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Workshops Overview:

The School Climate Conference will feature  (30) general workshops and up to (5) 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.

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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
  • 4:00 p.m. -5:45 p.m. -General Session 1
  • 5:45 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Social

Day 2

  • 6:45 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Coffee and Registration
  • 7:00 am – 7:45 am – Early bird Workshop 
  • 8:00 am – 9:15 am – Workshop 3
  • 9:30 am – 10:45 am – Workshop 4
  • 11:00 am – 12:15 pm – Workshop 5
  • 12:15 pm – 2:00 pm – General Session/Luncheon
  • 2:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Workshop 6
  • 3:30 pm  - 5:00 pm – Social

Day 3

  • 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Coffee and Registration
  • 8:30 am – 10:30 am – General Session
  • 10:30 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. 


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

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

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

Innovative Strategies to Engage & Inspire – How to Involve Youth on Our Campuses

Ideal for school administrators, staff, teachers, counselors, and school resource officers, this workshop will provide participants with useful tools and strategies to help develop youth-led activities that are adapted for a school-based setting and stem from a substance use prevention framework. Models and curriculums will focus on; Asset Development, Building Resilience, Reality Parties, Photovoice, Marijuana Education Initiative, Underage Drinking, with an emphasis on Vaping. We will demonstrate how these strategies and activities foster school connectedness, and build stronger relationships between students, teachers, staff, and the community.
Room: Red Tailed Hawk– Presenter: Partners 4 Wellness - Phillip Falcetti, MPH;

Collaborative Learning Solutions
Collaborative Learning Solutions is committed to challenging the status quo in education and interrupting predictable outcomes for marginalized youth. We intentionally disrupt antiquated thinking. We practice humility, recognizing we don’t always have the answers and committing to a process of lifelong learning. Most importantly, we focus relentlessly on building relationships with our clients. We are a national leader in providing innovative school climate solutions.
Room: Elderberry - Presenters: Collaborative Learning Solutions Administration

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

Address Gaps in your Mental Health Supports
Map your school or district’s current mental health supports, identify gaps, and learn about ways other districts are leveraging Daybreak’s preventative teletherapy program to get students the support they need, when they need it.
Room: White Sage - Presenter: Gabi Zerbib– Daybreak Health

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

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 want to consider embedding into your school's culture. By the end of the session, you will have a clear understanding of why “You can’t spell SLOVER without LOVE”.

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

Rethinking Recess
Have you ever been with your school safety committee, MTSS/PBS team, or a teacher looking over the disciplined data of your school/class and greater than 50% of all discipline is happening on the playground? The Rethinking Recess session is geared for elementary school based individuals looking for an opportunity to enhance engagement (students and recess supervisors), decrease discipline incidents, and provide opportunities to explicitly teach the school appropriate behaviors for conflict resolution on the playground
Room: Red Tailed Hawk - Presenter: Dr. Carey W. Roybal-Benson – Principal, Signature Prep Charter School, Henderson – Nevada.

Going Back to Better: Reimagining School Return Through an Equitable, Restorative, and Trauma-Informed Lens

COVID-19 thrust us all into a situation of fear, chaos, and overwhelming confusion. Schools were forced to adapt quickly, get creative, and ensure that students had continued access to learning. Some students have excelled without the stressors related to peer interaction and academic pressures, while many have not.
As districts are being instructed to return students to campuses, we return to those feelings of fear and anxiety and we navigate deciding what the best methods for returning are. School closures have provided us a rare opportunity in education and that is the opportunity to evolve. Join us as we reimagine what education might look like and identify key components to consider for a successful return to in-person learning.
Room: Elderberry - Presenter: Atsie Sanchez, LMFT, PPS  -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

Game Gang Awareness
Discusses the reasons youth are attracted to gangs, the dangers of gang life and the lifelong consequences of gang involvement. Raises awareness to gang culture and how gang life not only affects those directly in gangs but also bystanders.

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

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- Dr. Jamie Snodgrass, Director of Instruction and Pupil Services– Simi Valley Unified School District


Juvenile Diversion: Promoting a positive school and community climate

A systematic approach to district implementation of tier III interventions, lessons learned, and pivotal points that resulted in overall growth at the secondary level. In addition, creating community partnerships to develop a Juvenile Diversion Program that implements alternative means of correction

Michael Burchett, EdD – Principal - Woodlake High School/Woodlake Unified School District


Winning Systems for Student Support

This workshop will highlight successful and sustainable student support systems for social emotional wellness, positive behaviors, and academic programs for Standard Middle School which lead to being recognized as the only newly designated school for the National Schools to Watch Program for 2020.

Susan Denton - Academic Improvement Specialist - Standard School District