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Gender-Based Education
This session will be lead by Steph Jensen, MS, LPC, an award-winning author and international speaker recognized for her insight and understanding of relational aggression. She combines 15 years of practice in the fields of education and counseling with research, practical strategies and humor to address challenging behaviors and build positive relationships with kids. She has held positions as classroom teacher, education consultant and international speaker. She holds a master’s degree in clinical counseling, focusing her efforts on adolescent and family issues.
In recent years, Stephanie has applied her passion for adolescents to focus on the dynamics of relational aggression, social-emotional learning, and positive behavior interventions. She is the author of Thrive in the Hive: Surviving the Girl’s World of Good and Bad Relationship Bee-haviors, Mom’s Choice Award-winning Princess Priscilla and the Bully-Bee Day, Princess Priscilla and the Mood Ring Rainbow and her latest Princess Priscilla and the Great Beezilla!
Cooperative Learning

This session will be led by Dr. Spencer Kaganan internationally acclaimed researcher, presenter and author of over 100 books, chapters, and scientific journal articles. He is a former clinical psychologist and full-time professor of psychology and education at the University of California. He is the principal author of the single most comprehensive book for educators in each of four fields: cooperative learning, multiple intelligences, classroom discipline, and classroom energizers. His instructional strategies are used in teacher training institutes in many countries. Dr. Kagan provides workshops and keynotes in over thirty countries and his books are translated into many languages. Dr. Kagan developed the concept of structures; his popular brain-based, cooperative learning and multiple intelligences structures like Numbered Heads Together and Timed Pair Share are used in classrooms worldwide. Dr. Kagan has been featured in the leading educational magazines including Educational Leadership, Instructor, Learning Magazine, and Video Journal. He is in high demand as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences.

Motivating Hard-to-Reach & Disruptive Students
This session will be led by Brian Mendler, international speaker, author and expert on Disruptive Students. Brian Mendler trains tens of thousands of educators a year and is a highly regarded dynamic speaker. Through his affiliation with Teacher Learning Center, he provides staff development training for K-12 educators and youth service workers throughout the world with a focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students.

Brian is a certified K-12 and special education teacher with extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. In his training sessions and books, he draws on his own experience as a very disruptive student with severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties.

Brian is the author of several books including That One Kid

and The Taming of the Crew. He has also co-authored Strategies for Successful Classroom Management, Power Struggles 2nd Edition, and the bestseller Discipline With Dignity 3rd Edition: New Challenges, New Solutions.

Girl Bullying & Self-Image
This session will be led by Tracie Berry-McGhee, M.Ed., LPC, the founder of the SistaKeeper Empowerment Center in St. Louis. Whose  mission is empowering, inspiring and developing the mind, body and spirit of young women. SistaKeepers has since spread to other locations within the United States, as well as to Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. 
 
Tracie also continues to serve the community via her private counseling practice, which specializes in women and teen girl issues. She is often called upon to speak on topics such as conflict resolution, dealing with low self-esteem and bullying. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Delta Sigma Theta “Power of 22 Award,” the African American Professional Organization of Women “Women of Distinction Award,” the Girls Scouts “Women of Distinction in Social Services Award,” the NAACP “Hometown Champion Award” and the University of Missouri “Outstanding Achievement and Meritorious Service to Education Award.” Tracie is the author of SistaKeeper Poetry for the Soul, I’m a Keeper and OWN your NOW.
Mental Health Crisis in Scools
This session will be led by Aaron J. Wiemeier, MS, LPC,a licensed professional counselor with 20 years of experience in the mental health field and is a nationally recognized author, trainer and educator. He is an expert in the neurophysiology of trauma, attachment & adoption and has worked successfully with the most difficult of clients and with the most chaotic and conflictual systems. His pioneering work and program development has led to highly successful outcomes that increase permanency in least restrictive settings and ultimately reduce fiscal spending particularly in the mental health, educational and legal systems. In 2011, Aaron published a workbook titled, My Feelings Workbook, which teaches affect regulation, awareness and skill development on a nonverbal body level to children. The book was subsequently endorsed by well-established professionals in the trauma, attachment and Autism community. Aaron is also the Dean of Students at Littleton Preparatory Charter School in Littleton, CO, where he is pioneering the development of curriculum and programming that integrates education with the ever increasing mental health needs that plague public schools in the United States.
Non-Exclusionary Discipline

This session is led by Larry Thompson, M.Ed., Author of Roadmap to Responsibility and Give ‘em Five, Larry Thompson, M.Ed., is often called upon to deliver keynote presentations for state and national education conferences because of his knowledge, humor and passion for assisting today’s students. He has helped thousands of educators and schools throughout North America break away from their traditional discipline models to a model that creates a responsible climate and responsible students. Larry has served in a wide variety of roles in education – from special education teacher to alternative and traditional high school principal. As creator of the Responsibility-Centered Discipline program, Larry understands that systems must be created that can be realistically implemented and sustained.

Educating Black & Latino Males
Two sessions will cover this topic, the first will be led by Principal Baruti Kafele, M.A. 

Award-winning principal, internationally-renowned education speaker and best-selling author, Principal Kafele is on fire! He’s on a personal mission to close the ATTITUDE GAP, the world over.

And the second will be led by, Robert Jackson,

author of The No More Excuses Curriculum featuring the following books, No More Excuses: Black Men Stand Up!, No More Excuses: The Workbook, No More Excuses: Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males, and No More Excuses: Put a Stop to Bullying, is a national speaker, consultant, trainer, and owner of Lavelle Publishing and Nova Concepts Speakers. Robert received his BS, Industrial Technology degree from Western Kentucky University where he lettered four years in both football and track. After being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings during training camp, Robert has remained deeply rooted in his commitment to serve his community as a mentor and leader especially on issues facing African American Students. He mentors young men and presents workshops, seminars and speeches nationwide to youth and adults. As a consultant and speaker, Robert works to reverse the drop out rates of black and latino males and to create positive change in school systems across the country and abroad to bridge the gap between parents, teachers, administrators and students. He has been invited to do just that in Nova Scotia Halifax, Canada and at Harvard University Graduate School.

Cultural Awareness in Schools
This session will be led by Robert Jackson, author of The No More Excuses Curriculum featuring the following books, No More Excuses: Black Men Stand Up!, No More Excuses: The Workbook, No More Excuses: Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males, and No More Excuses: Put a Stop to Bullying, is a national speaker, consultant, trainer, and owner of Lavelle Publishing and Nova Concepts Speakers. Robert received his BS, Industrial Technology degree from Western Kentucky University where he lettered four years in both football and track. After being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings during training camp, Robert has remained deeply rooted in his commitment to serve his community as a mentor and leader especially on issues facing African American Students. He mentors young men and presents workshops, seminars and speeches nationwide to youth and adults. As a consultant and speaker, Robert works to reverse the drop out rates of black and latino males and to create positive change in school systems across the country and abroad to bridge the gap between parents, teachers, administrators and students. He has been invited to do just that in Nova Scotia Halifax, Canada and at Harvard University Graduate School.

 
He has also spoken at the National Council on Educating Black Children (NCEBC), Texas Alliance of Black School Educators (TABSE), The National School Board Association (NSBA), The Black and Brown Conference at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida, Urban Education Conference at Central State University, The Indiana University Men and Women of Color Conference, Norfolk State University Men of Valor, Broward College, The Southern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC), The National Alliance of Black School Educators National Conference (NASBE), Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB) Regional and National Conferences and The 100 Year Centennial Celebration of Kappa Alpha Psi, Fraternity, Inc. to name a few. Robert was awarded the Key to the City in Miami, Florida by the Mayor after his keynote address at the 5000 Role Models Scholarship Program where 45 black and latino males received both a full scholarship to any school in Florida and laptops. Mr. Jackson has also been a national speaker at the 100 Black Men of America National Conference.
 
Robert Jackson is an active Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men of Indianapolis. He serves on the Board with Wheelers Boys/Girls Club of Indianapolis, Indiana where he was a former member and mentors young men nationally.
School Climate & Cultural Excellence
This session is led by Principal Baruti Kafele, M.A.Award-winning principal, internationally-renowned education speaker and best-selling author, Principal Kafele is on fire! He’s on a personal mission to close the ATTITUDE GAP, the world over.
 A highly-regarded urban public school educator in New Jersey for over twenty years, Principal Kafele distinguished himself in the classroom and as a school leader. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including “The Mighty” Newark Tech, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to national recognition by the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education, and U.S. News and World Report Magazine recognizing it three times as one of America’s best high schools. Currently, Principal Kafele is one of the most sought-after education speakers for transforming the attitudes of at-risk student populations in America. His newest book is titled, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success.
Using Humor for Change
This closing session will be led by David Rendall, D.M., international speaker, author and neurodiversity thought leader . During the last fifteen years, David Rendall has spoken to audiences on every inhabited continent. His clients include the US Air Force and the Australian Government, as well as companies in the Fortune 500 including, AT&T, State Farm Insurance and Ralph Lauren.

Prior to becoming a speaker, he was a management professor, stand-up comedian and endurance athlete. He also managed nonprofit enterprises that provided employment for people with disabilities. He has more than twenty years of experience leading people and organizations.

David has a doctor of management degree in organizational leadership, as well as a graduate degree in psychology. He is the author of three books:

  • The Four Factors of Effective Leadership
  • The Freak Factor
  • The Freak Factor for Kid
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Frequently Asked Questions

Find Answers to Our Most Frequently Asked Questions Below.

If You Have a Question that is not listed below, Please Email Us at pd@accutrain.com or Give Us a Call at (800) 251-6805.

Who Should Attend This Conference?
  • School Counselors (PK-12)
  • Principals
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Special Education Personnel
  • School Administrators
  • Deans
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • School Resource Officers
  • Behaviorists
  • Therapists
  • Community and Faith-Based Youth Workers
  • After-School Program Coordinators
  • Other Professionals Working with Young People
Is There a Discounted Room Rate at the Conference Hotel for Conference Attendees?

YES, please see the hotel page for each location for available room discounts!

If I Register for this Conference do I also have access to the other Conferences that are a part of the Innovative School Counseling Summit?

YES! By Registering for this Conference, you are also able to attend the other Conferences that are a part of the  Innovative Schools Summit Orlando, including the Counseling Strategies & Resources Conference, Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference, School Climate & Culture Forum and the School Discipline Conference.  Attendees are allowed access to all of the co-located keynotes & breakout sessions and Exhibitors will receive traffic from all of the events.

Do You Offer Student Discounts or Scholarships?

At this time, Developmental Resources is unable to offer student discounts or scholarships for this three-day event.

Please consider the following other avenues for possible funding:

·        Your Local PTA

·        Donors Choose http://www.donorschoose.org/ (This is a website through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for Education)

·        GoFundMe http://www.gofundme.com/ (This is a personalized crowdfunding site)

·        Title 1 funding in your area

Can I receive Continuing Education Credit by attending this Conference?

Yes!

Developmental Resources is an approved provider for Continuing Education by:

  • Developmental Resources has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5602.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.

*NOTE: 17 contact hours includes attendance at both pre-conference workshops as well as the entire conference. Check with your representative board or organization concerning its policy with regard to Continuing Education.

Do You Offer Partial Registration if You Are Unable to Stay for the Entire Conference?

We do not currently offer a one-day or two-day partial registration fee.

What is Your Cancellation Policy?

If a registrant cannot attend any part of the conference, substitutions may be made - via mail, fax or email - all requests for substations must be made 30 days prior to conference. Registrations cannot be shared. Cancellations received in writing 30 days prior to Conference will be refunded in full, less a $30 non-refundable processing fee. Refunds will be issued no later than 8 weeks after the conference in the same form that payment was received. After 30 days prior, no refunds will be granted, but substitutions are encouraged. 

How do I Request Special Accommodations Due to a Disability?

Should you have any concerns, call us at 1-800-251-6805. If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please fax us at 888-372-6061 or email us at pd@accutrain.com at least 1 month prior to the conference, and note your request on your registration form.

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