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Workshops Overview:

The School Climate Conference will feature  (35) 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: Sunday - April 5

  • 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: Monday - April 6

  • 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: Tuesday - April 7

  • 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 (Additional Fee Required) - Learn More
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Network Social

*Workshops can change prior to conference. 

Sunday | April 5, 2020

1:00 p.m – 2:15 p.m.

S.H.E. is You! Strong, Healthy & Educated

S.H.E. (Strong, Healthy, Educated) is You! A Curriculum for Girls is designed for girls in both middle and high school. S.H.E. is a group intervention designed to help girls learn and practice strategies that will help them tackle challenges faced in today’s world.

Room: Elderberry - Presenter:  Lisa Tangler, Counselor


Developing Stronger Teacher-Student Connections

Through lively collaboration, interactive activities, case study analysis, and rich discussion, participants build a heightened awareness of the critical role of student engagement in the academic lives of children. Our workshop is specifically designed to change the trajectory for our disengaged students in an effort to maximize learning.This workshop would include daily strategies that would strengthen student-teacher connections. These strategies have been implemented and are being utilized at Luiseno in Lake Elsinore Unified School District.

Room: Cottonwood - Presenters: Misty Ford, Teacher - Dana Minock, Teacher/ASB Director - Lake Elsinore Unified School District


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


Slowing Down to Speed Up Learning, Growth and School Transformation

Slowing down might sound counterintuitive to the many pressing needs in our schools. Yet, the research is clear. Mindfulness practices impact the body, mind, and heart and empower us from the inside out through increasing skills of self-regulation, a key component to SEL.

Room: Manzanita - Presenter: Trish Keiller, Founder Roots Education


LGBTQ+ Terms and Best Practices in the Educational Setting.

This training will provide an in-depth explanation of sex, gender, sexual orientation, and associated terms, and will discuss stereotypes, norms and bias, and discrimination. Additionally, this training will cover school culture, suicide and risk factors, and best practices for an inclusive school environment. This interactive training will be supported by a PowerPoint presentation and a printed workbook for each participant to keep as a reference for future use.

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


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

Positive School Climate Leadership Strategies for Site and District Administrators

In this interactive presentation, participants will explore how to conduct a meaningful planning process with stakeholder buy-in, develop a list of priorities for school improvement, put forth school/district wide initiatives and include these actions in the school site plan and District LCAP.

Room: Elderberry - Presenter:  Susan Levine Ed.D - Director II, Pupil and Administrative Services, Riverside County Office of Education


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


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: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: Dr. Reyes Gauna – Superintendent Byron Union School District


Monday | April 8, 2019

7:30 a.m - 8:15 a.m.  

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

Room: Elderberry - Presenters:  TBD

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: TBD

Room: White Sage – Presenter: TBD

Room: Manzanita - Presenter: TBD

Room: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: TBD


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

Engage Every Family

In this session, noted author and national expert, Dr. Steve Constantino will share a model for effective family engagement which supports improved learning, social and emotional outcomes for all students. Dr. Constantino will also share ideas and strategies to help your school or district engage every family.

Room: Elderberry - Presenters:  Dr. Steve Constantino, Executive Professor in the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership Department at the William & Mary School of Education


The POWER of Peer Leaders: You Cannot do The Work to Help Youth Without Youth Helping to do The Work!

Finally, EVIDENCE BASED peer programs that school counselors can engage youth in to help change school climate and culture. Student leaders in Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) programs, such as Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS), utilize data and restorative practices to address school climate issues affecting their peers. Participants will walk away with student-led MTSS strategies and resources used by Stockton USD that five universities have found to be effective in engaging youth to make site and district-level changes. The Power of Peer Leaders workshop will help participants understand that peer leadership can be a valuable component of a site's MTSS. Participants will leave with a framework to develop an evidence based YPAR program that engage students as part of the solution to creating positive school climates through student-led prevention, intervention, and postvention. This workshop will be interactive, data-driven, and youth centered.


Room: Cottonwood – Presenter: Jillian Glende District Coordinator PLUS/PBIS - Stockton USD


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


Using Data to Improve School Climate and Student Mental Health

Data does not need to be a four-letter word. Dust off your school climate survey and put them to use. Come join us for a discussion on how you can use the California Healthy Kids Survey to improve school climate and student mental health. This is an interactive session in which we will walk you through statewide data, share resources, and discuss best practices on addressing school climate and mental health.

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: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter:Regina Siez – LCSW,PPS, Temecula Valley Unified School District

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

Social and Emotional Learning: The Inside-Out Approach to Safe School Climate

Acts of aggression are increasing in schools: gun violence, bullying and cyberbullying. What can we do, particularly when many educators report that they do not feel equipped with the necessary skills to make a difference? Research is clear: Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is as empirically-validated as any academic or behavioral intervention currently available to us. Students who have participated in SEL interventions show decreased emotional distress, decreased aggression, and increased academic performance. Educators who lead SEL programs report increased vocational satisfaction and sustainability. Beyond research, licensed psychologist Dr. Adam Saenz will present two compelling case studies that illustrate the power of SEL.

Room:Elderberry – Presenter:Adam Saenz, PH.D., D.MIN – Founder Applied EQ Group


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; Michelle Torres


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: Red Tailed Hawk – 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


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: Cottonwood - Presenter: Matthew Soeth – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder


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


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: Manzanita - Presenter: Dean Lesicko - Collaborative Learning Solutions


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: Red Tailed Hawk – 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


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.

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


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: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter:Tasreen Khamisa - Executive Director TKF – Benita Page - Program Manager TKF

Tuesday | April 9, 2019

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


Room: Elderberry - TBD


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


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: White Sage - Presenter:  James Williams III – United States Department of Justice – Community Relations


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 has 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: Red Tailed Hawk – Presenter: Dr. Peter Lock, Coordinator, Foster Youth and Student Support Services. Redlands Unified School District