2018 Winter Workshops Overview:

The 2018 School Climate Conference will feature (3) pre-conference workshops, (20) general 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

1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. | Pre-Conference Workshops

5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. | Opening General Session

6:30 p.m.  7:30 p.m. | Networking Social

Day 2: April 16

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. | Early Bird Workshop 

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. | General Session

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Workshops

11:10 a.m. - 12:10 p.m. | Workshops

12:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Lunch on your own

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Workshops

2:40 p.m. - 3:40 p.m. |Workshops

3:45 p.m - 5:00 p.m | Networking Social

Day 3: April 17

7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. | Early Bird Workshop 

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

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Keynote Presentation


2018 Workshops

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

Monday | November 5th, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 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

Is Perception Reality? Brain-Based Learning Strategies to Build Relationships to Reach, Teach and Protect

If perception is reality, sometimes, you may need to change the perception. But how do you do it? This session will offer brain-based learning strategies to help build effective relationships to promote positive school climate. Strategies will address the use of creativity, stress management, storytelling, learning styles, motivation, and humor. Researched-based, reality-driven strategies to help build your professional and personal relationships may help change your perceptions, and your reality.

Room: White Sage - Presenter: Stephen R. Sroka, Ph.D. - President, Health Education Consultants- Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University  

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

Delivering Mental Health First Aid to your Students

Did you know that one in five secondary students in the US live with a mental health condition? According to the 2013-15 California Healthy Kids Survey, one in four students in middle school and one in three in high school reported depression; and one in five had suicidal ideations. Have your school been overwhelmed by the social emotional and mental health challenges of your students?

Come join us to explore 'Youth Mental Health First Aid'. It is an evidence based program intended for youth-serving adults to better support students who may be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. This curriculum also supports the newly passed AB 2246 that requires all districts serving secondary students to adopt a board policy on suicide prevention, intervention, and post-venation. We will discuss the most common mental health disorders, signs and symptoms of mental illness, suicide and self-harm, and present a 5-step action plan to help young people in crisis and non-crisis situations.

Room: Elderberry - Presenter – Hilva Chan – Education Program Consultant, California Department of Education


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

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Resilience can be Taught: 10 Tools to Motivate ANY Student

Discover 10 tools to help you foster resilience in even the most unmotivated students. Whether you work with students one on one, in small groups, or in a classroom, this breakthrough presentation will give you skills to deliver resilience to students of ANY background and learning style. 

Room: Elderberry - Presenter - Christian Moore, WhyTry organization

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

2:40 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.

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

Kern High School District (KHSD) is the largest 9-12 only high school district in California and one of the largest high-school-only districts in the nation with more than 39,000 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 25% of the schools in Cohort A received Recognition from the California PBIS Coalition acknowledging their efforts in implementation of PBIS and currently average 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 decision-making, the challenges and success, example artifacts, and the lessons-learned during the first three-four years of implementation.

Room: Elderberry - Presenters - Brian Mendiburu, Director of Student Behavior & Supports - Stephen Granucci, Administrator, Intervention and Supports

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

The Restorative Educator

The Restorative Educator will examine teacher personality in the classroom and demonstrate how restorative practices lend themselves to highly effective teaching while fostering a cohesive and positive learning environment. Research demonstrates that teacher personality, not skill set, may be the greatest contributing factor to the degree of success in classroom instruction. Similarly, personality has been demonstrated to be most critical in determining career success and longevity.

Through development of a Model Teacher Personality Profile, which accounts for demographic areas of gender, length of tenure and grade level taught, we can implement specifically targeted plans to increase classroom effectiveness while improving student results. Restorative practices will be positively correlated to normative data regarding Teacher Training Programs, Effective Classroom Methodology, Teacher-Student Relationships, Recruiting & Hiring Practices, and Improved Length of Tenure.

Room: White Sage - Presenter -Ryan Fenderson,  EdD - International Institute of Restorative Practices

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