Conferences

Principal Kafele: 3 Questions for Empowering At-Risk Males

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Boy Brains & Engagement Keynoter Principal Baruti Kafele says “to excel in school, at-risk male learners need role models and dreams.”  While principal of Newark Tech High School, Kafele established the Young Men’s Empowerment Program to help his students overcome obstacles and establish a vision for their lives.

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Watch Principal Baruti Kafele share 3 questions to motivate and inspire at-risk males to to reach their potential.

Principal Kafele is an author, internationally-known motivator and urban school turnaround specialist.  He will present a keynote session at the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference in Atlanta.

Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled.  They are also more likely to drop out of school, and comprise only 43 percent of college students.  This conference will help educators understand and support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  REGISTER NOW!

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Hip Hop & Science: Dr. Chris Emdin

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Innovative Schools Summit Plenary Speaker Dr. Christopher Emdin believes teachers should be trained to value the unique realities of minority students by incorporating their culture into classroom instruction — an approach that sets both students and educators up for success.

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Watch Dr. Christopher Emdin explain how pairing #HipHopEd with science can help students plug into their learning.

Dr. Emdin, a professor at Columbia University, is founder of the #HipHopEd movement, and the author of the award-winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation, and The New York Times bestseller, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll Too.  He will deliver a closing session on the topic of STEM/STEAM at the At-Risk & Struggling Students Conference in Atlanta.

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 TODAY!

Student Names & School Culture

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What is the value of a student hearing his or her name pronounced correctly?

Learning to pronounce students’ names correctly — even if it takes a lot of effort/practice — can be a huge step toward communicating respect and helping students understand that educators value and celebrate diversity.

My Name, My Identity (www.mynamemyidentity.org) is a national campaign launched by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.  Organizers note that many students can feel shame because of their names, and sometimes even opt to change their given names to nicknames to avoid unwanted attention.

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Watch a PBS News Hour panel discuss the campaign, and how prioritizing proper pronunciation of each student’s name can promote positive school culture.

For educators and students who want to take action and practice pronouncing names correctly, the campaign website offers some helpful tools:

The School Climate & Culture forum 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!

Rosalind Wiseman: Balancing Popularity & Peer Relationships

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Rosalind Wiseman says that students can learn to channel popularity in positive, inclusive ways to better manage conflicts with peers.

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Watch Rosalind  Wiseman describe the role of popularity in balanced peer relationships.

Social activist and author of bestsellers Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World and Girls & Other Hazardous Materials, Wiseman will open the Innovative Schools Summit Atlanta.

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Dr. Yong Zhao: How Creativity Energizes School Culture

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Innovative Schools Summit Plenary Speaker Dr. Yong Zhao says “the process of creating is a natural desire of students — and one that schools could choose to systematically support — rather than squelching such instinctive learning urges. This need to be creative must be supported from a young age, thus the implications for school cultures is significant.”

Watch Dr. Yong Zhao explain how creativity encourages openness, intellectual risk-taking and novelty in students.

Dr. Zhao is an expert on globalization and education.  He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization.  Dr. Zhao will deliver a plenary presentation at the Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas.

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.  The School Climate & Culture forum 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!

Brain Scans: Predicting Male Engagement via Neural Resting States

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Dr. Michael Gurian says that the more words a teacher uses while teaching, the greater the likelihood that the male brain will become bored, drift, sleep or fidget.  In his book, The Minds of Boys, Gurian describes how “the male brain is set to renew, recharge, and reorient itself between tasks by moving to a ‘neural rest state.’”  When imagined how this might manifest in a classroom he writes:

image“With greater blood flow in the brain, girls tend to recharge neural focus without pronounced rest states; thus a girl can be bored with a lesson but keep her eyes open and take notes. Brain scans conducted by Dr. Daniel Amen have shown that in the resting female, there is just as much neural activity as in the male brain solving problems.  Female blood flow during brain rest is very active.  Male blood flow during a rest state is not.”

Tips for supporting male engagement in the classroom:

  • Keep verbal instructions to no more than one minute.
  • Provide “brain breaks” to allow for movement in the classroom.
  • Allow boys (and girls) to be occupied when sitting/listening is required. (Squeeze ball, doodling, pipe cleaners)

Founder of the Gurian Institute and New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, Dr. Gurian will present a plenary session entitled Boys and Girls Learn Differently:  Why Gender Based Instruction Works at the Boy Brains & Engagement Conference in Atlanta.

Boys are more likely to be held back, suspended or expelled.  They are also more likely to drop out of school, and comprise only 43 percent of college students.  This conference will help educators understand and support the unique neurochemistry of the male brain.  REGISTER NOW!

Adrenaline: Nature’s Own Ritalin – Dr. Ned Hallowell

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Plenary Speaker Dr. Ned Hallowell says students with ADHD tend to demonstrate impatience and lose focus unless they are under stress or handling multiple inputs. Stress leads to the production of adrenaline – which is chemically similar to the medications used to treat ADHD.

Watch Dr. Hallowell outline the chemical similarities between adrenaline and Ritalin.

Child & adult psychiatrist and founder of The Hallowell Centers, Dr. Ned Hallowell will deliver a keynote session entitled ADHD: It Can Make You or Break You at the Wired Differently Conference in Las Vegas.  REGISTER NOW!