ORLANDO 2021

Main Stage Virtual Pass

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11 Featured Sessions +
50 in 50 Panel

Nov. 5-7
LIVE ONLINE

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Heather Forbes, M.S.W., LCSW

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

Friday, November 5
12:00 pM ET / 9:00 AM PT

Opening Session

The Language of Trauma

TBA

About the Presenter

Heather T. Forbes, M.S.W., LCSW, is the founder of the Beyond Consequences Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Heather has worked in the field of trauma and healing since 1999. She is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, the impact of trauma on the developing child, adoptive motherhood and self-development. Her books include the international bestseller Help for Billy as well as The Trauma-Informed School, Beyond Consequences, Logic or Control and Hand in Hand. Coming from a family of educators, Heather has a heart for children in the classroom and for finding ways to teach the child who seems “unteachable.” Her signature style is to bridge the gap between scientific research and real-life application to equip parents, educators and therapists with practical and effective tools. Much of her experience and insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors and adoption-related issues comes from her direct mothering experience of her two adopted children.

 

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Heather Forbes, M.S.W., LCSW

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

Friday, November 5
1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT

Keynote Session

Boundaries, Consequences and Accountability

TBA

About the Presenter

Heather T. Forbes, M.S.W., LCSW, is the founder of the Beyond Consequences Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Heather has worked in the field of trauma and healing since 1999. She is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, the impact of trauma on the developing child, adoptive motherhood and self-development. Her books include the international bestseller Help for Billy as well as The Trauma-Informed School, Beyond Consequences, Logic or Control and Hand in Hand. Coming from a family of educators, Heather has a heart for children in the classroom and for finding ways to teach the child who seems “unteachable.” Her signature style is to bridge the gap between scientific research and real-life application to equip parents, educators and therapists with practical and effective tools. Much of her experience and insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors and adoption-related issues comes from her direct mothering experience of her two adopted children.

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William Noel, Ed.D.

District Director of Student Support, National Speaker & Consultant

Friday, November 5
2:45 PM ET / 11:45 AM PT

Featured Session

Color Brave: Implicit Bias, Equity & Cultural Competency in Schools

4:00 pM ET / 1:00 pM PT

Friday, November 5
4:00 PM ET /1:00 pM PT

50 in 50 Panel

50 Practical Strategies for Helping Students Impacted by Covid or Other Trauma

This unique session features several unique – and often fun – ideas for K-12 educators from an “All-Star Panel” made up of authors, nationally known speakers and practicing educators and administrators. Each idea will be practical, useful and proven… presented in 1 minutes or less.




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Christopher Emdin, Ph.D.

Professor of Science Education, Author of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood

Saturday November 6
8:30 AM ET /5:30 AM PT​

Keynote Session

Teaching & Learning from the Student's Standpoint​

To be announced.

 

About the Presenter

Dr. Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Columbia University, where he also serves as Director of the Science Education Program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education. TIme Magazine recently cited him as one of 27 People Bridging Divides Across America. He is an alumni fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard and has served as STEAM Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and Minorities in Energy Ambassador for the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post. A much sought-after speaker, he is the creator of the #HipHopEd movement, and an advisor to numerous international organizations and school districts. He is the author of Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation and The New York Times bestseller For White Folks Who Teach In the Hood and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.

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Sam Kary, M.A.

Teacher, Curriculum Designer. Creator of Popular New EdTech YouTube Channel

Saturday November 6
10:00 AM ET /7:00 AM PT

Keynote Session

A Strategic Approach to Education Technology

To build an innovative educational system that meets the needs of today’s students and prepares them for our rapidly changing world, we must take a strategic approach to technology integration. Technology isn’t inherently transformational; it’s the way we use technology that truly matters. In this session we’ll explore key high-impact instructional strategies to help you get the most out of the edtech software you use, as well as help you make purpose-driven decisions about new programs to bring in.

About the Presenter

Sam Kary is the founder of The New EdTech Classroom, a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching teachers how to develop innovative, 21st century instructional practices. Sam has worked in public education for over a decade as a classroom teacher and instructional coach, and now works full time supporting teachers around the world with instructional technology. He believes that strategic technology use in education is not only a means to create interactive, personalized, authentic, and engaging learning experiences, but also necessary in order to ensure students are truly prepared for their futures. Sam is a Google for Education Certified Trainer, National Geographic Certified Educator, and ISTE presenter, and has been featured in Forbes and One Day Magazine for supporting teachers during emergency distance learning.

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Ronald Gonzalez, Ed.D.

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

Saturday, November 6
11:15 AM ET / 8:15 AM PT

Featured Session

Using Student Voice & Choice for Reform: A Journey of Change

The core of Lead Where You Stand is the belief that those of us that are called to lead should do so right where we are in our journey. It dispels the notion of waiting for “the right time, place or opportunity” and puts students at the forefront.

About the Presenter

Dr. Ronald Gonzalez has led transformation efforts at Mount Vernon High School in the New York City metro area for the past 11 years. His leadership has resulted in improvements in student performance, staff stability and community outcomes. He attributes much of his success to building systems, developing teacher talent and using student voice as an agent of change. Dr. Gonzalez’ doctoral research focused on the impact of seat time for Black and economically disadvantaged students. At Mount Vernon, he has led the expansion of career programs including culinary arts, barbering and certified nursing assistant. Based upon his belief in equity and access. Dr. Gonzalez successfully implemented the International Baccalaureate program with open enrollment for all students.

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Brian Mendler, M.Ed.

Expert on Working with Disruptive Students, Co-Author of Discipline With Dignity

Saturday, November 6
1:45 PM ET /10:45 AM PT

Featured Session

T B A

To be announced.

About the Presenter

Brian Mendler trains tens of thousands of educators a year and is a highly regarded dynamic speaker. Through his affiliation with Teacher Learning Center, he provides staff development training for K-12 educators and youth service workers throughout the world with a focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students.
Brian is a certified K-12 and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. In his training sessions and books, he draws on his own experience as a very disruptive student with severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties.
Brian is the author of several books including That One Kid and The Taming of the Crew. He has also co-authored Strategies for Successful Classroom Management, Power Struggles 2nd Edition, and the bestseller Discipline With Dignity 3rd Edition: New Challenges, New Solutions.

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Brian Mendler, M.Ed.

Expert on Working with Disruptive Students, Co-Author of Discipline With Dignity

Saturday, November 6
3:00 PM ET /12:00 PM PT

Featured Session

T B A

To be announced.

About the Presenter

Brian Mendler trains tens of thousands of educators a year and is a highly regarded dynamic speaker. Through his affiliation with Teacher Learning Center, he provides staff development training for K-12 educators and youth service workers throughout the world with a focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students.
Brian is a certified K-12 and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. In his training sessions and books, he draws on his own experience as a very disruptive student with severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties.
Brian is the author of several books including That One Kid and The Taming of the Crew. He has also co-authored Strategies for Successful Classroom Management, Power Struggles 2nd Edition, and the bestseller Discipline With Dignity 3rd Edition: New Challenges, New Solutions.

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Tracey Severns, Ed.D.

Nationally Recognized Education Strategist & Founder of Teach4Results

Sunday, November 7
8:30 AM ET / 5:30 AM PT

Featured Session

Learner-Engaged Instruction & Assessment

To be announced.

About the Presenter

Dr. Tracey Severns is a nationally recognized educational strategist and the founder of Teach4Results. She has served as a classroom aide, special ed teacher, vice principal, principal, district director of student performance and statewide chief academic officer. She currently serves as Leadership and Learning Strategist with Rutgers University Center for Effective School Practices. Dr. Severns has provided professional development on the Common Core, PARCC, instructional leadership, data analysis, special education and school improvement on the state and national levels. As a principal she won three fellowship grants from the Dodge Foundation, and was selected as one of eight principals to represent the United States for an educational exchange program with Brazil. She has earned the Middle Level Leadership Award and was selected as Visionary Principal of the Year in her home state of New Jersey. Dr. Severns has also been named a National Distinguished Principal. The middle school that she led was selected as a National School of Change, one of only six in the United States.

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Tracey Severns, Ed.D.

Nationally Recognized Education Strategist & Founder of Teach4Results

Sunday, November 7
10:00 AM ET / 7:00 AM PT

Featured Session

L.E.A.R.N.: What Students Need in Order to Achieve

To be announced.

About the Presenter

Dr. Tracey Severns is a nationally recognized educational strategist and the founder of Teach4Results. She has served as a classroom aide, special ed teacher, vice principal, principal, district director of student performance and statewide chief academic officer. She currently serves as Leadership and Learning Strategist with Rutgers University Center for Effective School Practices. Dr. Severns has provided professional development on the Common Core, PARCC, instructional leadership, data analysis, special education and school improvement on the state and national levels. As a principal she won three fellowship grants from the Dodge Foundation, and was selected as one of eight principals to represent the United States for an educational exchange program with Brazil. She has earned the Middle Level Leadership Award and was selected as Visionary Principal of the Year in her home state of New Jersey. Dr. Severns has also been named a National Distinguished Principal. The middle school that she led was selected as a National School of Change, one of only six in the United States.

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Larry Thompson, M.Ed.

Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline

Sunday, November 7
11:15 AM ET /8:15 AM PT

Closing Session

Closing The Exits off The Road to Responsibility

When they first walk into the building, most educators can “feel” the climate of a school fairly quickly. Leaders sometimes hope that team building events, open-door policies, additional technology and frequent communication will create a positive school culture. But school culture is based on relationships. When relationships are in conflict, the climate and culture are impacted. Many of the conflicts in school life are caused by behavior and discipline issues. If a teacher does not feel supported, that creates conflict. If a student does not feel “listened to,” that creates conflict. Behavior issues – and academic issues – can often be traced back to a student’s lack of self-control (perhaps related to trauma or a diagnosis). Imagine a student with a weak self-control muscle. It may look like she can’t get herself to do things that she doesn’t enjoy or can’t control her anger. To help such students reach their potential, educators must help them grow the self-control muscle. In this session, author and supportive discipline innovator Larry Thompson will discuss how teaching students self-responsibility and self-control has transformed the culture of schools throughout North America – from private schools to juvenile prisons. Resulting in improved academic performance. You will learn how giving students the gift of self-control can improve academic performance and transform your school culture.

 

About the Presenter

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.




Earn Up to 12 Continuing
Education Hours

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