News: Hope & Optimism…Incarceration Impact…Bullying Liability

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Hope, Optimism & Low-Performing Schools
A recent Educational Leadership article points to research that reveals the important role of hope and optimism in academic success.  The article cites several recent studies including one that concluded: “How much hope and optimism your kids feel at school is more important than their IQ.”  Even in chronically low-performing schools, Robert Barr and Emily Gibson say hope and optimism can be built by:
1) Assembling a positive staff and creating a shared vision of hope;
2) Building a welcoming, respectful, safe environment;
3) Integrating celebration into the life of the school;
4) Helping students feel accepted, respected and included;
5) Instilling a sense of pride.

Parents’ Incarceration Toll on Students
1 in 10 U.S. students has a parent who has been incarcerated at some point during the student’s life.  Studies show that children of incarcerated parents have higher rates of ADHD than other students – including those with parents missing because of death or divorce.  Children of incarcerated parents also experience higher rates of behavioral problems, speech and language delays, and other developmental delays, according to a study published last summer in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior. In separate studies, researchers also found higher rates of asthma, obesity, depression and anxiety.  (Source: Education Week)

Legal Standard for Bullying Negligence
On April 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled that a Maryland school district could not be held liable for the alleged bullying of a student with disabilities – even though the student was often bullied, “sometimes severely.”  Though administrators investigated complaints and disciplined offenders, the parents said the district failed to prevent the bullying.  The judges said school officials did not respond with “deliberate indifference” – the standard required under U.S. Supreme Court precedents to hold them responsible.

The 2016 School Discipline Conference will focus on a variety of issues in school discipline and classroom management.  It will be 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 Today! Atlanta & Las Vegas Advance Registration Closes April 30th!

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS INCLUDE: 

Dr. Pedro Noguera
Sociologist, Author, Expert on Impact of Society & Culture on Schools

LAS VEGAS

Dr. Randy Sprick
Creator Safe & Civil Schools

ATLANTA

Larry Thompson
Supportive Discipline Innovator, Creator Responsibility-Centered Discipline

ATLANTA

Chelonnda Seroyer
Award-Winning Teacher, Internationally Known Educational Consultant

LAS VEGAS

Brian Mendler
International Speaker, Author, Expert on Working with Disruptive Students

LAS VEGAS

Baruti Kafele
Award-Winning Urban Principal, School Turnaround Specialist

ATLANTA

Dave Derpak
Award-Winning Principal & School Climate Innovator

TORONTO

Dr. Michele Borba
Bestselling Author, Internationally Recognized Educator, Media Commentator

LAS VEGAS

Joe Navarro
Non-Verbal Communication Expert, Best-Selling Author

LAS VEGAS

Jordan Ellenberg
Author of NTY Bestseller How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

ATLANTA

Dr. Julianne Malveaux
Noted author and Commentator on Education, Racial Diversity and Women’s Issues

ATLANTA


Check out some of this year’s speakers!

 

FEATURED TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Exemplary Research-Based Programs
  • Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Disciplinary Practices
  • Common Mistakes Teachers Make with Classroom Control
  • The Most Common Myths about School Discipline
  • Updated Tools & Strategies for Behavior Interventions
  • Do’s and Don’ts of Applying Positive Behavior Interventions
  • Evidence-Based Advice for New & Experienced Educators
  • Insights for School Administrators from Nationally Acclaimed Programs
  • Keys to Working with Minority Students
  • How to Handle Particularly Challenging Discipline Moments
  • Legal Landmines Every Educator Should Understand
  • Helping Teachers Thrive in Classrooms Filled with Highly Challenging Students
  • Insuring Equity in Disciplinary Practices

SAVE THE DATE!

ATLANTA: June 19 – June 22, 2016
EARLY
CONFERENCE BUNDLE:
$440 USD

(until Apr. 30th)
EARLY
CONFERENCE ONLY:
$350 USD

(until Apr. 30th)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions + Advance Conference Registration) Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments)Regular Price: $425

 

LAS VEGAS: June 28 – July 1, 2016
EARLY
CONFERENCE BUNDLE:
$440 USD

(until Apr. 30th)
EARLY
CONFERENCE ONLY:
$350 USD

(until Apr. 30th)
(Includes: 2 Pre-Conference Sessions + Advance Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $545
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments)Regular Price: $425

 

TORONTO: November 11-13, 2016
EARLY BIRD
CONFERENCE BUNDLE:

$340 USD
(until 6/30)
EARLY
CONFERENCE ONLY:
$295 USD
(until 6/30)
(Includes: 1 Pre-Conference Session + Early Bird Conference Registration)
Regular Price: $435
(Includes entrance into all general sessions, breakout sessions, exhibits, morning and afternoon refreshments) Regular Price: $395

 

COMPLIMENTARY ACCESS TO INNOVATIVE SCHOOLS SUMMIT

The School Discipline Conference is part of the Innovative Schools Summit in Atlanta and Las Vegas.  School Discipline Conference attendees enjoy access to all Summit keynote presenters and breakout sessions on a space-available basis.

ATLANTA
June 19-22, 2016
LAS VEGAS
June 28-July 1, 2016
TORONTO
November 11-13, 2016
School Discipline Conference School Discipline Conference NextGen School Safety Conference
Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference School Discipline Conference
Innovative Teaching Strategies
Conference
Wired Differently Conference Wired Differently Conference
Innovative Counseling Strategies
Conference
NextGen School Safety Conference

CONFERENCE VENUES ANNOUNCED

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will be held June 19-22 at the beautiful Marriott Marquis, one of the premiere hotels in downtown Atlanta. Conveniently located in Peachtree Center, indoor MARTA access offers guests direct access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  This magnificent hotel is close to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and the College Football Hall of Fame. The breathtaking 52-story atrium is marked by the 50-foot color changing sail of Pulse, a cool cocktail lounge and symbol of this hotel.  Enjoy the onsite Starbucks and stay fit in the 24-hour Fitness Center.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta will feature:

  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference
  • The Innovative Teaching Strategies Conference
  • The Innovative Counseling Strategies Conference.

Take advantage of the Marriott Marquis discounted room rate of $149/nightwhen you book by May 23rd.  If you wish to reserve by phone, please call 866-469-5475.  The name of the group is 2016 Innovative Schools Summit.

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will convene at Caesars Palace, the iconic Las Vegas luxury hotel that sets the standard for opulent details and impeccable service. This classic, Roman-themed casino hotel is on the west side of the Strip between the Bellagio and the Mirage.  Perks include a coliseum-inspired performance venue with headliner entertainment, multiple pools, upscale shopping, a fountain show, nightclubs, a spa and a gym.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas will feature:

  • The Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • The School Discipline Conference
  • The Wired Differently Conference
  • The NextGen School Safety Conference

A limited number of Caesars Palace rooms are available at a discounted rate ($129 June 27-30; $279 July 1-2 single/double). Guests who prefer to phone in their reservations may call 866-227-5944 (there is a $15 phone reservation processing fee).  There is no fee to use the weblink.  The name of the group is2016 Innovative Schools Summit.

The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will convene at the Westin Harbour Castle, which is located on the shores of Lake Ontario – steps away from the Downtown Core via Toronto’s underground covered walkway. Take a walk along the revitalized waterfront, explore Toronto’s theatre and entertainment districts and discover delight in all that Toronto has to offer.  Perks include an indoor pool, fitness studio and spa.  The 2016 Innovative Schools Summit Toronto will feature:

• The NextGen School Safety Conference
• The School Discipline Conference
• The Wired Differently Conference

A limited number of rooms are available at The Westin Harbour Castle ($199 sgl/dbl $229 trpl $259 quad). The name of the group is Innovative Schools SummitBook by October 11th!

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

Proposals for presentations are now being accepted for School Discipline Conference events in Atlanta and Las Vegas!  Please submit the proposal form online or fax to 888-372-6061 or email your completed proposal form topd@accutrain.com.  The deadline for program proposals is April 30, 2016.

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.

ATLANTA SESSIONS:

How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach

Chicken Wings and Love: Working with Children from Trauma in Schools

Factors Related to Disproportionate Suspension Rates and Strategies to Mitigate Them

Teach With Passion, Manage With Compassion

At-Risk or Underserved: Focusing on What REALLY Matters in Student Learning

Student Discipline and the Social Media Threat in a Time of Terrorism: How Schools and Police Respond

How to Motivate the Unmotivated: Teaching With Poverty in Mind

Using Process Improvement Guidelines and Reflective Practice to Improve Student Learning and Engagement

Restorative Justice from Concept to Implementation

Power Struggles Unplugged

Less Talking – More Teaching

Behavior is a Symptom…NOT the Problem!

Does Discipline Have to be a FOUR-LETTER Word?

From Rhetoric to Praxis: Increasing Instructional Time Through Effective Classroom Management

Discipline: A Proactive-Teacher-Centered Approach

Policies, Practices and Procedures to Reroute the School-to-Prison Pipeline


LAS VEGAS SESSIONS:

Creating a Customized and Highly Effective Classroom Management Plan

How to Say No to Drugs: Let Me Count the Ways? The Influence of Random Drug Testing on School Culture and Climate

Learning Gap Gobbling: Teaching Strategies and Reducing Classroom Disruptions

The Suspension Question: What Schools Need to Know About Discipline Options

Chronic Absenteeism: A Tale of States

Discipline Without Stress: How to Handle EVERY Discipline Problem

Drag Them In and Dust Them Off: A Guide to Reducing Exclusionary Consequences that Lead to Truancy

Rewards or Relationships: What’s in Your School?

Into the Heart of Teaching: Fostering an Internal Locus of Control Within Ourselves and Our Students

Follow the Leader & Reduce Discipline! Developing Student Leadership at the Elementary Level

Proactive Choice: A Classroom Discipline Intervention that Fosters Brain Activity, Student Ownership and Positive Relationships

Does Discipline Have to be a FOUR-LETTER Word?

Teach with Passion, Manage with Compassion!

Transforming ISS: Utilizing Social Emotional Learning, Positive Behavior Intervention Supports, and Restorative Practices

Bad Kids Bad Kids, Whatcha Gonna Do?…

Transparency in Discipline Data

It’s Not You, It’s We

Using Effective Discipline Practices to Enhance Crisis Prevention/Response in Rural Schools

Implementing PBIS in Culturally Diverse Schools

Transforming Turnaround Schools

Struggling Students: Unlocking Their Strengths

Practical Resiliency Strategies to Help You Thrive as a Teacher

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