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Monday, August 13
 

7:00am

Networking and Team Planning
A light breakfast will be provided. Please come early and plan with your team and visit our exhibitors. 

Monday August 13, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

8:30am

Welcome
Speakers
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Emily Lang

Teacher, DMPS Central Campus
Emily Lang is a teacher and Urban Arts Coordinator in Des Moines Public Schools, and co-founder of Movement 515, RunDSM, and the Urban Leadership Academy. Ms. Lang earned her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with endorsements in English, Rhetoric, & Theatre; a Bachelor of... Read More →
avatar for Jake Troja

Jake Troja

Director of School Climate Transformation, Des Moines Public Schools
I have spent the last 16 years in education as a music educator, Assistant Principal, Principal and now a central office administrator. I currently am the Director of School Climate for Des Moines Public Schools and I lead and support supportive services for students and staff within... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Wise

Ryan Wise

Director, Iowa Department of Education
Dr. Ryan Wise was appointed Director of the Iowa Department of Education by Governor Terry Branstad in July 2015 and was reappointed by Governor Kim Reynolds in January 2019. In September 2017 he was named Policy Leader of the Year by the National Association of State Boards of Educations... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

8:45am

W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour
Every day, racism is in the news. Every day, racism is on the TV. Every day, racism is in The White House. Luckily for America (but unluckily for him), stand-up comedian and Emmy-winning host of CNN's United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell is here to make (non)sense of all of it all. "The Curve" is a comedic, topical exploration of the current state of America's racism, combined with a little (little known) history, a little Powerpoint, and a whole bunch of Kamau. And because racism is always attacking in new ways and from new angles, Kamau attacks back by constantly adding new material. "The Curve" is a seamless mix of stand-up comedy, video and audio clips, personal stories, knowledge-dropping, and solo theatrical performance.


Speakers
avatar for W. Kamau Bell

W. Kamau Bell

Emmy-nominated comic and CNN host W. Kamau Bell delivers incisive, scathingly funny commentary on modern society that will change your view of race, politics and social issues in America.As host of the CNN docu-series “United Shades of America,” Kamau travels the country, offering... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Acting Right: Building A Cooperative, Collaborative, Creative Classroom Community through Drama
Limited Capacity filling up

This session takes the foundational elements of acting such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration and creates a structured process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management every day.
 This engaging, step-by-step approach empowers students to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior. Learn how to help students build the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and teambuilding in your classroom.


Speakers
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Benjamin Heinen

Curriculum Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
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Kelly Kretschmer

Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator, DMPS
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Sean Layne

Director, Kennedy Center
Sean is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company, and author of the book ACTING RIGHT. He holds a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England.  Sean has worked in the field of arts integration for 25 years.  He leads residencies... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Bullying Investigation and Safety Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Nate Monson

Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
Nate Monson serves as Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools – a position he has held since 2007 following the passage of the state’s anti-bullying law and extension of the Iowa Civil Rights Act to include gender identity and sexual orientation.Iowa Safe Schools was founded in... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon

Volunteer, AMOS Let's Talk Project
Restorative Practices, Peace Circles. Schools that restore relationships as the way to grow and support whole health in students, teachers, all staff.
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Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Cut Paper: A Pathway to Creative Writing
Limited Capacity full

The process of writing stories can be challenging for young authors. In this workshop, explore how students can use scissors, glue, and construction paper to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an unformed idea and a unique, descriptive story. Learn to use selected elements of art, such as shape, color, and space, to connect to story components (e.g., character, setting, events, main idea, and details). Participants will leave with workable, accessible tools for students to create ideas, think divergently and write creatively.

Speakers
avatar for Jamin Carter

Jamin Carter

consultant, Kennedy Center
Jamin is a visual artist and educator from Memphis, TN. He holds a BFA in sculpture and painting and a MAT in visual art education. As an educator, he has many years of experience teaching in several diverse Title One classrooms ranging from elementary art to high school studio art... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
315 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World
Limited Capacity full

A culturally inclusive atmosphere, one that supports a climate for civil dialogue is essential in a school environment. Fostering a culturally inclusive environment encourages all individuals to develop effective intercultural skills. OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts: Communicating Respectfully in a Diverse World explores the impact of stereotypes and biased statements. The Ouch program will also identify the most common reasons people sit silently in the face of bias and stereotypes, and enhance skills for speaking up against stereotypes. Specifically, we will demonstrate six techniques to use when responding to difficult situations. Participants will also have an opportunity to practice using the techniques in small groups. Communication recovery, including accepting responsibility and apologizing for disrespectful communication, will also be featured. Learn how we have used this program and explore how you can do something similar in your school. 

Based on the book - Aguilar, Leslie C. (2006) Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts.

Speakers
avatar for Malisa Rader

Malisa Rader

Human Sciences Extension and Outreach, ISU Extension and Outreach
avatar for Barbara Dunn Swanson

Barbara Dunn Swanson

Human Sciences Specialist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
304 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Anti-Black Racism In Iowa
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Katy Swalwell

Katy Swalwell

Associate Professor and Elementary Education Program Lead, Iowa State Univeristy
My expertise is in social justice and equity in K-12 schools with a focus on race and class through the discipline of social studies. I conduct research, facilitate workshops, and create resources to help teachers develop their own and their students' critical consciousness.


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Mayanmar Refugee Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about the refugees from Myanmar and their cultural characteristics.  Participants will also learn about their do's and don'ts in the Myanmar cultures.  There will be a representation from different ethnic groups such as: Burmese, Chin, Karen, Karenni, Rakhine since it is quite diverse among the Myanmar population. 

Speakers
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Vinh Nguyen

ELL Support & Accountability, DMPS


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
311

10:00am

Everything You know about Data is Wrong: Making Sense of Data by Learning From and With Others
Limited Capacity filling up

Have you ever been overwhelmed by an abundance of data—not knowing what to do with it or how to make sense of it. Most importantly, knowing how to inform appropriate actions and concrete decision-making to support student success? You are not alone. Join us for this break-out session to learn about and explore the use and applications of the DMPS Collaborative Problem-Solving Process developed by our Des Moines Public Schools! Within our dynamic and ever-changing world of education, data is becoming more diverse and accessible than in the past. Data is increasingly characterized as an organizational asset, which, in turn, requires engaging various groups of stakeholders and addressing issues/concerns at a systems level. These dynamics of interactions raise new questions about, “Who owns and benefits from this asset?” “Who is disadvantaged and impacted?” “Who is involved and determines what the problem is?” “What is a desired impact (change), for whom, under what circumstances?” “What constitutes evidence, and whose and how actions will affect the expected outcomes?” We use data to generate insights of meaning and value for improvements. To solve complex educational challenges, we need to participate with others in creating shared understandings, sharing our perspectives (assumptions), and better aligning our actions to make a positive impact. Our challenge includes how we engage with data collectively and realize value from data at a systems level to ensure an equitable and quality educational experience for all students. The intent of this break-out session is to expand DMPS’s capacity in collaborative inquiry and decision-making process. We will describe the initial efforts utilizing the Collaborative decision-making process to address problems related to early literacy and male students of color at the district level. This process facilitates greater understanding of not only data, but, equally important, decision-making. While this session is designed for school leadership teams, participants interested in collaborative approaches to looking at and making sense of data will also benefit from this learning experience. Participants will engage in a dialogue and asked to share their perspectives about the potential value and use of the Collaborative decision-making process within their work contexts and settings. We will utilize the participants’ shared insights to further the process and to better facilitate DMPS capacity building.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mary Grinstead

Dr. Mary Grinstead

Director of Assessment, Data, and Evaluation, Des Moines Public Schools
Mary Grinstead is passionate about collaborative inquiry and data-based decision-making. Mary started her career in education 12 years ago, having served as a teacher, district leader, and state leader. She currently serves as the Director of the Assessment, Data and Evaluation... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Using the 4 C's in your PLC: Creativity and Critical Thinking with your Team and Tools
Limited Capacity filling up

This presentation will focus on the power of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking within the PLC model, specifically looking at resources that MTSS practitioners can utilize when working with students across a range of ability levels and learning styles. Educators are the experts on their students and what they need. Within a PLC, there is a lot of opportunity to share best practices, tools or strategies that worked (or didn’t!), and to generally serve as a community of support for one another. The ‘4 C’s’ model (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking) is an effective framework for students, but it also works well as an approach a PLC can take with teacher support, community building, lesson planning, and troubleshooting. We will talk about the tools that educators can use within different scenarios and tiers of intervention that help to both introduce and teach content, as well as go deeper and get more rigorous using the 4 C’s and connecting to students in a robust and meaningful way. We will have the opportunity to hear from teachers who have used various tools including the Flocabulary program, and learn about how they were able to think creatively and use the tools to meet the needs of their specific students.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Davenport

Kathleen Davenport

Arts Integration Coach, Madison Elementary
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Emily Helfgot

VP, Learning, Flocabulary
Emily Helfgot has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years as an education director, classroom teacher, curriculum writer, and teaching artist. She has used theater and improvisation to support students writing about their lives with Streetside Stories in San Francisco... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
306 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

After the Bell: Best Practices in Before & After School Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Research continues to show the immense benefits of before and after school programs ranging from academic success to positive relationships. High quality before and after school programs tend to have the same key components, including: program structure, leadership, staffing and evaluation processes. We will consider these components and increasing best outcomes for students. This presentation will not only discuss best practices but will explore ways in which Des Moines Public Schools before and after school programs have worked to increase access, expand school-day learning and incorporate social-emotional learning.

Speakers
avatar for Bobbie Jo Sheridan

Bobbie Jo Sheridan

After School Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
Bobbie Jo Sheridan is an After School Coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools. In her role she supports quality initiatives around hiring, training & program support for the OST programs. Ms. Sheridan is passionate about Social Emotional Learning and how to provide students with... Read More →
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Allyson Vukovich

Director of Community in School, Des Moines Public Schools


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Improving School Climate By Creating a College Going Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will highlight key factors present in schools with strong college-going cultures, how to nurture and develop those factors, and how to improve the overall school climate for students to support their postsecondary aspirations. Participants will learn best practices in creating a college-going culture through the use of visible spaces within schools, developing strategies for and evaluations of their school-wide culture, examining academic inclusiveness and equity, and engaging families and community in supporting a college-going culture. The session includes frameworks developed and utilized by the Iowa and West Virginia Gear Up programs, the College Board, and the National School Climate Center.

Speakers
avatar for David Ford

David Ford

Director, AEA PREP, Mississippi Bend AEA


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
107 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Supporting Latino families within a dangerous and uncertain immigration climate
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Reyes-Snyder

Sonia Reyes-Snyder

Executive Officer, Iowa Department of Human Rights - Office of Latino Affairs
Originally from El Salvador, Sonia is the Executive Officer for the Office of Latino Affairs, Iowa Department of Human Rights. In this role Sonia advocates and serves as an ongoing resource for Iowans of Latino heritage, government agencies, businesses and other organizations by coordinating... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
313 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Working with Iowa's Refugee students and Famlies
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
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Wasan Waham

Refugee Resettlement Program Case Manager / RACI CoChair Board memberRefugee and Immigrant Advisory subcomittee / RIAS, Catholic Charities
Wasan Waham was born In Baghdad. Iraq. she received her Bachelor's degree of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering from University of Baghdad. after graduating, she traveled to Turkey for an engineering job and came to USA in 2008 where she completed her Master's degree of... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Supporting the Whole Child: Lessons Learned from SEA Project AWARE and the School Climate Transformation Grant
Limited Capacity seats available

The Iowa Department of Education has long been dedicated to the work of multi-tiered learning supports, the wide range of strategies, programs, services, and practices that are necessary to create conditions that enhance students learning in academics, social-emotional-behavioral well-being, and mental health. Since 2014, two federal SEA grants to make schools safer and increase youth and children’s access to mental health services and supports have been central to that work: Project AWARE and the School Climate Transformation Grant. This session will focus on lessons learned through these grants. Specifically, topics that will be addressed include: (a) stories of successful implementation of learning support systems from Iowa schools (b), an overview of strategies improving and maintaining a positive school climate that promotes student academic and social-emotional-behavioral well-being, and (c) what resources and supports will be in place across the state to supports educators. Attendees will engage in collaborative conversations with session facilitators and each other, develop key take-aways from the session to inform their planning and practice, and access information about these topics during and after the session.

slides--http://bit.ly/2WholeChild

list--http://bit.ly/WholeChildResources

Speakers
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Barb Anderson

Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
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Nancy Ankeny-Hunt

Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Nancy is an Education Program Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. Nancy is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and serves as the State Project AWARE Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator. Nancy has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree... Read More →
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Kay Augustine

Project Director, School Climate Transformation, Iowa Department of Education
Kay is the Project Director for the federal School Climate Transformation Grant at the Iowa Department of Education (DE). She is part of the DE Learning Supports team working at the state level with AEAs and local school districts to develop a strong foundation for a Multi-tiered... Read More →
avatar for Susan Bruce

Susan Bruce

SCTG Consultant,, Iowa Dept of Education
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Brad Niebling

Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education
Brad Niebling - Brad is the Bureau Chief for Learner Strategies and Supports at the Iowa Department of Education. He also serves as a C4K Development Team Co-Lead. Brad holds a doctorate degree in educational psychology. This is Brad’s 20th year in education.



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Evidence Based Practices for Managing Classroom Behavior
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Terrance Scott

Dr. Terrance Scott

Professor, Director, University of Louisville
My interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behavior, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Beyond Diversity: Artfully Designing for Equity and Cultural Relevance
Limited Capacity seats available

This current generation of young people is being called the most diverse in U.S. history -- are we designing truly equitable learning experiences reflective of the shifting demographics?  In this session, participants will unpack what culturally relevant pedagogy is and its importance to our practice.  More specifically, we will look at how the framing and designing around arts education and arts integration can be implemented in a way that leverages students assets, promotes inclusion, and leads to engaged and masterful teaching and learning. This session will focus on language, curricular materials, and art-based liberation pedagogies.  This is suitable for teachers of all subjects, school and arts organization administrators, and teaching artists.

Speakers
avatar for Aysha Upchurch

Aysha Upchurch

Arts Education Consultant
I am the Dancing Diplomat. I am a seed planter, soil agitator, and curious and passionate artist and educator. I am on fire about about arts education broadly, and dance education more specifically, that is rooted in equity and dismantles oppressive pedagogies so that students' assets... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
108 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Connections, Consciousness, & Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Cultivating a Classroom Community
Limited Capacity seats available

In this interactive session, participants will engage in strategies that have been proven to increase teacher-student and student-student relationships, thereby increasing student achievement and decreasing the need for punitive classroom management. Facilitators will incorporate techniques that focus on race and racial relations, as well as global interaction. Content will be focused on social justice issues and will be delivered through Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Participants will be introduced to Summer Academy, a growing transition program for incoming ninth graders in Osseo Area Schools, a program that has been increasingly successful due to the aforementioned strategies.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Bollinger

Emily Bollinger

Teacher, Osseo Area Schools
Located in the Twin Cities, Emily has been a passionate advocate for traditionally underserved students and is consistently working toward transformational system change to remove barriers to opportunity and achievement. In 2016, Emily – along with Jesus Ramirez – developed and... Read More →
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Jesus Ramirez

Equity Teacher, Osseo Area Schools
I have worked in the education field for the last 12 years as a teacher, an instructional coach, and currently as an equity specialist in the Osseo School District. In this capacity I work with the intersection of race and education, specifically regarding its implications on the... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Explicitly engaging and changing Cultural Implicit Bias in Gifted & Talented Programs, Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gilman W. Whiting

Dr. Gilman W. Whiting

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Peabody College of Education Vanderbilt University


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
103

10:00am

White Women Who Teach Black Boys Workshop
Limited Capacity full

The book, The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys, published by Corwin (a SAGE Publishing Company), was released last fall and already is a best-seller.  Over 70 authors contributed chapters and vignettes making this volume an indispensable resource for everyone involved in education. This workshop introduces participants to the book and the powerful possibilities of Understanding, Respecting & Connecting.  It was created to support White Women to engage in concentrated, focused inquiry around their relationships with Black male students and the impact on those relationships related to issues of white supremacy, white privilege, white fragility, code switching, race, racism and much Moore. Using interactive activities, courageous questions and video footage from interviews with both White female teachers and Black men and boys, we engage in a challenging, informative and experiential workshop designed to generate new avenues of reflection, action and accountability for White women teachers (and others).

Schools that fail Black boys are not extraordinary. In fact, schools that fail Black boys are, in essence, doing what they were built to do.  Schools in the United States were built by White people for the advancement and education of White people. For Black people in the U.S., getting an education has historically been an illicit activity rife with danger, personal risk and structural barriers. When schools fail Black boys, it’s because they are doing school the way that school has always been done. It may be the only way schools know how.  And yet, if we want to shift outcomes for Black boys, we need to create different ways to do school that acknowledge this history and that work for the vast majority of Black boys.  That would be extraordinary. If we can do this, if we can fix/shift education so that Black boys show up at schools in the wholeness of their selves, so that Black boys feel a sense of belonging, nurturance, challenge and love at school, so that Black boys grow up to live full lives with meaningful work and a sound educational foundation, it will be because White women made it happen. If we don’t, it will be because White women didn’t make it happen. Either way, White women are in the driver’s seat in the classroom in America. We don’t have an option here. White women have to do this work. Are You/They Ready? Let's #MakleItHappen!

Here’s how the publisher introduces the book: Black boys dream, believe, and achieve: Schools that routinely fail Black boys are not extraordinary. In fact, they are all-too ordinary. If we are to succeed in positively shifting outcomes for Black boys and young men, we must first change the way school is “done.”That’s where the eight in ten teachers who are White women fit in . . . and this urgently needed resource is written specifically for them as a way to help them understand, respect, and connect with all of their students. This book is so much more than a call to action. The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys brings together research, teacher professional development exercises, personal stories, and online resources including video interviews to help us all embrace this crucial American task.  Teacher educators, teachers, administrators, families, communities, mentors, school boards, and other professionals all have a role to play in transforming school cultures. We are all too familiar with the educational disparities along with the narratives that fuel them.
We are moving beyond the negative and positively changing systems that support the educational outcomes of black boys. 65% of teachers are white women. Alone they can have a tremendous impact on outcomes. But together, we can shift the way black boys are seen and heard inside and outside of the classroom. The ultimate guidebook for educators and parents, public and private schools, and any organization that cares for and loves the inherent potential of black boys is here!
The WWGTBB is edited by Eddie Moore Jr., PhD, Marguerite Penick-Parks, PhD and Ali Michael, PhD.


Moore Testimonials
"This book will change you. Weaving together voices of multiple authors, both Black and White, chapters offer poignant personal stories, current research, and well-chosen activities. Every chapter invites White women to do the needed work that will enable us to support healthy development of our Black male students. Few books take on such urgent work with so much care and proactive optimism."
-Christine E. Sleeter, Professor EmeritaCalifornia State University, Monterey Bay
"Approximately eight in ten teachers in the United States are white. Any White woman who aspires to responsibly and effectively demonstrate educational care for Black boys will find much that is useful in this text. It should be required reading in teacher education programs and professional development experiences for all P-12 educators."
-Shaun R. Harper, Clifford and Betty Allen ProfessorUniversity of Southern California
"With a lens focused equally (and with critical compassion) on White women and Black boys, dozens of authors offer thoughtful, urgent, personal, and concrete suggestions for moving to new habits of understanding, respecting, and connecting that help unleash young people’s full human contributions. Read and digest this book to embrace the deep realities and thrilling potential of this crucial American task."
-Mica Pollock, ProfessorUniversity of California, San Diego"There is no other instructional guide quite like The Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys. While this book offers practical information and advice directly to the largest demographic of educators teaching one of the most marginalized populations of students, it transcends strategy and becomes a book of Black Critical Cultural Studies... Above all is a direct exploration into the ′dos,′ ′don’ts,′ ′why′s′ and ′how’s′ of culturally responsive teaching from expert teachers."
-Dale Allender DirectorNational Council of Teachers of English-West
“There is no judgement in this book. There is simply a clear scientific and social case—along with concrete instruction—for how education allies at the classroom, school, and system levels can effectively serve our children of color. ”
-Brittany Packnett Vice President, National Community Alliances Teach For America & Paul Keys Senior Vice President, Regional Operations Teach For America

Moore Resources: 
1. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/04/20/upshot/missing-black-men.html 
2. https://www.blackmaleachievement.org/community/promise-of-place

3. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/611389765/why-white-americans-call-the-police-on-black-people-in-public-spaces

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore

Founder and Director, The Privilege Institute
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.The first recipient of NCORE’s... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Transforming School Culture
NONE

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Anthony Muhammad

Dr. Anthony Muhammad

Consultant, New Frontier 21
Anthony Muhammad is one of the most sought after educational consultants in North America. He currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. He served as a practitioner... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Reducing Anxiety and Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Limited Capacity filling up

With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work.
Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, work engagement, and self-monitoring.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Minahan

Jessica Minahan

Special Educator | Author | Behavior Analyst
Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally.  Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems.  She... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

T3: systems and supports for individual students
Limited Capacity seats available

This skill building, work-shop length session is designed for general and special educators, school counselors, administrators and/or school psychologists who want to better understand the Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) and Behavior Support Planning (BSP) process. Participants will learn best practice steps for completing behavioral assessments that lead to effective individualized interventions. Practice opportunities using brief video clips are included. Example materials and resources will be shared.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell

Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri
Barbara Mitchell, Ph.D. has been an educator for the past 20 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher for students with disabilities teaching in elementary and middle school special education settings. Currently Barbara is an Assistant Research Professor for the University... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 10:00am - 12:45pm
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Acting Right: Building A Cooperative, Collaborative, Creative Classroom Community through Drama
Limited Capacity full

This session takes the foundational elements of acting such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration and creates a structured process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management every day.
 This engaging, step-by-step approach empowers students to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior. Learn how to help students build the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and teambuilding in your classroom.


Speakers
BH

Benjamin Heinen

Curriculum Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
KK

Kelly Kretschmer

Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator, DMPS
avatar for Sean Layne

Sean Layne

Director, Kennedy Center
Sean is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company, and author of the book ACTING RIGHT. He holds a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England.  Sean has worked in the field of arts integration for 25 years.  He leads residencies... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Bullying Investigation and Safety Planning
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
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Nate Monson

Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
Nate Monson serves as Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools – a position he has held since 2007 following the passage of the state’s anti-bullying law and extension of the Iowa Civil Rights Act to include gender identity and sexual orientation.Iowa Safe Schools was founded in... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon

Volunteer, AMOS Let's Talk Project
Restorative Practices, Peace Circles. Schools that restore relationships as the way to grow and support whole health in students, teachers, all staff.
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Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"



Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Let's Teach about Race
Limited Capacity filling up

Subconscious biases and cultural or community-based understandings of race begin at a very young age. However, curriculum to combat white superiority and systemic racism often doesn't begin until high school or college, if at all. Educators can help break down the boundaries that make it difficult to talk about race. In this presentation, SaraRae Herrin, a DMPS educator, and Tierney Oberhammer, and educator, producer and activist with Flocabulary, will talk about how race affects individuals and society and how to best implement curriculum in the classroom that speaks to issues of race, ethnicity and culture. Presenters will weave important Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) topics in recommendations and anecdotes. Teachers, parents and administrators will walk away from this presentation with strategies they can implement immediately. Flocabulary.com, an online program that uses hip-hop to engage and teach students, will be featured as a resource for introducing and guiding important classrooms discussions around race, culture and SEL principles.

Speakers
avatar for Tierney Oberhammer

Tierney Oberhammer

Director of Production, Flocabulary
Tierney is the Director of Production at Flocabulary, an ed-tech company that makes learning engaging, relevant and accessible for students of all backgrounds. She oversees creative content production and works with rappers, singers and producers to make music that aligns with curricula... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
306 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Reading Portraits as Biographies
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you looking for ways to motivate and engage your students in the study of biographies and/or historical figures? Portraits are often considered merely a reflection of what a person looks like, when in actuality, they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life while teaching students how to deeply observe, infer, and inquire. Participate in this workshop to learn how to help students unlock the symbolism in portraits, connect biographies with portraiture, use portraits as a point of inquiry for biographical research, and create portraits and writings to deepen and assess student understandings.

Speakers
avatar for Jamin Carter

Jamin Carter

consultant, Kennedy Center
Jamin is a visual artist and educator from Memphis, TN. He holds a BFA in sculpture and painting and a MAT in visual art education. As an educator, he has many years of experience teaching in several diverse Title One classrooms ranging from elementary art to high school studio art... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
315 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Our Schools and Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

The causes of youth homelessness are varied. Many young people experience homelessness due to lack of affordable and accessible housing, poverty, neglect, substance abuse, mental health issues, and physical and sexual abuse. Others become homeless due to severe family conflict that grows out of lack of support around sexual orientation and gender expression and identity.
Communities have to find creative solutions to LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Ryan Berg will begin the presentation with a reading from No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions and end with a discussion about how teachers, social workers and communities across the state can best support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is an author, activist, and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth, a nationally-recognized community response to youth homelessness. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
107 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Equity Literacy
Limited Capacity filling up

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Katy Swalwell

Katy Swalwell

Associate Professor and Elementary Education Program Lead, Iowa State Univeristy
My expertise is in social justice and equity in K-12 schools with a focus on race and class through the discipline of social studies. I conduct research, facilitate workshops, and create resources to help teachers develop their own and their students' critical consciousness.


Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Predictors of Cultural Proficiency - A Dissertation Study
Limited Capacity seats available

As the 4-year high school graduation rate of African-American and Latino students in US public schools continues to lag behind their white peers, cultural proficiency development has become an increasingly significant focus of school districts. While substantial resources have been committed in school districts across the country to improved professional and hiring practices, measurable gains have ranged from inconsistent to negligible. Given the improved understanding of the importance of cultural proficiency development for K-12 public school teachers, developing more effective ways to predict and support cultural proficiency development is a necessary step to take in the efforts to improve outcomes for all students.

In this session, Dr. Spiess will present the findings of his dissertation study.  His survey of 853 K-12 public school educators from school districts throughout a state in the central United States produced multiple elements of significant data, connecting cultural proficiency development with theories of mindset and knowledge.  This interactive session with some (but not overwhelming) statistical content will discuss the implementation and results of the study, as well as implications for educational leaders regarding professional development and human resource practices.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Joseph Spiess

Dr. Joseph Spiess

Associate Principal, Des Moines Public Schools
Dr. Joseph Spiess has spent his entire 13-year professional career in Des Moines Public Schools, serving as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and building administrator. He is currently a member of the administrative team at East High School in Des Moines, IA. He completed his PhD... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
304 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

ESSA, MTSS, and an Integrated Approach to Learning Supports
Limited Capacity filling up

Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) is an every-education decision-making framework of evidence-based practices in instruction and assessment that addresses the academic and social-emotional-behavioral needs of all students. It is also a central feature of Iowa’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan. Iowa’s ESSA plan includes a focus on Conditions for Learning, which focuses on school safety, quality of relationships, established and practiced norms and values, and the physical environment within which all school activities and interactions occur. This session will focus on how Conditions for Learning and MTSS work in Iowa’s ESSA plan as well as what the practical implications are for educators. Specifically, topics that will be addressed include: (a) a brief overview of Conditions for Learning and MTSS in Iowa’s ESSA plan; (b) how MTSS, as part of a larger, integrated Learning Supports structure, provides a continuum of evidence-based academic and social-emotional-behavioral supports to all students using data-based decision making; and (c) what resources and supports will be in place across the state to supports educators. Attendees will engage in collaborative conversations with session facilitators and each other, develop key take-aways from the session to inform their planning and practice, and access information about these topics during and after the session.

Speakers
avatar for Brad Niebling

Brad Niebling

Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education
Brad Niebling - Brad is the Bureau Chief for Learner Strategies and Supports at the Iowa Department of Education. He also serves as a C4K Development Team Co-Lead. Brad holds a doctorate degree in educational psychology. This is Brad’s 20th year in education.



Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Promoting a school culture that effectively addresses student crisis behavior and reduces the use of restraint & Seclusion
Limited Capacity full

A growing concern for educators across the nation relates to the effective education of students with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders. The trauma histories and mental health disorders of these children and youth place them at greater risk for emotional escalation and the display of potentially dangerous behavior. Schools have traditionally relied upon punitive approaches, including restraint and seclusion, to address challenging behavior. These practices have been clearly linked to increased trauma, injury of students and staff, and even death. As a result, schools have come under greater scrutiny for their use of restraint and seclusion as well as other punitive approaches to behavior. This workshop will briefly explore the challenge of effectively programming for students with mental health disorders and explore effective de-escalation interventions. Moreover, the presentation will provide information about how one large urban school district engaged in a successful philosophical transition that resulted in a significant drop in student suspension and expulsion as well as a 73% drop in the use of physical restraint and seclusion. Information will be presented on the barriers encountered and the processes employed to facilitate the change in school culture.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Van Acker

Richard Van Acker

Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois - Chicago
avatar for Kim Warma

Kim Warma

President/CEO, Pro-ACT, Inc.
Kim Warma is the President/CEO of Pro-ACT, Inc. a training and professional development company that focuses on providing professionals with the skills they need to better address challanging behavior in the classroom, avoiding the potential for escalation, crisis, and assault.



Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
311

11:30am

Supporting Latino families within a dangerous and uncertian imigration climate
Limited Capacity filling up

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Sonia Reyes-Snyder

Sonia Reyes-Snyder

Executive Officer, Iowa Department of Human Rights - Office of Latino Affairs
Originally from El Salvador, Sonia is the Executive Officer for the Office of Latino Affairs, Iowa Department of Human Rights. In this role Sonia advocates and serves as an ongoing resource for Iowans of Latino heritage, government agencies, businesses and other organizations by coordinating... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
313 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Working with Iowa's Refugee students and Famlies
Limited Capacity filling up

NONE

Speakers
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Wasan Waham

Refugee Resettlement Program Case Manager / RACI CoChair Board memberRefugee and Immigrant Advisory subcomittee / RIAS, Catholic Charities
Wasan Waham was born In Baghdad. Iraq. she received her Bachelor's degree of Civil Engineering and Construction Engineering from University of Baghdad. after graduating, she traveled to Turkey for an engineering job and came to USA in 2008 where she completed her Master's degree of... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Promoting Responsible Sexual Health Advocacy and Treatment for High School Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Since 2014, Broward County Public Schools (FL) has been part of a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The objective of the agreement is to decrease the risks taken by students in regards to sexual activity. Through data gathered from students in surveys from 2014 and 2016 there have been significant improvements in students knowledge about HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections. In addition, sexual activity rates have lowered. Students are more readily informed about the agencies in the county who provide services related to sexual health, mental health, domestic and family relationships. Our work provides opportunities for students to access HIV and STI health screenings at their schools on a regular basis. We provide services to whole school student, staff and parent populations. We work even more specifically with ASMM, Adolescent Sexual Minority Males. Through data gathered by CDC, this particular group has the highest incidence of new HIV and STI infections.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kevin O'Connor

Dr. Kevin O'Connor

Instructional Facilitator, Broward County Public Schools
I will be presenting on a series of videos entitled "Tips for Parents on Talking to Youth about Sexual Health." Broward County Schools provides these videos to parents to help them talk about sexual health to their children. The 18 videos are each about 3 minutes in length. These... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 11:30am - 12:45pm
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

12:45pm

Lunch and Team Planning
Lunch will be provided. If you have any special accommodations, please talk to an event staff member. 

Monday August 13, 2018 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Acting Right: Building A Cooperative, Collaborative, Creative Classroom Community through Drama
Limited Capacity full

This session takes the foundational elements of acting such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration and creates a structured process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management every day.
 This engaging, step-by-step approach empowers students to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior. Learn how to help students build the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and teambuilding in your classroom.


Speakers
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Benjamin Heinen

Curriculum Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
KK

Kelly Kretschmer

Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator, DMPS
avatar for Sean Layne

Sean Layne

Director, Kennedy Center
Sean is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company, and author of the book ACTING RIGHT. He holds a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England.  Sean has worked in the field of arts integration for 25 years.  He leads residencies... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon

Volunteer, AMOS Let's Talk Project
Restorative Practices, Peace Circles. Schools that restore relationships as the way to grow and support whole health in students, teachers, all staff.
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Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"



Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Cut Paper: A Pathway to Creative Writing
Limited Capacity filling up

The process of writing stories can be challenging for young authors. In this workshop, explore how students can use scissors, glue, and construction paper to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an unformed idea and a unique, descriptive story. Learn to use selected elements of art, such as shape, color, and space, to connect to story components (e.g., character, setting, events, main idea, and details). Participants will leave with workable, accessible tools for students to create ideas, think divergently and write creatively.

Speakers
avatar for Jamin Carter

Jamin Carter

consultant, Kennedy Center
Jamin is a visual artist and educator from Memphis, TN. He holds a BFA in sculpture and painting and a MAT in visual art education. As an educator, he has many years of experience teaching in several diverse Title One classrooms ranging from elementary art to high school studio art... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
315 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Keys to Climate and Culture: Communication, Habits Mindset and Accountability
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation introduces educators to research-based tools and strategies targeted to develop leadership competencies in students and create a climate of excellence and integrity. Educators will learn how to implement and integrate the approach into their teaching practice to increase meaningful participation and improve student performance. Educators will be introduced to the Leading for Optimal Performance approach which focuses on leading through culture and character to develop optimal conditions for learning. Attendees will have hands-on learning with the CHAMP strategy, part of the Leadership Essentials curricular resources offered by The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. Attendees will also learn about the Culture of Excellence & Ethics Assessment survey, recognized as valid and reliable by OSDFS experts and included in the federal School Climate Survey Compendium.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kluever

Jeff Kluever

Assistant Director, Programs, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center
Jeff Kluever is an Assistant Director, Programs for The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. A native of Norwalk, Iowa, Jeff graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and his Initial Teaching License. After teaching and coaching at the... Read More →
avatar for Stephanie Oppel

Stephanie Oppel

Associate Director, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Secondary Classroom Management
Limited Capacity seats available

The wellbeing of teachers is directly tied to the wellbeing of students. Get your year started on the right track by creating a classroom culture of achievement. This session particularly targets secondary level (grades 6-12) teachers who are new to the profession and veteran teachers looking to re-vitalize their learning environment. Participants will hear about evidence-based strategies for establishing a positive classroom community and see application of these practices in a real-world setting. Examples provided will be focused at the secondary level but elementary level staff are welcome to attend as well.


Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell

Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri
Barbara Mitchell, Ph.D. has been an educator for the past 20 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher for students with disabilities teaching in elementary and middle school special education settings. Currently Barbara is an Assistant Research Professor for the University... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Our Schools and Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

The causes of youth homelessness are varied. Many young people experience homelessness due to lack of affordable and accessible housing, poverty, neglect, substance abuse, mental health issues, and physical and sexual abuse. Others become homeless due to severe family conflict that grows out of lack of support around sexual orientation and gender expression and identity.
Communities have to find creative solutions to LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Ryan Berg will begin the presentation with a reading from No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions and end with a discussion about how teachers, social workers and communities across the state can best support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is an author, activist, and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth, a nationally-recognized community response to youth homelessness. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
107 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Encouraging the use of students L1 (first language) to Increase Cultural Capital
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Pablo Ortega

Pablo Ortega

ELL Director, Des Moines Public Schools


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
108 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Refugee 101
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about the resettlement process of the refugee population, some latest information about the refugee statistics and listen to some true stories from former refugees on how they survived on their journey of seeking for freedom and better lives.

Speakers
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Vinh Nguyen

ELL Support & Accountability, DMPS


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
311

1:45pm

Supporting Transgender Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

Discrimination against transgender individuals is often subtle and unintentional, especially from those providing services. How do we serve an already marginalized population without causing further harm? This interactive workshop aims to answer that question in a safe space for educators to ask questions that they have been uncomfortable asking before. All students deserve educators who are sensitive to the issues they face, and this workshop will give attendees the practical tools to do so.


Speakers
avatar for Becky Smith

Becky Smith

Iowa GSA Network Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
avatar for Ric Tennenbaum

Ric Tennenbaum

Queer College Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Ric Tennenbaum (she/they) is the Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator at Iowa Safe Schools. She graduated from Grinnell College  with a bachelor’s in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies after spending a lot of time thinking about the creative and unrecognized ways we use emotions... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Young Men of Distinction: Assisting Black Male Middle School Students in Reaching their potential and chasing their dreams
Limited Capacity filling up

In the fall of 2017, a middle school administrator, a district administrator, and a community member made a plan to increase MAP scores and overall achievement for black male students at Weeks Middle School. We also intended to decrease disproportional office referral and suspension numbers for the same students. Making connections with students and families was our top priority. Additionally, we aimed to connect community support with students, as well as integrate skill building and personalized goal setting. We have seen overall success and can share what we learned along the way. Presenters will include some of Weeks Middle Schools' Young Men of Distinction, Corey Harris, Middle School Director of Des Moines Public Schools, Tony Wilson, Community Leader and former Des Moines Public Schools Teacher, and Dr. Heather Farris, Vice Principal of Weeks Middle School. This is not a program. It is our story of what we tried and what we learned.

Speakers
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Heather Farris

Associate Principal, Des Moines
Dr. Heather Farris has worked in public education for 26 years. Her passion is improving the lives of urban students.


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
304 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Imagery and Diversity: Using Visual Stories to Improve the Climate and Culture of Schools and Districts
Limited Capacity seats available

In increasingly diverse schools, what role does imagery play in supporting a climate and culture that is welcoming to all students, teachers and parents? It could mean a great deal. As Frederick Douglass once argued, "the moral and social influence of pictures" was more important in shaping the nation's culture than "the making of its laws."

It is estimated that the typical person sees more than 5,000 images each day, from advertising to social media feeds to what hangs on the walls of our homes or workplaces. And that number is only going to grow. For example, in 2017 more than 1.3 trillion photographs were taken (4 out of 5 using a phone), a nearly four-fold increase from 2010.

When it comes to consumer advertising, most leading companies have adopted a strategy of featuring people from a wider variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, including gay couples, interracial families, disabled individuals, and more.

While schools cannot compete with Coca Cola or Apple when it comes to marketing, they can excel (and exceed) at capturing visual stories that are genuine and authentic, sharing the interests and accomplishments of students who may come from around the world.

The session will include:
  • A (very) brief history lesson on images and diversity (or lack thereof)
  • The differences between authentic (good) and forced (not so good) attempts to portray diversity
  • How Des Moines Public Schools practices its belief that "a picture is worth a thousand words"
  • We all have a camera: tips on using your phone to market your classroom or school
  • Don't die with the secret: tips on sharing visual stories

Speakers
avatar for Phil Roeder

Phil Roeder

Director of Communications, Des Moines Public Schools
Phil has worked for 30 years in public relations and communications, primarily in and around the public sector. Today he is the director of communications for Des Moines Public Schools, Iowa’s largest school district. His previous work experience includes serving as deputy chief... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Leading With and Outside Mindset - A District's Challenge
Limited Capacity filling up

How our District (PGCPS) is helping generate a positive change in employees/offices & schools by focusing on our own individual mindsets.

Unknowingly, too many of us operate from an inward mindset; a narrow-minded focus on self-centered goals and objectives. When faced with personal ineffectiveness or lagging organizational performance, most of us instinctively look for quick-fix behavioral band-aids, not recognizing the underlying mindset at the heart of our most persistent challenges. Through true stories and simple yet profound guidance and tools, The Outward Mindset enables individuals and organizations to make the one change that most dramatically improves performance, sparks collaboration, and accelerates innovation a shift to an outward mindset.  This presentation is presented by the Prince George's County Public Schools Leadership Center Team.

Speakers
JC

Joyce Campbell

Associate Superintendent, Prince George's County Public School
KH

Kristi Holden

Leadership Coach, PGCPS/Office Talent Development
DJ

Damon Jones

Instructional Speacialist/Teacher Leadership, PGCPS
JS

James Storm

Supervisor of Retirement, Prince George's County Public Schools
JS

Judie Strawbridge

Leadership Coach, PGCPS/Office Talent Development


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Transforming School Culture
NONE

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Anthony Muhammad

Dr. Anthony Muhammad

Consultant, New Frontier 21
Anthony Muhammad is one of the most sought after educational consultants in North America. He currently serves as the CEO of New Frontier 21 Consulting, a company dedicated to providing cutting-edge professional development to schools all over the world. He served as a practitioner... Read More →



Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Promoting a school culture that effectively addresses student crisis behavior and reduces the use of restraint & Seclusion
Limited Capacity seats available

A growing concern for educators across the nation relates to the effective education of students with serious emotional, behavioral and mental health disorders. The trauma histories and mental health disorders of these children and youth place them at greater risk for emotional escalation and the display of potentially dangerous behavior. Schools have traditionally relied upon punitive approaches, including restraint and seclusion, to address challenging behavior. These practices have been clearly linked to increased trauma, injury of students and staff, and even death. As a result, schools have come under greater scrutiny for their use of restraint and seclusion as well as other punitive approaches to behavior. This workshop will briefly explore the challenge of effectively programming for students with mental health disorders and explore effective de-escalation interventions. Moreover, the presentation will provide information about how one large urban school district engaged in a successful philosophical transition that resulted in a significant drop in student suspension and expulsion as well as a 73% drop in the use of physical restraint and seclusion. Information will be presented on the barriers encountered and the processes employed to facilitate the change in school culture.

Speakers
avatar for Richard Van Acker

Richard Van Acker

Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois - Chicago
avatar for Kim Warma

Kim Warma

President/CEO, Pro-ACT, Inc.
Kim Warma is the President/CEO of Pro-ACT, Inc. a training and professional development company that focuses on providing professionals with the skills they need to better address challanging behavior in the classroom, avoiding the potential for escalation, crisis, and assault.



Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Reducing Anxiety and Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
Limited Capacity full

With up to one in four children struggling with anxiety in this country, overwhelmed adults are in need of a new approach as well as an effective and easy-to-implement toolkit of strategies that work.
Through the use of case studies, humorous stories, and examples of common challenging situations, participants will learn easy to implement preventive tools, strategies, and interventions for reducing anxiety, increasing self-regulation, work engagement, and self-monitoring.

Speakers
avatar for Jessica Minahan

Jessica Minahan

Special Educator | Author | Behavior Analyst
Jessica Minahan is a licensed and board-certified behavior analyst (BCBA), author, special educator, and consultant to schools internationally.  Since 2000 she has worked with students who struggle with mental health issues and challenging behavior in public school systems.  She... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Scholar Identity Model: Engaging and Creating Gifted Scholars, Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Gilman W. Whiting

Dr. Gilman W. Whiting

Associate Professor & Director of Graduate Studies, Peabody College of Education Vanderbilt University


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
103

1:45pm

Social Skills: Tier 2 intervention
Limited Capacity filling up

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Terrance Scott

Dr. Terrance Scott

Professor, Director, University of Louisville
My interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behavior, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.



Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Human Trafficking and Iowa Youth
Limited Capacity full

Amber Lawrence, Program Specialist with Teens Against Human Trafficking, will introduce participants to human trafficking in Iowa, with a focus on its impact on youth. Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming, and control, and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Participants will also learn what risk factors make youth more vulnerable to trafficking. This session will also describe statewide efforts to prevent human trafficking and identify victims in Iowa schools and what services are available for victims.

Speakers
AL

Amber Lawrence

Program Specialist, YSS - Teens Against Human Trafficking


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
313 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Improving student health and well-being: Why more schools should prioritize comprehensive Sexuality Education
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation explores comprehensive sexuality education programming, discussing its core components and research regarding effectiveness for improving student health outcomes. Additionally, participants will learn how comprehensive sexuality education promotes social emotional learning, increases personal and overall school safety, dismantles stereotypes and fosters gender equity, and contributes to the safety and well-being of youth who identify as LGBTQ+.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Brown, LMSW

Kirsten Brown, LMSW

WISE Program Manager, EyesOpenIowa
Kirsten Brown (She/Her/Hers) is a School Social Worker and Certified Sexual Health Educator. As Manager of EyesOpenIowa's WISE Program, Kirsten has worked collaboratively with school districts across Iowa and Illinois to build and develop high quality sex education programs that are... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
306 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

3:00pm

Welcome and Student Performance
Student Performance Feature

Moulton Elementary Presents: Roots Capoeira: Empowering children and families to recognize their physical and creative potential through an Afro-Brazilian martial art.
While in class, students study eight basic elements of Capoeira: Ginga, Escapes, Kicks, Movements, Partner Sequences, Roda, Music, and the Portuguese language. Children bring all of these elements together to express themselves through their own unique Capoeira “game”, which is played between two people in the middle of a circle.
For more information, go to:
www.RootsCapoeira.com

Speakers
avatar for Jake Troja

Jake Troja

Director of School Climate Transformation, Des Moines Public Schools
I have spent the last 16 years in education as a music educator, Assistant Principal, Principal and now a central office administrator. I currently am the Director of School Climate for Des Moines Public Schools and I lead and support supportive services for students and staff within... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 3:00pm - 3:15pm
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

3:15pm

Keynote Address
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Olga Acosta Price

Dr. Olga Acosta Price

Director and Associate Professor, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University
Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and is associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the University. She is a clinical... Read More →


Monday August 13, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA
 
Tuesday, August 14
 

7:00am

Networking and Team Planning
A light breakfast will be provided. Please come early and plan with your team and visit our exhibitors.

Tuesday August 14, 2018 7:00am - 8:30am
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

8:30am

Welcome and Student Performance
Student Performance
Movement 515 student poets

Speakers
TA

Thomas Ahart

Superintendent, Des Moines Public Schools
avatar for Jake Troja

Jake Troja

Director of School Climate Transformation, Des Moines Public Schools
I have spent the last 16 years in education as a music educator, Assistant Principal, Principal and now a central office administrator. I currently am the Director of School Climate for Des Moines Public Schools and I lead and support supportive services for students and staff within... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 8:30am - 8:45am
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

8:45am

Keynote: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christopher Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin

Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Director of Science Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Institute For Urban and Minority Education... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Acting Right: Building A Cooperative, Collaborative, Creative Classroom Community through Drama
Limited Capacity full

This session takes the foundational elements of acting such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration and creates a structured process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management every day.
 This engaging, step-by-step approach empowers students to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior. Learn how to help students build the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and teambuilding in your classroom.


Speakers
BH

Benjamin Heinen

Curriculum Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
KK

Kelly Kretschmer

Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator, DMPS
avatar for Sean Layne

Sean Layne

Director, Kennedy Center
Sean is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company, and author of the book ACTING RIGHT. He holds a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England.  Sean has worked in the field of arts integration for 25 years.  He leads residencies... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity filling up

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon

Volunteer, AMOS Let's Talk Project
Restorative Practices, Peace Circles. Schools that restore relationships as the way to grow and support whole health in students, teachers, all staff.
DM

Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"



Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Creating Climate and Culture for Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

This session reviews research about caring learning environments that build autonomy, belonging, and competence, and how they help students form an attachment to school and increase achievement. Participants will experience “a week in the life” of an elementary student through a series of class meetings. We will explore ways these meetings can improve school climate, strengthen relationships between students, and engage families.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Professor of Education, Drake Univeristy
avatar for Kristy Rauch

Kristy Rauch

Center for the Collaborative Classroom


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Evidence Based Practices for Managing Classroom Behavior
Limited Capacity filling up

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Terrance Scott

Dr. Terrance Scott

Professor, Director, University of Louisville
My interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behavior, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.



Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Mission Monday
Limited Capacity seats available

A weekly intentional intervention to affect the climate and culture of your school and community. It
provides stakeholders with an intervention to foster the assets our students need to be academically
successful, socially responsible, and emotionally sound. Chances are it philosophically and functionally
enhances some interventions you already have in place.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Elementary Principal/Author, Mission Monday
I taught 5th grade for 12 years and have been an elementary principal for 10 years. My passion is working with the underdogs, and the students who have been dealt a "bad hand" in life. Along with my friend, Sam Stecher, we created Mission Monday. This is an endeavor that will help... Read More →
avatar for Sam Stecher

Sam Stecher

Superintendent/Author, East Butler/MissionMonday.com
Sam Stecher (@samMMstecher) has spent over 20 years serving as teacher, coach, and administrator. Through MissionMonday.com and the book It Happens in the Hallway he strives to take the random out of Random Acts of Kindness. This endeavor began years ago in a little coffee shop where... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Reading Portraits as Biographies
Limited Capacity filling up

Are you looking for ways to motivate and engage your students in the study of biographies and/or historical figures? Portraits are often considered merely a reflection of what a person looks like, when in actuality, they can be read as biographies that communicate significant information about a person’s life while teaching students how to deeply observe, infer, and inquire. Participate in this workshop to learn how to help students unlock the symbolism in portraits, connect biographies with portraiture, use portraits as a point of inquiry for biographical research, and create portraits and writings to deepen and assess student understandings.

Speakers
avatar for Jamin Carter

Jamin Carter

consultant, Kennedy Center
Jamin is a visual artist and educator from Memphis, TN. He holds a BFA in sculpture and painting and a MAT in visual art education. As an educator, he has many years of experience teaching in several diverse Title One classrooms ranging from elementary art to high school studio art... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
315 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Secondary Classroom Management
Limited Capacity seats available

The wellbeing of teachers is directly tied to the wellbeing of students. Get your year started on the right track by creating a classroom culture of achievement. This session particularly targets secondary level (grades 6-12) teachers who are new to the profession and veteran teachers looking to re-vitalize their learning environment. Participants will hear about evidence-based strategies for establishing a positive classroom community and see application of these practices in a real-world setting. Examples provided will be focused at the secondary level but elementary level staff are welcome to attend as well.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell

Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri
Barbara Mitchell, Ph.D. has been an educator for the past 20 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher for students with disabilities teaching in elementary and middle school special education settings. Currently Barbara is an Assistant Research Professor for the University... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
313 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Our Schools and Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

The causes of youth homelessness are varied. Many young people experience homelessness due to lack of affordable and accessible housing, poverty, neglect, substance abuse, mental health issues, and physical and sexual abuse. Others become homeless due to severe family conflict that grows out of lack of support around sexual orientation and gender expression and identity.
Communities have to find creative solutions to LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Ryan Berg will begin the presentation with a reading from No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions and end with a discussion about how teachers, social workers and communities across the state can best support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is an author, activist, and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth, a nationally-recognized community response to youth homelessness. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
107 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Anti-Black Racism In Iowa
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Katy Swalwell

Katy Swalwell

Associate Professor and Elementary Education Program Lead, Iowa State Univeristy
My expertise is in social justice and equity in K-12 schools with a focus on race and class through the discipline of social studies. I conduct research, facilitate workshops, and create resources to help teachers develop their own and their students' critical consciousness.


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood…and the Rest of Ya’ll To.
Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christopher Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin

Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Director of Science Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Institute For Urban and Minority Education... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Panel from African Refugee Population
Limited Capacity filling up

Participants will have an opportunity to learn and interact with the refugees from different countries from Africa such as: Eritrea, Burundi, Somalia and Sudan. Participants will also learn about their cultural practices, some do's and don'ts in their cultures.

Speakers
VN

Vinh Nguyen

ELL Support & Accountability, DMPS


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
311

10:00am

Unpacking the "N" word
Limited Capacity seats available

Unpacking the N!gga(er) Word: Is There a Message in The Madness? Who is allowed to say the N!igga(er) word? What do we do/say when N!gga(er) is said in our classrooms, hallways, practice fields, dinner table, cafeterias and resident halls? Ignoring the N!gga(er) word is not an option anymore – You can hear N!gga everywhere in the 21st century. Participants are challenged to examine their personal/professional histories with N!gga(er), when and/or how they first heard N!gga(er) and pictures/feelings associated with the word. The workshop encourages all people, but specifically young people/future leaders, to consider the ramifications of casual or uniformed usage of a powerful and troublesome word.

Moore Resources:
1. https://edition.cnn.com/2013/02/19/opinion/williams-django-still-chained/index.html
2. http://www.stagger.net/books/nword.htm
3. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/611389765/why-white-americans-call-the-police-on-black-people-in-public-spaces

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore

Founder and Director, The Privilege Institute
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.The first recipient of NCORE’s... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Everything You know about Data is Wrong: Making Sense of Data by Learning From and With Others
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever been overwhelmed by an abundance of data—not knowing what to do with it or how to make sense of it. Most importantly, knowing how to inform appropriate actions and concrete decision-making to support student success? You are not alone. Join us for this break-out session to learn about and explore the use and applications of the DMPS Collaborative Problem-Solving Process developed by our Des Moines Public Schools! Within our dynamic and ever-changing world of education, data is becoming more diverse and accessible than in the past. Data is increasingly characterized as an organizational asset, which, in turn, requires engaging various groups of stakeholders and addressing issues/concerns at a systems level. These dynamics of interactions raise new questions about, “Who owns and benefits from this asset?” “Who is disadvantaged and impacted?” “Who is involved and determines what the problem is?” “What is a desired impact (change), for whom, under what circumstances?” “What constitutes evidence, and whose and how actions will affect the expected outcomes?” We use data to generate insights of meaning and value for improvements. To solve complex educational challenges, we need to participate with others in creating shared understandings, sharing our perspectives (assumptions), and better aligning our actions to make a positive impact. Our challenge includes how we engage with data collectively and realize value from data at a systems level to ensure an equitable and quality educational experience for all students. The intent of this break-out session is to expand DMPS’s capacity in collaborative inquiry and decision-making process. We will describe the initial efforts utilizing the Collaborative decision-making process to address problems related to early literacy and male students of color at the district level. This process facilitates greater understanding of not only data, but, equally important, decision-making. While this session is designed for school leadership teams, participants interested in collaborative approaches to looking at and making sense of data will also benefit from this learning experience. Participants will engage in a dialogue and asked to share their perspectives about the potential value and use of the Collaborative decision-making process within their work contexts and settings. We will utilize the participants’ shared insights to further the process and to better facilitate DMPS capacity building.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Mary Grinstead

Dr. Mary Grinstead

Director of Assessment, Data, and Evaluation, Des Moines Public Schools
Mary Grinstead is passionate about collaborative inquiry and data-based decision-making. Mary started her career in education 12 years ago, having served as a teacher, district leader, and state leader. She currently serves as the Director of the Assessment, Data and Evaluation... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Title IX
Limited Capacity seats available

Title IX has gained national attention in recent years when it comes to education, safety of students, and access of facilities and education. This workshop will outline Title IX and why it is important to have a working knowledge on what protections students have, and the role of educators play in implementing those protections.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Smith

Becky Smith

Iowa GSA Network Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
avatar for Ric Tennenbaum

Ric Tennenbaum

Queer College Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Ric Tennenbaum (she/they) is the Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator at Iowa Safe Schools. She graduated from Grinnell College  with a bachelor’s in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies after spending a lot of time thinking about the creative and unrecognized ways we use emotions... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Using the 4 C's in your PLC: Creativity and Critical Thinking with your Team and Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will focus on the power of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking within the PLC model, specifically looking at resources that MTSS practitioners can utilize when working with students across a range of ability levels and learning styles. Educators are the experts on their students and what they need. Within a PLC, there is a lot of opportunity to share best practices, tools or strategies that worked (or didn’t!), and to generally serve as a community of support for one another. The ‘4 C’s’ model (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking) is an effective framework for students, but it also works well as an approach a PLC can take with teacher support, community building, lesson planning, and troubleshooting. We will talk about the tools that educators can use within different scenarios and tiers of intervention that help to both introduce and teach content, as well as go deeper and get more rigorous using the 4 C’s and connecting to students in a robust and meaningful way. We will have the opportunity to hear from teachers who have used various tools including the Flocabulary program, and learn about how they were able to think creatively and use the tools to meet the needs of their specific students.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen Davenport

Kathleen Davenport

Arts Integration Coach, Madison Elementary
avatar for Emily Helfgot

Emily Helfgot

VP, Learning, Flocabulary
Emily Helfgot has worked in the field of education for more than 20 years as an education director, classroom teacher, curriculum writer, and teaching artist. She has used theater and improvisation to support students writing about their lives with Streetside Stories in San Francisco... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
306 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Human Trafficking and Iowa Youth
Limited Capacity seats available

Amber Lawrence, Program Specialist with Teens Against Human Trafficking, will introduce participants to human trafficking in Iowa, with a focus on its impact on youth. Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming, and control, and what indicators may point to human trafficking. Participants will also learn what risk factors make youth more vulnerable to trafficking. This session will also describe statewide efforts to prevent human trafficking and identify victims in Iowa schools and what services are available for victims.

Speakers
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Amber Lawrence

Program Specialist, YSS - Teens Against Human Trafficking


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Lesson Leaned from the C.O.R.E
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will examine the benefits and challenges of forming student-led groups in urban public and private high schools to address the disproportionate representation of students of color in Advanced Placement classes. While describing the growth of the Community of Racial Equity (C.O.R.E), we will be sharing the many lessons we’ve learned about mitigating stereotype threat in classes, providing emotional and academic support to students, connecting with the larger community through service, and ensuring student members succeed in their post-secondary endeavors.

Speakers
avatar for Petra Lange

Petra Lange

Special Programs Coordinator, Drake University


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
304 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Advertising, Media and Academic Performance
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how your students digital interactions influence their classsroom experience.

A child's experience in the digital world has some profound effects on their wellness and academic performance. Learn how you, as an educator, can help minimize the risks and maximize the benefits of digital interactions.

Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and Children (2 editions; Praeger Press), and co-author of the book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (2007, Oxford University Press). He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, including studies on the positive and negative effects of video games on children in several countries, the validity of the American media ratings, how screen time contributes to youth obesity, and what is being called video game and Internet "addiction." In 2010, he was honored with the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 46). He was named one of the Top 300 Professors in the United States by the Princeton Review. Dr. Gentile runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University where he conducts research on media's impact on children and adults. As the leader of this effort, Dr. Gentile develops and conducts research projects designed to give parents and other caregivers the kind of information they need and want to make informed media choices for their children. His research has been supported by several grants, including grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Gentile speaks internationally to community, education, health care, and parent groups. Praised as an engaging and energetic speaker, he speaks about issues such as the connectionbetween media and brain development, the effects of television and video game violence, theeffects of tobacco and alcohol advertising on adolescents, and the psychology of advertising.He has been featured on such radio shows as National Public Radio's Morning Edition, To thePoint, the BBC World Service, and hiswork has been reported on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Jo Frost’s ExtremeParental Guidance, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, andhundreds of other newspapers and television stations internationally. He is the creator and hostof the monthly radio show The Science of Parenting.Dr. Gentile received his doctorate in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development atthe University of Minnesota. Prior to his work at Iowa State University, he was the Director ofResearch for the non-profit National Institute on Media and the Family, he worked as a marketresearcher, a math instructor, and served as test developer and data analyst for EducationalTesting Service in Princeton, New Jersey. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of AppliedDevelopmental Psychology.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Gentile

Douglas Gentile

Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University
Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and... Read More →
avatar for Peter Komendowski

Peter Komendowski

President, The Partnership for a Healthy Iowa
Peter serves as co-director of the Iowa Digital Literacy Project, president of The Partnership @DrugFreeIowa.org and Face It Together (PDFI/FIT). He is a former Chair of the Partnership, and succeeded Senator Grassley as Chair of the Face It Together Coalition’s healthy communities... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
108 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Resilience and Social Supports in a Trauma Informed School Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Board Vice President, West Des Moines Schools, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa



Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
103

10:00am

Strengthening the "Whole Community" Component of the WSCC Model
Limited Capacity seats available

Strengthening the “Whole Community” Component of the WSCC Model
Schools are often on the front lines of addressing the disruptive effects of poverty, adversity, and trauma on children, but they cannot do it alone. Schools represent one important institution in a community among numerous others that can help prevent and reduce the negative impact of trauma on child health and development. The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) has identified a process to assist stakeholders in determining how best to align school and community programs so that they can build and sustain safe and supportive environments for all students to thrive. The session will present a process to assist education and other stakeholders to determine how best to align school and community initiatives in order to address the underlying challenges children face and create environments in which children can grow and succeed. Partner Build Grow is an evidence-informed partnership process to implement and sustain school-connected health and wellness programs. 

  1. Participants will be able to describe the multiple frameworks and systems that exist for aligning programs, practices, and policies across school and community contexts.
  2. Participants will be able to describe why strengthening school-community partnerships is a key to student and family success.
  3. Participants will be able to use the four steps that have helped stakeholders develop and strengthen school-connected programs that support student social-emotional wellbeing.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Olga Acosta Price

Dr. Olga Acosta Price

Director and Associate Professor, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University
Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and is associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the University. She is a clinical... Read More →
AV

Allyson Vukovich

Director of Community in School, Des Moines Public Schools


Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Supporting the Whole Child: Lessons Learned from SEA Project AWARE and the School Climate Transformation Grant
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
BA

Barb Anderson

Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
avatar for Nancy Ankeny-Hunt

Nancy Ankeny-Hunt

Consultant, Iowa Department of Education
Nancy is an Education Program Consultant at the Iowa Department of Education. Nancy is a certified Youth Mental Health First Aid instructor and serves as the State Project AWARE Youth Mental Health First Aid Coordinator. Nancy has a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree... Read More →
avatar for Kay Augustine

Kay Augustine

Project Director, School Climate Transformation, Iowa Department of Education
Kay is the Project Director for the federal School Climate Transformation Grant at the Iowa Department of Education (DE). She is part of the DE Learning Supports team working at the state level with AEAs and local school districts to develop a strong foundation for a Multi-tiered... Read More →
avatar for Susan Bruce

Susan Bruce

SCTG Consultant,, Iowa Dept of Education
avatar for Brad Niebling

Brad Niebling

Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education
Brad Niebling - Brad is the Bureau Chief for Learner Strategies and Supports at the Iowa Department of Education. He also serves as a C4K Development Team Co-Lead. Brad holds a doctorate degree in educational psychology. This is Brad’s 20th year in education.



Tuesday August 14, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:15am

Lunch and Team Planning
Lunch will be provided. If you have any special accommodations, please talk to an event staff member.

Tuesday August 14, 2018 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

12:15pm

Welcome and Student Performance
Student Performance

Capitol view elementary has students who joined Half Pint Poetry through 21st Century. These students have stayed after school two nights a week all school year to write and practice poems that have impacted their lives. These poets took first place in the District’s Half Pints Poetry Slam in May. They speak about accomplishments, family, fears and truths.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Troja

Jake Troja

Director of School Climate Transformation, Des Moines Public Schools
I have spent the last 16 years in education as a music educator, Assistant Principal, Principal and now a central office administrator. I currently am the Director of School Climate for Des Moines Public Schools and I lead and support supportive services for students and staff within... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 12:15pm - 12:30pm
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

12:30pm

Keynote: That One Kid
Plagued by severe undiagnosed ADHD and reading difficulties, I began disrupting class in 4th grade. I believed my peers would laugh at me for being “dumb” so I made sure they laughed at me for being “bad” instead. I was defiant, disruptive, and relatively unmotivated. I was “that one kid” that drove my teachers crazy. By sixth grade my academic skills were so below grade level that I was pulled out of school.
Two weeks later in a brand new school I had one teacher dramatically change my life. He did in about five minutes what nobody had done between kindergarten and 6th grade. And the amazing thing is that it is something any of you can do with any of your students immediately! Do you want to know what he did? Do not miss this keynote!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mendler

Brian Mendler

Brian Mendler has extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. He provides staff development training for K-12 educators throughout the world with the focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Brian Mendler - Power Struggles Unplugged
We all have “that one kid” (sometimes more than one) that you battle and struggle with.
 This high-energy session teaches specifically how to defuse power struggles with any student, in any situation, at any time with our proven step-by-step process. Discover two words guaranteed to stop mouthy kids in their tracksLearn exactly what to say when removing a student so they want to return

Speakers
avatar for Brian Mendler

Brian Mendler

Brian Mendler has extensive experience working with challenging students in general ed, self-contained, and inclusion settings. He provides staff development training for K-12 educators throughout the world with the focus on how to be successful with even the most difficult students... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

For White Folks Who Teach and The Hood... and the rest of ya'll to.
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Christopher Emdin

Dr. Christopher Emdin

Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor of Science Education and Director of Science Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He also serves as Associate Director of the Institute For Urban and Minority Education... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Acting Right: Building A Cooperative, Collaborative, Creative Classroom Community through Drama
Limited Capacity seats available

This session takes the foundational elements of acting such as concentration, cooperation, and collaboration and creates a structured process, which can become the basis for effective classroom management every day.
 This engaging, step-by-step approach empowers students to take ownership of and be responsible for their own behavior. Learn how to help students build the skills necessary to establish a sense of self-control, accountability, and teambuilding in your classroom.


Speakers
BH

Benjamin Heinen

Curriculum Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
KK

Kelly Kretschmer

Fine and Performing Arts Curriculum Coordinator, DMPS
avatar for Sean Layne

Sean Layne

Director, Kennedy Center
Sean is the founder of Focus 5 Inc, a national arts education consulting company, and author of the book ACTING RIGHT. He holds a B.F.A. degree in acting and studied acting in London, England.  Sean has worked in the field of arts integration for 25 years.  He leads residencies... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Linda Bacon

Linda Bacon

Volunteer, AMOS Let's Talk Project
Restorative Practices, Peace Circles. Schools that restore relationships as the way to grow and support whole health in students, teachers, all staff.
DM

Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"



Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Cut Paper: A Pathway to Creative Writing
Limited Capacity seats available

The process of writing stories can be challenging for young authors. In this workshop, explore how students can use scissors, glue, and construction paper to create artwork that becomes the bridge between an unformed idea and a unique, descriptive story. Learn to use selected elements of art, such as shape, color, and space, to connect to story components (e.g., character, setting, events, main idea, and details). Participants will leave with workable, accessible tools for students to create ideas, think divergently and write creatively.

Speakers
avatar for Jamin Carter

Jamin Carter

consultant, Kennedy Center
Jamin is a visual artist and educator from Memphis, TN. He holds a BFA in sculpture and painting and a MAT in visual art education. As an educator, he has many years of experience teaching in several diverse Title One classrooms ranging from elementary art to high school studio art... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
315 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Facilitating Student Talk, Thinking and Interaction
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on practical strategies to support teachers in the use and refinement of facilitation skills so that classrooms are safe, connected learning communities where students lead the talking, thinking, interaction and learning! The session begins with a consideration of the core principles of a learning community where students think deeply and learn with and from one another. Then participants are guided through a learning experience, where facilitation techniques are demonstrated. Participants explore practical strategies and facilitation techniques that support the development of a strong and safe classroom community where students think critically and learn from one another.

Speakers
avatar for Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Professor of Education, Drake Univeristy
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Kristy Rauch

Center for the Collaborative Classroom


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Let's Teach about Race
Limited Capacity seats available

Subconscious biases and cultural or community-based understandings of race begin at a very young age. However, curriculum to combat white superiority and systemic racism often doesn't begin until high school or college, if at all. Educators can help break down the boundaries that make it difficult to talk about race. In this presentation, SaraRae Herrin, a DMPS educator, and Tierney Oberhammer, and educator, producer and activist with Flocabulary, will talk about how race affects individuals and society and how to best implement curriculum in the classroom that speaks to issues of race, ethnicity and culture. Presenters will weave important Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) topics in recommendations and anecdotes. Teachers, parents and administrators will walk away from this presentation with strategies they can implement immediately. Flocabulary.com, an online program that uses hip-hop to engage and teach students, will be featured as a resource for introducing and guiding important classrooms discussions around race, culture and SEL principles.

Speakers
avatar for Tierney Oberhammer

Tierney Oberhammer

Director of Production, Flocabulary
Tierney is the Director of Production at Flocabulary, an ed-tech company that makes learning engaging, relevant and accessible for students of all backgrounds. She oversees creative content production and works with rappers, singers and producers to make music that aligns with curricula... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
306 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Mission Monday
Limited Capacity seats available

A weekly intentional intervention to affect the climate and culture of your school and community. It
provides stakeholders with an intervention to foster the assets our students need to be academically
successful, socially responsible, and emotionally sound. Chances are it philosophically and functionally
enhances some interventions you already have in place.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Elementary Principal/Author, Mission Monday
I taught 5th grade for 12 years and have been an elementary principal for 10 years. My passion is working with the underdogs, and the students who have been dealt a "bad hand" in life. Along with my friend, Sam Stecher, we created Mission Monday. This is an endeavor that will help... Read More →
avatar for Sam Stecher

Sam Stecher

Superintendent/Author, East Butler/MissionMonday.com
Sam Stecher (@samMMstecher) has spent over 20 years serving as teacher, coach, and administrator. Through MissionMonday.com and the book It Happens in the Hallway he strives to take the random out of Random Acts of Kindness. This endeavor began years ago in a little coffee shop where... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Addressing LGBTQ Youth Homelessness in Our Schools and Communities
Limited Capacity seats available

The causes of youth homelessness are varied. Many young people experience homelessness due to lack of affordable and accessible housing, poverty, neglect, substance abuse, mental health issues, and physical and sexual abuse. Others become homeless due to severe family conflict that grows out of lack of support around sexual orientation and gender expression and identity.
Communities have to find creative solutions to LGBTQ youth homelessness.
Ryan Berg will begin the presentation with a reading from No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions and end with a discussion about how teachers, social workers and communities across the state can best support LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg

Ryan Berg is an author, activist, and program manager for the ConneQT Host Home Program of Avenues for Homeless Youth, a nationally-recognized community response to youth homelessness. His debut book, No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions, won the 2016 Minnesota... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
107 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Equity Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Katy Swalwell

Katy Swalwell

Associate Professor and Elementary Education Program Lead, Iowa State Univeristy
My expertise is in social justice and equity in K-12 schools with a focus on race and class through the discipline of social studies. I conduct research, facilitate workshops, and create resources to help teachers develop their own and their students' critical consciousness.


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

White Privilege and White Fragility
Limited Capacity seats available

White Privilege/White Fragiliy 101 - Getting in on The Tough Converstions: Why do racial events and tensions drive our school communities apart? How can they be used instead as teachable, community-building moments? As the ongoing surge in highly visible racial incidents impacts students differentially along racial lines, schools have a unique opportunity to deepen understanding of self and society as well as develop campus engagement. Why can't we have tough converstaions about white supremacy, white, privilege and oppression in schools.This interactive and challenging all-day workshop explores how these headline stories relate to the impacts that power, privilege and oppression can have on student and family engagement, teacher preparation, curriculum development, and everyday school and community interactions. We will explore U.S. History, media messaging, cultural habits, the supremacy of whiteness and race issues that have led to where we are today. We must have Moore courageous converstions about power, privilege, leadership and oppression in our schools. With raised awareness, we’ll develop new skills and habits for sustainable, effective personal and institutional transformation.

This interactive, challenging and energetic session will examine and explore these complex issues and the imperative that those promoting diversity and inclusionm must “get in on the conversations.” Participants will leave with the skills and knowledge necessary to begin addressing issues of power, privilege, fragility, and moore; individually and institutionally.

Moore Resources
1. https://mail.yahoo.com/neo/launch?.src=ym&reason=myc#5639345658
2. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1qKYXYa16-Edl5kVjsTSBDEMZxRhEAKapHbfnzv0LwuQ/edit
3. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/611389765/why-white-americans-call-the-police-on-black-people-in-public-spaces

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore

Founder and Director, The Privilege Institute
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.The first recipient of NCORE’s... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Enacting Equity in Education: A framework for Culturally Responsive Reflection
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will introduce a framework developed for practicing educators to reflect on their interactions with curricula, students, and the community and to make continuous growth in their culturally responsive teaching in order to close opportunity and achievement gaps for students. This framework was created to be utilized by the individual teacher to support professional reflection, by PLC’s and data teams to guide decision-making, and by larger district systems to support equitable learning opportunities for students. This guide’s purpose is to examine the effects of institutional and individual biases, challenging not only long-held educational practices but also personal beliefs, which require a long-term commitment to culturally responsive practice. Each component of the framework was developed through a synthesis of research on critical theories, culturally responsive teaching and culturally relevant instruction.

Speakers
avatar for Petra Lange

Petra Lange

Special Programs Coordinator, Drake University


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
304 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Leadershift - Building the Capcity for Teachers to Lead Equity work
Limited Capacity seats available

Des Moines Public School middle and high school teachers who have participated in LeaderShift, a grassroots effort amongst teachers to lead equity work in their buildings, will further explain the premise and purpose of LeaderShift. In addition, they will share what they have been able to accomplish as a collaborative teacher group and how it has impacted learning and leading equity work in the district.

Speakers
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Mary Decker

Retired Administrator, Des Moines Public Schools
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Carrie Romo

Culture Climate Community Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
313 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

ESSA, MTSS, and an Integrated Approach to Learning Supports
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Brad Niebling

Brad Niebling

Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Education
Brad Niebling - Brad is the Bureau Chief for Learner Strategies and Supports at the Iowa Department of Education. He also serves as a C4K Development Team Co-Lead. Brad holds a doctorate degree in educational psychology. This is Brad’s 20th year in education.


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Social Skills: Tier 2 intervention
Limited Capacity seats available

NONE

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Terrance Scott

Dr. Terrance Scott

Professor, Director, University of Louisville
My interests focus on school-wide prevention systems, the role of instructional variables in managing student behavior, functional behavior assessment/intervention, and scientific research in education.



Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

T3: systems and supports for individual students
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is an abbreviated version of the skill-building presentation from Monday. In this version participants will hear an overview of the FBA (functional behavioral assessment) and BSP (behavior support planning) process, learn underlying principles that facilitate effective behavior intervention planning, and see example resources and materials.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Mitchell

Barbara Mitchell

Assistant Research Professor, University of Missouri
Barbara Mitchell, Ph.D. has been an educator for the past 20 years. She began her career as a classroom teacher for students with disabilities teaching in elementary and middle school special education settings. Currently Barbara is an Assistant Research Professor for the University... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

The Equity Implemented Partnership: A Research-Practice Collaboration between the University of Iowa and Iowa City Community School District
Limited Capacity seats available

Introduction

The Equity Implemented Partnership (EIP) is a research-practice partnership between researchers at the University of Iowa’s Public Policy Center and the Iowa City Community School District. The aim of the EIP is to improve the equitability of school experiences and outcomes for students in the District by making data-informed decisions, and drawing on research-based solutions. The EIP leverages both the expertise of social science and education policy research at a university, and the practitioner knowledge and expertise found in the District and its schools, to more effectively address persistent inequities in the District.

The key focus of the Partnership is student experiences of school climate. This focus is motivated by an expanding body of theoretical and descriptive research suggesting that student experiences of school climate are associated with the equity of student achievement, disciplinary, and physical and mental health outcomes (Voight and Hanson 2017; Berkowitz et al. 2017; Kim et al. 2014); and that equity in student experiences of schools is an important social and emotional outcomes in its own right (Greenberg et al. 2003; Piscatelli and Lee 2011). The Partnership’s goal of achieving equity in student experiences is also aligned with the District’s goals and interest in focusing on student experiences of school climate as a crucial factor impacting student outcomes, and in creating responsible, socially- and civically-competent citizens.

Presentation

The presentation will have three parts:
1. We will describe the process through which school climate data is used to inform the adoption and implementation of equity initiatives and programming in the District.
2. We will detail the key findings from three years of school climate data (2015-16 to 2017-18) focusing in particular on the disparities in school experiences for students by race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status.
3. We will describe the results from two multi-year evaluations of an implicit bias training program and restorative justice practices in the District.

Data-Driven, Research-Based, Inclusive Process for Achieving Equity

Over the past three years, the Equity Implemented Partnership has developed and followed an iterative, yearly process to assist the District in achieving its equity goals (see submitted “Partnership Overview” document). The process involves providing a needs assessment based on school climate data collected from students and teachers, identifying key focus areas, providing research syntheses of existing knowledge and identifying strategies with evidence of effectiveness, incorporating the perspectives of diverse stakeholders through the formation and facilitation of a task force charged with providing feedback about potential recommendations and strategies for the District, and, finally, advising on the implementation plan and conducting evaluations of programmatic initiatives.

The Context of the Iowa City Community School District

The Iowa City Community School District is a mid-sized urban district in Iowa undergoing rapid demographic changes. The District serves approximately 14,000 students each year and is considerably more diverse than most Iowa school districts. From 2005-06 to 2016-17, the Hispanic/Latino population in the District has grown by 74 % (from 7 to 12%); the African American population has increased by 40% (from 13 to 19%); the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch has increased 65% (from 23 to 37%); and most dramatically, the number of English language learners has increased over 600 % starting in 2005-06 serving 175 and increasing to 1,242 students in 2016-17 (Iowa City Community School District Enrollment Reports, 2017).

In addition to these rapidly changing demographics, the District struggles with substantial racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps, and disproportionalities in disciplinary outcomes and special education assignment. While the District is a high achieving district overall, achievement gaps by race and income are larger in the District than they are on average at the state level (see submitted “Partnership Overview” document), and are on par or worse than national achievement gaps (Nation’s Report Card 2015). Racial disproportionalities in school discipline are also substantial (see submitted “Partnership Overview” document). It is in this context that the Equity Implemented research-practice partnership was launched in the fall of 2015.

Equity Implemented Partnership

Over the past three years, the Partnership has created an intentional structure for a mutualistic, long-term collaboration following a definition of research-practice partnerships that emphasizes mutuality and longevity (Coburn et al. 2013). By using a data-driven, research-based, inclusive process, we have been successful in developing trusting relationships with District administration and the Board of Education which have facilitated the Partnership’s role in informing District decision-making in regard to addressing the District’s equity goals. The Partnership has worked with the District to institutionalize the yearly administration of two important data collection instruments – surveys of students and teachers. These data are critical to assessing areas of strength and/or improvement as well as areas in need of attention. These data also provide a key source of information for evaluating equity-related programming.

For each of the past two years, the District has implemented the top recommendations of the Partnership, and these initiatives have been evaluated for impact. In 2016-17, the District adopted a school-wide restorative justice approach to school discipline, building school community, and fostering student-teacher relationships in three pilot schools, and began a three-year phased, district-wide implicit bias training for teachers and administrators. Evaluations of the first year of both the restorative justice and implicit bias initiatives identified some promising preliminary results as well as limitations. Both initiatives were successful in enhancing the knowledge of participants, however, they led to few changes in practice.

By implementing evidence-based strategies for reducing inequities in the District, and having these efforts evaluated, the District is poised to make substantial progress in realizing its goal of having every student thrive. We believe that the process used by the EIP holds promise as a model for other districts addressing equity issues through a focus on school climate.

Speakers
avatar for Kingsley Botchway

Kingsley Botchway

Director of Equity, Recruitment, & Engagement, Iowa City Community School District
Kingsley Botchway II is the Iowa City Community School District's Director of Equity and Engagement. He was hired into his current position in late 2014. His role encompasses state and federal law compliance, overseeing multicultural and gender fair education, processing complaints... Read More →
avatar for Sarah Bruch

Sarah Bruch

Assistant Professor, Director of the Social & Education Policy Research Program, University of Iowa


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

How to effectively and efficiently work with refugee families
Limited Capacity seats available

In partnership with the Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa, agencies will share tips for working with refugees. Discussion will focus on how to partner with outside agencies to meet the higher needs of refugee populations. Resources of support will be shared including organizations that participate with Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa. Effective uses of Releases of Information will be discussed. How to access and utilize interpreters will also be discussed. There will be a small group activity with case examples from schools and solutions will be shared with the larger group. Family engagement ideas will be shared by Community School Coordinator, Lesley Christensen including Culture Night and M.O.M.S. groups as examples. Attendees will walk away with connections to agencies and organization that serve refugees and will understand how to refer families; a developed understanding of how to communicate with refugee families and identify unmet needs and activities to implement at schools to increase a sense of belonging of refugee families.

Speakers
avatar for Lesleyann Christensen

Lesleyann Christensen

Community School Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
As a Community School Coordinator at Monroe Elementary, I am honored to learn from our students and their families from all over the world. I have had the opportunity to work closely with refugee mothers in a small group setting. Prior to my position at DMPS, I worked with Visiting... Read More →



Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
311

1:45pm

Victim Services 101
Limited Capacity seats available

From a student voice perspective, we need to allow students to empower themselves to take charge and live their truth. Working with marginalized students often goes hand-in-hand with working with victims of crime. Including victims in solutions and innovative practices is crucial in implementing solutions for marginalized groups and those who have been victims of crime. This workshop will give participants the practical skills and tools they need to feel equipped to work with all populations.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Smith

Becky Smith

Iowa GSA Network Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
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Ric Tennenbaum

Queer College Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Ric Tennenbaum (she/they) is the Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator at Iowa Safe Schools. She graduated from Grinnell College  with a bachelor’s in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies after spending a lot of time thinking about the creative and unrecognized ways we use emotions... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Resilience and Social Supports in a Trauma Informed School Practice
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Liz Cox & Debbie Orduna

Board Vice President, West Des Moines Schools, Executive Director, Prevent Child Abuse Iowa



Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
103

1:45pm

Strengthening the "Whole Community" Component of the WSCC Model
Limited Capacity seats available

Schools are often on the front lines of addressing the disruptive effects of poverty, adversity, and trauma on children, but they cannot do it alone. Schools represent one important institution in a community among numerous others that can help prevent and reduce the negative impact of trauma on child health and development. The Center for Health and Health Care in Schools (CHHCS) has identified a process to assist stakeholders in determining how best to align school and community programs so that they can build and sustain safe and supportive environments for all students to thrive. The session will present a process to assist education and other stakeholders to determine how best to align school and community initiatives in order to address the underlying challenges children face and create environments in which children can grow and succeed. Partner Build Grow is an evidence-informed partnership process to implement and sustain school-connected health and wellness programs. 

  1. Participants will be able to describe the multiple frameworks and systems that exist for aligning programs, practices, and policies across school and community contexts.
  2. Participants will be able to describe why strengthening school-community partnerships is a key to student and family success.
  3. Participants will be able to use the four steps that have helped stakeholders develop and strengthen school-connected programs that support student social-emotional wellbeing.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Olga Acosta Price

Dr. Olga Acosta Price

Director and Associate Professor, Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University
Olga Acosta Price, Ph.D. is director of the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health, and is associate professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at the University. She is a clinical... Read More →
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Allyson Vukovich

Director of Community in School, Des Moines Public Schools


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Video Gaming and Student Health
Limited Capacity seats available

Your students' video gaming experiences have DIRECT influence on classroom behavior and performance.   

Video gaming, often the most time consuming aspect of a student's life, can have a profound effect on health, wellness and academic performance.  As an educator there are ways you can actually make students more mindful of the risks, and benefits, of digital experiences.  Research shows that you have the potential to influence changes in behavior that can empower students to improve their well-being and academic performance.

Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and Children (2 editions; Praeger Press), and co-author of the book Violent Video Game Effects on Children and Adolescents: Theory, Research, and Public Policy (2007, Oxford University Press). He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, including studies on the positive and negative effects of video games on children in several countries, the validity of the American media ratings, how screen time contributes to youth obesity, and what is being called video game and Internet "addiction." In 2010, he was honored with the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Media Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 46). He was named one of the Top 300 Professors in the United States by the Princeton Review. Dr. Gentile runs the Media Research Lab at Iowa State University where he conducts research on media's impact on children and adults. As the leader of this effort, Dr. Gentile develops and conducts research projects designed to give parents and other caregivers the kind of information they need and want to make informed media choices for their children. His research has been supported by several grants, including grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Gentile speaks internationally to community, education, health care, and parent groups. Praised as an engaging and energetic speaker, he speaks about issues such as the connectionbetween media and brain development, the effects of television and video game violence, theeffects of tobacco and alcohol advertising on adolescents, and the psychology of advertising.He has been featured on such radio shows as National Public Radio's Morning Edition, To thePoint, the BBC World Service, and hiswork has been reported on CNN, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Jo Frost’s ExtremeParental Guidance, as well as the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, andhundreds of other newspapers and television stations internationally. He is the creator and hostof the monthly radio show The Science of Parenting.Dr. Gentile received his doctorate in child psychology from the Institute of Child Development atthe University of Minnesota. Prior to his work at Iowa State University, he was the Director ofResearch for the non-profit National Institute on Media and the Family, he worked as a marketresearcher, a math instructor, and served as test developer and data analyst for EducationalTesting Service in Princeton, New Jersey. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of AppliedDevelopmental Psychology.

Speakers
avatar for Douglas Gentile

Douglas Gentile

Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University
Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and... Read More →
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Peter Komendowski

President, The Partnership for a Healthy Iowa
Peter serves as co-director of the Iowa Digital Literacy Project, president of The Partnership @DrugFreeIowa.org and Face It Together (PDFI/FIT). He is a former Chair of the Partnership, and succeeded Senator Grassley as Chair of the Face It Together Coalition’s healthy communities... Read More →


Tuesday August 14, 2018 1:45pm - 3:00pm
108 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA