California League of Schools presents
Safe & Civil Schools State Conference
October 20-22, 2017 San Diego, CA
Our work as educators has a purpose. We touch the lives of our students and contribute to making their futures bright and productive. We are charged with developing students who are respectful, responsible, motivated, and highly engaged in meaningful tasks, as well as educating a group of students who, in the recent past, would have dropped out. As we know, a life without a high school diploma is difficult at best.
Our students need and deserve dedicated teachers who respect them and who believe they can and will learn if taught properly. It is part of our job to inspire our students, build rapport with them, set high expectations for them, and provide them with supportive environments that bolster their abilities and therefore their confidence.
Safe & Civil Schools has over 35 years of experience in helping schools improve the behavioral and life trajectories of our students. The Safe & Civil Schools State Conference, in partnership with the California League of Schools, will help you learn to create a multi-tiered system of supports for your school and your classrooms, including interventions for Tiers 2 and 3.
Using the STOIC framework at the classroom and site level assists educators in manipulating the variables in their control, which improves the lives of students and consequently the lives of staff:
• Structure for Success
• Teach Expectations
• Interact Positively
You will leave this exciting conference with practical and proactive strategies you can implement immediately and a clear plan for the next steps.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20
General Session - Randy Sprick
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Creating a Full Continuum of Behavior Support
RTI, MTSS, and PBIS are not just initials; they are intended to create an organizational framework that should guide the day-to-day interactions of staff to ensure that the school meets the needs of all students. Those day-to-day interactions (adults with students and adults with adults) create the climate of the school. The daily climate, over time, becomes the culture of the school. In this keynote, Dr. Sprick sets the stage for how school a school staff can consciously and intentionally create a school climate in which no students fall through cracks in an MTSS framework.
Friday Sessions: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Choose from one of the following 4 and 1/2 hour sessions; lunch will be provided.
Foundations (Schoolwide PBIS): Implementation and Maintenance
This session is based on Foundations (3rd ed.) and will be useful to those on leadership teams for behavior. Content includes an overview of each of the essential elements of the Foundations processes and includes tools to assess the level of implementation. Components of the session include:
- Sustainability of the improvement cycle
- Consistency and efficacy of common area procedures
- Clarity and enforcement of schoolwide policies
- Positive climate and school connectedness
- Safety, discipline, and alternatives to suspension
- Multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) for behavior
- Maintenance and districtwide sustainability
Content is based on Foundations: A Proactive and Positive Behavior Support System. To go in-depth with the Foundations process, utilize this 6-Module Video Inservice and Leadership Team Guide.
Introduction to CHAMPs Classroom Management
Teachers who want to improve their classroom management will benefit from strategies to manage student behavior and improve student motivation. Learn how to teach students to behave in a responsible manner, improve behavior in transitions, reduce off-task behavior during instruction and independent work, and use positive feedback and consequences more effectively. This session provides a preliminary overview of content and practical strategies from CHAMPS (2nd ed.).
Content is based on CHAMPS: A Proactive & Positive Approach to Classroom Management (2nd ed.). This book provides comprehensive information on how to design or fine tune classroom management plans.
Designing Classroom–Based Behavior Intervention Plans
This session will focus on how to help teachers identify factors that contribute to or perpetuate any chronic misbehavior and use that information to design behavior improvement plans. The session will focus on the early-stage interventions in the book Interventions: Evidence-Based Intervention Strategies for Individual Students. These interventions include planned discussion, academic adaptation, goal setting, data-collection and debriefing, and improving positive interactions. The session will also provide an orientation to Dr. Sprick's resource Teacher's Encyclopedia of Behavior Management—100+ Problems/500+ Plans (2nd ed.).
Addressing Absenteeism & Truancy
A growing body of research indicates that regular student attendance is one of the most critical, yet under-addressed, issues in schools today. If students are going to be successful in school, they first have to be in school. This session provides participants with practical strategies to monitor and address student absenteeism across all grade levels. Participants will leave this session knowing how to effectively analyze attendance data and prioritize resources. They will also learn how to implement schoolwide procedures to improve the attendance of all students, and use function-based approaches to design effective intervention plans for all individuals. This session will also prepare participants to implement a number of interventions that address the most common functions of student absenteeism.
Content is based on Absenteeism & Truancy: Interventions and Universal Procedures and the Functional Behavior Assessment of Absenteeism & Truancy. Utilize these resources for comprehensive prevention in intervention with chronic absenteeism.
Constructing Tier 2
Behavioral Support Systems
This session will focus on how to develop schoolwide or districtwide plans for implementing Tier 2 supports for behavior. When a student has not responded to universal proactive and positive behavior management, the student may benefit from one or more preconfigured interventions such as Meaningful Work or Connections (daily progress report). This session will provide an overview of how to set up systems for data collection, analysis, and decision making for students receiving Tier 2 supports, as well as an introduction for meaningful Tier 2 interventions that can be utilized with groups of students in your schools.
Content will introduce materials and procedures from Meaningful Work, On-Task in a Box, and Connections. These resources provide detailed information on how to implement these practical interventions to support students at Tier 2.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21
General Session - Jessica Sprick
8:30 am - 10:00 am
A Reciprocal Relationship: Active Participation and Behavior Management
When students are not engaged in instruction, they tend to exhibit misbehavior. When students misbehave, they fail to be engaged in instruction. Learn how to disrupt this vicious cycle through the marriage of active engagement strategies and positive and proactive behavior management. This keynote provides strategies for increasing students' opportunities to respond and structuring academic tasks and transitions to enhance student engagement and behavioral success.
Saturday Sessions: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Choose from one of the following 4 and 1/2 hour sessions; lunch will be provided.
Designing a Comprehensive Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
Bullying is one of the most complex and difficult situations we must address in schools. This session will provide a framework for using a multi-tiered approach to prevent bullying at a universal level and then intervene with chronic bullying problems. Learn essential components of bullying prevention and a wide range of variables that can be manipulated to address specific bullying issues in your school. This session will also introduce how to implement a function-based approach to assess and intervene with students who chronically bully, while providing effective support and intervention for students who are targets of bullying.
Content is based on Bullying Solutions: Universal and Individual Strategies and the Functional Behavior Assessment of Bullying. These resources guide you in implementing a comprehensive, multi-tiered approach to bullying prevention and intervention.
Leadership in Behavior Support
Effective schools have effective leadership. The role of the principal is extremely complex, with tremendous rewards. Access to the best research and evidence-based tools and strategies is key to every instructional leader's success. This workshop focuses on concepts, strategies, and tools in Leadership in Behavior Support. Workshop topics cover the instructional leader's role in:
- Building and maintaining a positive and proactive school climate for staff, students, and the community
- Effectively creating a shared leadership model that can support and unify staff around a schoolwide classroom management model
- Collecting and analyzing behavior data for continuous improvement
- Conducting powerful staff meetings and practicing effective decision making
Content is based on Leadership in Behavior Support: Administrator's Guide (2nd ed.). This book supports building administrators in guiding and shaping attitudes and actions of staff that influence school culture and climate.
Introduction to Coaching Classroom Management
Help teachers manage their classrooms effectively through the power of coaching. This session will provide ideas and suggestions for coaches or trainers of coaches who will be working with teachers in either an evaluative or non-evaluative role. Learn strategies to help organize staff for effective classroom management implementation, including communicating clear expectations to staff and structuring effective observations. This session will help administrators encourage teachers at every level to view coaching as a resource for improving classroom management practices.
Content is based on Coaching Classroom Management (2nd ed.). This book provides detailed procedures for administrators, staff developers, behavior specialists, and instructional coaches who work directly with teachers to improve student behavior.
Practical Program Design for Behavioral Classrooms: Addressing Intensive Behavior Needs
This session provides best-practice strategies for building a positive and proactive self-contained special education classroom for students with intensive behavioral needs. Participants will engage in a variety of activities to build an environment that increases engagement, improves student outcomes (behavioral and academic), integrates evidence-based practices, and promotes generalizability of skills to a less restrictive environment. Participants will work with presenters to develop a specific action plan for applying these strategies with students in their own classrooms.
Content previews a new resource in development for staff who work in or with self-contained special education classrooms. CHAMPS for the Behavioral Classroom will provide step-by-step recommendations for how to set up and manage a classroom of students with intensive behavioral needs.
Reducing Out-Of-School Suspension Through Prevention and Alternative Consequences
This session, designed for all levels (K-12), addresses the current emphasis on reducing the number of students who are out of school suspended for disciplinary reasons. Participants will gain understanding of the deleterious effects of suspension, as well as alternatives to OSS. Additionally, strategies will be covered on how to prevent or reduce misbehavior.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22
General Session 1
Real and Sustainable Implementation of Positive Behavior Support in California!
8:30 am - 10:00 am - Breakfast will be provided.
Randy Sprick, Safe & Civil Schools; Jane Wagmeister, Executive Director, Curriculum and Instruction, Ventura County Office of Education; Pete Davis, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, Long Beach Unified School District; Adrian Palazuelos, Superintendent, Fillmore Unified School District
Dr. Sprick and this panel of administrators will explore implementation of behavior support in large and small school districts in California. The focus will be on how to establish and sustain an implementation of positive behavior support in spite of staff turnover, competing initiatives, limited budgets, and all of the other complex realties that school personnel face on a day-to-day basis. Learn what these creative leaders have done and are doing to ensure that schools meet the social, emotional, and behavior needs of all students.
General Session 2
Taking the Next Step—Action Planning
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Randy Sprick, Safe & Civil Schools
In this closing session, Dr. Sprick will guide participants through a rubric to evaluate the current status of behavior support practices at the building level. Based on this rubric, participants will build an action plan to solidify and protect current strengths as well as to buttress against weakness. Dr. Martin Luther King once said, "You don't have to see the whole staircase to take the first step." Given that most schools have already implemented some aspects of behavior support, the trick is assessing where you are, taking the next step, and having a vision of the steps after that one. The goal is for every person to leave this conference with procedures to implement tomorrow and a clear plan for the next steps.
MEET THE PRESENTERS
Randy is Director of Safe & Civil Schools and a consultant in behavior management. Each year, he conducts training and classes for more than 25,000 teachers and administrators. His successful approach to positive behavior management is the cornerstone of the Safe & Civil Schools series—proven materials that have revolutionized the way schools, educators, and administrators approach and shape school behavior.
Jessica is a consultant for Safe & Civil Schools and an author for Pacific Northwest Publishing. She has been
Dean of Students and a special education teacher for students with behavioral needs and has strong training in positive behavior support techniques.
Tricia McKale Skyles
Tricia has worked extensively with the Strategic Instruction Model (KU-CRL) and is a coauthor of the Coaching Classroom Management book.
Susan J. Isacs
Susan has been a teacher and consultant for more than 25 years. She is currently one of Safe & Civil Schools' lead trainers at many long-term district Foundations
Tricia began her career as a para-professional in a classroom for students with severe/multiple disabilities, then took a position teaching students with emotional/behavioral disabilities. As her skills grew, she was assigned the role of district behavior specialist to train and coach colleagues in schoolwide, classroom, and individual student support systems.
Join Us in San Diego, CA
The beautiful Marriott Mission Valley – site of the conference – is just a few miles from the airport, close to a large mall with cost-conscious restaurants, and minutes from all that San Diego has to offer.
Visit Old Town San Diego, the Gaslamp Quarter, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, LEGOLAND, Cabrillo National Monument, and the USS Midway Museum. Balboa Park, the nation's largest urban cultural park, is home to 17 museums and performing arts venues.
With 70 miles of breath-taking beaches mixed with historic and world-renowned national parks and attractions, San Diego is consistently rated one of the top destinations in North America.
Conference registration, special hotel room pricing, and all sessions are at the Marriott Mission Valley, 8757 Rio San Diego Drive, San Diego, CA 92108. Call (619) 692-3800 and ask for the California League of Schools special rate: $169, plus taxes and fees.
This event has a limited capacity and we expect to sell out. Please register early and wait until your registration is confirmed before you book your travel.
$695 per person
- 2 and 1/2 days of professional development training
- Breakfast Saturday and Sunday
- Lunch Friday and Saturday
- Hosted cocktail reception on Friday evening
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Friday, October 20
Registration: 7:30 am
General Session: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Breakout Sessions: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Reception: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 21
General Session: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Breakout Sessions: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday, October 22
General Session 1: 8:30 am - 10:00 am
General Session 2: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Safe & Civil Schools
For more than 35 years, Safe & Civil Schools consultants have partnered with schools around the country to improve school climates, address the social-emotional learning needs of students, and design effective, customized professional development plans. Our training empowers staff to establish positive conditions for learning.
California League of Schools
California League of Schools (CLS), which encompasses California League of Elementary Schools (CLES), California League of Middle Schools (CLMS), and California League of High Schools (CLHS), is a non-profit association with a 30+ year history of professional development and advocacy for California's educators. Since its inception, CLS has conducted high-quality professional development conferences aimed at helping educators improve student learning.
CLS members and conference participants are motivated to improve their professional practice by embracing strategies that transcend grade levels, including project-based learning, professional learning communities, and literacy. Add to this fact the increasing importance of articulation and collaboration among the elementary, middle, and high schools that serve each individual student, and the need for a K-12 focus becomes very apparent.
Cancellation requests must be in writing and faxed to (562) 430-5607. Please call as soon as you fax your request to verify receipt at (562) 430-3136. ALL registrations submitted are subject to the cancellation policy. There is no refund for no-shows. Through 8/20/17 - $60 fee; 8/21/17 through 9/20/17 - 50% fee; After 9/20/17 - no refund. A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.
California League of Schools
(CLMS, CLHS, CLES)
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