Education Conference May 2013

Thank you to the attendees, presenters, and sponsors for making our first conference a success!  Click the video below to see a photo slideshow of the conference.

General Description

Event Title: Safe School Climate: Making the Invisible Visible
Antioch University Midwest and Antioch College Education Conference

Safe School Climate: Making the Invisible Visible is a two-day event designed to focus attention on facets of school or classroom climate that are often overlooked. Sessions examine how to address the needs of underrepresented populations, reduce cliques, make school climate visible through assessment, and begin to look beneath the surface of student mental health, homeless youth, and alternative education.On May 8th there are three pre-conference sessions that examine ways to address issues of diversity, reduce the influence of student cliques, and teach adults and kids to navigate bullying and subtle non-inclusion.  May 9th will include a Keynote address and afternoon workshops focused on areas of school climate. The keynote speaker is Kim John Payne, M.Ed., who is an expert on Social Inclusion and Bullying Prevention, and founder of the Center for Social Sustainability in Massachusetts.  Mr. Payne is also providing a free community presentation May 8th on the topic of Simplicity Parenting. Examples of workshops include: Signs and Symptoms of Student Mental Health, The Hurt Within: Youth and Self-Injury, Laws and Logistics of Homeless Youth, Assessing School Climate, Peer Mediation Programs, School Climate Initiatives, and student panels on topics such as Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Issues; Alternative Education; and Peer Mentoring.

Conference Partners

Antioch University Midwest is grateful for the partnership and collaboration with these organizations.

 

Kim Payne Bio

A consultant and trainer to over 110 U.S. independent and public schools, Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty-seven years. He regularly gives keynote addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and training’s around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings.

He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counseling program at Antioch University New England. He is Co Director of the Simplicity Project a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. Kim is the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability.

In addition to authoring Simplicity Parenting© . Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and M0re Secure Kid, published by Ballantine Books/Random House in 2009, he also authored The Games Children Play©, (1996) published by Hawthorn Press and is presently working on – The Soul of Discipline, and co-authoring Whole Child Sport™ How to Navigate Child & Youth Sports™.

He has appeared frequently on television including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC & NPR and in print including being featured in Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times.

Kim strives to deepen understanding and give practical tools for life that arise out of the burning social issues of our time. He is based in Northampton, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

Conference at a Glance: Safe School Climate: Making the Invisible Visible

Antioch University Midwest Partners: Antioch College; Think Tank of Clark County; ProjectTrust

May 8, 2013 May 9, 2013
Pre-Conference Sessions:

Conference:

  • 9-10:30 Keynote -Kim John Payne
  • 10:45-12:15 Workshop 1
  • 12:15-1:15 Lunch (Provided)
  • 1:15-2:45 Workshop 2
  • 3:00-4:30 Workshop 3

Free Community Presentation: Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids

May 8, 2013 7-9pm

Partners: Mills Lawn Elementary School PTO and

Yellow Springs HS/McKinney School PTO

Safe School Climate: Making the Invisible Visible

Pre-Conference Session Descriptions.

Up to 5.5 CEUS available on May 8, depending on the sessions.

1. The Cost of Poverty and other Issues of Diversity

This workshop will focus on the development of an inclusive culture and respectful school climate by exploring a variety of topics related to diversity including gender roles, socioeconomic status, race and culture, religion, and diverse family structures. Click the arrow to learn more. 

Presenters: Sonya Fultz, M.Ed and Karin VanZant, ThinkTank of Clark CountyDate: May 8th , 2013
Time: 9:30-4:30
Midwest
Fee: $75This workshop will focus on the development of an inclusive culture and respectful school climate by exploring a variety of topics related to diversity including gender roles, socioeconomic status, race and culture, religion, and diverse family structures.The day will include an interactive Cost of Poverty Experience facilitated by ThinkTank of Clark County. The Cost of Poverty Experience is an event that offers participants an interactive exploration into the lives of low-income individuals and families. It is a glimpse into the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact these families every day. The activity was co-designed with low income individuals who shared their story so that participants could gain greater understanding. COPE has been used to help many organizations and communities across the nation work more effectively with low income families and understand and address the issues of poverty more comprehensively.This workshop training is appropriate for pre-K through 12th grade school communities – educators, administrators, and families. The information and experience is also applicable to professionals in youth-serving organizations and individuals in education related professionals. Resources will be available for further exploration of topics.

2. Project TRUST: Building Inclusive Communities and Breaking Down Barriers Between Student Clique Groups

This pre-conference workshop will engage participants in a number of retreat activities, consider the developmental assets which are developed and, provide programmatic details.Click the arrow to learn more. 

Barriers Between Student Clique Groups Since 1992Presenter: Jim Boland, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Wilmington College.
Founder, ProjectTrustDate: May 8th , 2013
Midwest
Fee: $75
Time: 9:30-4:30pm
Location: Antioch UniversityProject TRUST is an anti-bullying character education program that teaches respect, understanding, and student teamwork to middle and high school students in 4-hour and 3-day retreat program formats. This pre-conference workshop will engage participants in a number of retreat activities, consider the developmental assets which are developed and, provide programmatic details. Dress casually and prepare to connect with other educators.Time: 9:30-4:30pm Location: Antioch University

3. Overcoming Social Overwhelm: Building our Kids’ Resilience to Bullying, Teasing and Subtle Non-Inclusion

This half-day workshop will present practical strategies of ways for parents, educators, and caregivers to address the issue of social exclusion and the overwhelming influence of social networking/social media and today’s fever pitched lifestyle. Click the arrow to learn more.  

 

FREE Evening Presentation: Simplicity Parenting

In this evening presentation Kim John Payne explains why less is more and presents four simplicity pathways you can take to help your child feel calmer, happier and more secure. Click the arrow to learn more. 

 

FREE Evening Presentation: Simplicity Parenting
Presenter: Kim John Payne, Center for Social Sustainability
Date: May 8th , 2013       Time: 7-9pm     Location: Antioch University Midwest

In this evening presentation Kim John Payne explains why less is more and presents four simplicity pathways you can take to help your child feel calmer, happier and more secure. This is the work and which provided the inspiration for Kim’s book by the same name (published in August 2009). It presents not only four simple steps, but provides examples of how to bring “the power of less” into your home on a daily basis.

So much of modern life seems to be about more. Very few presentations you will attend will suggest that you do less, but this is one of them. It quietly presents ‘do-able’ daily ways in which we can simplify our families lives and by doing so build resiliency within our children.

Workshop Topics include

  • Inclusion, Exclusion and School Climate Part 1 and 2
  • Signs and Symptoms of Student Mental Health Assessing School Climate
  • The Hurt Within: Kids and Self-Injury
  • Law and Logistics: Homeless
  • Signs and Symptoms of Student Mental Health
  • Getting Pushed Out: Students Perspectives on Alternative Education
  • The Next Generation of Bullies: Cyberspace
  • Developing an Integrated Peer Mediation Program: A School-Community Mediation Collaboration
  • Project TRUST: Building Inclusive Communities and Breaking Down Barriers Between Student Clique Groups
  • Youth Voice: GLBT Issues
  • Assessing School Climate
  • School Climate Guidelines and Initiatives
  • and more

Registration is closed!