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Workshops Overview:

The School Climate Conference will feature  (28) general workshops and up to (6) Early Bird Sponsored Workshops.  Click on the below date and time to find the titles, summaries and presenters of each workshop. To print out the conference program, use the download option.

*Early Bird Workshops are delivered by School Climate Conference Sponsors and are intended to introduce attendees to the latest programs, products and services available.

Day 1: Sunday - April 7

  • 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 8

  • 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 9

  • 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

Preliminary Workshops

*Workshops can change prior to conference.

Sunday | April 7, 2018

1:00 p.m – 2:15 p.m.


Braiding PBIS Implementation with SEL, RP, Cultural Responsiveness in High Schools, our journey for implementation of a large Urban High School 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 2014-2015 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.  The session will feature the district and school site perspective during implementation and unpack the unique implementation strategies, 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 three-four years of implementation.

Room: Elderberry Presenters:  Brian Mendiburu, Director, Student Behavior & Supports and Cy Silver, Supervising Administrator, Intervention & Supports


#BeWell Hub: Student Centered Approach to Mental Health and Wellness

Description: #BeWell, a joint initiative with the Oregon Association of Student Councils, Providence Health St. Joseph, iHeartRadio, and #ICANHELP, looks at mental health and wellness for students. Learn about the #BeWell Resource Hub, a central online location to connect users with mental health and wellness resources. Walk out with free lessons and ideas and say #IWillHelp mental health, wellness and social media. 

Room: Cottonwood - Presenter: Matt Soeth – Co-Founder #iCanHelp


Teen Drug Trends

We have a climate where we are  experiencing an epidemic of Drug Abuse and Prescription Drug Abuse in our youth. Unfortunately, approximately 90% of the youth involve in the Juvenile System have or are abusing illicit and prescription drugs. This presentation offers awareness of the epidemic of drug abuse by youth in our communities as young as 10 years old.  You will have the rare opportunity to hear from individual[s] that have life altering testimonials of their personal challenges with drug abuse as teens and consequences they have suffered because of those choices.  

Room: White Sage – Presenter - Riverside County Deputy District Attorney Evelyn Essenwanger 


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


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


The Neurobiology of Restorative Practices - “A Right Brain Approach”

Emerging brain research is leaning more towards the notion of relationship building and right brain epigenetic social experiences as the vector for high-risk youth development and optimal social-emotional adjustment. As restorative practitioners, it is critical to explore and understand how an impoverished psychic organization compromises students in experiencing and developing empathy and optimally moving towards healing harm. The information in this presentation will explore the importance of working under a right brain restorative framing, primarily when working with exceedingly defiant maladaptive embedded youth and how the use of data tracking is essential to build a restorative system. Current suspension and incarceration data are indicating that the level of recidivism is prevalent among individuals who could not fully process an incident or conflict. The same population is acquiring suspensions, expulsions or getting arrested for related offenses, which reveals the lack of insight obtained by our education and criminal justice systems. 

Room: Elderberry – Presenter - Carlos Alvarez MA, Executive Director - Los Angeles Institute For Restorative Practices LAIRP


10 Strategies Proven to Inspire & Engage EVERY Student 

This session will demonstrate 10 strategies proven to strengthen relationships, grab attention, inspire, and build resilience in all ages and learning types.  Participants will receive insights into teaching social and emotional life skills in ways all can understand, relate to, and remember. These strategies have helped over 2 million youth in 20,000 K-12 schools, mental health, and correctional organizations in the areas of academic success, dropout prevention, class management, and bullying prevention.

Room: Cottonwood -Presenter - Christian Moore, WhyTry organization


Decrease Student Suspensions and Expulsions While Increasing Student Engagement

Come learn how one Southern California school district has made significant reductions in home suspensions and expulsions over the last nine years. Through a change in philosophy and a variety of alternatives, not only has the number of suspensions and expulsions decreased, but the number of student behavior incidents has decreased as well. 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 Interventions 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. In this session, we will dialogue about all of this and more and you will leave with some useful strategies to take back to your school and district.

Room: White Sage - Presenter – Steve Behar, EdD– Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Unified School District


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: Tule- Presenter – Regina Siez – LCSW,PPS, Temecula Valley Unified 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.)


Track, Drive and Recognize with 5-Star Students

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

Room: Tule - Sponsor 5 Star Students - Greg Hroach - Co-Founder


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


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: Elderberry - Presenters: Julia Gabor, M.Ed, Founder, kid-grit and Jeffrey L. Jordan, CEO Sportika Goodworx and Founder, kid-grit


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: Cottonwood - Presenter - Paul LeBaron - Long Beach Police Department


Monday Morning Blues

It's Monday morning and, as students arrive on campus, you notice a crowd forming. Two students start fighting. By the time you and your vice principal have stopped the fight and interviewed witnesses, it's on Instagram. What do you do next? This workshop is a participatory simulation of effective school social media incident response

Room: White Sage- Presenter – Matthew Soeth – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder


It Takes A Village" Building relationships with Community Based Organizations to serve our nation's at promise youth. 

Sunburst Youth ChalleNGe Academy is offered by the Department of Defense and National Guard Bureau and is one of 40 programs in the country. The mission is to intervene and reclaim the lives of 16-18 year old at- risk high school students; to produce program graduates with the values, life skills, education & self discipline necessary to succeed as a productive citizen. Since its inception, even as a military based organization, we have learned that we cannot do this mission alone. Over the course of 10 years we have learned that it takes a village to truly provide a successful pathway for our youth.  The power of relationship building has what led us to be one of the top ChalleNGe Academy in the country. 

In this session we will discuss the importance of building relationships with other CBOs and the results when a community is united.

Room: Tule- Chief Warrant Officer Rochelle Sonza-Community Outreach Director - Sergeant First Class Timothy Edwards- Commandant - Staff Sergeant Ryan Salvoni- Senior Recruiter 


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


Inspire the Hopeless, Empower the Dreamers 

Session Summary: Learn how to revolutionize the culture and climate of your school through tried and proven ideas that focus on recognition for ALL stakeholders on your campus. Learn how the power of relationships and "making it matter" can completely transform the perception of your school from the inside out. Countless proven ideas will be shared to make every student and adult feel like a rock star!

Room: Elderberry - Presenter – Phil Campbell PhD. – Education Consultant, The Fisher Agency


4 Keys to Creating a Resilient School Climate

Resilience is something we’re all born with – from the homeless person on the street to the Harvard business grad.  Most of us – including many of our schools’ struggling students – just haven’t learned how to access what’s already inside of them.  In this presentation, participants will learn about the vital skills of resilience and the 4 keys to creating a resilient climate.  This engaging presentation will empower you to deliver these skills to students of any background and learning style, enabling them to thrive not only in school, but in life.

 Room: Cottonwood - Presenter - Christian Moore, WhyTry organization


Tier 1-3 Supports in the Real World: Using SEL and RP to Influence Classroom and School Wide Culture in High School

Teachers and Counselors on Special Assignment explain their journey of teaching and modeling SEL embedded content lessons and restorative practices with high school teachers.  The Kern High School District is the largest 9-12 district in California with more than 39,000 students and adults working with those students. One of our main missions as tier 1 support staff is to show teachers with varying degrees of experience how implementing social emotional learning and restorative practices in their classrooms and at their sites can transform the culture in the classroom and school wide. Using real life examples, we will share how we continue to move this important work forward in our district. 

Room: White Sage - Presenter – Monica Bonillo, Lead Interventionist, PBIS-MTSS, Student Behavior & Supports

Rebecca Banke, ASW, PPSC, PBIS-MTSS School Social Worker, Student Behavior and Supports

Janell Burton, PBIS-MTSS RP/SEL Resource Counselor, Student Behavior and Supports

Eric Olinger, TOSA, PBIS-MTSS, Student Behavior and Supports

Jackie Lilly, TOSA, PBIS-MTSS, Student Behavior and Supports

Nakeisha Moya, TOSA, PBIS-MTSS, Student Behavior and Supports

Jeanette Lackey, TOSA, PBIS-MTSS, Student Behavior and Supports


Why are there Toilets in the JUUL Room

This session will address current vaping, juuling, alcohol, marijuana, and other current drug trends impacting our youth. The tobacco and e-cigarette companies continue to market directly to youth. Whether from media, peers, parents, teachers or law enforcement, adolescents are finding themselves in a cluster of mixed messages regarding vaping and marijuana use and its effects. Attendees will be educated on current marketing tactics; learn how to counter the messages, and create strategies to reduce these problems on your campus. 

Room: Tule - Presenters:  NCADD-OC - Phillip Falcetti, MPH; Ashley Devin; Emily Lobo; Michelle Torres 


1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Suicide: Prevention, Intervention, Postvention

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for those ages 10-24. The rate for this age group has climbed steadily since 2007 and has taken an even stronger upward trend since 2011. This workshop will address some of the factors that appear to be affecting this trend and will provide some strategies to help schools address this growing concern. Additionally, participants will be provided with some postvention strategies to help assist students, families, and staff members in the aftermath of a suicide death.  

Room: Elderberry - Presenter: Dean Lesicko Collaborative Learning Solutions


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: Cottonwood - Presenters:  Wayne Sakamoto – Executive Director California School Resource Officers’ Association


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 -Panel Moderators: Riverside County Deputy District Attorney’s Michael Tripp and Evelyn Essenwanger


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: Tule – Presenter: Hilva Chan – California Department of Education – Education Program Consultant


2:45 p.m. –4:00 p.m.


Familiar with YPAR?  You should be, it is evidence based to increase student engagement!.

What is YPAR? Simply put, “Stop doing the research on the kids and let the kids do the research on themselves!” Come learn how schools across California are increasing Attendance Rates and Academic Achievement by equipping their youth leadership classes with a data gathering system that seeks to identify needed interventions to address school climate and student engagement.   By utilizing online survey development and student led focus groups to gather Quantitative and Qualitative data, school administrators are finding an ongoing source of information to effectively implement MTSS/PBIS, School Safety Initiatives and Local Control Accountability Plans. 

Room: Elderberry -- Presenter – John Vandenburgh – President – Protect Connect Educate Solutions


“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 - Principal, Signature Preparatory Academy Charter School


The Well-Being Wheel: An Innovative Tool for Focusing Your School

How are schools already supporting the well-being of the whole person? What would schools look like if people actually flourished in them? Come learn about a framework and planning tool to help students and adults thrive in multiple areas, not solely on standardized tests.

Room: White Sage  - Dr. Jennifer Moore – DePaul University


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: Tule –- Presenter: Dr. Marina V. Gillmore – The Cambio Group


Tuesday | April 9, 2019

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


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

Participants will learn the effects of a group intervention designed to help girls learn and practice strategies that will help them tackle challenges faced in today’s world. This country has seen a significant amount of attention paid to the "Me, Too" movement and the effects of sexual harassment in the work place. S.H.E. addresses these stressors and risk factors teen girls experience and strives to strengthen protective factors and build resiliency.

Room: Elderberry Presenters – Lisa Pynn and Natasha Kohls, Alvord Unified School District


How to create positive school culture through student video

Using video as a medium to build positive school culture and climate through the voice of the student. Learn how to transform simple video announcements into a school culture building tool, and how to build leaders to tell those important messages.

Room: Cottonwood – Presenter: Dana Conrad - Teacher, Murrieta Valley Unified School District - Darlene Painter - Assistant Principal, Murrieta Valley Unified School District


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: White Sage - Presenters: Julia Gabor, M.Ed, Founder, kid-grit and Jeffrey L. Jordan, CEO Sportika Goodworx and Founder, kid-grit

Doing Time With Our Boys: Family and Community Engagement Strategies for Reaching Adjudicated Boys and their Families

This interactive workshop will include hands on application to engage families and communities in serving adjudicated boys in their time post-incarceration.  Participants will work through a case study simulation that connects cutting-edge research from the fields of equity pedagogy, restorative justice, and trauma informed care with solutions-based strategies for working collaboratively to develop best practices and comprehensive programming that addresses the effects of incarceration on boys, their families, and their communities. 

Room: Tule– Presenters – Dr. Marina Gillmore, Cambio Group and Ms. Bettye Blaize, Author