DOJ & ED: Increased Focus on “Supportive School Discipline”

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The dialogue on school discipline continues to grow throughout North America as educators and schools focus on improving academic performance. The imperative to keep at-risk students in class in order to help them succeed academically is causing many districts to look for evidence-based alternatives to office referrals and suspensions.

Meanwhile the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice have identified “exclusionary discipline policies” as a hotbed for discriminatory practices and a significant contributor to the “school-to-prison pipeline.”  An April report on the “Supportive School Discipline Initiative” provides an update on efforts to build a national consensus through the Council of State Governments, which is expected to release recommendations later this year.  The report also details current federally funded research efforts on school discipline practices. In January the departments released joint legal guidance and policy recommendations designed to combat discrimination and improve school climate and discipline practices.  The Education Department has also begun integrating Supportive School Discipline requirements into federal grant programs. 

The National Conference on School Discipline will provide attendees a unique forum for sampling differing approaches to school discipline and classroom management.  Programs that reduce reliance on referrals and suspensions — such as Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Discipline with Dignity and Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) – will be introduced.  “Tough Love” programs will also be discussed along with zero tolerance policies.  The event will assemble recognized experts including Dr. Allen Mendler, Dr. Dorothy Espelage, Brian Mendler and Larry Thompson.  It will also feature internationally known speakers Erin Gruwell and Jodee Blanco.

REGISTER NOW: Early Registration Closes April 30, 2014.

The National Conference on School Discipline will also feature practitioners who have developed promising approaches and programs in day-to-day school life. This event will be a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, teachers, social workers, counselors and school resource officers focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to the arena of behavior intervention and classroom management.

Featured Speakers Include:

Dr. Allen Mendler
Educator, School Psychologist, Author of Discipline with Dignity
Erin Gruwell
Inspirational Educator, Author of The Freedom Writers
Nationally Known Expert in School Law
Dr. Dorothy Espelage
Researcher on Bullying & Harassment; Associate Editor of Journal of Counseling Psychology
Brian Mendler
Inspirational Speaker, Certified Educator and Author of The Taming of the Crew
Larry Thompson
National Principal of the Year Candidate & Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline
Erin Gruwell
Inspirational Educator, Author of The Freedom Writers

Jodee Blanco
Authority on School Bullying, Author of New York TimesBestselling Memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me

Early Registration $350

Pre-Conference Session A:

Motivating and Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

Presented by:
Brian MendlerSunday, June 29
9am – 12pm

$50

Pre-Conference Session B:

Bullying & Relational Aggression: Research-Based Insights & Interventions

Presented by: Dr. Dorothy Espelage

Sunday, June 29
1pm – 4pm

$50


Both Pre-Conference Sessions for $90

FEATURED TOPICS:

  • Legal Issues in School Discipline
  • High-Tech Tools for Discipline
  • Positive-Behavior Interventions
  • Handling Challenging Discipline Moments
  • Prevention Practices and Tips
  • The “Best” Advice for New Educators
  • What Needs to Change in Traditional Discipline Approaches
  • The Most Common Mistakes Teachers Make with “Classroom Control”
  • Critical Strategies for School Administrators
  • Critical Role of the School Counselor or Social Worker in School Discipline
  •  Helping Teachers With Highly Challenging Classrooms “Thrive”

“Adolescent Social Capital & School Climate,” “Play Therapy in School Counseling” & More

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The Innovative Counseling Strategies Conference continues to grow because of insights attendees gain from outstanding featured presenters, as well as from breakout sessions presented by groundbreaking practitioners.  A few of those breakout sessions scheduled for this summer include:

Adolescent Social Capital and Its Effect on School Climate
Dr. Tom Maglisceau
Session Focus: K-12
Based upon research from my dissertation, defended November of 2013, this session will detail the phenomena of social capital as it relates to adolescents and a positive school climate. Participants will explore operationalizations of social capital and be given tools for measuring social capital on their own campuses.

“It Wasn’t My Idea to Come Here”: Working with Clients Mandated, Coerced, or Pressured into Counseling
Dr. Rochelle Cade
Session Focus: K-12
Counselors generally prefer clients enter counseling voluntarily, have some motivation, and an inclination to engage in a therapeutic relationship. Many clients do not present with these preferred characteristics. Using case studies, this presentation will explore unique challenges in working with involuntary clients and innovative strategies for building a therapeutic relationship.

Applying Adolescent Brain Research to Foster Psychological, Social, and Moral Development
Dr. Greg Richards
Session Focus: 6-12
Imaging research on the adolescent brain affirms the intuition of many secondary school professionals: students need long-term support and scaffolding from significant adults to develop moral judgment and risk avoidance. Dr. Greg Richards summarizes research, neurobiological “opportunities”, and strategies for school personnel to foster sound decision-making and prevent destructive behaviors.

Creative Ideas for Teen Loss Support Groups
Darrin Jeziorski
Session Focus: 6-12
This session will focus on alternative approaches to run support groups for teens who have lost a parent or sibling. Strategies include developing field trips, the use of contemporary literature and art, reflection and commemoration through visual art projects and other creative ways to generate meaningful discussion.

Happy Hearts, Smiling Faces: Teaching Children Positive Skills that Promote Academic and Social Success
Cindy Wetzel
Session Focus: K-6
Happy children cooperate, get along with others, and engage in learning activities. The more children develop positive values and behaviors, the more likely they will make positive choices and grow-up stronger, kinder, and happier. Please join this session where you will learn practical techniques and fun activities in teaching and encouraging children positive social behaviors. 

Play Therapy in School Counseling
Dr. Shannon Trice-Black
Session Focus: K-12
Play therapy is an empirically supported invention used to address a number of developmental issues faced in childhood. Through the natural language of play, children and adolescents communicate feelings, thoughts, and experiences. This presentation will provide an overview of the current practices and techniques of play therapy in the school setting.

The Mirror Has Two Faces
Stephanie Plain Potter
Session Focus: K-12
The Mirror Has Two Faces seeks to challenge its participants to develop their and their students/ clients five areas of wellness: personal character, physical wellness, mental health, academic growth, and stability. It is designed to assist in setting goals based on current position with desired outcomes. MTF give researched based strategies and approaches to use to stay focused and on course. 

Brain Based Behavior Interventions
Julie Mendenhall
Session Focus: K-6
Presenting powerful techniques that create calm and control in the classroom. Children learn to be self-motivated, self-disciplined and learn how to use their brain to be a better thinker. These techniques have been tested in the classroom and are successful. Designed for all students, but also works well with special needs.

The Usual Suspects: Taking the Bully By Both Horns!
David Dye
Session Focus: K-12
Could you imagine doctors treating every illness as if it were the flu? Yet that is what educators often do with the many Negative Social Interactions in our schools. Learn about the Bully, Bear, Badger, Buck, Bingo and Big-foot. With the right diagnosis, we can apply the right remedy. 


Early Registration $350

Pre-Conference A:

Bolstering Your Collection of Counseling Tools: Fresh Ways to Use Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic Processing in Counseling Young People 

Presented by: 
Dr. Robert Bowman

Wednesday, June 11
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$50 Until 5/30/14
Pre-Conference B:

Mastering Your Mission – Life CoachingPresented by: Darlene Hunter

Wednesday, June 11
11:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$50 Until 5/30/14

Both Pre-Conference Sessions for $90 Until 5/30/14
FEATURED PRESENTERS

Bestselling Author of Award-Winning Self-Help Books for Children, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Humorist

National Award-Winning Children’s Book Author and Parenting Expert

Robin Karr-Morse
Author, Therapist, Internationally Recognized Expert on Brain Research and Violence
Author of The Magic Counselor201 Amazing Mind BogglersTest Buster Pep Rally  and numerous programs for working with youth

Author, Radio Host and Expert on Life Coaching

With attendees expected from throughout the United States and Canada, the National Conference on Innovative Counseling Skills and Strategies will provide an excellent opportunity for networking with hundreds of educators and other professionals interested in discovering innovative and effective strategies for reaching and helping students in the school or private setting.

Some of the creative techniques that will be discussed include:

  • Visual Arts
  • Creative Drama
  • Music
  • Metaphors / Props
  • Magic Tricks
  • Journaling
  • Story Telling
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Puppets
  • Brain Spectrum Imaging
  • Cyber Counseling
  • Internet Strategies
  • Adventure / Cooperative Games
  • Other Fresh Ideas for Counseling Strategies

Steph Jensen: Flipping the Script on Female Relational Aggression

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Girl Bullying Pre-Conference Presenter Stephanie Jensen likens the dynamics of female relational aggression to the environment of a beehive — hostile and sustained by strict social hierarchy.

In her book, Thrive in the Hive, Jensen explores a variety of social roles and challenges girls to discover their own relationship style. When students become aware of unhealthy friendship patterns, Jensen offers practical replacement behaviors to “flip the script” on negative peer interactions.  In a small group setting, students role-play positive relational skills such as:

  • Direct communication
  • Positive attitude
  • Respect
  • Cooperation
  • Honesty
  • Making apologies
  • Loyalty
  • Empathy

An international trainer and former educator, Stephanie will present a Pre-Conference Session entitled unTangled: What Educators Can Do When Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Becomes Smart, Tart & Falling Apart.  She will also present a breakout session during the main conference.

This National Conference on Girl Bullying will help counselors, principals, teachers, social workers and other professionals understand the latest research and field-tested strategies designed to address relational aggression to prevent its potentially disastrous consequences. Featured presenters include:

Susan L. Taylor
Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of EssenceMagazineFounder of National Cares Mentoring Movement
Inspirational Educator, Author ofThe Freedom Writers
Internationally Known Authority on Emerging Socio-Legal and Policy Issues Relating to Uses of Social Media Among Youth
Stephanie Jensen
International Speaker, Trainer and Consultant on Issues Dealing with Girl Bullying and Challenging Youth; Author of Alive in the Hive
Kevin Epling
Co-Director of Bully Police USA, Contributor to Bullycide in America, Anti-Bullying Expert and Advocate

Early Registration $350 
Pre-Conference Session A:unTangled: What Educators Can Do When Sugar, Spice & Everything Nice Becomes Smart, Tart & Falling Apart Presented by:
Stephanie JensenSunday, June 29
9am – 12pm

$50
Pre-Conference Session B:Becoming an Agent of Change: Keys to Transforming Attitudes Toward Bullying in Your School & Community Presented by:
Kevin EplingSunday, June 29
1pm – 4pm

$50

Both Pre-Conference Sessions for $90

Featured topics include:

  • Cyberbullying Interventions
  • Effective Disciplinary Approaches
  • Legal Perspectives on Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Keys to Transforming Aggressive Young People
  • How Gender Differences in the Brain Relate to Bullying
  • Empowering Bystanders to Become Interveners
  • Elementary School Girl Bullying Programs
  • What Works with Middle Schoolers
  • Using Multimedia & Drama to Prevent Bullying
  • Effective Use of Small Groups to Improve Relationships
  • Impact of RA on Girls of Different Cultures
  • Girls with Disabilities Facing Bullying
  • Proactive, Prevention Approaches
  • Research-Based Approaches
  • And Much More!

Debbie Phelps: Helping Olympian Michael Phelps & Other Kids Deal with ADHD

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Wired Differently Conference Keynoter Debbie Phelps (mother of Olympic Champion Michael Phelps) believes that, given individualized supports and behavior modifications, students can excel by harnessing their innate energies and abilities – regardless of diagnostic labels.

Click to watch Debbie Phelps reflect on setting up her son to succeed despite an ADHD diagnosis.

As a veteran principal and middle school teacher, Debbie finds value in collaborating with students to identify individually tailored pathways toward success.

Author of A Mother for All Seasons: A Memoir, Ms. Phelps will present a keynote session entitled Helping All Young People Who Are “Wired Differently” to Become Champions.

This event will focus on providing critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral conditions – including Asperger’s Syndrome, bipolar disorder, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder and more.  In addition to Debbie Phelps, other featured presenters include:

Author, therapist, internationally recognized expert on brain research and violence
Author and expert on integrating Applied Behavior Analysis in inclusive classrooms
International speaker and consultant on students with emotional/behavioral challenges
Author, professional counselor and specialist in PTSD & trauma in youth.

This conference is intended for regular classroom teachers, special ed teachers, counselors, administrators and other educators in grades PK-12. Particular focus will be given to working with students in inclusive classroom settings.


Early Registration $350
 

Pre-Conference A:

Climate Control: Setting the Conditions for Success with Students Who Experience Emotional, Behavioral, and Mental Wellness Challenges

Presented by: Mike Paget

Wednesday, June 11
9:00 am – 12:00 pm


$50 Until 5/30/14
 

Pre-Conference B:

Brain Development & Trauma: How Your Students and Children are Impacted by Everyday Experiences

 

Presented by: Aaron Wiemeier

Wednesday, June 11
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


$50 Until 5/30/14

Tools and strategies will be featured for working with individuals and small groups – as well as in the classroom. Some of the most common types of disorders to be addressed include, but are not limited to:

  • Autism
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Anger Disorders

Dorothy Espelage: The Bullying/Sexual Harassment/Dating Violence Connection

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School Discipline Pre-Conference Presenter Dr. Dorothy Espelage is a leading researcher on relational aggression among students.  She cites research which shows that students who bully are at greater risk of engaging in sexual harassment and dating violence.

Watch Dr. Dorothy Espelage describe how early relational aggression can evolve into other offenses later in life.

Dr. Espelage believes “bullying prevention programs need to be coupled with sexual harassment prevention and teen dating violence prevention.”  Associate Editor of the Journal of Counseling Psychology, Dr. Espelage will present the afternoon pre-conference session entitled Bullying & Relational Aggression: Research-Based Insights & Interventions. She will also be presenting a breakout session during the main conference.

The National Conference on School Discipline will provide attendees a unique forum for sampling differing approaches to school discipline and classroom management.  Programs that reduce reliance on referrals and suspensions — such as Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports (PBIS), Discipline with Dignity and Responsibility-Centered Discipline (RCD) – will be introduced.  “Tough Love” programs will also be discussed along with zero tolerance policies.  The event will assemble recognized experts including Dr. Allen Mendler, Dr. Dorothy Espelage, Brian Mendler and Larry Thompson.  It will also feature internationally known speakers Erin Gruwell and Jodee Blanco.

The National Conference on School Discipline will also feature practitioners who have developed promising approaches and programs in day-to-day school life. This event will be a must-attend gathering for principals, deans, teachers, social workers, counselors and school resource officers focused on improving academic performance by applying the most current innovations and research to the arena of behavior intervention and classroom management.

Featured Speakers Include:

Dr. Allen Mendler
Educator, School Psychologist, Author of Discipline with Dignity
Erin Gruwell
Inspirational Educator, Author of The Freedom Writers
Nationally Known Expert in School Law
Dr. Dorothy Espelage
Researcher on Bullying & Harassment; Associate Editor of Journal of Counseling Psychology
Brian Mendler
Inspirational Speaker, Certified Educator and Author of The Taming of the Crew
Larry Thompson
National Principal of the Year Candidate & Creator of Responsibility-Centered Discipline
Erin Gruwell
Inspirational Educator, Author of The Freedom Writers

Jodee Blanco
Authority on School Bullying, Author of New York TimesBestselling Memoir, Please Stop Laughing at Me

Early Registration $350

Pre-Conference Session A:

Motivating and Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested and Disruptive Students

Presented by:
Brian Mendler

Sunday, June 29
9am – 12pm

$50

Pre-Conference Session B:

Bullying & Relational Aggression: Research-Based Insights & Interventions

Presented by: Dr. Dorothy Espelage

Sunday, June 29
1pm – 4pm

$50


Both Pre-Conference Sessions for $90

FEATURED TOPICS:

  • Legal Issues in School Discipline
  • High-Tech Tools for Discipline
  • Positive-Behavior Interventions
  • Handling Challenging Discipline Moments
  • Prevention Practices and Tips
  • The “Best” Advice for New Educators
  • What Needs to Change in Traditional Discipline Approaches
  • The Most Common Mistakes Teachers Make with “Classroom Control”
  • Critical Strategies for School Administrators
  • Critical Role of the School Counselor or Social Worker in School Discipline
  •  Helping Teachers With Highly Challenging Classrooms “Thrive”

Early Bird Deadline: Join Rafe Esquith, Erin Gruwell, John Almarode, Robert Bowman & More

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Early registration closes today for the National Conference on Innovative Teaching Strategies in Chicago!  This event will assemble internationally recognized innovators like Erin Gruwell, Rafe Esquith, Dr. Vernita Mayfield, Dr. Bob Bowman and Dr. John Almarode, together with practicing educators and educational thought leaders who are currently finding success with promising fresh approaches and research-based methodologies.

The National Conference on Innovative Teaching Strategies will be held June 30-July 2, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare (Rosemont) in Chicago.  Featured presenters include:

Master Teacher Motivator,
Author of Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire!
Inspirational Educator, Author of The Freedom Writers
Expert on Evidence-Based
Instructional and Leadership Practice
Authority on Innovative Ways to
Apply Brain Research in Teaching
Publisher & Innovator of Solutions for Reaching/Teaching Challenging Youth

This 3-day conference will provide an opportunity for teachers, administrators and other educators to learn about new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students (PreK-12).  It will emphasize evidence-based and novel instructional practices from national-exemplary programs currently being used in schools.

Early Bird Registration $325 (through 4/15/14)
Pre-Conference  A:

Innovative Strategies for Using New Technologies in Teaching 

Presented By: Dr. John Almarode

Sunday, June 29
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$50 Until 5/30/14
Pre-Conference B: 

Strategies for Transforming Students’ Negative Attitudes Toward Learning & School

Presented By: Dr. Robert Bowman

Sunday, June 29
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$50 Until 5/30/14
Both Pre-Conference Sessions $90 Until 5/30/14

FEATURED TOPICS

  • New approaches to Using Technology as a Teaching Tool
  • Keys to Surviving and Thriving as a Teacher in Today’s Schools
  • Innovative Applications Based on Brain Research
  • New Insights for Using Positive Behavior Supports – Recommended Do’s and Don’ts
  • Reaching and Teaching Challenging Students Who Are:
    • Overly Dramatic
    • Negative toward Learning and School
    • Chronically Angry
    • Oppositional & Defiant
    • Manipulative
    • Apathetic
  • How to Teach “Like Your Hair’s on Fire” – the Methods and Madness Used by Master Teachers
  • New School Improvement Initiatives Learned from National-Exemplary Program
  • Special Considerations for Educating Students from Poverty
  • Creative, Fresh Ready-to-Use Activities and Techniques for Teachers

Trevor Romain: Helping kids affected by deployment, grief, divorce and fear

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Innovative Counseling Conference Keynoter Trevor Romain reaches out to students from a place of personal struggle with dyslexia and bullying. Drawing on these experiences from his formative years, he dialogues with students on issues such as grief & loss, divorce, fear and homework — through his personal presentations, as well as his books, DVDs and music.

Among his most innovative approaches, Trevor has a special interest in students who are affected by military deployment and has partnered with the USO to provide “With You All the Way” support kits to help children and caregivers as they cope with deployment, separation and reintegration. These kits include a guided writing journal and other activities, a map, postcards, a plush bear for companionship and a pair of imprinted “dog tags” to share with the deploying parent.

Bestselling author and illustrator of award-winning books for children, Trevor will present the Friday morning keynote session entitled Proven Strategies to Help Kids with Social and Emotional Issues.

The National Conference on Innovative Counseling Skills brings together internationally known presenters and ground-breaking practitioners to focus on the novel, creative, practical side of counseling children and teens (K-12) – with an emphasis on school counseling.  Join hundreds of your colleagues as they share best practices and cutting-edge approaches.  Featured presenters include:

Bestselling Author of Award-Winning Self-Help Books for Children, Motivational Speaker and Inspirational Humorist

National Award-Winning Children’s Book Author and Parenting Expert

Robin Karr-Morse
Author, Therapist, Internationally Recognized Expert on Brain Research and Violence
Author of The Magic Counselor201 Amazing Mind BogglersTest Buster Pep Rally  and numerous programs for working with youth

Author, Radio Host and Expert on Life Coaching

This conference will also feature best practices from educators and other professionals working with youth. Some programs will be research-tested, while others will be promising, innovative approaches created by practicing professionals to help them better connect with different types of students. These innovative strategies may address:

  • Transforming bullies
  • Reframing resistant students
  • Connecting with defiant students
  • Motivating apathetic students
  • Changing self-destructive beliefs in children & teens
  • Turning bystanders into interveners
  • Helping socially alienated students
  • Assisting children & teens experiencing loss
  • Working with youth who self-mutilate
  • Empowering bully targets
  • Helping students overcome past trauma

Early Registration $350

Pre-Conference A:

Bolstering Your Collection of Counseling Tools: Fresh Ways to Use Visual, Auditory and Kinesthetic Processing in Counseling Young People 

Presented by: 
Dr. Robert Bowman

Wednesday, June 11
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

$50 Until 5/30/14
Pre-Conference B:

Mastering Your Mission – Life CoachingPresented by: Darlene Hunter

Wednesday, June 11
11:00 pm – 4:00 pm

$50 Until 5/30/14

Both Pre-Conference Sessions for $90 Until 5/30/14

With attendees expected from throughout the United States and Canada, the National Conference on Innovative Counseling Skills and Strategies will provide an excellent opportunity for networking with hundreds of educators and other professionals interested in discovering innovative and effective strategies for reaching and helping students in the school or private setting.

Some of the creative techniques that will be discussed include:

  • Visual Arts
  • Creative Drama
  • Music
  • Metaphors / Props
  • Magic Tricks
  • Journaling
  • Story Telling
  • Bibliotherapy
  • Puppets
  • Brain Spectrum Imaging
  • Cyber Counseling
  • Internet Strategies
  • Adventure / Cooperative Games
  • Other Fresh Ideas for Counseling Strategies