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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 and Leadership Meetings.

*Workshops can change prior to conference. 

Wednesday | October 13, 2021

1:00 p.m – 2:15 p.m.

 

Be Your Own Agent

The ABC’s of Controlling Your Destiny (Accountability, Balance & Character): This presentation focuses on taking ownership of YOUR personal path by identifying your leadership qualities, celebrating your interests and understanding why “character” is so important to your “client”. It’s not someone else’s job to do this on your behalf. You are your own agent with a representation roster of one: YOURSELF
Room: Elderberry -Presenter: Mark Leinweaver, MLB Agent - Perfect Playcement

What if…

What if you had a new way to engage with families that created space to actually listen to their unique strengths and concerns? In this session you will learn about a family intervention called “Breakthrough”. The Breakthrough program features a structured family interview in which a trained mental health professional (school counselor, school social worker, MFT, etc.) screens for strengths and concerns for the student and family, then collaborates with them in the development of a plan to help the student be safe and successful in school. This program has been used effectively as a post-suspension intervention and as a preventative strategy. It can be utilized to engage families in a deep and meaningful way that bring about transformative change in people and systems.

Room: Cottonwood – Presenter: Presenters: Dean Lesicko, MS, Founder and CEO of Just ListenED, LLC
and Teresse Lewis, LCSW

Your Guide to Building Trust and Social Media on Campus

#ICANHELP has trained 450,000 students since 2013 to respond to online negativity like cyberbullying, harassment and impersonations. Which decreases the number of discipline issues related to social media on your campus. In this session, learn how to empower students to be part of the solution by training in digital wellbeing, digital citizenship, and Esports engagement. Engage students, staff and parents in creating a more positive culture and climate both online and offline.

Room: White Sage - Presenter: Kim Karr – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder

Open
Room: Red Tailed Hawk

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

Character Matters

The Character Matters presentation is an intense educational workshop designed for student-athletes & parents on “Character” and its importance – namely social media dangers & consequences, volunteering and anti-bullying. I associate that message with so-called “recruiting” – teaching students how their Character is linked to any college athletic playing opportunities. The Character guidance I provide to student-athletes is the same given to my pro players and their families. This workshop provides major value in adolescent development. I offer this presentation to high schools as a side passion project from my 24/7 – 365 full-time job as MLB agent. Where I manage over 75 Major League players & prospects – including All-Stars - and deal with these topics every day.

Room: Elderberry -Presenter: Mark Leinweaver, MLB Agent - Perfect Playcement

 

MTSS: Magical Training for Safer Schools

MTSS, PBIS, Trauma Informed Care, Psychological First Aid, as well as other social/emotional improvement models/strategies are all game changers in addressing the need to improve school climate. Although we all wish we could conjure that ONE charm that would rid our schools of dissent, violence and strife, we know that is just hocus pocus.  The magic happens when we couple the above listed strategies with other security measures to make our schools safer. Using the Comprehensive School Safety Planning (CSSP) process as a spellbinding catalyst for change ensures a holistic approach and greater impact on school climate. This workshop will cover how to best couple social, emotional and school climate improvement strategies with the safe school planning process.  We will discuss best practices and resources which will enhance school safety.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Dr. Sherry Colgan – CEO Colgan Stone Education Safety, Security and Preparedness Consultant.

 

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: Chief Paul LeBaron – Hermosa Beach Police Department

 

Trends, Prevention, and Intervention: Strategies for Reducing Vaping and Other Related Disciplinary Issues

This workshop is designed to provide insight into developing a positive school-wide culture. The strategies presented will reveal tips on leadership skills, increasing student engagement, reducing suspension rates and fostering a safe environment on your school campus. Attendees will be educated on current vaping trends and will learn how to implement activities and presentations to reduce and address existing issues.

Room: Red Tailed Hawk– Presenter: Partners 4 Wellness - Phillip Falcetti, MPH

 

 

Thursday | October 14, 2021

7:30 a.m - 8:15 a.m.  

*Early Bird Workshops - learn about the latest programs, products and services offered by Conference Sponsors.

CLS
Room: Elderberry - Presenters: CLS

My Journey Grief Curriculum and Training

Did you Know? The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that 1 in 10 children will experience the death of a parent by the age of 18. You can facilitate small group sessions with youth who have experienced losing a loved one.Learn the impact of loss on children. We will cover how the loss affects various ages differently and what the typical stages of grief are. Schools and youth - serving organizations need to be able to offer support and feel prepared when dealing with grief issues.  Come Learn how The My Journey Grief Curriculum is helping counselors facilitate focus groups in K12 education.

Room: Cottonwood – Presenter: Gina Seiz - Author My Journey Grief Curriculum

The PLUS Program - An Evidence Based Peer to Peer program model
Come discover how to empower youth leadership to engage students to gather data and work alongside the PBIS/MTSS Team, School Safety Team and the School Climate Committee to address the critical issues impacting their school climate.  The PLUS Program, an evidence-based Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model will be shared as a tool for schools to utilize as part of their action plans when addressing student engagement and school climate.

Room: White Sage - Presenter: John Vandenburgh - Founder PLUS Program

 

Discover the kid-grit SEL curriculum

Schools that implement SEL show that students increase and develop stronger learning skills, have less visits to the principal’s office and have higher attendance? They feel safe emotionally and physically, and therefore become more available to learning. Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. (CASEL, 2017)

Room: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: Julia Gabor - Founder kid-grit.

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

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

 

A Success Story: From Cleaner to Leader

Dr. Reyes Guana, a son of Mexican immigrants, proves the saying: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” In Dr. Guana’s case, he went from cleaning classrooms to leading a California school system – that is, from being a custodian to superintendent. Now he is in his first year leading the Byron Union School District in rural northern California.  In this session Dr. Guana will share what he has learned along the way that makes a healthy school climate, not only students, but for ALL staff.

Room: Cottonwood – Presenter: Dr. Reyes Gauna – Superintendent Byron Union School District

 

Trends, Prevention, and Intervention: Strategies for Reducing Vaping and Other Related Disciplinary Issues

This workshop is designed to provide insight into developing a positive school-wide culture. The strategies presented will reveal tips on leadership skills, increasing student engagement, reducing suspension rates and fostering a safe environment on your school campus. Attendees will be educated on current vaping trends and will learn how to implement activities and presentations to reduce and address existing issues.

Room: White Sage – Presenter: Partners 4 Wellness - Phillip Falcetti, MPH; Ashley Devin; Emily Lobo; Blair Veraza

 

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: Red Tailed Hawk - Presenter: Dean Lesicko – Just ListenEd

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

Creating a Robust Tier II Intervention Toolbox in Schools

Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is tiered system designed to support increasing needs of students in school, both academically and behaviorally. However, when behavioral interventions are introduced in schools, Tier II or targeted group interventions are generally limited to Check-in/Check-out (CICO). If managed correctly, schools can create a robust Tier II intervention toolbox to meet the various needs of all students and ultimately reduce the students who need Tier III interventions. This session will focus on expanding a school’s Tier II toolbox to include attention and escape-driven behaviors, as well as supporting the social emotional needs of students. Participants will learn how to specifically align and manage Tier II interventions in schools to support all students. Materials will be provided for easier implementation.

Room: Elderberry - Presenter: Dr. Eric Landers - Georgia Southern University

 

Ensuring Equity & Student Voice in ALL Learning Environments (Focus on Alternative Education)

As we realize that the traditional educational model is not the best fit for all students, we also must grapple with providing our students with equitable opportunities to help them develop into their full intellectual, creative and social potential. In our session, we will highlight some key elements you may

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Dr. Eric Mooney, Director Secondary Education Colton Joint USD & Ms. Tiffany Hampton, Principal Slover Mountain HS (CJUSD)

 

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: White Sage – Presenter: Regina Siez – LCSW,PPS, Temecula Valley Unified School District

Room: Red Tailed Hawk - Presenter:

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

CLS – Gail Angus
Room: Elderberry – Presenter: Collaborative Learning Solutions

Empowering Students To Collaboratively Identify & Address School Conflicts - SPIRIT

The United States Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS) helps students to address school conflicts through its Student Problem Identification & Resolution of Issues Together (School-SPIRIT) program. The program helps schools address tension and conflict related to issues of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disability.
CRS, along with trained volunteer facilitators, delivers the School-SPIRIT program, which brings together diverse groups of students to identify and address issues over a full day or two half-days. The program is student-driven and helps students develop problem solving skills, including issue identification and prioritization, decision-making, and solution development. As a result, students take a leadership role in addressing conflicts in their schools and build the skills and capacity to dissuade future conflicts.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter:  James Williams III – United States Department of Justice – Community Relations

 

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 – Presenter: Panel Moderators: Riverside County DDA Karina Cardenas & Janet Garcia

Open
Room: Red Tailed Hawk - Presenter:

2:45 p.m. –4:00 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 – Presenter: Julia Gabor, M.Ed, Founder, kid-grit

“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

 

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: White Sage – Presenter: Tasreen Khamisa - Executive Director TKF – Benita Page - Program Manager TKF

Got Student Voice?

In this session, participants will learn how to use student voice activities to assess, measure and address the critical issues impacting school climate. Come discover how schools are developing youth leadership classes to empower students to gather data and work alongside the PBIS/MTSS Team, School Safety Team and the School Climate Committee to address the critical issues impacting their school climate.  The PLUS Program, an evidence-based Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model will be highlighted as a tool for schools to utilize as part of their action plans.  When we stop doing the research on the students, and let the students do the research on themselves, we find effective Solutions!

Room: Red Tailed Hawk - Presenter: John Vandenburgh – Protect Connect Educate Solutions

Friday | October 15, 2021

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

 

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

This presentation discusses how Redlands Unified’s Academic Case Carrier Program, a 2019 Golden Bell Recipient,  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.

Room: Elderberry Presenter: Dr. Peter Lock, Coordinator, Foster Youth and Student Support Services - Sophia Malsher-Lopez, Academic Case Carrier, and Ruth Sotomayor, Academic Case Carrier - Redlands Unified School District

 

All Means ALL

Social-emotional learning (SEL) skills are critical to success in education, careers, and life. Schools play a significant role in helping all students develop strong SEL skills. This workshop will explore what can be done to meet the SEL needs of ALL students.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Dr. Hani Youssef, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services- Mrs. Jamie Snodgrass, Director of Instruction and Pupil Services– Simi Valley Unified School District

 

Your Guide to Building Trust and Social Media on Campus

#ICANHELP has trained 450,000 students since 2013 to respond to online negativity like cyberbullying, harassment and impersonations. Which decreases the number of discipline issues related to social media on your campus. In this session, learn how to empower students to be part of the solution by training in digital wellbeing, digital citizenship, and Esports engagement. Engage students, staff and parents in creating a more positive culture and climate both online and offline.

Room: White Sage - Presenter: Kim Karr – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder