8:30 – 9:45 A.M. Thursday, July 15

Room: Catalina A1

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 identified.

Presenter: Dr. Eric Landers, Associate Professor - Georgia Southern University

 

Room: Catalina A2 & A3

Grappling with a Pandemic's Crushing Events: Community Voices Reflect Pain & Hope

Round table discussion.

Presenters: Facilitator Steven J. Sentman , Chief Probation Officer - County of Orange; Corporal Adam Zmija, Youth Services Unit - Garden Grove Police Department; Dr. Dean Le - Neurologist; Gilbert Rodriguez, Principal - Canyon Lake Middle School, LEUSD; Heather Bradley, Teacher - Sonora HS, FJUHSD; & Maria Elena Castro, Parent - VVUSD

 

Room: Catalina CI

Supporting Transgender and Non Binary Students

Transgender and non-binary youth in today’s schools face daily and persistent harassment, bullying and discrimination. These students cannot learn when they are managing constant anxiety, fear, anguish or depression. What they need most are educational environments where the culture and climate are safe, inclusive, and empowering for them to reach their highest potential as their authentic selves.

Led by one of the country’s leading authorities on transgender and non-binary youth, this session provides educators the tools and resources they need to more deeply understand issues around gender diversity, and use this knowledge to support, respect and empower our youth. This session will cover topics from understanding gender identity and state laws to incorporating best practices that create safe and inclusive environments in homes, schools and communities. There will also be time to discuss participants’ specific challenges and questions, with feedback based on the presenter’s years of experience.

Presenter: Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director - TransFamily Support Services

 

Room: Catalina C2 & C3

Case Study in Progress: Building Strong Behavioral Threat Assessment Programs

As students carry the lasting effects of the pandemic, we know the impact on their mental wellbeing is significant and the path to self-harm or harm to others may be short. Learn the role of behavioral threat assessment and the importance of team training. We’ll also feature how the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Education and District Attorney’s offices are working together to support districts and students on this initiative.

Presenter: Tom Hippensteel, Regional Vice President Sales - Navigate360

 

Room: Avalon 2

Involuntary Celibacy "Incel" Community & Associated Social Media Trends 

An ‘involuntary celibate’ (incel) is an individual who expresses frustration from perceived disadvantages in starting intimate relationships. Incel extremists also perceive various societal interactions or expectations as the cause of their celibacy, building resentment and hostility that could result in violence. While these individuals primarily communicate and discuss their celibacy through social media or Incel-specific online forums, some users have posted about in-person meetings between individuals. OCIAC published intelligence reports to define the ideology of involuntary celibates (Incels) and the associated indicators of the movement, becoming the first products of their kind for the state and local law enforcement, fusion centers, and the intelligence community. These products have been used to support suspicious activity reports resulting in an improved understanding of how this ideology evolves, threatens, and acts. This presentation will focus on these unique indicators and their connection to acts of violence around the world involving Incel extremism and impacts on our local communities.

Presenters: Deputy Director Alberto Martinez and Sergeant Rachel Puckett - Orange County Sheriff's Department

 

Room: Avalon 3

Supporting Staff that Supports Kids Coming Back with Trauma

What a year! If we weren’t doing it before, we better be doing it now! Not are we supporting our students who have been enduring trauma from COVID-19 and violent protests, but we must support staff who are supporting our students or maybe even experiencing trauma themselves. In this session, we will show staff how to manage their emotional state and build strategies of resilience so they can show up for students with strength, calm, and hope.

Presenters: Grace Cecilio, M.Ed. and Julia Gabor - Founder Kid Grit

 

10:00 – 11:15 A.M. Thursday, July 15 

Room: Catalina A1

Drug Trends

This training gives an overview of vape pens and the chemicals ingested by youth in our schools and learn details about the ongoing opioid crisis flooding our communities. What are the signs and symptoms of commonly used drugs in our youth today? How can you tell if a student is under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol?  This course will supply you with some knowledge to determine if a student is under the influence of a controlled substance based off of observable signs/ symptoms.

Presenters: Sergeant Alonzo Winston & Deputy Mike Walters - Orange County Sheriff's Department

 

Room: Catalina A2 & A3

Supporting Student Mental Health through Covid-19 and Beyond

This presentation provides insight regarding mental health and wellness in the classroom. We will discuss the value of deepening relationships, connection and systems of support to address common mental health concerns and establish safe learning environments. Participants will be provided practical strategies to help with identification, support and referral of students struggling with a mental health condition in the classroom.

Presenter: Olivia Dahlin, Program Manager - San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools

 

Room: Catalina CI

Supporting Transgender and Non Binary Students

Transgender and non-binary youth in today’s schools face daily and persistent harassment, bullying and discrimination. These students cannot learn when they are managing constant anxiety, fear, anguish or depression. What they need most are educational environments where the culture and climate are safe, inclusive, and empowering for them to reach their highest potential as their authentic selves.

Led by one of the country’s leading authorities on transgender and non-binary youth, this session provides educators the tools and resources they need to more deeply understand issues around gender diversity, and use this knowledge to support, respect and empower our youth. This session will cover topics from understanding gender identity and state laws to incorporating best practices that create safe and inclusive environments in homes, schools and communities. There will also be time to discuss participants’ specific challenges and questions, with feedback based on the presenter’s years of experience.

Presenter: Kathie Moehlig, Executive Director - TransFamily Support Services

 

Room: Catalina C2 & C3

Familiar with YPAR?  You Should Be, It is Evidence Based to Increase Student Engagement!

In this session, participants will learn the value of Youth-Led Participatory Action Research (YPAR) as a safe school climate program model to effectively increase student engagement and build a safe school climate. Recent research on student leadership classes utilizing YPAR as their program model revealed significant evidence that attendance and academic rates each increased when students engaged in YPAR activities.

What is YPAR? Simply put, “Stop doing the research on the kids and let the kids do the research on themselves!” Come learn how schools across California are empowering their youth leadership classes with the tools to successfully engage in YPAR activities. By utilizing online survey development and student led focus groups to gather Quantitative and Qualitative data, safe school administrators are finding an ongoing source of information to effectively implement MTSS/PBIS, School Safety Initiatives and Local Control Accountability Plans.

Presenter: John Vandenburgh, President - Protect Connect Educate Solutions

 

Room: Avalon 2

Campus Medical Emergencies & Daily Virus Prevention 

This seminar focuses on the preparation and actions needed to respond to campus medical emergencies and virus prevention procedures. The presenter is a medical first responder having deployed to several COVID care sites around the state as well as an emergency manager for several state agencies. Worked for police and fire departments, EMS authority, FEMA and the Defense Department.

Presenter: Brent Hull, MPA, EMT, CSRM

 

Room: Avalon 3

Comprehensive School Safety Plans: A Template for What Is Required

For learning to take place, students must feel that they are in a safe, caring, positive and inclusive environment. Every public/charter school is required to have a Comprehensive School Safety Plan (CSSP) that includes all elements of school safety, including climate and physical environment, disaster planning, safe ingress and egress of pupils, parents, and school employees. This class will discuss the components of a CSSP including methods to improve school climate and physical environment.

Presenters: Tom Steele, Director of School Safety & Eric Rosoff, Chief Executive Officer - Campus Safety Group

 

1:45 – 3:00 P.M. Thursday, July 15

Room: Catalina A1

Involuntary Celibacy "Incell" Community & Associated Social Media Trends 

An ‘involuntary celibate’ (incel) is an individual who expresses frustration from perceived disadvantages in starting intimate relationships. Incel extremists also perceive various societal interactions or expectations as the cause of their celibacy, building resentment and hostility that could result in violence. While these individuals primarily communicate and discuss their celibacy through social media or Incel-specific online forums, some users have posted about in-person meetings between individuals. OCIAC published intelligence reports to define the ideology of involuntary celibates (Incels) and the associated indicators of the movement, becoming the first products of their kind for the state and local law enforcement, fusion centers, and the intelligence community. These products have been used to support suspicious activity reports resulting in an improved understanding of how this ideology evolves, threatens, and acts. This presentation will focus on these unique indicators and their connection to acts of violence around the world involving Incel extremism and impacts on our local communities.

Presenters: Deputy Director Alberto Martinez and Sergeant Rachel Puckett - Orange County Sheriff's Department

 

Room: Catalina A2 & A3

Back to the New Normal: Active Shooter, Natural Disasters, + COVID

As schools look to resume “normal” day to day life, there are many questions about how to approach a safe reopening. Finding a solution that focuses on public health and school safety can be a challenge. Active shooter incidents, medical emergencies and natural disasters occur yearly with no way to obtain help immediately. On top of this schools now have to factor in COVID health screening and contact tracing. News Correspondent and former Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to the Department of Homeland Security, Charles Marino and Vic Merjanian, Esq., CEO & Founder of Titan HST, will introduce innovative ways for schools to safely resume classes, while staying secure! Join Charles and Vic as they address these concerns and offer solutions.

Presenters: Charles Marino, News Correspondent, Former USSS and Senior Law Enforcement Advisor to DHS & Vic Merjanian, Esq., CEO of Titan HST

 

Room: Catalina CI

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 identified.

Presenter: Dr. Eric Landers, Associate Professor - Georgia Southern University

 

Room: Catalina C2 & C3

Returning to School: Are you ready?

It is important to take a moment and make sure you have not forgotten any detail as you prepare to open your school doors for the students. This presentation brings you the best of Collaborative Learning Solutions and Keenan and Associates recommendations for ensuring your school provides students with a safe learning environment.  Areas to be covered include looking at both the physical and emotional safety of both students and staff.  Participants will have the resources to guide their audit of their readiness.

Presenters: Gail Angus, COO - Collaborative Learning Solutions & Brian Erdelyi, CPD, CSRM, TECC, POST Instructor, Director of IMReady/Safety Technology - Keenan Loss Control/Risk Management

 

Room: Avalon 2

Character Matters

The Character Matters presentation is an intense educational workshop designed for student-athletes & parents on “Character” and its importance – namely social media dangers & consequences, volunteering and anti-bullying. I associate that message with so-called “recruiting” – teaching students how their Character is linked to any college athletic playing opportunities. The Character guidance I provide to student-athletes is the same given to my pro players and their families. This workshop provides major value in adolescent development. I offer this presentation to high schools as a side passion project from my 24/7 – 365 full-time job as MLB agent. Where I manage over 75 Major League players & prospects – including All-Stars - and deal with these topics every day.

Presenter: Mark Leinweaver, MLB Agent - Perfect Playcement

 

Room: Avalon 3

The Importance Of Building/Rebuilding Relationships With Students And Staff

COVID-19 has challenged the education system in ways we never could have imagined. We have been given an opportunity to think differently about what it means to not only educate our students, but help meet so many of their other needs. Connecting with and relating to our staff members is critically important too. So, now what? The one thing we know is that the relationships matter. This session will address the opportunities to build and support important relationships that are in our immediate future.

Presenter: Dr. Steve Behar, Director, Student Support Services - LEUSD

3:15 – 4:30 P.M. Thursday, July 15

Room: Catalina A1

Encouraging Students to Explore Their Mental Health

Through community collaboration, NAMI OC provides self-care activities, opportunities for to build relationships, tools and resources at no-cost to teens and young adults. NAMI OC engages with the TAY community through programs including NAMI on Campus clubs, Ending the Silence presentations, and peer support services as well as events open to the community such as Happy Hour, Honest Hour, Knowledge Forums, and more. This workshop will take you through the various services and programs NAMI OC has to offer.

Presenters: Amy Durham, Aisha Khan, & Jerika White (Amanda Wilson) - NAMI OC

 

Room: Catalina A2 & A3

Grappling with a Pandemic's Crushing Events: Community Voices Reflect Pain & Hope

Round table discussion.

Presenters: Presenters: Facilitator Steven J. Sentman , Chief Probation Officer - County of Orange; Corporal Adam Zmija, Youth Services Unit - Garden Grove Police Department; Dr. Dean Le - Neurologist; Gilbert Rodriguez, Principal - Canyon Lake Middle School, LEUSD; Heather Bradley, Teacher - Sonora HS, FJUHSD; & Maria Elena Castro, Parent - VVUSD

 

Room: Catalina CI

Three Perspectives of Crisis: Students, Parents, and You

Dealing with loss affects every aspect of a child’s life. Often, families do not talk to each other about death thus making it difficult for childrento process the death. Participating in groups designed to address death provides a platform for children to express their thoughts and beliefs regarding death. It is necessary to address key components of grief in an age appropriate manner in an effort to facilitate the development of healthy coping skills. The facilitation of a grief group provides a safe environment for children to come together and gain the necessary tools to progress through the grieving process.

Presenter: Regina Siez, LCSW, PPS - Temecula Valley Unified School District

 

Room: Catalina C2 & C3

Human Trafficking & Red Flag Identifiers for School Settings

The Human Trafficking Awareness Training provides an in-depth understanding of current indicators that school systems may observe in industries known for human trafficking and prostitution related crimes. This presentation provides school staff members with insight on the world of sex trafficking, the recruitment process, and ways to identify – and possible prevent victims of human trafficking. The presentation will include actual cases that occurred in Orange County with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Human Trafficking-Vice Team, videos, and debriefs to aid in identifying red flag indicators of potential victims of prostitution.

Presenters: Investigator Justin Leong & Investigator Jackie Gray - Orange County Sheriff's Department

 

Room: Avalon 2

Reducing the Sting of Disasters

Disasters are increasing in frequency, severity, and complexity. The California Department of Education will introduce the new Emergency Services Team and provide an overview of helpful resources for all phases of emergency management, including preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation specific to schools. The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services will also present on the new Preparedness Ambassadors Program, a Disaster Preparedness Program for California students, educators, and school safety stakeholders.

Presenters: Juan Mireles, Director, Facilities Division, Jake Wolf, Emergency Management Specialist, Emergency Services Team, Joe Anderson, Team Lead, Emergency Services Team - California Department of Education & Nick Murray, Senior Emergency Services Coordinator, Emergency Functions Planning Unit - Governor’s Office of Emergency Services

 

Room: Avalon 3

Welcome Back....To The Future - Now Let's Reset The Deck For Our Students and Staff

As we welcome our students and staff back to school the way it was before the pandemic, are we actually planning to revert back to how everything used to be?  This is our opportunity as school leaders to truly reset the deck. Nobody can be certain how school will look and feel in the fall of 2021, but we do know there will be opportunities to build community in ways we may not have had in the past.  Let's not focus on the last year being lost, but instead focus on the things we learned from it. Together, let's culminate this session by sharing some of the special things we have planned at our school or in our district and let everyone walk away with some fresh ideas.

Presenter: Dr. Steve Behar, Director, Student Support Services - LEUSD