Back to School Post-Pandemic

Addressing the Needs of At-Risk & Traumatized Students

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6 Keynotes + Your Choice of 18 Breakout Sessions

JUNE 26-28
LIVE ONLINE

June 26-28

Welcome to the Innovative Schools 3-Day Virtual Summit! 

Please note Saturday’s sessions will begin at 8:30 am ET / 7:30 AM CT / 6:30 AM MT / 5:30 AM PT.

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Robert Jackson

Award-Winning Author, Publisher, International Speaker

Friday, June 26
8:30 aM - 9:30 aM ET

Morning Keynote

Becoming the Educator They Need

Friday, June 26
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM ET

Choose Your Session

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The COVID-19 pandemic has done one positive thing for schools. It has shown our country how valuable we are! This gives school leaders the unique opportunity to press “reset” and re-establish their school as an important part of the community. Traditionally failing schools can best benefit from this opportunity! But, it will only happen if admin is intentional! 

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More than 13 percent of students – 1 in 8 – experience significant anxiety that limits their engagement in school and in relationships. Anxiety conditions – separation anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety – are the most prevalent mental issues, and they often go unnoticed. But the impact on the students is significant.

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This insightful session will provide attendees with a better understanding of why we are dealing with so many students who are at-risk – exploring the root causes as well as additional trauma faced during the COVID-19 quarantine.

11:30 AM - 12:30 pM ET

Choose Your Session

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This session will address issues that all male students face, as well as, issues related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and/or trauma – including violence, divorce and the COVID-19 pandemic. How males process stressors influences their behavior, motivation and desire to learn.

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More than 13 percent of students – 1 in 8 – experience significant anxiety that limits their engagement in school and in relationships. Anxiety conditions – separation anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety – are the most prevalent mental issues, and they often go unnoticed. But the impact on the students is significant.

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This insightful session will provide attendees with a better understanding of why we are dealing with so many students who are at-risk – exploring the root causes as well as additional trauma faced during the COVID-19 quarantine.

Friday, June 26
12:45 pM - 1:15 PM ET

Demo Session

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Dr. Pedro Noguera

Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on Schools

Friday, June 26
1:30 pM - 2:30 pM ET

Keynote Session

3:00 pM - 4:00 pM ET

Choose Your Session

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Commonly used school discipline practices can not only backfire with traumatized students but may drive them out of school and into the justice system. These discipline methods may push students dealing with trauma from “learning brain” to “survival brain” – causing more negative and counter-productive behavior. Connection, relationship and a safe environment are keys to keeping trauma from derailing students.

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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, systems, and processes, this session will help classroom, school, and district leaders step forward into growth by fostering a community-wide commitment to safety, civility, and student success.

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This dynamic session will use lessons learned from a Virginia school system regarding its philosophical shift from a reactive, punitive approach with challenging students to a more proactive, disciplined approach. In light of the COVID pandemic, it is more important than ever to connect with all of our students, but particularly, our hard-to-reach students.

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Robert Jackson

Award-Winning Author, Publisher, International Speaker

Friday, June 26
4:30 pM - 5:30 pM ET

Keynote Re-Air

Becoming the Educator They Need

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Baruti Kafele, M.A.

School Turnaround Specialist,
Author of Closing the Attitude Gap

Saturday, June 27
8:30 aM - 9:30 aM ET

Morning Keynote

10:00 aM - 11:00 AM ET

Choose Your Session

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This session is designed to help educators will develop a growth mindset around creating culturally responsive content and utilizing technology tools that will give birth to authentic learning opportunities to students of color in the digital space.  In this session, they will also be exposed to profiles of  educators who have taken the initiative to create culturally responsive academic content for their students during this pandemic. 

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The data is clear. More than 2 out of 3 students have had to deal with at least one Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) – such as the death of a parent, living with addiction or suffering abuse. Research shows that students who have endured two or more ACEs are far more likely to experience academic and behavioral issues.

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Mindset and a focus on mental wellness have now shifted from life skills to survival skills for some students. During the COVID-19 chaos, many students have experienced trauma on multiple levels and we must help them learn that  life happens but it does not mean it has to stop. 

11:30 aM - 12:30 pM ET

Choose Your Session

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Attendees will identify systems and structures that support social-emotional wellness to maximize learning. Through the implementation an Academic Reflection Center (ARC), restorative circles, monthly social-emotional lessons, and a Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC), student voice and choice are honored in structured ways.

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As students return to school this fall, some will have experienced significant trauma due to death, abuse or economic hardship.  Others may be tougher to work with after 6 months of relative independence.  This session will focus on supportive strategies – including Give ‘em Five™, the Response-Ability Process and In-School Solutions for working with these students to “close the exits off the road to responsibility.”  Attendees will be challenged to create an Individual Behavior Plan for their most difficult student.

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English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population in the United States and, according to the Nation’s Report Card, there is a significant disparity in their levels of academic achievement as compared to their non-ELL peers. How can we as educators support our ELL students to increase their levels of academic achievement?

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Saturday, June 27
12:45 pM - 1:15 pM ET

Networking Session

Join other Attendees to discuss topics covered during the Summit!

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Dr. Tracey Severns

Nationally Recognized Education Strategist & Founder of Teach4Results

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Choose Your Session

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How does an educator know whether a student is “just venting” or legitimately contemplating suicide?

This session will share tools and strategies to determine if a student – or a co-worker — may be at risk of suicide. Attendees will gain skills and strategies to assist a student or a co-worker who may be struggling with suicidal thoughts and gain an understanding of the overwhelming pain those considering suicide are facing.

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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.

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Anxiety, fear and depression are at an all-time high due to the pandemic. Yet some people (yes, even in low income homes) demonstrate resilience, grit and positivity. How can we teach all of these SEL skills all in one? By shifting people’s mindset; their system of beliefs, attitudes and perspectives. This workshop will share how it’s done.

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Baruti Kafele, M.A.

School Turnaround Specialist,
Author of Closing the Attitude Gap

Saturday, June 27
4:30 pM - 5:30 pM ET

Keynote Re-Air

3-Day Virtual Agenda

Friday, June 26

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Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

International Speaker, Award-Winning Author & Consultant

Sunday, June 28
9:00 AM - 10:00 aM ET

Morning Keynote:

COVID-19 Chaos to Post-COVID Calm: Classroom Strategies to Build SEL Following Quarantine

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Gerry Brooks

Real-World Educator & YouTube Sensation

Sunday, June 28
10:30 AM - 11:30 aM ET

Keynote Session

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A Certificate of Completion is available upon submission of the Summit Evaluation Form. Please allow up to 2 weeks for us to process your certficate.

AccuTrain is approved to offer 12 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.

A Certificate of Completion is available upon submission of the Summit Evaluation Form. AccuTrain is approved to offer 12 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.

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