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PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS


ORLANDO - MARCH 21-22, 2019

Please note that pre-conferences will be held on March 21st and the morning of March 22nd. The main conference will begin the afternoon of March 22nd.

Larry Thompson, M.Ed.

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students: How to Unlock Their Potential and Survive the Process! - PART 1

Session A: March 21st 9:00am - 12:00pm

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
In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
  • Implement do’s and don’ts to address specific behaviors
  • 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

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.

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Mike Paget, M.Ed.

Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently

Session A: March 21st 9:00am - 12:00pm

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.

Learning Objectives:

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Discover the importance of adult attitudes & behaviors when using positive behavior supports
  • Learn what is meant by student mental wellness and what it means to be "Wired Differently"
  • Explore the meaning of primary, secondary and tertiary positive behavior plans and how each level is best employed with the various mental/emotional/behavioral concerns in your classroom
  • Understand the 8 elements of successful classroom management
  • Discover tools to help teach social skills to students who are “Wired Differently” within the paradigm of positive behavior supports
  • Understand the importance of collaboration between families, schools and community resources

About the Presenter:

Mike Paget has over 25 years experience working as a “teacher-therapist”, special education teacher, director of clinical day program services, and state department of education consultant for emotional, behavioral, mental health issues, crisis de-escalation and prevention, and positive behavior supports.

Mike has biases; he believes that the most important “treatment” is a day during which a young person learns some new things, laughs with close friends, and contributes to making the day a bit better for classmates and community. He believes that teachers and parents are the primary facilitators for getting these things done.

Mike is now an independent trainer and consultant on topics related to emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues of students. He conducts workshops, seminars, and webinars across the United States and Canada.

Mike is the co-author of several books including:

  • Aggressive and Violent Students
  • Defying the Defiance: 131 Insights, Strategies, Lessons and Activities for Helping Students with ODD
  • High on the Spectrum: Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities

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Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

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

Session A: March 21st 9:00am - 12:00pm

Technology and social media play an increasingly large role in the social development of our kids today show that the average child (ages 7-17) spends up to 10 hours a day in front of a screen -- tv, computer or cell phone. Social media platforms have become critical for young girls in their effort to stay connected to peers and parents. But, 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 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. 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.

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 Aggressors Anonymous: Tools to Address Social Media Addiction

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!

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Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

Lost Boys: Strategies to Help Educators Navigate the World of Boys for Academic Success!

Session B: March 21st 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Explain how boys’ brains work including the chemistry and structure.
  • Identify the differences in the ways girls and boys focus.
  • Recognize the role of hormones, specifically testosterone and dopamine
  • Demonstrate classroom strategies to support boys’ developmental needs
  • Contrast the difference between natural aggression and bullying.

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!

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Mike Paget, M.Ed.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders: Insights and Strategies that will Improve Outcomes for students with ODD, Conduct Disorder, and Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Session B: March 21st 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Between 2 and 16% of students have behaviors that disrupt their day, the efforts of their teachers, and the focus of their peers. This session will review where these patterns come from, what makes them worse, and strategies to provide a calmer, more productive school climate.

Learning Objectives:

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Learn what’s wrong with these students. Understand where resistant, defiant, hostile, manipulative, aggressive, and hurtful behaviors come from
  • Common tactics that escalate negative behaviors
  • Keeping your cool: How to prevent and respond in ways that improve your chances
  • Moving from problem to asset: Strategies to find and nurture hidden strengths in the most challenging students

About the Presenter:

Mike Paget has over 25 years experience working as a “teacher-therapist”, special education teacher, director of clinical day program services, and state department of education consultant for emotional, behavioral, mental health issues, crisis de-escalation and prevention, and positive behavior supports.

Mike has biases; he believes that the most important “treatment” is a day during which a young person learns some new things, laughs with close friends, and contributes to making the day a bit better for classmates and community. He believes that teachers and parents are the primary facilitators for getting these things done.

Mike is now an independent trainer and consultant on topics related to emotional, behavioral, and mental health issues of students. He conducts workshops, seminars, and webinars across the United States and Canada.

Mike is the co-author of several books including:

  • Aggressive and Violent Students
  • Defying the Defiance: 131 Insights, Strategies, Lessons and Activities for Helping Students with ODD
  • High on the Spectrum: Asperger's, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities

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Larry Thompson, M.Ed.

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students: How to Unlock Their Potential and Survive the Process! - PART 2

Session B: March 21st 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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
In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
  • Implement do’s and don’ts to address specific behaviors
  • 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

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.

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Catava Burton, MS

Trauma, No D-Code Drama

Session C: March 22nd 8:00am - 11:00am

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, students’ trigger reactions (fight, flight or freeze) are categorized as disruptive, defiant, and/or disrespectful (D-Codes) resulting in more punitive disciplinary consequences.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
In this session, you will learn how to:

  • 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.

About the Presenter:

Catava Burton, MS is the Preventative Services Specialist for a large public school district in Virginia. She provides oversight to the Behavior Support Team and the Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports (PBIS) program. She possesses 19 years experience in psychology with a focus on mental health, trauma and human development. Catava is also a certified trauma practitioner, blogger for The Mighty, and was featured as a 2017 Human of Richmond.

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Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP

Be the Difference: Growth Mindset Strategies in Creating New Pathways to Resiliency, Responsibility and Social and Emotional Learning

Session C: March 22nd 8:00am - 11:00am

Inspiring internal motivation for change among our students can be challenging at times. Youth get to see themselves as the author of their lives and learn to live responsibly with accountability, kindness and compassion. They get to feel empowered in choosing a context of growth. They will learn that the challenges of life may offer the greatest opportunities for that growth! This workshop gives specific creative strategies for facilitating and maintaining the growth mindset context specific to the student’s social, emotional learning needs.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Learn structures to allow students, faculty and staff to be outward focused, to think about their choices and realize their contribution in creating the results around them
  • Understand how to effectively get results by choosing thoughts, feelings and behaviors from a place of ownership using transformational distinctions of interpretation and context setting
  • Apply strategies for dealing with resistance and create a context for change, both for the faculty, staff and the students that they serve
  • Incorporate the 'Looks Like/Feels Like' model to help students manifest their natural leadership abilities and access their innate desire for accountability, responsibility, kindness and compassion
  • Identify a context of healthy power and control

About the Presenter:

Kaye Randall is a nationally known author and speaker who has led professional seminars throughout North America on student mental health, bullying, self-injury, depression, anxiety and anger -- as well as youth leadership and student empowerment. The former Training Director for the University of South Carolina Center for Child & Family Studies, Kaye has inspired seminar participants through her practical insights, humor and proactive strategies for helping children and adolescents. She continues to provide clinical services to both children and adolescents and has been named social worker of the year by the Council on Adoptable Children. She is co-author of See My Pain, Creative Strategies & Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure (featured in USA Today), 102 Creative Strategies for Working with Depressed Children & Adolescents, and Mean Girls: 101½ Creative Strategies and Activities for Working with Relational Aggression.

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Dr. William Noel

How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach

Session C: March 22nd 8:00am - 11:00am

This dynamic session will help attendees discover how Virginia’s Henrico County Public Schools transitioned from a traditional mindset to an instructional mindset regarding student discipline. Learn about practices that address disparity in student discipline, as well as proven strategies to connect with students. Dr. Noel will also share professional and personal experiences that have taught him "How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach."

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Discover key insights from Henrico County Public Schools on how to reduce exclusionary discipline practices
  • Implement supports and interventions that address inappropriate classroom behavior and classroom management
  • Understand how our mindset about hard-to-reach students can negatively or positively affect them academically and/or behaviorally

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.

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LAS VEGAS SESSIONS COMING SOON

Please note that pre-conferences will be held on July 9th. The main conference will begin the morning of July 10th.