JULY 10 | WEDNESDAY | 3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Room: Catalina A1

Popular Culture: Communicating with Digital Natives

Just because you know what video games your kids are playing does not mean you know how that game is influencing them. 

What social media platform do your kids use? Do you know their username on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Instagram, Tik Tok, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr, Twitch or another social media app ? 

This workshop will focus on today’s popular culture and how it is impacting our youth. Participants will learn what it means to be a "Digital Immigrant" in a world where our youth are "Digital Natives." The presentation brings examples from social media, music, television, movies, Internet, and video games that challenge effective communication between adults and youth. An academic model of communication is used to demonstrate how popular culture competes for the loyalty and attention of young people. Additional academic studies on effective teaching by teachers in the digital age will be highlighted. This presentation contains ADULT THEMES and is not suitable for young people but is a must see for all parents or anyone who works with youth.

Presenter: Paul LeBaron, Chief of Police Hermosa Beach Police Department

Room: Catalina A2

A School-Focused Study of the Active Shooter Problem & How to Minimize Victims

Schools in America have been failing at responding to the Active Shooter threat for 40 years.  This failure is a result of relying on our country’s failed default response plan and adopting “best practices” that are not best.  All school response plans should be measured by two metrics: what ends the attack (1) the quickest and (2) with the fewest victims.  Presentation topics covered include: the attack & attacker, past failures and lessons-learned, what is most likely to happen in a school Active Shooter attack, how attacks differ between elementary, middle, and high schools, and the only response plan that gives an expectation of a single-digit victim count.        

Ed Monk is a police officer, former school teacher, and retired Army officer.  He has researched and provided training on the Active Shooter threat for over 16 years. He has trained law enforcement agencies, schools, churches, and businesses nationwide. Ed has a BS in US History from West Point, an MS in Adult Education from Kansas State University, and he is a graduate of the US Army’s Command & General Staff College.

Presenter: Ed Monk, Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Retired)  – Last Resort Training & Consulting 

Room: Catalina A3

Who is Embracing Extremist Ideologies and Becoming Violent?  How and Why Did We Get Here?  - The Extremist Radicalization of Youths and Adults

What is extremism and how does it differ from violent extremism? Breaking down radicalization: what does it look like and how and why does it occur?  Who is vulnerable?

What to look for in escalating, dangerously luring language online.  Propaganda:  What is it?  What is its purpose and what does it look like?

Presenter: Matthew Brown, Director, Incident Response & Law Enforcement Initiatives  – Anti-Defamation League, Western Division

Room: Catalina C1

Grant Ready - Navigating Federal & State School Safety Funding

As the landscape of school safety funding continues to evolve, it's essential for educational institutions to stay informed and prepared to leverage available resources effectively. In light of this, Jessica has created a step by step process outlining key aspects of federal and state grants, upcoming funding opportunities, and actions steps every school can take to enhance their grant eligibility and maximize the benefits post-approval.

This training equips educators with the insight and preparation needed to secure grant approval and effectively manage the grant process. Drawing from Jessica’s firsthand experience of successfully obtaining millions in grant funding for schools, as well as saving millions through proper preparation and budget maximization, this training offers practical insights that can make a tangible difference.

Presenter: Jessica Cirulli, Emergency Preparedness Expert and Grant Advisor – Drift Net Securities

Room: Catalina C2

Mental Health and the Internet: Modernizing the Conversation Around the Adolescent-Internet Relationship

From Dateline’s “To Catch a Predator” to dangerous TikTok challenges, we are all aware of the many ways the Internet poses risks to our youth.  However, the research around internet and adolescent mental health presents a more complex picture, one that cannot be discussed in terms of “good” or “bad.”  From the incel subculture to the self-harm support forums, this seminar covers the many places on the Internet shaping the digital culture and mental health of our young people.  Learn a nuanced approach to understanding the relationships our adolescents have with the internet, amplifying its benefits, and protecting against its risks.

Presenter: Emily Aihara, LMFT Behavioral Health Clinician 2 CEGU Probation Mental Health and Recovery Services

Room: Catalina C3

Walking Together To Build Student Support Through Relationships

In our school district, we have built a variety of different teams within our team in Student Support Services.  Relationships are such an important component to a student's success.  The team that a student has to support them may include a variety of people who have an impact on their life.  We have built structures at all grade levels to help support students by supporting relationship building with our Student Support Services Teams.  We have Social Emotional Learning Support Providers, Elementary Counselors, Social Workers and Academic and Engagement Specialists who work at the various levels in capacities that are intended to help students by building capacity in others.  Parents, Teachers, Staff Members and Administrators are all important to the students we serve, so we have worked to create relationships with all of these people in order to help our students become more successful in school.  Come walk with us and learn the different things we have in place to help our students, families, and staff members see more success and help impact the lives of the students they serve. 

Presenters: Steve Behar Ed.D., Director II and Felipe Flores, Director of Mental Health – Lake Elsinore Unified School District

Room: Avalon 2

Student Voice: Powered by PLUS

The Peer Leaders Uniting Students (PLUS) Program is a student voice and participatory action program.  PLUS offers schools a comprehensive approach to student-led school climate improvement, and includes activities for youth-led school climate data collection, synthesis, and dissemination. Schools need to use student voice activities to assess, measure and address the critical issues impacting school climate. In this session, participants will learn how schools are funding youth leadership classes to empower students with time to gather data and work alongside the PBIS/MTSS Team, School Safety Team and the School Climate Committee to address the critical issues impacting their school climate. The PLUS Program, an evidence-based Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model will be highlighted as a tool for schools to utilize as part of their action plans.

Presenter: John Vandenburgh, Executive Director  Protect Connect Educate & Author of the PLUS Program


Room: Avalon 3

High Expectations

Join us for an engaging and eye-opening workshop where we tackle the myths and realities surrounding adolescent marijuana use. Prepare to challenge your preconceptions and discover the truth behind the haze of misinformation.

Do you think you know the answers to these questions? Let's find out:

Marijuana only affects you while you are feeling high.

            True or False

Marijuana hasn’t really changed all that much.

             True or False

Marijuana does not have an addictive quality.

             True or False

The main reason why student smoke weed is anxiety.  

            True or False

There is a way to present technical drug information in a fun way.

             True or False?

If you're curious about the answers to these questions and more, then this workshop is a must-attend event for you. Prepare to gain invaluable insights into the world of marijuana youth use.

By the end of this workshop, you'll not only have the answers to these burning questions but also the knowledge and confidence to explain to anyone, regardless of age, why marijuana poses such a significant risk to students.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to arm yourself with the facts and empower yourself to make informed choices about your health and well-being. Join us and take the first step towards understanding the realities of vaping addiction.

Presenter: Ray L. Lozano, CEO – Prevention Plus

Room:  Anacapa

Comprehensive School Safety Plans (CSSPs) – Owner’s Manual

Schools are required to develop CSSPs. CSSPs are a systematic planning process that includes prevention strategies of potential incidents involving crime and violence on school campuses as well as responding to all types of disasters. This class will discuss the steps to assess school related crime and climate to determine which programs and strategies to implement or revise to provide a high level of school safety and ensure compliance with CSSP regulations. This class is based on the updated Educator’s Guide to Comprehensive School Safety Plans, 2021 Edition and will include a review of the use of templates, including the template in the Guide.
Presenter: Tom Steele, Senior Trainer CSG and the Los Angeles County Office of Education

Room:  Santa Rosa Pre-Function

School Site Safety for Students (and Staff!) with Food Allergies

Be informed, not afraid! Food allergies aren't just contained to the cafeteria, and we can create safer school environments for those with these life threatening conditions.
In this session we'll explore the basic principles of food allergies as well as common problems related to food allergies so that participants can understand and implement basic but helpful safety strategies for managing and preventing deadly allergic reactions in the school setting.
  • Understand the basics of food allergies.
  • Recognize the symptoms of allergic reaction and anaphylaxis.
  • Learn strategies to make school sites safer for those with food allergies.
Presenter: Holly Hungerford Cocking, Director of Nutrition Services – Springs Charter Schools