Bridging the Pandemic Gap

Strategies to Engage Students Who are At-Risk

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9 Featured Sessions +
50 in 50 Panel +
15 Breakouts

Oct. 23-25
LIVE ONLINE

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Gerry Brooks

Real-World Educator & YouTube Sensation

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"Stand Tall Steve" Bollar

Educational Leader & Master Motivator

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Ernesto Mejia

Son of Immigrants, Speaks to Students & Educators about the American Dream — Education

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Dr. Carolyn Strong

International Speaker, Author & Consultant

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Larry Thompson

Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline

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Dr. Tommie Mabry

Author of A Dark Journey to a Light Future, Ph.D. Who Was Expelled from 10 Schools

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Tracie Berry-McGhee

International Speaker, Author, Creator of SistaKeeper

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Hotep Benzo

Education Success Strategist & Creator of MAKE A WAY Program

Innovative Schools October
3-Day Virtual Conference

Bridging the Pandemic Gap: Strategies to Engage Students Who are At-Risk

Now that virtual learning is the rule rather than the exception, many teachers want to make their virtual classrooms and lessons more innovative and engaging. Featuring keynotes from Dr. John Almarode, Dr. Robyn Jackson and Dr. Tommie Mabry, 6 breakout sessions and a strategy-filled 50-in-50 Panel, this One-Day Virtual Conference will provide insights into the science of learning and countless strategies for enhancing student engagement.  Join us Friday, September 25 for Innovative Teaching Strategies: Engaging Students in the Virtual Classroom!

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Gerry Brooks
@GerryBrooksPrin

Real-World Educator & YouTube Sensation

Friday, October 23
8:30 AM ET / 5:30 AM PT

This Keynote will be re-aired at 4:45 pm ET / 1:45 pm PT ??

Opening Keynote

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Tommie Mabry, Ph.D.
@TommieMabry

Author of A Dark Journey to a Light Future , Ph.D. Who Was Expelled from 10 Schools

Friday, October 23
10:00 AM ET / 7:00 AM PT

Keynote

At-Risk & Hard-to-Reach Students: Understand Them to Teach Them

11:15 AM ET / 8:15 AM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 10/26 – Wednesday 10/28.

HELP! Fix My Class Before My Class Breaks Me!

Exhausted and frustrated with never-ending classroom behavior problems? Worn out by the daily trials of managing today’s kids and their constant challenges to your authority or interruptions of your efforts to teach? This is a presentation for you. Take a deep breath and get ready to…

Latreas L. Palmer, M.A.

Building the Systems of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Participants will examine a model for building a safety net of student support that capitalizes on students’ social-emotional needs. Emphasizing campus teams, district teams, and processes, this session will help any school or any district step forward into…

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Tom Maglisceau, Ph.D.
National Speaker, Expert on Social Capital, Superintendent of Dallas-area District
@TMag29

Keys to Building Empathy & Resiliency in Girls

How do we empower our girls to be resilient in a Digital World full of Social Media influences?  Building resiliency is part of the answer.  This characteristic allows some people to work through challenging situations and, consequently, bounce back from failure.  Rather than…

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Tracie Berry-McGhee , M.Ed., LPC
International Speaker, Author, Creator of SistaKeeper
@SoulFlowerSista

3:00 PM ET / 12:00 pM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 10/26 – Wednesday 10/28.

Breaking Bad
Creating X-SEL-NCE with SEL

Breaking bad behaviors in the classroom can be a challenge for students and staff. In this session, Steph Jensen will combine humor and practical strategies to break bad behavior by creating a classroom environment that cultivates…

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Steph Jensen, MS, LPC
International Speaker, Award-Winning Author & Consultant

Relationships
The "Softer Side" of Education

Building trusted  relationships is an essential component in the work between students and teachers. This session will focus on adaptive strategies and tools to produce positive outcomes and data for…

Andrea Fitzgerald, M.Ed.

Teaching on Autopilot
Addressing Burnout During COVID-19

Being an educator is challenging without the added stressors of virtual lessons and a pandemic! These past few months have been some of the most challenging of your career and you are doing the best you can but that within itself can take you under emotionally. ..

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Candice Cox, MSW, LCSW
Trauma Advocate, Therapist, Founder of A&A Inspirations & KHAOS Inc.
@CCox_LCSW

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Hotep Benzo
@HustleU

Education Success Strategist & Creator of MAKE A WAY Program

Friday, October 23
4:10 PM ET / 1:10 PM PT

General Session

The New PBIS: Behavior is a Symptom….NOT the Problem

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Craig Boykin, M.Ed

Nationally Known Speaker, Author & "Mr. GED to Ph.D."

Saturday, October 24
8:30 aM ET / 5:30 AM PT

Morning Keynote

Tools and Strategies for Schools to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline

10:00 AM ET / 7:00 AM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 10/26 – Wednesday 10/28.

Digital Mindfulness & Empathy
in a Post-COVID and Racially Charged World

The pandemic has globally changed the digital landscape. The COVID educational disruption has led to online learning filling the gaps and this increased screen time leads to increased cyber risks for students and staff. In this multi-award winning presentation, author and digital safety expert, Richard Guerry will shed light on a few dangers students experienced, new technologies and trends…

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Richard Guerry
Cyber Safety & Cyberbullying Expert, Founder of IROC2

Black Girl Blues
Strategies to Address Intra-Racial Bullying

 The QUEEN model of conflict resolution was created specifically to deal with the needs of girls when moderating conflict. QUEEN’s purpose is to encourage an inner dialogue and foster the notions that words carry consequences for both the speaker and the recipient…

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Carolyn Strong, Ed.D.
International Speaker, Author & Consultant

Do It for the Culture

This session is designed to galvanize the education community with challenging insights and strategies on how to provide seamless, educational, wraparound, cross-curricular experiences for students on all levels while supporting…  

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Jeremy Crane
Former Clasroom Teacher and Administrator, Founder of The Practice 1911
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Dave Schmittou, Ed.D.
@DaveSchmittou

Professor of Ed Leadership, Former Teacher & Principal, Author of It’s Like Riding a Bike

Saturday, October 24
11:15 aM ET / 8:15 AM PT

Featured Session

It's Like Riding a Bike: How to Make Learning Last a Lifetime

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Richard Guerry

Cyber Safety & Cyberbullying Expert, Founder of IROC2

Saturday, October 24
1:45 pM ET / 10:45 AM PT

Featured Session

Technology & Social Media: Motivating Responsible Use & Preventing Digital Abuse During and After COVID

3:00 pM ET / 12:00 PM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 10/26 – Wednesday 10/28.

25 Tech Tools to Enhance Online Engagement

For educators just getting their feet wet with technology integration to those currently using technology in the classroom, presenter Eric Clark will explore exciting 21st Century tech tools that will increase student engagement and bring…

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Eric Clark, M.Ed.
Progressive Educator/Administrator, Master Trainer Responsibility-Centered Discipline
@EricClark_5

Developing Culturally Responsive Lessons in All Content Areas

This insightful workshop will provide teachers with instructional strategies that they can use to create lessons or tasks that are culturally responsive to the specific student populations served in the classroom…

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Kwame Sarfo-Mensah, M.Ed.

Reading & Writing to Win in a Virtual Classroom

This interactive workshop uses music to motivate students and shows educators what active engagement looks like in practice. Attendees will be actively guided through the nine essential components of student engagement and techniques to improve reading and…

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L. Kobie Wilkerson III, M.A

Saturday, October 24
4:10 PM ET / 1:10 pM PT

50 in 50 Panel

At-Risk & Struggling Students

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Larry Thompson
@RCDGivemFive

Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline

Sunday, October 25
8:30 aM ET / 5:30 AM PT

General Session

Building a Responsibility-Centered School Culture

10:00 AM ET / 7:00 aM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 10/26 – Wednesday 10/28.

Non-Exclusionary Discipline
Alternatives to the Referral/Suspension Quagmire

Concerns about the inequitable administration of exclusionary discipline are likely to increase as students return to face-to-face school.  While the causes may be debated, almost everyone can agree that educators have a far greater opportunity for success if they can keep students, especially at-risk students, in the classroom. Attendees will…

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Larry Thompson, M.Ed.
Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline
@RCDGivemFive

Education through Experience

Struggling to connect with apathetic students? Shake up your classroom with real world education. Learn how we motivate and encourage students, provide opportunities, inspire teachers and develop…

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April Clark, M.A.

Check-In Before the Lesson
'Cuz You Gotta Reach 'Em to Teach 'Em

The Check-in Before the Lesson is a process for assessing a student’s social-emotional needs by probing in a natural, casual and non-threatening manner. By “Checking in” on a regular basis, educators will create opportunities to build meaningful and positive relationships with students as well as…

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Hotep Benzo, MBA
Education Success Strategist & Creator of MAKE A WAY Program
@HustleU

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"Stand Tall Steve" Bollar
@StandTallSteve

Educational Leader & Master Motivator

Sunday, October 25
11:15 aM ET / 8:15 AM PT

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Registration

Registration

Single

*Early Bird Pricing Ends 10/16/20*
$ 229
  • Entrance to all Virtual Conference Sessions
  • Earn up to 15 Continuing Education Hours
  • Pre-Conference Sessions available for an additional $50 each (as add-ons at checkout)
  • Standard price: $299

Groups of 3-9

*Early Bird Pricing Ends 10/16/20*
$ 199
  • Entrance to all Virtual Conference Sessions
  • Earn up to 15 Continuing Education Hours
  • Pre-Conference Sessions available for an additional $50 each (as add-ons at checkout)
  • Standard price: $279

Groups of 10+

*Early Bird Pricing Ends 10/16/20*
$ 179
  • Entrance to all Virtual Conference Sessions
  • Earn up to 15 Continuing Education Hours
  • Pre-Conference Sessions available for an additional $50 each
  • Standard price: $259

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*Early Bird Pricing Ends 10/16/20*
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  • Entrance Your Choice of 2 out of 3 Fall 2020 Virtual Conferences:
    Oct. 23-25, Nov. 5-6, & Nov. 13-15)
  • Earn up to 30 Continuing Education Hours

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A Certificate of Completion is available upon submission of the Conference Evaluation Form. AccuTrain is approved to offer up to 27 continuing education contact hours (15 hours Main Conference plus 12 hours Pre-Conference) through the National Board of Certified Counselors. AccuTrain’s Developmental Resources Division has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP™ #5602. Developmental Resources is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

Innovative Schools October Three-Day
Virtual Summit Agenda

Wednesday, October 21

These 3-hour pre-conference sessions may be added to your registration for an additional $50 each. Click here to learn more.

Thursday, October 22

These 3-hour pre-conference sessions may be added to your registration for an additional $50 each. Click here to learn more.

Friday, October 23

Saturday, October 24

Sunday, October 25

What You Will Receive

An Access Page Link will be included on your order confirmation email after your registration is submitted. This page will be updated with live links prior to the start of the event.

A Certificate of Completion for up to 27.0 contact hours is available upon submission of the Conference Evaluation.

Presentation Slide Handouts will be provided for most sessions.

Pre-Conference Sessions

These 3-hour sessions offer attendees an in-depth look at each topic and may be added to your registration for an additional $50 each.

Wednesday, October 21 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

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

Presented by Eric Clark, M.Ed.

Wednesday, October 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

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

About the Presenter

Eric Clark, M. Ed., is a Certified Master Trainer for Responsibility-Centered Discipline and helped shape the implementation materials for the program. He most recently served as Head of School at a progressive private school in the Midwest. Previously he served as Principal in a public school setting, while also serving at the District Technology Integration Specialist. Eric began his education career teaching English Language Arts, Journalism and Media Communications. Between his other responsibilities, he also launched a thriving publishing company. As an administrator, he has successfully implemented the supportive, non-exclusionary principles of Responsibility-Centered Discipline with elementary, middle and high school faculty and students.

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

Presented by Richard Guerry

Wednesday, October 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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, and  Cyman Learns Gaming Smarts & Dangers Richard holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Rider University.

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Handling Conflict Like a QUEEN: The QUEEN Model for Conflict Resolution

Presented by Dr. Carolyn Strong

Wednesday, October 21, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The QUEEN model of conflict resolution was created specifically to deal with the needs of girls when moderating conflict. QUEEN’s purpose is to encourage an inner dialogue and foster the notions that words carry consequences for both the speaker and the recipient.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how to create a more predictable and consistent school campus with teacher buy-in. 
  • Identify how to reduce office referrals so that administrators may focus more of their time on being an instructional leader for teachers.
Wednesday, October 21 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

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

Presented by Eric Clark, M.Ed.

Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

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

 

About the Presenter

 

Eric Clark, M. Ed., is a Certified Master Trainer for Responsibility-Centered Discipline and helped shape the implementation materials for the program. He most recently served as Head of School at a progressive private school in the Midwest. Previously he served as Principal in a public school setting, while also serving at the District Technology Integration Specialist. Eric began his education career teaching English Language Arts, Journalism and Media Communications. Between his other responsibilities, he also launched a thriving publishing company. As an administrator, he has successfully implemented the supportive, non-exclusionary principles of Responsibility-Centered Discipline with elementary, middle and high school faculty and students.

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

Presented by Steph Jensen, M.S., LPC

Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

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

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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Distraction, Disruption, Motivation & Grit: Our Brains on Adolescence

Presented by Dr. Tom Maglisceau

Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

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

 

About the Presenter 

Tom Maglisceau was born in Baltimore, Maryland and has lived in Wellesley, Massachusetts, Washington D.C., Endicott, New York, Jackson, Mississippi, and New Canaan, Connecticut. Tom considers himself fortunate to have moved several times during his youth, as each new experience helped him to better appreciate differences between people and cultures, ultimately nurturing a desire for a career that involves serving and leading others. Upon graduation from Texas Christian University, Tom answered a call in his heart and remained at Texas Christian University to earn his teaching certificate and his Masters in Education in 1993. Tom served nine years as a teacher, coach, and administrator at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, his last three years as Associate Principal after earning his educational administrator certificate through the University of North Texas. After two years working as Dean of Instruction at T.C. Marsh Middle School, Tom then moved with his wife, Stephanie, and two sons, Tony and Willie, to Rockwall, Texas where Stephanie and Tom both work for Rockwall ISD. In Rockwall, Tom served as Principal of Dorothy Smith Pullen Elementary School from 2004 to 2007, when he then assumed his current position as Principal of Rockwall-Heath High School. In December of 2013 Tom was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Public Affairs at UT-Dallas after completing his research and his dissertation titled, The Decrease of Social Capital in Adolescents as a Manifestation of the Negative Effects of Parental Divorce. Passionate about the concept of social capital, particularly as it relates to family structure and childhood outcomes, Tom is continuing his study and research in these fields.

 

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Thursday, October 22 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm ET

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Girl Drama is Real!

Presented by Tracie Berry-McGhee, M.Ed., LPC

Thursday, October 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

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.

About the Presenter

Tracie Berry-McGhee founded the SistaKeeper Empowerment Center in St. Louis 12 years ago with the mission of inspiring and developing the mind, body and spirit of young women. SistaKeeper has since spread to other locations within the United States and several other countries. Tracie also continues to serve the community via her private counseling practice, which specializes in women and teen girl issues. She is often called upon to speak on topics such as conflict resolution, delaying with low self-esteem and bullying. Tracie is the author of SistaKeeper Poetry for the Soul, I’m a Keeper and OWN your NOW.

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

Presented by Robert Jackson

Thursday, October 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

Session Description Coming Soon!

About the Presenter

Robert Jackson is the author of The No More Excuses Curriculum featuring No More Excuses: Black Men Stand Up!, No More Excuses: The Workbook, No More Excuses: Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males and No More Excuses: Put a Stop to Bullying. A national speaker and consultant, Robert works to reverse the dropout rates of black and Latino males and to create positive change in school systems across the country and abroad. His goal is to bridge the gap between teachers, parents, administrators and students. Among his awards, Robert was awarded the Key to the City of Miami after his keynote address at the 5000 Role Models Scholarship Program where 45 black and Latino males received both a laptop computer and a full scholarship to any Florida university.

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Hip Hop 101: How to Connect to & Teach this Hip Hop Generation

Presented by Damiso Josey, Ed.D., Kareem Spence M.A., Jamey Roberts, M.A

Thursday, October 22, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm ET

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

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Thursday, October 22 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm ET

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The New PBIS: Behavior is a Sympton...Not the Problem

Presented by Hotep Benzo, MBA

Thursday, October 22, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

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.

About the Presenter

 Education success strategist and award-winning author Hotep Benzo, MBA is widely known for his proactive, “tough-love” approach to education. As a 15-year master teacher, he developed a reputation for requesting the most troubled students and transforming them into willing participants in their own education. He is the founder of Hustle University and creator of the MAKE A WAY program, a series of high-relevancy curricula used in more than 1000 schools throughout the United States. His work has earned him nominations for the Presidential Citizens Medal and as a CNN Hero. Hotep is also creator of the Outcome Progression Model, which he uses to help schools transform a culture of poverty, excuse-making and helplessness into one of empowerment, resiliency and success.

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From CHAOS to KHAOS: Creating a Mindset to Understand & Address Toxic and Traumatic Stress within Self and the Classroom

Presented by Candice Cox, MSW, LCSW

Thursday, October 22, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Session Description Coming Soon!

About the Presenter

 Education success strategist and award-winning author Hotep Benzo, MBA is widely known for his proactive, “tough-love” approach to education. As a 15-year master teacher, he developed a reputation for requesting the most troubled students and transforming them into willing participants in their own education. He is the founder of Hustle University and creator of the MAKE A WAY program, a series of high-relevancy curricula used in more than 1000 schools throughout the United States. His work has earned him nominations for the Presidential Citizens Medal and as a CNN Hero. Hotep is also creator of the Outcome Progression Model, which he uses to help schools transform a culture of poverty, excuse-making and helplessness into one of empowerment, resiliency and success.

Candice Cox is a counselor and consultant for children and families. She focuses on depression, anxiety, ADHD, ODD, unhealthy relationships and self-esteem, as well as blended and adoptive families. Her specialty is working with individuals who are living with and through generational and environmental trauma. It is her passion to help individuals figure out their life puzzles and to see themselves fully as they are. Candice is the president of KHAOS Inc., a non-profit organization geared toward providing trauma-informed services to help individuals develop and maintain mental wellness. She is the author of Get R.A.W. (Realize It, Admit It, Work through It), I’m a KHAOS Kid, and Seriously…Say It!.

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Moving from the Philosophical to Practical: Integrating Social Emotional Learning & Academics

Presented by Steph Jensen, M.S., LPC

Thursday, October 22, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm ET

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.

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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