AGENDA

AGENDA 2019-09-30T13:48:24+00:00

Wednesday, October 2

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Registration Area Open

8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Exhibit Area Open

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Opening Remarks, Partner Updates and Keynote Address by Dr. Kenneth R. Ginsburg

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. | Exhibit Exploration and Networking

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | NASRO Two-Day Training

Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resource Officers is designed to help SRO’s and school personnel better identify and respond to students who are suspected of having a mental health need. Developed by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates, this training helps SRO’s and other school professionals develop the critical skills and capacity for appropriately responding to the many predictable behavior issues that are typically observed among adolescents with mental health needs.

Tina Marie Lincoln, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Hill County Juvenile Probation Department, Hillsboro, Texas

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Institutes

Bias and prejudice often lead to identity-based exclusion and bullying. Anti-bias education is an antidote to bias-based meanness. It empowers adults and children to have intentional, regular discussions on identity, differences and bias. This session will review how bias and stereotype threats affects identity development and lead to bullying behaviors, and provide participants with an anti-bias education framework and tools to reduce identity/bias-based bullying and develop social-emotional skills that create resilience.

Rebecca Slaby, Executive Director, AMAZEworks, Saint Paul, Minn.

The Highmark Caring Place, a grieving center for kids, adolescents and their families, provides peer support programming after a death. This workshop will provide an overview of the program and what has been learned from grieving children over the past 20 years. It will also provide an in depth understanding of grief, how grief can affect the developing child, the grief spiral theory, and the triggers that can affect students in the classroom.

Laurie Scherer, School Services Coordinator, Highmark Caring Place, Lemoyne, Pa.

Participants will learn about teen dating violence (TDV), best practices for TDV prevention and the importance of school climate. After introductory information, participants will learn how TDV manifests in schools and how to address TDV when it occurs. This session will review evidence measuring the success of different TDV prevention efforts, as well as successful programs will be discussed and models will be shared.

Kristen Herman, Director of Prevention, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Harrisburg, Pa.

With 3.6 million youth in the United States currently using electronic cigarettes, the U.S. Surgeon General declared it a national epidemic. This workshop will provide education on current trends in electronic cigarette and vaping devices, explore what adolescents use within their electronic nicotine devices, as well as provide participants with skills, language and programming options to help combat the use at their school and community settings.

Mallory Henry, Coordinator of Student Assistance Programming and Nicole Rex, Student Assistance Programming Specialist, Caron Treatment Centers, Wernersville, Pa.

Creating effective interagency relationships before an emergency event occurs is a critical component of emergency planning. This session will demonstrate how local, county, state and federal emergency agencies collaborate with school districts to create proactive relationships. Examples of successful interagency relationships in Pennsylvania school districts will be presented.

John Sakoian, Owner, Command Excellence™ LLC, McDonald, Pa.

Combining school culture with the mindset of law enforcement can be a challenging task. Learn about the differences between the logistics of schools and law enforcement, as well as laws and regulations surrounding schools and school law enforcement. Create planning strategies for how to combine these parameters into an effective emergency planning process.

Kerri J. Williamson, Training Director, NASRO, Hoover, Ala.

Project PEACE – peaceful endings through authorities, children and educators – is a partnership of the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. The session will present Project PEACE, a peer-mediation, anti-bullying and youth court training program that enhances the skills of non-violent conflict resolution and active civic engagement necessary for productive citizenship. Building on the lifework of Dr. Cahn in promoting social justice, this highly interactive session will show how you can improve your school and community climate by bringing in each of the three elements of Project PEACE.

David Trevaskis, Pro Bono Coordinator, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Glenside, Pa.

By utilizing a multi-pronged approach we can work together to ensure students’ physical and emotional safety. This workshop will explore establishing a culture where every student feels connected, respected and treated fairly. It will address the importance of behavioral threat assessment, community partnerships essential for student wellness, technology enabled safe and secure facilities, and adequately trained faculty, staff and students that empowers them to respond appropriately to threats.

Aaron Vanatta, Police Officer and Safety and Security Coordinator, Quaker Valley School District, Leetsdale, Pa.

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Exhibitor Showcase and Reception

Thursday, October 3

7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Registration and Exhibit Area Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.| Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.| Keynote Address by Scott Buchanan

9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.| Exhibit Exploration

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 p.m. | NASRO Training CONTINUED

Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resource Officers is designed to help SRO’s and school personnel better identify and respond to students who are suspected of having a mental health need. Developed by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates, this training helps SRO’s and other school professionals develop the critical skills and capacity for appropriately responding to the many predictable behavior issues that are typically observed among adolescents with mental health needs.

Tina Marie Lincoln, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Hill County Juvenile Probation Department, Hillsboro, Texas

9:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. | Plenary Sessions

Having vital conversations with teens is the first step to building a positive culture. By creating a framework for face-to-face conversations, adults are able to stimulate intellectual expression, social and emotional connection. Further development of these conversation skills enables teens to lead their own conversations and can ultimately influence their success beyond school. This session will explore various strategies to use in building this safe environment based on respect, courtesy, inclusiveness, and curiosity.

Deborah Havert, Founder and Director, EQ Transformations, Lancaster, Pa.

Bullying is no longer seen as a “rite of passage” into young adulthood. Several decades of research have brought new levels of understanding about the negative short and long-term effects of bullying on the mind, body, relationships and achievement. Bullying can potentially affect all students, even those who observe from the sidelines. This workshop will explore the connection between bullying and adverse childhood experiences (ACES), how bullying can be experienced as a form of trauma, and explore relevant research about bullying as a potential adverse childhood experience.

Evidence-based best practices in bullying prevention through a trauma-informed lens will be shared. Participants will also hear ideas and strategies to help educators promote and support student resilience. Content will support multi-tiered, whole child, whole school prevention approaches.

Jane Riese, Associate Director, Safe and Humane Schools, Clemson University, Clemson, S.C.

Part 2 of this session will be held from 1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. as one of the workshops.

Proactive relationships are a critical component of any school preparedness strategy. Whether it be at the federal, state, county or local level, quality relationships are essential. This workshop will incorporate strategies for building relationships with outside agencies to increase the effectiveness of emergency preparation. In addition, the importance of building positive relationships with staff and students will be emphasized. Research shows the better the relationships between an SRO and the school, the higher the level of positive school climate and culture.

Joseph Kozarian, School Safety and Security Coordinator / SPO and National Association of School Resource Officer Practitioner / Instructor, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Aaron Vanatta, Police Officer and Safety and Security Coordinator, Quaker Valley School District, Leetsdale, Pa.

This presentation will focus on data and crucial information regarding the commercial exploitation of minors and adults in Pennsylvania. The victims of trafficking suffer complex trauma, and we will explore the impact of that trauma. During this interactive and informative session, we will identify a variety of the available social services needed to support survivors through restoration and recovery

Heather Shnyder, Prevention Education Specialist, Transitions of PA, Lewisburg, Pa.

The Prosocial ACT Matrix is an evidenced based mindful approach to reclaiming students who struggle socially and emotionally. It is an innovative collaborative process for use in classrooms, groups and counseling. It gets students back on track and on the road to satisfaction and fulfillment in school and life.

Phil Tenaglia, ACT Matrix Coach and Trainer, Evolving Solutions, Langhorne, Pa.

This presentation provides a foundational education on understanding social media sites students use and how to keep them safe while using them. Monitoring children’s behavior and interactions on the internet is critical in today’s world. Children are being targeted by online predators and cyberbullied at an alarming rate. This eye-opening presentation will also address best practices for educators to use while they engage with social media.

Michelle Nutter, Education and Outreach Program Manager, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Harrisburg, Pa.

Transgender and gender non-conforming youth have unique challenges and needs. From peer conflict to teacher and administration interactions, school can be a source of significant stress, often leading to students dropping out or enrolling in cyber school. Participants in this session will explore how to provide a safe and affirming environment that supports students staying and thriving in school.

Adrian Williams, TTI Core Trainer, The Transgender Training Institute, Philadelphia, Pa.

Schools (66%) are searching for SEL programs to help manage discipline. A staggering 62% of teachers described being unable to teach due to student behavioral issues. Almost 13% of youth have experienced a major mental health issue in the past year. These statistics illustrate a real, urgent challenge. We need new methods to support students. This session will explicitly outline steps to teach students how to understand and manage their emotions.

Lori Jackson, Psychologist and Steve Peck, Special Education Teacher, The Connections Model, Sudbury, Mass.

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.| Lunch, School Safety Champion Awards, Prize Giveaway

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Exhibit Exploration

1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | NASRO Training CONTINUED

Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resource Officers is designed to help SRO’s and school personnel better identify and respond to students who are suspected of having a mental health need. Developed by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates, this training helps SRO’s and other school professionals develop the critical skills and capacity for appropriately responding to the many predictable behavior issues that are typically observed among adolescents with mental health needs.

Tina Marie Lincoln, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Hill County Juvenile Probation Department, Hillsboro, Texas

1:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Workshops

Acts of bias can impact personal, social and academic development, and the effects can leave lasting damage on school climate. This session will teach school administrators a framework for effective bias incident response in schools, and will allow participants to practice through a table top exercise. The history, best practices and missteps in response will be discussed during the session. Participants will receive Anti-Defamation League resources on bias response in schools, as well as a copy of the exercises used in this session to be able to provide professional development with their staff.

Jeremy Bannett, Associate Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League, Philadelphia, Pa.

The CAPSEL Program™ provides educators with an engaging and interactive tool for learning social communication and emotional regulation. Educational research shows the number of students struggling with a lack of competent skills in social-emotional development is increasing. Animal Assisted Intervention/Education (AAI/AAE) reaches learners both individually and through community connections. Participants will learn about (research supporting) the effective use of AAI/AAE in the educational setting, and how to bring a canine colleague into their environment. Enriching the school community with the support of affection of a canine colleague supports the whole child, calms anxiety and raises morale across students and staff.

Tracey Stoll, Executive Director, Learning Solutions, LLC, Norwood, Mass.

This session is a continuation of Part 1 held as one of the plenary sessions.

Proactive relationships are a critical component of any school preparedness strategy. Whether it be at the federal, state, county or local level, quality relationships are essential. This workshop will incorporate strategies for building relationships with outside agencies to increase the effectiveness of emergency preparation. In addition, the importance of building positive relationships with staff and students will be emphasized. Research shows the better the relationships between an SRO and the school, the higher the level of positive school climate and culture.

Joseph Kozarian, School Safety and Security Coordinator / SPO and National Association of School Resource Officer Practitioner / Instructor, Fox Chapel Area School District, Pittsburgh, Pa. and Aaron Vanatta, Police Officer and Safety and Security Coordinator, Quaker Valley School District, Leetsdale, Pa.

Have you ever found yourself in the uncomfortable circumstance where someone, a student, parent or colleague, uses biased language or stereotypes in school? This workshop, based on Teaching Tolerance’s publication, How to Speak Up at School, is designed for educators who want to develop the skills to speak up and help their students find the courage to speak up too.

When someone makes a biased statement, we must act quickly. Using video scenarios, participants will learn to use four techniques – interrupt, question, educate and echo – to respond to biased language in the moment, from any source, in any situation.

Michelle Nutter, Education and Outreach Program Manager, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Harrisburg, Pa.

Establishing a school-based court diversion program designed to keep first-time offenders out of court by capitalizing on the most influential relationships in their lives, their peers. This model program is a cooperative effort by schools, peers, parents and other stakeholders. Attendees will participate in mock hearings to gain a better understanding of how the model works and its success. Offenders and peer jurors will become more aware of the American judicial system and its practical application.

Aaron Vanatta, Police Officer/Safety & Security Coordinator, Quaker Valley School District, Leetsdale, Pa.

The Caring School Community (CSC) program has positively affected the school climate at the Lindley Academy Charter School. Learn more about the program and how to develop and utilize its components – morning and closing circles, home connection activities, cross-age buddy activities, and caring school discipline. The program has improved student gains, specifically in the areas of social and emotional skills and attitudes about self, others and school. In addition, it increased positive classroom behavior and academic achievement, as well as decreased conduct problems, aggressive behaviors and emotional distress.

Jonette Marcus, Manager of Educational Partnerships, Center for the Collaborative Classroom, Alameda, Calif.; Shawn Murphy, Director of School Climate, Lindley Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, Pa.; and Nancy White, Vice Principal, Lindley Academy Charter School, Philadelphia, Pa.

“Stop the Bleed” campaign (initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by National Security Council staff) helps to build resilience by better preparing bystanders to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control informed this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge to benefit the public.

Sunny Goodyear, Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator, Geisinger Holy Spirit, Camp Hill, Pa.