Welcome to AWPLD Day 2019!

Welcome from Pam


Presenter bios

Morning Sessions

Afternoon sessions – anchor tags

Morning Sessions


SESSION 1                    

All Children are Our Children – Building the Pillars of Academic Press and Personalization to Support the Success of all Students

Presenter: Sonia Stewart Ed.D. – Executive Officer of Organizational Development
Audience: Teachers grades 6-12, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, community partners/agencies
Category: Collective Teacher Efficacy, Social and Emotional Learning, Positive School Culture

This session will emphasize the necessity for schools and school districts to balance both academic press and personalization. With a renewed focus and commitment to the importance of addressing the needs of the whole child, we will explore best practice strategies necessary for students’ social, emotional, and academic development. Utilizing the success of the turnaround work done at Pearl-Cohn High School in Metro Nashville Public Schools, participants will be exposed to a transformational model and inspired to rethink multi-tier systems of support as central to social, emotional and academic development for all students.

Participants will:
• reflect on the current realities faced by our students and why a holistic approach is necessary for success.
examine the central components of academic press applied at the classroom and school level.
• examine central components of deep personalization in schools rooted in a culture of belonging.


SESSION 2                   

Cognitive Functions are Built on Emotional Functions

Presenter: Dina Rocheleau – Assistant Superintendent, Ferndale Schools
Audience: Teachers kindergarten – grade 8, administrators, ISD staff
Category: Collective Teacher Efficacy, Social and Emotional Learning, Positive School Culture

Putting social and emotional learning at the core of our work allows us to provide opportunities to students with more rigor and relevance, leading to instructional improvements. Relationships are essential for learning and are at the heart of our work. SEL is not a single program or teaching method. It involves coordinated strategies and a shift in our adult mindset. We understand that to truly support ALL students we must change our daily routines as adults and use the research we know. Throughout the session, participants will be engaged in dialogue, activities, and true learning that will foster a strong start to a brand new school year.

Participants will:

  • learn how to navigate the shaky waters moving from a traditional school discipline model to a systemic approach that creates safe, equitable, and purposeful learning environments. 
  • walk away with practical tools and strategies to utilize and personalize to their own educational setting. 
  • learn and gain access to the SEL K-5 Learning Modules developed and utilized daily in Ferndale Schools.


SESSION 3                   

Creating an Engaging 21st Century Classroom

Presenter: Michael Bonner – Teacher, South Greenville Elementary
Audience: Teachers prekindergarten – grade 8, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, and support staff
Category: Social and Emotional Learning, Positive School Culture

Educators who value the importance of becoming a better teacher are always looking for innovative and engaging ways to brighten up their classroom. In this breakout session, teachers will get a chance to visually and physically step into Bonner’s classroom! He will break down his “why” behind the methods he uses and share with educators different tactics he has found to be effective within his classroom. From relationship strategies to innovative applications, this breakout session addresses educating the whole child so that all students can succeed!

Participants will:

  • gather information on the mental/emotional aspects of the education profession and how to combat teacher burnout.
  • learn the different components of “whole brain teaching.” Teachers will then learn how to implement this teaching technique in the classroom to create high levels of learning. 
  • learn about the newest technological tools that can enhance student learning.



Incorporating Mindfulness into Your Life: Making Time for You

Presenter: Amy Dye Janssens – Mindfulness Instructor
Audience: Teachers prekindergarten – grade 12; administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies
Category: Collective Teacher Efficacy, Social and Emotional Learning, Positive School Culture

Are you interested in bringing mindfulness to others? The first step starts with you. This session offers a basic understanding of mindfulness and encourages ways to reduce stress, increase happiness, and live intentionally. During our time together, we will focus on growing a personal mindfulness practice and understand the importance of self-care. Together, we will explore ways to be more fully present in our lives so we can support those in our learning communities. 

Participants will:

  • gain an understanding of how stress affects a person’s brain and body.
  • develop a deeper sense of emotional regulation when working with others.
  • learn how to utilize gratitude as a method of building positive connections. 



Seven Catalysts for Affective Conflict that Can Damage or Diminish Trust

Presenter: David J Hulings – Author, Motivational Transitional Coach
Audience: Teachers prekindergarten – grade 12, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies
Category: Positive School Culture 

Picture trust as a fine piece of china or glassware. With just one slip of the hand, it can be shattered; forever in disrepair. What does that “slip of the hand” look like in a healthy organization?  What can sneak into our cultures and knock trust out of our hands? In this session, we will visit seven catalysts that can destroy trust and how to begin to work through them to put trust back together again. Destroyed trust is not always repairable … but it is never repairable if we don’t have a system to begin the restoration process. In this session, we will learn how to use the techniques in a restorative trust process. 

Participants will:

  • be able to identify seven catalysts that damage or diminish trust.
  • explore possible fears these seven catalysts can create in a culture. 
  • learn the “assurances” these fears need to replace the fears with restorative trust. 




Trauma-Informed Theory Into Action!  Classroom Strategies that Work 

Presenter: Mathew Portell – Principal, Fall-Hamilton Elementary
Audience: Teachers prekindergarten – grade 5, administrators, counselors, paraprofessionals, support staff
Category: Social and Emotional Learning, Positive School Culture

An alarming number of students in American schools today face significant adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), and the various life challenges they bring to the classroom are likely to interfere with their ability to experience school success. We explore practical, trauma-informed strategies educators can use to promote supportive classroom culture and practices that optimize student resilience by creating a trauma-informed classroom.

Participants will:

  • reflect on current practices that are utilized in the classroom to support all students in a trauma-informed way. 
  • explore and reflect on the various indicators of a trauma-informed classroom.
  • explore and engage in the implementation of trauma-informed classroom practices to promote student connection and resilience. 

Afternoon Sessions




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