Pre-Conference Sessions

Individual pre-conference sessions are $75 and are in addition to the conference registration.


Rick Shaw
Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook & Other Violent Incidents

Session A: 9:00am - 12:00pm

This presentation will look at post-event reports from active shooter and other violent situations like Sandy Hook as well as Student Survey data from nearly 10,000 students from schools across the nation. Lessons learned from these events and data from the Student Survey expose many of the same common and dangerous gaps. If you are looking for what immediate and evidence-based steps your school administrators and Safety/Threat Assessment Team can take to improve student safety for all students and all staff, don’t miss this presentation.

Learning Objectives:

In this session, you will learn how to:

  • Identify each step in the breakdown of communication and information flow prior to a security breach and the steps for improvement
  • Describe the 6 essential steps to proactive prevention vs. reacting/damage control
  • Create threat assessment teams comprised of key collaborators using best practices
  • Utilize lessons learned to prevent liability, lawsuits, headlines and tragedies
  • Demonstrate how Social Media information can be collected to assist with intervention and prevention

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Craig McCullough
Autism & Trauma Connections and Interactions - What Educators Need to Understand

Session A: 9:00am - 12:00pm

A recent CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report states that 1 in 68 children have autism – an alarming 30% increase since 2012. The number is far more prevalent in males (1 in 42). Individuals with traits on the autism spectrum are at a high statistical risk of developing PTSD as well as other comorbidities that negatively impact their functioning level. As children, they are five times more likely to be bullied or abused than neurotypical individuals. This session will help professionals in a school setting increase their awareness of the often hidden vulnerabilities with this growing group of children with hyper-reactive brains living in, what can be considered, an “aversive intense world.”

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Identify connections between the effects of trauma and ASD
  • Create solutions and interventions for the traumatized autistic child addressing difficulties with transitions, sensory processing, and other environmental stressors
  • Provide improved linkage of schools with mental health and other agencies supporting the developmentally challenged

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Brian Mendler
Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students

Session A: 9:00am - 12:00pm

From the author of the international best-selling book Discipline with Dignity, this session is loaded with strategies, techniques, and ideas designed to prevent motivation and discipline problems in the most difficult classrooms. Discover and practice specific strategies and techniques designed to change attitudes and ignite a passion for success. This practical, informative session will transform the lives of your most disruptive students.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Recognize underlying causes of student misbehavior.
  • Identify 3 places to build relationships.
  • Describe merits of values vs. rules.
  • Demonstrate 8 steps to diffusing any student.

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Rick Fernandez
Hiring and Staffing for Success with Turnaround Schools

Session A: 9:00am - 12:00pm

"Turnaround" is a frequent buzzword in and around education. Whether driven by inherent challenges affecting student achievement or simply a desire to excel, schools and districts want to improve. However, actually turning a school around is wrought with many challenges. Too often, schools pursue a "Band-Aid" approach with programs that don't work and drain the valuable resources of time and money.

In this eye-opening session, Rick Fernandez will walk attendees through lessons learned after taking over a struggling school previously closed down by the Texas Education Agency. Dr. Fernandez saw that traditional hiring processes were proving ineffective for his impoverished school, and addressed the need to develop a model for hiring teachers with a different skill set. This successful protocol and his outside-the-box perspective on leadership proved effective and provide a blueprint for working with other schools in need of a turnaround.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  • Understand generational poverty and its effect on classroom behavior.
  • Discern the attributes needed for effective "turnaround" teachers in your situation.
  • Adopt best practices using this outside-the-box hiring protocol.
  • Apply leadership "do's and don'ts" learned in the trenches with turnaround schools.

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Larry Thompson
Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline

Session B: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Can responsibility be taught? How can educators move from “making” students behave to helping students learn self-management? This is a major, but necessary, paradigm shift – moving from enforcement to a focus on student growth and providing essential life skills.

In this session, author Larry Thompson will discuss how traditional discipline practices actually allow students to continue using those exits to avoid responsibility. He will also share six essential practices that will close those exits and help students learn self-management. These six essential practices include:

  • Benefits for Changing Behavior
  • Clear Expectations
  • Emotional Control
  • Consistency
  • Leadership in Challenging Moments
Learning Objectives:
  • Adopt best practices for creating a school culture in which students take ownership of their actions.
  • Master techniques for dealing with different low-to-high intensity disciplinary cases.
  • Close exits on the road to responsibility with emotional control.
  • Adopt methods to drastically decrease disciplinary referrals to the office.
  • Cultivate clear, appropriate and consistent expectations to prevent and address disruptive student behaviors.

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Mike Paget
Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently

Session B : 1:00pm - 4:00pm

TBD

Learning Objectives:

  • TBD

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Brad Chapin
Self- Regulation Training: Framework for Success

Session B : 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Self-Regulation includes a set of skills necessary for academic success, emotional control and healthy social interaction. In this strategy-packed session, author and national consultant Brad Chapin will provide concrete lessons targeting each of the 3 skill-training areas identified in the Self-Regulation Training System (Physical, Emotional and Cognitive Regulation.)

Learning Objectives:

  • Develop a level of understanding of Self-Regulation framework sufficient for teaching it to students and parents.
  • Apply step-by-step strategies to teach young people how to increase Self-Regulation.
  • Implement strategies in a way that is most effective for addressing multiple behavioral problem areas.
  • Report measurable outcomes from application of Self-Regulation strategies.

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Mike Shaw
Youth Risk-Taking Behavior: Shifting the Mindset

Session B : 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Did you know?

  • Each year 4.3 million youths 14 and younger suffer unintentional injuries requiring hospital treatment.
  • 1 in 10 teens in high school drink and drive.
  • 81% of students rarely or never wear a bicycle helmet.
  • 42% of students text while driving.
Today’s students face a silent epidemic. Risk-taking behaviors, critical errors and lapses in judgment cause millions of unintentional injuries each year in North America, resulting in sometimes grueling pain for students and families, as well as lost classroom time. In some cases, these injuries permanently alter students’ lives. And 7000 to 8000 times each year these injuries prove fatal – about one per hour.

We have a responsibility to our students to make sure they have the skills necessary to assess risk and reduce unintentional injuries.

In this thought-provoking session, Mike Shaw will highlight how behavior-based skills such as greater awareness, attention, and intention can reduce injuries, as well as other types of errors – including academic errors.

Attendees will gain key insights and lessons learned on understanding risk and knowing personal limitations from Mike’s ski coaching and performance background. He will share unique perspectives on risk vs. reward, and what dangerous sports and death-defying stunts have to do with the average student’s safety and performance. Attendees will walk away with fresh insights and practicable techniques for reducing risk and error.

Research has shown that mental states like rushing, frustration, fatigue and complacency, which most students find themselves in almost every day, cause or contribute to critical errors. These critical errors often put a student in the path of a hazard. Mr. Shaw will explain how this state-to-error risk pattern is responsible for up to 95% of student injuries, and will present skills that students – and educators -- can use to improve safety and reduce critical errors in school and all facets of their lives.

Objectives:

  • Define the state-to-error risk pattern
  • Differentiate the three types of at-risk behavior
  • Applying the Critical Error Reduction Techniques to classroom life skills lessons
  • Recognize the importance of gauging risk in all areas of life – a 24/7 approach
  • Recognize the importance of keeping eyes and mind on task to reduce risk and error
  • Implement a simple set of techniques for increasing awareness in the moment that will contribute to a deeper sense of wellbeing, increased performance and decreased injuries.

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