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Monday, August 12
 

7:00am

Check-In and Breakfast
Stop in early and enjoy the complimentary breakfast. Visit with the exhibitors and speakers prior to starting your day.

Monday August 12, 2019 7:00am - 8:15am
Ballroom A

8:15am

Student Performance
Yabsira, Jazzy, and Kiara are graduates of East High School and of Movement 515. All three young women are spoken word artists that write and preform original poems.

See more here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeEu3t3vRbg
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUy8T7uAOqA

Student Performances

Monday August 12, 2019 8:15am - 8:30am
Ballroom A

8:45am

Excellence Through Equity: Five Essential Ingredients for Creating Conditions that Promote Achievement for All Children.
Limited Capacity filling up

While the movement for standards and accountability has largely succeeded in bringing greater attention to disparities in student achievement, surprisingly little attention has been given to what it takes to create conditions in schools that will make achievement for all students more likely.  Missing from much of the policy debate related to achievement is how to place equity at the center of education reform efforts, and how to support and cultivate effective teaching in schools.  This presentation will describe five principles and practices that have proven effective in helping schools to meet the needs of a wide variety of learners. Strategies that make it possible to avoid zero-sum scenarios that lead some educators to believe that they must choose between the pursuit of excellence and equity will also be presented.  Drawing upon research and several case studies the presentation will show why an equity framework is essential for promoting achievement among all children.



Speakers
avatar for Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera

Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera

Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles
Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.  His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom A

10:00am

A Story for Every Student
Limited Capacity seats available

All students deserve to see their stories reflected in the books they read. While many teachers want to build inclusive and diverse classroom libraries, it can be overwhelming to keep up with the new and engaging titles that are published each year.
 
 In this session, literacy expert Michelle Abeln will share newer titles for K-12 classrooms that feature a diverse cast of characters and explore various identities related to race, religion, socioeconomic status, neurodiversity, ability, and orientation. Michelle will also highlight the #OwnVoices movement and share titles that feature authors writing through the lens of their own identities

Speakers
avatar for Michelle Abeln

Michelle Abeln

Collection Development Specialist, Booksource


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Addressing the Rise in Anger and Aggression in Students
Limited Capacity full

Across the nation an increasing number of students enter the school each day with significant issues (mental health disorders, family strife, poverty, etc.) that make academic and social success difficult to attain.  These students often display disruptive, destructive , and aggressive behavior due to their inability to recognize and regulate their emotions.  This workshop will briefly explore some of the factors contributing to this rise in student anger and aggression.  More importantly, the workshop will provide information related to effective prevention and intervention efforts for educators.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Warma

Kim Warma

President/CEO, Pro-ACT, Inc.
Kim Warma is the President/CEO of Pro-ACT, Inc. a training and professional development company that focuses on providing professionals with the skills they need to better address challanging behavior in the classroom, avoiding the potential for escalation, crisis, and assault.
avatar for Richard Van Acker

Richard Van Acker

Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
Richard Van Acker is an Emeritus Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research explores prevention and intervention of antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. I have recently concentrated on addressing school-based approaches for... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

It is the journey of a life time to move toward our best self.  Join us to identify the core value of your best self and practice communicating with others through circle.  Explore creating community in your class room or other settings through check-in rounds and helping others nurthre their best selves.

Speakers
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Scarlett Lunning

Relationship Coach, Lunning Coaching and Consulting
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Jennifer Williams

Principal, DMPS


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Board Room 2 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

It is the journey of a life time to move toward our best self.  Join us to identify the core value of your best self and practice communicating with others through circle.  Explore creating community in your class room or other settings through check-in rounds and helping others nurthre their best selves.

Speakers
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Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

DREAM. THINK. DO.
Limited Capacity seats available

Proven 3-Step Success FormulaDREAM THINK DO is the name of Mitch’s #1 ranked podcast, but DREAM THINK DO is also a three step strategy for setting goals, building a plan and taking massive action. In this fun and powerful keynote, Mitch shares stories and insights from interviewing some of the brightest minds on the planet. Plus he offers proven and science-based strategies individuals and organizations can use to get clear, work together and achieve more than they ever thought possible

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Matthews

Mitch Matthews

Co-Founder, BIG Dream Gathering
Mitch Matthews is a successful entrepreneur, international speaker and best-selling author.He’s recognized as a leading authority on innovative thinking, human performance and goal achievement.  Mitch has worked with leaders and teams from organizations like NASA, Disney, NIKE... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Leveraging the Arts in the Core Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a look at Arts Integration as a whole and how it works in the core content classroom. We will explore the application of Arts Integration in Des Moines Public Schools and engage in a short work session on how you can get involved. 


Speakers
avatar for Sara Perez

Sara Perez

Education Coordinator, Curriculum, Des Moines Performing Arts
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Karoline Myers

Education Manager, Des Moines Performing Arts
Karoline Myers serves as Education Manager for Des Moines Performing Arts, a national leader in arts education. Education and engagement initiatives under her direction impact more than 75,000 Iowans each year, including 50,000 students and teachers who attend curriculum-based matinee... Read More →
avatar for Kelly Schnackenberg

Kelly Schnackenberg

Performing Arts Curriculum Coorindator, Des Moines Public Schools


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
302

10:00am

The Trump Effect and Bullying
Limited Capacity filling up

The current political climate has created a space where bullying behaviors have become more acceptable in classrooms and social media. This workshop will give participants the tools they need to spot bullying and stop it. They will be given strategies on how to create an inclusive and welcoming school environment for all students, including those from underrepresented populations.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Busch

Mark Busch

Director of Educaction, Iowa Safe Schools
(He, Him, His) is the Director of Education at Iowa Safe Schools. He is excited to empower educators and school leaders across the state to learn about marginalized communities and develop welcoming classrooms through Iowa Safe Schools’ professional development opportunities. A... Read More →
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Nate Monson

Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
Nate Monson serves as Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools – a position he has held since 2007 following the passage of the state’s anti-bullying law and extension of the Iowa Civil Rights Act to include gender identity and sexual orientation.Iowa Safe Schools was founded in... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

DMPS ONLY - New Teacher Orientation - Teachers New to the Profession
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Emily Behrens

Emily Behrens

Human Resources Manager, DMPS
I will be hosting the new teacher orientation session. If you are a newly hired teacher in Des Moines, I am here to serve as a resource to you.


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Our Pathway to Equity
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will allow participants to engage in tough discusses of explicit biases, breaking the racial barriers towards learning, and understanding the impact of an unequal, bias, and a non-diverse system. Participants will also learn how to strategize the implications of a bias and unjust system of education.

Speakers
avatar for Noemi Mendez

Noemi Mendez

ELL Curriculum Coordinator, DMPS
Noemi Mendez’s educational background consist of a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in K-6 General Education Classroom Teacher, Early Childhood, K-8 Reading, K-12 English Language Learner, an Ed.S. in Literacy and in Administration. Additionally Noemi has an MSE... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Roslyn Billy

Dr. Roslyn Billy

Director, Understanding Dreams Educational Consulting
Roslyn Billy's educational backgrounds consist of a BA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Philosophy and Religion, a M.A.Ed. in Leadership in Teaching with a concentration in TESOL, and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction. Currently serving in Public School districts as an ELL/Dual... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Respect the Process: Examining Our Social Justice Perspectives
Limited Capacity seats available

Through interactive activities, this workshop will help participants examine their own perspectives of their social justice work and ideas about diversity, privilege, and intersectionality. Participants will gain a better understanding of how institutional power that reproduces injustice, social exclusion, and oppression, despite our best efforts, is embedded in our social justice work.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love

Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia
Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of Hip Hop education and urban education. Her work is also concerned... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Leading Culture in Your Classroom and School
Limited Capacity full

Culture development is often seen as a building or district-wide initiative.  The reality is, each individual in a school building, teachers and administrators in particular, are responsible for leading the culture of their classroom and building.  In this session, participants will learn about their role as a culture leader in their school.  Moreover, participants will utilize a CHAMP tool to create their own leadership plan so that they can return to their schools with clear actions to lead culture in their building and classroom.

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Kluever

Jeff Kluever

Assistant Director, Programs, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center
Jeff Kluever is an Assistant Director, Programs for The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University. A native of Norwalk, Iowa, Jeff graduated from Grinnell College with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and his Initial Teaching License. After teaching and coaching at the... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
311 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Digital Decisions: Best practices for teaching about technology, communication, and decision-making.
Limited Capacity seats available

Highlighting the importance of guiding young people through critical thinking strategies, this session will provide best practices to navigating a rapidly evolving digital age. We will discuss communication skills, sexting, cyber-bulling, social media, and an app or two in between. Participants will leave to resources and next steps for approaching the daunting realm of teens and technology.

Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Brown, LMSW

Kirsten Brown, LMSW

WISE Program Manager, EyesOpenIowa
Kirsten Brown (She/Her/Hers) is a School Social Worker and Certified Sexual Health Educator. As Manager of EyesOpenIowa's WISE Program, Kirsten has worked collaboratively with school districts across Iowa and Illinois to build and develop high quality sex education programs that are... Read More →
avatar for Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Director of Training, EyesOpenIowa
Emily Miller is the Director of Training at EyesOpenIowa, overseeing the Eyes Open Academy and Sexual Health Educator Certification Program. She trains educators, other professionals, parents and caregivers, and advocates of all ages on a wide variety of topics and curricula.She also... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
308 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Human Trafficking-A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn more about Human Trafficking and work that is occurring in Polk County, IA. Professionals from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District will discuss a collaborative approach to child sex trafficking from the lens of the Prosecution. Members of the Polk County Commercial Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) will discuss how the team approach to human trafficking creates a collaborative partnership of community professionals to not only combat the issue of trafficking tut also prevent children from initial exploitation.  

Speakers
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Stacie Nessa

Educational Liaison, DMPS
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Christina Busse

Victim Witness Specialist, United States Attorney's Office
Christina Busse began working as a Victim Witness Specialist at the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Iowa in September of 2016. She has been the Victim Witness Program Coordinator for the past year and a half. From 2010 to 2016, Christina worked as a victim witness... Read More →
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Nikki Romer

Forensic Interviewer, STAR Center
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Erin R. Hansen

Crisis Counselor/Advocate, Crisis and Advocacy
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Molly Jansen

Investigator, Polk County Attorney's Office


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Human Trafficking: An Iowa Perspective
Limited Capacity seats available

Teens Against Human Trafficking Program Specialist will introduce participants to human trafficking in Iowa, with a focus on the youth perspective. Participants will learn about the process of recruitment, grooming, and control, through Iowa and national examples. Participants will also learn what risk factors make students more vulnerable to trafficking. The presentation will include information regarding recruitment online and through social media, as well as the relationship between pornography and sex trafficking. Finally, the Program Specialist will describe efforts to prevent human trafficking and identify victims in our schools. Participants will leave with an understanding of warning signs to look for, how to respond if a student directly or indirectly identifies as a trafficking survivor, and what services are available.

Speakers
avatar for Yolanda Harden

Yolanda Harden

Regional Director of Iowa, The Set Me Free Project
Yolanda Harden joined the fight against Human Trafficking in Iowa while working directly with youth services, foster youth and child abuse prevention. Her life experience and personal passion has consistently been to serve youth who are under privileged or involved with the Human... Read More →
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Mary Kate Leister

Program Specialist, Teens Against Human Trafficking


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

A White Women's Guide to Teaching Black Boys
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore

Founder and Director, The Privilege Institute
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.The first recipient of NCORE’s... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:45pm
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Second Language Acquisition Principals and TPRS Demo
Limited Capacity seats available

n this workshop teachers will be introduced to the Second Language Acquisition principles and research relevant to TPRS (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling). Afterwards, a demo of a TPRS Ask-A-Story will be experienced.


Speakers
avatar for Craig Sheehy

Craig Sheehy

Trainer, www.tprsbooks.com
Craig, a former high school student of Blaine’s, has been teaching in the Nampa School District in Nampa, Idaho since 2005. Craig has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a Business Minor and a Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. He has... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:45pm
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor

Educator, Kass and Corn Education Catalyst
Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:45pm
107

10:00am

The Role of Leadership in Promoting Equity and Countering Racial Inequality in Education
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera

Dr. Pedro Antonio Noguera

Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles
Pedro Noguera is the Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA.  His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:45pm
Ballroom A

10:00am

Community Schools: Equity and Impact
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Jose Munoz

Jose Munoz

Director, Coalition for Community Schools
Informed by his faith, and confidence in community, José Muñoz is a social entrepreneur that has been harmonizing relationships and resources on behalf of children in communities across America since 1995. As Vice President of Equity and Community Impact, and Director of the Coalition... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:45pm
301

10:00am

Catching Kids Before They Fall: The Trauma-Informed School
Limited Capacity seats available

Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership and collaborating with community partners, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education. In this presentation, participants will learn how a trauma responsive approach, is best practice for all students. Jim will walk the participants through a brief review of the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences, and how toxic stress impacts student learning and behavior. Participants will be taught the “Five Critical Steps to Implementing a Trauma-Informed School,” that will enable them to begin their journey as a trauma informed school.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder

Trauma-informed coach / Consultant, Sporleder Consulting
Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 10:00am - 12:45pm
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

It is the journey of a life time to move toward our best self.  Join us to identify the core value of your best self and practice communicating with others through circle.  Explore creating community in your class room or other settings through check-in rounds and helping others nurthre their best selves.

Speakers
avatar for Maria Lantz

Maria Lantz

Associate Principal, DMPS
Maria Lantz is an advocate for equity and justice in schools and in the community. Maria Lantz is the new Associate Principal at Stowe Elementary School in Des Moines. She has served as a School Improvement Leader at Harding Middle School in Des Moines for the last four years. Maria... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
Board Room 2 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

It is the journey of a life time to move toward our best self.  Join us to identify the core value of your best self and practice communicating with others through circle.  Explore creating community in your class room or other settings through check-in rounds and helping others nurthre their best selves.

Speakers
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Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Deterring Challenging Behavior with Early Learners
Limited Capacity filling up

For most early learners, the solution to challenging behaviors begins long before the behavior. Creating a foundation of character development in the classroom is key. Establishing norms and expectations around universal character traits gives educators the building blocks for deterring challenging behaviors. This session focuses on how educators can encourage those positive behaviors, advocate for family engagement to support the social and emotional learning, and develop a leadership team to help create a successful character initiative. Intended audience Pre-K through 1st grade educators and administrators.

Speakers
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Tabitha Choquette

Program Coordinator, The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Level-Up Your SEL: Driving Student Success with Social-Emotional Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how Des Moines Public Schools uses social-emotional learning data from research-backed screeners to inform staff development, before and after school programming, and student supports. In this session, we'll dig into recent and emerging research around how students with strong SEL skills demonstrate success in school and beyond. Together, we'll explore the ways that promoting strong SEL in adults and students closes gaps between student groups and promotes equity in schools.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Adair McGrath

Mary Adair McGrath

Account Director, Panorama Education
Talk to me about collecting student voice data in your classrooms!
avatar for Bobbie Jo Sheridan

Bobbie Jo Sheridan

After School Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
Bobbie Jo Sheridan is an After School Coordinator for Des Moines Public Schools. In her role she supports quality initiatives around hiring, training & program support for the OST programs. Ms. Sheridan is passionate about Social Emotional Learning and how to provide students with... Read More →
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Emily Stone

Marketing Events Manager, Panorama Education


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

The Trump Effect and Bullying
Limited Capacity filling up

The current political climate has created a space where bullying behaviors have become more acceptable in classrooms and social media. This workshop will give participants the tools they need to spot bullying and stop it. They will be given strategies on how to create an inclusive and welcoming school environment for all students, including those from underrepresented populations.

Speakers
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Nate Monson

Executive Director, Iowa Safe Schools
Nate Monson serves as Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools – a position he has held since 2007 following the passage of the state’s anti-bullying law and extension of the Iowa Civil Rights Act to include gender identity and sexual orientation.Iowa Safe Schools was founded in... Read More →
avatar for Mark Busch

Mark Busch

Director of Educaction, Iowa Safe Schools
(He, Him, His) is the Director of Education at Iowa Safe Schools. He is excited to empower educators and school leaders across the state to learn about marginalized communities and develop welcoming classrooms through Iowa Safe Schools’ professional development opportunities. A... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

DMPS ONLY - New Teacher Orientation - Teachers New to DMPS
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Emily Behrens

Emily Behrens

Human Resources Manager, DMPS
I will be hosting the new teacher orientation session. If you are a newly hired teacher in Des Moines, I am here to serve as a resource to you.


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Anti-Racism Teaching in the k-5 Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Go beyond a celebration of diversity and multicultural education to develop and implement a curriculum that is explicitly anti-racist. Learn about research that supports this approach, strategies for helping children learn about power and oppression, and specific resources to engage young learners. We will also discuss how to use the new Iowa Core social studies standards to help frame this work for parents, colleagues, and administrators who may express concerns. 



Speakers
avatar for Katy Swalwell

Katy Swalwell

Associate Professor and Elementary Education Program Lead, Iowa State Univeristy
My expertise is in social justice and equity in K-12 schools with a focus on race and class through the discipline of social studies. I conduct research, facilitate workshops, and create resources to help teachers develop their own and their students' critical consciousness.


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Creating a Supportive Team Environment for All Students
Limited Capacity seats available

In the United States, one third of students who identify as LGBTQ  avoid attending Physical Education due to the environment being unsafe and or uncomfortable. As an educator, creating an environment that actively encourages and promotes inclusion of all students, no matter identity, enables all students to participate, feel included, and achieve. In this session, participants will learn how to create an inclusive team environment which supports all students, particularly LGBTQ youth. Participants will be able to ask questions from an expert in the field and will be provided best practices for supporting all student athletes.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Van Renterghem

Dan Van Renterghem

GSA Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Dana Van Renterghem (she/they) joins the team as our GSA Network Coordinator. She graduated from Central College in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology, minoring in Communication Studies. They find that delivering a message with particular tact and empathy greatly impacts... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
308 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Respect the Process: Examining Our Social Justice Perspectives
Limited Capacity seats available

Respect the Process: Examining Our Social Justice Perspectives

Through interactive activities, this workshop will help participants examine their own perspectives of their social justice work and ideas about diversity, privilege, and intersectionality. Participants will gain a better understanding of how institutional power that reproduces injustice, social exclusion, and oppression, despite our best efforts, is embedded in our social justice work.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love

Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia
Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of Hip Hop education and urban education. Her work is also concerned... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Exploring the Role of Staff in the Prevention of Student Escalation and Behavior
Limited Capacity seats available

Public schools are called upon to educate greater numbers of children who have confronted adverse conditions and childhood trauma. Increasingly educators work with students whose behavior may escalate to the point of disrupting their learning, the learning of others and everyone's safety. Teachers and others interacting directly with students must be prepared to effectively prevent and de-escalate potentially dangerous situations. This workshop will provide administrators and program supervisors with practical information useful in guiding the development of a supportive culture for the students they serve. Additionally, information will be provided to assist Administrators in helping to prepare their teachers and staff in the employment of effective self-control plans to minimize further escalation and to effectively manage crisis situations.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Warma

Kim Warma

President/CEO, Pro-ACT, Inc.
Kim Warma is the President/CEO of Pro-ACT, Inc. a training and professional development company that focuses on providing professionals with the skills they need to better address challanging behavior in the classroom, avoiding the potential for escalation, crisis, and assault.
avatar for Richard Van Acker

Richard Van Acker

Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
Richard Van Acker is an Emeritus Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research explores prevention and intervention of antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. I have recently concentrated on addressing school-based approaches for... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Refugee Resettlement and Intergration
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will help participants understand more about the refugee journey, resettlement from a third world country and what challenges and opportunities refugee students face. Participants will learn about what it is like to integrate into a new environment and system, along with ways to help refugee families have a smoother transition into school.

Speakers
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Vinh Nguyen

ELL Support & Accountability, DMPS


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
302

11:30am

Emotional Explorations: Drama strategies for K-2 social-emotional growth
Limited Capacity seats available

Drama offers effective and safe opportunities for young children to recognize emotions, practice conflict resolution and learn collaborative skills. In this interactive session, explore K-2 arts integrated experiences inspired by children’s literature that employ drama strategies to strengthen social-emotional skills.


Speakers
avatar for Christina Farrell

Christina Farrell

Founding Director, Opera Ignite
I am a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and have also worked with Lincoln Center Education, Kennedy Center Education and Turnaround Arts. I have facilitated arts integration professional development and classroom residencies across... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
311 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Student Trauma, Poverty, Detached Parents, and Apathetic Students, PLEASE HELP ME!
Limited Capacity full

Poverty is all too common in America's schools. What's rare, is an opportunity for educators to sit an absorb first-hand from a former at-risk student who dropped out of high school, endured a mother abusing drugs, absent father and learning disability. In this engaging session participants will unlearn perceived fallacies about students from poverty. A school reflects society. Within a school's walls are especially vulnerable students, such as those with histories of neglect, trauma, or violence. Schools are well positioned to help these traumatized students. Although some might argue that teachers should focus solely on academics, the reality is that teachers can't teach effectively if their students are not able to focus on learning. Students cannot learn effectively when they are burdened by the effects of trauma and poverty.  Craig's trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Speakers
avatar for Craig J. Boykin

Craig J. Boykin

Educator, GED to PHD.
Craig J. Boykin is one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Craig endured numerous hardships which he credits for his passion for helping educators understand at-risk youth. His father left Craig and his mother before Craig was even born. Craig’s mother began using drugs... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 11:30am - 12:45pm
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

12:45pm

Student Performance
The Ice Breakers will show off their skills with freestyle break dancing.  

Student Performances

Monday August 12, 2019 12:45pm - 1:00pm
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

12:45pm

DMPS ONLY - DMEA Lunch
Limited Capacity filling up

This is a session for DMEA members and/or potential members.

https://dmea.org/

Speakers
avatar for Emily Behrens

Emily Behrens

Human Resources Manager, DMPS
I will be hosting the new teacher orientation session. If you are a newly hired teacher in Des Moines, I am here to serve as a resource to you.
avatar for Joshua Brown

Joshua Brown

President, Des Moines Education Assocaition
I am the President of the Des Moines Education Association. I will be collaborating with the district on DMPS new hire events and the education platform opportunities. Feel free to connect to join DMEA or engage in our work.


Monday August 12, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

12:45pm

Lunch and Team Planning
Enjoy a complementary lunch and time with your team. Feel free to move around the venue and find a space that works for your team. Please visit the exhibitors and presenters to deepen your Summit experience.

Monday August 12, 2019 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Amplifying Student Voice
Limited Capacity seats available

The goal of creating a positive school climate and culture is to create a safe place for students to learn, and the best experts in gauging this are the students. This session will cover the subject of student voice and why including it in the classroom is an important part of the education process. Participants will be guided through the process of amplifying student voice and be given ideas on how to help students find a voice to express their needs and interests, no matter the subject.

Speakers
avatar for Becky Smith

Becky Smith

Director of Youth Engagement, Iowa Safe Schools
Becky Smith (She, Her, Hers) joins the Iowa Safe Schools team as the Director of Youth Engagement. Becky’s role consists of promoting the empowerment and involvement of Iowa’s LGBTQ* young people as they create safe spaces and positive change in their school. She received her... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Circle for Administrators: Experiences and Needs in the Application of Restorative Practices
Limited Capacity full

Sit in Circle with other building and district administrators to listen, speak, share, compare and network around efforts toward implementation of restorative practices in your domain.

Speakers
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Heidi Bagg

Restorative Practices Consultant and Circlekeeper
RM

Rick Miller

Dean of Students, Des Moines Public Schools


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Board Room 2 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

It is the journey of a life time to move toward our best self.  Join us to identify the core value of your best self and practice communicating with others through circle.  Explore creating community in your class room or other settings through check-in rounds and helping others nurthre their best selves.

Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Hayes

Cheryl Hayes

presenter, AMOS
Cheryl Hayes has been a leader in the "Let's Talk" School Mediation Program since December 2013.  She spearheaded the Hiatt Middle School Mediation Program; has kept circles in classrooms and with teachers and administrators. At Harding Middle School in 2018, 8th grade girls who... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Cross-Age Peer Mentoring: Cultivating a System of Academic Excellence
Limited Capacity seats available

How can a district use cross-age peer mentoring to support students from historically underserved populations in gifted and talented? Participants in this session will hear how one Des Moines Public High School piloted a course for credit in collaboration with one of their feeder pattern elementary schools. Hear firsthand from a few of the high school students involved. 
The purpose of the GT Leadership and Mentoring course is to provide leadership opportunities for the GT high school students.  The idea is that by being mentors/role models the GT students help their mentees to foster a positive attitude and enthusiasm for high level academic pursuits as well as increasing their confidence and self-efficacy. The positive outcome for the mentors is to develop confidence and leadership skills, foster empathy and patience for others, cultivate cultural capital, and expand the connection to their community. 
The course was created to connect to both NAGC programming standards and to the Iowa Core, using available staff and resources.


Speakers
avatar for Casey Dunley

Casey Dunley

GT Consultant, Des Moines Schools
Casey Dunley currently serves as a Gifted and Talented Consultant at Roosevelt High School in the Des Moines Public School District. She is passionate about equity, access and opportunity for students from historically underserved populations in GT, the Excellence Gap, extended learning... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
301

1:45pm

The Power of an Invitation: The Impact Using Hip Hop to Help Students Share What They Know
Limited Capacity seats available

This presentation will be a combination of research findings, personal testimony, practical demonstration, performance and practical application. A review of the research on school belonging with a focus on students of color will open the presentation, followed by a personal account of an experience by a student teacher of the impact on her classroom by merely inviting her students to use Hip Hop to share their understanding. Hip Hop Literacy Students will demonstrate the Hip Hop Literacy composition process followed by a performance. The presentation will conclude with Hip Hop Literacy Co-Director Lamont Muhammad sharing his experiences as a 5th grade teacher using Hip Hop in the classroom.

Speakers
AV

Amanda Valencia

Graduate Student, University of Northern Iowa
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Laurie Lee

University of Northern Iowa
avatar for Lamont Muhammad

Lamont Muhammad

Co Director Hip Hop Literacy, Hip Hop Literacy
Lamont Muhammad is an Educator, Author, and Co-Director of Hip Hop Literacy.
avatar for Shuaib Meacham

Shuaib Meacham

Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Tools and Strategies for Schools to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Limited Capacity full

It is imperative that teachers make education count for ALL students. Across America, Craig conveys to educators that we must (1) educate ourselves about the school discipline gap. (2) Help students and colleagues unlearn misperceptions about students from poverty. (3) Continue reaching out to low-income families even when they appear unresponsive (and without assuming, if they are unresponsive, that we know why). (4) Respond when colleagues stereotype poor students or parents. (5) Fight to keep low-income students from being assigned unjustly to special education or low academic tracks. (6) Make curriculum relevant to poor students, drawing on and validating their experiences and intelligences. Most important, we must consider how our own class biases affect our interactions with and expectations of our students. Craig's trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Speakers
avatar for Craig J. Boykin

Craig J. Boykin

Educator, GED to PHD.
Craig J. Boykin is one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Craig endured numerous hardships which he credits for his passion for helping educators understand at-risk youth. His father left Craig and his mother before Craig was even born. Craig’s mother began using drugs... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Every Kid, Every Day: Using Technology to Create a More Culturally Responsive Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session participants will dig into an overview of what culturally responsive teaching means for our classrooms, exploring technology tools and resources to help create inclusive classrooms for all kids. 
Primarily built around the research and writing of Zaretta Hammond's Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain, this session will provide participants with an overview of what defines a culturally responsive classroom, strategies for making real change, and technology tools to support that work.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Pralle Osborn

Leslie Pralle Osborn

Instructional Technology Consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA
An ASCD Emerging Leader and one of the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch,” Leslie Pralle Osborn has amassed a unique set of experiences and skills in her decade in education. Prior to joining Prairie Lakes AEA as an Instructional Technology consultant in the Leadership... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Planning a TPRS Lesson with Circling/Triangling Part 1
Limited Capacity seats available

In this breakout session, circling and triangling will be explained and participants will begin the experience of lesson planning with TPRS.


Speakers
avatar for Craig Sheehy

Craig Sheehy

Trainer, www.tprsbooks.com
Craig, a former high school student of Blaine’s, has been teaching in the Nampa School District in Nampa, Idaho since 2005. Craig has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a Business Minor and a Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. He has... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

The N!gga(er) word: Is there a message in the madness?
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore

Founder and Director, The Privilege Institute
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.The first recipient of NCORE’s... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

We Got This: Equity, Access, and the Quest to Be Who Our Students Need Us to Be
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor

Educator, Kass and Corn Education Catalyst
Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator. He works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. Whether working with educators and kids in Los Angeles, Seattle... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

We Want To Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love

Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia
Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of Hip Hop education and urban education. Her work is also concerned... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A

1:45pm

Authentic Community Coolaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Jose Munoz

Jose Munoz

Director, Coalition for Community Schools
Informed by his faith, and confidence in community, José Muñoz is a social entrepreneur that has been harmonizing relationships and resources on behalf of children in communities across America since 1995. As Vice President of Equity and Community Impact, and Director of the Coalition... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Connecting the Digital Worlds of Students & Teachers: The Future of Climate & Culture in a Digital
Limited Capacity seats available

Tyler Youngers and Peter Komendowski share an inside look at the tools, logic model, and goals of new
curricula and professional training in Digital Literacy and Wellness.


Speakers
avatar for Peter Komendowski

Peter Komendowski

President, The Partnership for a Healthy Iowa
Peter serves as co-director of the Iowa Digital Literacy Project, president of The Partnership @DrugFreeIowa.org and Face It Together (PDFI/FIT). He is a former Chair of the Partnership, and succeeded Senator Grassley as Chair of the Face It Together Coalition’s healthy communities... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Five Critial Steps to Becoming a Trauma Responsive School
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will teach the participants the “how to”, in becoming a Trauma Responsive School. Participants will learn the basic concepts to implementing a trauma-responsive school culture, that will provide the significant changes we want for every student… improved behavior, improved attendance, improved student attendance, and higher academic achievement (For High Schools… higher graduation rates)
  • Participants will look at what the current research is telling us about the current impact of our traditional disciplinary practices is having on our students.
  • The session will cover the current research that defines the difference between “doing trauma informed practices,” versus “embracing trauma responsive practices as who we are as a person, as a school, and how we interact with those we come into contact.”
  • Participants will learn in this session that a trauma-responsive approach, is the umbrella that becomes your school culture and strengthens everything under it.
  • This session will introduce the Student of Concerns Model that is a powerful system for tracking our most struggling students with intentional positive adult interventions and action plans.
  • The participants will walk away from this session with the knowledge to become trauma responsive, and to begin experiencing the significant outcomes that naturally come with this new mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder

Trauma-informed coach / Consultant, Sporleder Consulting
Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Greif and Loss for youth in foster care
Limited Capacity seats available


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
302

1:45pm

Human Trafficking-A Multi-Disciplinary Approach
Limited Capacity seats available

Attendees will be given the opportunity to learn more about Human Trafficking and work that is occurring in Polk County, IA. Professionals from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District will discuss a collaborative approach to child sex trafficking from the lens of the Prosecution. Members of the Polk County Commercial Exploitation of Children (CSEC) Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) will discuss how the team approach to human trafficking creates a collaborative partnership of community professionals to not only combat the issue of trafficking tut also prevent children from initial exploitation.  

Speakers
CB

Christina Busse

Victim Witness Specialist, United States Attorney's Office
Christina Busse began working as a Victim Witness Specialist at the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Iowa in September of 2016. She has been the Victim Witness Program Coordinator for the past year and a half. From 2010 to 2016, Christina worked as a victim witness... Read More →
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Erin R. Hansen

Crisis Counselor/Advocate, Crisis and Advocacy
MJ

Molly Jansen

Investigator, Polk County Attorney's Office
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Stacie Nessa

Educational Liaison, DMPS
NR

Nikki Romer

Forensic Interviewer, STAR Center


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Increasing meaningful work and reducing teacher burnout by practicing mindful action, psychological flexibility, and implementing a trauma sensitive classroom model
Limited Capacity full

Participants will analyze the positive outcomes of using a trauma sensitive school model which increases the mental health of all classroom participants.  Flex Academy, a high school credit recovery program, will begin its fourth year of trauma sensitive program implementation.  Information about Flex Academy data trends, the teacher professional development plan, and strategic environmental designs will be shared.  We will also discuss the significance of applying mindful action, psychological flexibility, and the cognitive triangle as essential tools to achieve and sustain meaningful work as an educator.

Speakers
avatar for Mimi Willoughby

Mimi Willoughby

Academic Pathways Instructional Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
Flex Academy
avatar for Stephanie McFarland

Stephanie McFarland

Behavioral Health Services Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
107

1:45pm

It's Elementary! Building Foundations for Consent Education, Violence Prevention, and Inclusive and Affirming Learning Spaces
Limited Capacity seats available

The continued momentum of the #MeToo movement highlights the need for increased efforts for consent and sexual violence prevention education. Additionally, emerging research on child development shows that children have a solid understanding of their gender identity by the time they reach kindergarten, though students who identify as trans, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming continue to experience elevated rates of discrimination and victimization while at school. Therefore, it's imperative for schools to provide students with the supports and skills they need to develop healthy relationships, and to create learning environments that are gender-inclusive and affirming for all youth - and this important work needs to (and can!) happen at the start of students' academic careers!
This interactive workshop focuses on the importance of K-5 health programming and provides participants with strategies, lesson activities, and resources to ensure all students thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Director of Training, EyesOpenIowa
Emily Miller is the Director of Training at EyesOpenIowa, overseeing the Eyes Open Academy and Sexual Health Educator Certification Program. She trains educators, other professionals, parents and caregivers, and advocates of all ages on a wide variety of topics and curricula.She also... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Brown, LMSW

Kirsten Brown, LMSW

WISE Program Manager, EyesOpenIowa
Kirsten Brown (She/Her/Hers) is a School Social Worker and Certified Sexual Health Educator. As Manager of EyesOpenIowa's WISE Program, Kirsten has worked collaboratively with school districts across Iowa and Illinois to build and develop high quality sex education programs that are... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
308 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

The Drama is in the Details: Dramatizing key details in texts to strengthen reading skills for grades 3-5
Limited Capacity seats available

Details come to life through drama! Theatre artists use multiple modalities to express ideas – words, sounds, body language, visuals and more! In this interactive session, discover arts integrated strategies that boost reading comprehension for children in grades 3-5 through identifying, visualizing, and creatively demonstrating descriptive language in texts.


Speakers
avatar for Christina Farrell

Christina Farrell

Founding Director, Opera Ignite
I am a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and have also worked with Lincoln Center Education, Kennedy Center Education and Turnaround Arts. I have facilitated arts integration professional development and classroom residencies across... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
311 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

3:00pm

Student Performance
We will be having the Merrill Breakers, DMSC Breakerz, Panda Breakerz, BU Breakers, Harding Breakerz, Hiatt Breakers, and Ice Breakerz join forces to become DMI Breakerz and show our breakdancing skills and teamwork.


Student Performances

Monday August 12, 2019 3:00pm - 3:05pm
Ballroom A

3:15pm

Keynote: We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Love’s talk will discuss the struggles and the possibilities of committing ourselves to an abolitionist goal of educational freedom, as opposed to reform, and moving beyond what she calls the educational survival complex. Abolitionist Teaching is built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an educational system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.


Speakers
avatar for Dr. Bettina L. Love

Dr. Bettina L. Love

Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice, University of Georgia
Dr. Bettina L. Love is an award-winning author and Associate Professor of Educational Theory & Practice at the University of Georgia. She is one of the field’s most esteemed educational researchers in the areas of Hip Hop education and urban education. Her work is also concerned... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Ballroom A

4:30pm

Big Dream Gathering
Come and be a part of "The Big Dream Gathering" (Snacks will be provided)  Mitch Mattews has worked with leaders and teams from organizations like NASA, Disney, NIKE, Pioneer and Booking.com.

In 2006, Mitch started something called the “BIG Dream Gathering.” It began as a “happy accident” but it has since turned into a movement. Now, Mitch and his “Dream Team” host Gatherings around the country.
Mitch has a passion for equipping leaders, teachers and parents with tools to help draw out people’s dreams and goals as well as strategies to make them a reality!

Speakers
avatar for Mitch Matthews

Mitch Matthews

Co-Founder, BIG Dream Gathering
Mitch Matthews is a successful entrepreneur, international speaker and best-selling author.He’s recognized as a leading authority on innovative thinking, human performance and goal achievement.  Mitch has worked with leaders and teams from organizations like NASA, Disney, NIKE... Read More →


Monday August 12, 2019 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

7:00pm

Screening of "Paper Tigers" and Q and A with Jim Sporleder
Limited Capacity seats available

Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families.

Join Summit attendees for a private screening of the film and a Question and Answer session with Principal Jim Sporleder. Refreshments will be provided during this event.


Speakers
avatar for Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder

Trauma-informed coach / Consultant, Sporleder Consulting
Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and... Read More →



Monday August 12, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Ballroom A
 
Tuesday, August 13
 

7:00am

Check-In and Breakfast
Stop in early and enjoy the complimentary breakfast. Visit with the exhibitors and speakers prior to starting your day.

Tuesday August 13, 2019 7:00am - 8:15am
Ballroom A

8:00am

DMPS BLUE Teacher Breakfast
Limited Capacity seats available

For DMPS BLUE contact staff only.

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Schwennen

Jeremy Schwennen

Mentoring and Induction Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
Fifteen delightful years in Des Moines teaching and leading has left me with an opinion on everything. My current passions are mentoring, induction, and teacher retention... but innovations in reading and writing instruction will never be far from my heart!
avatar for Emily Behrens

Emily Behrens

Human Resources Manager, DMPS
I will be hosting the new teacher orientation session. If you are a newly hired teacher in Des Moines, I am here to serve as a resource to you.


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:00am - 8:30am
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

8:15am

Student Performance
Nepali speaking girls from Lincoln High School will be presenting typical Nepali cultural dance in Nepali folk song by wearing Nepali costumes.

Student Performances


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:15am - 8:30am
Ballroom A

8:45am

Keynote: Brittany Packnett
Limited Capacity filling up

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett

Activist. Educator. Writer.
Brittany N. Packnett is an unapologetic educator, activist, writer, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, where she leads a team engaging in partnerships with... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 8:45am - 9:45am
Ballroom A

10:00am

Addressing the Rise in Anger and Aggression in Students
Limited Capacity filling up

Across the nation an increasing number of students enter the school each day with significant issues (mental health disorders, family strife, poverty, etc.) that make academic and social success difficult to attain.  These students often display disruptive, destructive , and aggressive behavior due to their inability to recognize and regulate their emotions.  This workshop will briefly explore some of the factors contributing to this rise in student anger and aggression.  More importantly, the workshop will provide information related to effective prevention and intervention efforts for educators.

Speakers
avatar for Kim Warma

Kim Warma

President/CEO, Pro-ACT, Inc.
Kim Warma is the President/CEO of Pro-ACT, Inc. a training and professional development company that focuses on providing professionals with the skills they need to better address challanging behavior in the classroom, avoiding the potential for escalation, crisis, and assault.
avatar for Richard Van Acker

Richard Van Acker

Professor Emeritus, University of Illinois at Chicago
Richard Van Acker is an Emeritus Professor of Special Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research explores prevention and intervention of antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. I have recently concentrated on addressing school-based approaches for... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
107

10:00am

Circles: Taking a Deeper Dive
Limited Capacity filling up

If you attended the Intro or have used circles previously, join us to explore deeper topics: resolving conflict,  peace keeping, staff meetings, planning, or processing curriculum content through circles in the classroom and community settings


Speakers
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Scarlett Lunning

Relationship Coach, Lunning Coaching and Consulting


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Community Building Circles
Limited Capacity full

It is the journey of a life time to move toward our best self.  Join us to identify the core value of your best self and practice communicating with others through circle.  Explore creating community in your class room or other settings through check-in rounds and helping others nurthre their best selves.

Speakers
HB

Heidi Bagg

Restorative Practices Consultant and Circlekeeper
JB

Joyce Bruce

Presenter, AMOS
Joyce Bruce an Eastside native graduated from East High School and continued her education at DMACC where she received an A. A. degree.  Attended Drake University attaining a Bachelor of Sciencein Social Science and Special Education. Obtained a Masters of Science at Drake University... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Board Room 2 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

MissionMonday- Take the Random Out of Random Acts of Kindness
Limited Capacity seats available

MissionMonday is a plan to impact your classroom, your school, and community a better place one week at a time. Learn how to use intentional interventions to affect the climate school both inside and beyond the classroom. We help you take the Random out of Random Acts of Kindness and make it #KindnessOnTheReg. You will leave with a plan to engage stakeholders and empower them with consistent interventions to foster the assets our students need to be academically successful, socially responsible, and emotionally sound. 


Speakers
avatar for Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Elementary Principal/Author, Mission Monday
I taught 5th grade for 12 years and have been an elementary principal for 10 years. My passion is working with the underdogs, and the students who have been dealt a "bad hand" in life. Along with my friend, Sam Stecher, we created Mission Monday. This is an endeavor that will help... Read More →
avatar for Sam Stecher

Sam Stecher

Superintendent/Author, East Butler/MissionMonday.com
Sam Stecher (@samMMstecher) has spent over 20 years serving as teacher, coach, and administrator. Through MissionMonday.com and the book It Happens in the Hallway he strives to take the random out of Random Acts of Kindness. This endeavor began years ago in a little coffee shop where... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

DMPS ONLY - Community Schools - Impact with Equity
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Jose, Allyson and Jill to discuss how to take your community partnerships to the next level.

Speakers
AV

Allyson Vukovich

Director of Community in School, Des Moines Public Schools
JP

Jill Padgett

District Community School Coordinator, DMPS
avatar for Jose Munoz

Jose Munoz

Director, Coalition for Community Schools
Informed by his faith, and confidence in community, José Muñoz is a social entrepreneur that has been harmonizing relationships and resources on behalf of children in communities across America since 1995. As Vice President of Equity and Community Impact, and Director of the Coalition... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

DMPS ONLY - SEL Assessment with Panorama
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is for DMPS staff only and will be an introduction to SEL assessment and some of the tools Panorama has to offer.

Speakers
avatar for Mary Adair McGrath

Mary Adair McGrath

Account Director, Panorama Education
Talk to me about collecting student voice data in your classrooms!


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
301

10:00am

A Climate Which Supports LGBTQ College Students
Limited Capacity seats available

By the end of high school, every student should be prepared for their futures, whether that includes a two- or four-year college education, job training program, or successful career plan. This session will address the unique needs of LGBTQ students as they transition into postsecondary education. An expert in the field will answer questions and share effective resources to help create a climate and culture that supports LGBTQ students.

Speakers
avatar for Ric Tennenbaum

Ric Tennenbaum

Queer College Coordinator, Iowa Safe Schools
Ric Tennenbaum (she/they) is the Queer Campus Coalition Coordinator at Iowa Safe Schools. She graduated from Grinnell College  with a bachelor’s in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies after spending a lot of time thinking about the creative and unrecognized ways we use emotions... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Anti-Racism Teaching in a k-5 Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Go beyond a celebration of diversity and multicultural education to develop and implement a curriculum that is explicitly anti-racist. Learn about research that supports this approach, strategies for helping children learn about power and oppression, and specific resources to engage young learners. We will also discuss how to use the new Iowa Core social studies standards to help frame this work for parents, colleagues, and administrators who may express concerns. 



Speakers
avatar for Katy Swalwell

Katy Swalwell

Associate Professor and Elementary Education Program Lead, Iowa State Univeristy
My expertise is in social justice and equity in K-12 schools with a focus on race and class through the discipline of social studies. I conduct research, facilitate workshops, and create resources to help teachers develop their own and their students' critical consciousness.


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Leading with Love and Power
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett

Activist. Educator. Writer.
Brittany N. Packnett is an unapologetic educator, activist, writer, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, where she leads a team engaging in partnerships with... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
Ballroom A

10:00am

Planning a TPRS Lesson with Circling/Triangling Part 2
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is a continuation of Breakout 3.  


Speakers
avatar for Craig Sheehy

Craig Sheehy

Trainer, www.tprsbooks.com
Craig, a former high school student of Blaine’s, has been teaching in the Nampa School District in Nampa, Idaho since 2005. Craig has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a Business Minor and a Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. He has... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Coversations
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore

Founder and Director, The Privilege Institute
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.The first recipient of NCORE’s... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Who Do I Want You To Be?: Racial/Cultural Trauma in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

School systems were created to benefit those in white dominant culture. Today, 82 percent of teachers are white and poorly prepared to work with students of color. This session explores how oppressive educational systems create trauma for students of color. Participants will learn about the brain science behind trauma and how that impacts students through bias, white privilege, micro-aggressions, white fragility and, more importantly, how to prevent it.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ulie-Wells

Jennifer Ulie-Wells

Please Pass the Love, Executive Director; West Des Moines, Board Member
Dr. Jennifer Ulie-Wells, finished her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Education with certifications in mental health and social justice. She has been in education for over 20 years as a special educator. In 2013, she founded Please Pass the Love Youth Mental Health Initiative... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Virtual Campus: Launching a Purpose-Driven Online School
Limited Capacity seats available

How can an online school create more equity of access for students and potentially put a diploma in the hands of those in unique situations where a different modality is most conducive? This session will cover the development of DMPS Virtual Campus Online High School along with its purpose-driven vision and mission. We will go over the overall management process of an online high school, including;  online content development, staffing, building initiatives, communication, evaluation, clientele & outreach, and new systems management.


Speakers
avatar for Jon Mendoza

Jon Mendoza

Director of Virtual Campus, Des Moines Public Schools
At DMPS, I have had the opportunity to build equity of access through my passion of technology and online learning. Building and creating a fully online school has been a dream come true, and I can honestly say my job chose me. My wife and I are both educators at DMPS, and this place... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
308 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Out-of-School Time as a Connector for Youth, Families, School, and Community
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, participants will define and discuss OST programs as they know it from their perspective. Through activities and discussion, participants will be challenged to understand their roles as stakeholders to realize culture and climate is more than just school based. Participants will be encouraged to make the connection between youth, family, school, and community.

Speakers
avatar for Mallory Riesberg

Mallory Riesberg

OST Enrichment Coach, SPPG
Mallory is one of three OST Enrichment Coaches through the OST Initiative. The goal of the Out‐of‐School Time (OST) Initiative is to build and sustain the organizational and staff capacity of Central Iowa OST programs to provide high quality learning activities before school... Read More →
avatar for Theresa Slaughter

Theresa Slaughter

OST Enrichment Coach, SPPG
Theresa Slaughter is one of three OST Enrichment Coaches through the OST Initiative Program. The program serves after school and summer programs in the Des Moines area. She is passionate about working and supporting youth to be their best. Theresa has a Master's in Business Leadership/Management... Read More →
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Britney Samuelson

Program Manager, United Way of Central iowa OST Initiative


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
302

10:00am

Emotional Explorations: Drama strategies for K-2 social-emotional growth
Limited Capacity seats available

Drama offers effective and safe opportunities for young children to recognize emotions, practice conflict resolution and learn collaborative skills. In this interactive session, explore K-2 arts integrated experiences inspired by children’s literature that employ drama strategies to strengthen social-emotional skills.


Speakers
avatar for Christina Farrell

Christina Farrell

Founding Director, Opera Ignite
I am a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and have also worked with Lincoln Center Education, Kennedy Center Education and Turnaround Arts. I have facilitated arts integration professional development and classroom residencies across... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
311 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Five Critial Steps to Becoming a Trauma Responsive School
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will teach the participants the “how to”, in becoming a Trauma Responsive School. Participants will learn the basic concepts to implementing a trauma-responsive school culture, that will provide the significant changes we want for every student… improved behavior, improved attendance, improved student attendance, and higher academic achievement (For High Schools… higher graduation rates)
  • Participants will look at what the current research is telling us about the current impact of our traditional disciplinary practices is having on our students.
  • The session will cover the current research that defines the difference between “doing trauma informed practices,” versus “embracing trauma responsive practices as who we are as a person, as a school, and how we interact with those we come into contact.”
  • Participants will learn in this session that a trauma-responsive approach, is the umbrella that becomes your school culture and strengthens everything under it.
  • This session will introduce the Student of Concerns Model that is a powerful system for tracking our most struggling students with intentional positive adult interventions and action plans.
  • The participants will walk away from this session with the knowledge to become trauma responsive, and to begin experiencing the significant outcomes that naturally come with this new mindset.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder

Trauma-informed coach / Consultant, Sporleder Consulting
Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Not An Add On: Social Emotional Learning Competencies and Strategies
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn the current research on the benefits of integrating SEL strategies into your classroom.  This session will also engage participants in discussing and sharing ways to implement effective SEL practices in the classroom.  A combination of video clips and small group discussion circles will be utilized.  


Speakers
avatar for Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Professor of Education, Drake Univeristy


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

Student Trauma, Poverty, Detached Parents, and Apathetic Students, PLEASE HELP ME!
Limited Capacity full

Poverty is all too common in America's schools. What's rare, is an opportunity for educators to sit an absorb first-hand from a former at-risk student who dropped out of high school, endured a mother abusing drugs, absent father and learning disability. In this engaging session participants will unlearn perceived fallacies about students from poverty. A school reflects society. Within a school's walls are especially vulnerable students, such as those with histories of neglect, trauma, or violence. Schools are well positioned to help these traumatized students. Although some might argue that teachers should focus solely on academics, the reality is that teachers can't teach effectively if their students are not able to focus on learning. Students cannot learn effectively when they are burdened by the effects of trauma and poverty.  Craig's trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Speakers
avatar for Craig J. Boykin

Craig J. Boykin

Educator, GED to PHD.
Craig J. Boykin is one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Craig endured numerous hardships which he credits for his passion for helping educators understand at-risk youth. His father left Craig and his mother before Craig was even born. Craig’s mother began using drugs... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Video Gaming: Explore the world of video gaming on this enlightening journey into the future.
Limited Capacity seats available

Join Dr. Gentile and Peter Komendowski on this spectacular journey into the minds of students and how
digital behavior influences their lives.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Komendowski

Peter Komendowski

President, The Partnership for a Healthy Iowa
Peter serves as co-director of the Iowa Digital Literacy Project, president of The Partnership @DrugFreeIowa.org and Face It Together (PDFI/FIT). He is a former Chair of the Partnership, and succeeded Senator Grassley as Chair of the Face It Together Coalition’s healthy communities... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Gentile

Douglas Gentile

Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University
Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

10:00am

The intersection of SEL, culturally relevant pedagogy, and youth voice
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera

Chief Empowerment Officer, 7 Mindsets Academy
Roberto Rivera is an artist, educator, and change agent who specializes in applying best practices in engaging youth using practical and relevant methods. He is also the Chief Empowerment Officer at 7 Mindsets Academy.Roberto Rivera received his undergraduate degree at UW-Madison... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 10:00am - 11:15am
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:15am

Student Performance
Students (K-12) dance to Folklore dances from Latin America, representing countries such as El Salvador, Mexico, Columbia and the Caribbean. Traditional dresses from these countries and dances are worn by students. Each dance goes between 3 to 4 minutes long. Dance genres include Cumbia, Merengue, and Zapateo.


Student Performances

Tuesday August 13, 2019 11:15am - 11:30am
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:15am

Lunch and Team Planning
Enjoy a complementary lunch and time with your team. Feel free to move around the venue and find a space that works for your team. Please visit the exhibitors and presenters to deepen your Summit experience.

Tuesday August 13, 2019 11:15am - 12:15pm
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

11:30am

Student Performance
Both are poets and Ruby is a rapper. LaNeeta is on the Brave New Voices team that will be traveling to Las Vegas this summer to compete. Ruby has performed her song on stage several times including during the teen summit, the Hoover talent show and a summer bash.


Student Performances

Tuesday August 13, 2019 11:30am - 11:45am
Hall B/C 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

12:10pm

Student Performance
The Bridges 2 Harmony Gospel Choir will perform inspirational selections that focus on the themes of togetherness, unity, and resilience.


Student Performances

Tuesday August 13, 2019 12:10pm - 12:25pm
Ballroom A

12:30pm

Transformative SEL : Reinvigorating social and emotional learning with cultural relevance and equity
Limited Capacity seats available

What if the key to helping students thrive was embedded within youth culture? What if educators could find a way to engage youth so powerfully that it increased academic achievement, cultivated social and emotional competence, and transformed communities in the process? In this talk, Roberto unveils a pedagogical approach called Transformative SEL, an approach that centers on activating and sustaining authentic youth voice in classrooms and communities. Combining cutting edge research with practical case studies, audience members will leave with ideas that will be sure to inspire and lead to transformative student engagement.


Speakers
avatar for Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera

Chief Empowerment Officer, 7 Mindsets Academy
Roberto Rivera is an artist, educator, and change agent who specializes in applying best practices in engaging youth using practical and relevant methods. He is also the Chief Empowerment Officer at 7 Mindsets Academy.Roberto Rivera received his undergraduate degree at UW-Madison... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Ballroom A

1:45pm

Activism and Education: Inspiring the next generation
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Brittany Packnett

Brittany Packnett

Activist. Educator. Writer.
Brittany N. Packnett is an unapologetic educator, activist, writer, and national leader in social justice. Known as @MsPackyetti on social media, Brittany is Vice President of National Community Alliances for Teach For America, where she leads a team engaging in partnerships with... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
101 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Aggression: Unlocking the Mystery of Violence in a Digital World
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Gentile & Peter Komendowski describe evidence-based research on media violence, aggression, and bullying into the realm of climate, culture and a mindful approach to teaching.

Speakers
avatar for Peter Komendowski

Peter Komendowski

President, The Partnership for a Healthy Iowa
Peter serves as co-director of the Iowa Digital Literacy Project, president of The Partnership @DrugFreeIowa.org and Face It Together (PDFI/FIT). He is a former Chair of the Partnership, and succeeded Senator Grassley as Chair of the Face It Together Coalition’s healthy communities... Read More →
avatar for Douglas Gentile

Douglas Gentile

Professor of Psychology, Iowa State University
Dr. Douglas Gentile is an award-winning research scientist, educator, author, and is professor of developmental psychology at Iowa State University. His experience includes over 30 years conducting research with children and adults. He is the editor of the book Media Violence and... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
318 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Circles: Taking a Deeper Dive
Limited Capacity full

If you attended the Intro or have used circles previously, join us to explore deeper topics: resolving conflict,  peace keeping, staff meetings, planning, or processing curriculum content through circles in the classroom and community settings


Speakers
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Dee Martin

"Let's Talk" Mediator/Circle Keeper, AMOS "Let's Talk"


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Board Room 2 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Circles: Taking a Deeper Dive
Limited Capacity full

If you attended the Intro or have used circles previously, join us to explore deeper topics: resolving conflict,  peace keeping, staff meetings, planning, or processing curriculum content through circles in the classroom and community settings


Speakers
avatar for Cheryl Hayes

Cheryl Hayes

presenter, AMOS
Cheryl Hayes has been a leader in the "Let's Talk" School Mediation Program since December 2013.  She spearheaded the Hiatt Middle School Mediation Program; has kept circles in classrooms and with teachers and administrators. At Harding Middle School in 2018, 8th grade girls who... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Board Room 3 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

MissionMonday- Take the Random Out of Random Acts of Kindness
Limited Capacity filling up

MissionMonday is a plan to impact your classroom, your school, and community a better place one week at a time. Learn how to use intentional interventions to affect the climate school both inside and beyond the classroom. We help you take the Random out of Random Acts of Kindness and make it #KindnessOnTheReg. You will leave with a plan to engage stakeholders and empower them with consistent interventions to foster the assets our students need to be academically successful, socially responsible, and emotionally sound. 


Speakers
avatar for Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson

Elementary Principal/Author, Mission Monday
I taught 5th grade for 12 years and have been an elementary principal for 10 years. My passion is working with the underdogs, and the students who have been dealt a "bad hand" in life. Along with my friend, Sam Stecher, we created Mission Monday. This is an endeavor that will help... Read More →
avatar for Sam Stecher

Sam Stecher

Superintendent/Author, East Butler/MissionMonday.com
Sam Stecher (@samMMstecher) has spent over 20 years serving as teacher, coach, and administrator. Through MissionMonday.com and the book It Happens in the Hallway he strives to take the random out of Random Acts of Kindness. This endeavor began years ago in a little coffee shop where... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
314 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Teacher Self Care: What does it look like and why is it necessary
Limited Capacity filling up

During this session, the participants will experience and understand ways to practice self care.  The educators will walk away with eight examples and one free program to help promote self care within their own lives.

Speakers
avatar for Molly Schreiber

Molly Schreiber

CEO, Challenge To Change, INC
Starting my own business was scary and exciting for me all at the same time. At the age of 30, I was widowed with three young children. The love of my life died in a car accident and left me with a three year old and 15 month old twins. At this tragic time in my life I had to make... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
104 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Tools and Strategies for Schools to Dismantle the School-to-Prison Pipeline
Limited Capacity filling up

It is imperative that teachers make education count for ALL students. Across America, Craig conveys to educators that we must (1) educate ourselves about the school discipline gap. (2) Help students and colleagues unlearn misperceptions about students from poverty. (3) Continue reaching out to low-income families even when they appear unresponsive (and without assuming, if they are unresponsive, that we know why). (4) Respond when colleagues stereotype poor students or parents. (5) Fight to keep low-income students from being assigned unjustly to special education or low academic tracks. (6) Make curriculum relevant to poor students, drawing on and validating their experiences and intelligences. Most important, we must consider how our own class biases affect our interactions with and expectations of our students. Craig's trademark slogan, GED to PHD is a concrete paradigm that educators should never give up on any student.

Speakers
avatar for Craig J. Boykin

Craig J. Boykin

Educator, GED to PHD.
Craig J. Boykin is one of the most sought-after speakers in America. Craig endured numerous hardships which he credits for his passion for helping educators understand at-risk youth. His father left Craig and his mother before Craig was even born. Craig’s mother began using drugs... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
107

1:45pm

BLUE Transition to Drake
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is for BLUE teachers entering their third year on the BLUE contract only. 
Take the first steps in beginning your Drake coursework through BLUE at this session. We will discuss the logistics of scheduling and starting classes and begin the necessary processes and paperwork as well as answering all of your questions. You have completed the first two years of the BLUE contract, and now it’s time to start the journey to earning your Master’s Degree in Culturally Responsive Leadership and Instruction!

Speakers
avatar for Jeremy Schwennen

Jeremy Schwennen

Mentoring and Induction Coordinator, Des Moines Public Schools
Fifteen delightful years in Des Moines teaching and leading has left me with an opinion on everything. My current passions are mentoring, induction, and teacher retention... but innovations in reading and writing instruction will never be far from my heart!
avatar for Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

Professor of Education, Drake Univeristy


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
305 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Every Kid, Every Day: Using Technology to Create a More Culturally Responsive Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session participants will dig into an overview of what culturally responsive teaching means for our classrooms, exploring technology tools and resources to help create inclusive classrooms for all kids. 
Primarily built around the research and writing of Zaretta Hammond's Culturally Responsive Teaching & the Brain, this session will provide participants with an overview of what defines a culturally responsive classroom, strategies for making real change, and technology tools to support that work.

Speakers
avatar for Leslie Pralle Osborn

Leslie Pralle Osborn

Instructional Technology Consultant, Prairie Lakes AEA
An ASCD Emerging Leader and one of the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch,” Leslie Pralle Osborn has amassed a unique set of experiences and skills in her decade in education. Prior to joining Prairie Lakes AEA as an Instructional Technology consultant in the Leadership... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
309 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Inclusive Curriculum: Making STEM Accessible for ALL Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Historically, women and people from marginalized community groups have accounted for a small portion of those pursuing STEM careers. In this session, participants will reflect on their current curriculum and consider new practices for making STEM coursework accessible to at-risk students and other students from underrepresented populations. This will be a conversation-based session where participants will share about their experiences and reflect on their classroom curriculum.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Busch

Mark Busch

Director of Educaction, Iowa Safe Schools
(He, Him, His) is the Director of Education at Iowa Safe Schools. He is excited to empower educators and school leaders across the state to learn about marginalized communities and develop welcoming classrooms through Iowa Safe Schools’ professional development opportunities. A... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
307 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Skills Practice plus Reading Strategies
Limited Capacity seats available

In this breakout session, participants will practice delivering their lesson. Afterwards, reading strategies that go along with the Ask-A-Story will be shared and modeled if time permits.


Speakers
avatar for Craig Sheehy

Craig Sheehy

Trainer, www.tprsbooks.com
Craig, a former high school student of Blaine’s, has been teaching in the Nampa School District in Nampa, Idaho since 2005. Craig has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish with a Business Minor and a Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. He has... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
316 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

White Privilege 101: Getting in on the Coversations
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Eddie Moore

Eddie Moore

Founder and Director, The Privilege Institute
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops.The first recipient of NCORE’s... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
312 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Authentic Community Coolaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Jose Munoz

Jose Munoz

Director, Coalition for Community Schools
Informed by his faith, and confidence in community, José Muñoz is a social entrepreneur that has been harmonizing relationships and resources on behalf of children in communities across America since 1995. As Vice President of Equity and Community Impact, and Director of the Coalition... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
317 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

Integrating Student Voice System-Wide for Improved Student Outcomes
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will learn about how Roosevelt High School authentically partnered with students to integrate student voice into professional learning. We will walk participants through our systemic plan and timeline, support our work with research, and to hear from students about the effect of the professional learning on their experiences in the classroom.  Time will be provided to collaborate with others and to consider next steps for participants with integration of student voice.

Speakers
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Mindy Euken

Associate Principal for Instruction K-12, Des Moines Public Schools-Roosevelt High School


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
301

1:45pm

• Understanding Refugee Students: How to Help Them Make a Smoother Transition and Integration In Your Classrooms.
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will learn more about refugee students and their unique background. Participants will learn strategies to improve  each refugee students  experience of transition and acculturation to ensure these experiences are smoother and more successful.

Speakers
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Vinh Nguyen

ELL Support & Accountability, DMPS


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
302

1:45pm

It's Elementary! Building Foundations for Consent Education, Violence Prevention, and Inclusive and Affirming Learning Spaces
Limited Capacity seats available

The continued momentum of the #MeToo movement highlights the need for increased efforts for consent and sexual violence prevention education. Additionally, emerging research on child development shows that children have a solid understanding of their gender identity by the time they reach kindergarten, though students who identify as trans, genderqueer, or gender non-conforming continue to experience elevated rates of discrimination and victimization while at school. Therefore, it's imperative for schools to provide students with the supports and skills they need to develop healthy relationships, and to create learning environments that are gender-inclusive and affirming for all youth - and this important work needs to (and can!) happen at the start of students' academic careers!
This interactive workshop focuses on the importance of K-5 health programming and provides participants with strategies, lesson activities, and resources to ensure all students thrive.

Speakers
avatar for Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Director of Training, EyesOpenIowa
Emily Miller is the Director of Training at EyesOpenIowa, overseeing the Eyes Open Academy and Sexual Health Educator Certification Program. She trains educators, other professionals, parents and caregivers, and advocates of all ages on a wide variety of topics and curricula.She also... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Brown, LMSW

Kirsten Brown, LMSW

WISE Program Manager, EyesOpenIowa
Kirsten Brown (She/Her/Hers) is a School Social Worker and Certified Sexual Health Educator. As Manager of EyesOpenIowa's WISE Program, Kirsten has worked collaboratively with school districts across Iowa and Illinois to build and develop high quality sex education programs that are... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
308 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

School Mental Health Literacy
Limited Capacity seats available

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people in Iowa and at least 20% of young people have a mental illness with fewer than 20% receiving treatment.  In 2016, the Iowa Youth Survey indicated that 13.4% of survey participants shared that they had seriously contemplated suicide in the last year.  This jam packed session will explore basic mental health characteristics, suicide prevention warning signs, and some classroom/school strategies.  Sometimes knowing is half the battle.


Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Ulie-Wells

Jennifer Ulie-Wells

Please Pass the Love, Executive Director; West Des Moines, Board Member
Dr. Jennifer Ulie-Wells, finished her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Education with certifications in mental health and social justice. She has been in education for over 20 years as a special educator. In 2013, she founded Please Pass the Love Youth Mental Health Initiative... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
303 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

The Drama is in the Details: Dramatizing key details in texts to strengthen reading skills for grades 3-5
Limited Capacity seats available

Details come to life through drama! Theatre artists use multiple modalities to express ideas – words, sounds, body language, visuals and more! In this interactive session, discover arts integrated strategies that boost reading comprehension for children in grades 3-5 through identifying, visualizing, and creatively demonstrating descriptive language in texts.


Speakers
avatar for Christina Farrell

Christina Farrell

Founding Director, Opera Ignite
I am a Master Teaching Artist with the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and have also worked with Lincoln Center Education, Kennedy Center Education and Turnaround Arts. I have facilitated arts integration professional development and classroom residencies across... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
311 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

1:45pm

The intersection of SEL, culturally relevant pedagogy, and youth voice
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers
avatar for Roberto Rivera

Roberto Rivera

Chief Empowerment Officer, 7 Mindsets Academy
Roberto Rivera is an artist, educator, and change agent who specializes in applying best practices in engaging youth using practical and relevant methods. He is also the Chief Empowerment Officer at 7 Mindsets Academy.Roberto Rivera received his undergraduate degree at UW-Madison... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
Ballroom A

1:45pm

The Lincoln High School Story… A community’s collective response to trauma
Limited Capacity seats available

Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership and collaborating with community partners, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and the number of students going on to post-secondary education. In this presentation, participants will learn that a community’s collective trauma responsive approach, benefits all students, and develops positive adult relationships that can change the life path of students who have lost hope. The participants will learn how we can accomplish a lot as a team and will do much less if we stay in our silos.

Speakers
avatar for Jim Sporleder

Jim Sporleder

Trauma-informed coach / Consultant, Sporleder Consulting
Jim Sporleder retired in 2014 as Principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA. Under Jim’s leadership, Lincoln High School became a “Trauma Informed” school, gaining national attention due to a dramatic drop in out of school suspensions, increased graduation rates and... Read More →


Tuesday August 13, 2019 1:45pm - 3:00pm
319 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA