Breakout 7


2:00 to 2:50 PM

Room 306

Presenter: Tim Hodges

Title: Building Parent Engagement

Description: Building Parent Engagement: 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.

Room 308

Presenter: Kristopher Rollins| Emily Lang

Title: Creating Safe and Brave Spaces

Description: This workshop will provide strategies and techniques for establishing and maintaining safe and brave spaces we share with young people during the school day or in after-school settings.

Room 309

Presenter: Connie Ryan

Title: But what about my religious Freedom?

Description: The First Amendment provides for one of our most cherished freedoms; the right to religious freedom. How can public schools create a welcoming environment and protect the religious freedom rights of students?

Room 314

Presenter: Alicia K. Oglesby


Resources: AO Eradicating Racism From School Culture-2

Room 315

Presenter: Steve Korr

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.

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 319

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

Room 320

Presenter: Aaron Wiemeire

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: Job Corps

Title: What is Job Corps?