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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.


The Red Zone Defense Our playbook to Reduce Truancy

This presentation will inform others how Greenfield Union School District has taken a RED ZONE defensive stance against negative school attendance. We will share our ironclad approach on how to reduce truancy, promote positive attendance and change the mindset of families regarding daily attendance.

Room: White Sage – Presenter: Matt Earls, Administrator of Alternative Education – Greenfield Union School District


LGBTQ+ Terms and Best Practices in the Educational Setting.

Is your school a safe place for LGBTQ+ students? is your classroom LGBTQ+ affiirming?  Do you feel like you are prepared to manage potential conflict surrounding LGBTQ+ youth? Do you realize how important your answers to these questions are? This training will give you exposure to in-depth explanation of sex, gender, sexual orientation, and associated terms, and will discuss stereotypes, norms and bias, and discrimination, and their impact in the school setting. Additionally, this training will cover school culture, suicide and risk factors, and best practices for an inclusive school environment. You'll leave this training better informed, and better prepared to be that safe place for all of your students.

Room: Tule – Presenter: Ashley Heidebrecht, MSW-Manager Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso


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


Room: Elderberry - Presenter: 


MTSS: Magical Training for Safer Schools

This workshop will cover how to incorporate social, emotional and school climate improvement strategies/models into the Comprehensive School Safety Plan and planning process.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Dr. Sherry Colgan Stone Emergency Preparedness & Security Manager– Chula Vista Elementary 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


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: Manzanita - Presenters: Steve Behar, EdD– Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Unified School District and Erin Hill, Administrator, Lake Elsinore Unified School District



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.

Track, Drive and Recognize with 5-Star Students

Come learn about the best student engagement tool on the market.  5-Star Students is a web and mobile-based platform, available to help educators and administrators track and drive student involvement on campus.  Track all areas of positive engagement including student activities, events, behaviors and academic interventions.  Easily handle student check-ins, offer points and manage rewards, all while gathering the data to analyze and justify your programs. Identify uninvolved students and put them on a path to success.

Hear about how student engagement promotes school spirit and enhances the overall school climate!

Room: Elderberry - Presenters: Greg Hroach - Founder 5-Star Students


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: Manzanita – Presenter: Julia Gabor - Founder kid-grit.

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

Stop Admiring the Problem and Get to Work.

This session is for practitioners tired of educational fads and gimmicks and who are ready for a straight forward approach to improving student outcomes. You don’t need an “out of town” expert to solve your problems, you need the tools, training, and confidence to solve the problems you face. Using a blend of action theory and the tools of improvement science, participants will walk away with an adaptable digital project template that school and district level teams can use to address any problem they are facing. This session does not offer a “one size fits all solution” to your problems. Instead, it is designed to build your capacity as a team leader and problem solver, along with a tool to improve student outcomes.

Room: Elderberry -Presenter: Gil Compton, Director, Riverside County Office of Education


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


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 - Presenters: Steve Behar, EdD– Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Unified School District


Supporting Students with Emotional Distress or with Mental Health Challenges

One in four middle school students and one in three secondary school students reported chronic sadness in California, according to the 2015-17 California Healthy Kids Survey. The same survey also indicated that 16% of the secondary students seriously considered suicide. The 2017 High School Youth Risk Behavioral Survey reported that 9.4 % high school students attempted.  In your school, you may see more and more students with emotional distress, or have anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges. What can we do to better support these students? This workshop will describe a three-tier mental health model, share resources, tools, and lessons learned through several federal grants.

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


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 childrento 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

10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.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 with SEL, Restorative Practices, Cultural Responsiveness in High Schools, our journey for implementation of a large Urban High School District 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 2013-2014 the district began a district-wide implementation of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports that braids Cultural Responsiveness, Equity, Socio-Emotional Learning, Restorative Practices, Whole Student, and Interagency Partnerships and Mental Health.  The session will feature the district and school site perspective during implementation and unpack the unique implementation strategies, (equity and student voice), 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 four-five years of implementation.  The workshop will specifically focus on the district-wide implementation plan and perspective for 23 sites, plus a new site coming on in 2021-2022, and also five special education programs within the District.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Brian Mendiburu, Director, Student Behavior & Supports Kern High 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: NCADD-OC - Phillip Falcetti, MPH; Ashley Devin; Emily Lobo; Blair Veraza


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: Manzanita - Presenter: Dr. Eric Landers - Georgia Southern University


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: Tule – Presenter:Wayne Sakamoto – Executive Director California School Resource Officers’ Association

1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Restorative Practices; the 80/20 equation. Part 1

Join us! (Part 1)

In this two-part presentation we will be discussing ways to utilize restorative practices from both the proactive and response lens. By dissecting the practice, we are creating space for individuals who may have never used restorative practices while providing a deeper dive to those who have.

Room: Elderberry - Presenters:  Koury Cook – International Institute of Restorative Practices


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 Deputy District Attorney’s Michael Tripp and Evelyn Essenwanger


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.

Book Signing to Follow

Room: Manzanita – Presenter: Dr. Marina V. Gillmore – The Cambio Group


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: Tule – Presenter: Julia Gabor, M.Ed, Founder, kid-grit

2:45 p.m. –4:00 p.m.

Restorative Practices; the 80/20 equation. Part 2

Join us! (Part 2)

In this two-part presentation we will be discussing ways to utilize restorative practices from both the proactive and response lens. By dissecting the practice, we are creating space for individuals who may have never used restorative practices while providing a deeper dive to those who have.

Room: Elderberry - Presenters:  Koury Cook – International Institute of Restorative Practices


“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



Room: White Sage - Presenter: 

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: Manzanita - Presenter: John Vandenburgh – Protect Connect Educate 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: Tule – Presenter:Tasreen Khamisa - Executive Director TKF – Benita Page - Program Manager TKF

Friday | October 15, 2021

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


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, Coordinator of Curriculum and Assessment – 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


Eliminating the School to Jail Track

Presenters will map the school to jail track and its impact on students, especially students of color and students with disabilities. Participants will review examples of how implementation of prevention-focused frameworks and specific policy changes lead to higher academic achievement and safer school climates.

Room: Manzanita – Presenter: David Turner, Manager - Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition- Angela McNair Turner, Staff Attorney - Public Counsel


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:Tule – 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