8:30 – 9:45 A.M. Thursday, July 20
Room: Catalina A1
Safe Schools: Utilizing Youth Development Strategies to Address Racism, Gangs, Violence and Bullying
One of the many goals of the presentation is for participants to develop a strong understanding
of the impact group identity has on individual adolescent behavior, particularly with racism, gangs, violence, and bullying. It is essential to understand the importance of developing programs that
foster relationships among youth and developing
a sense of belonging for youth to a group. Our youth are simply growing up in a violent culture that invests itself in a code of silence. As educators, we must counter this and develop a culture of communication, where students feel connected to one another and responsible for the outcomes of their campus culture.
Presenter – John Vandenburgh – PLUS Program, Founder
Room: Catalina A2
Stamping Out the Toxic Minority to Transform School Culture
It is true, the best school safety “program” is NOT actually a program! The program cemetery is nearly full so let’s change our approach! Systemic, long-term school culture change will only happen when we invest in people, not programs. In this presentation, Jeff Jones will unveil a roadmap to organizational integrity; one where people, not programs serve as the foundation for school safety. Jeff Jones has led school culture transformations in the trenches as a school principal and has consulted with schools across the country helping them revamp and revitalize their teaching and learning environments. Ultimately, Jeff shows schools how to leverage the power of the positive majority to create a tidal wave of positive action and lasting transformation. Jeff is a highly sought- after speaker and consultant. His presentations and keynote speeches have been praised for being “inspiring and truly entertaining” as he shares tons of creative strategies and even sings his original music! Let’s stop tolerating the toxic minority by expecting very little of them. The time to leave a lasting legacy is now!
Presenter – Jeff Jones – College Professor, Sheridan College
Room: Catalina A3
Community Policing to Create Safer Schools
Digital communication and social media are a permanent xture and in uence in our students’ world. This presentation will explore opportunities for partnerships between school resource of cers, law enforcement agents, and educators to teach students responsible use of social media and digital communication. Using case studies, the presenters will show how the schools’ activities’ program can be the vehicle used to not only present this important content to students, but also create a trust between the student body
and law enforcement to positively change the culture from reactive to proactive. This user- friendly presentation shows an effective approach in teaching responsible use of social media to students, parents and the community and includes a student produced “PSA” showing the power of “Pause Before you Post.”
Presenters – Mitch Brouillette – School Resource Of cer, Brentwood PD/Heritage High School and Jessica Banchieri
Room: Catalina C1
Students on the Edge – Creating Intentional Systems to Include Every Student
What do homeless, refugee, undocumented and sexually exploited students have in common? They are missed by the systems that integrate ‘typical’ students. In this workshop, we will explore how to engage students from the most dif cult backgrounds and how to enlist educators and other students in the process of creating an inclusive and responsive environment for every student. We will also examine how highly-directed volunteering programs aimed at all students can create connectedness and focus in a student body.
Presenter – Jeffrey Devoll – Executive Director, Student Reach
Room: Catalina C2
Safe Schools – Moving from Command and Control to Equity And Access
In this session, participants will learn how to build upon their safe school programs to improve the academic performance of students. This presentation will examine how high schools and districts engaged in safe school initiatives can leverage the course selection processes, master schedule design, and student transcript analysis to improve the academic tness level of all students. Instructional leaders will learn how to use a system thinking approach to address the California
State Priorities of graduation rates, student engagement, and College Career Indicator coming out in the Fall of 2017.
Presenter – Gil Compton – Principal on Special Assignment, Temecula Valley Uni ed School District
Room: Catalina C3
Responding to Social Media Emergencies on your Campus
Social media is a major piece of students’ lives every day. Working in teams, participant groups will investigate and respond to social media issues that come up on your campus. Attendees will evaluate and respond to a social media issue, taking into account current laws around personal devices like cell phones, and work to resolve issues locally related to a social media incident.
Presenter – Matthew Soeth – #ICANHELP, Co-Founder
Room: Avalon 2
Reducing Substance Use at School with Peer-to-Peer Restorative Accountability
Changes in law have normalized and reduced the perceived harm of marijuana. Youth are using “weed” much earlier and the increased potency has made the drug dangerous and additive;
this con uence poses a perfect storm for youth dysfunction and educational failure.
In preparation of the impact legal recreational marijuana will have on student academic success, the YMCA Marin County Youth Court has piloted successful evidence-based environmental prevention intervention that uses restorative peer-to-peer accountability to increase the perceived harm of using marijuana at school.
The Novato Uni ed School District (NUSD) used this program with great success. The NUSD California Healthy Kids Survey reported a 25% reduction in the 11th grade 30 day use of both marijuana and alcohol between 2011 and 2013.
This workshop will provide participants with the information necessary to replicate this successful evidence-based environmental prevention strategy.
Presenter – Don Carney – Director of Restorative Services, YMCA Youth Court
Room: Avalon 3
Breaking Down the Bullying Infrastructure in Schools
Con ict 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 identi ed.
Presenter – Dr. Eric Landers – Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University