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Welcome to the 82nd CASCWA State Conference:  Student Success By Design

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Tuesday, May 8
 

4:00am

7:45am

11:30am

State Board Meeting
Speakers
avatar for Gricelda Cardenas

Gricelda Cardenas

President, CASCWA


Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:30am - 2:00pm
Doubletree - Tioga 2233 Ventura St. Fresno Ca 93721

4:00pm

Early Conference Check in & Walk In Registration (If Space Permits)
Early check in for those ariving on May 8, 2018.  Come and beat the Wedensday morning crowd!  Check in early and meet the San Joaquin Section Board!

Tuesday May 8, 2018 4:00pm - 7:00pm
DoubleTree - Lower Atrium 2233 Ventura St. Fresno Ca 93721
 
Wednesday, May 9
 

6:45am

Breakfast Buffet Style
Registration and breakfast will open up at 6:45.  This will be our first large group session and the first opportunistic for you to meet other from your area and from around the state.  Our conference planning committee will be walking around to say hello and sell raffle tickets.  We have great stuff to raffle and all the proceeds will benefit the San Joaquin Section Scholarship.

Wednesday May 9, 2018 6:45am - 8:00am
DoubleTree: Salon B,C,D 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

7:00am

7:45am

8:00am

GENERAL OPEN AND WELCOMING TO THE CONFERENCE
This will be the kick off to the State Conference.  We will hear from the San Joaquin Section President and the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.   Additionally the Southern Section and the San Joaquin Section will present their outstanding service awards.  

This will be a great way to kick off the day!

Speakers
avatar for Brian Chandler

Brian Chandler

Administrator, President: San Joaquin Section
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Jim Yovino

Superintendent of Fresno County Schools


Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:00am - 8:20am
DoubleTree: Salon B,C,D 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

8:30am

INDEPENDENT STUDY COMPLIANCE
Limited Capacity seats available

Independent study is an alternative means of delivering instruction to students. Many districts and schools utilize this unique program but may be unaware of the legal compliance regiments to place a student on independent study. Are your master contracts up to date and have all of the required compliance components? Are you keeping the required documentation to withstand a fiscal audit? Have you updated your new staff and trained them on the legal requirements related to independent study? This session will provide you with the background and legal requirements to ensure that you are in compliance when you place a student in independent study. If you place a student in independent study and have not been to a compliance workshop in the past year, then this session is a must.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen A. McDonald

Kathleen A. McDonald

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Kathleen A. McDonald is the Office Managing Associate in the firm's Fresno office. Her areas of practice cover Student Services and Special Education, and Business, Facilities & Real Estate. Ms. McDonald spent four years teaching severely handicapped students at a high school in... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Rowe-Gonzalez

Jennifer Rowe-Gonzalez

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Jennifer R. Rowe Gonzalez is a partner in the firm's Fresno office. The focus of her practice is special education and student services. As a recognized leader in these specialties, Ms. Rowe Gonzalez advises school districts, County Offices of Education, and Special Education Local... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:30am - 11:30am
DoubleTree - Salon A1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

8:30am

Get Explicit About Implicit Bias
Limited Capacity seats available

“No matter how good our intentions to be free of prejudice, we all have implicit biases that can have a serious impact on our work in schools.”  Participants will explore the concept of implicit bias and the nuanced behavior that is a product of our unconsciousness. As they engage with the materials, participant’s will have opportunities to reflect upon how your implicit biases may be impacting there work in schools as well as their personal lives. They will engage in activities to practice Compassionate Dialogue allowing them to learn skills of “interrupting” the behavior internally and interpersonally. Finally they will create an action plan around the essential question: What am I willing to do to not only become aware, but interrupt actions that reflect implicit bias.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nancy Dome

Dr. Nancy Dome

Co-Founder & CEO, EPOCH Education
Dr. Nancy Dome is a renowned speaker and leader on Equity in school systems and workplaces with over 20 years in the education field as a child care worker, a teacher, and a professor. She has provided professional development to school districts and educational agencies throughout... Read More →



Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:30am - 11:30am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

8:30am

TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES
Limited Capacity seats available

Trauma can have a direct, immediate, and potentially overwhelming impact on the ability of a child to learn. Yet, this issue has largely been ignored by our education system. Educators can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effect on children and learning, and how educators can change methods of interacting and responding to children impacted by trauma. By adopting a trauma-informed approach, schools undertake a paradigm shift at the staff and organizational level to recognize, understand and address the learning needs of children impacted by trauma. This requires a commitment to shaping school culture, practices, and policies to be sensitive to the needs of traumatized learners. This effort positively impacts schools and changes the life-trajectory of vulnerable students.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

TIP Expert, California State University, Stanislaus
Trauma can have a direct, immediate, and potentially overwhelming impact on the ability of a child to learn. Yet, this issue has largely been ignored by our education system. Educators can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effect on children and learning, and how educators... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:30am - 11:30am
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

8:30am

DRUG IDENTIFICATION TRAINING
Limited Capacity seats available

As a 19 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, Randy Royal, owner and founder of Royal Detection K9 Services, has had first hand experiences of the damage that drugs can do in our society and to our children. His knowledge of human behavior, his years of experience as a narcotics officer, and his passion for stopping drug use in schools makes him a uniquely qualified drug recognition training expert. This training will provide educators the needed background to identify what the current drug trends are and what the signs and symptoms are for students who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. If we are unaware of what our students may be doing, then we are going to be unable to help them.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Royal

Randy Royal

Founder, Royal K9 Detection Service
As a 19 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, Randy Royal, owner and founder of Royal Detection K-9 Services, had a vision. It was a vision derived from 19 years of experience, and exposure to the effects of drugs in our society.  He spent 15 years of his career conducting... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:30am - 11:30am
DoubleTree - Salon A2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:45am

Luncheon: Western Educational Equity Assistance Center, Outsanding Service Awards Southern Section & San Joaquin Section, Alan "Bubba" Autry, & Model SARB Recognitions
Speakers
avatar for Alan Autry

Alan Autry

Founder, CenCal Mentoring
Alan Autry was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 31, 1952, and grew up as a migrant farm worker in the fields of San Joaquin Valley in California. A star quarterback in high school, Autry won a college scholarship and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Quickly cut from the... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 11:45am - 1:10pm
DoubleTree: Salon B,C,D 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:30pm

INDEPENDENT STUDY COMPLIANCE
Limited Capacity seats available

Independent study is an alternative means of delivering instruction to students. Many districts and schools utilize this unique program but may be unaware of the legal compliance regiments to place a student on independent study. Are your master contracts up to date and have all of the required compliance components? Are you keeping the required documentation to withstand a fiscal audit? Have you updated your new staff and trained them on the legal requirements related to independent study? This session will provide you with the background and legal requirements to ensure that you are in compliance when you place a student in independent study. If you place a student in independent study and have not been to a compliance workshop in the past year, then this session is a must.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen A. McDonald

Kathleen A. McDonald

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Kathleen A. McDonald is the Office Managing Associate in the firm's Fresno office. Her areas of practice cover Student Services and Special Education, and Business, Facilities & Real Estate. Ms. McDonald spent four years teaching severely handicapped students at a high school in... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Rowe-Gonzalez

Jennifer Rowe-Gonzalez

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Jennifer R. Rowe Gonzalez is a partner in the firm's Fresno office. The focus of her practice is special education and student services. As a recognized leader in these specialties, Ms. Rowe Gonzalez advises school districts, County Offices of Education, and Special Education Local... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree - Salon A1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:30pm

GET EXPLICIT ABOUT IMPLICIT BIAS
Limited Capacity seats available

“No matter how good our intentions to be free of prejudice, we all have implicit biases that can have a serious impact on our work in schools.”  Participants will explore the concept of implicit bias and the nuanced behavior that is a product of our unconsciousness. As they engage with the materials, participant’s will have opportunities to reflect upon how your implicit biases may be impacting there work in schools as well as their personal lives. They will engage in activities to practice Compassionate Dialogue allowing them to learn skills of “interrupting” the behavior internally and interpersonally. Finally they will create an action plan around the essential question: What am I willing to do to not only become aware, but interrupt actions that reflect implicit bias. 

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Nancy Dome

Dr. Nancy Dome

Co-Founder & CEO, EPOCH Education
Dr. Nancy Dome is a renowned speaker and leader on Equity in school systems and workplaces with over 20 years in the education field as a child care worker, a teacher, and a professor. She has provided professional development to school districts and educational agencies throughout... Read More →



Wednesday May 9, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:30pm

TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES
Limited Capacity seats available

Trauma can have a direct, immediate, and potentially overwhelming impact on the ability of a child to learn. Yet, this issue has largely been ignored by our education system. Educators can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effect on children and learning, and how educators can change methods of interacting and responding to children impacted by trauma. By adopting a trauma-informed approach, schools undertake a paradigm shift at the staff and organizational level to recognize, understand and address the learning needs of children impacted by trauma. This requires a commitment to shaping school culture, practices, and policies to be sensitive to the needs of traumatized learners. This effort positively impacts schools and changes the life-trajectory of vulnerable students.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

TIP Expert, California State University, Stanislaus
Trauma can have a direct, immediate, and potentially overwhelming impact on the ability of a child to learn. Yet, this issue has largely been ignored by our education system. Educators can begin to understand the role of trauma, its effect on children and learning, and how educators... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:30pm

DRUG IDENTIFICATION TRAINING
Limited Capacity filling up

As a 19 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, Randy Royal, owner and founder of Royal Detection K9 Services, has had first hand experiences of the damage that drugs can do in our society and to our children. His knowledge of human behavior, his years of experience as a narcotics officer, and his passion for stopping drug use in schools makes him a uniquely qualified drug recognition training expert. This training will provide educators the needed background to identify what the current drug trends are and what the signs and symptoms are for students who are under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. If we are unaware of what our students may be doing, then we are going to be unable to help them.

Speakers
avatar for Randy Royal

Randy Royal

Founder, Royal K9 Detection Service
As a 19 year veteran of the California Highway Patrol, Randy Royal, owner and founder of Royal Detection K-9 Services, had a vision. It was a vision derived from 19 years of experience, and exposure to the effects of drugs in our society.  He spent 15 years of his career conducting... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree - Salon A2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

4:30pm

 
Thursday, May 10
 

6:45am

7:45am

8:00am

Welcome & Opening: Stratigic Partner School Innovations & Acheivment, Presidents Address, Jerry P. Dyer, & Delta Sierra Section and Bay Section Outstanding Service Award
Gricelda Cardenas, CASCWA State President will kick off the morning, followed by Chief of Police Jerry P. Dyer.  The Delta Sierra Section and the Bay Section will recognize their outstanding section members.  

Speakers
avatar for Gricelda Cardenas

Gricelda Cardenas

President, CASCWA
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Jerry P. Dyer

Fresno Chief of Police


9:00am

REDLANDS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: ACADEMIC CASE CARRIER PROGRAM
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will share Redlands Unified School District’s Academic Case Carrier Program: our approach to identifying – and servicing – our top 450 (approximately 3-4%) most At-Risk secondary youth (including foster and homeless youth, English Learners, and Low SES students). RUSD’s LCAP funding and philosophy will be provided, with the majority of the focus being on the practical explanation of how our students are identified using Aeries Analytics, the grouping of our students into different levels of need, the varied potential daily duties of an Academic Case Carrier (ACC), and the results and successes that we are seeing with our students.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Peter Lock

Dr. Peter Lock

Coordinator, Foster Youth and Student Support Services/Foster and Homeless Liaison, Redlands Unified School District
I have worked as an English teacher (six years at the high school level, and 19 teaching eighth grade English), as well as journalism, yearbook, and drama. This was followed by working as a middle school assistant principal for five and a half years, before taking on my current position... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2010

9:00am

Sanger Unified Model Comprehensive Truancy Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

Sanger Unified has garnered national recognition for its work in educating all students and being one of the few districts in the State of California that was able to exit Program Improvement status. Part of Sanger’s success has been its focus on increasing student attendance including identified sub groups. If students are not in their seats….. they cannot learn or benefit from any services the school or district has to offer. Sanger Unified has established a comprehensive approach to supporting student attendance. These services will be presented from a school perspective up to the district level Model SARB process.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Dennis Wiechmann

Dr. Dennis Wiechmann

Supervisor Child Welfare & Attendance, Sanger Unified School District


Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:00am

Experiences of Bullying Among African American Male Adolescents
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will report on data from a qualitative project designed to understand experiences of bullying among African American male adolescents (AAMAs). The data were collected through in-depth phenomenological interviews. The 16 participants were between 13-19 years old at the time of data collection (February-July 2016). This presentation will focus on assessments of bullying and the course of action the participants pursued upon witnessing bullying events. The findings suggested that emotion, entertainment, fighting, structure, and home life were key elements of assessing a bullying event and implementing bullying interventions.

Speakers
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Dr. Travis Cronin

Faculty, California State University Fresno


Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
exhibit Hall - Room 2009

9:00am

Reducing Racial disproportionality in School
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this workshop will learn about prevention-focused, non-punitive school climate strategies that – when implemented with fidelity – reduce and eliminate racial dis proportionality in school discipline, engage all students, and improve life outcomes. The workshop will also highlight local school and district examples where students are leading their peers to successfully transform school culture. Participants will receive a free copy of Public Counsel’s Fix School Discipline Toolkit, a comprehensive school climate guide that includes overviews of evidence based frameworks – such as restorative practices, school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports, social emotional learning, and trauma-informed strategies – tools for implementation, and case studies of schools/districts at varying stages of implementation.

Speakers
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Angela McNair Turner

Staff Attorney, Public Counsel


AIR pdf

Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
DoubleTree - Salon D1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:00am

BUILDING INTERVENTIONS FOR TRAUMA EXPOSED STUDENTS K-12
Limited Capacity seats available

We highlight how to develop school and classroom interventions to create optimal learning environments for all students; develop brain based approach to social emotional learning; build a cohesive team work environment; identify community resources to serve all students; prevent students from being kicked out of class and falling farther behind; self-care strategies for staff who serve our trauma exposed students. With over 25 years of experience from the elementary level through dual enrollment community college school programs for at risk students we bring time tested school strategies used by educators to the table.

Speakers

Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:00am

LOCK IT UP: HELPING TO PREVENT OPIOID ABUSE FROM A COMMUNITY PERSPECTIVE
Limited Capacity seats available

A program of the California Health Collaborative, the Lock it Up Project is a community based substance abuse prevention project targeting youth and young adults ages 10-25 in Fresno County. The goal of the Lock It Up Project is to raise awareness on the dangers and consequences of prescription drug abuse and reduce youth life time use of these drugs. Recognizing that not one entity can tackle this issue alone, the Lock It Up Project partners with community leaders to reach target populations, including school districts. In this workshop, participants will learn about the benefits of collaborating with community based projects to address youth substance abuse prevention.

Speakers

Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2002 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:00am

Strengthening SWPBIS with Two Effective Assessement Tools
Limited Capacity seats available

PBIS is an effective evidence-based multi-tiered system of support behavioral framework that creates safe and supportive schools but only when implemented with fidelity. Whether you’re new to the game or an experienced implementer, come hear about a set of evidence-based tools to help your team evaluate implementation fidelity and develop actions plans for continuous improvement.

Speakers
avatar for Ken Fitzgerald

Ken Fitzgerald

Director of Safe and Supportive Schools, Stanislaus County Office of Education
I have worked at SCOE for 10 years providing a wide range of training and technical assistance. The training programs I lead include a Regional PBIS Training and Technical Assistance Center, School Safety and Crisis Response Planning, student mental wellness and suicide prevention... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2001 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:00am

UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING WITHIN IN A MTSS SYSTEM
Limited Capacity seats available

If students are engaged in learning they are less likely to miss school, get in trouble, and get suspended. Designing educational experiences and learning environments to meet the needs of diverse learners using the learning sciences and cognitive neuroscience is essential in the modern classroom (both brick-and-mortar and digital) and will increase student engagement, decrease class disruptions, and increase attendance. Using the Universal Design for Learning framework can be the key to unlocking the potential of our learners, choosing and implementing technology in a purposeful and pedagogically-driven way. No more excuses. We have to make learning meaningful, authentic, and accessible to all of our learners, even in the digital world.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kimberly Coy

Dr. Kimberly Coy

Assistant Professor, California State University, Fresno
Kimberly Coy began her teaching career in brick and blackboard schools as a K-8 general and special education teacher. In 2007 she had the opportunity to work in an online public school and she began the deep dive into digital learning for students and adults. This ultimately lead... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
DoubleTree - Salon D2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:00am

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND TITLE IX IMPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICTS
Limited Capacity seats available

The number of school aged children who are victims of Human Trafficking is on the rise. This workshop will define Human Trafficking, explore the pathways and precursors to victimization and prepare school personnel with best practices and strategies to identify and protect vulnerable students. Participants will learn their legal obligations to protect students and will receive information on the essential components of effective school-based protocols.

Speakers
avatar for Dora Dome

Dora Dome

Attorney, Epoch Education
Dora J. Dome has practiced Education Law for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of student issues and special education. In April 2016, she published her first book, Student Discipline, Special Education Discipline, Anti-Bullying and Other Relevant Student Issues: A Guide For Practitioners... Read More →
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Jenee Littrell

Deputy Superintendent, San Mateo County Office of Education


Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
Exhibit Hall Room 2000

9:00am

CORRECTLY RECORDING ATTENDANCE AT THE SITE AND DISTRICT LEVEL. ARE YOU DOING THE RIGHT THING?
Limited Capacity seats available

Knowing district and state policy, procedure and Education Code is the key to accurately recording attendance. This interactive workshop will challenge you in your knowledge of these items and will present you with accurate and updated information related to the subject of school attendance.

Speakers
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Sherman Garnett

Sherman Garnett & Associates
Co-Director, ACSA Pupil Services Academy, ACSA


Thursday May 10, 2018 9:00am - 10:10am
DoubleTree - Salon D3 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

MTSS-101: USING A MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORT TO IMPROVE STUDENT OUTCOMES
Limited Capacity seats available

How does a school system begin to create a conducive learning environment that addresses the whole child? In what ways can all stakeholders contribute to this ideal system? In this session, participants will obtain an overall understanding of a Multi-Tiered System of Support that focuses on involvement from all stakeholders; including students, families, communities, schools, districts, and regions. We will discover how the use of data and effective tiered interventions support ALL students in an MTSS Framework and how all stakeholders contribute to meet the academic, behavioral, and social emotional needs of students.

Speakers
avatar for Jami Parsons

Jami Parsons

Administrator, Learning Support Services, Orange County Department of Education
CA MTSS, PBIS, School Counseling


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

OPEN THE DOOR TO STUDENT BEHAVIOR INTERVENTIONS
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will discuss the behavior interventions used at the high school level to change student behavior, reduce suspensions, and improve attendance. These practices and policies have been effective at changing the overall school climate and making a difference for students. If students are not in the class they can not learn. In today’s high stakes accountability model we must do everything we can to support all students.

Speakers
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Pat Shelby

Director, Child Welfare and Attendance



Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2010

10:30am

A SUCCESSFUL SATURDAY ACADEMY: RECOVER ADA & PROVIDE EQUITABLE ACCESS FOCUSING ON ACHIEVEMENT
Limited Capacity seats available

From Saturday School to Saturday Academy. It is time to flip the punitive into a positive. This session will teach you how to focus your efforts on creating within your Muti-tierd System of Supports (MTSS) a successful program that can reduce truancy, reduce chronic absenteeism, and increase student engagement. Learn where to start and how to provide equitable access for all students, including Students with Disabilities, English Language Learners Learn, McKinney-Vento and Foster Youth.

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Shanna Egans

Dr. Shanna Egans

Director of Student Services, Anaheim Union High School District


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
DoubleTree - Salon D3 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

WHITENESS & MINDFULNESS: CREATING CONSCIOUS EDUCATORS AND ALLIES
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on the process of White identity formation, frequent barriers to White engagement in racial dialogues, White privilege/opportunity and the ways that mindfulness practices and Epoch's RIR protocol can support White teachers and administrators to recognize their own biases and lean into difficult conversations with students and each other. This session supports the Benchmark Tier of the MTSS approach by providing tools for an exploration of biases and beliefs in order to promote classroom and school environments that are supportive of the socio-emotional and behavioral well-being of all students.

Speakers
avatar for Kelly Cole

Kelly Cole

Equity Trainer, Epoch Education
Kelly Cole, M.A., has over 20 years experience as a group facilitator, educator, community advocate, and ceremonialist. She is experienced and skilled at co-creating safe spaces where adults, young people, and children can experience and express themselves as empowered beings. Her... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2002 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

AN EFFECTIVE ALERT SYSTEM TO FOCUS ON CHILDREN UNDER STRESS (FOCUS)
Limited Capacity seats available

Exposure to traumatic and high stress situations is a critical issue for schools looking to support all students, especially when these incidents are unknown to school staff. Through the FOCUS program, schools can be alerted when students are exposed to these types of incidents. This legal and effective solution can help educators show care and compassion when students need it most.


Speakers
avatar for Ken Fitzgerald

Ken Fitzgerald

Director of Safe and Supportive Schools, Stanislaus County Office of Education
I have worked at SCOE for 10 years providing a wide range of training and technical assistance. The training programs I lead include a Regional PBIS Training and Technical Assistance Center, School Safety and Crisis Response Planning, student mental wellness and suicide prevention... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2001 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

QUALITY BEHAVIOR PLANS IN AN HOUR
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will take participants through the process of building a quality behavior plan using Insights to Behavior. Topics covered will be defining a behavior, online Behavior Assessment, selecting research-based strategies (proactive, reactive, and replacement behaviors), and finally data collection processes to prove effectiveness. Participants will leave with an understanding of how to build a quality behavior plan in an hour.

Speakers
avatar for Kenton  Levings

Kenton Levings

CEO, Insights to Behavior
I'm the CEO of Insights to Behavior, a company that helps educators reduce behaviors at school. I would love to visit you about how we could work with your district.



Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
Exhibit Hall Room 2000

10:30am

REDUCING DISTRUPTIVE BEHAVIORS AND INCREASING COGNITIVE ATTENTION IN ANY CLASSROOM
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Dolin is an expert in behavioral interventions and using the neuroscience of movement in classrooms to increase attention and engagement for increased academic performance and reduction of behavior problems. Her techniques and strategies are complementary to classroom and school wide efforts to increase learning, reduce disruptive behavior, and support SWPBIS and SEL programs. As an occupational therapist she has a unique perspective to learning and behavioral interventions. This session will provide strategies that any teacher or administrator can use to change a classroom. You will receive new strategies to help support teachers and increase classroom management for all students.

Speakers
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Dr. Erin T. Dolin

Occupatinal Therapist, Clovis Unified School Distrcit


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
DoubleTree - Salon D2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

YOUTH COURT, A STUDENT LED RESTORATIVE DISCIPLINE PRACTICE
Limited Capacity seats available

We will be going through a practical approach to implementing a student-led restorative discipline practice known as Youth Court. Peer court, also known as youth or teen court, is an alternative approach to the traditional juvenile justice and educational discipline system. A youth charged with an offense has the opportunity to forgo the hearing and sentencing procedures of youth court and agrees to a sentencing forum with a jury of the youth's peers. Youth Court additionally works to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by providing appropriate (and restorative) alternative consequences for negative behavior.

Speakers
avatar for Steve Cardoso

Steve Cardoso

Teacher, Patterson Unified School District
I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Sac State and was awarded the NASPE Major of the Year Award. I have been a physical education teacher at Creekside Middle School in Patterson, CA for 15 years, where I serve as PE department chair and district lead... Read More →
avatar for Audra Casanova

Audra Casanova

ELA/ELD Teacher & WEB Coordinator, Creekside Middle School



Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2003 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

Best Practices for Responding to Social Media: Cyberbullying, Shooting Threats, and Political Speech
Limited Capacity seats available

Social media has had a dramatic impact on school safety and discipline of students and employees.  This workshop will analyze best practices for schools to respond to student bullying and employee political speech that occurs online but still impacts the educational environment.  This session will also explore how to respond to a student’s school shooting threat on social media and the limits on social media monitoring.  The world of social media moves quickly; we invite you to join us as we catch up and try to get you ahead of the next social media controversy on your campus.

Speakers
avatar for Joshua Whiteside

Joshua Whiteside

Associate, Lozano Smith
I am an associate of Lozano Smith in our Fresno office and provide a wide array of services to school district clients. In particular, I am a leader within the firm on employee and student free speech and social media use. I look forward to meeting you at this great event.


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

10:30am

ENFORCEMENT OF STIPULATED EXPULSIONS AGREEMENTS
Limited Capacity seats available

Stipulated expulsions is one of the most used utilized processes when district as seeking to expel students. This session will cover the legal requirements of utilizing this process in the place of a full expulsion hearing and the legal process that must be followed when a district is going to enforce a stipulated expulsion. Students do not shed their rights to due process simply because they have chosen to utilize the stipulated process. This session is a must for district personnel that deal with suspension, expulsions, and involuntary transfers.

Speakers
avatar for Katy McCully

Katy McCully

Associate, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
Katy L. McCully is an associate in Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost's  Fresno office, assisting clients with Labor & Employment, Governance & Leadership, Higher Education, and Litigation matters. She advises school districts and county offices of education statewide on matters relating... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
exhibit Hall - Room 2009

10:30am

THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN 504 AND SPECIAL ED, MANIFESTATION DETERMINATIONS AS PART OF SARB
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the legal guidelines addressing student disabilities under the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. As the utilization of the SARB process grows across the state of California educators need to understand when they can hold a student to the same consequences that they hold regular education students to. When can you exempt a student from the SARB process and should you hold them accountable.

Speakers
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Kathleen A. McDonald

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Kathleen A. McDonald is the Office Managing Associate in the firm's Fresno office. Her areas of practice cover Student Services and Special Education, and Business, Facilities & Real Estate. Ms. McDonald spent four years teaching severely handicapped students at a high school in... Read More →
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Jennifer Rowe-Gonzalez

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Jennifer R. Rowe Gonzalez is a partner in the firm's Fresno office. The focus of her practice is special education and student services. As a recognized leader in these specialties, Ms. Rowe Gonzalez advises school districts, County Offices of Education, and Special Education Local... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 10:30am - 11:35am
DoubleTree - Salon D1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:45am

Luncheon: Platinum Sponsor Scribbles Software: Lee Lundberg Award Presentation, Presentation of the Anthony Brucia Success Awards, & the Phil Kauble Scholarship Winner
This will be the highlight of the conference.  Join us as we celebrate "Students of Success: and present each Anthony Brucia Success Award winner with $1,000.00.  This year we will be honoring 5 new graduating seniors and 8 returning award winning students.    We will also recognize the Phil Kauble scholarship award winner.

These student represent the Why in what we do.  Each has overcome great odds to demonstrate the true meaning of resiliency.  As you listen to their stories your hearts will be touched.  CASCWA Changing Lives!

The Lee Lumberg Award winner will also be presented during the lunch.  This is the highest honor that can be given to a CASCWA member.  

 

Speakers
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Joe Brucia

CASCWA Honorary Life Member
Joe Brucia is a retired CWA administrator who has provided leadership for 36 years at the district, county and State levels of education. He is an honorary life member, Outstanding Service Award recipient and past State President of CASCWA. His innovated mentor programs have been... Read More →
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Dr. Ken Magdaleno

Founder, California State University Fresno & CLEAR
Dr. Kenneth R. Magdaleno serves as Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at California State University, Fresno. He is also the Founding Executive Director of the Center for Leadership, Equity, and Research (CLEAR), a nonprofit primarily active in California’s... Read More →
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Dr. Kevin Torosian

Director CWA, Central Unified School District


Thursday May 10, 2018 11:45am - 1:15pm
DoubleTree - Salon A,B,C 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

MTSS AND SCHEDULING: MAKING SURE THE TIME, PEOPLE AND PLACES ARE ALIGNED TO MEET STUDENTS NEEDS WITHIN MTSS
Limited Capacity seats available

How do you leverage the schedule to meet student needs for MTSS? This session will explore one of the most frequently requested topics on MTSS – How do you make it all work in the master schedule? The California MTSS (CA-MTSS) Initiative involves County Offices and LEA’s across all 11 California Regions. Participants will learn more about CA-MTSS as presenters share tools that help shape the scheduling process so student academic, behavior, and social emotional needs can be met by an intentional design and allocation of resources. Examples and discussion will acknowledge scheduling in different educational settings (e.g., urban and rural).

Speakers
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Jami Parsons

Administrator, Learning Support Services, Orange County Department of Education
CA MTSS, PBIS, School Counseling


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
exhibit Hall - Room 2009

1:35pm

A DYNAMIC PARTNERSHIP WITH SUCCESS IN LINDSAY USD
Limited Capacity seats available

Lindsay USD has created a dynamic learning environment for all students K-12. They've implemented a fresh approach to leveling students based on mastery of concepts versus cut and paste grade level standards. They've also partnered with Edgenuity to provide their high school students not only an opportunity to recover failed courses, but to work ahead and challenge themselves with courses not readily available at their comprehensive high school. A short overview of Edgenuity will be provided for background. Brett and Lance will speak about both Edgenuity and several other initiatives in their district.

Speakers

Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2003 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

PUSH-IN SERVICES: INCREASING INSTRUCTION TIME AND RELATIONAL TRUST
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides an opportunity to explore MLK Middle School's creation and use of "Push-In Services" to reduce referrals and suspensions by 82% and 58%, respectively, over a two-year period. Participants will review school data and the leadership moves required to shift adult practices. Topics include de-escalation, PBIS, relational trust, growth mindset, and data conversations.

Speakers
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Michael Essien

Principal - Dr. Martin L. King Jr. Middle School, San Francisco Unified School District
Taught math and special education in Oakland Unified School District for 21 years. Left the classroom 5 years ago to become an administrator in the Southeast Section of San Francisco Unified School District. Transforming the culture of our professional learning community to positively... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2002 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

EQUITY IN SCHOOL DISCIPLINE: RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PRACTICES AS AN ALTERNATIVE
Limited Capacity seats available

The purpose of this workshop is to help educators understand the positive impact of creating effective behavioral systems in schools. This workshop will focus on school wide approaches as well as classroom interventions. An alternative discipline overview will be provided to demonstrate the benefits of providing, restorative, reflective and instructions methods of support for students in place of traditional methods of discipline.

Speakers
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Dr. John Hannigan

Principal, Sanger Unified School: Fresno State
John Hannigan, Ed. D., is principal of Reagan Elementary in the Sanger Unified School District in California.  He has served in education for 15 years as a principal, assistant principal, instructional coach, and teacher. Under his leadership, his school has received numerous awards... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

COLLABORATIVE EFFORTS OF THE JUVENILE COURT TO COMBAT HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Limited Capacity seats available

This will be an informative presentation regarding the efforts of the Fresno County Superior Court Juvenile Divisions to join efforts with community agencies and community members to address the needs of children who have been, or are at risk of being, trafficked.

Speakers
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Honorable Kimberly Nystrom-Geist

Fresno County Superior Court


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2010

1:35pm

REDUCING PROBLEM BEHAVIORS BY MEETING ALL STUDENT NEEDS - A UDL APPROACH
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the foundation and guidelines of Universal Design for Learning. It will focus specifically on how UDL empowers individual educators as well as entire instructional systems to have a robust and far reaching first best instructional experience, capturing a higher percentage of learner and decreasing the impaction of tier 2 and tier 3 academic and behavioral supports.

Speakers
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Zachary Smith

District Instructional Specialist, Sanger Unified School District
Zach Smith is in his 11th year with Sanger Unified. He served as an elementary special day class teacher for 8 years and has since left the classroom to support the district wide rollout of Universal Design for Learning. He is passionate about inclusion, specifically how the acceptance... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
DoubleTree - Salon D3 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

RESTORATIVE PRACTICES ON A SHOESTRING
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides a brief overview of Restorative Practices as a component of MTSS/PBIS, including the driving forces that led RUSD to the work. It also provides a glimpse at the District’s innovative approach to implementation which includes 1) early adopter strategy, 2) partnership with LMU/LA, 3) check in meetings at implementing sites, 4) trimester check-in/skill building circles involving a gathering of all trained staff 5) resource “glam bags”, 6) specific training of district and site administrators, 7) modeling the practices at site, program, and district meetings, and 8) the strategic planning process utilized to map out the long term implementation of Restorative Practices. Participants will also experience a community circle and leave the workshop with a Restorative Practice they can utilize immediately upon return to their own sites.

Speakers
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Lanna Goffman

Child Welfare and Attendance Manager, Riverside Unified School District
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Schoene Mahmood

Riverside Unified School District
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Gary McGuire

Director of Pupil Services, River Side Unified School District



Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2001 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

ENFORCEMENT OF STIPULATED AND SUSPENDED EXPULSION AGREEMENTS
Limited Capacity seats available

Stipulated expulsions are one of the most used utilized processes when districts are seeking to expel students. This session will cover the legal requirements of utilizing this process in the place of a full expulsion hearing and the legal process that must be followed when a district is going to enforce a stipulated expulsion. Students do not shed their rights to due process simply because they have chosen to utilize the stipulated process. This session is a must for district personnel that deal with suspension, expulsions, and involuntary transfers.

Speakers
avatar for Katy McCully

Katy McCully

Associate, Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP
Katy L. McCully is an associate in Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost's  Fresno office, assisting clients with Labor & Employment, Governance & Leadership, Higher Education, and Litigation matters. She advises school districts and county offices of education statewide on matters relating... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
DoubleTree - Salon D2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

STUDENT RIGHTS (SEARCH, SEIZURE AND STUDENT DISCIPLINE)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will provide you with background and parameters on when and why schools and school personnel can search students and student’s cell phones.  If you are unaware of student rights, then you may put your district at risk of an ACLU civil rights claim.  Many times staff simply do things because that is the way they have always been done.  Students have rights, make sure you are not violating those rights!

Speakers
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Pete E Deno

Senior Counsel, aalrr Professional Law Corporation


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN 504 AND SPECIAL ED, MANIFESTATION DETERMINATIONS AS PART OF SARB
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover the legal guidelines addressing student disabilities under the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. As the utilization of the SARB process grows across the state of California educators need to understand when they can hold a student to the same consequences that they hold regular education students to. When can you exempt a student from the SARB process and should you.

Speakers
avatar for Kathleen A. McDonald

Kathleen A. McDonald

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Kathleen A. McDonald is the Office Managing Associate in the firm's Fresno office. Her areas of practice cover Student Services and Special Education, and Business, Facilities & Real Estate. Ms. McDonald spent four years teaching severely handicapped students at a high school in... Read More →
avatar for Jennifer Rowe-Gonzalez

Jennifer Rowe-Gonzalez

Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost
Jennifer R. Rowe Gonzalez is a partner in the firm's Fresno office. The focus of her practice is special education and student services. As a recognized leader in these specialties, Ms. Rowe Gonzalez advises school districts, County Offices of Education, and Special Education Local... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
DoubleTree - Salon D1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

1:35pm

TRUANCY FOR BEGINNERS
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be for districts that are just being to implement a SARB process or thinking about implementing a SARB process. Sherman will cover the Education Code requirements for all SARB letters and classifying a student as a habitual truant. The Education Code requirements for each letter will be reviewed as well as the best practices when implementing a SARB program. The California Vehicle Code regulations regarding students with irregular attendance and the revocation of their drivers license will be reviewed.

Speakers
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Sherman Garnett

Sherman Garnett & Associates
Co-Director, ACSA Pupil Services Academy, ACSA


Thursday May 10, 2018 1:35pm - 2:40pm
Exhibit Hall Room 2000

2:40pm

Afternoon Break & Vendor Visitation
Grab a cookie or low calorie soda from the Exhibit Hall or the Vendor Area in the Lower Atrium.  Get your "vendor passport" stamped while you take a brain break from the days sessions.  This is a 35 minute break so you have time!

Thursday May 10, 2018 2:40pm - 3:15pm
DoubleTree - Lower Atrium 2233 Ventura St. Fresno Ca 93721

3:25pm

IDENTIFICATION/REPORTING OF VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING, SEXTORTION, AND SOCIAL MEDIA EXPLOITATION
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will discuss how school attendance and absenteeism are factors in identifying child exploitation. We will discuss how predators access, groom, recruit, and exploit youth through social media. We will explore California case studies of how gangs use female students to recruit students on campus into commercial sexual exploitation. We will look at how the dark web is building large scale child pornography rings which endanger minors especially elementary school children. We will explore how predators and sextortion rings use the latest apps and livestreaming to groom students and exploit them through blackmail. We will look at cases where DACA students are coerced and manipulated to recruit other students and often are exploited themselves to pay back “Debt Bondage.” Most important, we will explore behaviors that are signs a child might be in danger or is being exploited through sex trafficking, sextortion or social media exploitation and how to report it.

Speakers
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Opal Singleton

Founder, Millionkids.org
Opal Singleton is the President and CEO of Million Kids. She serves as the Training and Outreach Coordinator for the Riverside County Anti Human Trafficking Task Force reporting to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department through a Department of Justice Grant. Opal has researched... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2003 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

3:25pm

SUCCESSFUL ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Limited Capacity seats available

Dan Sachiem is the state expert for alternative education schools. This presentation will cover the basics to advance issues when starting or running a quality alternative education program. Dan will identity the key comments that legally must be included in alternative education programs, and what are the best practices in quality alternative education programs. This program will provide great practical information for those considering starting an alternative education program or those seeking to improve their existing schools.

Speakers
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Dan Sackheim

Educational Options Consultant, California Department of Education
Dan Sackheim is the statewide program lead in the Educational Options, Student Support and American Indian Education Office of the California Department of Education (CDE) responsible for monitoring and supporting the operation of community day schools, opportunity education, and... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall Room 2000

3:25pm

THE LETTERS OF EQUALITY (LGBTQ+)
Limited Capacity seats available

The Letters of Equality course will explore the evolution of the LGTBQ+ community. We will highlight key components of the gay rights movement as it pertains to the advocacy for gay, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals, and questioning/queer people. The course will identify important terminology associated with sexual orientation and gender expression as we start to become comfortable in the use of pronouns which provides a more inclusive environment for all people. Participants will engage in the exploration of the many issues that the LGBTQ+ community face as we access our own biases associated with this population. This course will include a discussion on how our behavior’s and lack of understanding can impact the safety and well-being of this protected class. Lastly, we will broaden our capacity for competency by implementing strategies to increase our cultural awareness, using the RIR protocol. The RIR Protocol (Recognize, Interrupt, and Repair) will help stop the cycle of bias behaviors and attitudes that marginalize the LGBTQ+ community.

Speakers
avatar for Carlos Da Silva

Carlos Da Silva

Equity Trainer, EPOCH Education
Carlos Da Silva is a facilitator and coach supporting businesses, organizations, schools and educational agencies. He integrates workplace and classroom practices combined with onsite/online training, and actionable strategies to ensure cultural competency. With over 10 years experience... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2001 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

3:25pm

GANGS: INFORMATION WE NEED TO KNOW
Limited Capacity seats available

Educators are aware that academic success will give students an opportunity to succeed in today's world. Unfortunately, many of our youth will not have that opportunity because of gangs in their schools, homes and community. Join us to discuss the reasons why youths join gangs, hear what students know about gangs and the influence they have in their lives. We will discuss some of the signs that are visible in the classroom, school and communities. We will discuss interventions strategies that have brought about parent and school awareness and a reduction in gang activity. All attendee's will receive resources to share with your staff, students and parents.

Speakers
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Hector Molina

Child Welfare & Attendance Administrator, Woodland Joint Unified School District
Hector Molina is currently the Administrator of Child Welfare & Attendance for the Woodland Unified School District. After graduating from the University of Pacific in Stockton he began his career as an elementary teacher. He has gone on to be a bilingual classroom teacher, English... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2010

3:25pm

SAFE AND CONNECTED: USING TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES TO ENHANCE STUDENT SUCCESS
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will outline practices that support students who experience Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and exhibit signs of trauma. We will briefly examine ACEs, the effects of trauma on child/youth development, and the impact on their education. We will survey environmental, relational, behavioral, and curricular elements that promote resilience, academic, and social-emotional growth, and a positive school experience for students. You will take away specific strategies, tools and ideas grounded in Mental Health and Wellness, Positive Behavior, Social Emotional Learning, Universal Design, CCSS and Tier I, II and III of MTSS.


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree - Salon D1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

3:25pm

HAVE YOU FILED YOUR SCHOOL'S FLIGHT PLAN?
Limited Capacity seats available

Moderated by retired US Navy Commander Ron Cuff and child health advocate Janet Rowse, this interactive panel discussion is comprised of experts in adolescent behavioral health and a respected California school district administrator sharing their successes. Attendees' questions will drive the discussion of low-cost strategies proven to reduce adolescent exposure to addictive substances, while improving school climate and student wellness, attendance, and safety. The aviation community uses checklists and early warning systems to insure safety and success. So can you. Don't miss this interactive session.

Speakers
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Ron Cuff

Co-Founder, SafeLaunch Healthy Futures
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Lisa Frederiksen

Author | Speaker | Consultant, BreakingTheCycles.com
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Dr. Gary Hamm

Drug Screening Specialist, SafeLaunch Healthy Futures
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Kathy Hunter

Director of Student Services, Wm. S. UHSD
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Janet Rowse

Co-Founder, SafeLaunch Healthy Futures
The SafeLaunch mission is to prevent teen exposure to alcohol and other drugs that lead to the disease of addiction. By raising awareness that 90% of addiction begins before age 18 and offering parents, youth service providers and schools resources to prevent drug exposure, we save... Read More →
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Sally Schindel

Wing Parent, SafeLaunch Healthy Futures
Through a personal tragedy I have become an advocate for youth drug prevention. My story of my son and his journey through drug addiction is shared for the purpose of ending stigma, helping other grieving families heal and preventing youth initiation of drug use.
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Cathy Taughinbaugh

Treatment Talk Parent Coach, SafeLaunch Healthy Futures
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Dr. Kevin Torosian

Director CWA, Central Unified School District


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2002 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

3:25pm

SUPPORTING AT RISK YOUTH - A MULTI-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORTS
Limited Capacity seats available

Supporting students dealing with homelessness, students in foster care, students with mental illness and at-risk youth requires a comprehensive school based prevention and intervention program that fosters connectedness across multiple levels of the education system. It also requires the promotion of coordination across multiple sectors of society, such as health, social services, law enforcement and others. The social-ecological model recognizes the relationship between the individual and systems he/she interacts with every day. This model helps in understanding the need to develop programs that include teachers, parents, community and the students as allies in promoting wellbeing, prevention and intervention.

Speakers
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Adela Cruz

Program Administrator, Anaheim Union High School District
Adela Cruz, is Program Administrator for Foster Youth, McKinney-Vento, and Mental Health. Her efforts, within a multi-teared system of supports, include developing programs to support at-risk youth.Adela has 20 years of experience in the social services and mental health field. She... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

3:25pm

CONFIDENTIAL STUDENT RECORDS: DO'S AND DONT'S MAY AND SHALL
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you keenly aware of the need to protect and allow access to student information including grades, custodial parents, directory information, etc. What are the rights of non custodial parents, caregivers and agencies requesting information relative to a student? This interactive workshop will challenge and expose you to the California Education Code, FERPA and current HIPPA laws.

Speakers
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Sherman Garnett

Sherman Garnett & Associates
Co-Director, ACSA Pupil Services Academy, ACSA


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

3:25pm

RECORDS REQUESTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY: WORKING SMARTER NOT HARDER WITH SCRIBORDER
Limited Capacity seats available

Managing transcript requests, immunizations requests, and DACA requests can be an overwhelming task regardless of the size of your district.  Trying to manage request via faxes, emails, phone calls, postal mail, and/or walk-ins can lead to delays in processing requests and violate the CCR Title 5 and FERPA.  ScribOrder is the solution to your district’s records request stress!  ScribOrder is a FREE service that will streamline and manage your records request process including identification verification and fee collection.  This free service is utilized by districts across the state, and will actually generate revenue.   Join us to learn how you can STEAM (Save Time, Energy, and Money) your process for FREE with ScribOrder, the leading provider of K-12 record management software. 

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Kouri

Johnny Kouri

Western Region Account Manager, Scribbles Software, LLC
Our team is highly experienced and committed. We work well together because our talents complement each other, our values are similar, and we are friends.We have over a decade of success together. A few years ago, we decided that there was a better way to build, market, and implement... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
exhibit Hall - Room 2009

3:25pm

STUDENT RIGHTS (FREE SPEECH AND STUDENT DISICPLINE)
Limited Capacity seats available

Free Speech on campus is a Constitutional Right for Students, or is it?  This session will provide you with background and parameters on when and why schools and school personnel can limit speech.  Administrators and staff who do not understand student’s rights have a good chance of ending up on the nightly news and in a needless legal proceeding.  Many times staff simply do things because that is the way they have always been done.  Students have rights, make sure you are not violating those rights!

Speakers
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Bryan Martin

Senior Counsel Fresno, aalrr a Professional Law Corporation
Bryan Martin has used his litigation and education law background to prosecute personnel and disciplinary actions at the administrative and judicial levels. He has developed successful responses to complaints against districts and district personnel to the EEOC, DFEH, Office of Civil... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree - Salon D3 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

3:25pm

A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO KERN HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT'S TRUANCY AND OUTREACH PROGRAM
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will highlight a large high school-only district’s approach to collect and report attendance data and reduce truancy and chronic absenteeism using a multi-step approach. The presenters will provide a roadmap for getting truant students back on track utilizing interventions, attendance data, and a detailed process on student outreach.

Speakers
avatar for Bryan Campoy

Bryan Campoy

Director of Innovative Programs, Kern County High School District
Bryan Campoy, Supervising Administrator of Innovative Programs and Educational Options which oversees categorical funding, Homeless and Foster Youth program, the Student Attendance Review Board (SARB), Attendance Accounting, CALPADS Compliance, Kern High School District’s independent... Read More →
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Erin Rader

Kern County High School District
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Elvira de la Torre

Interventionist, Kern County High School District
Elvira de la Torre is the Interventionist for the Educational Options department in the Kern High School District, where she helps all school in the district conduct home visits. Mrs. de la Torre has been with the district for 15 years, working with out of control teens and their... Read More →


Thursday May 10, 2018 3:25pm - 4:30pm
DoubleTree - Salon D2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

7:30pm

CASCWA's Famous President's Reception
After you venture out for dinner make sure you come back for the Presidents Reception! There will be live music, great atmospher, and networking opportunities.   Do not miss out on this great evening and the music of the SLACKERS!!!

Thursday May 10, 2018 7:30pm - 10:00pm
DoubleTree - Salon B,C 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA
 
Friday, May 11
 

6:30am

Continental Breakfast: Open Style Seating
Friday's breakfast will a Continental Breakfast with an early start.  This one might be a little tight on space so come down early and get your morning started right!  

8:00am

FOSTER AND HOMELESS PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT PERSONNEL
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will blend the legal requirements with the practical applications for foster and homeless students.  This session will begin with the legal requirements for families and students to qualify as homeless.  Then will cover the laws relating to both foster and homeless students.  Practical applications for supporting these students, including reduced credit requirements for these students and students previously incarcerated will be covered.   These are identified sub groups on your data dashboard and districts must ensure that they are doing what is legally required and what is considered practices for supporting these students and families. 

Speakers
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Pamela Hancock

Fresno Co Superintendent of Schools-Homeless Program
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Cherly Vieira

Fresno County Office of Education


8:00am

FROM CAMP TO COMMUNITY: CREATING A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT TRANSITION/AFTERCARE PLAN
Limited Capacity seats available

We will discuss the many barriers facing students transitioning from the juvenile justice system back to their communities. As well as how to build collaborative partnerships with key agency, CBO and school partners that can assist with ensuring students are able to successfully transition back to their communities. The presentation will also explain in detail why and how the Transition / Aftercare Model for LA County was created with embedded levels of student support, the roles that school districts school site administrators/Counselors play in the transition process, and what school administrators, and other CWA personnel can do to assist transitioning students reach their academic goals.

Speakers
avatar for Tapau Osborne

Tapau Osborne

Senior Program Specialist- Transition/Aftercare, L.A. County Office of Education
I coordinate the school transition and aftercare process for students entering and exiting LA County Juvenile Halls, Probation Camps and Court Community Schools. This includes forming , training..and facilitating interagency collaborative meetings with various LA county agencies... Read More →


8:00am

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE IS NOT JUST A MOVEMENT, IT IS THE NOW!
Limited Capacity seats available

4 tiered approach to using RJ's 4 driving questions. Use of Accountability Ladder to express the powerful approach and the powerless approach. Discussion will touch upon RJ practices out with the old in with the new, discipline, brief EEA and Truancy prevention method, and suspensions.

Speakers
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Brian Cox

Assistant Principal Simi Valley High School, Simi Valley Unified School District
I am who I am and that is all that I am. SVUSD Rocks!~


8:00am

USING A MULTI-TIERED APPROACH TO BECOME A MODEL SARB
Limited Capacity seats available

Truancy and chronic absenteeism are complex issues that have a wide-reaching impact on students, their families, and communities as a whole. This workshop will provide an overview of how a multi-tiered approach to school attendance that includes prevention, early identification/intervention, and intensive intervention can effectively meet the needs of students with persistent school attendance problems and serve as a roadmap toward becoming a Model SARB.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Gomeztrejo

Jennifer Gomeztrejo

Co-founder, Educational Consultant, Student Support Services Solutions, Inc.
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David Kopperud

California Department of Education


Friday May 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:05am
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

8:00am

EXPERIENCES OF BULLYING AMONG AFRICAN AMERICAN MALE ADOLESCENTS
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will report on data from a qualitative project designed to understand experiences of bullying among African American male adolescents (AAMAs). The data were collected through in-depth phenomenological interviews. The 16 participants were between 13-19 years old at the time of data collection (February-July 2016). This presentation will focus on assessments of bullying and the course of action the participants pursued upon witnessing bullying events. The findings suggested that emotion, entertainment, fighting, structure, and home life were key elements of assessing a bullying event and implementing bullying interventions.

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Dr. Travis Cronin

Faculty, California State University Fresno


Friday May 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:05am
Doubletree - Tioga 2233 Ventura St. Fresno Ca 93721

8:00am

MARIJUANA USE AMONG YOUTH: A COUNTYWIDE APPROACH TO MARIJUANA PREVENTION (PATH PROGRAM)
Limited Capacity seats available

In 2011, the California Health Collaborative responded to the growing need for marijuana prevention services in Fresno County by designing and implementing the Performing Above the High (PATH) Program. PATH was created as a comprehensive approach aimed at changing the broad social norms around the use of marijuana by creating a social setting and legal climate in which marijuana becomes less desirable, less acceptable, and less accessible. PATH also creates a foundation for youth to become involved in school-based and community wide prevention efforts by providing opportunities for youth to receive training and support in implementing youth-led prevention initiatives.

Speakers
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Adelfa.lorenzano

RMCHS Coordinator, Reedley College
I am the program coordinator for Reedley Middle College High School, located on the Reedley College campus. Our students are dually enrolled and do take college and high school classes simultaneously. The partnership with the CA Health Collaborative (iPATH), was established to provide... Read More →
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Daisy Lopez

Director of Program Services, California Health Collaborative
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Lydia R. Martinez

Prevention and Intervention Coordinator, Parlier Unified School District


Friday May 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:05am
Exhibit Hall Room 2000

8:00am

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR SAFE SCHOOL PLANS
Limited Capacity seats available

All California public schools are required to establish a Safe School plan and update this plan annually. In cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, community leaders, parents, pupils, teachers, administrators, and other persons who may be interested in the prevention of campus crime and violence and improve school climate should be included in the development of your comprehensive school safety plan. This session will review the legal requirements of your safe school plans and best practices to ensure you are in compliance.

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Armand Chavez

Emergency Planning Crisis Response Manager, Fresno Unified School District


8:00am

STRENGTHENING COLLABORATION TO IDENTIFY AND IMPLEMENT PROMISING PRACTICES: VISION FOR THE I5/99 CORRIDOR
Limited Capacity seats available

The I-5/99 Corridor is a partnership with the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) to promote the sharing of best practices and lessons learned in the area of improving school climate. This session will address the areas of assistance available through the WEEAC as well as highlight several promising practices in the Central Valley that are led by members of this collaborative.

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Manuel Escandon

Fresno County Office of Education
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Dr. Felipe Mercado

Vice Principal/Instructor, Madera Unified School District
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Frances Miller

Educational Equity Coordinator, Western Educational Equity Assistance Center
No cost PD/TA on equity related issues on race, gender, religion and/or national origin tailored to your school/district concerns funded by the Federal gov't via request for assistance www.msudenver.edu/weeac.
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M. Parra

Western Educational Equity Assistance Center
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Dr. T. Pieretti

National University


Friday May 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:05am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2010

8:00am

CONDUCTING EFFECTIVE DISCIPLINARY AND COMPLIANCE INVESTIGATIONS
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will review the process of conducting investigations, both disciplinary and compliance. They will have the opportunity to practice developing appropriate witness questions to facilitate obtaining facts necessary to determine if the elements of the offense can be proved, with a focus on the mandatory expulsion recommendation offenses. Participants will also review how to create an expulsion packet, present an expulsion case, including understanding the burden of proof, introducing evidence, and questioning witnesses. Lastly, participants will discuss the role of the administrative panel and the requirement to create findings of fact for the Governing Board.

Speakers
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Dora Dome

Attorney, Epoch Education
Dora J. Dome has practiced Education Law for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of student issues and special education. In April 2016, she published her first book, Student Discipline, Special Education Discipline, Anti-Bullying and Other Relevant Student Issues: A Guide For Practitioners... Read More →


8:00am

DO YOU KNOW HOW TO COMPLY WITH TITLE IX WHEN DISCIPLINING STUDENTS FOR SEXUAL MISCOUNDUCT UNDER CALIFORNIA EDUCATION CODE?
Limited Capacity seats available

Many District and school administrators are unclear how to blend federal Title IX law with California student discipline laws. All it takes is one sexual harassment suspension or expulsion to learn the hard way. This presentation covers basic requirements under Title IX for investigations, student discipline, due process, and student protections, while at the same time explaining how to issue legal discipline under the Education Code. We will review a specific Title IX case study on sexual battery that led to a valid student expulsion in California. Ms. Fichtner has over 23 years of experience practicing Education Law related to sexual harassment, sexual violence, and student discipline in k-12 and colleges in California. She has heard Principals all over California say, “I didn’t know. We need training on this!’ Please join us for this specific training opportunity.

Speakers
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Eve P Fichtner

Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo



Friday May 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:05am
exhibit Hall - Room 2009

8:00am

WIN IN THE LEARNING GAME
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop will focus on creating a winning philosophy for students, teachers and administrators that generates a powerful culture of inspiration and empowerment.  Utilizing Tier 1 practices participants will learn about proven solutions that challenge and change fixed mindsets within an organization.  In addition, this workshop will focus on systematic and meaningful approaches to establish powerful constructs such as purpose, belief, and goals that drive human behavior and motivation.  Participants will learn how to deconstruct the complex education system into 3 phases of the Learning Game consisting of a powerful blend of instructional tools, assessment guidelines, and strategies for high levels of student achievement and teacher improvement.  

Speakers
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Jared Savage

Principal, Fairmont Elementary School


Friday May 11, 2018 8:00am - 9:10am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2001 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

WHAT’S RIGHT ABOUT WALLA WALLA: HOW TRAUMA-SENSITIVE SCHOOLS REDUCE SUSPENSIONS AND IMPPROVE LEARNING
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers have always known that when students act out in class, it may have nothing to do with school and everything to do with what's happened to them at home.  Recent research on the impact of child trauma on learning, cognition, and behavior not only supports this key insight, but provides teachers with new ways of thinking about the neurobiology and physiology of student conduct that can radically improve classroom and school climate.

Speakers
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Dora Dome

Attorney, Epoch Education
Dora J. Dome has practiced Education Law for over 20 years, primarily in the areas of student issues and special education. In April 2016, she published her first book, Student Discipline, Special Education Discipline, Anti-Bullying and Other Relevant Student Issues: A Guide For Practitioners... Read More →
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Mary Kelly Persyn

Dora Dome Law


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
DoubleTree - Salon D1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

MERGING PRIORITIES: LCAP GOALS – CA SCHOOLS DASHBOARD – ESSA – MULTI-TIER SYSTEM OF SUPPORT – SCHOOL CLIMATE – WHERE TO FOCUS FOR ONE SOLUTION?
Limited Capacity seats available

Student Service professional are tasked with merging priorities daily to meet LCAP goals, CA Schools Dashboard goals, implementing MTSS models and improving school climate. In this session, you will hear from South Bay’s Pamela Reichert-Montiel and data expert, Erica Peterson, who will breakdown what attendance data elements are required for these merging priorities and show you how the district used its attendance data to improve student outcomes for ALL students. Attendance is fundamental to student success, the innovative solution that South Bay focused on to manage their goals, improved attendance, increased learning time and freed up staff to better connect with parents and students. Attendees will come away from this session with a better understanding on what’s required to successfully focus on while enhancing school culture, connecting with parents and encouraging the lifelong habit of showing up.

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Erica Peterson

National Education Manager, School Innovations and Achievement
Erica Peterson began her career at School Innovations & Achievement (SI&A) in 2004 and has held numerous key positions within the company. Throughout her tenure, Erica has worked with hundreds of school district executives providing solution consulting in the areas of organizational... Read More →
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Pamela Reichert-Montiel

Director of Student Support & Accountability, South Bay Union School District


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
DoubleTree - Salon D3 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

CALIFORNIA DATA DASHBOARD CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM AND EQUITY
Limited Capacity seats available

California’s new accountability and continuous improvement system provides information about how local educational agencies and schools are meeting the needs of California’s diverse student population based on a concise set of measures.  This session will explain the Data Dashboard and how schools are assigned different colors based upon their 5x5 grid placement as it relates to chronic absenteeism, suspension, and equity.  Your LCAP plan is based upon these results and your knowledge on how to move in and out of different grids is crucial to improving your student outcomes.    

Speakers
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Dr. Iishwara (Iish) Ryaru

Assistant Director, Training & Outreach, California Collaborative for Educational Excellence
Dr. Iishwara (Iish) Ryaru is the Assistant Director of  Training and Outreach for the California Collaborative for Educational  Excellence, where he will help lead the organization’s integrated public  relations and training program.Dr. Ryaru served as a Senior Engagement Manager... Read More →


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

ESTABLIISHING YOUR EQUITY POSITION ON THE EDUCATIONAL & RACIALIZED BATTLEFIELD: EXPLICIT ADVOCACY FOR 21ST CENTURY CONDITIONS
Limited Capacity seats available

This evocative breakout session, Dr. Ammar Saheli will challenge all participants to assess their equity position, concerning the current state of education in California, through a racialized and social justice lens.  Swift links will be made, connecting the depths of American history to contemporary educational outcomes that are negatively impacted by micro-aggressions, implicit-bias, and color-blind dispositions. This presentation and dialogue is designed to challenge all educators and support staff to explicitly deepen the equity lens, become stronger advocates for all students and families, and especially the underserved.




Dr. Ammar Saheli has served in the capacity of CEO of Saheli7 Educational Consulting for the past 11 years, Director of Student Support Services in the San Lorenzo Unified School District for 10 years, and Minister of the West Oakland church of Christ for almost the past 17 years.  Twenty years ago Ammar entered the ranks of public education from the world of mental and behavioral health where he worked as a therapist serving adolescents, families, and couples. Because of his unique experince, he brings to the table a holistic, responsive and restorative psycho-educational and psycho-social approach.  
Ammar is passionate and proficient  in the conceptions and implementation techniques related to equity, cultural competence, cultural responsiveness, unconscious/implicit bias, Restorative Practices/Restorative Justice, and instructional strategies related to critical pedagogy.  Ammar specializes in developing/implementing systems designed to address racial disproportionality, student empowerment and consciousness, while additionally managing the tough and necessary dialogues—critical to moving systems, students, and families beyond the impact of cultural bias and institutional barriers.
 In addition to his school counseling and administrative credentials, Ammar has a BA (Psychology) and MS (Marriage & Family Therapy  & School Counseling) degree from San Francisco State University and a Doctorate (International & Multicultural Education) from the University of San Francisco.

Speakers
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Dr. Ammar Saheli

CEO, Saheli7 Educational Consultanting


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2010

9:25am

POSITIVE AND INCLUSIVE DISCIPLINE: MOVING FROM CONSEQUENCES TO "TEACHABLE MOMENTS"
Limited Capacity seats available

This workshop discusses best practices in alternatives to exclusionary discipline by developing positive relationships, and viewing behaviors through trauma-informed and social-emotional lenses, as well as, addressing behaviors as "teachable moments" with the desired outcome of changing the behaviors.

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Shakenya Edison

Director II of Student Services, East Side Union High School District


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

CENCAL MENTORING: USING GUIDANCE AND PERSONAL CONNECTIONS TO SUPPORT AT-RISK STUDENTS
Limited Capacity seats available

CenCal Mentoring Academy is a comprehensive program that connects dropouts, truants, troubled and suspended youth to programs and services that will lead them to success both academically and personally. The program strives to bring habitually truant students back into the educational system by providing them with the necessary guidance, accountability, resources and character to become good citizens both in the classroom and the community.

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Alan Autry

Founder, CenCal Mentoring
Alan Autry was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on July 31, 1952, and grew up as a migrant farm worker in the fields of San Joaquin Valley in California. A star quarterback in high school, Autry won a college scholarship and was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. Quickly cut from the... Read More →
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William Broomfield

President of Programs, CenCal Mentoring
William has held numerous positions in the past two decades that were dedicated towards motivating, empowering, and educating at-risk students in both Los Angeles and Fresno County. He had the privilege of holding the position of School-to-Career Assistant Director for the City of... Read More →


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
exhibit Hall - Room 2009

9:25am

A MULTI-TIERED APPROACH TO SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE
Limited Capacity seats available

A presentation on school social work services and how they contribute to a Multi-tiered System of Support in grades K-12. School Social Workers provide evidence-based education, behavior and mental health services, promote a school climate conducive for student learning and teaching excellence, and maximize access to school-based and community-based resources.

Speakers
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Abigail Arii

Social Emotional Manager II, Fresno Unified School District
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Caine Christensen

Director Student Support Services, Fresno Unified School District


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
DoubleTree - Salon D2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

CWA ASK THE EXPERTS PANEL
Limited Capacity seats available

This is an attendee driven session.  If you have questions that were not answered during the conference this will be your chance to ask the experts and get your questions answered.  Our panel will consisted of legal experts, district experts, and state experts.  The experts will be able to give you various perspectives including the “legal answer”, the “state answer” and the “district answer”.  Sometimes they all agree and sometimes there are different approaches to solving different problems.    

Speakers
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Gricelda Cardenas

President, CASCWA


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall - Room 2001 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

STUDENT SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS
Limited Capacity seats available

While districts are increasingly looking to reduce expulsions, there are times when expulsion is the appropriate method to deal with a student discipline matter. From beginning administrators to veteran educational leaders, the world of expulsions is full of avoidable landmines that have the potential to cause an expulsion to be unsuccessful or to be overturned on appeal. This presentation will examine several key areas, including: basic expulsion timelines and procedures, recommendation procedures, investigating, preparing and prosecuting an expulsion matter, and administrative panels.

Speakers
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Amanda E.Ruiz

Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith
Amanda E. Ruiz is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Fresno office and co-chair of the firm's Special Education Practice Group. Ms. Ruiz represents school district clients, focusing on the Special Education, Students, Labor & Employment and Litigation practice areas. Ms. Ruiz assists... Read More →


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
DoubleTree - Salon A2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

9:25am

TRUANCY 101
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will be for districts that are just being to implement a SARB process or thinking about implementing a SARB process.  Sherman will cover the Education Code requirements for all SARB letters and classifying a student as a habitual truant.  The Education Code requirements for each letter will be reviewed as well as the best practices when implementing a SARB program.  The California Vehicle Code regulations regarding students with irregular attendance and the revocation of their drivers license will be reviewed.  

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Sherman Garnett

Sherman Garnett & Associates
Co-Director, ACSA Pupil Services Academy, ACSA


Friday May 11, 2018 9:25am - 10:30am
Exhibit Hall Room 2000

10:30am

Vendor Visitation (Last chance to get your card stamp for the Grand Prize!)
This is your last chance to make connections, but your vendor passport stamped and turn it in for a chance to win a free registration for the 2019 CASCWA state conference in Napa Ca!!

Friday May 11, 2018 10:30am - 10:50am
DoubleTree - Lower Atrium 2233 Ventura St. Fresno Ca 93721

11:00am

ALL MEANS ALL: MULTI TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT (MTSS)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will discuss the starting points, structures and process in the organization of MTSS from site and district perspective.  Sanger Unified has used the MTSS system to provide appropriate support for all students.  This approached has supported the success of all students resulting in a reduction of suspension, increased attendance, and increased student learning.   

Speakers
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Amy Williams

Coordinator of Inclusive Practices, Sanger Unified School District
Amy Williams, Coordinator of Inclusive Practices at Sanger Unified School District


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree - Salon D1 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:00am

The Best Story is No Story: Models for Human Trafficking Prevention
Limited Capacity seats available

Central Valley Justice Coalition (CVJC) is utilizing several cirriculums to actively prevent human trafficking with junior high and high school students. The Coalition offers training for educators and other professionals, prevention groups for vulnerable adolescents, case consultation and referrals, and resources for victims, survivors and their families.  This workshop highlights the "Not a Number" and "My Life My Choice" prevention programs for boys and girls ages 12 to 18.  The Coalition aims to have an impact on this population by utilizing survivors as group leaders, trainers, and mentors. Their first-hand accounts of victimization have informed group and training curricula and are the voice of authenticity to girls and boys entrapped in a life of abuse.  

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Jessica Pittman

Fouonder/Associate Director, Central Valley Justice Coalition


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
exhibit Hall - Room 2009

11:00am

DRUG AWARENESS FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL
Limited Capacity seats available

Officer Shane Dishman is a 25 year law enforcement veteran. He is currently the Truancy Officer/Police Officer for the largest high school district in the state of California (Kern High, Bakersfield Ca). He has been teaching drug and alcohol awareness for 20 years.  HE WON’T GIVE HANDOUTS (or samples) and will only promise one thing:  To provide a very entertaining and up to date training on the current drugs and alcohol trends in schools.  Participants need to be prepared to laugh and learn at the same time respecting the very serious and far reaching issue of drugs and alcohol.  It’s a ton of information in a short time and you’ll laugh while learning.  Officer Dishman guarantees it.

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Shane Dishman

Police Officer, Bakersfield Police Department


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree - Salon D2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:00am

EFFECTIVE SART STRATEGIES
Limited Capacity seats available

Ron Brown High School, located in Northeast Washington, DC, is an all-male, District of Columbia Public School committed to educating young men of color from a progressive, holistic, and revolutionary paradigm. Given the bleak state of affairs related to outcomes for Black males, the Culture and Restorative Efforts (C.A.R.E.) Team at Ron Brown functions to disrupt current trajectories through catalyzing the systemic empowerment of the Young Kings they serve. More specifically, the multidisciplinary CARE Team targets the following goals: increased capacity to love self and others,  ability to navigate a culturally hostile world, presence as student scholars, and comprehensive development into community minded change agents. Restorative efforts, social and emotional learning, community engagement, empowerment strategizing, and in-vivo intervention processes are the primary mechanisms used by the CARE Team to engage the Young Kings they serve.

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Amir Alavi

Crime Prevention Unit/Countywide SARB Coordinator, Riverside County District Attorney's Office


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2010

11:00am

ALTERNATIVE DISCIPLINE STRUCTURES: A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO CHANGING BEHAVIOR
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you looking to lower student suspensions, and create a positive school climate? This presentation will focus on structures such as: Character education, peer mediation, and school wide behavior systems that can be used to support a healthy learning environment.

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Dr. Jennifer Watson

Faculty, California State University Fresno


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall Room 2000

11:00am

POSITIVE SCHOOL CLIMATE LEADERSHIP STRATEGIES FOR SITE AND DISTRICT ADMINISTRATORS
Limited Capacity seats available

The school climate affects everyone associated with the school: students, staff, parents, and the community. It is the belief system or culture that underlies the day-to-day operations.  As school leaders, administrators are tasked with collaborating with stakeholders to create and maintain an optimal learning environment. In this interactive presentation, participants will explore how to conduct a meaningful planning process with stakeholder buy-in, develop a list of priorities for school improvement, put forth school/district wide initiatives and include these actions in your MTSS, the school site plan and District LCAP.  Participants will leave infused with new and practical ideas to implement for the upcoming school year.    

Speakers
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Susan Levine

Director II, Riverside County Office of Education



Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2011-2012 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:00am

FOSTER AND HOMELESS LEGAL ISSUES
Limited Capacity seats available

Districts must be aware of the legal rights and protections for Foster and Homeless students. This includes all applicable education code laws, and current case law.

Speakers
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Bryan Martin

Senior Counsel Fresno, aalrr a Professional Law Corporation
Bryan Martin has used his litigation and education law background to prosecute personnel and disciplinary actions at the administrative and judicial levels. He has developed successful responses to complaints against districts and district personnel to the EEOC, DFEH, Office of Civil... Read More →


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree - Salon D3 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:00am

STUDENT SUSPENSION AND EXPULSION NUTS AND BOLTS: A DISTRICT PERSPECTIVE
Limited Capacity seats available

During your educational career, there will be instances in which your hand is forced to suspend or recommend for expulsion a student who has committed an egregious act at school. This workshop will expose you to the numerous  legal requirements that must be undertaken to ensure that the student receives due process including a re-entry plan.

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Sherman Garnett

Sherman Garnett & Associates
Co-Director, ACSA Pupil Services Academy, ACSA


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
Exhibit Hall - Room 2001 848 M St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:00am

ATTENDANCE MATTERS: FRESNO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT AND FRESNO COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PARTNERSHIP
Limited Capacity seats available

The Attendance Matters Program is a partnership between FUSD and the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office in order to promote attendance and decrease absenteeism.  Selected elementary sites participate in the AM Program which specifically targets those with high absenteeism.  Child Welfare and Attendance Specialists collaborate with the DA to provide additional interventions to families prior to the SARB process.
  

Speakers
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Abigail Arii

Social Emotional Manager II, Fresno Unified School District
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Melanie Taylor

Fresno County District Attorney's Office


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm
DoubleTree - Salon A2 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

11:00am

TRAUMA INFORMED PRACTICES FOR EDUCATORS: EXTENDED SESSION
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the effects of trauma on student emotional and academic success cannot be understated.  If educators do not understand how trauma can effect a student neurologically, then how can they be expected to support at-risk students.  This is an informative session that will change the way you see student behavior problems and achievement difficulties.  We must acknowledge that many of our students experience trauma on a regular basis and we must be prepared to support these students.  This is an extended session.  Lunch will still be available after this session.

Speakers
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Martha Merchant, Psy D.

Clinical Psychologist, University of California San Francisco
I have a passion for working with people typically viewed as being on the down-side of power, including children, under-resourced families, poly families as well as LGBTQI folk. I have worked with children, youth, and families who have been impacted by trauma for the past 15 years... Read More →


Friday May 11, 2018 11:00am - 1:00pm
DoubleTree - Sequoia 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA

12:00pm

Lunch and Closing
Thank you all for coming and we hope you enjoyed the CASCWA State Conference.  Sit relax and have lunch or pack it to go and hit the road!  See you next year in Napa!

Friday May 11, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm
DoubleTree - Salon B,C 2233 Ventura St, Fresno, CA 93721, USA