter – Matthew Soeth – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder


“Engage Me or Enrage Me”: Saving Our Sons from Academic and Social Homicide

The numbers tell an unmistakable story: African-American and Latino boys are in trouble. Black and Brown boys are three times as likely as White ones to grow up in poverty, and 10 times as likely to attend a high-poverty secondary school. Their test scores lag, they are disproportionately likely to repeat a grade, and they are punished more harshly than other children for school infractions. If current trends hold, one-third of the Black and Brown boys born in 2001 will spend time in prison.

During this interactive workshop, we look at ways we can teach to insure that we teach all children, particularly Black and Brown boys, in intellectually, socially, and culturally appropriate ways.

In addition, we will focus on helping educators who work with African American and Latino boys to understand their cultural and developmental identities, learning styles, expressions, and behaviors in order to reduce conflicts between the boys, and increase educational stamina. 

Room: Tule - Presenter - Dr. LaMarr Darnell Shields, Ph. D - Cambio Group


10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m

Breaking Down the Bullying Infrastructure in Schools

Conflict is almost certain whenever people from different backgrounds are placed in the same setting. This is particularly true for public programs that serve a diverse group of youth. However, when confronted with repetitive behaviors intended to harm, many adolescents do not have the skill set to combat bullying behaviors. In order to lessen the impact of bullying behaviors in public programs, interventions must target both the victims and the bullies. Youth who are targets of bullying should be taught the appropriate responses to bullying behavior. Youth who are labeled as bullies should be taught to use his/her natural leadership ability for pro-social change in schools and the elevation of peers. This session will address the social structure of bullying and action steps for professionals to follow when bullies and victims are identifed.

Room: Elderberry - Presenter – Dr. Eric Landers – Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University


Gang Awareness and Prevention Training for Parents

This presentation is extremely important because gang members originally come from families within our communities. Though there are many complex societal reasons why youth join gangs, the fact remains that what parents do or do not do while raising their child is the single most important influence in the development of their child's behavior. Furthermore, the explosion of youth gang participation is not simply caused because of "bad", non-caring, or negligent parents. On the contrary, experts have seen an increase in the number of caring and well intentioned families in our communities that are also struggling with children who are getting involved in gangs, drugs and delinquency because the parents lack the necessary tools, skills, knowledge and information to raise their children in an era of much greater dangers, temptations and negative influences for youth. The key, therefore, to achieving healthy communities that are free from the ravaging effects of gang violence, is to focus on developing healthy family dynamics that will deter youth from participating in gangs. Accordingly, this presentation teaches parents and those interacting with youth ,  why youth get involved in gangs, the warning signs, how to construct healthy and positive relationships with their children, and more specifically, what parents need to know and do to keep their children out of gangs. This presentation is the one most requested, and it is not uncommon for attendees to comment that this presentation will forever change their family dynamics.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter Riverside County Deputy District Attorney’s Michael Tripp and Evelyn Essenwanger


Decrease Student Suspensions and Expulsions While Increasing Student Engagement

Come learn how one Southern California school district has made significant reductions in home suspensions and expulsions over the last nine years. Through a change in philosophy and a variety of alternatives, not only has the number of suspensions and expulsions decreased, but the number of student behavior incidents has decreased as well. Developing a school-wide culture that values and respects all students is a priority in being able to increase student engagement in school. Creating a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model is a part of this; so too is the need for school leaders to be able to provide staff with the necessary alternative strategies to help prevent student choices that lead to discipline. In this session, we will dialogue about all of this and more and you will leave with some useful strategies to take back to your school and district.

Room: White Sage - Presenter – Steve Behar, EdD– Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Unified School District


Tools and Strategies to Involve Youth in Prevention Activities

This workshop will provide participants with useful tools and strategies to develop youth-led activities that are adapted for a school-based setting and stem from a substance use prevention framework. Ideal for school administrators, staff teachers, counselors, and school resource officers who are looking for ideas and tools to develop youth-led activities in their community. These tools and strategies can be used to implement the 40 developmental assets to encourage youth advocacy and leadership. Presentation topics will include The Marijuana Education Initiative, Reality Parties for Parents, Task Force for Students, Photovoice, and Vaping Prevention Activities.

Room: Tule - Presenters:  Phillip Falcetti, MPH - Alejandra Vaca, Alyssa Juguilon, and Kelli Krecker-Lewis, MPH - National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence - OC


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those ages 10-24. The rate for this age group has climbed steadily since 2007 and has taken an even stronger upward trend since 2011. This workshop will address some of the factors that appear to be affecting this trend and will provide some strategies to help schools address this growing concern. Additionally, participants will be provided with some postvention strategies to help assist students, families, and staff members in the aftermath of a suicide death.  

Room: Elderberry - Presenter: Dean Lesicko Collaborative Learning Solutions


Braiding PBIS Implementation to include Student Voice, SEL, Restorative Practices, Cultural Responsiveness in High Schools

Kern High School District is the largest 9-12 high school district in California and one of the largest high school districts in the nation, with more than 40,000 students served across 18 comprehensive campuses, 5 alternative sites, and 7 special education programs and regional occupation centers.  After initial exploration in 2012-2014, in 2014-2015 the district began a district-wide implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports that braids Cultural Responsiveness, Equity, Socio-Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices, and Mental Health.  Following the first year of implementation, over 255 of the schools in Cohort A received Recognition from the California PBIS Coalition acknowledging their efforts in implementation of PBIS and currently 73% implementation of Tier 1 structures.

The session will feature the district and school site perspective during implementation and unpack the unique implementation strategies, methods of data collection, data integration, and data use in the decision making, the challenges of success, example artifacts, and the lessons learned during the first three to four years of implementation.  KHSD used a systems approach that worked with teachers on special assignment and school climate leadership teams on each campus. 

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter - Brian Mendiburu Director of Student Support and Behaviors, Kym Campbell, Teacher on Special Assignment, Jerri Jameson, Teacher on Special Assignment - Kern High School District


I Am Because We Are: Culturally Proficient and Equitable Programming in the School-Based Setting

Using a culturally responsive framework for advancing equity in the school-based setting, this interactive workshop will give participants tangible tools for assessing school environment, curriculum, structures of support, and partnerships in the school-based setting. The workshop will particularly focus on strategies to meet the needs of our most disenfranchised, underserved youth.

Room: White Sage - Presenter: Dr. Marina V. Gillmore – The Cambio Group


Gangs: From the Inside Out

Gang culture in and out of schools has a powerful negative impact that interferes with building a positive school climate.  The best way to learn about gangs and keeping youth out is by being taught by the gang members themselves. Therefore, this workshop will provide a question and answer panel discussion by male and female former hard core gang members from different races and backgrounds.  Come hear their stories and ask your questions to get a genuine inside view of the gang culture and strategies to keep youth out.   

Room: Tule - Panel Moderators: Riverside County Deputy District Attorney’s Michael Tripp and Evelyn Essenwanger


2:45 p.m. –4:00 p.m.

Familiar with YPAR?  You should be, it is evidence based to increase student engagement!

In this session, participants will learn the value of Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) as a school climate program model to effectively increase student engagement and build a safe school climate. Recent research on student leadership classes utilizing YPAR as their program model revealed significant evidence that attendance and academic rates each increased when students engaged in YPAR activities.

What is YPAR? Simply put, “Stop doing the research on the kids and let the kids do the research on themselves!” Come learn how schools across California are empowering their youth leadership classes with the tools to successfully engage in YPAR activities. By utilizing online survey development and student led focus groups to gather Quantitative and Qualitative data, safe school administrators are finding an ongoing source of information to effectively implement MTSS/PBIS, School Safety Initiatives and Local Control Accountability Plans. 

Room: Elderberry -- Presenter – John Vandenburgh – PCE Solutions


Teaching Students A Restorative Mindset Through Social –Emotional Life Skills

Schools are incorporating restorative practices to support disciplinary reform. To achieve success, educating students in the reflective processes of this methodology is essential. The session presents an educational model that instructs students in restorative strategies that support social-emotional development and conflict management.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter - Tasreen Khamisa and Benita Page - Tariq Khamisa Foundation


Activities to Engage Youth In and Out of the Classroom

This interactive session will provide participants with several practical tools to keep students engaged and motivated. Practical ideas and relevant resources for topics such as personal growth, life skills, relationships, and building community will be explored. Participants can expect a high-energy, hands-on session delivered in a comfortable learning environment. Activities presented are applicable for middle and high school youth.

Room: White Sage - Presenter: Gabriela B. Delgado, M.P.A., M.Ed, P.P.S.


Three Perspectives of Crisis: Students, Parents, and You

Dealing with loss affects every aspect of a child’s life. Often, families do not talk to each other about death thus making it dif cult for children
to process the death. Participating in groups designed to address death provides a platform for children to express their thoughts and beliefs regarding death. It is necessary to address key components of grief in an age appropriate manner in an effort to facilitate the development of healthy coping skills. The facilitation of a grief group provides a safe environment for children to come together and gain the necessary tools to progress through the grieving process.

Room: Tule - Presenter – Regina Siez – LCSW,PPS, Temecula Valley Unifed School District


Tuesday | November 6, 2018

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.


Strategies to build, measure and plan for school climate and student engagement

This workshop will go beyond building capacity, as it will equip participants with practical tools to develop consistent plans that assess, address and manage School Climate and Student Engagement.  Participants will learn proven strategies that align with the LCAP priorities that require schools to implement and measure activities that increase student engagement and build a positive school climate for all students. All Participants will receive 3 months of access to Direction Survey as a data gathering source to measure school climate.   

Room: Elderberry - Presenter – John Vandenburgh – PCE Solutions


Restoring the whole child: Keeping the Brain in Mind

Understanding how the child’s brain is processing his or her emotional history and communication is vital to help the developing mind adapt cohesively. In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of working from a right brain restorative orientation, specifically when administering disciplinary considerations. Current suspension and expulsion data indicates the same students are acquiring suspensions or expulsions for related offenses which reveal the lack of insight obtained by our systems of discipline. 

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter- Carlos Alvarez


Learning cannot happen in survival mode: Social Emotional, Trauma Informed & Restorative Practices

This interactive presentation will discuss current practices that support safe environments and student success in California schools and institutions.

Room: White Sage - Presenter - Allison Carey M.Ed. - Orange County Department of education - Access: Juvenile Hall