MONDAY, AUGUST 7
11:00 to 11:50 AM
Presenter: Dr. 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.
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Presenter: Tim Hodges
Title: Building Parent Engagement
Description: Recent nationwide research shows that just 20% of parents are fully engaged with their child’s school – but it doesn’t have to be that way! This session will explore what parent engagement looks like, why it matters, and how to improve the relationship that parents have with their child’s school.
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
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
Presenter: Chella Drew
Title: Building Community
Description: Relationships are a decisive factor in the development of a positive learning environment. This session will challenge participants to clearly define what can be their school community. Participants will explore how to build a framework for strengthening relationships through connections with students, adults and among the students themselves. Self-reflection and small group circles are balanced with interactive activities to build skills in relationship formation.
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.
Presenter: Jamie Gilley | Karen Goldstein
Title: So there’s never a gap to close: Early, Accurate, Personalized identification, and risk prevention for students who struggle
Description: Dedicated educators work every day to help students succeed, but it can be a challenge to accurately identify at-risk students and provide the right supports to ensure success before it’s too late. Research shows that dropping out is a long, slow, cumulative process, based on dozens of factors which can be identified as early as elementary school. Early identification of risk and connection to impactful services and tools are crucial steps to increasing graduation rates.
Come hear how DMPS educational leaders and staff are identifying students at risk earlier, more easily, and up to twice as accurately as ever before using the BrightBytes Early Warning module. Created in partnership with Mazin Education,™ the Early Warning module individualizes dropout prediction and prevention using an advanced, research-based algorithm that determines the unique district factors that drive risk for each student. With this module, educators can intervene early, increase referral follow-through, and track progress at the student level to ensure students succeed. See how a partnership between DMPS, Heartland AEA and BrightBytes is working to improve learning and outcomes for ALL DMPS students.
Resources: JG Resource
Presenters: Mimi Willoughby & Team
Title: Flex Academy: It Just Clicks
Description: The Des Moines Public Schools’ Flex Academy Program are non-traditional 21st century classrooms that provide engaging blended-learning courses for our students who are in need of credit recovery and enjoy instruction based off of their own personalized learning plan.
Our blended-learning environment embraces innovative: Instruction, Curriculum, Environment, and Personalized Learning through a growth mindset; we celebrate the power of yet. Through content teachers that also track their credits, progress, personal goals, interests, and style of learning, the Flex Academy goal is for each Flex Student to graduate and complete high school with a postsecondary plan.
Presenter: Kaye Randall
Title: Non-Suicidal Self-Injury
Description: As many as 1 in 4 young people engage in some form of non-suicidal self-injury – with recent studies indicating that self-mutilation behavior (SMB) is increasing. Counselors, teachers and other educators often see the painful evidence or scars from this addictive behavior, but need to understand what they can or should do to help.
In her first session on self-injury, Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP (co-author of See My Pain! Creative Strategies & Activities for Helping Young People Who Self-Injure) helped educators understand contributing factors and recognize typical warning signs of SMB. In this follow-up session, Kaye will focus primarily on evidence-based intervention strategies, tips and accommodations that can help students prone to self-injury – especially those dealing with anxiety and depression. She will also help attendees understand the SMB Cycle, the SMB Addiction Model and how Intervention Mapping can help.
Resources: KR Breakouts 2 7
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 every day 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