Dr. Shaheen Shariff: Helping Digital Natives Define the Line

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Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Keynote Presenter Dr. Shaheen Shariff directs ongoing research at McGill University pertaining to cyberbullying among students.

Watch Dr. Shariff compare traditional bullying and cyberbullying.

As Principal Investigator and Director of Define the Line projects at McGill University, Dr. Shariff points out that while today’s students are “digital natives,” they may not fully comprehend the risks related to their online activities.

Watch Dr. Shariff discuss the far-reaching impact of destructive social media use.

Author of several books and numerous journal articles, Dr. Shariff will present a keynote session entitled Sexting and Cyberbullying: Defining the Line for Digitally Empowered Kids and Young Adults.  She will also present a breakout session entitled Defining the Lines: Legacy Issues Relating to Sexting during the main conference.

For the past 8 years, the Girl Bullying Conference has brought focus to the problem of relational aggression among girls. Quite naturally, many of the field-tested interventions presented at the conference encourage friendship, sisterhood and building other types of supportive relationships – hence the added emphasis on female empowerment.

Now in its 9th year, the Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference will be more accessible – with locations in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Niagara Falls.  This unique gathering will help counselors, principals, teachers, social workers and other professionals understand the latest research and field-tested strategies designed to address relational aggression and build positive, supportive relationships among girls.

KEYNOTE PRESENTERS INCLUDE:

Molly Barker
Founder, Girls on the Run International

LAS VEGAS | ATLANTA

Barbara Coloroso
Best-Selling Author & International Speaker

NIAGARA FALLS

Dr. Shaheen Shariff
Author, Educator & Cyberbullying Expert

LAS VEGAS | ATLANTA | NIAGARA FALLS

Tracie Berry-McGhee
Therapist, Speaker & Author

LAS VEGAS

Deb Gano

CEO/Publisher of BYOU Magazine, National Self-Esteem Expert & Speaker

ATLANTA | NIAGARA FALLS


Early Bird Registration $325
(til Mar. 31st)

Regular Registration $425

FEATURED TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Keys to Transforming Aggressive Young People
  • How Gender Differences in the Brain Relate to Bullying
  • Proactive Prevention Strategies
  • Empowering Bystanders to Become Interveners
  • Elementary School Girl Bullying Programs
  • Field-Tested Girl Empowerment Programs
  • What Works with Middle Schoolers
  • Using Multimedia & Drama to Prevent Bullying
  • Girls with Disabilities Facing Bullying
  • Effective Disciplinary Approaches
  • Legal Perspectives on Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Research-Based Approaches
  • And Much More!

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference events in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Niagara Falls.

Please submit the proposal form online, or fax to 888-372-6061 or email your completed proposal form tokeli@accutrain.com.

The deadline for program proposals is February 28, 2015.

Presenters are required to register for the conference – discounts apply for on-time registrations. Additional information is available on the registration form or you may call us at 800-251-6805.

COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS TO INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS SUMMIT

The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference is part of the Innovative Schools Summit in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Niagara Falls. Girl Bullying Conference attendees enjoy access to all Summit keynote presenters and breakout sessions on a space-available basis.

LAS VEGAS
June 22-24, 2015
ATLANTA
June 29-July 1, 2015
NIAGARA FALLS
July 15-17, 2015
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LAS VEGAS FEATURED PRESENTERS
Alfie Kohn

Author, Lecturer on Education, Parenting and Human Behavior

Fredi Lajvardi

S.T.E.M. Educator, Inspiration for Spare Parts Movie

Rafe Esquith

Master Teacher Motivator, Author of Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire!

ATLANTA FEATURED PRESENTERS
Dr. Harry Wong &
Dr. Rosemary Wong

Internationally Acclaimed Authors/Presenters

Molly Barker

Founder, Girls on the Run International

Dr. Ned Hallowell

Psychiatrist, Bestselling Author, Learning Differences Expert

NIAGARA FALLS FEATURED PRESENTERS
Dr. Harry Wong &
Dr. Rosemary Wong

Internationally Acclaimed Authors/Presenters

Barbara Coloroso

Best-Selling Author & International Speaker

Mike Paget

International Speaker, Author &
Educational Consultant

Dont’ miss out on PRE-CONFERENCE day! Register here.

Las Vegas Pre-Conferences Sessions:

Presenter: Dave Derpak
Title: Transforming School Climate: Simple Strategies with Tremendous Impact

Presenter: Stephanie Plain Potter
Title: The English Equation: It All Adds Up Like 1 + 2=3

Presenter: Jacque Wisnauskas
Title: Understanding POV: The Gateway to Reaching and Teaching the Aspie

Presenter: Steph Jensen
Title: UnTangled: What Educators Can Do When Sugar, Spice& Everything Nice Becomes Smart, Tart & Falling Apart

Presenter: Dr.Maglisceau
Title: To Be Announced

Atlanta Pre-Conference Sessions:

Presenters: Sam Stecher & Mark Johnson
Title: Mission Monday: A Plan to Make Your Classroom, Your School and Community a Better Place One Week at a Time

Presenter: Carolyn Strong
Title: Black Girl Blues: Strategies to Combat Intra-racial Bullying

Presenter: Rick Shaw
Title: Your Biggest Threat (to Your Students, Reputation & Bottom Line) Exposed: Your Threat Assessment Capabilities

Presenter: Kip Jones
Title: wRAPping Character Around The heARTS of Right Brain Students

Presenter: Brad Chapin
Title: Self-Regulation Training: A Framework for Success

Niagara Falls Pre-Conference Sessions:

Presenter:  Larry Thompson
Title: A Fresh Approach to Handling Challenging Discipline Situations: Essential Skill-Based Strategies

Presenter: Richard Guerry
Title: Public & Permanent: A Guideline to Promote Responsible Use of Technology & Prevent Digital Abuse

Presenter: Brad Chapin
Title: Self-Regulation Training: A Framework for Success

Dr. Deb Leach on ASD Students: “Stop the mad dash for the door – – or fill the vending machine?”

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Wired Differently Conference Keynoter Dr. Deb Leach says understanding the function underlying a problem behavior is crucial to creating an effective intervention.  A specialist in Applied Behavior Analysis, Dr. Leach says an educator can often discover why a student is demonstrating a problem behavior simply by asking him or her.  But when a student has under-developed communication skills, an educator may need to use other methods of discovery.

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Dr. Leach relays a story told to her by an autism specialist.  A teacher was concerned because a student with autism kept dashing out of the classroom.  The teacher had “tried everything” to stop the behavior – with no success.

So the autism specialist asked, “Where is he trying to go?” (What a smart question!)  The teacher replied, “I have no idea.  We just get him as soon as possible and bring him back to the classroom.  The autism specialist recommended following the student to see where he was going to be able to determine the function for the running away behavior.  It turns out that the student was running to get to the faculty lounge because he would see the man who refills the vending machines pulling into the school through the classroom window, and he wanted to get to the lounge to get a chance to see the man open up the machines and refill the products.  It was quickly determined that the student was not running to get attention or to avoid work: He was running to try to see something he found very interesting.

While the student was unable to tell why he was running out of the classroom verbally, he was able to show the teachers why he was running.  So the intervention was simple: Allow the student to go to the faculty lounge a few minutes before the vending machine operator was scheduled to arrive, and he would then receive some job training on refilling vending machines each time the operator came to the school.

To read the entire article, click here.

Dr. Leach will present a keynote session entitled “Using Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports to Help Students Who are Wired Differently Succeed in Inclusive Classroom.” and will also present a breakout session during the main conference.

The Wired Differently Conference 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 Deb Leach, other featured presenters include:

Author, therapist, internationally recognized expert on brain research and violence
Debbie Phelps
Author, motivational speaker, school administrator and mother of Olympian Michael Phelps
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 $325 (until 3/22/14)
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

COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS TO THE 4TH ANNUAL 
INNOVATIVE COUNSELING CONFERENCE

Attendees at the Wired Differently Conference also receive complimentary access to the National Conference on Innovative Counseling Skills and Strategies, which will be co-located at the LVH Hotel.  Featured presenters include:

Trevor Romain
(Bestselling author of award-winning self-help books for children, motivational speaker and inspirational humorist)
Darlene Hunter
(Author, radio host and expert on life coaching)
Dr. Robert Bowman
(Author of The Magic Counselor and 201 Amazing Mind Bogglers and President of YouthLight Books)
Julia Cook
(National award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert)

Carol Todd: Way too hot but is anyone complaining???

So great to have had Carol Todd with us in Las Vegas!  Here she shares a few thoughts about some of the events at the 7th Annual National Conference on Girl Bullying and some of the great speakers including Richard Guerry, Barbara Coloroso and Director Lee Hirsch.

June 29 – Way too hot but is anyone complaining???.

Conference Puts Focus on Bullying Prevention

KTNV News covered the 2013 National Conference on Girl Bullying that was held in Las Vegas June 30 – July 2, 2013.

Many thanks to all of our presenters, exhibitors and especially each and every attendee!  We hope you the conference provided you with new and powerful information to apply in your school or setting.

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Wiemeier: How Trauma Memory Impacts Students with Various Diagnostic Conditions

According to Wired Differently Speaker Aaron Wiemeier, understanding the dynamics of brain development and how it can be impacted by traumatic experiences is fundamental to working with all children — especially students exhibiting a wide array of diagnostic conditions.

Watch author Aaron Wiemeier discuss the brain’s trauma memory mechanism.

Author of My Feelings Workbook, Aaron Wiemeier will present a breakout session entitled Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Integration: Unraveling the Mystery on Saturday, June 22.

The National Conference on Students Who Are Wired Differently, featuring keynote presenters Dr. Temple Grandin, Dan Habib and Mike Paget, will focus on providing critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral conditions. This conference is appropriate for regular classroom teachers, special education teachers, counselors, administrators and other professional educators in grades PK-12. Particular focus will be given to working with students in inclusive classroom settings.

Tools, strategies and recommendations will be featured for working individually, in small groups and in the classroom with these high-potential students who experience a wide array of diagnostic conditions including:

  • Autism
  • Depression
  • 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

Featured presenters will include:

Dr. Temple Grandin Best-selling Author and Subject of the HBO Film, Temple Grandin
Dan Habib Creator of Including Samuel and Filmmaker in Residence at the University of New Hampshire
Mike Paget International Speaker, Author and Consultant on Students with Emotional/Behavioral Challenges
Dr. John Almarode International Trainer and Thought Leader on Educational Neuroscience
$400
Pre-Conference A: Developing Behavior Intervention Plans for Students with ASDPresented by: Dr. Deb Leach
Wednesday, June 19 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$65
Pre-Conference B: From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers: Wiring & Engaging Deep Thinking Brains!Presented by: Dr. John Almarode
Wednesday, June 19 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$65

“Black Girl Blues 2013: Strategies for Addressing Intra-Racial Bullying K-12″

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We have all been subjected to questions about our race/ethnicity:  American Indian…Alaska Native… Asian…Black/African American…Native Hawaiian…Other Pacific Islander…White…Hispanic/Latino…Middle Eastern…Other (as asked by the US Census)?  Although you will never see it in writing, African-American girls are also subjected to additional “colorist” descriptors:  High Yellow…Chocolate…Redbone…Coffee-Colored…Dark…  For these females there also exists an unfair threshold of “acceptable blackness” in social circles, employment and sometimes within their own families.

Have we evolved beyond the brown paper bag test?  What does it REALLY mean to be “black” in America today? As long as there have been African-Americans in the new world, this has been an issue up for debate. But for African-American girls, these questions of racial identity and physical appearance – light skin vs. dark skin, straight hair vs. kinky hair, etc. – often manifest themselves in ways that are detrimental to them and to other girls.  This media-fueled war rages on in the inner circle of black girls.  This webinar will be filled with “ah-ha moments” that can be taken away and shared for the betterment of school culture.  The presenter will also discuss best practices as they relate to teaching and mentoring African-American girls along with modeling activities to address this sensitive issue.

This updated 90-minute webinar builds upon an acclaimed webinar presented a year ago.  It will elucidate the historical, cultural and social factors behind girl bullying among African Americans today. “Sankofa” – the practice of looking backward in order to move forward – is a principle and practice that was once commonplace among African American people.  In a television- and internet-focused environment, emphasis has moved away from “sankofa,” as young girls began looking to popular culture, searching for a sense of who they are.  Consequently, music and media have not wasted any time telling these girls who they should be. When your pop-culture sense of self clashes with what you see in the mirror every day, girls can become angry and lash out – most likely at each other.  Black Girl Blues is a presentation that attempts to tackle these issues from a historical platform.

IN THIS WEBINAR YOU WILL:

  • Gain a historical understanding of the malaise that surrounds African-American girls.
  • Contextualize the aggressive behavior of girls.
  • Acquire some of the tools necessary to restore a positive sense of self.
  • Discuss recommendations for reducing aggressiveness in this population.
  • Learn to recognize and combat some of the detrimental images in popular culture.
  • Learn the unspoken do’s and don’ts related to this highly sensitive topic.
  • Leave with a better understanding of the secret world of black girls.

This webinar will provide a handout to assist you in the learning process and aid you in the drafting and implementing a plan of action to:

  • Pinpoint and address the historical events that have contributed to the emotional factors in racial identification and preference in African-American girls.
  • Renew a positive self-image for young women.
  • Combat the negatives effects of the media with regard to gender and race.
  • Apply best practices to address aggressive behavior within the secret world of black girls.

TO REGISTER:

  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time WEBINAR.
  • Click here to register for the 11:30 am Eastern Time SITE LICENSE.
  • Click here to register for the 2:00 pm Eastern Time WEBINAR.
  • Click here to register for the 2:00 pm Eastern Time SITE LICENSE.

The $49 registration fee includes the PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation (no additional charge) related to the presentation.

ABOUT THE PRESENTER:

Carolyn Strong

Carolyn Strong is an educator with more than 10 years of experience working with inner-city youth. She is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 2,100 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she confronts bullying daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional discipline.  She holds multiple Master’s degrees in both curriculum and educational leadership and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and social inquiry.  Carolyn’s research focuses on bullying and the black aesthetic, girl bullying and minority representation in gifted education.  She is the founder of BulliesStink.com and has conducted training at schools throughout the country.  Carolyn has also presented on the topic of Black Girl Blues at several regional and national conferences – including the recent National Conference on Girl Bullying.

Mike Paget: How to “Inoculate” Yourself from Emotionally & Behaviorally Challenging Students

Wired Differently Keynote Presenter Mike Paget says educators have to be emotionally healthy themselves to meet the challenge of working with emotionally and behaviorally challenging students.

View Mike Paget discussing how to inoculate yourself from challenging students.

Mike Paget has helped educators and professionals throughout North America work with various types of challenging students — including children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders.  He is an innovator of effective approaches for working with students who are “wired differently” and of creative techniques for managing classroom behavior and student aggression, as well as for crisis intervention. He has co-authored High on the Spectrum: Asperger’s, High-Functioning Autism & Related Personalities, Aggressive and Violent Students and Defying the Defiance.  His keynote presentation is entitled “Wired for Success.” He will also present a breakout session entitled “The 3 R’s:  Reframing, Refueling and Relationships.”

The National Conference on Students Who Are Wired Differently, featuring keynote presenters Dr. Temple Grandin, Dan Habib and Mike Paget will focus on providing critical insights and best practices for reaching and teaching students with emotional and behavioral conditions. This conference is appropriate for regular classroom teachers, special education teachers, counselors, administrators and other professional educators in grades PK-12. Particular focus will be given to working with students in inclusive classroom settings.

Tools, strategies and recommendations will be featured for working individually, in small groups and in the classroom with these high-potential students who experience a wide array of diagnostic conditions including:

  • Autism
  • Depression
  • 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

Featured presenters will include:

Dr. Temple Grandin(Best-selling Author and Subject of the HBO Film,Temple Grandin)
Dan Habib (Creator of Including Samuel and Filmmaker in Residence at the University of New Hampshire)
Mike Paget (International Speaker, Author and Consultant on Students with Emotional/Behavioral Challenges)
Dr. Debra Leach (Author and Expert on Integrating Applied Behavior Analysis in Inclusive Classrooms)
Dr. John Almarode (International Trainer and Thought Leader on Educational Neuroscience
$375 (Until 6/1)
Pre-Conference A: Developing Behavior Intervention Plans for Students with ASD
Wednesday, June 19 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
$50 (Until 5/20)
Pre-Conference B: From Snorkelers to Scuba Divers: Wiring & Engaging Deep Thinking Brains!
Wednesday, June 19 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
$50 (Until 5/20)

Attendees from throughout North America will enjoy the breathtaking Atlanta Marriott Marquis — which will provide an excellent setting for networking with hundreds of educators interested in enhancing their ability to impact these often high-potential students.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • School Counselors
  • Special Needs Personnel
  • School Administrators
  • Classroom Teachers
  • School Social Workers (all levels)
  • Other Professionals Working with Young People
  • Therapists
  • School Psychologists
  • At-Risk Coordinators
  • Clergy