Educator’s Survival Guide

Climate, Safety & Trauma during COVID-19

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9 Featured Sessions +
50 in 50 Panel +
12 Breakouts

Nov. 6-7
LIVE ONLINE

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Ken Williams

Speaker, Consultant on School Culture & Leadership, Author of Starting a Movement

Friday, November 6
9:30 AM ET / 6:30 AM PT

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

Opening Session

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Dr. Ronald Gonzalez

Student Engagement Advocate, Award-Winning Administrator in a High-Needs Environment

Friday, November 6
11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT

Featured Session

Lead Where you Stand

12:15 pM ET / 9:15 AM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 11/9 – Wednesday 11/11.

When We Change The Mind, We Change The Game!!

With a Powerful Testimony about how he helped his defeat Cancer in just 149 Days vs a Projected 300 Days, Kenny is no stranger to adversity. He teaches how he became King of the bounce back. Using his personal life story to impact your organization for the success they were made for. Kenny helps create a Positive Mindset Atmosphere to help understand your true worth in life.

 

 

Learning Objectives

  • Learn that people can’t execute what they are not committed to.
  • The Purpose in life starts with the commitment to the process of success.
  • Maintain a delicate work/life balance.

Kenny Thomas

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 (9) essential components of student engagement and techniques to improve reading and writing skills.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the process/plan for writing
  • Acquire 9 components of engagement  
  • Gain processes to teach writing fundamentals 
L. Kobie Wilkerson III, M.A

Leading with Dignity in Troubled Times

As educators, everyone wants to be treated with dignity.  Many have witnessed nepotism, bullying, harassment, and racial discrimination.  The strain can be overwhelming and can result in burnout and loss of career due to mistakes and improper support/protection. Educators need a voice to do their best. We need to lead with Dignity when faced with these challenges, especially now.  

We will give you tools to focus on to build a culture of dignity to handle difficult situations to make yourself and teams stronger.  We will discuss self-care and teach core values/principles to stand strong through adversity

Learning Objectives

  • The Facts of Demoralization  
    • Primary Stress from Admin/State/Self
    • STS (Secondary Traumatic Stress)  
  • Steps to take to avoid stressful situations and what to do when placed in one  
  • Self/Care and Core Values we live by to help you overcome stress.   
Khalil Sikander, M.A

Friday, November 6
2:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM PT

50 in 50 Panel

50 Strategies to Address Climate, Safety & Trauma

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Tracie Berry-McGhee

International Speaker, Author, Creator of SistaKeeper

Friday, November 6
3:00 pM ET / 12:00 pM PT

Featured Session

4:15 PM ET / 1:15 PM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 11/9 – Wednesday 11/11.

Education in a Violent World: A 21st Century Prevention Mindset

School safety practices in these modern times have created a need for a multi-faceted approach to threat mitigation and response. Nationally recognized school safety expert and author of Education In a Violent World: A Practical Guide to Keeping our Kids Safe – Dr. Steve Webb will present his PARA Mindset, assessing 21st Century vulnerabilities to student safety and using Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams (B.A.T.) – a systems approach to preventing violence in schools.

Steve Webb, Ph.D

Teacher Wellness: How to Recover from Burnout

School districts put a lot of energy and effort into providing professional development opportunities for teachers that focus on improving class management and instructional strategies. Those are definitely much-needed areas of focus, however, very little is invested into nourishing the personal, human side of teachers.  During this session I’ll share practical strategies that teachers can use to rejuvenate themselves to avoid burnout.

Learning Objectives

  • Create strategies for supporting teacher health and well-being 
  • Gain time management and work/life boundary establishing tips for teachers 
  • Explore rejuvenating and replenishing strategies for recovering from burnout
Kiesha Easley, M.A.

Restorative Practices: Over a Decade Experience Resolving Girl Conflict

A brief intro on the philosophy of Restorative Practices in schools, and the significant documented impact RP has on culture and climate.  Participants will practice community building circles and observe a restorative conference.  We will talk specifically about how we’ve used RP to address girl conflict and bullying.

Learning Objectives 

At the conclusion Participants will understand how RP is practiced in schools, review implementation strategies, and understand how RP resolves girl conflict and bullying.




Jen Kirksey, M.A. & Jen Gallegos, M.E.d
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Internationally Recognized Speaker, Award-Winning Teacher, Principal & Chess Coach

Friday, November 6
5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT

General Session

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

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Heather Forbes

Founder of Beyond Consequences Institute, Author of Help for Billy and Classroom 180

Saturday, November 7
9:30 aM ET / 6:30 AM PT

Morning Session

11:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 11/9 – Wednesday 11/11.

Combining RP, PBIS, SEL & Trauma-Informed Practices to Improve School Climate & Culture

During the 2018-19 school year, WHP partnered with a Northern California School District to create and implement PBIS, RP, SEL and Trauma-Informed practices, processes and procedures that yielded dramatic decrease in behavior incidents, and increased academic achievement among high-poverty, at-risk students.  This presentation reviews strategies used to achieve these results

Learning Objectives 

Attendees will walk away with tools and strategies to drastically reduce behavior infractions and increase academic achievement, subsequently improving the overall culture and climate of their school.




Kristen Miller, M.A., Doctoral Candidate

Your FBA is a Fantasy: Creating Trauma-Informed, Brain-Based, Skill-Focused FBA's & Behavior Plans

Stop chasing “temporary compliance” and start building skills! Traditional approaches to behavior using conventional FBA’s & Behavior Plans have long fallen short and continue to fail children to whom they’re applied most. Come learn how evidence-based approaches and current neuroscience come together to create FBA’s/BSP’s that are trauma-informed, brain-based and skill-focused.

Learning Outcomes:

1 – Understand why using traditional FBA’s/BSP’s for children with trauma-related emotional/behavioral challenges may not effectively meet their needs; 

2 – Understand how the Stress Response System is formed, and the critical role that it plays in a child’s ability to meet expectations of school, along with how to approach making changes to the Stress Response System; 

3 – Identify important components of a “Trauma Informed Functional Assessment and Behavior Support Plan”

 

Session Focus: Elementary, Middle, High, Transition-Aged Youth

 

About the Presenter

Doris Bowman, M. S. Education/Special Education, is a Certified Trauma Practitioner – Education (CTP-E®), a Certified Trauma Practitioner – Clinical (CTP-C®), and a licensed special educator and administrator in the state of Oregon. She is also a Think:Kids Certified Trainer in the Collaborative Problem Solving® approach (Massachusetts General Hospital), and a Parent Coaching Institute Certified Parent Coach®. She has over 20 years of experience working with and supporting children with challenging behaviors in schools.

Doris Bowman
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Mike Paget

International Speaker, Consultant, Author of Defying the Defiance

Saturday, November 7
12:15 pM ET / 9:15 AM PT

Featured Session

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Brian Dinkins, Ed.S.

Saturday, November 7
2:00 pM ET / 11:00 AM PT

Featured Session

Emotionally-Inclusive Practices: Building a Self-Care Toolbox for Teacher Use During a Pandemic

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Kim Johancen, MA, LPC

Saturday, November 7
3:00 pM ET / 12:00 pM PT

General Session

4:15 pM ET / 1:15 PM PT

Choose Your Breakout Session

Recorded access for most sessions will be available from Monday, 11/9 – Wednesday 11/11.

Prolonged Engagement with Students from an Alternative School in an Agriculture Program

Education research does not typically focus on students attending an alternative school for academic or behavioral issues.  This research utilized social network analysis, specifically ego network analysis to study how these students build their personal wellness with support from those in their social network especially those that work in schools.

 

 

  1. Learn how to utilize ego networks
  2. Understand how social networks can influence students’ personal wellness
Eric Hogan, Ph.D.

You Matter: Social Justice Activities for the Elementary Classroom

In today’s society students are feeling the effects of stress and anxiety due to factors such as peer relationships and the political climate. It is our job as educators to help students learn how to handle social injustices both inside and outside of the school setting. Educators should work in tandem with community leaders as well as parents to achieve this goal.

  1. This session will explore children’s literature that have diverse characters that students can connect with. Participants in this session will participate in activities that support emotional growth and increase self-efficacy.  Throughout this session a variety of resources will be shared, and participants will leave knowing how to incorporate culturally responsive techniques. 

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Participants will be exposed to literature to incorporate into the classroom to make all students feel welcome and appreciated 
    • Implement social justice lessons directly after the session to promote acceptance among all students in a safe and caring environment 
    • Gain resources on culturally responsive practices that will enhance their students’ mental well-being as well as their psychological well-being during these challenging times
Melissa Tamburrino, Ed.D. & Emily Levine, Ed.D.

Help My Classroom is Running Away! Virtual Classroom Management

With good Classroom and Time Management almost every learning activity can be done in an enjoyable and effective manner. Yet every teacher has known the frustration of losing valuable instructional time to matters of discipline, and vice versa for students. This presentation will describe a proven process to restore that lost time to teachers and students.




  1. Learning Objectives: 

            • Gain strategies to improve classroom Discipline
            • Implement a proven process for Classroom Management
            • Use Social Emotional to aid relationships with and between students. 
Nicola Gaitor Barber, Ed.D.
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“Stand Tall Steve” Bollar

Educational Leader & Master Motivator

Saturday, October 7
5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT

Closing Session

Earn Up to 26 Continuing
Education Hours

A Certificate of Completion is available upon submission of the Conference Evaluation Form. AccuTrain is approved to offer up to 26 continuing education contact hours (14 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

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Virtual Summit Agenda

Wednesday, November 4

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

Thursday, November 5

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

Friday, November 6

Saturday, November 7

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 26.0 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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