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Wednesday, November 6
 

9:00am PST

A Couple Cool Ways to Connect Students to Themselves & Their Learning
The presenter will collaborate with the audience on developing some cool ways to connect with students and to motivate students to invest in themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Lamora

Fred Lamora

Director of Instruction, Visions In Education
Director, Curriculum & Instruction, Visions In Education


Wednesday November 6, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Salon E

5:00pm PST

Welcome Reception
CCIS Fall Conference Welcome Reception - take a moment to settle in and reconnect with colleagues; enjoy a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres on us!

Wednesday November 6, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm PST
Trabuco/Trabuco Terrace
 
Thursday, November 7
 

7:00am PST

Breakfast
Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, is served! Join the buffet line for a hearty, healthy breakfast to fortify you for the day!

Thursday November 7, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am PST
Grand Foyer

7:00am PST

Registration
Registration is open at 7:00 AM! Please remember to check-in and pick up your conference materials and name badges.

Thursday November 7, 2019 7:00am - 8:00am PST
Grand Foyer

7:45am PST

President's Message
CCIS President, Jody Graf, welcomes you to our 2019 Fall Conference and provides conference updates.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 7:45am - 8:00am PST
Salon ABC

8:15am PST

Keynote: Mike Lawrence on "Common Ground"
Start the day fired up by our keynote speaker Mike Lawrence. Mike is an award-winning teacher, administrator, and non-profit educational leader. He was a high school English and composition teacher and served as CEO of CUE (CUE.org), helping the nonprofit grow five-fold in 12 years. He served two terms on the ISTE board, and also volunteered as Director of the CA Student Media Festival for a decade. He co-founded the Google Certified Teacher (now Innovator) program and supported the development of the ISTE Certified Educator program. He is proud to support educators worldwide in his current role as Senior Director of Educator Engagement overseeing User Groups and EDGE Conference content at PowerSchool and is Chief Maverick of MaverickLearning, his transformational consulting firm.

Speakers
avatar for Mike Lawrence

Mike Lawrence

Senior Director, Educator Engagement, PowerSchool
Mike is an award-winning teacher, administrator and educational leader. He served as CEO of CUE (CUE.org), helping the nonprofit grow over 500% in 12 years and also directed the California Student Media Festival (mediafestival.org) for a decade. He served two terms on the ISTE Bo... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 8:15am - 8:45am PST
Salon ABC

9:00am PST

Sowing the Seeds of a Growth Mindset
As a long time, implicit component of effective independent study and other alternative settings, the notion of “Growth Mindset” has boomed in the recent past with Carol Dweck’s popularization of the term in her work Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This presentation seeks to encourage evaluation of the individual attendee’s relationship to a growth mindset and provide tools for encouraging a culture of growth mindset in the independent study setting, all in an effort to develop academically engaged students. Other topics to be discussed include: trauma sensitivity, incorporating growth mindset into curriculum, and the legislation in support of growth mindset. Participants are encouraged to share their own experience with the growth mindset concept and will benefit from bringing an electronic device to the presentation.

Speakers
CB

Courtney Bowen

Teacher, TVUSD
I am highly interested in improving student experiences and educational outcomes in independent study and other alternative education settings. I am knowledge about traditional and virtual independent study, WASC in various alternative education settings (continuation, independent... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Saddleback

9:00am PST

Legislative Updates
With the first legislative session under new Governor Gavin Newsom having ended, Barrett Snider and Caitlin Jung from Capitol Advisors Group will provide an overview of recently enacted laws affecting schools as well as look forward to upcoming issues in 2020. This presentation will include a look at the new charter school laws and the anticipated conversation next year around non-classroom-based charter schools. Snider and Jung will also provide an analysis and update on the state economy as we prepare for the release of the Governor’s budget in January.

Speakers
avatar for Caitlin Jung

Caitlin Jung

Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Caitlin is an attorney with experience with education, civil rights, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant law. Prior to joining Capitol Advisors, she worked on prisoner rights cases at the UC Davis Civil Rights Clinic and with the Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission at its small claims... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Salon ABC

9:00am PST

Helping IS Students Save $$$ & Time for College
Presentation will include information highlighting the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) where students can take exam after free online prep to earn college credit at over 2900 institutions. Other information will be shared showing how to save time and money through The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) and Concurrent Enrollment.

Speakers
avatar for Adam Ochwat

Adam Ochwat

Secondary Teaching Assistant Principal, Capistrano Unified
I have been working in secondary schools for almost 30 years. After experiencing the high costs of college for our two kids (Hello Second Mortgage), I wanted to find ways to help others avoid these high costs. I have found three ways that can dramatically reduce the costs of college... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Salon B

9:00am PST

Human Trafficking & the Dangers of Technology
With technology being used as a deceptive gateway for exploiters to recruit, groom and sell children, having parents be engaged in the human trafficking prevention efforts at school is essential. Through this offering, school districts are provided the tools they need to present information about human trafficking that will allow parents to get informed, raise awareness, gather input, and make meaningful change in the community.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson

National Director, PROTECT, 3Strands Global Foundation
Gordon Jackson is the National Director and committed to managing the implementation of the PROTECT program in California and beyond with the assistance of an amazing team of Regional Directors and Implementation Coordinators. Prior to joining 3Strands Global, Gordon enjoyed a 40... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Salon D

9:00am PST

Not so Safe- Vaping Prevention for Educators
Participants will learn about the different types of nicotine-based and cannabis-based vaping devices, the key health risks for youth according to research, and strategies for engaging youth in vaping education. This workshop will include information about free curricula and resources that can be incorporated into vaping prevention efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Stephan Lambert

Stephan Lambert

Prevention Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education
Stephan Lambert is the Prevention Coordinator at the Orange County Department of Education. He has twelve years of experience in substance abuse prevention, positive youth development, family and community engagement, and developmental asset building. In his role at OCDE, he supports... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Pavillion

9:00am PST

Engaging Families at Independent Study Schools (Part 1)
Objective: Understand best practices to effectively engage and partner with families at independent study schools. Discover how to successfully engage more families, especially low socio-economic and non-native English speakers, using an evidenced-based comprehensive program. Learn how, why and when family engagement opportunities are introduced to parents and students.  Also discussed is how to best inform parents of important school-wide information, how families can mutually set academic goals with their child and effectively monitor progress weekly, monthly, and throughout the year.  Part 1 reviews the who, what, when and why of an evidence-based comprehensive family engagement strategy, while Part 2 models exactly how it is done.  Each attendee participating in both sessions will receive a full-color 32-page wall calendar and folder containing sample documents presented during the sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Ward

Joel Ward

Family Engagement Coordinator, Activity Specialist & Teacher, Long Beach Unified School District
Prior to working full time at the largest Independent Study high school in the Greater Long Beach area, Joel Ward owned four small businesses (property management, personal training gym, and two automotive repair companies), worked as a full-time Activity Director/ASB Specialist at... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am PST
Trabuco

10:00am PST

Break and Vendor Visitation
Thursday November 7, 2019 10:00am - 10:15am PST
Grand Foyer

10:15am PST

Sexual Heath Education: Communicating w/ Parents & Supporting Students
This presentation will provide a brief overview of the educational mandates for providing sexual health education content to middle and high school students. We will present strategies for communicating with parents and supporting students on these important health topics.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Gould

Jeffrey Gould

Director of Partnership and Innovation, Cardea Services
Jeffrey M. Gould, MDiv, Director of Partnership and Innovation, has been working in the field of community health and education for the past twenty-five years, with a focus on sexual health education. Mr. Gould has developed curricula, implemented sexual health education in the classroom... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Salon ABC

10:15am PST

Use Data to Personalize Learning At Every Level
Using data to inform our decisions is not a choice, its a necessity.  When inundated with so much data and the pressure for our schools to perform, we often don't know where to start. 

This sessions will discuss:
  • How to Get Real With Data
  • Avoid Analysis Paralysis
  • Use Data at Every Level

Speakers
avatar for Jade Fernandez

Jade Fernandez

Head of Schools, Method Schools



Thursday November 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Saddleback

10:15am PST

So, You're New to Independent Study
Teaching in an Independent Study (IS) program presents educators with opportunities as well as many challenges. This workshop will examine the most common of both and explore a variety of strategies that will help anyone new to IS to do more than just survive, but to actually thrive in their new assignment.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O'Brien

Educator, OPUSD
I am the Science Specialist at Oak Park Independent School (OPIS) where I teach middle- and high-school. I have been an educator in the Conejo Valley area since 1997, teaching in both the Moorpark USD and Oak Park USD. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with all of... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Salon E

10:15am PST

What You Need to Know about the CA School Dashboard
The session objective is for participants to understand and fully engage with the Dashboard. Participants will be informed about: 1) approved changes to the 2019 Dashboard, 2) changes to the 2020 Academic Indicator, and 3) eligibility criteria for schools to receive additional support under Every Student Succeeds Act.

Speakers
JS

Jenny Singh

Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit, California Department of Education



Thursday November 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Pavillion

10:15am PST

Got Concurrent?
Does your independent study school have a concurrent program with the district high schools? Learn how to start, sustain, and build a concurrent program between the independent study program and high schools in the district. This schedule helps to relieve anxiety, stress, additional flexibility, and still stay connected to the clubs, sports teams, and social connectivity of the resident school.


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Salon B

10:15am PST

Engaging Famiilies at Independent Study Schools (Part 2)
Objective: Understand best practices to effectively engage and partner with families at independent study schools. Discover how to successfully engage more families, especially low socio-economic and non-native English speakers, using an evidenced-based comprehensive program. Learn how, why and when family engagement opportunities are introduced to parents and students.  Also discussed is how to best inform parents of important school-wide information, how families can mutually set academic goals with their child and effectively monitor progress weekly, monthly, and throughout the year.  Part 1 reviews the who, what, when and why of an evidence-based comprehensive family engagement strategy, while Part 2 models exactly how it is done.  Each attendee participating in both sessions will receive a full-color 32-page wall calendar and folder containing sample documents presented during the sessions.

Speakers
avatar for Joel Ward

Joel Ward

Family Engagement Coordinator, Activity Specialist & Teacher, Long Beach Unified School District
Prior to working full time at the largest Independent Study high school in the Greater Long Beach area, Joel Ward owned four small businesses (property management, personal training gym, and two automotive repair companies), worked as a full-time Activity Director/ASB Specialist at... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Trabuco

10:15am PST

How Addiction Hijacks the Brain
Addiction is a disease that changes both the structure and function of the brain.  Nobody starts out intending to develop an addiction, but many people get caught in its snare.  Nearly 23 million Americans are addicted to drugs or alcohol.


Thursday November 7, 2019 10:15am - 11:15am PST
Salon D

11:15am PST

Break and Vendor Visitation
Thursday November 7, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am PST
Grand Foyer

11:30am PST

I Can’t Think When I am Stressed Out: Neuroscience and the Adolescent Brain. VENDOR PRESENATION: EDGENUITY
Teenage stress is on the rise! From bullying and social media to problems at home and at school, the list of stressors is long. Looking through the lens of neuroscience, educators will understand the strong connection between social, emotional and academic learning, and the effectiveness of Edgenuity’s SEL program, PurposePrep.


Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
Salon D

11:30am PST

Preparing Individuals with Special Needs for the Future
During this breakout session, teachers and administrators will be inspired and equipped to implement effective strategies and pursue outside agencies in order to develop a transition program within the high school setting. The Classical Academies will share their learning experiences, both the ups and downs, from the last four years of program development, including the recent addition of a Transition Partnership Program.



Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
Salon B

11:30am PST

California Health Framework and Sexual Health Education
This presentation will provide an overview of the California Health Framework, its connections with sexual health education mandates and how it can support your sexual health education implementation. We will explore how specific guidance can help support LGBT inclusion, connection to SEL and MTSS initiatives and issues of equity.

Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Gould

Jeffrey Gould

Director of Partnership and Innovation, Cardea Services
Jeffrey M. Gould, MDiv, Director of Partnership and Innovation, has been working in the field of community health and education for the past twenty-five years, with a focus on sexual health education. Mr. Gould has developed curricula, implemented sexual health education in the classroom... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
Salon ABC

11:30am PST

Stop That Clock! How to Capture the Lost Minutes in Your Day.
Art Buchwald stated, "Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times it's the only time we've got." Join us as we discuss time management strategies for students, teachers, and administrators.

Speakers
avatar for Sandi Knapp

Sandi Knapp

Principal, Heritage Flex Academy K-8



Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
Saddleback

11:30am PST

The Art of Inspiring Students to Study Strategically 2-part (60 minutes each, part 1 and part 2)
Research reveals: most students have never been taught how to study and the strategies they devise on their own don’t work. This lively workshop condenses the latest complex brain science into a simple 3-step model, The Study Cycle. Participants will leave understanding the surprising science behind (in)effective study strategies and be prepared to teach this new “anti-boring” model to students quickly and effectively. This is the first of two presentations by Gretchen today. The second one is after lunch, and is about how to help students "Get in Gear" with effective time management strategies. 

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Wegner

Gretchen Wegner

Academic Life Coach, The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying
Gretchen Wegner is an Academic Life Coach and neuroscience geek who has built an expertise in how to destressify school by building students' executive function skills and teaching teens a unique system for time management, organization and studying called The Anti-Boring Approach... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
Salon E

11:30am PST

This session has been cancelled -Practical Approaches to Address Mental/Emotional Instability in Students- This session has been cancelled....
The presentation outlines 3 of the most common contributors to mental/emotional instability for students and practical ways to address them. Participants will gain tools to help the students when they are exhibiting mental health-related symptoms while maintaining the focus on academic achievement.

Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
Pavilion

11:30am PST

NLP and Youth Empowerment:
Introduce participants to the concepts of NLP and how to empower students to achieve desired goals simply using the language of the mind. Participants will learn how our reality is created by our experiences thereby creating our perception and interpretation; participants will learn how to use sensory acuity to build rapport to improve communication and get desired result; participants will learn how to use language to reframe presenting problems and to help change the perception of a problem and let it go.

Speakers
avatar for Jo-Anne Guerriere

Jo-Anne Guerriere

Resource Specialist/Lead Teacher, Oxnard Union High School District
I am an education professional with 30+ years experience in the classroom and as an administrator and coordinator. In addition I own an expanding private coaching, training and educational therapy practice. My experience encompasses Gen Ed., Alternative Education, Special Education... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm PST
Trabuco

1:45pm PST

Online Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Curriculum
Session Objective: To familiarize attendees with how the new online Positive Prevention PLUS Comprehensive Sexual Health Education curriculum meets the requirements of the California Healthy Youth Act (CHYA).

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Kim Robert Clark

Dr. Kim Robert Clark

Co-Author and Publisher, Positive Prevention PLUS
Dr. Clark is an experienced high school teacher, college professor, and state and regional Teen Pregnancy and HIV/STI Prevention Coordinator. He is co-author of the most commonly used Comprehensive Sexual Health Education curricula in California for grades 4-12 including the NEW SPECIAL... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PST
Salon ABC

1:45pm PST

Yes, You Can Support Student Career Readiness
Discover the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program’s career planning resources. Session attendees will learn how CalCRN’s resources can be used to help students understand how to make informed career choices and learn about the skills, attitudes, and knowledge necessary to be successful in the work of work. Visit www.californiacareers.info

Speakers
avatar for John Merris-Coots

John Merris-Coots

Education Programs Consultant, California Department of Education
John Merris-Coots has been the coordinator of the California Career Resource Network (CalCRN) program at the California Department of Education (CDE) since 2008. He has been an Education Programs Consultant at the CDE and supported the enhancement development of CDE’s career development... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PST
Salon B

1:45pm PST

Esports
Esports (online gaming) is extremely popular around the world. The question is: How can esports be leveraged as a learning strategy to improve student learning? The answer is through student engagement, integrated curriculum, and innovative pathways to college and career. All of this and more will be examined during this enlightening presentation.

Speakers
avatar for Tom Turner

Tom Turner

Executive Director, Educational Services, Orange County Department of Education
I currently serve as the Executive Director of Educational Services with the Orange County Department of Education. In this role, I regularly interact with site administrators and district leadership in implementing professional learning and program development throughout Orange County... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PST
Pavilion

1:45pm PST

Creating Community: A Conversation about Strategies for Building School Community in Independent Studies.
The objective of the presentation is to: discuss why creating community in independent studies is important, how SIATech Pico Union independent study creates community, and a brainstorming session to generate ideas among schools on ways to create community.

Speakers
avatar for Andy Knuth

Andy Knuth

Teacher, SiaTech
I am an Independent Study High School Teacher at SIATech Charter High School in Pico Union (Los Angeles). We serve students 16-24 for credit recovery providing a flexible strategy for students to get their high school diploma.


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PST
Saddleback

1:45pm PST

4 Steps to Help Get Teens off their Butt and Get in Gear (Part 2)
How the heck do you teach students to be better time managers and overcome procrastination urges? It’s an art, not a science, but there are some general rules of thumb. This workshop will teach the 4-step “Get in Gear” model for helping students troubleshoot time management troubles and create anti-procrastination plans. Participants will receive step-by-step instructions for how to teach this process to students. This is Gretchen's second presentation of the day but you do not have to attended the first presentation in order to attend. 

Speakers
avatar for Gretchen Wegner

Gretchen Wegner

Academic Life Coach, The Anti-Boring Approach to Powerful Studying
Gretchen Wegner is an Academic Life Coach and neuroscience geek who has built an expertise in how to destressify school by building students' executive function skills and teaching teens a unique system for time management, organization and studying called The Anti-Boring Approach... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PST
Salon E

1:45pm PST

Human Trafficking & the Dangers of Technology
With technology being used as a deceptive gateway for exploiters to recruit, groom and sell children, having parents be engaged in the human trafficking prevention efforts at school is essential. Through this offering, school districts are provided the tools they need to present information about human trafficking that will allow parents to get informed, raise awareness, gather input, and make meaningful change in the community.

Speakers
avatar for Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson

National Director, PROTECT, 3Strands Global Foundation
Gordon Jackson is the National Director and committed to managing the implementation of the PROTECT program in California and beyond with the assistance of an amazing team of Regional Directors and Implementation Coordinators. Prior to joining 3Strands Global, Gordon enjoyed a 40... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PST
Salon D

1:45pm PST

NLP and Youth Empowerment:
Introduce participants to the concepts of NLP and how to empower students to achieve desired goals simply using the language of the mind. Participants will learn how our reality is created by our experiences thereby creating our perception and interpretation; participants will learn how to use sensory acuity to build rapport to improve communication and get desired result; participants will learn how to use language to reframe presenting problems and to help change the perception of a problem and let it go.

Speakers
avatar for Jo-Anne Guerriere

Jo-Anne Guerriere

Resource Specialist/Lead Teacher, Oxnard Union High School District
I am an education professional with 30+ years experience in the classroom and as an administrator and coordinator. In addition I own an expanding private coaching, training and educational therapy practice. My experience encompasses Gen Ed., Alternative Education, Special Education... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 1:45pm - 2:45pm PST
Trabuco

2:45pm PST

Break and Vendor Visitation
Thursday November 7, 2019 2:45pm - 3:00pm PST
Grand Foyer

3:00pm PST

Legislative Updates
With the first legislative session under new Governor Gavin Newsom having ended, Barrett Snider and Caitlin Jung from Capitol Advisors Group will provide an overview of recently enacted laws affecting schools as well as look forward to upcoming issues in 2020. This presentation will include a look at the new charter school laws and the anticipated conversation next year around non-classroom-based charter schools. Snider and Jung will also provide an analysis and update on the state economy as we prepare for the release of the Governor’s budget in January.

Speakers
avatar for Barrett Snider

Barrett Snider

Founding Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Barrett has spent over two decades working in California politics and is a founding partner of Capitol Advisors Group, where he manages the daily operations of the firm. His diverse experience in both legislative advocacy and political campaigns provides clients with valuable industry... Read More →
avatar for Caitlin Jung

Caitlin Jung

Partner, Capitol Advisors Group
Caitlin is an attorney with experience with education, civil rights, bankruptcy, and landlord-tenant law. Prior to joining Capitol Advisors, she worked on prisoner rights cases at the UC Davis Civil Rights Clinic and with the Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission at its small claims... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Salon ABC

3:00pm PST

Professional Development Reboot -Engaging activities your staff will love!
Tired of sit and get PD? Join us for one hour of engaging activities guaranteed to get staff out of their seats. We will model fun, collaborative strategies that can be used to help you avoid Death by PowerPoint. Attendees will also receive a collection of PD resources and ice breakers.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Saddleback

3:00pm PST

So, You're New to Independent Study
Teaching in an Independent Study (IS) program presents educators with opportunities as well as many challenges. This workshop will examine the most common of both and explore a variety of strategies that will help anyone new to IS to do more than just survive, but to actually thrive in their new assignment.

Speakers
avatar for Daniel O'Brien

Daniel O'Brien

Educator, OPUSD
I am the Science Specialist at Oak Park Independent School (OPIS) where I teach middle- and high-school. I have been an educator in the Conejo Valley area since 1997, teaching in both the Moorpark USD and Oak Park USD. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with all of... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Salon E

3:00pm PST

What You Need to Know about the CA School Dashboard
The session objective is for participants to understand and fully engage with the Dashboard. Participants will be informed about: 1) approved changes to the 2019 Dashboard, 2) changes to the 2020 Academic Indicator, and 3) eligibility criteria for schools to receive additional support under Every Student Succeeds Act.

Speakers
JS

Jenny Singh

Administrator, Academic Accountability Unit, California Department of Education



Thursday November 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Pavilion

3:00pm PST

Got Concurrent?
Does your independent study school have a concurrent program with the district high schools? Learn how to start, sustain, and build a concurrent program between the independent study program and high schools in the district. This schedule helps to relieve anxiety, stress, additional flexibility, and still stay connected to the clubs, sports teams, and social connectivity of the resident school.


Thursday November 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Salon B

3:00pm PST

Mindful Teachers – Mindful Students (Part 1 and Part 2)
Looking for ways to be more compassionate with your self and your students? Need a way to manage your stress? In the first part of this workshop we will look at the underpinnings of what mindfulness, and begin to practice some of the basic ways to bring calm and compassion back into our worlds.  

Speakers
avatar for Kate Perry

Kate Perry

Lead Teacher - Grant Manager, Independence High School
Kate Perry is a social studies teacher as well as grant manager at Independence High School in Brentwood, CA. In 2016 she received the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year award. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has a Master's degree in Education. She has worked in... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Trabuco

3:00pm PST

ACES, Behavior & Us! [2-part (60 minutes each, part 1 and part 2)]
California’s new Surgeon General, Nadine Burke Harris, quotes Dr. Robert Block, former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation.” Learn what the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) tells us as individuals who seek to improve our own personal health, relationships and environments where we live and work.

"With over two decades of experience working with students, families, administration and teachers, Susan has the ability to permanently transform climate of environments- both directly and indirectly.Susan takes her expertise in human development, and instead of simply training staff (which she does masterfully) or doing interventions with individuals, she transfers that expertise to others, who learn that a different set of behaviors can get their needs met while learning you can develop these skills, and draw on concrete tools, that help build strong relationships with colleagues, staff, students and families. I've seen Susan present to community groups and at conferences. In both settings, Susan manages to send people home with a new, internal toolkit- the ability to generate new ideas grounded in the knowledge of human development, the impacts of trauma on the body and behavior, and on the ways that resilience shifts these dynamics. When knowledge is transferred in this way, participants develop the confidence to try out new strategies, right away, in any environment.Susan's expertise is valuable to leaders, staff, families, students  and communities seeking to become trauma informed  and increase the resilience of members and their organizations. "
— Donielle Prince
ACES Connection
Regional Community Facilitator
San Francisco/Bay Area 

Speakers
avatar for Susan Jones

Susan Jones

Owner, Creative Behavior Systems
I love people.. We live in a tough time where connecting with others sometimes is difficult. Educators are dealing with not only their students and the students families stress but their own. Teaching tools to connect, engage and calm through knowledge and awareness is what I am most... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
Salon D

4:00pm PST

Break and Vendor Visitation
Thursday November 7, 2019 4:00pm - 4:15pm PST
Grand Foyer

4:15pm PST

Sowing the Seeds of a Growth Mindset
As a long time, implicit component of effective independent study and other alternative settings, the notion of “Growth Mindset” has boomed in the recent past with Carol Dweck’s popularization of the term in her work Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. This presentation seeks to encourage evaluation of the individual attendee’s relationship to a growth mindset and provide tools for encouraging a culture of growth mindset in the independent study setting, all in an effort to develop academically engaged students. Other topics to be discussed include: trauma sensitivity, incorporating growth mindset into curriculum, and the legislation in support of growth mindset. Participants are encouraged to share their own experience with the growth mindset concept and will benefit from bringing an electronic device to the presentation.

Speakers
CB

Courtney Bowen

Teacher, TVUSD
I am highly interested in improving student experiences and educational outcomes in independent study and other alternative education settings. I am knowledge about traditional and virtual independent study, WASC in various alternative education settings (continuation, independent... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Saddleback

4:15pm PST

Preparing Individuals with Special Needs for the Future
During this breakout session, teachers and administrators will be inspired and equipped to implement effective strategies and pursue outside agencies in order to develop a transition program within the high school setting. The Classical Academies will share their learning experiences, both the ups and downs, from the last four years of program development, including the recent addition of a Transition Partnership Program.

Speakers
avatar for Cori Coffey

Cori Coffey

Director of Special Education, The Classical Academies
Cori Coffey began her career in Special Education over 25 years ago. She spent some of her early years in Riverside County working as a Resource Specialist. After several years of serving students in traditional public schools, she continued in Special Education within the charter... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Salon B

4:15pm PST

Q & A with Experts
A unique opportunity to ask those independent study and compliance questions that have been plaguing you, confounding you, and keeping you awake at night. Sit with our resident experts and finally get some of those questions answered.

Speakers

Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Salon ABC

4:15pm PST

Mindful Teachers- Mindful Students- Part 2/2
Need your students to learn how to 'take a breath'? Want them to be more mentally present during their time with you? Mindfulness techniques can help you and them focus on the present and find more joy in the world around us.  We will be discussing how to bring some of the techniques from the first session to our students and modifications that can be made for students dealing with trauma. You will leave the workshop with activities you can you the next day as well as resources to deepen your understanding over the long term.

Speakers
avatar for Kate Perry

Kate Perry

Lead Teacher - Grant Manager, Independence High School
Kate Perry is a social studies teacher as well as grant manager at Independence High School in Brentwood, CA. In 2016 she received the Contra Costa County Teacher of the Year award. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and has a Master's degree in Education. She has worked in... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Trabuco

4:15pm PST

Not so Safe- Vaping Prevention for Educators
Participants will learn about the different types of nicotine-based and cannabis-based vaping devices, the key health risks for youth according to research, and strategies for engaging youth in vaping education. This workshop will include information about free curricula and resources that can be incorporated into vaping prevention efforts.

Speakers
avatar for Stephan Lambert

Stephan Lambert

Prevention Coordinator, Orange County Department of Education
Stephan Lambert is the Prevention Coordinator at the Orange County Department of Education. He has twelve years of experience in substance abuse prevention, positive youth development, family and community engagement, and developmental asset building. In his role at OCDE, he supports... Read More →



Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Pavillion

4:15pm PST

A Couple of Cool Ways to Connect Students to Themselves & Their Learning
The presenter will collaborate with the audience on developing some cool ways to connect with students and to motivate students to invest in themselves.

Speakers
avatar for Fred Lamora

Fred Lamora

Director of Instruction, Visions In Education
Director, Curriculum & Instruction, Visions In Education


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Salon E

4:15pm PST

ACES, Behavior & Us! [2-part (60 minutes each, part 1 and part 2)]
California’s new Surgeon General, Nadine Burke Harris, quotes Dr. Robert Block, former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health threat facing our nation.” Learn what the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) tells us as individuals who seek to improve our own personal health, relationships and environments where we live and work. Founder of Creative Behavior Systems, Susan Jones brings 20+ years of attachment-focused behavioral science, trauma-informed, and resilience-building expertise to organizations seeking support in improving chaotic environments. Susan is a longtime ACEs trainer and Behavior Analyst who has worked with leaders and teams in criminal justice, nonprofits, families, community organizations, schools and school districts. A public education veteran, Susan created, Collaborative, Achieving, Resilient Environments (CARE), a restorative teaching tool customized for different work environments. CARE improves our ability to build relationships by addressing a better understanding of behavior to create more positive and productive environments while utilizing research-based interventions to increase emotional safety through building awareness of communicative cycles. Join us in specific strategies and tools in learning how to create calmer and more collaborative working environments with students, staff and families.

Speakers
avatar for Susan Jones

Susan Jones

Owner, Creative Behavior Systems
I love people.. We live in a tough time where connecting with others sometimes is difficult. Educators are dealing with not only their students and the students families stress but their own. Teaching tools to connect, engage and calm through knowledge and awareness is what I am most... Read More →


Thursday November 7, 2019 4:15pm - 5:15pm PST
Salon D

5:30pm PST

End of Day Wrap up and Raffle
Thursday November 7, 2019 5:30pm - 5:45pm PST
Salon ABC
 
Friday, November 8
 

8:30am PST

CCIS Compliance Charter
Friday November 8, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm PST
Salon DE

8:30am PST

CCIS Compliance Traditional IS
Friday November 8, 2019 8:30am - 12:00pm PST
Salon ABC