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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.

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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
  • 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

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

*Workshops can change prior to conference. 

April 27th

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

 

Successfully Pivoting MTSS during the Pandemic for All Students

This workshop will highlight how a district pivoted MTSS during the pandemic to ensure the success of all students with a focus on SEL, mental health, and parent & student engagement, leading to the State Model SARB and PBIS Awards for all sites.

Districts all around the world had to pivot as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will highlight the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that have been adapted to the changing conditions of the pandemic to ensure the success of all students with a focus on social emotional learning (SEL), mental health, and parent & student engagement. Strong tiered levels of supports have been instrumental in ensuring the success of students, leading the district to earning the CA State Model SARB Award and PBIS Awards for all sites.

Room: White Sage – Presenter: Stacy Chang, Director of Parent and Student Engagement (Pupil Services), Centralia Elementary School District

 

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

 

Meet Budders and Quartz--Therapy Dogs in Desert Sands Unified School District

Ms. SueAnn Blach and Dr. Sharon Kalkoske will present their experiences as therapy dog handlers in Desert Sands Unified School District. Ms. Blach will speak from the perspective as an Educationally Related Mental Health Services (ERMHS) therapist and manager and her experiences as a therapy dog handler with Budders, her yellow Labrador Retriever, in animal-assisted therapy sessions with children throughout the district. Dr. Kalkoske will speak from the perspective of a site administrator-therapy dog handler at Shadow Hills High School and the positive culture building with Quartz, her Golden Retriever, both in person and on social media.

Room: Elderberry - Presenters: Ms. SueAnn Blach: ERMHS therapist and manager, Desert Sands Unified School District - Dr. Sharon Kalkoske: Assistant Principal at Shadow Hills High School in Desert Sands Unified School District

 

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)

 

Maximizing Equitable Family Engagement - A Vision for School Leadership Teams

On an annual survey used by 10 California school districts, learn how one large urban alternative high school consistently ranks #1 by all stakeholders in 3 areas: 1) Climate of support for academic learning, 2) School safety and safe & civil environment, 3) Knowledge & fairness of discipline, rules, and norms. Using an inquisitive process, participants discover for themselves how to engage more families more effectively. In this powerful presentation, leadership teams learn how to use evidence-based best practices

Room: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: Joel Ward, Teacher, Long Beach Unified School District

 

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

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

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

April 28th

8:00 am – 9:15 am – Workshop 3

 

Successfully Pivoting MTSS during the Pandemic for All Students

This workshop will highlight how a district pivoted MTSS during the pandemic to ensure the success of all students with a focus on SEL, mental health, and parent & student engagement, leading to the State Model SARB and PBIS Awards for all sites.

Districts all around the world had to pivot as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop will highlight the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) that have been adapted to the changing conditions of the pandemic to ensure the success of all students with a focus on social emotional learning (SEL), mental health, and parent & student engagement. Strong tiered levels of supports have been instrumental in ensuring the success of students, leading the district to earning the CA State Model SARB Award and PBIS Awards for all sites.

Room: White Sage – Presenter: Stacy Chang, Director of Parent and Student Engagement (Pupil Services), Centralia Elementary School District

 

Preventing an Energy Crisis: Powering School Climate Through Educator Wellness

The current state of our nation has many of us experiencing an energy crisis in our own bodies. There has been a growing movement to improve educator wellness in K-12 districts even before the pandemic, and the pressures and resulting traumas caused by COVID-19 have made these efforts more important. This session will explore how educators' attention to their own physical and emotional wellness contributes to creating a healthy school climate that results in improved mental health, a reduction in harmful coping behaviors, and increased feelings of safety for students and adults. It will also explore organizational wellness as a concept that should be embraced by school districts so that educators are supported in their personal wellness efforts.

Room: Manzanita – Presenter: Frann Wageneck, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Student Services, Santa Barbara Unified School District

 

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

 

Cultivating Supportive School Climates

School leaders across the country experience daily behavior challenges and struggles with students, staff and parents which impact the climate and culture of the school. Too often school leaders are presented with multiple behavioral situations and incidents that require decisions to provide traditional consequences in the form of detentions, in school suspensions, out of school suspensions and expulsions to “punish” students for their behaviors. These decisions allow school leaders to temporarily address the behavioral concern while not involving the student in the learning process to correct the behavior, learn from the situation and prevent future incidents.
The Miguel Juarez Middle School (MJMS) community developed a system to address student behavioral concerns providing consequences that hold students accountable. The system anchors on a foundation of establishing and building strong relationships with all stakeholders including students, teachers, parents and the community. MJMS staff and administrators developed a Culture and Climate Continuum that allows equity and due process to all students through a progression of consequences that identifies student needs at every step and provides the interventions required to address the needs. Using Community Building Circles, Restorative Practices, providing incentives from community partners and Parental involvement cultivates a supportive school climate.

Room: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: Nelson Campos, Principal, Miguel Juarez Middle School, Waukegan Community Unit School District – Waukegan, Illinois

 

See My Color, Acknowledge My Trauma, Change the Outcome

In the last several decades, suicide attempts among Black adolescents have increased by 73% while attempts among White youth have decreased. The rate of suicide for Black youth ages 5-12 is double that of their White counterparts (Lindsey, M.A., et al., Pediatrics, Vol. 144, No. 5, 2019). Black girls are suspended from school at 5 times the rate of White girls and are 4 times as likely to be arrested at school. (US Dept. of Education) Furthermore, not only are Black girls trafficked at higher rates than their White counterparts, they also experience trafficking at a younger age and are more likely to be arrested as a result of their own victimization.   During this workshop, participants will evaluate the necessity in acknowledging the role that race plays in the experience of systemic oppression, marginalization, internalized oppression and feelings of hopelessness and helplessness. Strategies to increase safety, break down barriers and practice humility will be presented as well as the use of racial socialization and youth leadership groups as a protective factor.

Room: Rabbit – Presenter: Crystal Bennett, Executive Director, The Lantern Project – Seattle, Washington

 

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

 

Maximizing Equitable Family Engagement - A Vision for School Leadership Teams

On an annual survey used by 10 California school districts, learn how one large urban alternative high school consistently ranks #1 by all stakeholders in 3 areas: 1) Climate of support for academic learning, 2) School safety and safe & civil environment, 3) Knowledge & fairness of discipline, rules, and norms. Using an inquisitive process, participants discover for themselves how to engage more families more effectively. In this powerful presentation, leadership teams learn how to use evidence-based best practices

Room:Sumac– Presenter: Joel Ward, Teacher, Long Beach Unified School District

 

9:30 am – 10:45 am – Workshop 4

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.

 

Colorblind: From Color Blind to Color Brave - How is your Approach to Continous Improvement?

This presentation aligns to the Equity Framework created by Chicago Public School. Each participant will be asked to look at their individual role in the school and how does their role as an educator hinder equity for all. Our intent will be to look at how we are supporting or hindering our most vulnerable students.

As we uncover and/or discover our own biases and how our color blindness or unconscious biases impact how we lead, teach, guide, counsel, and/or mentor participants will be able to transform their thinking and actions to remove barriers which prevent all our students from achieving.
The Equity Framework is designed to provide a descriptive, conceptual understanding of what equity work requires of individuals and groups, and how we can think and act in service to our underserved clients. The greater portion of this session will align to one of the four dimensions of an equity lens: Liberatory Thinking as defined by CPS.

Room: Elderberry – Presenter: Dr. Yashika Tippett-Eggleston, Principal, Air Force Academy High School/Chicago Public Schools

 

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

 

How to Bring the Energy Bus to your District

Lompoc Unified will share how they harnessed the teachings of Jon Gordon's book the Energy Bus to energize their staff so provide the best learning experience for students and the best working environment for staff. The District transformed a neglected workspace into a fitness center, provided staff and students yoga and zumba classes all free of charge. In order to also address mental health and reframe the focus on positivity, each morning all staff receive "Bright Spot" messages highlighting the good in the District. This daily message has allowed staff across all job categories to highlight the great work that happens across campuses day in and day out. Weekly they also receive a self-care tip. These tips are simple ways that staff can take time to care for themselves and minimize their stress and anxiety. Finally, Social-Emotional Counselors were hired at every school site to train staff on best-practices for social-emotional health and well-being while also working with students.

Room: Rabbit – Presenter: Bree Valla, Deputy Superintendent, Lompoc Unified School District

 

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

 

Cutting Discipline in Half Using a Multi-Tiered Approach

High suspension rates have been a consistent issue for most inner-city schools. As the school counselor, I always stuck to the rule that counselors "don't do discipline", until one year I found out, I do. Out-of-school suspension rates were ridiculously high at my elementary school and it was affecting the work I was trying to do with students. I had to brainstorm a way to keep my students in school so I could provide them the interventions they needed. With the collaboration of the building principal, social worker, and behavior interventionist, we created a plan to decrease suspensions while simultaneously providing preventative measures. The plan we created cut discipline by 50% in its first year of implementation and transformed how we defined "discipline" at our school moving forward.

Room: Sumac – Presenter: Monique Young, Education Consultant, Young Mind Creations

 

11:00 am – 12:15 pm – Workshop 5

 

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

 

Systemic Success

At Lowell Elementary School in Seattle, Washington, around 30% of students are currently unhoused. Around 20% are served by Special Education and another 20% are served by our Language Learning Team. In 2018 student behaviors were unmanaged and teachers were thinking about everything but teaching. The state SBA test scores in reading and math reflected inconsistent instruction and our student surveys showed emotional pandemonium.

Through a coordinated and systematic approach to learning, school community, intervention, behavior, and family engagement, we turned a low performing, disorganized, distracted school into a great place to teach and learn in four short years – even leveraging a pandemic as an opportunity. In today’s workshop, you’ll build your thinking around how the different pieces of your school’s puzzle fit together so you can ensure that every child in every circumstance feels connected, loved, and can learn at the highest levels. We’ll consider the intersection between systems and learn ways to map them that allow a school to thrive in the face of economic poverty and systemic oppression. You’ll leave with a map of your school’s current systems and confidence about your best next steps.

Room: Manzanita – Presenters: Sarah Talbot, Principal, Lowell Elementary School

  

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

 

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: Mountain Lion – Presenter: Eric Carlton, Co-Founder and Managing Director, School Equity Solutions

 

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

 

2:15 pm – 3:30 pm – Workshop 6

 

Gritty Kids

Research shows students who have grit are more successful in school and in life. I will share with you my journey researching, creating, and implementing the Gritty Kids lesson plans. This is a 5-unit program which includes: brain research, growth mindset, mistakes, the learning pit, and learner qualities. The Gritty Kids website will be shared as well as how we turned the program into a 2-week Bootcamp. Not only did this program make our students grittier, it created a better understanding of self/others differences…tolerance!  In this session, you will learn how to teach TK-6th grade students to have grit (perseverance/resiliency)! This program includes: brain research, growth mindset, mistakes, the learning pit, and learner qualities. The Gritty Kids website and 2-week Bootcamp will be shared!

Room: White Sage – Presenter: Christi Martelli, Principal, Potrero Elementary/Mountain Empire Unified School District

 

Building excitement and attendance around sports

Do you need a boost in student participation and engagement in School?  In this session learn how you can partner with RCX Sports to create engaging intramural sports, afterschool athletic activities and so much more.  RCX Sports manages the recreational programming around major sports brands including the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB!  Get your students engaged through Sports and build programming that will encourage participation, and attendance. Be a part of developing the next pro athlete!

Room: Manzanita – Presenter: Francis Meram, Administrator for RCX Sports

 

Turning Your School Into A Culturally Responsive Community

The Scholarship Prep presentation on culturally responsive education (CRE) is designed to enhance understanding, knowledge, and skills around diversity, equity, AND inclusion. The backbone of CRE is validating and reflecting the diversity, identities, and experiences of all stakeholders. Participants will be better able to understand and identify what true diversity is. A foundational experience of the presentation is coming to an understanding of all the cultural characteristics that define students, families, and staff. Participants will delve into the complexities of their own identities and realize how broad diversity is - and how it goes well beyond skin color and other visible traits. They will understand that true equitable practices cannot occur until the diversity of all stakeholders is identified and valued. Participants will then develop skills and activities that build inclusive communities through intentional culture bridging.

Room: Elderberry – Presenter- Andrew Crowe, Deputy Director and Allison Vann, Principal  - Scholarship Prep

 

Cutting Discipline in Half Using a Multi-Tiered Approach

High suspension rates have been a consistent issue for most inner-city schools. As the school counselor, I always stuck to the rule that counselors "don't do discipline", until one year I found out, I do. Out-of-school suspension rates were ridiculously high at my elementary school and it was affecting the work I was trying to do with students. I had to brainstorm a way to keep my students in school so I could provide them the interventions they needed. With the collaboration of the building principal, social worker, and behavior interventionist, we created a plan to decrease suspensions while simultaneously providing preventative measures. The plan we created cut discipline by 50% in its first year of implementation and transformed how we defined "discipline" at our school moving forward.

Room: Cottonwood – Presenter: Monique Young, Education Consultant, Young Mind Creations

 

Proven High Expectations for At Risk Students

The Success Notebook works!  It’s a proven systematic approach for underachieving students.  Verified by various districts that increased scores significantly.  Easy to implement, provides accountability, and high expectations are achieved.

Administrators like it as it : Provides accountability, Decreases office referrals and Compliments teachers, resulting in teacher retention. Teachers like it as it is: Easy to implement, Fits any teaching style and content, Minimizes discipline problems. Students like it as it is: a Safe environment, Predictable routine, and Differentiated instruction.

Room: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter:  John Two Hearts Madrid

 

Winning Systems for Student Support

It takes flexible and innovative thinking to create systems of support that work for kids! This workshop will highlight successful and sustainable student support systems for social emotional wellness, positive behaviors, and academic programs for the Standard School District.  All schools in the district have been recognized for their work with PBIS, and Standard Middle School was recognized as the only newly designated school for the National Schools to Watch Program for 2021.

Room: Rabbit – Presenter: Susan Denton - Academic Improvement Specialist - Standard 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