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Rechtschaffen – Mindfulness and Neuroplasticity

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#TrendingSC Forum Keynote Speaker Daniel Rechtschaffen says there is abasic neuroscience concept, nerve cells that fire together, wire together. Recent findings on neural plasticity, show that our brains can generate stronger and healthier neural connections based on our mental habits. Mindfulness trains our brains to respond in ways we choose instead of always in a default manner, which often is a knee-jerk reptilian reaction.”

Watch Daniel Rechtschaffen underline the importance of teaching students how to focus.

A therapist and author of The Way of Mindful Education, Daniel Rechtschaffen will present a keynote session on mindfulness and its application in education at the Innovative Schools Summit Orlando.  He will also present a breakout session entitled The Five Mindful Literacies.

The #TrendingSC Forum is a topic-driven event that will address innovative/cutting-edge topics in education. Some programs are high-tech and/or experiential, while others feature the latest in research-based practices to aid educators in understanding and reaching the needs of Generation Z students. REGISTER NOW!

SAMPLE SESSIONS

  • Virtual Classroom Lessons for School Counselors
  • Unwrapping a School Counseling Program: Data Tells a Story
  • The Five Mindful Literacies
  • Mindset Matters: Helping Students Succeed with a Growth Mindset
  • WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students)

Click here for a preliminary listing of sessions.

PRE-CONFERENCE SESSIONS: 8:00 am – 11:00 am on March 3rd

Mindset Matters: Helping Students Succeed with a Growth Mindset
ADD CONFERENCE BUNDLE!

Presenter: Lisa King, Ed.S, LPC 

Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: You Can Make a DifferenceADD CONFERENCE BUNDLE!
Presenter: Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP 

Black Girl Blues: Intra-Racial BullyingADD CONFERENCE BUNDLE!
Presenter: Carolyn Strong, MAT, M.Ed. 

“Does anyone ever think of that kid?” – Brian Mendler

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Brian Mendler knows it’s possible to “get through school and not be great at it – but still be successful in life.”

Watch Brian Mendler explain why educators should look out for “the lowest kid in the class.”

Brian is a certified elementary and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in a variety of settings. In his training sessions and books, he draws on his own experience as a very disruptive student with severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties. Brian is the author of several books including That One Kid and The Taming of the Crew. He has also co-authored Strategies for Successful Classroom Management, Power Struggles 2nd Edition, and the bestseller Discipline With Dignity 3rd Edition: New Challenges, New Solutions. He will present a pre-conference session entitled Motivating and Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students in Atlanta. He will also conduct the following keynote and sessions: 

  • Why Kids Misbehave and What to Do About It
  • Power Struggles Unplugged
  • I Collect Zeros: Strategies for Kids Who Do Nothing 

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 NOW!

SAMPLE SESSIONS

  • School Leadership Strategies for Motivating At-Risk Students to Achieve in School and Life
  • The Teacher 50 – Critical Questions for Inspiring Classroom Excellence
  • How to Motivate the Unmotivated: Teaching with Poverty in Mind
  • How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach
  • Solomon’s Court:  Solving Unsolvable Problems For At-Risk Kids
  • The KHAOS Mindset (Keep Healing And Overcoming Struggles)

Click here for a preliminary listing of sessions.

PRE-CONFERENCE OPPORTUNITIES – 6/21/17 – Register for a conference bundle!

Morning Sessions: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Rick Fernandez, Ed.D. – Hiring and Staffing for Success with Turnaround Schools
  • Rick Shaw – Active Shooter: Lessons Learned from Sandy Hook & Other Violent Incidents

Afternoon Sessions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – Positive Behavioral Supports with Students Who Are Wired Differently
  • Brad Chapin, MS, LCP, LMLP – Self- Regulation Training: Framework for Success
  • Mike Shaw – Youth Risk-Taking Behavior: Shifting the Mindset

Larry Thompson: Building a Culture Where Students Own Their Behaviors

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Nationally acclaimed author and speaker Larry Thompson says students’ exits off the road to responsibility must be closed if you want to build a culture where students “own” their choices and behaviors.

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Watch Larry Thompson discuss closing responsibility exit ramps.

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility, Larry Thompson will conduct a pre-conference session entitled Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline in Las Vegas.  He will also present a keynote session at the School Climate and Culture Forum.

Scholars struggle to consistently define and distinguish the terms, but educators agree on the need to transform both “climate” and “culture” to improve academic outcomes. This event features practical, real-world initiatives that are successfully transforming the quality, character and personality of schools.  It showcases programs, assessments and tools proven to improve school culture and climate.  Evidence-based and research-based interventions will be introduced, while the forum also highlights high-potential efforts currently being implemented in the laboratory of everyday school life.  REGISTER NOW!

SAMPLE SESSIONS

  • Student-Led Discipline: Teaching Your Students to Manage Themselves
  • Effective Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask!
  • How to Motivate the Unmotivated: Teaching with Poverty in Mind
  • How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach

Click to see a preliminary listing of Summit sessions.

PRE-CONFERENCES – TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH

MORNING PRE-CONFERENCES: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Rick Shaw – Effective Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – The PBIS/MTSS Maze: Avoiding Dangerous Pitfalls & Finding the Path to Success

AFTERNOON PRE-CONFERENCES: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Richard Guerry – Cultivating Positive School Climate with Guidelines & Tools for Digital Abuse Prevention
  • Eric Clark, M.Ed. – 25 Tech Tools Teachers Can Use to Enhance Student Engagement

Stephanie Jensen, MS, LPC – Mean Girls: Addressing & Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational

 

Craig Boykin : “Mr. GED to Ph.D.” to Keynote School Discipline Conference!

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One of our most popular speakers last year, the School Discipline Conference welcomes author and speaker Craig Boykin as a keynoter to Atlanta in June!

Attendee evals gave Craig an “A” (4.95 on a scale of 5) and told us Craig’s message for educators and students alike is one of inspiration. Some of the specific comments:

“More time and space needed for Craig!”

“Moving and meaningful.”

“Very real, motivates you to do a better job! Truly enjoyed this session!”

“You need to get this man a bigger room.”

“Excellent presenter! Make him a keynote speaker!”

Author of Right Motives, Wrong Moves, Craig Boykin will present a keynote session entitled Make Education Count at the School Discipline Conference in Atlanta. Rather than remain a sad statistic in the school-to-prison pipeline, Craig discovered the motivation to improve his condition to the point where he is now completing his doctoral work.  His message is important to all educators and students:  “Change is possible!”

Now in its 6th year, the School Discipline Conference is a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, teachers and counselors focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to behavior intervention and classroom management. Special focus will be given to supportive, non-exclusionary disciplinary practices.

REGISTER NOW!

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Michele Borba: “The Other Side of the Report Card” & Why It’s Key to Student Success

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Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Keynoter Dr. Michele Borba encourages schools to place a greater emphasis on teaching students to care  by putting them in situations where they can practice empathy.

Watch Dr. Michele Borba emphasize the importance of paying attention to the “other side of the report card”.

A bestselling author, internationally recognized educator and media commentator, Dr. Borba will deliver a plenary session in Orlando entitled UNSELFIE: Surprising Role of Empathy to Predict Children’s Happiness and Success.  She will also deliver the closing address entitled Teaching Empathy: Why the “Other Side of the Report Card” is a Must for Student Success.

Now in its 11th year, the Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference has raised awareness of the unique nature of female relationships and provided solutions for relational aggression among girls. This conference helps educators understand the latest research, while learning about field-tested strategies designed to cultivate leadership skills and empower young women. 

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The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Orlando is part of the 2017 Innovative Schools Summit Orlando. The Summit will convene at the Caribe Royale Orlando (convenient to Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World) and will feature:

  • Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • Counseling Strategies & Resources Conference
  • #TrendingSC Forum
  • School Discipline Conference

A limited number of Caribe Royale Orlando rooms are available at a discounted rate ($179 standard; $199 deluxe).  Space is limited. Reserve your room today.  Click here to reserve online or call 800-823-8300.  The name of the group is Innovative Schools Summit.

The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Las Vegas is part of the 2017 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas.  The Summit will be held at the stunning Caesars Palace Resort and will feature:

  • Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • School Discipline Conference
  • Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference
  • School Climate & Culture Forum

A limited number of Caesars rooms are available at a special conference room rate of $135 single/double (June 26-29 only; then $279).  Space is limited. Reserve your room today! Guests who prefer to phone in their reservations may call 866-227-5944.  (Caesars charges a fee to book by phone). The name of the group is Innovative Schools Summit.

Click here to view a preliminary listing for Orlando sessions.

Click here to view a preliminary listing for Las Vegas sessions.

Dr. Michael Gurian Coming to Innovative Teaching Strategies 2017

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Innovative Teaching Strategies Keynote Speaker Dr. Michael Gurian enlightens educators regarding his research on brain gender differences and how gender-friendly instruction can be implemented effectively.

Watch Dr. Michael Gurian explain the gender-specific benefits of competitive learning.

Founder of the Gurian Institute and New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, Dr. Gurian will present a plenary session at the Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference in Las Vegas June 27-30.  Now in its 4th year, the Innovative Teaching Conference assembles internationally recognized thought leaders together with practicing educators who are currently pioneering new instructional techniques. Educators will discover promising fresh approaches and new evidence-based methodologies to insure student success in a Standardized Curriculum/Every Student Succeeds world.

EARLY REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!  REGISTER NOW! Call 800-251-6805!

Click here for a preliminary listing of sessions.

Innovative Teaching Conference attendees receive complimentary access to sessions of other conferences on a space-available basis.

A limited number of Caesars Palace rooms are available at a special conference rate. The current discounted room rate for conference attendees is $135/night (June 26-29th only/ then $279/night from June 30).  Rates are based on single/double occupancy. Space is limited.  Reserve your room online today!  Guests who prefer to phone in their reservations may call 866-227-5944 (there is an additional fee to reserve via phone).  The name of the group is Innovative Schools Summit.

Noguera: Discipline Disparities Mirror Achievement Disparities – Early Registration Open!

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Innovative Schools Summit Plenary Speaker Dr. Pedro Noguera says that the students who tend to be victims of disciplinary disparities – those with learning disabilities, those from single-parent households, those in foster care, the homeless, those who qualify for free/reduced lunch and students of color – are the same students who disproportionately under-achieve.  So simply addressing discipline disparities does not go far enough.

Watch Dr. Pedro Noguera discuss discipline and achievement disparities in education.

Sociologist, author and UCLA Distinguished Professor of Education Dr. Pedro Noguera will present a plenary session in Atlanta entitled Creating Conditions for Academic Excellence: What it Takes to Leave No Child Behind.

Now in its 6th year, the School Discipline Conference is a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, teachers and counselors focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to behavior intervention and classroom management. Special focus will be given to supportive, non-exclusionary disciplinary practices.

REGISTER NOW!

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