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Kid Track

9 AM - 12:15 PM

Grades 3-5 and Middle School*

(runs concurrently with Adult Track)

A Group Leader will take 12-15 kids to seven stations that will include interactive fun activities to teach practical skills for dealing with unfriendly situations and prevent bullying. Included is a Backpack with fun items given out at the stations to represent the lessons learned to survive the social jungle.

Includes nut free snack and water bottle. Girls Scouts will receive a fun patch at the Girl Scout Station

The Kid Track registration fee is just $15 per person.

Register for Kid Track

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Grades 3-5 and Middle School*

(runs concurrently with Adult Track)

A Group Leader will take 12-15 kids to seven stations that will include interactive fun activities to teach practical skills for dealing with unfriendly situations and prevent bullying. Included is a Backpack with fun items given out at the stations to represent the lessons learned to survive the social jungle.

Includes nut free snack and water bottle. Girls Scouts will receive a fun patch at the Girl Scout Station

Each lesson and activity lasts 20 minutes. Station topics include:

  • Verbal Judo - earn words and phrases kids can say to shut down unfriendly situations. Kid learn fun judo moves!
  • “Picture This” – learn why a healthy self-esteem is important to being happy and needed to prevent yourself from getting in a bullying situation. Fun photo booth..
  • Pick Your Emoji – learn about confident and friendly body language.
  • Don’t be a target – play fun dartboard game while learning what not to do to minimize the risk of being a target.
  • Calm and Collected – learn how the brain reacts to conflict and meanness and problems as well as tools to manage calm yourself in friendship situations. Kids will get to do yoga.
  • Kindness Rocks – learn about how to use your power to make a difference. Kids will paint a Kindness Rock to take into the world.
  • Social Media Do’s and Don’ts- for middle school kids!

Adult Track

9 AM - 12:15 PM

Parents, scout leaders, counselors, coaches and anyone who works with kids will learn the latest research on social rejection, and practical advice on how to recognize and help kids manage mean behavior and bullying in school and extra-curricular activities.

The Adult Track includes:

Keynote Presentation: Families & Schools: Transforming School Culture Together Adult Track Breakout Options (include Professional track morning options) Your choice of two of these workshops:
  • Social Media’s Impact on Mean Kid Behavior
  • Bringing Out the Best in Teenage Boys, Beyond Put-Downs and Trash Talk
  • Raising Teen Girls: Bringing Out the Best in Teenage Girls, Beyond Gossip and Cliques
  • Parent Politics: A Guide to Surviving the Social Jungle
  • Frenemies, Toxic Friends, and True Friend
  • Building Resilience
  • End Empathy Erosion: Relentlessly Nurturing Empathy in Our Children is the Key to Their Future Success
  • Equity and Inclusion: In the school arena and classroom
  • Be a Good Sport: Sportsmanship in Athletics and Dance
  • End Empathy Erosion: Developing a Kind and Inclusive Class Culture
  • ADHD in a Kid’s Social and Academic World Anxiety in a Kid’s Social and Academic World

The Adult Track registration fee is just $15 per person.

Register for Adult Track

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Keynote Presentation: “Creating a Responsive and Respectful School Climate for Diverse Learners”


Presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland


This keynote address will examine the importance of creating a school culture that is conducive to learning for all children. A critical component in this initiative is the collaboration of families and school staff. Participants will learn practical ways to create school cultures that promote equity and inclusion, and celebrate diversity. This will be an interactive presentation that will allow all stakeholders (parents, teachers, staff, kids) to actively think about academic success and emotional wellbeing for each and every student.
Choose one of the following breakout workshops:

Boys to Young Men: Bringing Out the Best in Teenage Boys Presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland and Jared Vince Our panel of coaches, teachers, and mentors will share how we can help our young boys and teens with: staying connected to people in life vs the digital world being careful with words in a world of increasing put downs and trash talk strengthening friendships and connections being an ally to their classmates, not the bully or the target having the courage to make good decisions in the face of peer pressure

Girls to Young Women: Bringing Out the Best in Teenage Girls Presented by Julie Fisher
Julie Fisher, parent and social media educator, will share how we can help our young girls with: staying connected to people in life versus the digital world being careful with words in a world of gossip and put downs strengthening friendships and connections being an ally to their classmates, not the bully or the target having the courage to make good decisions in the face of peer pressure

Parent Politics- A Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Social Jungle Presented by Lisa Kaplin, Psy.D., CPC
Are you exhausted and stressed over trying to figure out your child’s social life? In this workshop, we’ll take look at some of the challenges in kid and teen friendships: queen/king bees, exclusivity, and unfriendly behaviors. Do you feel that sometimes that there are the same struggles of cliques and exclusivity in the parent world? We’ll discuss techniques to manage social challenges, so that your child and you too can thrive, not just survive!

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ADHD in a Kid’s Social and Academic World Presented by Drew Yanke, M.A., LLP
What is life like for a child with ADHD? How does it affect their learning, classroom behavior, and friendships? This workshop offers tips on how to identify and prevent bullying and bullying target behaviors in children with ADHD. You’ll learn valuable tips to better manage your classroom, and how to work with parents to help their children succeed socially and academically.

End Empathy Erosion: Developing a Kind and Inclusive Class Culture Presented by Mark Morawski, Ed.S. and Jason Hill, M.Ed.
Learn ways to develop a class/community culture that builds the habits of empathy in children and teaches skills so students become upstanders by speaking out, stepping in, and helping others.

K – 2 Grade Empowerment Presented by Dennis Rapal, M.A. and Jennifer Graham, M.Ed.
West Bloomfield’s Roosevelt Elementary has implemented a social and emotional development program for K- 2 using the Kids Empowered curriculum. The activities are designed to teach younger students how to handle sticky situations, manage emotions, problem solve and make empowered decisions. They will share their experiences in teaching kids the “dos and don’ts” of being a friendly classmate.

Choose one of the following breakout workshops:
End Empathy Erosion: Relentlessly Nurturing Empathy in Our Children is the Key to Their Future Success
Presented by Jason Hill, M.Ed. and Mark Morawski Ed.S. Come learn firsthand why research points to empathy as a critical skill to nurture in our children. With Dr. Michelle Borba’s Habits of Empathy in mind, participants will identify practical ways to continue to nurture their children as empathetic individuals setting them up for future success in school, college, business, and life.

Building Resilience Presented by Drew Yanke, M.A., LLP
Resilience is a key factor in the growth of emotional and social intelligence. In this workshop we will explore the three key factors to resilience; I AM, I HAVE and I CAN each of which has influence on resilience, but by themselves cannot accomplish the task. We will discuss strategies that can be applied at home and school and 10 tips to increased resilience and your child, all of which will help your child be able to navigate the social world.

Social Media’s Impact on Kids Presented by Julie Fisher
Remember when classmates prank called each other to be mean? Today, mean-spirited behavior has moved online. This presentation will explore how online activity - and social media in particular - has expanded the playing field for mean kid behavior. Learn about the most popular sites for bullying activity, the “dos and don’ts” of social media etiquette, and how to help children steer clear of bad behavior online.

Toxic Friends and Frenemies Presented by Kimber Yanke, MIM
Kids are often confronted with hot/cold emotions and conflict in friendships and relationships with classmates. Learn how to support your children in handling the ups and downs of friendship, and what to do and say when conflicts arise. Help your children to build true friendships, and these skills will set the stage for healthy relationships in their adult lives.

Anxiety in a Kid’s Social and Academic World Presented by Lisa Kaplin, Psy.D., CPC
Learn more about anxiety and its role in bullying behaviors, resilience, and happiness. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that twenty five percent of 13- to 18-year-olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior and their social world is crucial to preventing bullying behaviors and kids becoming the targets of bullying.

Be a Good Sport: Sportsmanship in Athletics Presented by Mike McCormick and Aaron Frank
In our youth sports-obsessed society, coaches and parents want to develop well-rounded athletes, but we often focus more on athleticism than good sportsmanship. This workshop takes a closer look at the mean-spirited behavior between athletes that takes place on the field, in the locker room and on the playground, and how adults may inadvertently encourage this behavior. We’ll discuss ways that coaches, teachers and parents can foster good sportsmanship to create winners both on and off the field.

Developing Culturally Responsive Educators: From Theory to Practice Presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland
An organization should become more culturally responsive to provide effective services for their students, families and community. In a global society, a school district cannot be academically, socially or programmatically competent unless it is culturally competent and responsive to the needs of their students. This work session will provide strategies for participants who have been identified to lead professional development trainings for their school level staff.

Professional Educator Track

9 AM - 2:30 PM

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATOR TRACK
Teachers, school counselors, administrators, coaches and other education professionals will learn the latest research and information on equity and inclusion, school climate, preventing bullying, anxiety, and ADHD. Learn techniques to empower your students on how to manage mean behavior, prevent bullying and advice on how to best intervene when necessary.

The Professional Educator Track includes:

Keynote Presentation
“Creating a Responsive and Respectful School Climate for Diverse Learners” Presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland


Your choice of two of these workshops:
Session 1 Workshop Choices

  1. ADHD in a Kid’s Social and Academic World, presented by Drew Yanke M.A., LLP
  2. End Empathy Erosion: Developing a Kind and Inclusive Class Culturem presented by Mark Morawski, Ed.S. and Jason Hill, M.Ed.
  3. K – 2 Grade Empowerment, presented by Dennis Rapal, M.A. and Jennifer Graham, M.Ed.

Session 2 Workshop Choices

  1. Anxiety in a Kid’s Social and Academic World, presented by Lisa Kaplin, Psy.D., CPC
  2. Be a Good Sport: Sportsmanship in Athletics, presented by Mike McCormick and Aaron Frank
  3. Developing Culturally Responsive Educators: From Theory to Practice, presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland
  • Boxed Lunch
Afternoon Session Choices
  1. Empowerment in a Box, presented by Kimber Yanke, MIM
    Practical Activities for Inclusion and Equity in the K-12 Classroom, presented by Jay Marks, Ph.D.
  2. Every participant receives an Empowerment in a Box kit to take back to your classroom

  3. Option of applying for SCECH credits through Oakland Schools (An additional $10 fee to be paid to Oakland Schools by check on the day of the conference).

    The Professional Educator Track fee is just $50 per person.

Register for Pro Track

Download the Informational Flyer

“Creating a Responsive and Respectful School Climate for Diverse Learners”

Presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland

This keynote address will examine the importance of creating a school culture that is conducive to learning for all children. A critical component in this initiative is the collaboration of families and school staff.  Participants will learn practical ways to create school cultures that promote equity and inclusion, and celebrate diversity.  This will be an interactive presentation that will allow all stakeholders (parents, teachers, staff, kids) to actively think about academic success and emotional wellbeing for each and every student.

Choose one of the following breakout workshops:

ADHD in a Kid’s Social and Academic World

Presented by Drew Yanke, M.A., LLP

What is life like for a child with ADHD? How does it affect their learning, classroom behavior, and friendships? This workshop offers tips on how to identify and prevent bullying and bullying target behaviors in children with ADHD. You’ll learn valuable tips to better manage your classroom, and how to work with parents to help their children succeed socially and academically.

End Empathy Erosion: Developing a Kind and Inclusive Class Culture

Presented by Mark Morawski, Ed.S. and Jason Hill, M.Ed.

Learn ways to develop a class/community culture that builds the habits of empathy in children and teaches skills so students become upstanders by speaking out, stepping in, and helping others.

K – 2 Grade Empowerment

Presented by Dennis Rapal, M.A. and Jennifer Graham, M.Ed.

West Bloomfield’s Roosevelt Elementary has implemented a social and emotional development program for K- 2 using the Kids Empowered curriculum. The activities are designed to teach younger students how to handle sticky situations, manage emotions, problem solve and make empowered decisions. They will share their experiences in teaching kids the “dos and don’ts” of being a friendly classmate.

Workshop Session 2

Choose one of the following breakout workshops:

Anxiety in a Kid’s Social and Academic World

Presented by Lisa Kaplin, Psy.D., CPC

Learn more about anxiety and its role in bullying behaviors, resilience, and happiness. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that twenty five percent of 13- to 18-year-olds has had an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Understanding the role anxiety plays in a student’s behavior and their social world is crucial to preventing bullying behaviors and kids becoming the targets of bullying.

Be a Good Sport: Sportsmanship in Athletics

Presented by Mike McCormick and Aaron Frank

In our youth sports-obsessed society, coaches and parents want to develop well-rounded athletes, but we often focus more on athleticism than good sportsmanship. This workshop takes a closer look at the mean-spirited behavior between athletes that takes place on the field, in the locker room and on the playground, and how adults may inadvertently encourage this behavior. We’ll discuss ways that coaches, teachers and parents can foster good sportsmanship to create winners both on and off the field.

Developing Culturally Responsive Educators: From Theory to Practice

Presented by Dr. Roger Cleveland

An organization should become more culturally responsive to provide effective services for their students, families and community. In a global society, a school district cannot be academically, socially or programmatically competent unless it is culturally competent and responsive to the needs of their students. This work session will provide strategies for participants who have been identified to lead professional development trainings for their school level staff.

Training: Empowerment in a Box

Presented by Kimber Bishop-Yanke, MIM

This session has everything you need to begin preventing mean-spirited behavior and bullying right away! We’ll introduce Empowerment in a Box, a unique series of lesson plans and activities to teach kids the social skills and strategies they need to handle sticky social situations with friends, classmates and teammates. Hands-on activities will cover being true to yourself, words to say, volume and tone of voice, assertive body language and more.

Practical Activities for Inclusion and Equity in the K-12 Classroom

Presented by Jay Marks, Ph.D.

This interactive workshop will provide participants (K-12 educators) with practical, hands-on strategies for creating an inclusive and equitable classroom environment. Participants will be introduced to practices and routines that they can implement immediately in their practice as it relates to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and classroom culture and climate.

*All afternoon session participants will receive an Empowerment in a Box kit, including a teacher guide, to take back their schools. Empowerment in a Box has been utilized in workshops and classrooms across the world, with praise from students, educators and parents alike. Educators will receive complete kit and teacher guide to take back to their school.

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