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Look Who’s Added to the Innovative Teaching Strategies Lineup!

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Bestselling Author Paul Tough has just been added to the Innovative Teaching Strategies speaker roster in Las Vegas. He says that helping students who have been exposed to multiple adverse experiences (ACEs) acquire grit, self-control and optimism is not as simple as teaching them new skills.


Watch Paul Tough address how to help students succeed in school & life.

Paul Tough’s newest book is Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. His previous book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, was translated into 27 languages and spent more than a year on the New York Times Bestseller List. He will present a plenary session at the Innovative Schools Summit in Las Vegas.


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Dr. Christopher Emdin
Paul Tough
How Children Succeed
Steph Jensen
Social Emotional Learning
  Dr. Yong Zhao
World Class Learners
Dr. Michael Gurian
Boys & Girls Learn Differently
  Dr. Peter DeWitt
Collaborative Leadership
Eric Clark
25 Tech Tools for Teachers


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Next Webinar 3/22: Students who Self-Injure: What Educators Need to Know and How They Can Help

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Webinar Mar. 22nd @ 11:30 am or 2:00 pm ET


Unfortunately, non-suicidal self-injury is common – about 1 in 7 students reports engaging in the behavior. NSSI is associated with deteriorating academic performance, being bullied, and poor social connectedness. And studies indicate that the behavior often starts before the teen years.

While the goal of a suicide attempt is to end life, the goal of NSSI is actually to gain relief from the emotional turmoil precipitating the behavior. And because self-injury often provides immediate relief, the behavior is often repeated – leaving students with physical and emotional scars that can last for a long time.

Kim Johancen, LPC, is a Colorado-based counselor who works extensively with students who engage in self-injurious behavior. She will explore signs of, and factors that may contribute to NSSI during this 90-minute interactive webinar. Calling on her unique experience, she will dispel myths associated with self-injury. She will illustrate that students who self-injure may be diagnosable with a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression or PTSD – but may also have no underlying disorder. She will discuss the possible backlash of self-injury such as rejection and shame. Further, using actual case studies from her practice, she will share practices and strategies to use with students to help them cope, find replacement behaviors, gain new perspectives, enhance relationships and build resiliency. 

Counselors, teachers, administrators, social workers, psychologist, interventionists and other educators will benefit from understanding why students self-injure, how NSSI impacts them, and how the behavior can be discouraged and/or prevented.



  • Forms of self-injury
  • Mental health and NSSI
  • Contributing factors to NSSI
  • Lessons learned from case studies
    • What works
    • Specific strategies used to help

Webinar attendees will learn to:

  • Define Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI)
  • Learn to differentiate NSSI from more potentially life-threatening forms of self-injury
  • Determine if a student is self-injuring – and understand what an educator should do
  • Understand causes of and contributing factors to NSSI including mental health diagnoses that may be involved
  • Understand the role emotions play in NSSI
    • Unable to feel anything
    • Overwhelmed by emotion
  • Explore actual real-life case studies to gain insights


Kim Johancen is a licensed professional counselor with more than twenty years of experience working with clients who have experienced trauma. Her career includes working with adolescent and adult survivors dealing with complicated grief and loss – including sexual trauma, relationship loss, individuals and families who have been impacted by suicide, and clients struggling with self-injury. In addition to seeing adolescents, adults and families, Kim also has experience facilitating both small and large groups including crisis debriefings at local agencies in Colorado. Kim has been invited to present at numerous conferences and seminars both locally and nationally and has presented her work on self-injury at Harvard University and her work with suicidal patients at Stony Brook University. In addition to her clinical work, Kim has also been asked to contribute a chapter to Matthew Selekman’s Adolescent and Young Adult Self-Harming Treatment Manual and has published over nine articles with the American Counseling Association. Kim currently has a column on the ACA website and continues to offer both counseling and consultation services to various agencies both nationally and locally.


Webinar 3/8: Fostering a Growth Mindset: 7 Strategies for Classroom Use

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Thursday, 3/8/18 @
11:30 am & 2:00 pm Eastern Time



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A growth mindset has been identified as a dependable predictor of academic success. It has been shown to increase students’ motivation, achievement, grades and test scores. And it can be taught!

During this 90-minute interactive webinar, author Bryan Harris, Ed.D. will provide 7 key “takeaways” every educator can use in his or her classroom to cultivate a growth mindset with students. Dr. Harris will focus on fixed vs. incremental intelligence, how to mirror a growth mindset, knowing what triggers one to revert to a fixed mindset, skill-building, the use of writing and journaling to develop a growth mindset and providing productive feedback.


  • Understand where mindsets come from
  • Learn how to identify and promote a growth mindset
  • Explore how to create a plan for change
  • Reflect on schoolwide and classroom-based practices that build a growth mindset
  • Gain instructional tools that can be easily implemented in your classroom

Webinar attendees will learn to:

  • Appreciate what mindsets are and why they matter
  • Discover new ways to look at intelligence
  • Build skills to use in a plan for change
  • Mirror the mindset for your students
  • Align classroom practices with growth mindset
  • Use writing and journaling to help students develop a growth mindset
  • Increase your use of growth statements and productive feedback.


  • Teachers
  • School Counselors
  • Social Workers (All Levels)
  • Special Education Personnel
  • Intervention Specialists
  • Psychologists


Bryan Harris, Ed.D. is Director of Professional Development for Casa Grande Elementary School District in Arizona. In his career, he has served as a teacher, an instructional specialist, an elementary school principal, and a central office administrator. His work focuses on helping classroom teachers to incorporate effective teaching and learning strategies that help all students to succeed. Dr. Harris earned a doctoral degree in education after studying issues related to new teacher induction and support. He is the author of Battling Boredom: 99 Strategies to Spark Student Engagement and 75 Quick and Easy Solutions to Common Classroom Disruptions.

Just Added: Kenneth Trump – School Safety/Crisis Management Expert

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Don’t Miss It:  Early Registration Available thru 2/28!NextGen

Following the Parkland, Florida shooting, NextGen School Safety Conference Speaker Kenneth Trump was asked what can be done to protect students.  He cautioned against “security blanket” efforts that make educators and parents feel better but do little to truly make an impact.


Listen to Kenneth Trump explain how communication, drills and school culture are fundamental in protecting students and teachers. 

Kenneth Trump is President of National School Safety and Security Services which works with schools throughout North America on security and emergency preparedness training.  Author of Practical School Security: Basic Guidelines for Safe and Secure Schools, Ken will present a keynote session at the NextGen School Safety Conference in Las Vegas.

In 2018, the NextGen School Safety Conference is coming to Las Vegas (July 10-13) as part of the Innovative Schools Summit.  At the NextGen School Safety Conference, school safety coordinators, school resource officers, principals, heads of school, superintendents, board members, student services directors, risk management directors, loss control coordinators, health services coordinators, school nurses and human resources personnel will come together to focus on all aspects of improving the physical safety of students and educators.  REGISTER NOW!

Principal Kafele: 3 Questions for Empowering At-Risk Males

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Boy Brains & Engagement Keynoter Principal Baruti Kafele says “to excel in school, at-risk male learners need role models and dreams.”  While principal of Newark Tech High School, Kafele established the Young Men’s Empowerment Program to help his students overcome obstacles and establish a vision for their lives.


Watch Principal Baruti Kafele share 3 questions to motivate and inspire at-risk males to to reach their potential.

Principal Kafele is an author, internationally-known motivator and urban school turnaround specialist.  He will present a keynote session at the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference in Atlanta.

Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled.  They are also more likely to drop out of school, and comprise only 43 percent of college students.  This conference will help educators understand and support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  REGISTER NOW!

Hip Hop & Science: Dr. Chris Emdin

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Don’t Miss It: Early Registration Ends 2/28!  www.atriskstudentsconference.comAtRisk

Innovative Schools Summit Plenary Speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin believes teachers should be trained to value the unique realities of minority students by incorporating their culture into classroom instruction — an approach that sets both students and educators up for success.


Watch Dr. Christopher Emdin explain how pairing #HipHopEd with science can help students plug into their learning.

Dr. Emdin, a professor at Columbia University, is founder of the #HipHopEd movement, and the author of the award-winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation, and The New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.  He will deliver a closing session on the topic of STEM/STEAM at the At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference in Atlanta.

The At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference focuses on evidence-based programs and strategies that educators can use to prevent dropouts and to help students experience success in school. More than 1.2 million students in the United States and Canada drop out of high school each year (with the percentages skewed toward males, low-income and minority students). Millions more are considered at-risk because they exhibit ongoing disciplinary problems, impulsive behavior, truancy issues and have become frustrated or disengaged. The long-term cost of failing to engage these students is tremendous, since they are much less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Join us in Atlanta to gain valuable insights and to explore practical ways to help this critical portion of your school’s population.  REGISTER TODAY!