1:45 – 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 20


Room: Catalina A1

Building a Positive School Climate: A Research- based Approach

Schools face several challenges in building or maintaining positive climates including: bullying, gang presence, violence, con icts, sexual harassment, drug possession and use, lack of connections to positive adults, and the negative impact of social media. Building a positive school climate is not only a requirement through the Local Community Action Plan (LCAP) but has long been a part of the mandatory Safe Schools Plans (EC 32280 – 32289). This session will examine the root causes that can negatively impact a positive climate including the “culture of cruelty” that may be a part of some youth groups in schools. This session will quickly examine how popular culture feeds

into cruel and mean behaviors. The focus of the session will be current research and best practices in building a positive climate and culture. Attendees will be provided several common sense tools to assist in assessing and building a positive climate.

Presenter – Wayne Sakamoto – Executive Director, California School Resource Of cers’ Association


Room: Catalina A2

School Emergency – How Do We Handle the Deaf and Hard of Hearing?

This workshop will detail the method by which to notify and continue to update deaf and hard of hearing students in the event of an emergency by the use of Real-Time Captioning / CART Services.

Presenters – Melissa Sosa and Antha Ward Room: Catalina A3

School Safety – After the Bell

70% of students nationally are involved in co- curricular and extra-curricular activities that take place after the end of the school day dismissal bell has rung. This breakout session will focus
on “what to do” when emergency events take place after the school day has ended when seconds become life and death for those involved. Participants will have received “Action Plans” speci cally designed for “after the bell” with simple, proven, step by step implementation.

Does your school have an “after the bell” emergency action plan?

Presenters – Roger Blake – Executive Director, CIF Brian Seymour – Senior Director, CIF


Room: Catalina C1

Developing Digital Leaders

#ICANHELP works with students, teachers, counselors and administrators to provide a structure to deal with social media issues on or
off school campus. Through training, we work to develop skills in students to respond to negativity online, to act as digital rst responders, and how to spread positive messages. We work with staff on ways to support, model, and engage students on social media to limit online drama. In addition, we will provide resources and structure so social media use at your school is proactive and not reactive. We will provide case studies from schools as well as lesson samples you can use at your school.

Presenter – Matthew Soeth – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder


Room: Catalina C2

Overview of Human Traf cking and Identifying the Red Flags that Are Associated With It

The purpose of this class is to give School Resource Of cers and educators a basic awareness of how to identify the signs of Human Traf cking, and how and when to inquire about it.

Presenter – Investigator Jeff Jensen


Room: Catalina C3

Breaking Down the Bullying Infrastructure in Schools

Conflict is almost certain whenever people from different backgrounds are placed in the same setting. This is particularly true for public programs that serve a diverse group of youth. However, when confronted with repetitive behaviors intended to harm, many adolescents do not have the skill set to combat bullying behaviors. In order to lessen the impact of bullying behaviors in public programs, interventions must target both the victims and the bullies. Youth who are targets of bullying should be taught the appropriate responses to bullying behavior. Youth who are labeled as bullies should be taught to use his/her natural leadership ability for pro-social change in schools and the elevation of peers. This session will address the social structure of bullying and action steps for professionals to follow when bullies and victims are identifed.

Presenter – Dr. Eric Landers – Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University


Room: Avalon 2

PBIS: Universal Framework for Safe Schools

The fundamental purpose of SW-PBS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports) is to make schools Safe, Positive, Consistent, and Predictable (Horner, 2013). This workshop will explore how PBIS can provide a universal framework to align and integrate evidence based practices such as Restorative Practice and Trauma Informed Schools, to improve school safety and create a positive school climate. Participants will examine common features of Restorative Practice and Trauma Informed Schools within a PBIS continuum of support. Strategies for successful implementation will be explored at each Tier: the Universal, Targeted, and Intensive. The presenters will

review a district vision for aligning and integrating related initiatives, such as RP and Trauma Informed Schools, within a PBIS multi-tiered framework to provide effective alternatives to suspension and expulsion and improve school safety and climate.

Presenters – Dr. Dori Barnett – Coordinator PBIS, and Dr. Arthur Cummins – Director Student Services


Room: Avalon 3

Decrease Student Suspensions and Expulsions While Increasing Student Engagement

Come learn how one Southern California school district has made signi cant reductions in home suspensions and expulsions over the last nine years. Through a change in philosophy and a variety of alternatives, not only has the number of suspensions and expulsions decreased, but the number of student behavior incidents has decreased as well. Developing a school-wide culture that values and respects all students

is a priority in being able to increase student engagement in school. Creating a school-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model is a part of this; so too is the need for school leaders to be able to provide staff with the

necessary alternative strategies to help prevent student choices that lead to discipline. In this session, we will dialogue about all of this and more and you will leave with some useful strategies to take back to your school and district.

Presenter – Steve Behar – Director, Child Welfare and Attendance, Lake Elsinore Uni ed School District