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Vermont-NEA hosts the only ESP Conference in Vermont.  This year’s theme "Safe Schools For All" is a response to a growing number of issues in our schools from students coming to school who have experienced several traumatic events, to staff safety issues resulting from students who have difficulty controlling themselves, to students questioning their sexual identity, and so much more.  We hope that each ESP will look at the sessions (many full day) and determine what session will provide you with information and skills that will support a safer school environment for all.

This conference is for Vermont-NEA ESP members only.

Directions for Registering: If you have come to the ESP Conference in the past two years, you already have an account on Sched.com. Your login is your email. If this is your first ESP Conference, you will need to register for an account and select your sessions. Please note that there are both full day and half day sessions. If you select a full day session, please register for the morning and afternoon session. Once you select your sessions you will be all set. There is not a "submit" button; your selections are automatically recorded.

See you on March 24th!

Schedule:
7:30-8:15 Executive Breakfast
8:15-8:30 Opening Remarks
8:30-11:45 Morning Session
11:45-12:45 Lunch - ESP of the Year Remarks and Table Talks
12:45-4:00 Afternoon Session

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Friday, March 24
 

8:30am

Bullying and Sexual Harassment
Limited Capacity seats available

This interactive workshop introduces participants to NEA;’s Bully Free Awareness kit, which covers three inclusive topics:  What is bullying?, How Do I Intervene?, and How Do I Advocate?  Additionally, participants will explore four interrelated topics (bullying, sexual harassment, cyber bullying, and sexting), examine the relevance of federal and state laws and policies, and share key resources and prevention strategies.


Speakers
avatar for Nita Jones

Nita Jones

Bullying / Sexual Harassment Cadre Member, NEA
Retired Educator (42) years. Last 26 years as an Elementary School Counselor. Mother of 3 boys, 7 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. | Very involved in NEA, serving on the NEA Resolution (9 years), Board of Directions (8 years), and NEA Foundation Board (5 years). | Hobbies include the love of traveling, reading, playing games, and being the best Grand and Great-mother ever. Volunteering for great causes.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 11:45am
Executive Boardroom

8:30am

Connecting the Whole Community Around Digital Citizenship
Limited Capacity seats available

Digital Citizenship is a topic that we need to address in schools and in partnership with our parent communities. In this session we’ll discuss and share what we’re doing in our schools, where we’re going, and steps to get there. It will be focused on defining Digital Citizenship, Why it's important and How to address it at all levels and by everyone in our schools. Some of Common Sense Media’s resources will be shared, as well as others. * Please bring a device to this session, preferably a laptop, if possible.

Speakers
avatar for Bonnie Birdsall

Bonnie Birdsall

Technology Integration Specialist, Williston School District
Bonnie Birdsall is the Technology Integration specialist for the Williston, VT School District. She works with teachers, staff, and students to help integrate technology into the curriculum in natural and meaningful ways to enhance learning. Bonnie has taught courses and workshops to Vermont educators and adults on a variety of topics.  She believes that educators are all learners and should use today's technologies to connect, grow, create... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Wilson

Jessica Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Hinesburg Community School
Jessica Wilson is the Technology Integration Specialist at the Hinesburg Community School and CSSU Central Office. She works closely with the PreK-8 teachers and staff to help transform the school into a flourishing learning environment that incorporates 21st century skills through the use of technology, so everyone can develop good strategies for learning and be active contributors to our global society. Jessica is vice-president of the... Read More →


Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 11:45am
Stuart Room

8:30am

Responsive Relationships: Tools for Building Connections and Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors

This hands on, interactive workshop is designed to build attendees’ intervention toolbox. The tools will include: an overall understanding of SEL (social emotional learning), using consistent and supportive language to strengthen relationships with students, conflict resolution skills, self-regulation strategies, and case studies to illustrate these practices in use in schools.


Be prepared to participate, engage, and build a bigger toolbox to take back to your school!

Speakers
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Kelly Bouteiller

Kelly Bouteiller has been an elementary classroom teacher in Vermont for 8 years. She currently teaches first and second grade in Charlotte. Kelly is also an online facilitaor for NEA's online GPS Network. She is excited to share the GPS Network as an excellent resource for ESPs who are looking to access professional development and connect with colleagues, nationwide.


Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 11:45am
Mansfield Room

8:30am

Understanding Your Students: Using Engagement to Promote Emotional Well-Being
Limited Capacity filling up

As  academic requirements rise, so too must students’ willingness to take on increasingly difficult tasks and to  persist through the failures that often precede success. (Headden & McKay, 2015)

Our jobs become harder and harder, the more resistant students are to the work put before them. In this session, we will look at different types of learners, and what makes them tick, understanding that individual needs must be taken into account when working to engage our students.  Engagement in school helps to promote emotional well-being.  Participants will leave with knowledge about and strategies for engaging different types of learners they encounter in their schools.

(Appropriate for all grade levels)

Speakers
avatar for Karen Heath

Karen Heath

Karen Heath is a Vermont educator who has worked with students from preschool through graduate school. She spend the first part of her career working with struggling middle and high school students in Boston and at The Maplehill School in Plainfield. Then she went to Barre City School where she taught English Language Arts to 3rd-6th graders. During this time, she was named 2005 Vermont Teacher of the Year. Karen currently serves as the... Read More →


Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 11:45am
Pinnacle C

8:30am

CPI - Nonviolent Crisis Intervention - Full Day Session - Please do not select an afternoon session.
Limited Capacity seats available

Gain a basic understanding of crisis intervention methods. On the first day of Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training, the emphasis is on early intervention and nonphysical methods for preventing or managing disruptive behavior. CPI's disengagement skills are also demonstrated and practiced in this seminar to prepare staff to safely remove themselves and others from a dangerous situation.

This is a full day session, so please sign up for the afternoon session as well.

Speakers

Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm
Green Mountain B

8:30am

Developmental Trauma and Informed Interventions - Full Day Session - Please do not select an afternoon session.
Limited Capacity filling up

This training is focused on child development, developmental trauma and trauma informed interventions. The training will review the relevant research literature on current understandings of the impacts of adversity on child development and neurodevelopment, and it will offer guidance on interventions informed by current best practices.

Participants will learn about the importance of the primary caregiver relationship in child development, the unique nature of developmental trauma as compared with discrete trauma, the 7 domains of impact of developmental trauma, and best practices related to education and intervention strategies for children.

The training will include lecture, video, role plays and small group discussions. The training schedule is as follows:

Typical Development-Genetics, interactions with the environment, the role of attachment and care giving

Developmental Trauma-Distinction from PTSD, 7 domains of impact: biology/brain, attachment/relationships, arousal/affect regulation, dissociation, sense of self, behavior regulation, cognition

Trauma informed interventions-Treatment priorities, focus on caregiver relationship, focus on improving self-regulation to include Co-regulation, Somatosensory regulation and Cognitive regulation, focus on understanding and intervening in relationship patterns, focus on understanding and intervening relative to behavior patterns.



Speakers
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Pete Cudney

Pete Cudney, LICSW: Pete Cudney is a licensed clinical social worker with 20 year's experience working with children, teens and families impacted by early trauma. Pete has worked in the mental health field in wilderness therapy programs, residential treatment, as a family, individual and group therapist, as an evaluator and as a trainer consultant during his career. He is currently a senior clinician at the NFI-VT Family Center... Read More →


Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm
Pinnacle A/B

8:30am

Youth Mental Health First Aid - Full Day Session - Please do not select an afternoon session.
Limited Capacity seats available

Youth Mental Health First Aid is hands on training which introduces educators to the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in youth, builds understanding of the importance of early intervention, and teaches educators how to help a youth in crisis or experiencing a mental health challenge. Youth Mental Health First Aid uses role-playing and simulations to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis; select interventions and provide initial help; and connect young people to professional, peer, social, and self-help care.

Participants should sign up for afternoon session as this is a full day training.

Speakers

Friday March 24, 2017 8:30am - 4:00pm
Green Mountain A

12:45pm

Creating a Safe School for LGBTQ Students- CANCELLED - NEA Trainers unable to make it but will be offering the session at the Vermont-NEA Leadership and Learning Conference August 1-3
Limited Capacity seats available

 

This workshop, designed for all school personnel, uses video clips and hands-on activities to examine the obvious and subtle ways that bias plays out in schools, and offers resources for creating schools that are safe for all students and staff, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.  Additionally, this workshop will provide participants with ideas on how to create a safe and supportive working environment and protect the rights of lesbian, gay, and bisexual, and transgender employees.


Friday March 24, 2017 12:45pm - 4:00pm
Execuitve Boardroom

12:45pm

Enhancing Learning Through Mindfulness and Yoga Practices
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

We will practice mindfulness, relax, stretch, focus, and bring breathing awareness to quiet the mind and restore energy and concentration. These mindfulness strategies will provide calm and clarity in your daily life and help support students and your community.  You will leave this workshop with practical experience and tools to share mindfulness with your students that will build attention, self-regulation, and empathy.

Mindfulness instruction in schools “takes advantage of a natural window of opportunity during childhood, when the neural circuitry that allows us to pay attention, calm ourselves and attune to our own other’s feelings takes shape”.

            - Professor Richard Davidson, founder of the Laboratory for Affective

              Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin



Friday March 24, 2017 12:45pm - 4:00pm
Stuart Room

12:45pm

Introduction to Restorative Practices and Restorative Justice
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop we will explore the why and the how of restorative practices (rp). You can expect to participate in different types of Circles (an important component of rp). You will be guided through a "community building Circle" and a "Circle for repairing harm." We will touch upon restorative conferences and also try out some fun community building activities that can be used with different aged children in different sized groups.

Speakers

Friday March 24, 2017 12:45pm - 4:00pm
Pinnacle C

12:45pm

Professional Boundaries and Social Networking for School Employees
Limited Capacity filling up

This popular Vermont-NEA workshop will explore situations and problems education professionals face in maintaining appropriate boundaires between school employees and students, parents, the administration and the community.  Strategies will be discussed to establish appropriate boundaries in order to maintain employee effectiveness, to create environments that promote student learning and to protect the integrity of the employee and relationships within the school and the community.  Emotional, physical and knowledge boundaries will be explored.  Additionally, concepts and laws pertinent to education professionals such as nexus, mandatroy reporting, FERPA, and restraint laws will be discussed.  Particular emphasis will be given to the use of electronic communications and social networking.

Speakers
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Bob Raskevitz

UniServ Director, Upper Valley, Vermont-NEA
Robert Raskevitz is proud to have been a teacher at Leland and Gray Union High School in Townshend, VT. While at Leland and Gray he was active in the Windham Central Education Association and the Vermont Science Teachers Association. Robert is currently a UniServ Director at Vermont-NEA. Robert is active as a Chief Instructor for both Hunter and Bow Hunter Education. He enjoys many outdoor activities in every season. Robert's son attends... Read More →


Friday March 24, 2017 12:45pm - 4:00pm
Mansfield Room