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Workshops Overview:

The School Climate Conference will feature  (48) general 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.

View 2022 Conference Program

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 & Registration
  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. – Workshop 3
  • 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. – Workshop 4
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. – Workshop 5
  • 12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. – General Session/Luncheon
  • 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. – Workshop 6
  • 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. – Social

Day 3

  • 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. – Coffee & Registration
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. – General Session
  • 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. – Lunch on your own

*Workshops can change prior to conference. 

2022 Workshop Samples

 

Internet Safety- Predators

Discusses many internet-related topics such as internet predators, grooming behavior, and the consequences of engaging in unsafe or illegal internet behaviors in our youth.

Room: Manzanita - Presenter: Panel Moderators: Riverside County DDA Karina Cardenas & Janet Garcia

 

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:  Ms. Tiffany Hampton, Principal and Edrina Fraijo, Assistant Principal - Slover Mountain HS (CJUSD)

 

Building Culture and Student Engagement

Dive into the importance of Student Engagement as it relates to School Culture. Discover methods to justify your program and budget by gaining insights into student involvement data. Learn how to collect and understand data from school activities, events, interventions and PBIS. Lastly, find out how to incentivize and reward students for their participation.

Room: Rabbit – Presenter: Greg Hroach, Five Star Students

 

Holistic Wellness & Social-Emotional Learning

Participants will examine their own self-awareness and life balance in order to assess how they are managing life during this most unpredictable time in history. We will introduce evidence -based mindfulness and emotional intelligence strategies for students AND staff that help us maintain healthy and productive mindsets. Participants will be prompted to develop healthy activities focused on Mindfulness, Body Awareness, Community and Connection, and Digital and Social Media Consciousness in order to build new habits that promote learning, connection, a sense of community.

Room: Mountain Lion - Presenter: Michelle Pina, Director, 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 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

 

Drug Awareness

This workshop session addresses the harmful consequences of vaping, illegal narcotics, and prescription drug abuse.  During this presentation, former drug abusers share their harrowing personal stories of addiction to help discourage youth from the ravaging effects of substance abuse.

Room: Manzanita  - Presenter: Panel Moderators: Riverside County DDA Karina Cardenas & Janet Garcia

 

What About Me? Nurturing Our Mental Wellness During Uncertain Times

What about me?! As an educational professional, how often have you asked yourself this question? All too often, educators feel as if they're stretched thin and maxed out, taking on more that compromises their well being. In reality, stress is a ubiquitous human experience. As adults, we are called to take on a wide array of responsibilities and demands for ourselves and others. When our daily stress accumulates, it becomes toxic, not only affecting our wellness but those around us. The good news is we have a regulation system within our bodies that can be activated and strengthened to lower stress, improve mental wellness, and our overall sense of happiness.

Room: Elderberry -  Presenters Atsie Sanchez, LMFT, PPS - Educational Consultant Collaborative Learning Solutions - Jenna Cataleta, Educational Consultant Collaborative Learning Solutions

 

What is the Real Truth About Human Trafficking

There are literally hundreds of organizations committed to eradicating human trafficking. However, with so much awareness comes a lot of misinformation and some misunderstanding of exactly what human trafficking is and what to look for.
We examine several of the theories and cases of trafficking in the public eye and discuss what is real, what is probable, what is speculation and what is not provable.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Opal Singleton – President and CEO Million Kids

 

Teaching Students A Restorative Mindset Through Social–Emotional Life Skills

Schools are incorporating restorative practices to support disciplinary reform and student well-being.  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.  TKF’s lessons teach students deeper lessons on accountability, compassion, collaboration, resiliency, forgiveness, and peace.

Room: Red Tailed Hawk - Presenter: Tasreen Khamisa and Benita Page, Tariq Khamisa Foundation

 

One District's Journey to Whole Health for Students and Staff

The Stanislaus County Office of Education started with the idea of putting the "mental health" oxygen mask on its employees first in 2019 using a whole health approach pioneered by local physicians and psychologists in our area. Little did we know that a pandemic was coming that would accelerate mental health decline to the lowest in U.S. history both for adults and children. As we started seeing wellbeing success during the most trying of times, we partnered to adapt this program to our county office students. This presentation will tell the story behind the amazing journey our students, staff, and local partners made to build a positive culture and climate to promote whole person health. We will discuss lessons learned, data driven outcomes, and applicability for your district.

Room: Rabbit – Presenter: Dr. Sam Romeo, CEO Seity Health; Dr. Chris Hawley, CMO Seity Health; Christine Sisco, Asst. Superintendent, Stanislaus COE

 

Build Trust and Safety on Social Media

Over the past few years, technology has often created a rift between students and schools. These digital devices have increasingly become integrated into a student's life, but can often do more harm than good. Harmful TikTok challenges (such as the Devious Lick), school shooting threats, and even fake pages or ‘finsta’ pages have had an increase to aid in anonymity online. Instead of limiting or restricting digital engagement, by learning our best practices for supporting young people in developing a positive digital brand, we can start using digital technology responsibly, while responding and investigating cyberbullying, harassment, slander, and more with a new understanding and greater empathy.

Room: Mountain Lion - Presenter: MJ Smith, Vice Principal at Diamond Ranch High School

 

Pushed to the Brink: How School Districts Are Helping to Solve the Youth Mental Health Crisis

Our students are in crisis. The mental health and wellbeing of America’s youth has declined drastically causing soaring rates of depression, anxiety, trauma, loneliness, and suicidality. Our schools are on the front lines—acting as first responders—of this growing crisis. But, in-school mental health resources have been pushed to the brink and are challenged with unfilled positions, staff shortages, endless waitlists with outside providers, increased demand for services, and much more.

Join this session to learn about ways that districts like Lake Elsinore Unified, San Diego Unified, Palm Springs Unified, Simi Valley Unified, East Side Union High School District, and South San Francisco Unified are leveraging Daybreak's mental health program to provide rapid access to quality care.

Room: Sumac - Presenter:  Felipe Flores, Mental Health Program Specialist, Lake Elsinore Unified School District and Gabi Zerbib, District Partnerships Manager

 

Create a Culturally Responsive School

Create a Culturally Responsive School provides teachers and administrators with practical solutions to significantly improve the culture and climate of our schools and classrooms. While the pandemic has exacerbated trauma in both students and adults, workshop participants will depart with quick-win and long-term strategies and solutions that will enhance relationships, reduce disciplinary infractions, confrontations, and disparities, and increase student engagement. Furthermore, participants will depart with a framework to create a professional development plan to implement these strategies across an entire school. With 60 years of experience, the presenters have effectively served as superintendents, student service directors, principals, assistant principals, teachers in public schools and owners and operators of therapeutic day, alternative, and charter schools in Chicago, Baltimore, Miami, Milwaukee, Detroit, and Jacksonville. Join them as they share evidence-based and successfully implemented practices that improve school culture and climate and enhance student performance. If you're ready to transform your classroom or school, you must attend this workshop.

Room: Elderberry – Presenter: Eric Carlton, Co-Founder and Managing Director, School Equity Solutions

 

Teaching Students A Restorative Mindset Through Social–Emotional Life Skills

Schools are incorporating restorative practices to support disciplinary reform and student well-being.  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.  TKF’s lessons teach students deeper lessons on accountability, compassion, collaboration, resiliency, forgiveness, and peace.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Tasreen Khamisa and Benita Page, Tariq Khamisa Foundation

 

 

How to Help Students Win the Digital World 

Students of today are dealing with a very different world from students of 5, 10, and 20 years ago. The pressure to put their best foot forward at school AND on social media is a heavy responsibility. Learn the trends and how to educate and empower your students to embrace social media and become digital role models.

Room: Mountain Lion - Presenter: Kim Karr – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder

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

 

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,  Executive Director Protect Connect Educate Solutions.

 

Innovative Strategies to Inspire & Engage – 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 school-based settings. Models and curriculums will focus on; Asset Development, Building Resilience, Reality Parties, Photovoice, Mental Health, THC Treats and Medibles, 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: Cottonwood – Presenters: Partners4Wellness, Phillip Falcetti, MPH, Gabby McCormick, Alexandra Paulsen

 

Structuring Student Wellness Across Initiatives

Exhausted from chasing down too many initiatives? Challenged by figuring out how to integrate multiple student support efforts? This presentation addresses the essential elements for structuring your student wellness initiatives to yield greater effectiveness and efficiency. The session includes both a framework and specific strategies for braiding student support efforts. The strategies are then paired with concrete examples of how schools and districts across the nation have operationalized these concepts and put them into practice.

Room: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: Dr. Jon Eyler - CEO, Collaborative Learning Solutions

 

Living Your Best Life: What is Your Story?

What is your story? This session will give you an opportunity to do some reflection on people, places and events in your life where you have met and overcome barriers. We will explore the concepts of resistance and avoidance in life choices and connect them to who you are at your core. We will also identify how resistance builds strength and the applicability of that awareness in moving forward with your life story. You will come away with how our core values have impacted your journey and a ready made lesson plan to use with staff or students.

A healthy climate and culture within an LEA or organization cannot be forced or contrived. A base understanding of self and what is important to the individual motivates and inspires those working within the organization. Teaching others to connect to their Core Values and use those to live their best life then generates an overall sense of wellbeing that supports the culture and climate efforts.

Room: Mountain Lion - Presenter: Gina Smith, Director of Academic/Social Emotional MTSS; Eric Ranes, Program Manager-Wellness; Christine Sisco, Asst. Superintendent, Stanislaus COE

 

Implementing a Wrap/Focus Team into a PBIS-MTSS District

The Kern High School District will share their journey and focus to support Tier III students from the district level. You will learn how this newly implemented wraparound/focus team works collaboratively with the 24 high schools in the district to provide additional supports for specific students. This team incorporates SEL, mental health, behavior analysis, restorative practice, crisis and grief support.  KHSD is the state’s largest 9-12 high school district (42,000 + students) and located in Central California, with 19 comprehensive school sites, 5 alternative education sites, two career-tech centers, one adult school and multiple special education program sites.  After initial exploration in 2012-2014, 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, the majority of the schools in Cohort A received Recognition from the California PBIS Coalition acknowledging their efforts in implementation of PBIS and currently 73% implementation of Tier 1 structures.

Room: Elderberry – Presenter: Kern High School District Team - Rebecca Banke, LCSW & PPS - Maritza Ayala, LCSW & PPS, Ben Garcia, Interventionist - Jeanette Lackey, Teacher on Special Assignment/Behavior Analyst - Brian Mendiburu, Director

 

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

 

Skills I wish I had when I was in school

This interactive workshop will explore skills needed to succeed in life. The session will focus on self-explanation, emotional regulation and awareness, building effective communication, initiating healthy habits, developing and sustaining important relationships, and creating a life-long strategic plan.

Room: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: Dr. Mohammed Forouzesh, Partners4Wellness

 

Parents as Partners

For many parents, interacting with the school triggers negative behaviors. This can be because of their experience as a student or a current situation with their child. As school staff our reactions should minimizes, not escalate the situation. Learn how to de-escalate the situation. Parents are a big part of creating a positive school climate at a school. When a parent has positive feelings towards the school and teachers, the child will also have similar feelings, so the reverse serves as well. This presentation explores the effects of negative emotions on the brain and why both staff and parents when consumed by negative feelings are not able to problem solve and sometimes say things they wouldn’t under different circumstances. Once you understand what is happening in the brain when upset, it is easier not to react to others, as well as monitor your own feelings. Different techniques will be shared for preventing the escalation of situations, as well as de-escalation. There will be ideas for sharing information with a parent, to facilitating a larger group meeting, to talking with an upset parent. Learn how to work with and support parents for the best interest of the child.

Room: Rabbit - Presenter: Gail Angus - NavigatEDU

 

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

 

Create Digital Boundaries

Digital boundaries are important for every age. Learn how to create a digital wellness and mental health conversation in the classroom with the assistance of #ICANHELP! We want to empower educators to encourage students to take steps in using digital for good and give them the tools to create their own digital boundaries.

Room: Mountain Lion – Presenter: Kim Karr – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder

 

Sextortion and Social Media Exploitation - The Global Crisis

 

There are many factors that are impacting online child sex crimes including advanced technologies such as encryption, crypto currency, the Dark Net, bulletproof hosting and live stream pay per view events that have greatly emboldened and increased the connection of pedophiles around the globe. Pedophiles have perfected techniques of seduction and grooming that often ensnares even the best young person. This discussion will center around how sextortion and social media exploitation activities take place, behavioral indicators a student may be a victim, suggestions and procedures for intervention and how to report and work with law enforcement in cases of on line social media exploitation.

Room: Sumac - Presenter: Opal Singleton – President and CEO Million Kids