2018 WORKSHOPS

2018 Winter Workshops Overview:

The 2018 School Climate Conference will feature up to (28) workshops and (6) Early Bird Sponsored Workshops.  

*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.

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: Elderberry - Presenter - Tasreen Khamisa and Benita Page - Tariq Khamisa Foundation

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.

Presenters – Lisa Pynn, Alvord Unified 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

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

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

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: Cottonwood - Presenter – Matthew Soeth – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder

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

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

Involve Youth in Your School – Innovative Ways to Engage & Inspire

This workshop will provide participants with useful tools to implement youth-based and youth-led activities. These activities stem from a substance use prevention framework and are adapted for a school-based setting. Topics include community-based prevention activities, Reality Parties, Marijuana Education Initiative, Underage Drinking, Photovoice, and tobacco prevention. Speakers will demonstrate how these strategies and activities foster school connectedness, and build stronger relationships between students, teachers, staff, and the community.

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

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

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: TBD - Presenter- Carlos Alvarez

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

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: Cottonwood - Presenter: Gabriela B. Delgado, M.P.A., M.Ed, P.P.S.

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

2:45 p.m. –4:00 p.m.

What is your Student Leadership program doing to build a Safe School Climate?

Most schools across California are funding a student leadership class on campus. How can student leadership classes effectively help build a safe school climate? 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 their School Safety and Local Control Accountability Plans. 

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

Engaging All Students In School Decreases Student Suspensions and Expulsions

All students deserve to be connected to school in one way or another.  Sometimes it takes multiple people who try multiple methods to engage a student who is not interested.  However, it only takes a connection with one adult to make the difference.  Come learn how one Southern California school district has made significant reductions in home suspensions and expulsions over the last decade. 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: Cottonwood - Presenter – Steve Behar, EdD– Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Unified School District

 

Room: White Sage - 

Tuesday | November 6, 2018

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

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

Effective Student Engagement can Lead to Establishing a Positive School Climate

In this session, participants will learn the power of Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) as a program model to effectively increase student engagement and school climate on a campus. Recent research on YPAR program models revealed significant findings that academic and attendance 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 are utilizing online survey development and student led focus groups to gather Quantitative and Qualitative data that serves as a source of information to effectively implement PBIS and their Local Control Accountability Plans.

Room: White Sage - Presenter – John Vandenburgh – PCE Solutions