8:30 – 9:45 A.M. Friday, July 19


Room: Catalina A1

Understanding & Preventing School Violence and Bullying

Why would a student bring a weapon to school and, without any explanation, open fire on fellow students and teachers? Are school shooters angry? Are they crazy? Is their motive revenge? Hatred for the victims? A hunger for attention? This session explains:

  • What a threat assessment is and is not.
  • What the observable signs are of an individual who is on a path to violence.
  • What happens after a student is identified as a person of concern.
  • How social media and video games play a part in the path to violence.
  • Dispel the myths of predatory violence.
  • How to monitor your child’s online activity.
  • What schools can and should do to prevent violence.
  • How parents and their students can help prevent violence.
  • Answer your questions about internet and school safety.

Presenters: Sergeant Darren Braham – Orange County Sheriff’s, Meredith Mebane – Licensed Clinical Social Worker, &Deputy Anthony Sambrano


Room: Catalina A2

Safe Schools: Law Enforcement and School Districts Working Together

The number one priority for every school district is to provide a safe environment where quality education can take place. This session will focus on the important role school policing plays in the development of positive relationships between the school district, its students, and the community they serve. This collaboration can provide access to systems and resources, which may be more robust than what is typically available to school districts, in addition to enhancing their current safety systems and programs.

This session may challenge one's assumptions about the role of policing in schools.  Participants will learn about the safety and security resources available to schools and districts when high trust and collaboration exist.

Presenter: Michael R. McCormick, Superintendent – Val Verde Unified School District


Room: Catalina A3

Supporting Students Experiencing Housing Instability and Homelessness

Families and young adults all over the country live in uncertain and unpredictable circumstances due to family estrangement, impaired income (from a health issue, a criminal record, etc.) domestic violence, or many other sensitive predicaments. Educational agencies (including charters and traditional districts) base their practices of enrollment and access on the McKinney-Vento Act of 1987. Recent legislation has extended these protections to post-secondary institutions. ESSA Revisions articulate that early education centers and preschool environments also apply these assurances into their programming, while requiring more professional development and precise dedication from liaisons.

Frequent movement from one living situation to the next will impact neurological development in more ways than we can anticipate. Sharing living spaces with other families often results in tense situations. Such worry and anxiety leads us to consider homelessness as a form of trauma. Statistics reveal that students who experience just one episode of homelessness do not perform as well as their stably-housed peers across their whole educational careers.

This session highlights supportive programming at all educational levels for homeless and highly mobile families and youth.

Presenters: Leeane Knighton, M.Ed., PPS, CWA – Education Coordinator and Danielle Gray-Smith – Los Angeles County Office of Education


Room: Catalina C1

How to Create a Comprehensive Foster Youth Program on Your Campus

Participants will learn how to create a comprehensive academic and social/emotional program serving the needs of today’s foster youth. It will include academic supports; on-campus programs; mentoring; district and community outreach; resources; financial limitations; and how to build meaningful relationships for this at-risk population.

Presenter: Jenna Mendez, TK-12 District Foster Youth Counselor and Anita Shirley  – Corona-Norco Unified School District


Room: Catalina C2

Popular Culture and the Noise It Makes

This class will help attendees understand popular culture and how it impacts youth. Attendees will expand their knowledge of today’s popular culture, gain a better understanding of millennials, their unique language and way of thinking. Examples from music, Internet and video games will be highlighted. This presentation contains ADULT THEMES.

Presenter: Commander W.  Paul LeBaron – Long Beach Police Department


Room: Catalina C3

Restoring the Urban Gang Member: “The Neurobiology of an Embedded Gang Member”

On average, inner-city gang membership tends to be of short duration, typically less than two years. There is a specific group of minors who will stay and become embedded in the gang lifestyle; we call these individuals The 5%. These individuals will commit significantly city mayhem and more severe crimes, three to five times more than the rest of their counterparts. Understanding how a gang embedded youth’s brain is organized and the capacity he or she holds is crucial to build meaningful social-emotional interventions, and is imperative to processing his or her emotional dysregulation. In this presentation, we will discuss the importance of working from a right brain restorative orientation, specifically when administering disciplinary considerations or addressing conflict within the gang dynamic. Current suspension and incarceration data show the same individuals are obtaining suspensions, expulsions, and/or arrests for related offenses, which reveal the lack of insight obtained by processing entities.

 Presenter: Carlos Alvarez MA, LRCT, Director of Student Discipline and Restorative Practices & Acting Dean –  Bright Star Schools


Room: Avalon 2

The Unstoppables

A motivational speaking team comprised of five individuals who have survived life threatening illness or traumatic injuries.

Presenters: Charity Prestifilippo, Founder/President –Charity for Charity; Amy Martinez - "the mom" and quadruple amputee after suffering from sepsis; Kaitlyn Parra - "the world traveler" survived being hit by a car while crossing the street, suffered severe brain trauma;  Alex Ruiz - "the athlete" and high school quarterback who lost his leg after being hit on the field; Kassidy Brewer - "the scholar" Survived massive brain aneurysm burst; Joshua Williams - "the youth pastor" – who was born with severe cerebral palsy


Room: Avalon 3

Safe Sport Zone: Certified Event Security Training

This training is certified by the NFHS, (National Federation of State High School Associations); NIAAA (National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association); CPI (Crisis Prevention Institute); and Safe Sport Zone. The training will cover how to build your local school team; supervise the crowd utilizing” active supervision in close proximity;” address the misguided irate fan and de-escalate anger in order to keep the fan at the contest. We will explain how to scan spectators at the gate while entering and what to look for. A very comprehensive training that is nationally recognized, Safe Sport Zone has trained over 20,000 school officials since 2012. Jay has written the NIAAA national leadership training course called, “Contest Management.” Everyone attending will receive a certificate at the end of the session.

Presenter: Jay Hammes, CMAA


Room: Anacapa

Power On or Power Off?

Are you concerned about the way kids are learning to communicate in the landscape of digital devices? Looking for strategies where students can self-regulate and become aware of their behavior online? Join us for an activity-based discussion and leave with new ideas where youth will self-regulate and make responsible decision pertaining to digital consciousness.

Presenters: Julia Gabor, Founder and Grace Cecilio, Ambassador – kid-grit