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2018 FEATURED SESSIONS
There is Power in being an Educator. During this interactive keynote address, educators will learn how to activate that power to inspire all students to be success stories. Educators will be challenged to self-evaluate their day to day routine. Strategies will be given to build positive relationships and cultural awareness with students and staff. Who are you as an educator? We must understand our roles to positively impact our students. There are several factors that affect our view of our children that will be mapped out during this keynote also. We must recharge our batteries and renew our minds daily so our students receive our best. Educators will leave this keynote recharged and empowered to do their jobs more efficiently.
In this talk, Dr. Emdin uses hip-hop as an approach to teaching and learning that privileges students’ realities. The talk provides with an approach to pedagogy that comprises of practical and tangible approaches to instruction, but also a philosophy for teaching and learning that gives teachers and school leaders a path towards more effective practice.
Speaker Rosalind Wiseman, the New York Times bestsellers Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence & Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World pulls back the curtain on what’s really going on in boys and girls friendships and social hierarchies. She’ll share how boys’ and girls’ social group dynamics influence their interactions and offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people how to navigate these common yet complex situations. She’ll also explain why young people can be reluctant to ask for help and give common-sense suggestions to break through communication barriers. This presentation can be tailored to both student and adult audiences and will be customized to reflect any specifics that should be addressed in your community.
Knowledge is power, particularly when it comes to avoiding litigation. As a former teacher and current attorney for school districts, MaryGrace knows that school employees’ jobs are hard enough without the fear of avoiding lawsuits. In this session, MaryGrace will discuss five legal issues that administrators and teachers should be aware of in 2018:
2) School Safety
3) Discrimination of Students with Disabilities
4) Student Discipline
5) Transgender Students
MaryGrace will explain what the laws says about each of these issues and will identify steps school employees can take to avoid litigation.
Date: Friday, June 22
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Grand 3 & 4
2018 PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS
This high-energy presentation will shed light on new technologies and trends on the horizon (facial recognition, snapchat spectacles, wearables, etc.) to help you teach and motivate the responsible use of any digital tool – current or future – to students, families, educators and peers.
There is no magic button to eliminate all digital abuse in your school– but there are ways to reduce it, bring accountability to those that create it, and empower those who wish to avoid it. Whether you are tech-savvy or tech-challenged, this workshop will provide you with solutions and recommendations for prevention that you can take back to your school and implement.
Led by one of the nation’s most sought after speakers in the field, author and internationally known digital safety advocate Richard Guerry, will help educators understand the latest technology trends and how to motivate positive use and prevent digital abuse. All attendees will obtain tools & guidelines that can be efficiently implemented to prevent:
In this workshop, you will learn:
About the Presenter
Richard Guerry is the founder of the non-profit organization the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2). Throughout the 1990’s, at the height of the technology revolution, Richard served as an interactive marketing executive. In his tenure, he encountered the darkest areas of the internet and discovered countless individuals unknowingly being manipulated and schemed, and their content being stolen and exploited. As a father of two young children, and an avid user of digital technology himself, he decided to make a change and start a new revolution centered on technology– Digital Consciousness.
In 2009, Richard left corporate America, and applied his vast experience and knowledge of internet safety to serve as the Executive Director of IROC2. He now travels across the country speaking to digital users, young and old, regarding the importance of practicing a Digital Consciousness™ in ever aspect of life to avoid any current – of future – digital disease™.
Richard is also the author of multiple cyber safety and citizenship books, and has been a featured speaker at many national conferences and conventions, including the National Conference on Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention, the International Bullying Prevention Association, and the National Symposium on Child Abuse. He has also appeared as a digital safety expert on various media outlets like CNN, Radio Disney, MTV, Parade Magazine and many other local, regional, and international networks and publications.
Richard is also the author of several books:
Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Rider University.
In a single school year, 1.2 million African-American students faced at least one (1) day of suspension from our nation’s public schools. Research indicated that nearly 55% of that 1.2 million were from districts in 13 southern states, including Virginia. Research also revealed that African-American students were suspended more than 3x the rate of Caucasian students.
One possible explanation is that there are seemingly two (2) types of student discipline at work in our schools. First, Criminalized Discipline, which uses punitive-based measures like suspension, expulsion, or referral to law enforcement, and secondly, Medicalized Discipline, which uses solution-based measures like medical attention and/or psychological intervention. Code violations by minority students are viewed as conditions that warrant Criminalized Discipline; whereas, code violations by non-minority students are viewed as conditions that warrant Medicalized Discipline. In this session, Dr. Noel will take a serious look at the role Implicit Bias; a lack of Equity & our lack of Cultural Competence plays on the actions & decisions of school staff, based on what they see.
In this session, participants will learn about topics that include, but are not limited to:
About the Presenter
“The two most important days of your life are the day you were born, and the day you find out WHY.” This quote by Mark Twain perfectly captures Dr. William Noel’s personal calling and dedication to working for children. That higher calling and dedication is “WHY” Dr. Noel remains committed to being an influential role model for all students, but especially for our (sometimes) Hard-to-Reach students.
Dr. Noel emphasizes the importance of connecting with our Hard-to-Reach students through establishing genuine relationships, and teaching them to make better decisions. He will be the first person to debate that knowing WHO we teach may be more important than WHAT we teach.
Dr. Noel began this exciting journey first as a substitute teacher, then an Alternative Education teacher, Social Studies teacher, coach, Assistant Principal, and now Director. When asked by a colleague if he was going to miss teaching now that he is an administrator; Dr. Noel replied, “I will always be a teacher; just no longer from a classroom.”
Supporting students who are “Wired Differently” in an inclusive school setting requires an array of practices beyond traditional discipline. This session will include an overview of the major emotional and behavioral challenges of students who are “Wired Differently.” Success for all students requires an emphasis on prevention and positive skill building. Increasingly school experience is showing the importance of effective school wide practices to best support all students. “School wide positive behavior interventions and supports” is one of the more prominent practices. This session will look at effective practices at the universal, secondary, and tertiary tiers.
In this session, you will learn how to:
• Understanding the top Ten Challenges of Students Who are Wired Differently
• Designing School-wide Systems for Students Who are Wired Differently
• Evaluating Your School for Effective School Wide Practices
• Collaboration Between Families, Schools and Community Resources
About the Presenter:
Mike Paget currently works as a consultant to schools throughout North America to help them better teach challenging students. As a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, CD and other special needs students for more than 25 years. Mike is an innovator of effective approaches for working with extremely challenging students and has conducted seminars across the U.S. and Canada on creative techniques for managing classroom behavior, student aggression and crisis intervention. He is co-author of Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance. His newest book is High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities.
From the author of the international best-selling book Discipline with Dignity, this session is loaded with strategies, techniques, and ideas designed to prevent motivation and discipline problems in the most difficult classrooms. Discover and practice specific strategies and techniques designed to change attitudes and ignite a passion for success. This practical, informative session will transform the lives of your most disruptive students.
Recognize underlying causes of student misbehavior.
Identify 3 places to build relationships.
Describe merits of values vs. rules.
Demonstrate 8 steps to diffusing any student.
About Brian Mendler
Brian Mendler trains tens of thousands of educators a year and is a highly regarded dynamic speaker. Through his affiliation with Teacher Learning Center, he provides staff development training for K-12 educators and youth service workers throughout the world with a focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students.
Brian is a certified K-12 and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. In his training sessions and books, he draws on his own experience as a very disruptive student with severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties.
Brian is the author of several books including That One Kid and The Taming of the Crew. He has also co-authored Strategies for Successful Classroom Management, Power Struggles 2nd Edition, and the bestseller Discipline With Dignity 3rd Edition: New Challenges, New Solutions.
Educators and counselors can use this trending topic of this TV series to expand the conversation about suicide prevention and examine how students perceive the topic of suicide. For many, this series is bringing up topics of conversation such as suicide, self-harm, bullying, sexual assault, and the choices we may make. This is an opportunity to check in with student perceptions and evaluations of the series and to possibly reset any misperceptions surrounding what they have watched – including the process of seeking help. Ultimately, this could improve the existing framework for suicide and self-injury among secondary students.
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Boys are held back in school twice as often as girls. Boys also get expelled from preschool nearly five times more often than girls, and they are diagnosed with learning disorders and attention problems at nearly four times the rate of girls. Boys are more likely to drop out of school, and make up only 43 percent of college students. Millions of boys are being lost along the path to academic success and career achievement in today’s knowledge economy. Teacher bias regarding behavior, rather than academic performance, penalizes boys as early as kindergarten. On average, boys receive lower behavioral assessment scores, and those scores affect teachers’ overall perceptions of boys’ intelligence and achievement.
Rather than penalize boys’ high energy – as traditional classroom methods often do – successful teachers are learning to take advantage of male liveliness, curiosity and thirst for competition. Unless educators stop to consider whether traditional methods are working for both genders, boys will continue to get the short end of the educational stick.
This session will helps educators understand the structural, chemical and processing differences between boys’ and girls’ brains. It helps educators support boys’ developmental needs, while teaching them social /emotional competencies. Attendees will discover innovative strategies, as well as group and individual interventions, to help boys achieve their highest academic potential.
About the Presenter:
Steph Jensen, MS, LPC is an award-winning author and international speaker recognized for her insight and understanding of relational aggression. She combines 15 years of practice in the fields of education and counseling with research, practical strategies and humor to address challenging behaviors and build positive relationships with kids. She has held positions as classroom teacher, education consultant and international speaker. She holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues.
In recent years, Stephanie has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, social-emotional learning, and positive behavior interventions. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive: Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-haviors, Mom’s Choice Award-winning Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day, Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow and her latest: Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla!
Can responsibility be taught? How can educators move from “making” students behave to helping students learn self-management? this is a major, but necessary, paradigm shift – moving from enforcement to a focus on student growth and providing essential life skills. In this session, Larry Thompson will discuss how traditional discipline practices actually allow students to continue using those exits to avoid responsibility. He will also share six essential practices that will close those exits and help students learn self-management – Benefits for Changing Behavior, Clear Expectations, Emotional Control, Consistency, and Leadership in Challenging Moments.
In this session, you will learn how to:
About the Presenter
Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained
2018 BREAKOUT SESSIONS
On Your Own or "Lunch and Learn" (additional fee)
25 in 50: 25 Innovative Strategies to Create a Positive School Climate
- On Your Own
- Lunch & Learn *additional fee
25 in 50: 25 Innovative Strategies