Healthy & Safe Schools Summer Institute

This year's Institute will be held as a strand within the National Conference for NASAP (North American Society of Adlerian Psychology). This allows you to participate in national level workshops, as well as hear from our excellent local presenters. Register for a single day ($100) or both days ($200). Our registration includes lunch and parking. The conference takes place May 30-31 at the Tucson Marriott University Park and the theme is Healing our Communities through Social Interest.

Healthy & Safe Schools Summer Institute Programming:

Thursday, May 30, 2019

8:10 - 9:00 am | Keynote Speaker
Social Interest as it Relates to Education

Presenter:  Dr. Wayne Peate

9:15 - 10:30 am | Breakout Session
Uncovering Bias: You Can’t Know What You Don’t Know

Presenter: Michelle Pitot

  • Everyone, regardless of commitment to equity and inclusion, has blind spots about how bias affects them. This workshop will identify how unrecognized bias can lead to unfairness, micro-aggressions, and hurt even when no harm was meant. We’ll identify how to recognize, prevent and respond in order to create truly inclusive classrooms and schools.

10:45 - 12:00 pm | Breakout Session
The Challenges of “Holding Space”

Presenter: Tessa Brock, MA

  • While we seek to “hold space” for those who are struggling and/or who have experienced trauma, we need to be aware of the load it can create on our own selves.  In this interactive session, we will explore Vicarious Trauma, Burnout, and Compassion Fatigue and identify strategies for Self-Care.

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 - 3:45 pm | Main Session
“You can do it” and “You belong:”  Six Words to Change the Lives of Students in Poverty

Presenter: Bonnie Bazata, MA | Ending Poverty Now Program Director

  • Two powerful messages in a classroom are “You can do it” and “You belong,” yet some students never perceive them. Explore research and consider strategies around growth and fixed mindset, social belonging, and scarcity to understand how poverty impacts student learning and how to make these messages loud and clear.

4:00 - 5:00 pm | Breakout Session
Creating Respect and Belonging: Interacting with Our LGBTQ Community

Presenter: Michael Webb, MPH | Senior Health Education Specialist, SAAF

  • The LGBTQ 101 will provide introductory level information about identities and provide best practice and competency suggestions for those working in various settings. The presentation will identify the distinctions between sex, gender, and sexuality, recognize ways assumptions can be made based on gender expression, define the identities indicated by “LGBTQ+”, and describe practical cultural awareness tools for being inclusive and respectful.

Local attendees may also choose to attend any of the NASAP sessions. CLICK HERE to view the national program/schedule.

Friday, May 31, 2019

8:00 - 9:30 am | Breakout Session
Getting to Know Ourselves: Exploring Issues of Power and Privilege in Mental Health

Presenter: Morgan BoBo, MA

  • Educators may not discuss power and privilege, as “these discussions are systematically ‘silenced’ in most educational discourse among teachers” (Henze et al, 1998). Our lives are embedded in institutions and power structures that were created to benefit the majority culture (Golden, 2008). Thus, this presentation will highlight how professionals can apply power and privilege

9:45 - 10:45 am | Breakout Session
Defying the Odds and Overcoming Homelessness

Presenter: Alejandra Kisebach

  • Supporting the challenges of vulnerable communities with a human-centered approach could open endless possibilities to move the needle in a positive way.

11:00 - 12:15 pm | Breakout Session
Trauma-Informed School – Our Journey

Presenter: Rebecca Leimkuehler | Principal, Holiday Park Elementary School

  • Join us as we recount our 4-year journey to becoming a Trauma-Informed School. Our challenges and pitfalls, our growth and celebration will all be explored. Learn how we reduced our student discipline referrals by 78% and increased our AZMerit school label one letter grade and over 7 points.

12:15 - 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm | Breakout Session
Strategies, Tools, and Interventions that Support Trauma-Informed Practices,

Presenter: Rebecca Leimkuehler | Principal, Holiday Park Elementary School

  • This presentation will highlight the resources that one school found along its journey from being “Trauma Aware” to becoming “Trauma Informed”.  Hear how staff discovered and implemented a variety of evidence-based practices and tools that can and will work when applied to other school environments.

2:10 - 3:25 pm | Breakout Session
Attachment and the Classroom: Understanding How Family Dynamics Present in Classroom Settings

Presenter: Serena Samaniego

  • Participates will explore the advantages of viewing classroom interactions through an attachment and trauma-informed lens. Participates will be able to identify ways individuals attempt to recreate familiar relationships in the classroom setting. Using scenarios, participants will explore relationship-based interventions that can shift or reinforce classroom dynamics.

Local attendees may also choose to attend any of the NASAP sessions. CLICK HERE to view the national program/schedule.


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