Breakout 5


10:00 to 10:50 AM

Room 304

Presenter: Terrance Scott

Title: Co-Creating the School Environment

Description: This session provides a step-by-step overview of a process by which schools can predict student failures, develop prevention strategies, maintain consistent adult implementation, and evaluate effectiveness. The focus will be on developing effective school environments through the use of high-probability practices.

Resources: Scott Breakout 5

Room 306

Presenter: Tim Hodges

Title: Strength Based Schools: What if we focused on what’s right with people rather than fixating on what’s wrong with them?

Description: 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 307

Presenter: Dr. Barb Mitchell

Title: Function-Based Interventions 101

Description: Do you work with students who demonstrate challenging behavior? Are you tired of using the same consequences over and over with limited success? Both research and practice have taught us that we can effectively change problem behavior if we consider it from a functional perspective. This session describes how educators can use function-based thinking to identify why students engage in problem behavior and determine what can be done to increase appropriate behavior.

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 312

Presenter: Brian Mendler

Title: Power Struggles Unplugged 

Description: This high-energy session teaches specifically how to defuse power struggles with any student, in any situation, at any time with our proven step by step process. Discover two words guaranteed to stop mouthy kids in their tracks. Learn exactly what to say when removing a student so they want to return to your class.

Resources: Brian Mendler Handout

Room 314

Presenter: Chella Drew

Title: Restorative Leadership

Description: In this breakout session participants will explore the “why”, “what” and “how” of restorative leadership. Through interactive discussion and self-reflective activities, participants will deepen their understanding of the use of restorative practices at the staff level to manage and sustain complex organizational change.


Room 316

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

Room 317

Presenter: Jen Griest-Hayes

Title: Yoga and mindfulness in the classroom

Description: Learn how integrating simple, classroom-friendly yoga and mindfulness techniques into the class day can support social and emotional learning, classroom management, and your own resilience and effectiveness, resulting in improved behavior and a more mindful, positive and productive classroom climate. The story of Edmunds Elementary, a Des Moines school that has been implementing Yoga 4 Classrooms for three years to support school improvement goals, will be shared along with recommendations and best practices for classroom and school wide implementation.

Resources: JGH Notes

Room 318

Presenter: Carley Satterwhite| Lyn Jenkins| Amanda Miller

Title: Integrating School Wellness Policy 

Description: Healthy learners are less likely to engage in problem behaviors that interfere with learning and schools are the ideal place to cultivate and foster resiliency in all students. Effective school wellness helps reduce student barriers to learning and increases student engagement. Federal guidelines now require district and building wellness policies as well as written documentation of implementation. This session will discuss how school wellness connects to creating healthy learning environments and promotes a positive school culture.   We will share strategies to integrate wellness policy language and practices into overall school goals and specific frameworks to help support your school/district.

Resources: School Wellness-Culture and Climate Conference 2017-1

Room 319

Presenter: 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 320

Presenter: Aaron Wiemeir

Title: Mental Health Crisis in Education

Description: This training will address in a practical and straightforward way what every educator, administrator and support staff person know to be a growing reality: The children they are attempting to educate on average are more difficult to teach, act out more often, the systemic and family dynamics are increasingly complicated and frankly the school environment has become a significantly more stressful environment to work in over the last 10-20 years. Participants will gain profound insight into why this is occurring but more importantly receive specific individual and systemic strategies and interventions to make a powerful and practical change in your school immediately. Whether you are a teacher, a principal of the secretary…this training will empower you to see hope and action to change the very culture of your school!


Aaron Wiemeier’s presentation is sponsored by Mid-Iowa Health Foundation.

Room 104

Presenter: Dr. G. Reyes

Title: Making it 100 AF (All For us):  Examining what we are willing to do to be transformative

Description: What is the importance of principled, values-centered, purpose driven stance, beliefs, values, and/or vision?  How do these help ground the cultural, structural, and pedagogical architecture of a school, while explicitly countering the sociocultural and historical conditions that detract from a positive and empowering school climate and culture?  Examine these questions and more as this breakout builds off Dr. G’s afternoon keynote address from the previous day.  Using multiple active dialog strategies, we will engage each other as a critical, humanizing, intellectual, and practitioner-focused community of educators not to keep our contexts fundamentally as is, but to rethink what it might take to be authentically transformative.

Resources: Breakout Session-G.Reyes

Room 106

Presenter: Emily Bollinger | Laurie Ganser | 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.