School Climate & Culture Conference
BUILDING SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE LEARNING SPACES FOR ALL
April 23-24, 2017, North Lake Tahoe
The CLS School Climate and Culture Conference, Building Safe and Supportive Learning Spaces for All, addresses ways to create positive school environments by examining socio-emotional development, trauma-informed practices, restorative practices, equity and inclusion, and other school climate issues.
This year's School Climate and Culture Conference focuses on the identification and implementation of best support practices that allow schools to create
and sustain safe, inclusive, and respectful campuses.
Sunday, April 23
8:00 am - 9:30 am
Keynote: Closing the Attitude Gap
The discussion of the gaps in student achievement continues to be one
of the most important discussions in education today; particularly as it
relates to the underachievement of children of color. Equally challenging
for educators is the continued lack of student motivation, undesirable student
behaviors, and the overall underachievement of at-risk student populations across racial
and ethnic groups. In this high-energy keynote address, Principal Kafele will assert that
the achievement gap is a consequence of the failure to adequately address what he
calls the Attitude Gap (the gap between those students who have the will to strive for
academic excellence and those who do not), which continues to persist in American
classrooms. He will share with attendees how to close the Attitude Gap.
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Voices from the Field
Perspectives on Social Media and Cyber-Safety
Over the last decade, social media has exploded onto the educational landscape. It has
changed the way students and educators connect with each other and with the world.
With this change, come myriad challenges. Join us for an interactive panel discussion,
where social media and edtech experts will discuss a variety of topics ranging from
cyberbullying and internet safety to sexting and reputation issues.
11:30 am – 2:00 pm
Ticketed Session: Critical Questions for Inspiring Classroom Excellence
Principal Kafele will take attendees on an empowering, introspective journey where he
will challenge them to look critically within themselves and their practices through a
series of self-reflective questions relative to bringing their best selves to the classroom
each and every day with an emphasis on creating a classroom climate and culture conducive to high academic performance. Price $65 (Includes lunch)
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Educator-led Breakout Sessions
Choose from a variety of 1-hour sessions, included with registration, focused on school climate and culture. Topics include: Restorative practices; LCAP strategies; bullying; PBIS; school safety; mental health/trauma care; LGBTQ matters; character education; conflict resolution; diversity and inclusion; family engagement; homeless and foster youth needs; and equitable access.
Monday, April 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Randy & Jessica Sprick
Workshop: Building Meaningful Relationships for
Student Support and Positive Climate
School climate is made up of a complex mix of factors,
but the defining feature is relationships between adults
and students. This session focuses on practical strategies to help staff build meaningful
relationships that support all students, especially those who are at-risk, thereby
supporting a positive and productive school climate. Learn practical strategies to
improve adult and student interaction and to provide effective, data-driven intervention
for students who are disengaged or struggle to build positive relationships at school.
This session will also focus on the interconnectedness of climate and attendance and, if
needed, what can be done to improve both.
Join us in Lake Tahoe!
The Hyatt Regency is located on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe. Casual and fine restaurants, shopping, a lake-side walking path, hiking, kayaking, bicycling, and more are close by.
Location and Hotel
SOLD OUT - Conference registration and all sessions are at the
Hyatt. Please reserve your hotel room for Saturday and Sunday nights.
Call (775) 832-1234 and ask for the California League of Schools rate: $175, plus tax and resort fee. [Breakdown: $175 plus $25 resort fee, plus 13% tax) = $226 per night.]
Download Alternative Lodging Options (PDF)
Sunday, April 23, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday, April 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$269 members / $329 non-members
Suggested Funding Sources
Schools can apply Title 1, Title 2, Title 3, SIG, LCFF, and SB77 funds to this professional development opportunity.
Download Printable Registration Form
Not a current member? Get the best rates by first joining CLMS (middle school educators), CLHS (high school educators) or CLES (elementary school educators), then registering for the conference.
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.
Prior to 2/23/17 - $60 fee; 2/23/17 through 3/24/17 - 50% fee; After 3/24/17 - no refund.
A colleague may substitute for you to avoid cancellation penalties.
Conference information is subject to change. Meals are not included.