TUESDAY, AUGUST 9
10:30 to 11:45 AM
Presenter: Reuben Jacobson
Title: Community Schools: What are they and how do I get started?
Description: Learn what community schools are and why they have become the go-to education and neighborhood reform strategy. Hear from community school practitioners working in Des Moines and develop strategies to enhance partnerships with families and community organizations to create a thriving school. Work with your peers to create a results-focused community school strategy in your schools and school districts.
Presenter: Tim Lewis
Title: Tier II Overview: Readiness, Data Decisions, & Practices
Description: This session will provide an overview of the essential components of Tier II systems and serve as the foundation for the Tier II strand. Team processes, data to identify at-risk students, and evidence-based practices will be discussed and mapped to the SW-PBIS Tiered Fidelity Inventory.
Presenter: Lana Herteen
Presenter: Joelle Hood
Title: Social Emotional Learning
Description: This informative, interactive and highly-engaging workshop explores the research that supports the importance of SEL practices in educators’ personal and professional development. Participants will learn how to implement SEL strategies and build skills in classrooms and school sites to prepare students to be successful in school, college, career, and life. Tools such as Neuroscience, Mindfulness in Education, Restorative Practices, Growth Mindset & Grit, Character Development, and Cultivating Kindness, Empathy, and Compassion will be reviewed and emphasis placed on how they play a critical role in building SEL skills and enhancing school culture and climate. The facilitator will lead participants in discussion and activities that they can replicate in a district, school site, and classroom the next day to initiate positive change in the lives of all stakeholders.
Resources: Updated Joelle Hood Powerpoint
Presenter: Barb Mitchell
Presenter: Kay Augustine & Sheli Blazic
Title: Check & Connect: A Tier 2 Intervention
Description: Through student engagement and resiliency research we know the importance of students connecting with at least one significant adult in the building. Join us to learn about Check & Connect, an evidence-based intervention that provides a structured school-based mentoring process to increase student engagement with school and learning. We’ll share an overview as well as specific examples from both Iowa and across the country. Check & Connect is identified on the What Works Clearinghouse Dropout Prevention site as demonstrating a positive impact for keeping students in schools. If you are creating a Multi-tiered System of Support, Check & Connect is a great fit for an upper Tier 2 intervention.
Presenter: Gilmara Mitchell
Title: Understanding Cultural Proficiency and Reflecting on Our Own Practices
Description: This interactive session will examine the basic concepts related to Cultural Proficiency and provide participants with an opportunity to reflect on their own practices as educators. Participants will be able to define important terms related to Cultural Proficiency, explore the Cultural Proficiency Continuum, examine myths related to Cultural Proficiency and identify practical ways to become a culturally responsive educator.
Presenter: Randall Lindsey
Title: Culturally Proficient Leadership: The Journey Begins Within
Description: Randy has selected sections from his book of the same name, co-authored with Raymond D. Terrell, to guide participants through reflective and dialogic activities to be used in developing one’s cultural autobiography. Terrell and Lindsey use cultural autobiography as a mechanism for participants to understand from where and how their assumptions about cultural groups have evolved. Participants leave with insights that inform being increasingly successful in working with diverse populations of colleagues, students, and parents/community members.
Presenter: Katy Swalwell
Presenter: Judy Elliott
Presenter: Erin Gruwell
Presenter: Brian Mendler
Presenter: Saida Abdi
Title: Refugee Children: Trauma and Resiliency – Part 1 of 2
Description: The workshop will focus on skills and strategies that can enhance mental health access for refugee and immigrant children in a school-setting; The importance of addressing social environmental factors that might negatively affect learning and how cultural brokers can help overcome cultural and linguistic barriers will be discussed. Trauma Systems Therapy for Refugees (TST-R) will be used to illustrate how trauma intervention can be adapted to meet the needs of immigrant and refugee students and their families. (2 Part workshop)
Resources: Saida Abdi
Presenter: Christian Moore
Title: The Resilience Breakthrough for Youth
Description: Discover 10 tools to help you foster resilience in even the most unmotivated students. Whether you work with students one on one, in small groups, or in a classroom, this breakthrough presentation will give you skills to deliver resilience to students of ANY background and learning style.
Presenter: Larry Thompson
Title: Non-Exclusionary Discipline: Alternatives to the Referral/Suspension Quagmire
Description: The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have advocated a shift in school discipline policies – due to concerns about inequities in the administration of “exclusionary discipline” practices among minorities and students with disabilities. While the causes of those inequities are the source of some debate, almost everyone can agree that educators have a far greater opportunity for success if they can keep students, especially at-risk students, in the classroom. Attendees will be guided through school-wide evidence-based discipline practices and proven de-escalation processes that are designed to create responsible students by harnessing the power of self-regulation. Implementing these key components has enabled schools to report reductions in office referrals of as much as 90 percent, while almost eliminating suspensions entirely.
Resources: Larry Thompson Give 5 Handout
Presenter: Wes Hall
Presenter: Ami Chen Mills-Naim
Title: Innate Resiliency for Educators: a Session for YOU!
Description: Release more energy, inspiration and creativity… with less stress, everyday.
Nothing to memorize! Nothing to “do!” … Learn simple, foundational psychological principles that can help any educator, administrator, parent or staff member be more clear and present. Access creative teaching strategies and responses to students in the moment.
Where does insight and new energy come from, within us? What blocks these resources? What unleashes them? … In this profound, but lighthearted session, we look together at the true source of our “Best Selves” as educators—and reflect in a way that “hits home,” and touches our inner wisdom, so that we carry this wisdom into the classroom. No workbooks or manuals needed! … Note taking discouraged.
(Recommended to be taken together with “Tapping the Promise of Challenging Youth,” if possible.)
Resources: Ami Chen Mills-Naim Handout