Featured Speakers – Crowd Favorites!
Shauna King, Ed.S.
Breakout Session 1 – I Can’t Take Recess, So What Do I Do: Strategies for Developing Effective Consequences
Summary: This session will review the elements of an effective discipline system, define functions of positive and negative consequences and identify a 4 step tool for creating in class consequences for elementary/middle school students.
Breakout Session 2 – Hope Is Not a Four-Letter Word: Maximizing Our Belief in All Students
Summary: Every day, in schools across the country, students are beating the odds. It takes hard work, compassionate communities, and dedicated teachers and school leaders. But it starts with a belief that students, despite their background, can succeed. In this session, participants will be challenged to examine their belief about children and be able to walk away with a lens and tools to promote equity, hope and success for all.
Breakout Session 3 – Change Your Language, Change Their Lives: What You Can Say Differently Today to Transform the Tomorrows of Our Youth
Summary: Neuroscience discoveries have revolutionized our understanding of how the brains of our children learn and grow. In particular, brain research reveals how the specific language used by adults who teach, mentor, counsel and parent youth has a much more profound effect on their development than previously realized. Walk away with some new strategies and a new way of talking to youth that builds resilience, promotes intrinsic motivation, enhances cognitive stimulation and creates kaleidoscope thinkers. What you say matters, more than you ever knew!
Shauna King, Ed.S. is an educational consultant who also serves as adjunct faculty for LaSalle University, a school climate coach with The University of Maryland Positive School Center and a certified presenter for the TranZed Institute. She is a former principal, classroom teacher and PBIS district coordinator with over 20 years of experience in public and non-public school settings. Shauna is the author of School Smart: It’s More than Just Reading and Writing. Shauna is a proud wife and mother of two children, who are the joy of her life. She is also an active member of her church where she serves on the Leadership Team and as Chairperson of the Drama Ministry.
Dr. Steve Parese
Breakout Session 1 – Acting Out, or Just Acting Up?
Summary: Staff are often called upon to manage problem behaviors which distract or disrupt a peaceful living or learning environment setting. Handling these situations can be extremely challenging, especially when the adult isn’t clear about the source of the problem. This workshop explores two psychological sources of problem behaviors, one deliberate and the other emotional, then offers strategies for both preventing and managing each.
Breakout Session 2 – You Can Lead A Horse to Water: Guiding and Inspiring Change Resistant Youth
Summary: The old saying goes: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Helping professionals lead needy youth toward the well of self-improvement, yet they often refuse our aid. This informative and inspiring workshop will explore three important topics. First, why is change is so hard, even when it is necessary? Second, what predictable stages do successful self-changers go through? And finally, what can we do to motivate ourselves and others (including youth) to willingly make positive changes?
Breakout Session 3 – What’s In YOUR Wallet? Understanding Adult Anger
Summary: Troubled children and youth can push problems to the limits, and learn how to push buttons on staff as well. Staff who work to manage these challenging students can sometimes find themselves taking problems too personally, especially when our own issues get triggered. This workshop provides valuable insights helpful in maintaining a professional perspective in challenging situations.
Breakout Session 4 – “Leave Me Alone…Wait, Come Back” – Understanding Traumatized Youth
Summary: Emotionally troubled youth, especially those have experienced trauma and abandonment, have learned to be relationship-wary. To avoid deeper loss and pain, they have developed patterns of behavior that allow them to control disappointments by sabotaging relationships before they fail on their own. Unaware, staff may find themselves feeding into these self-defeating patterns, rejecting children instead of correcting behavior. Participants in this deeply insightful workshop gain valuable knowledge and skills needed to maintain a helpful perspective in challenging situations with especially challenging teens.
Dr. Steve Parese is a specialist in cognitive-behavioral and crisis interventions for challenging populations, such as at-risk youth, former offenders, and welfare to work individuals. Currently an author, teacher, and international speaker, Steve has worked as a wilderness counselor in the mountains of North Carolina, special education teacher in Maryland’s suburbs, and university professor in Washington, DC. For the past 20 years, he has lived in the small mountain town of Danbury, NC, where he is active in his church and community.