Innovative Schools Summit
San Antonio

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November 12-15, 2020

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Innovative School Summit San Antonio

Attend In-Person or Virtually

Held both virtually and in-person November 12-15, 2020, the Innovative School Summit San Antonio 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 San Antonio Summit features access to 5 National Education Conferences for the Price of One, including

COVID-19 Protocols

COVID-19 infection rates in Texas 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 the Marriott Rivercenter’s COVID-19 protocols here: https://clean.marriott.com

What to Expect at the Innovative Schools Summit

What 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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Held both virtually and in-person November 12-1, 2020, the Innovative School Summit San Antonio will feature a  lineup of award-winning and nationally recognized speakers. This expert lineup of presenters will draw upon their years of experience…

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Summit Hotel & Conference Center

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter

101 Bowie St., San Antonio, TX 78205

The 2020 Innovative Schools Summit San Antonio will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter. Guests are responsible for all charges at a rate of $189 per night + taxes and fees.

Summit Registration

Pre-Conference Sessions for the Innovative Schools Summit San Antonio will held November 12 and the morning of November 13. The main Summit will begin on November 13 at 12:00 pm CT. 

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

Super Bundle

*Saver Pricing Ends 9/30/20*
5 Conferences + 3 Pre-Conference Sessions
$ 525 per attendee
  • Entrance to 2 Pre-Conference Sessions on 11/12/20
  • Entrance to 1 Pre-Conference Session on 11/13/20
  • Entrance to the following 6 Conferences: At-Risk & Struggling Students, Girl Bullying & Empowerment, Innovative Teaching Strategies, School Discipline and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person
  • Standard Pricing: $600
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Conference Bundle

*Saver Pricing Ends 9/30/20*
5 Conferences + 1 Pre-Conference Session
$ 425 per attendee
  • Entrance to 1 Pre-Conference Session on 11/13/20
  • Entrance to the following 6 Conferences: At-Risk & Struggling Students, Girl Bullying & Empowerment, Innovative Teaching Strategies, School Discipline and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person
  • Standard Pricing: $500

Conference Only

*Saver Pricing Ends 9/30/20*
5 Conferences for the Price of 1
$ 375 per attendee
  • Entrance to the following 6 Conferences: At-Risk & Struggling Students, Girl Bullying & Empowerment, Innovative Teaching Strategies, School Discipline and Social-Emotional Learning
  • Morning & Afternoon Refreshments
  • Attend Virtually or In-Person
  • Standard Pricing $450

Group Discount

Send More, Save More!

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

What Past Attendees Have to Say…

"This was my first time attending the Summit and I must truly say it was the best Conference I have ever attended. The sessions were very informative, inspiring, and motivating"
High School Principal
Colombus, OH
"I am ready to return to my classroom with a different mindset, being better now than in the past, and focusing on my students future not their present. Moving forward with great expectations and pushing them into their destinies by any means necessary."
Middle School Teacher
Cambridge, MA
"I've been a teacher for 15 years and I learned more from this Conference than I've learned form 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
San Antonio Breakout Sessions

Innovative Schools Summit San Antonio


Pre-Conference Sessions

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

Wednesday, November 12 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CT

Available Virtually

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students: How to Unlock Their Potential & Survive the Process - Part 1

Presented by Eric Clark, M.Ed.

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

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.

Available Virtually

TBA

Presented by Aaron Williams, M.Ed.

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

Session Description Coming Soon!

Available Virtually

10 Things Every Educator Must Know

Presented by Hotep Benzo, MBA

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

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.

Wednesday, November 12 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm CT

Available Virtually

Color Brave: Strategies for Becoming a More Culturally Competent School

Presented by Dr. William Noel

Wednesday, November 12, 1:30  pm – 4:30 pm

“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.”

 

Available Virtually

POWARRful Teaching Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement & Decreasing Disciplinary Issues

Presented by Dr. Marquita Blades

Wednesday, November 12, 1:30  pm – 4:30 pm

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.

Available Virtually

Defiant, Manipulative & Attention-Seeking Students: How to Unlock Their Potential & Survive the Process - Part 2

Presented by Eric Clark, M.Ed.

Wednesday, November 12, 1:30  pm – 4:30 pm

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.

Thursday, November 13 - 8:00 am - 11:00 am CT

Available Virtually

Light Up the Learning Brain

Presented by Jessica Sinarski, M.A., LPCMH

Thursday, November 13, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

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.
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About the Presenter

Jessica Sinarski, LPCMH is a clinical supervisor, consultant, author and educator. She is a thought-leader in connecting neuroscience with practice in adult-child relationships. Jessica has trained thousands of parents and professionals across the country and maintains a private practice in Delaware, incorporating neurofeedback and attachment-based therapeutic models. Jessica founded BraveBrains to help others experience the hope and healing that is possible with a deeper understanding of the brain. She has created a framework based on the concepts introduced in her children’s book, Riley the Brave (available in English and Spanish), that is improving outcomes for those affected by adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma. These principles and accompanying resources, rooted in the latest brain science, are empowering parents, teachers and community professionals all over the world. Since 2005, Jessica has been consulting with schools, agencies and parent groups. She is also a therapist and clinical supervisor at A Better Chance for Our Children in Delaware and serves on the board of directors at Cardinal McCloskey Community Services in the New York. Jessica is currently partnering with school districts and child welfare agencies across the country to better incorporate trauma-sensitive practices into their work. Compelled by her work with foster families in the South Bronx of New York, Jessica became a Certified Adoption Therapist in 2008 through Hunter College School of Social Work and began an adoption therapy program at her local agency. She earned a master’s degree from Boston College in Counseling Psychology following a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from Taylor University.

Available Virtually

Lead Where You Stand

Presented by Dr. Ronald Gonzalez

Thursday, November 13, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

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. 




Available Virtually

Mean Girls Behind the Screen: Addressing & Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational Aggression

Presented by Steph Jensen, M.S., LPC

Thursday, November 13, 8:00 am – 11:00 am

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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  • School Counselors (PK-12)
  • Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Special Education Personnel
  • School Administrators
  • Deans
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • School Resource Officers
  • Behaviorists
  • Therapists
  • Community and Faith-Based Youth Workers
  • After-School Program Coordinators
  • Other Professionals Working with Young People

Yes! We offer discounted hotel room rates at each of our conference host hotels. Please see individual conference websites for more information.

Yes! By registering for an individual conference you are eligible to attend all other conferences that are a part of the Summit at that location (on a space available basis).

At this time, Developmental Resources is unable to offer student discounts or scholarships for this three-day event.

Please consider the following other avenues for possible funding:

·        Your Local PTA

·        Donors Choose http://www.donorschoose.org/ (This is a website through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Education)

·        GoFundMe http://www.gofundme.com/ (This is a personalized crowdfunding site)

·        Title 1 funding in your area

  • Yes!

    Developmental Resources is an approved provider for Continuing Education by:

      • National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC #5602) Developmental Resources is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
    • *NOTE: 22 contact hours includes attendance at both pre-conference workshops as well as the entire conference. Check with your representative board or organization concerning its policy with regard to Continuing Education.

We do not currently offer a one-day or two-day partial registration fee.

If a registrant cannot attend any part of the conference, substitutions may be made – via mail, fax or email – all requests for substitutions must be made 30 days prior to conference. Registrations cannot be shared. Cancellations received in writing 60 days prior to Conference will be refunded in full, less a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds will be issued no later than 8 weeks after the conference in the same form that payment was received. After that time, no refunds will be granted, but substitutions are encouraged.

Should you have any concerns, call us at 1-800-251-6805. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please fax us at 888-372-6061 or email us at pd@accutrain.com at least 1 month prior to the conference, and note your request on your registration form.

 

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