Event schedule

This year’s behave conference is split into four separate breakout sessions spanning the entire day. We’ve got workshops for restorative practices, trauma, data, or classroom management strategies.

9:00 – 10:10 Sessions

State Capitol

 

 

Procedural Learning: The Power of Habit

with Albert Felts

This session focuses on the development of instructional and behavioral habits that lead to improved and sustained behavioral change.

Participants will learn how to task analyze every day activities and then teach those tasks in a consistent and reinforcing manner. Additionally, how to change a bad habit will be discussed and strategies given that will guarantee results.

Highland Lakes

 

Getting Out of Power Struggles

with Angela Isenberg

There are no accolades for staying in a power struggle. Power struggles are a lose-lose situation. Usually you end up giving a harsher consequence than what the behavior warranted or you end up sending them out of the room.

The big question is how do you effectively extract yourself from the power struggle while still maintaining control of the situation. This workshop will look at pitfalls of power struggles and tips on how to avoid and get out of those struggles in the most effective way.

Lost Pines

 

Meaningful Work

with Janice Burch

Meaningful work is a powerful intervention. This session will break down all aspects of this intervention to assist you in considering, creating and implementing a meaningful work program on your campus.

Clarksville

Confounding Confabulations

with Paula Freeman, P.H.D

Are you looking for strategies designed to develop more meaningful relationships with colleagues, parents, and school stakeholders?

This session will look critically at the stories humans create when they have limited access to information and fill the gaps with their own values, beliefs, and ideas. A special focus will be given to addressing the lies we honestly tell ourselves about the motives and intentions of others. Strategies will focus on self care.

Barton Springs

 

Executive Functions and the Disorganized Kid

with Amy Fanetti

We’ve all seen that student whose backpack is stuffed with papers from years ago, the student who completed homework but lost it between home and school, or the one who walked around for five minutes looking for a pencil and found it in his hand.

These students aren’t intentionally misbehaving. They just lack the necessary skills needed to be an efficient and effective individual. In this training, participants will discuss how executive functions affect student performance and learn strategies for teaching organization and planning.

MCKinney Falls

Building Resiliency Through Social-Emotional Learning

with Monica Kurtz

As educators, we encounter traumatized children in our schools and our classrooms. We often feel powerless. What can we do to support these students? Participants will learn about how social-emotional learning works to counter the effects of childhood trauma.

10:20 – 11:30 Sessions

State Capitol

 

 

Social Maladjustment

with Albert Felts

In general, social maladjustment is viewed as a diagnostic category whose primary feature is that of conduct problems in which maladjusted students choose not to conform to socially acceptable rules and norms. Many researchers and practitioners agree that social maladjustment can be operationalized as a pattern of engagement in purposeful antisocial, destructive, and delinquent behavior.

Students with social maladjustment tend to view themselves as normal, and are capable of behaving appropriately and following school/social norms. However, the distinguishing feature of social maladjustment is one of volition; in other words, these students consciously choose to break rules and violate norms, viewing these choices as normal and acceptable. This intentionality is considered to be a primary feature of social maladjustment. This session will talk specifically about strategies for navigating the complex behaviors of these students.

Highland Lakes

 

The Classroom Dance of Discipline

with Angela Isenberg

Our most challenging students usually find every loophole in our classroom management system. This is why structure is key. Setting limits in your classroom that you can effectively implement will be the focus of this session. We create systems that are too time consuming or cumbersome and either use them ineffectively or inconsistently.

This workshop will help you effectively teach your expectations, set firm limits, and have clear communication with your students. It is time to stop dancing and create systems that work.

Lost Pines

 

Chapter 37 Legal Update

with Janice Burch

Administrators are required to receive training on Chapter 37 every 3 years. This session will fulfill that requirement but it will also focus on what teachers need to know and understand about behavior and discipline law.

Clarksville

Multi-tiered Metacognition
with Paula Freeman, P.H.D

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens (Kahlil Gibran).

Bring this wisdom to multi-tiered and completely integrated social emotional learning in your classroom. Attend this workshop to find strategies you can implement in class immediately.

Barton Springs

 

Taking Qualitative Data

with Amy Fanetti

Often, practictioners who rely on teacher data to propose behavior interventions find that, despite an abundance of information, viturally nothing is useful for intervention planning. In this session, participates will learn how to write and analyze qualitative behavioral observations that can be utilized for planning instruction and intervention.

MCKinney Falls

Social Media and the Developing Brain

with Monica Kurtz

Love it or hate it, social media is here and is impacting our students. Participants will learn about how the use of social media changes the growing brain and student behavior.

11:30 – 1:00 Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:20 Sessions

State Capitol

 

 

Tardies and Truancy: School Avoidance

with Albert Felts

This session identifies key strategies that impact tardies and truancy on your campus. Best practice ideas to increase student engagement, enhance school culture, and mentor students for academic success will all be shared.

Highland Lakes

 

Engaging the Unengaged

with Angela Isenberg

Crafting lessons that engage will be the focus of the session. We will explore different hooks that will engage a student from the beginning of the lesson. We will also ignite your passion and enthusiasm for teaching your content.

Lost Pines

 

Teaching Friendship Skills in Early Childhood

with Linda Kutach

Participants will be able to identify strategies for supporting the development of friendship skills. Participants will see modeling, have discussions, be given resources and set the stage with the five elements of friendship skills that can be implemented the next day in classrooms.

Clarksville

Teaching Students Using Video Self-Modeling

with Monica Kurtz

Video self-modeling has been used to teach both behavior and social skills for a wide range of students. Participants will learn about the theories behind video self-modeling and how to use it with students.

Barton Springs

 

Stop Worrying: Supporting Individuals with Anxiety Disorders

with Amy Fanetti

People with anxiety are commonly told to “stop worrying” or “not to be nervous” during a time in which they are experiencing anxiety. These commonly used phrases are typically said with the intention of soothing the individual, but instead, often have an opposite effect.

In this session, participants will learn about the effects of anxiety on human behavior, and learn how to positively support those who may be experiencing anxiety.

MCKinney Falls

The Cycle of Escalation and How to Respond

with Janice Burch

Most challenging behaviors follow through a cycle that gets repeated and repeated. That is how we typically define a tough kid.

In this session we will walk through the cycle of escalation, describe what the student is experiencing and provide specific strategies on how the teacher can respond appropriately and effectively at each stage of the cycle. This knowledge will help teachers diffuse situations at a lower level and keep them from inadvertently escalating a situation into a potential crisis.

2:20 – 3:30 Sessions

State Capitol

 

 

Can’t do! Won’t do!

with Albert Felts

Students who “can’t do” the work often appear to look like students who “won’t do” the work. This session gives tools and strategies for classroom educators to help determine if the issue is non-compliance and/or skill based deficits. If it’s “won’t do the work”, strategies for compliance training will be shared. If it’s “can’t do the work”, skill development tools will be given to participants.

Highland Lakes

 

Student Led Restorative Circles

with Angela Isenberg

Join our student led circles. Students will be leading and discussing how they can take ownership of the restorative circles in the classroom. This session will also include how to include the student’s role in restorative conferencing. This session will have limited seating.

Lost Pines

 

Enhancing Emotional Literacy

with Linda Kutach

Children in Early Childhood who don’t learn to use emotional language have a hard time labeling and understanding their own feelings as well as accurately identifying how they feel. Participants will be able to define emotional literacy and walk away with activities that build “feeling vocabularies” in Early Childhood.

Clarksville

Behavior Tools in the Special Needs Classroom

with Monica Kurtz

This workshop is designed for educators working in life skills classrooms. We will be discussing tips, tools, and strategies for encouraging positive student behavior.

Barton Springs

 

THINKing Together: How can Teachers Support students with their Social Emotional Learning needs but also ensure they’re growing Academically?

with Mary Black

Participants will learn structured cooperative thinking strategy (THINK) to boost the level of productive conversations on issues from reading text and from the real world in your classrooms. Each student learner will not only learn to be a successful member of an academic learning community but will also increase his or her academic achievement.

MCKinney Falls

Intro to Developing Cultural Competency

with Janice Burch

Cultural competency is a lifelong skill and this session will just begin to set the stage for this difficult work. We will present several definitions and initial considerations for participants interested in approaching this type of work.

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