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Workshops Overview:

The School Climate Conference will feature  (28) 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 - April 5

  • 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. - 7:30 p.m. - Networking Social

Day 2: Monday - April 6

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Early Bird Workshops
  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Coffee & 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

Day 3: Tuesday - April 7

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. - Early Bird Workshops
  • 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
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch on your own
  • 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Post Conference Training (Additional Fee Required) - Learn More
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Network Social

Phase 1 Workshops - Announced for School Climate Conference 2020

*Workshops can change prior to conference. 

Braiding PBIS Implementation with SEL, RP, Cultural Responsiveness in High Schools, our journey for implementation of a large Urban High School District

The 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. 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.  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, Student Behavior & Supports and Cy Silver, Supervising Administrator, Intervention & Supports


#BeWell Hub: Student Centered Approach to Mental Health and Wellness

Description: #BeWell, a joint initiative with the Oregon Association of Student Councils, Providence Health St. Joseph, iHeartRadio, and #ICANHELP, looks at mental health and wellness for students. Learn about the #BeWell Resource Hub, a central online location to connect users with mental health and wellness resources. Walk out with free lessons and ideas and say #IWillHelp mental health, wellness and social media.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Matt Soeth – Co-Founder #iCanHelp


Positive School Climate Leadership Strategies for Site and District Administrators

In this interactive presentation, participants will explore how to conduct a meaningful planning process with stakeholder buy-in, develop a list of priorities for school improvement, put forth school/district wide initiatives and include these actions in the school site plan and District LCAP.

Room: Tule Presenter: Susan Levine Ed.D - Director II, Pupil and Administrative Services, Riverside County Office of Education


Changing Times Means Changing Mindset To Change Behaviors

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 one adult connection to make a difference. Come learn how one Southern California school district has made significant reductions in student discipline over the last decade. Through a change in philosophy and a variety of alternatives, the number of student behavior incidents, suspensions and expulsions have decreased. 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 Intervention 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.

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


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 difficult 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 Unified School District


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


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: Cottonwood - Presenter - Paul LeBaron - Long Beach Police Department


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


 Why are there Toilets in the JUUL Room

This session will address current vaping, juuling, alcohol, marijuana, and other current drug trends impacting our youth in California. The tobacco and e-cigarette companies continue to market directly to youth. Whether from media, peers, parents, teachers or law enforcement, adolescents are finding themselves in a cluster of mixed messages regarding vaping and marijuana use and its effects. Attendees will be educated on current marketing tactics; learn how to counter the messages, and create strategies to reduce these problems on your campus.


Room: Tule - Presenters:  NCADD-OC - Phillip Falcetti, MPH; Ashley Devin; Emily Lobo; Michelle Torres


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


Bullying and Cyberbullying

This session will cover critical issues facing schools when dealing with bullying, cyberbullying, intimidation and harassment.  Participants will be presented with an overview of how these behaviors can impact the social environment of the school, student attendance and academic performance.  Research-based prevention and intervention approaches will be presented in a “nuts and bolts” format. The model presented will support schools that are implementing the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, MTSS, PBIS and other bullying prevention and intervention approaches by building a strong systematic approach with solid classroom, whole school, counseling and administrative approaches.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenters:  Wayne Sakamoto – Executive Director California School Resource Officers’ Association

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


Using Data to Improve School Climate and Student Mental Health

Data does not need to be a four-letter word. Dust off your school climate survey and put them to use. Come join us for a discussion on how you can use the California Healthy Kids Survey to improve school climate and student mental health. This is an interactive session in which we will walk you through statewide data, share resources, and discuss best practices on addressing school climate and mental health.

Room: Tule – Presenter: Hilva Chan – California Department of Education – Education Program Consultant


Opportunities for youth participatory action research to inform school district decisions

Youth participatory action research (YPAR) is an equity-focused approach intended to generate local knowledge and democratise the production of research evidence.  YPAR offers opportunities for new insights on school climate, and can be implemented successfully at scale. A recent research study in Stockton Unified School District found that the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) enabled Stockton to expand its YPAR programming, with the goal of using YPAR evidence to provide useful data and information for educational decision making, policies, and school climate programs.

What is YPAR? Simply stated, “stop doing the research on the students and start letting the students do the research on themselves!” Here, YPAR supports those people most affected by education policy and school climate – the students – to have the power to inform decisions that affect them. YPAR can broaden the set of evidence and perspectives that decision makers review to inform policy decisions.

Presenter: John Vandenburgh – Protect Connect Educate Solutions

Room: Elderberry -- Presenter – John Vandenburgh – President – Protect Connect Educate Solutions


“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


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: Tule –- Presenter: Dr. Marina V. Gillmore – The Cambio Group


Supporting Foster and Homeless Youth: Redlands Unified's ACC Program

This presentation discusses how Redlands Unified’s Academic Case Carrier Program has approached the unique needs of our foster, homeless, and other “at-risk” youth, and is broken into different sections of focus: the program philosophy, identifying students, supports provided, and program data and results.

With approximately 50 students on their caseloads, Academic Case Carriers are able to help bridge the gaps between the schools, the families, and the community - with the ultimate goal being the academic success of our foster, homeless, and other at-risk students. ACCs add an additional level of support that helps lessen the demands placed upon the schools’ guidance counselors and administration. With each Academic Case Carrier following their respective students throughout their time in the Redlands District, our targeted students will have a consistent support system to ensure their success through – and beyond – high school.

This workshop will share Redlands Unified School District’s Academic Case Carrier Program: our approach to identifying – and servicing – our top 450 (approximately 3-4%) most At-Risk secondary youth (including foster and homeless youth, English Learners, and Low SES students). RUSD’s LCAP funding and philosophy will be provided, with the majority of the focus being on the practical explanation of how our students are identified using Aeries Analytics, the grouping of our students into different levels of need, the varied potential daily duties of an Academic Case Carrier, the results and successes that we are seeing with our students, and time for questions and answers.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter:  Dr. Peter Lock, Coordinator, Foster Youth and Student Support Services. Redlands Unified School District


Working With Students Who Are Using Drugs And Alcohol: A School District’s Perspective

Does it seem as though you have more students using illegal drugs, prescription medications, alcohol and marijuana? You are not alone! The influences are all around our kids and it will not be getting any easier on us. Whether it is the legalization of marijuana, the ease of accessing prescription pills, or alcohol, the issues school staffs face are based on the normalization of using. Society has permitted this normalization in a variety of ways. Having trouble figuring out what to do for these students who are using? Come learn some of the strategies used in one Southern California school district that may help you in your school and district.
Room: White Sage - Presenter – Steve Behar, EdD– Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Unified School District and Erin Hill, Administrator, Lake Elsinore Unified School District