At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

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At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

Please Note: Pre-Conference Sessions for the Atlanta Conference will held June 24 & 25. The main Conference will begin on June 26 at 8:30 am. 

Eric Clark, M.Ed.: Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students: How to Unlock Their Potential & Survive the Process, Part 1

Wednesday, June 24th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Working with difficult, demanding, and disruptive students is not a new challenge for educators. However, there are current concerns being voiced regarding the changing nature and intensity of the behaviors of these students. Some educators are reporting increases in selfish, manipulative and hostile behaviors while others are noticing more students who are overly anxious and/or difficult to engage. Even well-seasoned, award-winning master educators can sometimes have their “feathers ruffled” by certain students in certain situations.

Responsibility-Centered Discipline is designed to assist all educators with identifying and addressing challenging student behaviors that affect the academic and behavioral progress of the students with whom they work. This power-packed seminar will provide you with up-to-date insights and strategies for reaching and helping those young people who seem to evoke the strongest feelings of frustration, hurt and sometimes discouragement in professional educators.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement do’s and don’ts to address specific behaviors
  • Gain integral key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach to a responsibility-centered approach
  • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
  • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior
  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students

Marquita Blades, Ed.D.: POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement & Decreasing Disciplinary Issues

Wednesday, June 24th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Creating a highly-engaging & rigorous classroom while trying to manage disciplinary issues can be difficult. In this workshop, participants will learn several effective strategies that can be used to create an interactive classroom that supports increased student engagement while minimizing student disciplinary issues. This is not a “sit-and-get” workshop. Bring your best energy, because we’ll be working through these strategies, just as you will be using them with your students!

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to use academic data to build relationships with all students
  • Decrease disciplinary issues in the classroom by creating a more engaging learning environment
  • Gain several strategies for increasing student engagement while maintaining rigor and addressing the needs of all learners

Greg Richards, Ph.D.: Applications from Adolescent Brain Biology to Improve Behavior & Culture

Wednesday, June 24th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Dr. Greg Richards introduces the adolescent brain and its structures and chemistry that account for immaturity in decision-making, self-control, and risk-avoidance. The challenges and opportunities of brain biology point a way to positive connections of students to parents, SROs, school personnel, and peers to improve teaching, safety, and culture at school.

Eric Clark, M.Ed.: Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students: How to Unlock Their Potential & Survive the Process, Part 2

Wednesday, June 24th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Working with difficult, demanding, and disruptive students is not a new challenge for educators. However, there are current concerns being voiced regarding the changing nature and intensity of the behaviors of these students. Some educators are reporting increases in selfish, manipulative and hostile behaviors while others are noticing more students who are overly anxious and/or difficult to engage. Even well-seasoned, award-winning master educators can sometimes have their “feathers ruffled” by certain students in certain situations.

Responsibility-Centered Discipline is designed to assist all educators with identifying and addressing challenging student behaviors that affect the academic and behavioral progress of the students with whom they work. This power-packed seminar will provide you with up-to-date insights and strategies for reaching and helping those young people who seem to evoke the strongest feelings of frustration, hurt and sometimes discouragement in professional educators.

Learning Objectives:

  • Implement do’s and don’ts to address specific behaviors
  • Gain integral key strategies for migrating from an obedience-centered approach to a responsibility-centered approach
  • Develop innovative ways to support positive behavior
  • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behavior
  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students

Catava Burton, Ed.S.: Trauma: NOT a D-Code Drama

Wednesday, June 24th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Adolescents are more susceptible to adverse childhood experiences (psychological trauma) during what Erikson described as the identity versus role confusion stage. Pubescent brains are pruning; trauma or toxic stress can substantially disrupt brain development, changing how they respond to perceived threats. In schools, student’s trigger reactions (fight, flight or freeze) are categorized as disruptive, defiant, and/or disrespectful (D-Codes) resulting in more punitive disciplinary consequences.

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop an understanding of how trauma imprints on the brain
  • Analyze how student responses can present as defiance/disrespect
  • Gain research/evidence-based, non-punitive disciplinary responses to subjective behaviors

Steph Jensen, M.S., LPC: Mean Girls Behind the Screen: Addressing & Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression

Wednesday, June 24th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Technology and social media play an increasingly large role in the social development of students today. Studies show that the average student (ages 7-17) spends up to 10 hours a day in front of a screen — cell phone, computer or tv.

Social media platforms have become critical for students who want to stay connected to peers — especially girls. But as girls spend more time trying to stay “connected” online, they actually become more disconnected. Studies show a correlation between the amount of time spent on social media and personal life dissatisfaction. Girls often create elaborate identities and personas on-screen; but do you ever wonder what is going on behind the screen? As girls experience the turbulent times of childhood and adolescence they often turn to social media to hide their fears, confusion and anxiety from the outside world. As a result, girls are twice as likely as boys to develop an internalizing disorder such as depression or anxiety by mid-adolescence.

Author Stephanie Jensen, MS, LPC will help attendees better understand what is hidden behind the screen of “mean girls,” and gain tools and strategies for promoting the healthy development of confident, strong and happy girls.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how social media affects brain development
  • Develop an understanding of how social media can impact mental health
  • Discover strategies to teach Netiquette: Send Means Said
  • Create a plan for effective communication in the digital and real world
  • Apply tools to address social media addiction

Tom Magliscaeu, Ed.D.: Distraction, Disruption, Motivation & Grit: Our Brains on Adolescence

Wednesday, June 24th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Four high-energy, high-impact workshops in one! This session will help educators better understand the biology of the pre-adolescent and adolescent brains as well as the latest research behind motivation and grit. Additionally, participants will examine Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the characteristics of the Trauma-Impacted Learner as a guide for building resilience in our kids while weaving a safety net for student success.

Learning Objectives:

  • Generating a greater understanding of brain development as correlated with learning, motivation, and “grit”
  • Utilizing “trauma-informed” and “mindset” research to establish classroom, campus, and/or district cultural norms
  • Building classroom and school-wide systems of support through resilience-building strategies

Robert Jackson: Salvaging Our Sons: Helping Educators Reach, Teach & Empower Young Men

Thursday, June 25th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This workshop will address issues that all male students face, as well as issues related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and/or trauma — including violence and divorce, incarceration or death of parents. How males process stressors influences their behavior, motivation and desire to learn. All students experience negative moments inside and outside of school, however boys process them differently. 

During this interactive session, administrators and educators will gain insight into how to help male students overcome life’s challenges with ready-to-use strategies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key components for motivating males.
  • Discover proven strategies for engaging and motivating boys who have experienced trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Demonstrate key relationship, communication and community-based strategies to reach all male students
  • Recognize underlying causes of male student misbehavior and utilize the de-escalation tactics

Tracie Berry-McGhee, M.Ed., LPC: Girl Drama is Real!

Thursday, June 25th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this session, we will explore how to use social-emotional learning circles for girls to impact social aggression and decrease the factors that motivate relational aggression. We will also offer interactive tools used in SEL circles to create a safe space through the use of poetry, music, and therapeutic mentoring to develop trauma-free spaces. Educators, Counselors and administrators will understand the benefits of facilitating gender-specific programming that promotes strength and resiliency in girls, increasing literacy while also improving their attitude toward school, home and community while reducing depression.

Allyson Bowen, LISW-CP, CHN: Food, Mood & Behavior

Thursday, June 25th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Session Description Coming Soon!

Damiso Joey, Ed.D., Kareem Spence M.A., Jamey Roberts, M.A.: Hip Hop 101: How to Connect to & Teach this Hip Hop Generation

Thursday, June 25th, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

In this interactive session, attendees will learn how to use Hip Hop music and culture to engage all students and reach those who identify with the culture. The session will explore the fundamental elements of Hip Hop music and culture, and explain how and why students are interested in the art form. Attendees will leave with concrete teaching methods for using of school-appropriate Hip Hop music and culture in the classroom. This session will enable you, as an educator, to become a student of your students who live the Hip Hop culture.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to understand today’s current youth culture and gain strategies on how to connect and engage these students
  • Understand the fundamental elements that make Hip Hop music unique
  • Integrate elements of Hip Hop into the classroom

Richard Guerry: Exploitation, Identity Theft, Cyberbullying & Sextortion: Motivate Responsible Use of Technology

Thursday, June 25th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Session Description Coming Soon!

Hotep Benzo, MBA: The New PBIS: Behavior is a Sympton…Not the Problem

Thursday, June 25th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Behavior is a Symptom demystifies the common behavior problems exhibited in schools by first explaining WHY they occur and the teaching HOW to change them. This workshop will: share the precursors that lead to all behavior, inform on how to transform academic and behavioral outcomes, explain what leads to at-risk behaviors and why people repeat the same negative behaviors and demonstrate how relevance and relationships impact behavior. In the end, attendees will learn what is being called “The New PBIS”!

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify key components for engaging and motivating at-risk youth and increased student retention
  • Demonstrate innovative non-exclusionary conflict resolution, classroom management and discipline skills
  • Recognize underlying causes of student misbehavior
  • Utilize the Outcome Progression Model
  • Differentiate between the four stages of discipline

Steph Jensen, M.S., LPC: SEL- Moving from the Philosophical to Practical: Integrating Social Emotional Learning & Academics

Thursday, June 25th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In this session participants will be introduced to a comprehensive approach to integrate social emotional learning to effectively layer and align academic, behavioral, and social/emotional supports and services for all students in order to reduce frustration and accelerate learning. Participants will also learn how to supplement core instruction in academic, behavioral, and social/emotional supports, to ensure all students have access to supports and services to increase academic and SEL competencies.

Candice Cox, MSW, LCSW: From CHAOS to KHAOS: Creating a Mindset to Understand & Address Toxic and Traumatic Stress within Self and the Classroom

Thursday, June 25th, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Session Description Coming Soon!

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

Please continue to check this page for updates. More information will be made available as the Conference date approaches.

2019 San Antonio Pre-Conference Sessions

San Antonio Pre-Conference Sessions will be held from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Thursday, November 14 and from 8:00 am – 11:00 am on Friday, November 15. The main conference will begin at 12:00 pm on Friday, November 15.

2019 San Antonio Breakout Sessions

2019 San Antonio Agenda

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

Atlanta
June 24-28, 2020

4 Conferences for the Price of 1!

At-Risk & Struggling Students
School Discipline Conference
School Climate & Culture Forum
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
June 24-28

San Antonio
November 12-15, 2020

5 Conferences for the Price of 1!

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference
School Discipline Conference Conference
Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference
Social & Emotional Learning Forum
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference

Nov. 14-17