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

New Study: Fetal Brain Mapping Points to Early Origins of Brain Disorders

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New insights into the developing brain are emerging — with staggering implications for early intervention efforts.  Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have created a high-resolution map of the human brain in utero.  

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Images of the developing fetal brain show connections among brain regions. Allen Institute for Brain Science; Bruce Fischl, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Massachusetts General Hospital

Through a series of genetic tests conducted on fetal brain tissue, investigators were able to note which genes were turned on and off — assisting them in determining which types of cells were present at specific points in the brain and what those cells were doing.  The map derived from this information has made way for some landmark discoveries.  Ed Lein, a key investigator notes that “many genes associated with brain disorders are turned on early in development, which suggests that these disorders may have their origins from these very early time points.”  Of particular note, the map has shown that genes associated with autism appear to be acting on a specific type of brain cell in a part of the brain called the neocortex.  That suggests “we should be looking at this particular type of cell in the neocortex, and that we should probably be looking very early in the prenatal stages for the origin of autism.”

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.  featured presenters include:

Author, Scared Sick: The Role of Early Trauma in Adult Disease, therapist, internationally recognized expert on brain research and violence
Debbie Phelps
Author, motivational speaker, school administrator and mother of Olympian Michael Phelps
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

Alternative Sexting/Cyberbullying Response: Restorative Group Conference

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When a sexting scenario exploded in a Wright County, Minnesota middle school in 2011, the  sheriff’s office, court services and county attorney collaborated with the school district — and an alternative discipline action was born — the Restorative Group Conference.

A spokesperson for the Center for Restorative Justice & Peacemaking at the University of Minnesota said, The focus of the encounter nearly always involves naming what happened, identifying its impact, and coming to some common understanding, often including reaching agreement as to how any resultant harm will be repaired.”

The protocol consists of conferencing arranged by the Restorative Justice Agent and includes the students involved, their parents, the county attorney, investigating officer, school administrators and teachers — often several dozen people.  Typically the conference results in:

  • An agreement signed by all participants
  • Students agreeing to make apologies and write written reports on the risks of sending or receiving pornography
  • Students agreeing to immediately report to the school administration any explicit pictures they might receive in the future.
  • Parents agreeing to more closely monitor their child’s cell phone and internet use.

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 EssenceMagazine

Founder 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 Jensen

Sunday, 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 Epling

Sunday, June 29
1pm – 4pm

$50

Both Pre-Conference Sessions for $90

“Serious Mental Health Challenges: Identifying & Aiding Students with Disruptive Mental Health Disorders” Webinar

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DON’T MISS OUT… April 22, 2014 @ 11:30 am & 2:00 pm (Eastern Time).
Register now for this timely opportunity to be trained by
Mike Paget, M.Ed.
through this 90-minute live webinar

(1.5.CE hours) on the web.

The latest NIMH research shows that 13 percent of youth aged 8 to 15 live with a mental illness severe enough to cause serious impairment in their day-to-day lives. Yet, only about 20 percent are identified and receive services, leaving an alarming 80 percent behind. Fifty percent of lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and three-quarters by age 24.

These illnesses — depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and more — can severely impact the individual students (potential physical or emotional violence to one’s self), but may drastically impact school climate, bullying, school safety and academics.

In this eye-opening 90-minute webinar, Mike Paget, an international speaker, author and consultant on working with challenging students with emotional and behavioral problems, will guide educators in identifying serious mental health issues and recognizing the behavioral/emotional challenges and warning signs so they may intervene on a student’s behalf.

Key insights and strategies of this webinar will include:
  • The impact of mental health disorders on academic success, bullying, and school safety
  • The most common severe mental health issues in students
  • The serious threats to individual students and the learning environment
  • Comprehensive strategies for connecting interventions between the classroom, school communities, mental health and parents to ensure school safety and to get students the help they need.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES:
Attendees will be able to:
  • Differentiate between developmental disorders, non-serious mental health issues and serious mental health issues with the potential to threaten personal and school safety.
  • Identify key symptoms and warning signs for an array of serious mental health issues.
  • Understand when and how to refer students for professional help.
  • Discover best practices to aid students at each level: classroom, schoolwide and community.
  • Recognize key warning signs of a crisis situation with students and understand steps to take to reduce potential threats.
  • Apply practical insights and skills to help improve schoolwide mental health.

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 a PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation that will accompany the live presentation. This will be emailed to each registrant via the email address provided at registration.


THIS WEBINAR IS RECOMMENDED FOR:

  • Teachers
  • Special Ed Personnel
  • Principals & Assistant Principals
  • School Social Workers
  • At-Risk Coordinators
  • Psychologists
  • School Counselors
  • Nurses

 REGISTER FOR $49 

To register online with a credit card, click on the applicable button below or click here to download a registration form or to submit a registration form with a purchase order. We also accept school purchase orders by fax or mail.