2014 Building the Heart of Successful Schools
Opening Keynote: Rick Phillips
Transforming School Climate from the Inside-Out: A Roadmap for Success
The responsibilities placed on schools have increased significantly. They are expected daily to fulfill the core mandates of getting students to attend, keeping them safe, improving academic performance, and achieving high graduation rates. They also have to comply with ever-expanding laws and imperatives addressing bullying, cyber-bullying, and the increasing directives to move away from zero-tolerance policies.
This presentation will introduce a framework for understanding school climate and its direct impact on achievement and discipline. Most importantly, it will help to address the sense of "overwhelm" and frustration felt by many and provide a clear and compelling "roadmap" to assist educators in managing the multiple approaches that schools are now implementing including; PBIS, social-emotional learning, restorative practices. We will explore best practice strategies and identify proven resources for developing the character, competence, and readiness of the children and young people we care about and serve.
Closing Keynote: Darrel "Coach D" Andrews
Building Bridges-Breaking Barriers-Connecting Dreams To Education
Academic relevance is connected to dream relevance. In order for "at-promise" youth to make the "academic" connection, they must first make the "dream" connection. Students who come from communities that have high poverty rates and low school graduation rates struggle to make this critical link. Coach D will share motivational yet relevant information to inspire attendees to create "Dream Cultures" within their schools and organizations. His nationally acclaimed mantra, "A student with a dream is a student with a future" has helped countless schools make the "dream" connection. This paradigm is critical to create academic success in students within this demographic. Attendees will leave motivated to achieve higher academic and school heights!