School Climate & Culture Forum

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!

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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!

Dr. Yong Zhao: Every Child is a Rudolph

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Innovative Schools Summit Plenary Speaker Dr. Yong Zhao believes that students are born with innate emotional and creative differences and strengths.  He emphasizes this human need for fulfillment and says:

“If you consider positive psychology, you see that everyone wants to pursue self-actualization, self-transcendence – they want to be valuable to others.”

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Watch Dr. Yong Zhao illustrate how multiple intelligences accentuate student diversity – a vital element of positive school culture.

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!

Larry Thompson: An Often Overlooked Component of School Climate

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Larry Thompson says that when researchers and experts are discussing school climate, one important component is often overlooked.

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Watch Larry Thompson discuss underlying causes of school culture issues.

Author of Roadmap to Responsibility, Larry Thompson will conduct a pre-conference session and a featured session in Orlando.  He will also present a pre-conference session in 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!

2018 SCHOOL CLIMATE & CULTURE FORUM VENUES ANNOUNCED

ORLANDO – March 23-25, 2018!

The School Climate & Culture Forum is part of the 2018 Innovative Schools Summit Orlando, which will convene at the Caribe Royale March 23-25, 2018.  Attendees receive complimentary access (on a space-available basis) to all Summit events including:

  • School Climate & Culture Forum
  • School Discipline Conference
  • Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference
  • Counseling Strategies & Resources Conference

 

A limited number of rooms are available at a special conference room rate of $179/night.  Space is limited. If you wish to reserve by phone, please call 888-251-7501. The name of the group is Innovative Schools Summit.

The School Climate & Culture Forum is part of the 2018 Innovative Schools Summit Las Vegas, which will convene at Caesars Palace, July 10-13, 2018.  Attendees receive complimentary access (on a space-available basis) to all Summit events including:

  • School Climate & Culture Forum
  • School Discipline Conference
  • Wired Differently Conference
  • NextGen School Safety Conference

​A limited number of Caesars rooms are available at a special conference room rate of $149 7/9-7/12, $289 for 7/13.  Space is limited. Reserve your room today! Guests who prefer to phone in their reservations may call 866-227-5944.  (Caesars charges a fee to book by phone). The name of the group is Innovative Schools Summit OR SCISS8.

Dr. William Noel: Replicating “IT-ability” for Building Rapport with Students

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Dr. William Noel says the ability to create relationships that lead to a welcoming and productive learning environment can be replicated – and that smiling and being “PASIYV” will a go a long way in building rapport with students.

Watch Dr. William Noel discuss how to reproduce the “IT-ability” of some educators gifted in relationship-building.

Dr. Noel is Director of Student Support & Disciplinary Review Office for Henrico County Public Schools.  He will conduct a breakout session entitled How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach in 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. This event 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!

Principal Kafele: Cultivating Sense of Belonging to Support Students in Poverty

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Principal Kafele says that student poverty often coexists with family dysfunction — and underscores the importance of creating a supportive environment for optimal learning.

Watch Principal Kafele explain how creating a sense of family can remove barriers to learning.

Principal Kafele will deliver the following sessions at the School Climate & Culture Forum in Las Vegas:

  • School Leadership Strategies for Creating a Climate and Culture of Excellence
  • Closing the ATTITUDE Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success

A Message from Steph Jensen – “Positive Alternatives to Zero-Tolerance” Session in Vegas!

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A message from Steph Jensen:

Watch Steph Jensen outline her session, Integrating Positive Alternatives to Zero-Tolerance.

Award-winning author and international speaker, Steph Jensen will present a keynote session at the School Climate & Culture Conference.  

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. This event 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!

SAMPLE SESSIONS

  • Student-Led Discipline: Teaching Your Students to Manage Themselves
  • Effective Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask!
  • How to Motivate the Unmotivated: Teaching with Poverty in Mind
  • How to Reach the (Sometimes) Hard-to-Reach

Click to see a preliminary listing of Summit sessions.

PRE-CONFERENCES – TUESDAY, JUNE 27TH – ADD A CONFERENCE BUNDLE!

MORNING PRE-CONFERENCES: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Larry Thompson, M.Ed. – Closing the Exits off the Road to Responsibility: Supportive, Non-Exclusionary Discipline
  • Rick Shaw – Effective Climate Surveys: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Ask
  • Mike Paget, M.Ed. – The PBIS/MTSS Maze: Avoiding Dangerous Pitfalls & Finding the Path to Success
  • Kaye Randall, MSW, LISW-CP – Teaching Self-Regulation: Helping Students Excel in School & Life

​AFTERNOON PRE-CONFERENCES: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Brian Mendler, M.Ed. – Motivating & Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested & Disruptive Students
  • Richard Guerry – Cultivating Positive School Climate with Guidelines & Tools for Digital Abuse Prevention
  • Eric Clark, M.Ed. – 25 Tech Tools Teachers Can Use to Enhance Student Engagement
  • Stephanie Jensen, MS, LPC – Mean Girls: Addressing & Preventing Bullying, Cyberbullying & Relational