JULY 12 | FRIDAY | 8:30 am – 9:45 am

Room: Catalina A1

Incorporating Trauma-Informed Self-Care into At-Risk Classrooms

This transformative program is designed to empower educators with the knowledge and tools necessary to understand and respond to the impact of trauma on their students. The course begins with an overview of trauma-informed care, highlighting its significance in nurturing resilience among children affected by trauma. As educators, recognizing the signs of trauma in children is crucial. This program overviews practical skills to identify these signs, including notable shifts in behavior, academic results, and social engagement. 

Beyond identification, the course delves into strategies for integrating trauma-informed principles into daily classroom activities. Explore methodologies to create a safe and supportive learning environment, build robust teacher-student relationships, and tailor teaching methods to meet the needs of traumatized children.

But this course's heart is recognizing that educators are the frontline caregivers. Working in high-stress environments can take a toll on your well-being. This program emphasizes the importance of self-care for educators by providing practical ideas on stress management and self-compassion when working with at-risk youths. By the end of the course, educators are equipped to support their students in maintaining their mental health and preventing burnout. 

Join speaker Kimberly Mull in her mission to create a positive and nurturing learning environment for every child, no matter their past. This is more than a program; it's a step towards transformative change in our classrooms.

Presenter: Kimberly Mull, MVSM 

Room: Catalina A2

Westminster School District: Comprehensive School Safety Initiatives

Our school district is committed to ensuring a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff. In alignment with California's comprehensive school safety plans, we have implemented initiatives encompassing campus security, progressive discipline, and a dedicated School Safety Officer. Our approach adheres to relevant California Education Codes, including sections 32280-32289, which outline the requirements for comprehensive school safety plans. These plans address emergency procedures, crisis intervention, and prevention strategies.

To enhance security and safety, we employ multiple measures at each school. These measures include the use of visitor management technology, audio/video door entry systems, first aid and trauma kits, lock blocks, single point of entry, and security fencing. Additionally, our staff undergo regular trainings on emergency response protocols and crisis management, in compliance with Education Code 32281.5.

Through proactive measures and collaboration with stakeholders, we strive to foster a culture of safety and accountability within our district. Our commitment to these initiatives reflects our dedication to providing a secure and conducive environment for optimal student learning and development.

Presenter: Manuel Cardoso, Assistant Superintendent – Westmister School District

Room: Catalina A3

Navigating the Fentanyl Crisis: A Youth-Led Perspective

This youth-led presentation explores the issue of the fentanyl crisis and its impact on adolescents. Delving into the roots of the crisis, the presentation sheds light on the reasons behind the surge in fentanyl-related incidents. Through a combination of statistics, personal stories, and awareness-building strategies, the presentation aims to educate and engage fellow adolescents and adults in understanding the risks associated with fentanyl. Empowering youth to make informed decisions and fostering a sense of community responsibility, the presentation advocates for collaborative efforts to address and mitigate the impact of the fentanyl crisis on today's generation.

Presenter: Amy Neville – Alexander Neville Foundation

Room: Catalina C1

Preventing School Violence: Creating Safer Learning Environments

The Federal School Safety Clearinghouse and SchoolSafety.gov will explore research-informed strategies that K-12 leaders can use to enhance safe and supportive learning environments. 

Preventing school violence requires a community-based, comprehensive, and holistic approach, in which a wide range of school community members play a role. A representative from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security School Safety Task Force will explore research-informed strategies that K-12 leaders can use to enhance safe and supportive learning environments while engaging educators, staff, students, parents, and community members in the process. The session will focus on the latest federal research and guidance for school safety leaders, including how to implement a systems-based approach to school security, featured in the 3rd Edition of the K-12 School Security Guide. The presentation will include relevant SchoolSafety.gov tools, best practices, and grant funding opportunities that school leaders, administrators, and educators can implement to prevent and protect against threats.

Participants will come away with an understanding of how schools are addressing risks and improving their safety. This is a highly interactive session, with speakers soliciting input from the audience throughout the discussion. The presenters will also hold a Q&A to answer any questions from audience members and provide the task force’s contact information, so that the audience may continue receiving updates on school safety resources.

Presenters: Paige Settles, Program Manager for Partnership, Policy, and Engagement (A) for the School Safety Task Force and Martin Tapia, Manager of the School Safety National Summit for the School Safety Task Force  – U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Room: Catalina C2

Walking Together To Build Student Support Through Relationship

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: Catalina C3

Mental Health and Our Youths Today; What’s Going on?

Technology, social media, after effects of covid, working households. What is affecting our younger generation? How are these things impacting the mental health and behaviors of kids today. Communication, interpersonal relationships, structure, autonomy, risky situations, drugs, identity development etc. The focus is on increasing coping skills and decreasing problematic behaviors, but first we have to know what’s happening with our youths…including potential dangers and high risk situations; it’s a new generation!

Presenter: Dr. Ashley Brown, Licensed Clinical Forensic Psychologist, Psy.D, M.A., M.S. Orange County Juvenile Hall

Room: Avalon 2

Building a Culture of Care: How to Bring School Safety to the Forefront of a District

This session will explore how a behavioral threat assessment and management program can positively impact school climate and stakeholders’ view of safety efforts in schools. Schools can leverage the diverse views of multidisciplinary teams to re-shape views regarding zero tolerance, intervention, comprehensive school safety, partnerships with law enforcement, mental health and behavioral support. One school district’s team continues to address bias regarding threat assessment as a reactive, punitive approach and has worked to reform stakeholders’ beliefs by intentionally establishing the process as an intervention activity. This has led to increased buy-in for referrals, participation in case management, efforts to increase student connectedness, and supporting the Culture of Care across six high schools. In this session, participants will learn methods to change responses to school disciplinary practices, explore creative management practices, and be exposed to a documentation process using the main student information system.

Presenters: Julie Winkel, M.S., Director of Student Services and Sheila Stein, Ed.S., NCSP: School Psychologist – Roseville Joint Union High School District

Room: Avalon 3

Bullying, Stress, and Burnout Behaviors: It's a Thing

The Camel Project Executive Director addresses and defines the connection between bullying, stress, and burnout and requires a multidimensional approach that encompasses individual interventions (such as counseling and coping strategies), organizational changes (such as implementing anti-bullying policies and promoting a positive work culture), and societal awareness and advocacy efforts. We provide a framework and support to prevent violence and shift in the culture of Bullying in schools.

Presenter: Pamela Gockley, Executive Director  – Camel Project