Breakout 1


10:00 to 10:50 AM

Room 302

Presenter: Eddie Moore Jr.

Title: The Guide for White Women Teaching Black Boys

Description: This workshop will introduce The Guide for White Women Teaching Black Boys (publication date October 2017), which was created to support White Women to engage in concentrated, focused inquiry around their relationships with Black male students and the impact on those relationships of race and racism.  This guide requires the reader to work through activities that may challenge them, ask them to honestly reflect on who they are and where they come from, and to reflect on what their role is in possibly perpetuating an inherently white and privileged society.  It will support White teacher in their search for opportunities of personal growth as educators and the academic achievement of their black male students. By engaging in personal and professional introspective work, this guide takes the readers through works by experts, stories by educators and students, and videos that will help personalize the educational lives of black males.

Resources: EMJHandoutPacket-Updated
A&Moore 2017 Advert (Brit)

Room 306

Presenter: Tim Hodges

Title: Strength Based Schools

Description: What if we focused on what’s right with people rather than fixating on what’s wrong with them? Millions of educators and students have identified their greatest areas of potential and taken steps to intentionally develop those talents with impressive gains in performance, engagement, overall well-being. This session will review examples and offer ideas for how your school can be more strengths based.<

Room 308

Presenter: Allison Bruhn

Title: Managing Challenging Behavior Using Data-Based Individualization

Description: In this session, attendees will learn about (a) data-based individualization (DBI) and why it is important, (b) how to adapt behavioral interventions based on student progress, and (c) actual teacher applications of DBI and their perceptions of the process.

Resources:  Bruhn Managing Challenging Powerpoint Slides     Direct Observation Practice 

Room 309

Presenter: Nate Monson

Title: Supporting LGBTQ Students

Description: All student deserve a safe, supportive, and nurturing environment including those who identify as queer and/or transgender.  This workshop session will explore the issues impacting LGBTQ students including bullying, sexual assault, and homelessness.  Resources will be provided on developing a more affirming classroom and school environment.

Room 314

Presenter: Chella Drew

Title: Intro to Circles

Description: Circles facilitate conversation and encourage full participation, but there are optimal ways to utilize this process that promote truly meaningful communication. Through practice, discussion and interactive activities, participants will identify effective methods for using proactive and responsive circles to increase connection, establish norms and address behavior and relationships.

Resources: Circle Packet

Room 316

Presenters: Emily Bollinger | Jesus Ramirez

Title: Students, Race, and Intersectionality: Relationships and Classroom Management

Description: In this interactive session, participants will engage in strategies that have been proven to increase teacher-student and student-student relationships, thereby increasing student achievement and decreasing the need for classroom management. Facilitators will incorporate techniques that focus on race and racial relations, as well as interculturalism. Content will be focused on social justice issues and will be delivered through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy.

Room 317

Presenters: Claudia Peyton | Kellie Markey | Shannon Schott

Title: Human Trafficking & Iowa Youth

Description: Teens Against Human Trafficking and Dorothy’s House will introduce participants to human trafficking in Iowa, with a focus on the youth perspective. Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming, and control, and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Participants will also learn what risk factors make students more vulnerable to trafficking. Finally, speakers will describe efforts to prevent human trafficking and identify victims in our schools and what services are available for victims.

Room 318

Presenter: Tony Wilson

Title: Creating Sanctuary: An Environment for Growth and Change

Description: Current brain research tells us that an individual is either in a state of “growth” or a state of “protection,” dependent upon which chemicals are circulating through their brains and their bodies. When a student is in the “protection” mode, it is difficult, if not impossible, for them to learn. The mode is dependent upon whether and how much a student is stressed.

Student learning is greatly impacted by their internal environment and the external environment of the classroom and the school.  This session will share information about what adults can do to create a learning environment (sanctuary) conducive for “growth,” and student learning, and close the learning gap.  The effect will be an improved school and classroom climate, improved student outcomes, and improved well-being for students and the adults who work with them.

Resources: Tony Wilson Handout

Room 319

Presenter: Kaye Randall

Title: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury

Description: According to research, about 13-25% of youth aged 11-25 self-injure.  Exact figures are inconclusive since self-injury is often done in secret and goes undetected unless an adolescent is being treated for a related condition.  More recent trends suggest that self-injurious behaviors in adolescents and young adults are on the rise.

Young people who deliberately do harm to their own bodies are often misunderstood. The underlying contributing factors that lead to self-mutilation are sometimes very complex and easily overlooked. Without effective intervention, self-harm is likely to continue and may escalate in frequency, duration and/or intensity. The addictive nature of the self-mutilation cycle may lead young people to engage in dangerous compulsions that can have shattering consequences.

During this research-based session, Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP (and co-author of See My Pain! Creative Strategies & Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure) will provide you with fresh understandings and innovative approaches that can be used to connect with and help these young people. In addition, educators will learn how to approach this sometimes puzzling behavior within the school setting.

Resources: KR Breakouts 1 6

Room 320

Presenter: Alicia Oglesby

Title: Eradicating Racism From School Culture

Description: Black Lives Matter, White Nationalism, Diversity, Inclusion… all of these phrases and buzz words surround us daily. Our students are not exempt from hearing and experiencing these issues in their everyday lives. How can educators, school counselors, and administrators lead their school culture towards the healthiest practices? During this session, attendees will learn about the various ways of broaching these concepts with students at different developmental levels. Attendees will also get the opportunity to reflect on their own experience with race. Myths will be debunked and facts will be shared about the state in which we are educating children towards a more inclusive society. Finally, resources will be shared and discussed so that educators can decide what will work best for their school environment.

Resources: AO Eradicating Racism From School Culture-2