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Robert Jackson
Award-Winning Author, Publisher, International Speaker
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Dr. Marquita Blades
Award-Winning STEM Educator & Teacher Support Specialist
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Candice Cox
Trauma Advocate, Therapist, Founder of A&A Inspirations & KHAOS Inc.
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Candice Cox
Trauma Advocate, Therapist, Founder of A&A Inspirations & KHAOS Inc.

Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta

Held both virtually and in-person October 21-25, 2020, the Innovative School Summit Atlanta features a great lineup of award-winning and nationally recognized speakers. This expert lineup of presenters draws upon their years of experience and research to provide proven strategies that work. 

Enjoy Full Acces to Conferences on :

At-Risk & Struggling Students

Girl Bullying & Empowerment

School Climate & Culture

School Discipline

Social-Emotional Learning

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 infection rates in Georgia are projected by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) to begin declining in September. All recommended CDC protocols (they are right down the street in Atlanta) will be followed – including digital check-in, social distancing, face coverings and vigilant sanitization.

Learn more about Westin Peachtree Plaza’s COVID-19 protocols here: https://clean.marriott.com

Rather Attend Virtually? We've got you covered.

What to Expect at the Innovative Schools Summit?

What Do Educators Have to Say about the Summit?

Attend 5 Education Conferences in 1 Location!

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This event features practical, real-world initiatives that are successfully transforming the quality, character and personality of schools. It showcases programs, assessments and tools proven to improve school culture and …

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The discussion around school discipline can be polarizing. But almost everyone agrees that students need to be in class in order to succeed academically, and that suspensions and expulsions should be as…

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Truly effective schools not only help students pass their academic exams and state-mandated tests, but also prepare those students to pass the tests of life. Ironically, research shows that helping young people manage their emotions and…

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This conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school. More than 1.2 million students in the United States and Canada…

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Held both virtually and in-person October 21-25, 2020, the Innovative School Summit Atlanta will feature a  lineup of award-winning and nationally recognized speakers. This expert lineup of presenters will draw upon their years of experience…

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Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta

Virtual Option

For individuals unable to attend in-person, we will be offering an Virtual attendance option.

Virtual attendees will have the option to attend their choice of 12 Pre-Conference, 6 Keynote and 12 Breakout sessions and can earn up to 21 Continuing Education Credit Hours.

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Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta

Pre-Conference Sessions

These 3-hour sessions offer attendees an in-depth look at each topic.

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

Available Virtually

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

Available Virtually

POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement & Decreasing Disciplinary Issues

Presented by Dr. Marquita Blades

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

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!

  • 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

Available Virtually

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

Presented by Richard Guerry

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

Session Description Coming 

Available Virtually

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

Presented by 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.

  • 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.
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Wednesday, October 21 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Available Virtually

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

Available Virtually

Trauma: NOT a D-Code Drama

Presented by Catava Burton, Ed.S.

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

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

Available Virtually

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

Available Virtually

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

Presented by Tom Magliscaeu, Ed.D.​

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

Available Virtually

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.

Learning Objectives Coming Soon!

Available Virtually

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!

Learning Objectives Coming Soon!

Available Virtually

Food, Mood & Behavior

Presented by Allyson Bowen, LISW-CP, CHN

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

Session Description Coming Soon!

Learning Objectives Coming Soon!

Wednesday, October 21 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Available Virtually

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

Presented by Damiso Joey, 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
Thursday, October 22 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Available Virtually

Applications from Adolescent Brain Biology to Improve Behavior & Culture

Presented by Greg Richards, Ph.D.

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

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.

Learning Objectives Coming Soon!

Available Virtually

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.

Available Virtually

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

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.

Learning Objectives Coming Soon!

Available Virtually

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.

Learning Objectives Coming Soon!

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Innovative School Summit
Atlanta Registration

Please Note: Pre-Conference Sessions for the Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will held October 21 and 22. The main Summit will begin on October 23 at 8:30 am. 

Registration

Super Bundle

5 Conferences + 4 Pre-Conference Sessions
$ 750 per attendee
  • Entrance to 2 Pre-Conference Sessions on 10/21/20
  • Entrance to 2 Pre-Conference Sessions on 10/22/20
  • Entrance to 5 Conferences: the School Discipline Conference, Social-Emotional Learning Forum, Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference, At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference and the School Climate & Culture Forum
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person

Conference Bundle

5 Conferences + 2 Pre-Conference Sessions
$ 650 per attendee
  • Entrance to 2 Pre-Conference Sessions on 10/22/20
  • Entrance to 5 Conferences: the School Discipline Conference, Social-Emotional Learning Forum, Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference, At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference and the School Climate & Culture Forum
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person

Conferences Only

5 Conferences
$ 550 per attendee
  • Entrance to 5 Conferences: the School Discipline Conference, Social-Emotional Learning Forum, Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference, At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference and the School Climate & Culture Forum
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person

Group Discount

Send More, Save More!

$ 50 off per attendee
  • $25 off Registration for Groups of 3-9 attendees
  • $50 off Registration for Groups of 10 or more attendees

What Past Attendees Have to Say…

"This was my first time attending the Summit and I must truly say it was the best Conference I have ever attended. The sessions were very informative, inspiring, and motivating"
High School Principal
Colombus, OH
"I am ready to return to my classroom with a different mindset, being better now than in the past, and focusing on my students future not their present. Moving forward with great expectations and pushing them into their destinies by any means necessary."
Middle School Teacher
Cambridge, MA
"I've been a teacher for 15 years and I learned more from this Conference than I've learned from any other Professional Development I've ever attended. I can't wait to return to school and share with my colleagues!"
Middle School Counselor
Ventura, CA
"Wow! I loved all of the Keynote Speakers - each one was inspiring, thoughtful and reminded me why I got into teaching. I'm so glad I attended and learned strategies to help my most difficult students."
High School Teacher
Baton Rogue, LA
"I loved being able to attend sessions from the full variety of conferences occurring simultaneously."
High School Counselor
Des Moines, IA
"I am already planning to attend next year and plan on bringing more people from my school."
Middle School Vice Principal
Jacksonville, FL
"This is such a great conference. There were so many wonderful sessions that it was difficult to choose which session to attend."
Elementary School Teacher
Savannah, GA
"My attendance at this conference was the best experience I've had in my 27 years as an educator."
High School Teacher
Reston, VA

Who Should Attend?

– School Counselors (PK-12)
– Principals
– Classroom Teachers
– Special Education Personnel
– School Administrators
– Deans
– Psychologists

– Teachers
– Social Workers
– School Resource Officers
– Behaviorists
– Therapists
– Community & Faith-Based Youth Workers
– After-School Program Coordinators

Innovative School Summit Atlanta

Attend In-Person & Virtually

Held both virtually and in-person October 21-25, 2020, the Innovative School Summit Atlanta features a great lineup of award-winning and nationally recognized speakers. This expert lineup of presenters draws upon their years of experience and research to provide proven strategies that work.

The Atlanta Summit features access to 5 National Education Conferences for the Price of One, including

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COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 infection rates in Georgia are projected by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluations (IHME) to begin declining in September. All recommended CDC protocols (they are right down the street in Atlanta) will be followed – including digital check-in, social distancing, face coverings and vigilant sanitization. Learn more about Westin Peachtree Plaza’s COVID-19 protocols here: https://clean.marriott.com  

Friday, September 25
1:10 PM ET / 10:10 AM PT

50 in 50 Panel

50 Strategies to Engage Students Virtually

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Dr. Tommie Mabry

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

Friday, September 25
3:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM PT

Closing Keynote

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

Earn Up to 6 Continuing
Education Hours

A Certificate of Completion is available upon submission of the Conference Evaluation Form. AccuTrain is approved to offer up to 6 continuing education contact hours 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.

Upcoming Innovative School Summits

Atlanta
Oct. 21-25
5 Conferences for the Price of 1!

School Climate & Culture Forum

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

School Discipline Conference

Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference

Social-Emotional Learning Forum
Oct. 21-25
Las Vegas
Nov. 4-8
6 Conferences for the Price of 1!

School Climate & Culture Forum

Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference

School Discipline Conference

Boy Brains & Engagement Conference

Wired Differently Conference: Trauma Informed Schools

NextGen School Safety Conference
Nov. 4-8
San Antonio
November 12-15
5 Conferences for the Price of 1!

At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference

School Discipline Conference

Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference

Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference

Social-Emotional Learning Conference
November 12-15