Thanks for a great Area-Wide Professional Learning Day!

 

Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

Monday, Nov. 1, 2021
Online format: 8 a.m. to Noon

 

Local educators and school district staff joined together with Char-Em ISD staff on Nov. 1, 2021, for Area-Wide Professional Learning Day. Char-Em staff created this video to show area educators the importance of their role in the lives of local students and families!

 

Read the complete stories of our speakers:
Lakota Worthington, 2020 Pellston High School graduate
Rylan McVannel, 8th grade, East Jordan Middle School, Shoe Club member
Augustin and mom, Rebeca, 6th grade, Concord Academy Petoskey
McKenna Turner, Senior, Beaver Island Community School
Riley Saganek, Senior, East Jordan High School welding student


Welcome to the information page for the 2021 Char-Em ISD Area-Wide Professional Learning Day! Join us for an online learning opportunity with your colleagues ISD-wide, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. AWPLD will once again be held online, based on feedback from local administrators and staff.  Below you will find information about the keynote speaker and breakout sessions. There are two breakout sessions offered during the scheduled part of the day; optional third sessions in the afternoon are detailed below as well.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Registration deadline is Oct. 18, 2021. The online event platform Hopin will be used to host the event. 

Quick links to:

Schedule
Keynote
Breakout Sessions 1
Breakout Sessions 2
Breakout Sessions 3 (Optional)


Schedule for Nov. 1, 2021

7:45-8 a.m. – Begin logging in
8 a.m. – Welcome
8:10-9:10 a.m. – Keynote 
9:10-9:25 a.m. – Break
9:25-10:25 a.m. – Breakout Sessions 1
10:25-10:40 a.m. – Break
10:40-11:40 a.m. – Breakout Sessions 2
11:45 a.m. – Wrap-up

1-2:30 p.m. – Optional Breakout Sessions 3


Keynote Presenter

Relentless

Hamish Brewer               

About the Keynote: Sometimes you have to hear the things you don’t want to hear in order to move forward, to be better and to get results. Hamish will take you on a hard-hitting journey that will challenge you to rethink your practices to disrupt the norm and change the game. Find out if you have or are willing to go one more round, if you’re willing to advocate for every single person and child. Find out if you’re willing to take your school or organization to the next level.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, and community partners/agencies

About the presenter: Hamish Brewer, known as the relentless, tattooed, skateboarding principal from Northern Virginia, isn’t your typical principal. Hamish is high octane, constantly calling on his students to “Be Relentless.” Mr. Brewer has become known as an educational disrupter who transcends the status quo and typical educational norms. Under his leadership, his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia. Hamish will also host three breakout sessions. Learn more about Hamish Brewer


Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions will be facilitated by talented educators based on your educational needs. Following is an at-a-glance box of all sessions, then the session descriptions follow.
 
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Breakouts #1 – 9:25-10:25 a.m. 

Step up to Success: A Guide to Career/College Readiness in Northwest Michigan

Join Char-Em ISD Career and Technical Education staff on an interactive journey through career and college readiness! Char-Em ISD has created an innovative and interactive Career Staircase, digital and print graphic, that includes all the steps students can take as they prepare for their post-secondary lives.  The tool can be modeled by other districts and ISDs to clearly and creatively display the various programs and activities that engage students for kindergarten through graduation. 

Participants will:

  • Learn how Char-Em ISD developed a creative way to present Career Development.
  • Engage in a hands-on activity using the interactive Staircase tool.
  • Explore strategies to increase engagement in Career/College Readiness activities.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter
Tory Thrush
Career and College Readiness Consultant, Homeless Liaison, and Truancy Officer, Char-Em ISD

About the presenter
Tory Thrush has worked for the ISD in the Career and Technical Education Department for seven years. His path to get to where he is now was unique. He graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. Shortly after graduation he moved to Northern Michigan in 2012 where he worked as a youth worker for Lakeview Academy and eventually joined team Char-Em. More recently he completed his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University in 2018.  When not working Tory enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids and in the spring he coaches baseball for Boyne Falls High School.


It Takes a Village: Community Partnerships to Support the Whole Child

Representatives from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Alcona Health, North Country CMH and Char-Em ISD will share an update on the behavioral and mental health supports that are provided throughout the ISD. Participants will learn about available services, how to ensure that students have access to therapist support, and how the additional services fit within a comprehensive school system of support. In addition, data will be shared regarding the issues students are commonly struggling with and how educators can support students with certain needs in the classroom.

Participants will: 

  • Increase understanding of the services provided by community partner providers.
  • Gain knowledge about how to facilitate student access to provider support. 
  • Learn about the most common challenges students are experiencing.
  • Gain awareness of confidentiality requirements for minors and barriers that can impede access for students.
  • Learn skills to support mental health concerns in the classroom.

Audience : All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenters
Representatives from the Health Department of Northwest Michigan, Alcona Health, North Country Community Mental Health and Char-Em ISD

       


Bridging the Gap Between Families and Services

Many families feel uncomfortable asking for help or knowing where to go when they are in a crisis. Human service agencies come and go along with staff. What can you do? Come to know three methods to bridge the gap between families and the services they need to be successful.

Participants will:

  • Know what Concrete Support in Times of Need means and how it relates to the larger Protective Factors Framework. 
  • Learn how to bridge the gap between families and services through the following three methods: know your community; effectively link families to services and opportunities through the “no wrong door” community approach, and providing “warm transfer” for families to connect to resources; respecting family culture.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter
Maureen Hollocker
Director, Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties

About the presenter
Maureen Hollocker is the Director of the Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and Northern Antrim Counties in Michigan. The Strengthening Families Protective Factors approach is an essential tool for the Collaborative in working towards positive early childhood outcomes. Hollocker has led her community in this strengths-based approach to family engagement, and with her team created a promotional campaign about the five protective factors called “What Makes Your Family Strong?” (www.whatmakesyourfamilystrong.org)

In addition to her work with the Great Start Collaborative, she is the lead national trainer for the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance, a keynote/workshop presenter on the Strengthening Families Framework and Gallup StrengthsFinder, a board member for her local Child Abuse Prevention and Education Council, Northern Community Mediation, and the Resilient and Trauma Informed Community Task Force. Hollocker holds a bachelor of arts degree in communication from Michigan State University, master’s degree in public administration, and graduate certificates in nonprofit management and city management from Villanova University. Her passion for early childhood systems work comes from her personal experience as a parent and a great craving of social justice for children.


Promoting Self-Regulation, Emotional Well-Being and Social Connections: The Important Role of Interoception, the 8th Sense

Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to feel internal body signals like a full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly notice and interpret these internal body signals enables us to accurately identify and manage how we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Interoceptive differences are very common in a variety of students including those with autism, trauma and attachment disorders, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and behavioral challenges. Interoception is emerging as a key factor in the development of emotional well-being and healing from trauma. Given the potential impact of the current pandemic, understanding interoception is more important than ever. This session will provide an overview of what the latest research tells us about interoception as well as how this sense influences areas such as self-regulation, emotional well-being and social participation.

Participants will:

  • Define and understand interoception, our 8th sensory system.
  • Describe the impact that interoception has on areas such as self-regulation and social participation.
  • Identify signs that a student could benefit from interoception-based supports.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter:
Dr. Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L 

About the presenter
Dr. Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L earned a doctorate in occupational therapy from Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. She has been an occupational therapist for 18 years, serving school-aged children and adults. She is the winner of multiple awards including the 2020 American Occupational Therapy Association Emerging and Innovative Practice Award and a Mom’s Choice Gold Medal. Maher is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, and is actively involved in several research projects pertaining to topics such as interoception, self-regulation, trauma and autism. She is an international speaker and presents frequently on topics related to the eight resources she has authored including The Interoception Curriculum: A Step-by-Step Framework for Developing Mindful Self-Regulation.


Structuring the Physical Environment

In this session, Dr. Stephanie Grant will provide strategies for creating a trauma-informed environment to aid students in experiencing felt-safety in the school. Information related to classroom and common area structure will be presented. Examples will be provided. The use of visuals will be discussed. This session is appropriate for all grade levels.

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of why the environment plays such a large role in student success.
  • Learn at least three ways to change their school environment to best support student regulation and success.
  • Learn the value of using visual aids in the school setting.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals

Presenter
Stephanie Grant
PhD, LPC, IMH-E, development psychologist

About the presenter
Stephanie Grant, PhD, LPC, IMH-E, is trained as a Developmental Psychologist and is licensed as a Professional Counselor. She currently works as the Director of Community Education and Advocacy at Developmental Enhancement in Holland, Michigan. She has separate masters degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy and Psychology and a PhD in Lifespan Developmental Psychology. Her clinical and research interests focus on working with infants and children with attachment concerns and trauma histories, specifically those who have adoption or foster care backgrounds. She has worked as a clinician, professor, and a researcher.  She has also parented biological, adopted, and foster children.


One More Round with Q&A

In education we have many situations where everyone knows when and how to say the right things, sing kumbaya and go through the motions of saying I make a difference. The truth is so many educators and leaders back this up by getting bogged down in toxic conversations that focus on the uncontrollable external and internal factors and all the excuses for why we can’t make a difference.

The truth of the matter is the inspiring work that we do is hard work, it’s not easy and it doesn’t come without sacrifice to both ourselves and all those around us. The sooner we acknowledge and embrace this the sooner we feel liberated from all the toxic internal and external factors that weigh us all down in our effort to make a difference each and every day. “One More Round” is a metaphor for acknowledging all the hard work that goes into the opportunity that comes with being a relentless educator. In our roles as leaders and educators there are going to be many circumstances that are going to knock us down and challenge us all on our ability to get back up each and every time and come back for more.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, and community partners/agencies

Presenter
Hamish Brewer
Principal, inspirational speaker, keynote presenter

About the presenter
Hamish Brewer is an award-winning principal at both the secondary and elementary school levels. He was recognized in 2017 as the NAESP Nationally Distinguished Principal and Virginia Principal of the year. He has also been recognized as the 2016 VAESP School Bell Award and ASCD Virginia Impact Award. In 2018 Hamish was named a Northern Virginian of the year by Northern Virginia Magazine and the 2018 Principal of the Year for the online national publication – Education Dive. In 2019 Prince William County Public Schools named Hamish the school divisions Principal of the Year. In 2020 Hamish was recognized by Omega U as the principal of the year. Under his leadership, his elementary school was recognized as a Nationally Distinguished Title 1 School, and Hamish has since gone on to turn around one of the toughest middle schools in the state of Virginia. Brewer is currently a doctoral student at Virginia Tech University. 


Creativity and Mindfulness: Expanding Creative Potential in Art, Music, Physical Education, Coaching and Beyond

This session is developed for coaches and teachers of art, music, and physical education. Educators who are interested in incorporating mindfulness to expand the creative process may also find this session useful. With a brief overview of mindfulness and real-world applications and a didactic session for facilitating mindfulness with students, participants will come away with ideas to help engage and enrich student experiences.

Participants will:

  • Learn how mindfulness is integrated into settings outside of the traditional classroom. 
  • Gain a better understanding of how mindfulness can support creative exploration
  • Have time to explore integrating mindfulness into art, music, physical education, and coaching environments.

Audience: Teachers grades K-12, coaches

Presenters
Amy Janssens,
Mindfulness Instructor
Lynne DeMoor, MS, RDN,
Community Health Coordinator, Health Department of Northwest Michigan

About the presenters
Amy Janssens is an experienced mindfulness and MBSR instructor, parent coach, and educator. She shares mindfulness practices with educators, K-12 students, and adults. Janssens and Demoor are currently supporting the integration of mindfulness into three districts in northern Michigan. She is a  licensed teacher in the state of Michigan, Mindful Schools Certified Mindfulness Instructor, and MBSR teacher training through the Mindfulness Center at Brown University. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Michigan State University. 

Lynne DeMoor, MS, RDN, Community Health Coordinator and Nutritionist, Health Department of Northwest Michigan.  DeMoor has been a practitioner of mindfulness for over 25 years. She has received training in the Mindful Schools Curriculum, MBEAT—Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training, and attended many training sessions on mindfulness. Together with Janssens, she facilitated mindfulness in 25 classrooms, grades K-5, in 2019. As a Community Health Coordinator, Lynne coordinates projects that make it easier for community members to nourish both body and mind.


Centering Equity: Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

This session focuses on unpacking the MAP Center’s definition and framework of educational equity. Educational equity encompasses all students’ rights to access a high-quality, transformative education—one that cannot be realized if we are inattentive to minoritized students’ persistent barriers which perpetuate systemic inequities (Whiteman, Thorius, Skelton, & Kyser, 2015).

Participants will:

  • Articulate the MAP Center’s definition and framework for educational equity.
  • Foster the development of their own critical consciousness.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenters
Erin Sanborn, Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center
Dr. Amy Sekhar, Assistant Director of Technical Assistance of the MAP Center within the Great Lakes Equity Center
Je’ Nobia LaVon Smith, Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center)

About the presenters
Erin Sanborn is a Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Urban Education Studies, at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, concentrating on the areas of Critical Whiteness Studies and Teacher Education. Her research interests take a socio-cultural approach to analyze the interaction of whiteness within teacher identity and teacher learning in equity-focused initiatives; specifically, analyzing how individual positionality, bias, power, and privilege drive pedagogy language and curriculum.

 

Dr. Amy Sekhar is the Assistant Director of Technical Assistance of the Midwest and Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center) within the Great Lakes Equity Center.  In this role, she manages the design and delivery of on-site and web-based professional development content and provides professional learning technical assistance to clients within the center’s 13-state region.  Sekhar has worked as Associate Professor of French and as the Executive Director of the Ron and Laura Strain Honors College at the University of Indianapolis.  

 

Je’ Nobia LaVon Smith currently serves as a Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center). She is a Doctoral Student in the Urban Education Studies Program at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), where her research focuses on the experiences of historically marginalized groups of people in digital communities, with an emphasis on gaming and educational technology. 

 

 


So, What’s Wrong with Kids These Days? Supporting Students in a Complicated World

It is no secret that we live in an increasingly complex world and that this complexity has resulted in several challenges for social and emotional development of youth today.  In this session, Jim gets back to the developmental basics and helps to give you some ideas about how we can better understand and support youth in an ever-changing and complicated world.

Participants will learn:

  • About the tenets of emotional health.
  • The impact of different developmental experiences on the development of balanced psychology.
  • Specific strategies that can be used to help youth develop resilience.

Audience: Teachers pre K-grade 12, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter
Jim Harris
MSW, Ed.E., and owner of Opportunities Consulting Services

About the presenter
Jim Harris, MSW, Ed.E. is the owner of Opportunities Consulting Services and the Associate Director of the West Virginia Autism Training Center at Marshall University.  He has had several roles in the health and human services field throughout his career as an early interventionist, parent educator, educational consultant, university professor, and behavioral health therapist. Harris has presented at a variety of conferences from the local to the international levels on such topics as behavioral intervention, parenting, positive behavior support, trauma-informed care, organizational change, and many more.  He is the creator of “10 Things You Need to Know About Kids”, an audio program that helps parents and teachers be more effective in their work with children. He has also worked with a variety of public and private entities including the Fred Rogers Company, United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Justice, and many more.


Who’s Talking? Who’s Listening? Student Voice in Continuous Improvement

This session will introduce participants to the idea of student voice in the school improvement process. Various ways to collect and provide students the opportunity to improve their classrooms and schools will be presented. Participants will have an opportunity to reflect on ways students currently have a voice in their local context, and ways that might expand to impact learning.

Participants will:

  • Reflect on whose voices are currently heard in the school improvement process.
  • Explore ways to collect perception data you can use to improve classroom practice, or school wide policies, including Co-generative Dialogue, student focus groups.
  • Extend thinking to spaces and areas where student voice can be represented inside our buildings.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff

Presenters
Simeon Frang, Assistant Superintendent, Orchard View Schools
Judy Walton, Eastern Middle School Principal, Forest Hills Schools

About the presenters

Simeon Frang is Assistant Superintendent of Orchard View Schools and a recovering traditionalist, who is looking for new metrics to measure the success of schools through hope, engagement and belonging. Simeon completed his doctorate of K-12 Educational Administration through MSU in the Spring of 2017, and continues to promote student and staff voice in his role at Orchard View.

Judy Walton is Eastern Middle School Principal at Forest Hills Schools. She is an advocate for learning who values the voices of parents, staff and students in her practice. Walton completed her doctorate of K-12 Educational Administration through MSU in the Spring of 2017, and continues to promote student and staff voice in her role as Principal at Forest Hills Eastern Middle School.

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Breakouts #2 – 10:40-11:40 a.m.

Bridging the Gap Between Families and Services

(Repeat of Session 1 on the same topic) Many families feel uncomfortable asking for help or knowing where to go when they are in a crisis. Human service agencies come and go along with staff. What can you do? Come to know three methods to bridge the gap between families and the services they need to be successful.

Participants will:

  • Know what Concrete Support in Times of Need means and how it relates to the larger Protective Factors Framework. 
  • Learn how to bridge the gap between families and services through the following three methods: know your community; effectively link families to services and opportunities through the “no wrong door” community approach, and providing “warm transfer” for families to connect to resources; respecting family culture.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter
Maureen Hollocker
Director, Great Start Collaborative of Charlevoix, Emmet and northern Antrim counties  (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


Promoting Self-Regulation, Emotional Well-Being and Social Connections: The Important Role of Interoception, the 8th Sense

(Repeat of Session 1 on the same topic)  Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to feel internal body signals like a full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. Research indicates that our ability to clearly notice and interpret these internal body signals enables us to accurately identify and manage how we feel: Are we Anxious? Getting Frustrated? Hungry? Full? In pain? Needing the bathroom? Interoceptive differences are very common in a variety of students including those with autism, trauma and attachment disorders, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, anxiety, depression and behavioral challenges. Interoception is emerging as a key factor in the development of emotional well-being and healing from trauma. Given the potential impact of the current pandemic, understanding interoception is more important than ever. This session will provide an overview of what the latest research tells us about interoception as well as how this sense influences areas such as self-regulation, emotional well-being and social participation.

Participants will:

  • Define and understand interoception, our 8th sensory system.
  • Describe the impact that interoception has on areas such as self-regulation and social participation.
  • Identify signs that a student could benefit from interoception-based supports.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter:
Dr. Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


What is College?

Since its founding in 2010, Michigan College Access Network has known that college changes everything—and perhaps even more critical to our mission is the belief that college is for everyone. College is a loaded work, and as an organization with college in our name we are comfortable engaging in conversations about the role and importance of education after high school. The Michigan College Access Network aims to help students in Michigan access and attain college certificates and degrees—the foundation for success in a knowledge-based economy—so they can achieve a lifetime of their own goals, both economically and intellectually.  Seventy percent of jobs required education after high school, yet only 45% of Michigan’s residents hold a certificate or a degree.  Join this session to learn about the landscape of college, the necessity of education beyond high school, and how we can support you as you support students in identifying their credential pathway.

Participants will gain an understanding of:

  • Labor market projections and the connection to educational needs.
  • The case-making data to pursue education beyond high school.
  • Different types of college education credentials.
  • Orientation to credential pathways.
  • MCAN, our resources, and how we can help.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors

Presenter
Jamie Jacobs, Deputy Director of Michigan College Access Network

About the presenter
Jamie Jacobs is the Deputy Director of Michigan College Access Network and has worked in the education and nonprofit field for more than ten years. After pursuing a career in electrical engineering, she made a career change to education. Jacobs earned a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and then attended the University for graduate school, earning a master of arts in student affairs administration from the College of Education. Jacobs began her nonprofit career in 2011 at MCAN. Over the last decade, she has served in many capacities for the organization including intern, program director, director of professional development, senior director of high school innovation, and now as deputy director since November 2019. 


Strategies for Prevention and Co-regulation

In this session, Dr. Stephanie Grant will present trauma-informed strategies that support student regulation in the school environment. A brief explanation of why traditional behavioral management strategies fail to be consistently effective will be provided. Strategies relevant for prevention and intervention will be presented, as will strategies for individual and group settings.

Participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of why traditional behavior management strategies may not be consistently effective with all students.
  • Learn at least three strategies they can use with individual students.
  • Learn at least three strategies they can use in a group setting.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter
Stephanie Grant
PhD, LPC, IMH-E, development psychologist  (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


School Improvement

Hamish Brewer is an award-winning leader and school turnaround expert, who has turned around multiple schools, both at the elementary and secondary levels, while working with some of the most at-risk students in America. Brewer will share his secrets to his school’s success with not only research best practices, but also through the effective practices he has implemented. Improve your culture, your instruction and processes – and get results!

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, and community partners/agencies

Presenter
Hamish Brewer (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


Centering Equity: Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child

(Repeat of Session 1 on the same topic)  This session focuses on unpacking the MAP Center’s definition and framework of educational equity. Educational equity encompasses all students’ rights to access a high-quality, transformative education—one that cannot be realized if we are inattentive to minoritized students’ persistent barriers which perpetuate systemic inequities (Whiteman, Thorius, Skelton, & Kyser, 2015).

Participants will:

  • Articulate the MAP Center’s definition and framework for educational equity.
  • Foster the development of their own critical consciousness.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenters
Erin Sanborn, Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center
Je’ Nobia LaVon Smith, 
Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center)
Dr. Amy Sekhar,
Assistant Director of Technical Assistance of the MAP Center within the Great Lakes Equity Center
(See bio information for presenters in Session 1 breakout details.)
  


Behavior Support:  First Things First

It is well documented that one of the major challenges in education today is supporting the social emotional development of students and addressing behavioral challenges. In this presentation, Jim Harris shares with you a framework of understanding behavior support and practical strategies to use as a foundation.

Participants will learn the importance of:

  • Mindset with addressing challenging behavior.
  • A multi-tiered approach for behavior support.
  • Teaching and feedback systems when teaching new behaviors.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals

Presenter
Jim Harris
MSW, Ed.E., and owner of Opportunities Consulting Services  (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


Who’s Talking? Who’s Listening? Student Voice in Continuous Improvement – Diving deeper

This deeper dive will extend on the concepts and ideas explored during the first session and will provide participants time to expand and explore their understanding through a set of curated web resources, and allow for planning time, space and feedback loops for participants to develop an assist map and next steps within their local context.

Participants will:

  • Explore expanded resources available to support this work.
  • Develop an asset map to understand opportunities in your local context.
  • Identify next steps and receive and share feedback with other participants.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff

Presenters
Simeon Frang, Assistant Superintendent, Orchard View Schools
Judy Walton, Eastern Middle School Principal, Forest Hills Schools
(See bio information for presenters in Session 1 breakout details.)

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Breakouts #3 – OPTIONAL – 1-2:30 p.m.

Practical Interoception-Based Strategies for Nurturing Self-Regulation, Social Participation and Emotional Well-Being

This session will be a continuation of the morning interoception session and will provide evidence-based strategies for supporting interoception growth within the school setting. Participants will learn how to successfully adapt the approach presented to match the needs of students with a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and ages. 

Participants will:

  • Identify at least three interoception-based strategies.
  • Describe one method of adapting interoception-based work to meet the needs of each learner.
  • Describe the evidence that supports the use of the interoception-based strategies presented.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter
Dr. Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


Developing a Roadmap for Creating a Trauma Competent School

In this session, participants will be guided through how to begin developing a roadmap to guide their school/district/ISD towards becoming trauma competent. Guidance and discussion will be equally utilized in this session, as will time for participants to begin developing their own plans. This session will be specifically appropriate for administrators, social workers, psychologists, and those serving on MTSS/PBIS/trauma/school culture teams. Individuals or teams are encouraged to attend.

Participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of next steps to take for their school/district/ISD in becoming trauma competent.
  • Increase their understanding of timeline requirements for developing a trauma competent school that is particular to their own entity.
  • Develop at least three strategies applicable to their own entity for becoming trauma competent.

Audience: Administrators, counselors, ISD staff, members of PBIS/MTSS/school culture/trauma team

Presenter
Stephanie Grant

PhD, LPC, IMH-E, development psychologist  (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


Essential Skills for the Paraprofessional Role

This workshop for paraprofessional staff will focus on the skills that are critical to their role in the classroom and with supporting individual students. The key topics of effective communication, behavior intervention and supporting student independence will be discussed and tools and resources will be shared. This session is appropriate for anyone in the paraprofessional role who is supporting classrooms, small groups, or individual students.

Participants will gain:

  • Increased understanding of student behavior and appropriate adult responses.
  • Strategies for engaging in effective communication with colleagues.
  • Tools and resources for measuring and increasing student growth.
  • New knowledge of the paraprofessional role in increasing student independence.

Audience: Paraprofessionals

Presenters
Ben Hicks, Char-Em ISD Director of Special Education
Kelly Rogers, Char-Em ISD Transition Coordinator 


Leadership Q&A

Are you an aspiring leader, a new leader or a leader who just wants to rethink the work you are doing? Hamish will provide a session that will walk you through how to get it right from the beginning and ensure you do not fall into the trap of making mistakes you cannot rebound from. Come on a journey that will help grow and develop your leadership skill set from talking to others, decision making, and building a vision and mission that helps create an award winning school or business.

Audience: Administrators and teacher leaders

Presenter
Hamish Brewer (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)


Centering Equity: Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community-A Deeper Dive Into Critical Consciousness

In this session we will discuss how to create and sustain school conditions, such that ALL students experience affirming learning environments that position them as knowledge producers and enable them to graduate as critical thinkers, with an appreciation and love of themselves, their communities, the larger society and the world, as well as empowered and equipped to make decisions and actions toward self-determination and positive social change.

Participants will:

  • Identify essential shifts in leadership practices needed for equity-centered transformative change.
  • Articulate commitment to engaging in transformative change towards educational equity.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners agencies

Presenters
Erin Sanborn, 
Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center
Je’ Nobia LaVon Smith, 
Doctoral Research Assistant for the Midwest & Plains Equity Assistance Center (MAP Center)
Dr. Amy Sekhar,
Assistant Director of Technical Assistance of the MAP Center within the Great Lakes Equity Center
(See bio information for presenters in Session 1 breakout details.)
  


Collaborating with Parents:  More Than Pizza & Inflatables?

Today more than ever, the ability for educational professionals to collaborate with parents is crucial for the success of the children they serve.  This workshop focuses on “real world” knowledge and skills to collaborate more effectively with parents. 

In this workshop, Jim Harris helps participants to develop a better understanding of the roles of parents in society today and how those roles can impact the parent-provider relationship.  He uses this understanding to help providers develop real-world strategies, so they can be applied immediately in your work with families.

Participants will learn: 

  • The importance of mindset when supporting parents
  • About the potential barriers for parent collaboration. 
  • Specific strategies to use to improve relationships/collaboration with teachers.

Audience: All teachers, administrators, counselors, ISD staff, paraprofessionals, support staff, community partners/agencies

Presenter
Jim Harris
MSW, Ed.E., and owner of Opportunities Consulting Services  (See bio information in Session 1 breakout details.)

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REGISTER NOW! Deadline is Oct. 18, 2021

Questions, further assistance

If you have questions about Nov. 1, 2021, please contact Pam Ciganick.

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