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Innovative School Summit Las Vegas

Attend In-Person or Virtually

Held both virtually and in-person November 4-8, 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 Las Vegas Summit features access to 6 National Education Conferences for the Price of One, including

  • Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference
  • School Climate & Culture Forum
  • School Discipline Conference
  • Wired Differently: Trauma-Informed Schools Conference
  •  Boy Brains & Engagement Conference
  • NextGen School Safety Conference

COVID-19 Protocols

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

Learn more about Caesars Palace’s COVID-19 protocols here: https://www.caesars.com/health-and-safety

 

 

What to Expect at the Innovative Schools Summit?

What Do Educators Have to Say about the Summit?

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Summit Attendees are able to attend sessions from all of the follwing Conferences (on a space-available basis).

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Recent education research has focused much more on the learning, social outcomes and schooling experiences of boys. Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled — or to drop out of school altogether. This conference helps educators understand and support the unique…

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To receive the group rate, attendees must identify themselves as part of the ‘Innovative Schools Summit ‘ group. Callers may also use your group code to identify the group, SCISSO.

Summit Registration

Pre-Conference Sessions for the Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will held November 4 & 5. The main Summit will begin November 6 at 8:30 am. 

Ticket prices are for the same for in-person and virtual options. 

Super Bundle

6 Conferences + 4 Pre-Conference Sessions
$ 750 per attendee
  • Entrance to 2 Pre-Conference Sessions on 11/4/20
  • Entrance to 2 Pre-Conference Sessions on 11/5/20
  • Entrance to the following 6 Conferences: Innovative Teaching Strategies, School Climate & Culture, School Discipline, Wired Differently Conference: Trauma-Informed Schools, Boy Brains & Engagement and NextGen School Safety Conference
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person
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6 Conferences + 2 Pre-Conference Sessions
$ 650 per attendee
  • Entrance to 2 Pre-Conference Sessions on 11/5/20
  • Entrance to the following 6 Conferences: Innovative Teaching Strategies, School Climate & Culture, School Discipline, Wired Differently Conference: Trauma-Informed Schools, Boy Brains & Engagement and NextGen School Safety Conference
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person

Conference Only

6 Conferences for the Price of 1
$ 550 per attendee
  • Entrance to the following 6 Conferences: Innovative Teaching Strategies, School Climate & Culture, School Discipline, Wired Differently Conference: Trauma-Informed Schools, Boy Brains & Engagement and NextGen School Safety Conference
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person

Group Discount

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$ 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 Schools Summit Las Vegas
Breakout Sessions

2020 las Vegas Pre-Conference Sessions

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

Wednesday, November 4 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

Available Virtually

First Preventers Playbook

Presented by Rick Shaw

Wednesday, November 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

Are you tired of the mounting violence in schools today? Are you scared First Responder/SROs can’t be everywhere and respond fast enough to save your school? Would you like to know how research-based data proves you can prevent school shootings, violence, bullying, suicides and other incidents? What if evidence-based data showed you how assets you already have, you First Preventers, can make your school and community safer?

In this session we will share extensive research-based data from real-life incidents/tragedies to show how prevention was and is possible. We will also share how schools with community-wide strategies are successfully preventing incidents, tragedies and lawsuits by connecting the dots and changing lives and the world forever. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify specific gaps in connecting the pieces of the puzzle
  • Utilize best practices to prevent liability, lawsuits and tragedies
  • Demonstrate the essential steps in intervention and prevention

 

About the Presenter

Rick Shaw is the Founder, CEO and CDO of Awareity Inc. – a developer of innovative, web-based and award-winning prevention platform for students, employees and communities. He has more than 20 years of experience performing numerous types of assessments (threat, compliance, physical, information security, social media and others), with a focus on prevention processes across multiple industries and types of threats. Rick’s experiences – combined with extensive research using post-event reports, lawsuits and surveys – has helped expose the most dangerous disconnects and potential liabilities facing schools (including new threats related to social media).

 

In addition to working with organizational leaders, Rick has been called upon to speak at numerous conferences in the United States, Canada, South Korea and Japan for his expertise in safety (student, employee, third-party, community, etc.) and prevention. He utilizes evidence-based data from hundreds of post-event reports and extensive research to expose each point where proper preventive tactics were possible in most incidents and tragedies.

 

Rick’s passion is student and child safety, and he leads an extensive research effort at Awareity to help educational leaders understand the need for comprehensive and proven prevention solutions to improve student safety and to prevent escalating consequences related to sexual abuse, bullying, cyberbullying, campus violence, suicide, human trafficking, homegrown terrorism and alcohol/drug abuse.



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Positive Behavioral Supports for Students Who Are Wired Differently

Presented by Mike Paget, M.Ed.

Wednesday, November 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

You know those students who make your day super difficult? Those who exhibit an ongoing pattern of uncooperative or hostile actions – such as temper tantrums, fighting, cruelty and defiance? Typically educators slip into a pattern of coercion and punishment. Non-disruptive peers start to reject them – isolating them and driving them to associate with other disruptive students. This path can lead to academic difficulties, poor relationships, substance abuse, delinquency and crime.

But, these students may actually have a Disruptive Behavior Disorder – Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and/or Intermittent Explosive Disorder.

In this session, author and behavioral consultant Mike Paget, M.Ed. will share effective practices for working with students challenged by these disorders in the classroom. He will examine each of the disorders – ODD, CD and IED – and connect the dots between the three. What does the student challenged by ODD think and feel about authority figures? Mike will share practical accommodations that will reduce confrontation with these students. Attendees will learn why getting tough and zero tolerance do not work with students challenged by CD and IED. Discover how educators can avoid power struggles and not take the behavior personally.

Learning Objectives

  • Know the risk factors for and symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct
  • Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
  • Discover classroom accommodations and strategies for dealing with Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
  • Gain strategies for de-escalating confrontational situations in your school or classroom.
  • Learn why it’s important to avoid lectures, interruption, yelling and arguing.
  • Learn to use more successful approaches including brevity, listening, neutral tone of voice, honesty and humor.
  • Discover how to build self-management through strength coaching, generosity and re-framing.

About the Presenter

Mike Paget, M.Ed.  currently works as a consultant to schools throughout North America to help them better teach challenging students. As a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, CD and other special needs students for more than 25 years. Mike is an innovator of effective approaches for working with extremely challenging students and has conducted seminars across the U.S. and Canada on creative techniques for managing classroom behavior, student aggression and crisis intervention. He is co-author of Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance. His newest book is High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities.

Available Virtually

Distraction, Disruption, Motivation & Grit: Our Brains on Adolescence - Part 1

Presented by Dr. Tom Maglisceau

Wednesday, November 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

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.

 

Available Virtually

Lost Boys: Strategies to Help Educators Navigate the World of Boys for Academic Success - Part 1

Presented by Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

Wednesday, November 4, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

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 dropout 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!

Wednesday, November 4 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PT

Available Virtually

When Lockdown Fails

Presented by Vaughn Baker

Wednesday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

Mass casualty events are compounded when staff are unprepared.  Executing a lockdown and being prepared when the lockdown fails are imperative skills.  This session analyzes previous tragedies and appropriate “non-linear” responses — depending on the proximity to the threat. Overcoming psychological and physiological responses for trained vs. untrained persons will be discussed and how this positively impacts outcomes. 

Understanding the origins for potential school violence threats will help attendees establish a framework for heightened situational awareness. Identifying a concern and understanding the urgency to report will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluation: Review and understand rationalized responses of witnesses/victims and how to overcome them.
  • Analysis: Examine HOW past assaults occurred to understand the WHY for training today.
  • Synthesis:  Design training to be meaningful, consistent and sustainable.
  • Knowledge:  Define lockdown principles and alternative responses if the lockdown fails.
  • Application: Identify measures in your school and community to prevent a potential threat.

 

About the Presenter

Vaughn Baker is president of security training and consulting services firm Strategos International. His professional experiences include 20 years of patrol, investigations and special operations assignments. He has also served as a member of his agency’s SWAT team for over 13 years. Baker has trained thousands of school, healthcare, government, faith-based, law enforcement and military professionals from around the world over the past 15 years on various safety, security, law enforcement, military and tactical related topics.

Available Virtually

Disruptive Behavior Disorders -- ODD, CD & Intermittent Explosive Disorder

Presented by Mike Paget, M.Ed.

Wednesday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

You know those students who make your day super difficult? Those who exhibit an ongoing pattern of uncooperative or hostile actions – such as temper tantrums, fighting, cruelty and defiance? Typically educators slip into a pattern of coercion and punishment. Non-disruptive peers start to reject them – isolating them and driving them to associate with other disruptive students.

This path can lead to academic difficulties, poor relationships, substance abuse, delinquency and crime. But, these students may actually have a Disruptive Behavior Disorder – Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder and/or Intermittent Explosive Disorder.

In this session, author and behavioral consultant Mike Paget, M.Ed. will share effective practices for working with students challenged by these disorders in the classroom. He will examine each of the disorders – ODD, CD and IED – and connect the dots between the three. What does the student challenged by ODD think and feel about authority figures? Mike will share practical accommodations that will reduce confrontation with these students. Attendees will learn why getting tough and zero tolerance do not work with students challenged by CD and IED. Discover how educators can avoid power struggles and not take the behavior personally.

Learning Objectives

  • Know the risk factors for and symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct
  • Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder.
  • Discover classroom accommodations and strategies for dealing with Disruptive Behavior Disorders.
  • Gain strategies for de-escalating confrontational situations in your school or classroom.
  • Learn why it’s important to avoid lectures, interruption, yelling and arguing.
  • Learn to use more successful approaches including brevity, listening, neutral tone of voice, honesty and humor.
  • Discover how to build self-management through strength coaching, generosity and re-framing.

 

About the Presenter

Mike Paget, M.Ed.  currently works as a consultant to schools throughout North America to help them better teach challenging students. As a state consultant for students with severe emotional and behavioral problems, he worked with ODD, CD and other special needs students for more than 25 years. Mike is an innovator of effective approaches for working with extremely challenging students and has conducted seminars across the U.S. and Canada on creative techniques for managing classroom behavior, student aggression and crisis intervention. He is co-author of Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance. His newest book is High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities.

Available Virtually

Distraction, Disruption, Motivation & Grit: Our Brains on Adolescence - Part 2

Presented by Dr. Tom Maglisceau

Wednesday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

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.

Available Virtually

Lost Boys: Strategies to Help Educators Navigate the World of Boys for Academic Success - Part 2

Presented by Steph Jensen, MS, LPC

Wednesday, November 4, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

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 dropout 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!

Thursday, November 5 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm PT

Available Virtually

Behavior Pattern Recognition for Workplace/School Violence

Presented by Vaugn Baker

Thursday, November 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

This session is for every level of employee in a school to identify behavior patterns and understand risk factors that contribute to violent acts. Bad behavior coupled with recognizable body language elevates the warning signs of a dangerous situation. A person’s behaviors, whether they are known to you or not, can give clues to their intent. Recognizing verbal and non-verbal markers creates time and opportunity for effective responses before the situation becomes uncontrollable.

Strategies for approaching, interviewing and de-escalating an incident will be discussed along with an overview of intruder/active threat response tactics. 

Learning Objectives

  • Analysis: Analyze behaviors in an individual or group that can rise to a level that could put you or others at risk and identify appropriate response
  • Knowledge: Define how to engage a potential threat in a non-physical, non-threatening manner to assess the concern and evaluate an appropriate course of action
  • Synthesis: Prepare methods to de-escalate situations that involve high emotions, conflict, or threats and examine how to resolve it without conflict
  • Comprehension: Describe how to respond effectively despite your body’s natural instinct to react with panic 

 

About the Presenter

Vaughn Baker is president of security training and consulting services firm Strategos International. His professional experiences include 20 years of patrol, investigations and special operations assignments. He has also served as a member of his agency’s SWAT team for over 13 years. Baker has trained thousands of school, healthcare, government, faith-based, law enforcement and military professionals from around the world over the past 15 years on various safety, security, law enforcement, military and tactical related topics.

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Becoming the Educator They Need

Presented by Robert Jackson

Thursday, November 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

This workshop will address issues that all male students face, as well as issues related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and/or trauma — including violence and divorce, incarceration or death of parents. How males process stressors influences their behavior, motivation and desire to learn. All students experience negative moments inside and outside of school, however boys process them differently. 

During this interactive session, administrators and educators will gain insight into how to help male students overcome life’s challenges with ready-to-use strategies.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify key components for motivating males.
  • Discover proven strategies for engaging and motivating boys who have experienced trauma and/or adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • Demonstrate key relationship, communication and community-based strategies to reach all male students
  • Recognize underlying causes of male student misbehavior and utilize the de-escalation tactics

 

About the Presenter

Robert Jackson, author of The No More Excuses Curriculum featuring the following books, No More Excuses: Black Men Stand Up!, No More Excuses: The WorkbookNo More Excuses: Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males, and No More Excuses: Put a Stop to Bullying, is a national speaker, consultant, trainer, and owner of Lavelle Publishing and Nova Concepts Speakers. Robert received his BS, Industrial Technology degree from Western Kentucky University where he lettered four years in both football and track. After being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings during training camp, Robert has remained deeply rooted in his commitment to serve his community as a mentor and leader especially on issues facing African American Students. He mentors young men and presents workshops, seminars and speeches nationwide to youth and adults. As a consultant and speaker, Robert works to reverse the drop out rates of black and latino males and to create positive change in school systems across the country and abroad to bridge the gap between parents, teachers, administrators and students. He has been invited to do just that in Nova Scotia Halifax, Canada and at Harvard University Graduate School. 

 

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Powerful Strategies to Enhance the Learning of Gifted & Highly Able Students

Presented by Nathan Levy, M.A.

Thursday, November 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

Author/Consultant, Nathan Levy’s dynamic, interactive workshop explores numerous, proven methods to reach gifted learners in engaging, challenging ways. Participants leave with a variety of new strategies and specific ideas to help pupils become superior, creative and critical thinkers. Attendees should bring their thinking caps and funny bone

Learning Objectives

  • Take away a variety of original, creative and unique activities to develop higher level thinking skills which they can use immediately following the workshop
  • Learn about superior techniques and materials for increasing student engagement and the ability to help learners make better connections. 
  • Learn methods to successfully break the cycle of discouragement and perfectionism that many gifted students experience.

 

About the Presenter

Nathan Levy, author of the Stories with Holes series and co-author of Teachers Guide to Trauma, Brain Whys and Gifted Children and How Trauma Impacts Them and has over forty years of experience as a teacher, principal, author and educational consultant. Nathan has spoken extensively nationally and internationally to educator, parents and children on how to improve creativity, thinking and spontaneity in adults and children. Nathan is the Past President of New Jersey Association for Gifted Children, was a coordinator of Gifted Education and Director of Elementary Education and School Principal for many years in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. He has written sixty books that are used by schools all over the world.

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POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement & Decreasing Disciplinary Issues

Presented by Dr. Marquita Blades

Thursday, November 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

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!

Learning Objectives

  • 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.

About the Presenter

Dr. Marquita S. Blades is an award-winning educator, international speaker and author. As a high school science teacher, she led nationally recognized STEM programs for high-achieving students. Through her consulting practice, she now offers professional development programs, curriculum & assessment writing, conference planning and teacher coaching in the areas of STEM instruction and teacher burnout. Dr. Blades created The Mediocre Teacher Project to help teachers avoid burnout by helping them incorporate their unique talents into their daily practice. She is also the host of The Dr. Marquita Blades Show: Candid Conversations that Create Change, an internet-based broadcast dedicated to discussing current trends and issues in education. Dr. Blades is the author of POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Engagement & Collaboration While Maintaining Rigor in Science Courses.

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Lead Where You Stand

Presented by Dr. Ronald Gonzalez

Thursday, November 5, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PT

This session will focus on systems and structures that support social-emotional wellness to maximize learning. Through the implementation of 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.

About the Presenter

Ronald has lead transformation efforts at Mount Vernon High School for the last 9 years of his 22 year career. His visionary leadership has led to improvements in student performance which include graduation rates the highest in over a decade in a large comprehensive high school in an urban district. He attributes much of the success of this school transformation to the systems he set forth, training of staff and using student voice as an agent of change. 

His leadership has gained recognition among his peers and across New York State. Most notably; 2 Westchester County Legislative Proclamations naming “Ronald Gonzalez Day” on June 16, 2015 AND November 26, 2019; he was named 2016 NYS Administrator of the Year for Region 2 – RASA; is the recipient of several city citations, city council resolutions, and NYS Assembly recognitions. He accredits these accomplishments to the work of the Leadership Team built under his guidance. He recognizes the power of collaboration and endorses both empowerment and accountability equally and emphatically in and among his team. 

Ron’s work as the transformational leader that guided Mount Vernon High School to flourish academically has also been identified as a “School of Promising Practice” by the NYSED Regents Reform and Title I offices. He and the MVHS Leadership Team have provided presentations and technical assistance to schools throughout NYS that have also been identified as Focus Schools. 

His doctoral research focused on transformational leadership of schools. As a practitioner and researcher, the in-depth analysis of New York State data helped him make strategic decisions for implementation within his school. He uses book studies, historical contexts and brain exercises to push the thinking of his staff in an environment of inquiry that encourages risk-taking. 



Thursday, November 5 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm PT

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Light Up the Learning Brain

Presented by Jessica Sinarski, M.A., LPCMH

Thursday, November 5, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

This lively workshop will take a fresh look at the root of “bad behavior” and the brain processes behind it. Participants will discover new tools based on the latest neuroscience to increase learning opportunities, reduce negative behavior, and improve communication between school and home.

Whether you’re a brain novice or well-versed in research about trauma and the brain, you won’t want to miss this hope-filled learning experience.

 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify Turnaround for Children’s well-researched foundational “Building Blocks for Learning” (attachment, stress management and self-regulation) and discuss the parts of the brain involved.
  • Translate the ACEs research to the user-friendly BraveBrains model of brain and behavior.
  • Apply this knowledge to increase positive student and staff engagement.
  • Design a plan for changing or augmenting current strategies with new tools.

 

About the Presenter

Jessica Sinarski, author of Riley the Brave, is also a therapist, supervisor, consultant and educator. She is a thought-leader in connecting neuroscience with practice, especially in adult-child relationships. Her areas of expertise include early trauma and adoption, with an emphasis on brain development and the mind/body connection. She has been consulting with schools, agencies and parent groups since 2005 and was recently invited to speak at the largest adoption conference in North America.

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10 Steps to a Trauma-Empowered School & Classroom

Presented by Aaron Wiemeier, M.S., LPC

Thursday, November 5, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

According to NCTSN (National Child Traumatic Stress Network), one out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. These events range from severe weather events, to divorce, to bullying, or to homelessness, among others. The results of exposure to trauma can affect a student’s ability to learn. She may be distracted by intrusive thoughts – distracting her from paying attention, learning and doing well on tests. Exposure to violence can lead to decreased IQ and reading ability.

Is it enough to just be informed? Does information by itself lead to automatic change?

In this session, Aaron Wiemeier, LPC will give teachers, administrators, school counselors and school social workers critical information to increase their effectiveness in working with traumatized students and discover the difference between being trauma informed and trauma empowered. Attendees will also learn the fundamental principles and innovative strategies to take the next step in transforming your schools and classroom. Trauma-informed advocate, Aaron Wiemeier, will guide attendees through seven impactful concepts about trauma to integrate into schools and classrooms right away. As well as, why a social-emotional curriculum is so important and to implement preventative strategies for dealing with toxic classrooms and school cultures.

 

About the Presenter

Aaron J. Wiemeier is a licensed professional counselor with 20 years of experience in the mental health field and is a nationally recognized author, trainer and educator. He is an expert in the neurophysiology of trauma, attachment & adoption and has worked successfully with the most difficult of clients and with the most chaotic and conflictual systems. His pioneering work and program development has led to highly successful outcomes that increase permanency in least restrictive settings and ultimately reduce fiscal spending particularly in the mental health, educational and legal systems. In 2011, Aaron published a workbook titled, My Feelings Workbook, which teaches affect regulation, awareness and skill development on a nonverbal body level to children. The book was subsequently endorsed by well-established professionals in the trauma, attachment and Autism community. Aaron is also the Dean of Students at Littleton Preparatory Charter School in Littleton, CO, where he is pioneering the development of curriculum and programming that integrates education with the ever increasing mental health needs that plague public schools in the United States. Most recently, he co-authored School-Based Interventions for the Traumatized Student, a culmination of a life’s work centered around creative ways to reach, work with and inspire hope in children who have experienced trauma.

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Color Brave: Strategies for Becoming a More Culturally Competent School

Presented by Dr. William Noel

Thursday, November 5, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

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 from Mark Twain perfectly captures Dr. William Noel’s personal calling and dedication to working with children. That higher calling and dedication is why Dr. Noel remains committed to being an influential role model for all students, but especially for the (sometimes) Hard-to-Reach students. Dr. Noel emphasizes the importance of connecting with those students through establishing genuine relationships, and teaching them to make better decisions. He would be the first person to debate that knowing WHO you teach may be more important than WHAT you teach. Dr. Noel began his journey in education as a substitute teacher, then as an alternative education teacher, social studies teacher, coach, assistant principal, and now district director of student support and disciplinary review. When asked by a colleague if he was going to miss teaching, Dr. Noel replied, “I will always be a teacher; just no longer from a classroom.”

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

Presented by Eric Clark, M.Ed.

Thursday, November 5, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

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

Presented by Hotep Benzo, MBA

Thursday, November 5, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PT

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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