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How To Make School-Based Mental Health Work, Jenny Wilhoite Mar 2019

How To Make School-Based Mental Health Work, Jenny Wilhoite

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

This session is designed to give an overview of how to create a School-Based Mental Health program that benefits students on all tiers, providing universal prevention, early intervention, and intensive services for at-risk students. Meeting the unmet needs of students with mental health challenges impacts student attendance, behavioral and academic outcomes, and discipline in a positive way.


Teach! – Tirelessly Educating And Changing Habits, Lillie R. Lowery Mar 2019

Teach! – Tirelessly Educating And Changing Habits, Lillie R. Lowery

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Exhausted and frustrated with never-ending classroom behavior problems? Re-ignite your enthusiasm and win back the time to do what you were hired to do – TEACH! While, at the same time, empower your students to take ownership of their misbehavior and make better choices.


Just "Level The Playing Field" And Watch Me Excel!, Baruti K. Kafele, Baruti K. Kafele Mar 2019

Just "Level The Playing Field" And Watch Me Excel!, Baruti K. Kafele, Baruti K. Kafele

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This engaging, interactive, self-reflective session focuses on equity at the classroom level. It challenges teachers to look within themselves relative to how they relate to and engage with their at-risk students of color and other underserved students. It challenges teachers to confront whatever biases they may bring to these students that may be either blatant, subtle, undetected or unacknowledged. It argues that high-performance is an impossibility in classroom environments where equity fails to exist.


Meeting The Needs Of Diverse Gifted Learners, Jackie H. Barone, Karen Gorman, Maranda Thornburg Mar 2019

Meeting The Needs Of Diverse Gifted Learners, Jackie H. Barone, Karen Gorman, Maranda Thornburg

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Our presentation shares best practices that we have utilized and found success with in regards to scheduling, coursework, and other activities to meet the needs of a wide-variety of gifted learners. Much of our work centers around meeting their social and emotional needs (beyond just utilizing accelerated math and reading content).


Willowcreek Middle School Alternative Program: Successfully Working Through Trauma, Debra B. Ekdahl, Taria Nicole Taylor, Michelle Stewart Mar 2019

Willowcreek Middle School Alternative Program: Successfully Working Through Trauma, Debra B. Ekdahl, Taria Nicole Taylor, Michelle Stewart

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Not your typical Alternative School, Willowcreek Middle School offers trauma informed practices in place of student expulsions. A safe structured environment, reduced class time, academic strategies, mindfulness, yoga, and community service, all help to provide the educational and social/emotional supports necessary to help students at risk reach their potential and eventually transition back to the traditional classroom.


The Importance Of Advocating For Lgbtq+ Youth In Schools And The Community., Stefanie N. Hassing Mar 2019

The Importance Of Advocating For Lgbtq+ Youth In Schools And The Community., Stefanie N. Hassing

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This presentation is aimed to provide professionals who work with children, including educators, administrators, counselors, and adult volunteers, information regarding the increased risks and needs for the LGBT+ population between the ages of 10-19 and how to advocate for them within community and school settings.


The After School Escape Room: Providing Engaging Activities For All Students, Sharon H. Walters, Pam Leinberger, Lindsey Moore Mar 2019

The After School Escape Room: Providing Engaging Activities For All Students, Sharon H. Walters, Pam Leinberger, Lindsey Moore

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The presenters will demonstrate through a hands-on, "escape room" experience how STEM activities can be incorporated in an after school program activity to support learning in a diverse setting while incorporating the needs of all students. Come escape with us!


Importance Of Consultation, Moya A. Pope Ncc, Monica Y. Pace Ed.S Mar 2019

Importance Of Consultation, Moya A. Pope Ncc, Monica Y. Pace Ed.S

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Consultation is an essential part of a professional school counselor's job responsibilities - falling under system support and responsive services of the ASCA Model. Effective consultation can be used to support teachers and increase/influence student achievement. If a school counselor is going to develop and maintain a viable comprehensive school counseling program, consultation has to an integral part of their program. This presentation will discuss the importance of consultation and several consultation models.


Reach Children By Teaching Children, Not Content: A Road Map To The Whole Child, Christopher Williams Mar 2019

Reach Children By Teaching Children, Not Content: A Road Map To The Whole Child, Christopher Williams

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Teaching children is what teachers want to do, but all too often teachers end up teaching content and the children are left behind in the rear-view. Experience and discuss what it is like to teach using a curriculum map like a road map. Student engagement and positive school culture will be used to show how at-risk students can surpass expectations when they are taught and the subject area content information is used as the vehicle to shape a more positive future. During this session you will experience the ups and downs of the at-risk student and what you can do ...


Growing The Youth Of Tomorrow: Applying Leadership Skills In A Hands-On Effort For Food Security, Chasity D. Tompkins Mar 2019

Growing The Youth Of Tomorrow: Applying Leadership Skills In A Hands-On Effort For Food Security, Chasity D. Tompkins

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The objective of the poster presentation is to highlight the development of student leadership and goal setting skills through 4-H. The collaborative effort with local school systems and the County Extension Offices provides a strong foundation to pursue student growth outside of the classroom. This presentation benefits school officials and community partners.


Stop, Look, And Listen To What Your Data Is Telling You!, Simone Danielson, Jeffrey Harris, Jeff Barnett Mar 2019

Stop, Look, And Listen To What Your Data Is Telling You!, Simone Danielson, Jeffrey Harris, Jeff Barnett

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Join us for a ride on the Data Train where you will STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN to what your data is telling you and use the information to develop a process of continuous improvement in your after-school program to be an effective co-collaborator of closing the achievement gap. This workshop will provide information and strategies to be used in K – 12.

  1. Participants will learn the importance of data analysis in afterschool.
  2. Participants will learn how to work with regular day school professionals in determining what data sources to use.
  3. Participants will be able to analyze sample data and develop an ...


Unveiling The Mask:Sexual Trauma's Impact On Academic Achievement, Behavior, And Self-Identity, Teshaunda Hannor-Walker, Sarah Kitchens, Lacey Ricks Mar 2019

Unveiling The Mask:Sexual Trauma's Impact On Academic Achievement, Behavior, And Self-Identity, Teshaunda Hannor-Walker, Sarah Kitchens, Lacey Ricks

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Sexual trauma is an unfortunate but a common and often masked experience for many students in America. While sexual trauma in itself is not a mental health disorder, it can become a risk factor for many academic and mental health problems. Trauma-informed schools can play an important role in helping students deal with the aftercare of a traumatic experience.


Four Pillars To Reducing Achievement Gaps In Urban Schools, Gastrid Harrigan Mar 2019

Four Pillars To Reducing Achievement Gaps In Urban Schools, Gastrid Harrigan

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The culture of a school has far-reaching impacts over every aspect of the organization. Participants will be exposed to researched-based strategies, and ideas to revitalize their school culture for minorities in urban schools. Participants will learn ways to make positive shifts, build relational trust, and recharge their students, staff and school culture.


Georgia Department Of Juvenile Justice School System - Building A Better Future, Zane Shelfer Mar 2019

Georgia Department Of Juvenile Justice School System - Building A Better Future, Zane Shelfer

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Come see how the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) School System is Building a Better Future for students who enroll. The DJJ School System provides academic and career services to students from middle school through high school and up to enrollment in technical college and four-year universities. Highlights will include an overview of these services and best practice information for creating a similar school system.


“Rules Of Engagement”; 5 Golden Rules For Increasing And Maintaining Family Engagement, Tania Watson, Tamara Javonne Morgan, Michelle W. Curry Mar 2019

“Rules Of Engagement”; 5 Golden Rules For Increasing And Maintaining Family Engagement, Tania Watson, Tamara Javonne Morgan, Michelle W. Curry

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“Too busy!” “Hectic work schedule!” Have you heard these before? Administrators, teachers, stakeholders, YOU hold the key that unlocks parent and community engagement! But how?! From school events and resources to parent support and community partnerships, let’s explore five golden rules that create high levels of parent and community engagement; ultimately investing into the success of our at risk youth.


Perspectives On Keeping Kids In Classrooms Not Courtrooms, Gerard Lawson, Laura E. Welfare, Tameka O. Grimes, Ariann Robino Mar 2019

Perspectives On Keeping Kids In Classrooms Not Courtrooms, Gerard Lawson, Laura E. Welfare, Tameka O. Grimes, Ariann Robino

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

The school to prison pipeline begins with school disciplinary incidents that result in suspensions and/or referrals to law enforcement. With the support of the National Institutes of Justice, the presenters explored factors that inform decision-making about exclusionary discipline practices and law enforcement referrals in Virginia. Educators and School Resource Officers are invited to discuss strategies for promoting well-being of youth-at-risk.


An Intergenerational Drama Program Utilizing Community Based Learning, Bennett Harrell Mar 2019

An Intergenerational Drama Program Utilizing Community Based Learning, Bennett Harrell

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Participants in this workshop will engage in ensemble building drama activities. These activities will lead to the creation of multiple pieces of drama. The participants will also develop a list of interview questions they can use if they choose to implement the project at their schools or organizations. Many of the activities are from Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed,” a genre of theatre born out of the necessities of people who experience oppression. It provides them tools to explore the oppression and ways to face it in the real world.

Target audience: Teachers at all levels; Principals and ...


If They Would Just Hush And Pay Attention, Quinton Granville Mar 2019

If They Would Just Hush And Pay Attention, Quinton Granville

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

An interactive session that prepares educators to apply literacy strategies such as “Real-Talk” to overcoming the challenges associated with engaging post-millennials in college and career aligned skill practice. The presenter demonstrates how to plan standards-based instruction that incorporates students’ voice as a tool for empowering students to apply their verbal and written communication skills to complete content-specific (i.e., social studies, ELA, science, etc.) assignments.


You Must Know Them Before You Can Grow Them, Beatrice "Bea" Lewis Mar 2019

You Must Know Them Before You Can Grow Them, Beatrice "Bea" Lewis

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It is an inescapable truth that schools must learn as much about their students and their experiences in order to create a culture built on relationships, which is the cornerstone to student learning. The dynamics and complexities of building positive relationships with students are impacted when teachers’ attitudes, values, and biases conflict with school culture. In this interactive “real talk” session, participants will examine their own biases and attitudes that may be hindering the cultivation of positive relationships. Participants will be introduced to a variety of approaches that can be used to evaluate the values, beliefs, and attitudes that are ...


Building Impactful Instructional Leadership Teams That Bolster Student Growth And Achievement, Jason Stamper, Shatavia Elder Mar 2019

Building Impactful Instructional Leadership Teams That Bolster Student Growth And Achievement, Jason Stamper, Shatavia Elder

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Are you a K-12 educational leader and have been searching for that high leverage initiative that will thrust your student growth and achievement to the next level? After attending this session, you will leave with a clear blueprint for establishing and maintaining a strong Instructional Leadership Team focused on the right work and equipped for unprecedented student growth and achievement.


Connecting Bullying And School Drop Out, June Jenkins, Jan Urbanski Mar 2019

Connecting Bullying And School Drop Out, June Jenkins, Jan Urbanski

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Learning To Listen: Engaging Students In Critical Reflection And Courageous Conversations, Christen H. Clougherty Mar 2019

Learning To Listen: Engaging Students In Critical Reflection And Courageous Conversations, Christen H. Clougherty

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How do we teach democracy when participation was historically limited, and when people are still disenfranchised by the system put in place to give them voice? A challenging part of service-learning is exposing students to the world’s imperfections and then guiding them to be change agents. Learn how to navigate this throughexamples you can take back to your classroom.


Choices And Consequences: A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste, Ian Elmore-Moore Mar 2019

Choices And Consequences: A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste, Ian Elmore-Moore

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Choice and Consequences: A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste is a presentation that highlights the functionalities of the human brain. Through our presentation attendees will be able to identify the four main components of the human brain that control our emotions and behaviors. We will provide evaluation-based techniques to strengthen self-awareness. It is our goal that attendees will grasp scientific information of the human brain as well as learn a new skill set to improve social emotional learning and restorative practices in order to deescalate conflicts.


Tools And Techniques To Foster Restorative Outcomes, Louis L. Fletcher Phd, Kim Boyd Psyd Mar 2019

Tools And Techniques To Foster Restorative Outcomes, Louis L. Fletcher Phd, Kim Boyd Psyd

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Restorative practices are proactive approaches to creating a fair process and providing students with a voice in their classrooms, schools, and school district. This presentation focuses on the practical skills that are used to facilitate restorative practices. The presenters will pose scenarios and facilitate discussions to increase the attendees' ability to use restorative tools and techniques.


Being An Advocate For The Effective Integration And Education Of Refugee Children, Kate E. Crockett, Daniel Jeng Mar 2018

Being An Advocate For The Effective Integration And Education Of Refugee Children, Kate E. Crockett, Daniel Jeng

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Georgia has a growing refugee community (Division of Family and Children Services, n.d.). Successful refugee resettlement and K-12 education is dependent on school personnel understanding the emotional wellness and challenges of this population. Advocating on behalf of this population, this presentation will address the state of refugees in Georgia. Information and discussion will address the various emotional roadblocks experienced by refugees that can be an impediment to successful integration in K-12 schools. Presenters will also provide participants with available resources to address these challenges.


Using Restorative Practices To Create A School District That Cares, Louis L. Fletcher Phd, Kim Boyd Psyd Mar 2018

Using Restorative Practices To Create A School District That Cares, Louis L. Fletcher Phd, Kim Boyd Psyd

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Zero-tolerance became the rule in many school districts due to an increase in school-based violence, which served to silence student voices and led to the overrepresentation of minority students in discipline situations. Schools could adopt restorative approaches, but change cannot be sustained without fair processes at the district level. Thus, district policies should be aligned to restorative practices to increase the probability of district-wide success.


Bridging The Gap: Understanding Student Perspectives Of Mentally Healthy School Spaces In Alternative School Settings, Adam W. Jordan, Desmond Vaird, Allsion Reilly Mar 2018

Bridging The Gap: Understanding Student Perspectives Of Mentally Healthy School Spaces In Alternative School Settings, Adam W. Jordan, Desmond Vaird, Allsion Reilly

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This presentation, open to everyone but particularly designed for classroom teachers and school administrators, will offer the findings of a study focused on understanding alternative school students' perspectives on the components of a mentally healthy school space. Implications of the research will be shared in hopes that teachers and administrators will receive fresh ideas for innovating their classrooms and schools as more inclusive environments.


Alternative To Expulsion, Shauna Bock, Dan Wolf Mar 2018

Alternative To Expulsion, Shauna Bock, Dan Wolf

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Dan and I would give an overview of the Alternative to Expulsion program, how we created it, how much it costs, how we do it. The target audience would be middle school and high school teachers, and administrators. We would discuss the differences between our elementary program and our middle/high school program. Dan and I have worked together a long time and have a great presentation style


Children Of Substance Abusing Parents, Nicole Dale Mar 2018

Children Of Substance Abusing Parents, Nicole Dale

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Target population surrounds anyone working with children who may have family or loved ones abusing substances. Addiction is a family disease and not only is the person suffering from addiction impacted but others in their life as well such as a child. According to SAMHSA, “Based on data from the combined 2009 to 2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, about 1 in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a past year substance use disorder.” These children face different stressors than those who are in homes ...


Choices And Consequences: A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste, Ian Elmore-Moore, Demecca Jones, Jalani Traxler, John Doyle, Jimez Alexander Mar 2018

Choices And Consequences: A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste, Ian Elmore-Moore, Demecca Jones, Jalani Traxler, John Doyle, Jimez Alexander

National Youth-At-Risk Conference Savannah

Choices and Consequences: A Mind is a Terrible thing to Waste, is designed for school and community leaders to learn about the human brain. According to Dr. Nirav Shah, a board certified neurosurgeon, “The brain is arguably the most important organ in the human body. It controls and coordinates actions and reactions, allows us to think and feel, and enables us to have memories and feelings – all the things that make us human”. Within our presentation we will highlight the benefits or incorporating brain based instructional practices into the modern classroom. We will display our innovative brain based curriculum that ...