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PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS


Please note that pre-conferences will be held on June 27th from 9:00am - 12:00pm and from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Individual pre-conference sessions are $75 and are in addition to the conference registration fee.

Larry Thompson
Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline

Session A: 9:00am - 12:00pm

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, author 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. These six essential practices include:

  • Benefits for Changing Behavior
  • Clear Expectations
  • Emotional Control
  • Consistency
  • Leadership in Challenging Moments

Learning Objectives:

  • Adopt best practices for creating a school culture in which students take ownership of their actions.
  • Master techniques for dealing with different low-to-high intensity disciplinary cases.
  • Close exits on the road to responsibility with emotional control.
  • Adopt methods to drastically decrease disciplinary referrals to the office.
  • Cultivate clear, appropriate and consistent expectations to prevent and address disruptive student behaviors.

SOLD OUT


Rick Shaw
Effective Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask!

Session A: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Not knowing doesn’t save you from liability…not knowing sets you up to fail at preventing incidents, liabilities, and tragedies. Surveys empower schools and districts to gather valuable data (with the right questions) to identify current issues, reasonably foresee potential issues, and create a benchmark for improving your school climate – because students cannot achieve higher scores if your climate is full of incidents, fears, and chaos. This session will explore the process of interpreting real survey data from real students at real schools.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Identify specific gaps in connecting the pieces of the puzzle
  • Utilize best practices to prevent liability, lawsuits and tragedies
  • Demonstrate the essential steps in intervention and prevention
  • Build community prevention-based safety teams comprised of key collaborators using best practices

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Mike Paget
The PBIS/MTSS Maze: Avoiding Dangerous Pitfalls & Finding the Path to Success

Session A: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Effective school practice and reams of research recommend that schools address the academic and behavioral needs of students in a “tiered framework” of practices, supports, and interventions, Most frameworks have three tiers, and are generally defined as services for all, additional services for some, and highly specialized services for a few students. Getting results from these frameworks requires something elusive that holds the tiers together. This session will focus on the connections between academic and behavioral success, and will look closely at the social emotional needs of students who are “Wired Differently.”

OBJECTIVES:

  • Understanding the Top Ten Challenges of Students Who are Wired Differently
  • Designing Tiered Schoolwide Systems for Students Who are Wired Differently
  • Evaluating Your School for Effective School Wide Practices
  • Collaboration Between Families, Schools and Community Resources

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Brian Mendler
Motivating and Managing Hard to Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

Session B: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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.

Objectives:

  • 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.

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Richard Guerry
Motivate Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Bullying, Exploitation & Abuse

Session B: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

This high-energy presentation will shed light on new technologies and trends on the horizon to help you teach and motivate the responsible use of any digital tool - current or future - to students, families, educators and peers.

  • It will illustrate how today and tomorrow’s powerful digital tools can open windows of opportunity when used appropriately - and close them if abused.
  • It will show you how to eliminate myths of "anonymity, "social privacy" and "ephemeral technologies" to help reduce digital abuse and create a positive (digital) environment.
  • It will help the audience understand the importance of digital legacy and how our digital actions today will be used to shape and identify who we were as digital forefathers to future generation and family.

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.

OBJECTIVES:

  • Teach students the concept of “digital legacy”
  • Use the “Digital Risk Assessment” with students, faculty & parents
  • Integrate digital safety into the schoolwide curriculum
  • Implement a parent/child cyber-citizen contract and school social media policy
  • Cultivate sustainable cybersafety mindfulness in students

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Eric Clark
25 Tech Tools Teachers Can Use to Enhance Student Engagement

Session B: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

With so much technology available how does a teacher know what will work in the classroom? For those educators just getting their feet wet with technology integration to those currently using technology in the classroom, presenter Eric Clark will explore exciting ways to use tech tools to increase student engagement and bring life into the classroom.

One-to-one computing, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Smart Boards and other improvements have revolutionized the technology environment in many North American classrooms, yet many educators have lagged behind in incorporating technology into their instruction. Many classrooms are not much different than they were 20 years ago. PowerPoint slides have replaced transparencies and papers are now submitted on computers, but the potential is limitless!

OBJECTIVES:

  • Discern the value of reverse mentoring in a technology-supported classroom.
  • Discover innovative ways to store and manage lessons, files, and multi-media.
  • Integrate video editors to create lessons centered on problem-based learning.
  • Learn how to use online video to support lessons rather than sustain them.
  • Identify different tools to help students become authors, producers, and creators of multi-media projects.
  • Apply new technology tools and/or strategies to enrich technology integration within the classroom.

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

Session B: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Technology and social media plays an increasingly large role in the social development of our kids today. Studies show that the average child (ages 7-17) spends up to 10 hours a day in front of a screen or device. Social media platforms have become a staple for young girls in their effort to stay connected to peers and parents. As girls spend more time trying to stay “connected” on-line, they actually become more disconnected. Studies show a correlation between the amount of time spent on social media and personal life dissatisfaction. Girls 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 cover their fears, confusion and anxiety from the outside world. If left untreated, girls are twice as likely as boys to develop an internalizing disorder such as depression or anxiety by mid-adolescence. The better we understand what is hidden behind the screen of “mean girls” the more effective we become in promoting the healthy development of confident, strong and happy girls.

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 Aggressors Anonymous: Tools to Address Social Media Addiction

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