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ORLANDO - MARCH 23, 2018

Please note that pre-conferences will be held on March 23rd from 8:00am - 11:00am. The main conference will begin at 12:00pm March 23rd.

Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

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

Session A: 8:00am - 11:00am

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.

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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Catava Burton

TBA

Session A: 8:00am - 11:00am

About the Presenter:

Catava Burton is the Preventative Services Specialist for Henrico County Public Schools providing oversight to the Behavior Support Team and Positive Behavior Intervention & Supports. 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 featured as a 2017 Human of Richmond.

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Larry Thompson

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

Session A: 8:00am - 11:00am

With today’s increased focus on academic success and measureable outcomes, how educators handle defiant, manipulative, apathetic or attention-seeking students can often be the difference between success and failure in a given classroom – or an entire school. The disruption to the classroom and the energy that the educator must expend to address behavioral issues can create serious roadblocks to learning. Situations with difficult students have a way of intensifying quickly.

This seminar will provide attendees with up-to-date insights and strategies for reaching and helping students who can evoke strong feelings of frustration and discouragement. Educators will learn a five-step responsibility-centered approach that has been proven effective in helping educators become masters of challenging moments with students.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the underlying causes of difficult behaviors in students
  • Integrate key strategies for migrating from an obedience-focused approach to a responsibility-centered approach
  • Apply strategies for preventing the escalation of difficult behaviors

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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ATLANTA - JUNE 20, 2018

Please note that pre-conferences will be held on June 20th. The main conference will begin the morning of June 21st.

Richard Guerry

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

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

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.

  • 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.

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:

  • Sextortion
  • Cyber Bullying
  • Gaming Risks
  • Mobile Malware and Security Issues
  • Poor Social Media Behaviors
  • Irresponsible Use of Any Apps
  • Creation of Inappropriate content
  • Many Other Current ∓ Future Cyber Issues
  • WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS:

    • Using the “Digital Risk Assessment” with students, faculty & parents
    • Grasp Essential cyber-danger prevention strategies every educator should know
    • Developing a sustainable cyber-safety mindfulness in students
    • Teaching children and adolescents the concept of "digital legacy"

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
    In this workshop, you will learn:

    • Tips to teach safe online gaming
    • Insights into dangerous digital situations and trends
    • How to help kids use tech to open windows of opportunity and reduce the risk of becoming a victim of harassment, cyberbullying, digital exploitation or social-media assault
    • Tips for using the “Digital Risk Assessment” with students, staff and parents
    • How to create a “culture of Digital Consciousness™
    • Tips to eliminate myths of "Anonymity, "Social Privacy" and "Ephemeral Technologies" to help reduce digital abuse

    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:

    • Public and Permanent™
    • Cyman Learns Cyber Smarts & Dangers
    • Cyman Learns Gaming Smarts & Dangers

    Richard holds a bachelor's degree in marketing and advertising from Rider University.

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    Dr. William Noel

    TBA

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

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    Brad Chapin

    TBA

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

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    Brian Mendler

    TBA

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

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    Kaye Randall

    TBA

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

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    Craig Boykin

    TBA

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

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    Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

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

    Session B: 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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    Larry Thompson

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

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

    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, 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.

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

    • Adopt best practices for creating a school's culture in which students take ownership of their actions.
    • Master techniques for dealing with different low-to-high-intensity discipline 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 students behaviors.

    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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