The Virtual School School Conference is an opportunity for educators to learn the latest trends, research and strategies that are impacting K12 schools. Participants of the Virtual SSC will have a unique opportunity to engage in a real time virtual professional development training with program developers, authors and featured workshop speakers.
All Conference workshops and presentations will utilize the online platform Zoom to engage the participants. To learn more on how to use Zoom and access the video conferencing platform, visit www.zoom.us
Wednesday, July 15, 10:15a.m. – 11:30a.m.
Human trafficking is an epidemic plaguing the youth of our schools. This workshop will help give School Resource Officers and educators a valuable understanding of what is defined as human trafficking, how to identify it, and how to help.
Presenter: Investigator Jeff Jenson – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
The nationally recognized workshop will share "best practices" on developing plans for de-escalating negative fan behavior; scanning the gate to prevent alcohol, illegal substances or weapons from entering the venue; securing the perimeter; protecting the playing surface to provide a safe environment at our after-school activities.
Presenter: Jay Hammes, CMAA, National Faculty Instructor – NIAAA – President Safe Sport Zone, LLC
This workshop will define Trauma, Types of Trauma, and changes that occur neurologically and biologically when an individual has been exposed to trauma. We will discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and ways in which health, learning, and behaviors are impacted in trauma-exposed children. Behavior adaptations and communication impairments will be reviewed to analyze how children communicate. Significant focus will be made on triggers and ways to create environments that support the functional needs of children. There will be an emphasis on addressing healing through trauma-informed practices inclusive of attachment and significant relationship building as well as appropriate treatment and referral.
Presenter: Olivia Dahlin, Program Manager Clinical Services – San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools
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.
Presenters: Michael R. McCormick, Superintendent, and Chief Clark – Val Verde Unified School District
Wednesday, July 15, 1:45p.m. – 3:00p.m.
There is a new movement in school detention practices. Instead of punishment…schools that provide prevention and intervention strategies during detention are seeing positive results and improvement in student behaviors. Join us to learn how to launch easy hands-on activities and how to have critical discussions with youth about their own behaviors.
Presenter: Julia Gabor, Mindful Founder – kid-grit
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? What kind of behaviors will students display while under the influence? What types of drugs are being introduced to our youth?
- How to determine if someone is using drugs
- How to approach someone that uses drugs
- How social media plays a role in drug use
- How parents can prevent being victims in their own house
- Identify items that represent drug use
- Discuss what current drugs are appealing to students
Presenters: Deputy Michael Walters and Sergeant Alonzo Winston – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Whether you have a small or large campus, whether you are in the middle of a city or in a rural area, there is help available to tighten your perimeter security and give you the ability to see who is coming and going on your site.
You can share with your local law enforcement agency to see if the vehicles coming on your campus are on any watch list. You have the ability to also create your own "hot list" of those you do not wish to have on your property.
Tune in to learn more about this "different approach" to enhance the safety of your site.
Presenter: Bill Fisher – Quest Solutions
In this session, participants will learn how to use student voice activities to assess, measure, and address the critical issues impacting school climate. Come discover how schools are developing youth leadership classes to empower students 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. When we stop doing the research on the students and let the students do the research on themselves, we find effective Solutions!
Presenter: John Vandenburgh – Protect Connect Educate Solutions
Thursday, July 16, 10:15a.m. – 11:30a.m.
This workshop is designed to provide insight into developing a positive school-wide culture. The strategies presented will reveal tips on leadership skills, increasing student engagement, reducing suspension rates, and fostering a safe environment on your school campus. Attendees will be educated on current vaping trends and will learn how to implement activities and presentations to reduce and address existing issues.
Presenters: Phillip Falcetti, MPH; Ashley Devin; Emily Lobo; Blair Veraza – NCADD-OC
Learn how your current mass communication system can help you minimize the spread of infection, monitor population density to ensure social distancing, and confirm proper sanitization of your campus. This session includes an interactive Q&A with an ER physician working the front lines to keep us safe in Los Angeles and Orange County hospitals.
Presenter: Vic Merjanian, Esq. CEO & Founder – Titan HST
Fullerton Joint Union High School District will explain the benefits and results of a canine contraband program and vape detections devices after one year.
Presenters: Karl Zener, Aaron Chang, Marcene Guerrero, Keri Kimes, Renee Gates, Jackie Barry, Hilda Arredondo, and Jill Davis – Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Chief Steve Sentman and Program Administrator Kirk Anderson will facilitate a session of both young incarcerated students who have gone through our system, weathered the storm, and are on a path of success in life and those collaborative partners who have help guided them. This compelling session will allow us to hear from those who are succeeding, their thoughts, their feelings, and hopes for their future while engaging those mentors who have guided them to their success. All of you attending this presentation one way or another helped to get these young people where they are today. Come and witness what we as educators and law enforcement officials do together to be a part of these positive outcomes!
Presenters: Steve Sentman, Chief, Orange County Probation Department and Kirk Anderson, Program Administrator – Orange County Department of Education
Thursday, July 16, 1:45p.m. – 3:00p.m.
Research has consistently demonstrated that bullying in schools is a global problem. It threatens students’ well-being everywhere. The issue, however, is identifying how many of these incidents constitute bullying, versus simply conflict or poor social skills. Many times, students are left without the social skills to solve the simple conflict which eventually leads to bullying. To address this issue, students need to be equipped with the skills to advocate for their own well-being. This session focuses on teaching students to identify what is bullying and what is natural conflict. Participants will learn how to teach students to advocate for themselves, find solutions, or seek help without being labeled snitch. Participants will engage in discussion about methods to identify bullies and victims of bullying, how to lead students in instruction to prevent bullying, and how to empower all students to act as defenders rather than victims. At the end of this session, participants will develop a school-wide plan for teaching students to identify conflict, identify instances of bullying, and identify higher-order social-emotional skills to prevent “conflict” from becoming bullying. Emphasis is placed on the prediction and prevention of conflict rather than the traditional reactive approach to bullying
Presenter: Dr. Eric Landers – Georgia Southern University
In March, education was thrown a curveball that most of us have never seen before, and hopefully will never see again. With COVID-19, we were all 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. We may have also realized just how important it is to relate to, and connect with, our staff members and support their needs. So, now what? When students and staff return to school, we will still need to educate students and support all staff members regardless of the educational setting we are in. This session will address the opportunities to build and support important relationships that may be in our near future.
Presenter: Steve Behar, Ed.D.- Director, Child Welfare and Attendance – Lake Elsinore USD
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 from partner agencies and from within OCIAC’s own targeting efforts, 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: OCIAC Deputy Director Alberto Martinez and Supervisory Analyst Jonathan Hill – Orange County Sheriff’s Department
Recently, the CA Surgeon General, Nadine Burke-Harris stated, “We are going to be needing trauma-informed care now more than ever." As educators working directly with young people, we need to be more intentional than ever. This interactive workshop will help you get there. It will feature a discussion of The Six Protective Factors to support students affected by trauma and practical strategies to help them build resiliency in order to thrive.
Presenters: Dean Lesicko, MS and Debbie Sacks, Ed.D. – Collaborative Learning Solutions