Idaho State Prevention Conference


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Suicide and violence prevention: Lessons from the front lines of school crises

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"Vaping; E-cigarette Marketing and Youth Appeal

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Research-Based Family Engagement Resources and Tools

Alisia Wheeler, Lapwai Elementary and Bernadette Anderson, Institutional Advancement

Please join us in learning how the Nez Perce STEP Project is building capacity in two Idaho public school districts for family engagement. Materials are research based and in alignment with Title I standards. The presenters will share how they are utilizing the Family Engagement Tool and where it has led each district in collaborative work with previously unreachable families. You will also become acquainted with the STEP Project and how it was created at the federal level. We will share innovative strategies for family engagement that you can take back and immediately implement in your school and community.

Conference Strand: Family and Community Engagement

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Belongingness is a Safety Issue

Judy Gabert, Suicide Prevention Action Network Idaho

The presentation will promote belongingness as a safety issue in schools / communities and as a protective factor against suicide and depression. The goal is to have participants recognize the importance of employing activities that create a climate of belongingness and caring in schools and communities and to share with each other activities that promote this and which can be easily implemented upon participants return to their schools / communities.

Conference Strand: School Safety

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Buckets of Success! Creating Positive and Productive School Climates

Brooke L. Winston LPC, NCC, Middleton School District

An up-beat approach to shining a light on the very best in your students, staff, parents as well as YOURSELF! How often do you fill the buckets of others, how often do you take away from those very buckets as well? What if you could learn and then teach others to fill people up' in everyday conversations, while creating a climate that will create higher rates of success, productivity, and positivity? Come and see for yourself how YOU can begin to cultivate a culture that stems from showcasing the positive attributes of others as well as yourself!

Conference Stand: Family and Community Engagement

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Summer Reading Partnerships: Bridging the Achievement Gap

Staci Shaw and Julie Armstrong, Idaho Commission for Libraries

Children who do not read over the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress; because disadvantaged students have less access to reading material at home than their advantaged peers, they fall further behind every summer. It takes a community effort to increase children's access to books and bridge the achievement gap. This session showcases the many ways libraries, schools, non-profits, and civic agencies are collaborating to develop low-cost, highly-effective programs that minimize "summer learning loss." Participants will be inspired with ideas and resources to develop partnerships within their communities that keep children reading over the summer.

Conference Strand: Family and Community Engagement

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How Popular Culture Impacts Youth and What To Do About It

Monte Stiles, Retired Federal Drug Prosecutor Attorney

This multi-media presentation will provide real-life experiences and research regarding the influence of popular culture on youth attitudes regarding substance abuse. Participants will be provided with powerful evidence of national campaigns designed to normalize drug use, along with effective strategies to fight back through increased community education. The end result will be a renewed belief in the power and effectiveness of drug education in every community.

Conference Strand: School Safety

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School Safety — Whose Responsibility Is It?

Lt. Mike Knittel, Police Officer

This session will provide a two-sided perspective to school safety. Viewpoints and discussion will be shared from a veteran law enforcement officer, as well as from a school district administrator from a liability vantage point.

Discussion points will include:

  • Hotly-debated arming of teachers
  • School Resource Officers as a district partnership
  • Local Emergency Planning Committees
  • Collaboration with local first responders
  • School district policies and procedures regarding emergency situations
  • Mental preparedness and training for school personnel
  • Hazard mitigation for school campuses

Attendees will return to their communities with a "where to start" checklist of ideas and concepts.

Conference Strand: School Safety

Workshop: 2   PDF Icon Presentation »    PDF Icon Handout »    Take Survey Link

Children of Incarcerated Parents — Break the Cycle

Ross Mason, Chairman, Children of Incarcerated Parent

Every school teacher and counselor has students whose parent is in long term lock-up. It's a tough area to deal with and families are frequently very sensitive about it. This presentation will provide ideas and tools you might use in that situation, help you identify students, and provide a platform for discussion. The Children of Incarcerated Parents Project (COIP) will present details of a pilot program that showed promise in dealing with these children. Participants will receive a booklet that provides specific answers to some of the questions children may have about prison life. Bring your ideas and questions.

Conference Strand: Family and Community Engagement

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Engaging Latino Youth & Families

Liliana Vega and Judith McShane, University of Idaho

This workshop will provide a forum to discuss strategies for conducting program outreach to Latino youth and families. For minority youth, developing a positive cultural/ethnic identity is crucial for positive youth development to occur. This workshop will focus on highlighting ways programs can culturally adapt and provide culturally relevant programming to Latinos. This workshop will highlight practical strategies implemented in afterschool and summer programs with high Latino youth participation, ways to engage and increase Latino parent involvement, emphasize ways to infuse and incorporate culture, and strategies to help minority youth develop a positive sense of cultural pride and cultural/ethnic identity.

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Schoolwide Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports

Katie Bubak, Special Education Statewide Technical Assistance

An introduction and overview of Schoolwide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS). SWPBIS is a framework or approach comprised of intervention practices and organizational systems for establishing the social culture, effective learning and teaching environments, and individual behavior supports needed to achieve academic and social success for all students. SWPBIS is endorsed by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). The goal is to increase Idaho's student achievement through creating an integrated system of sustainable support at the school level to meet every student's needs. This in turn will help to increase students' engagement in academics and improve schools' culture and climate.

Conference Strand: School Safety

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Integrating Arts into Afterschool Programs

Dr. Peggy Wenner, State Department of Education

This workshop is designed to help integrate a quality arts component into your after school or community program. Come and learn about the importance of using the arts as a bridge to literacy and enjoyment of learning. Expect to find out more regarding artists who live close or in your community. Share your success stories and your needs regarding quality arts experiences for children in your programs. Finally, come expecting to complete a project that expands your own view of yourself as creator and how that experience might inform your learning.

Conference Strand: Out of School Time

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"We R N8tive" Traditional Teaching in Native American Communities

Krissy Broncho MSW, LCSW,and Pam Davis, Shoshone-Bannock Tribe

"We R N8tive" will provide three models that are currently being used throughout Indian Country. The workshop will include activities that inform and inspire school personnel, community coalitions, and mental health practitioners in best practice models. The Medicine Wheel Model, Coyote Thoughts and the 4C Model will be the focus of this presentation. These models are being used in treating Native Americans for their overall wellness and can be incorporated in all aspects of life. We will provide professionals with an inside perspective of tools, strategies and concepts that are proven successful in the Native American community.

Conference Strand: Family and Community Engagement

Workshop: 3   PDF Icon Presentation »    Take Survey Link

Show Me the Money! Grant Funding Available for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention in Idaho

Sharlene Johnson and Nathan Drashner, Office of Drug Policy

Between 2013-2018 the Idaho Office of Drug Policy (ODP) will be awarding Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grants (SPF SIG) totaling $1,275,000 per year, to Idaho communities across the state, to utilize the Strategic Prevention Framework process to implement a strategic plan that aims to:

  • prevent the onset and reduce the progression of substance abuse, including childhood and underage drinking;
  • reduce substance abuse-related problems in communities and;
  • build prevention capacity and infrastructure at the community level.

This Workshop will provide guidance to prospective applicants on key issues and requirements related to the SPF SIG grant application process and the technical content of the Request For Application (RFA).

Conference Strand: School Safety

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The Virtual Path to Advanced Opportunities

Jennifer Caprile, State Department of Education, John Miller, College of Southern Idaho, and
Fred Woolley, Sugar-Salem School District

Together Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) and Idaho Education Network (IEN) are working to ensure students of all ages have access to quality education, after school programs, and opportunities throughout the state. We will share information on each of our programs, how these programs inter-relate and their accessibility. Additionally, different opportunities for students state-wide will be highlighted to provide additional supports for the college and career ready track.

Conference Strand: Out of School Time

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Introduction to Restorative Practices & Circles in Schools

Todd Mauger, Bannock County Juvenile Justice

Participants will receive an introduction to restorative practices and the significant benefits for all aspects of society – from families, classrooms, schools, prisons, workplaces, associations, governments and even whole nations. "The fundamental premise of restorative practices is that people are happier, more cooperative and productive, and more likely to make positive changes when those in authority do things with them rather than for them". Research indicates that the use of restorative practices in schools has been shown to reliably reduce misbehavior, bullying, violence and crime among students and improve the overall climate for learning. (International Institute for Restorative Practices

Conference Strand: School Safety

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Raise Your Voice: Enhancing Student Support and School Climate

Greg Sommers, Idaho Drug Free Youth and Abby Williams, Teton School District

We constantly send the right messages: "Work hard!" "Go to college." "Believe in yourself!" and more. Those messages are important, but unfortunately students don't always hear them through all the other messages to which they are exposed. So let's not just say it, let's show it. When we do, students feel the difference and their interest is peaked, the school atmosphere becomes more supportive, and students begin hearing the right messages. This workshop will present the VOICE Student to Student Mentor Program and show how it creates supportive school environments and builds community.

Conference Strand: School Safety

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Improving the Healthy Eating & Physical Activity Climate of Your Afterschool Program

Helen Brown and Dr. Grace Goc Karp, University of Idaho

After school climates supportive of essential nutrition, physical activity services and skill building opportunities improve health and academic performance. Presenters will guide participants to assess current after school health practices and determine strengths and improvement opportunities. Presenters will share evidence based healthy eating and physical activity practices that support core subjects and are easily integrated. Participants will learn to develop nutrition and physical activity guidelines and policies that are clear, culturally sensitive and tailored to their setting. Participants will gain skills to evaluate their healthy eating and activity strategies and tools for sharing their success.

Conference Strand: Out of School Time

Workshop: 4   PDF Icon Presentation » PDF Icon Handout 1 » PDF Icon Handout 2 » PDF Icon Handout 3 » Take Survey Link

Embracing Adolescents: Preventing Adolescent Relationship Abuse & Sexual Assault

Kelly Miller, Kimberly Matulonis and Sarah Leeds, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Join us for a balcony view of a comprehensive approach to prevent adolescent relationship abuse and sexual assault! Discover a road map on how to get there in ten years! Be courageous. Take the first of three easy steps and learn how to create a collaborative impact with the voices of young people along with school and community champions! This workshop will prepare you and your school for the development of a comprehensive prevention program in accordance with the recently passed rule change requiring schools to have a policy on the prevention of adolescent relationship abuse and sexual assault.

Conference Strand: School Safety

Workshop: 4   PDF Icon Presentation »    Take Survey Link

Engaging Students in Service-Learning

Faith Beyer Hansen, Boise State University and Tina Naillon, Idaho State Department of Education

This presentation will share the benefits of utilizing service-learning as a teaching and learning tool to support personal, academic and civic learning for all youth, but particularly for those most at-risk of disengaging from school. Included in the session will be a basic overview of service-learning, as well as an opportunity for participants to consider at least one approach that they could take in their classrooms, schools and communities to engage students to be active citizens and learners in their community and the world.

Conference Strand: Out of School Time

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We Can Not Succeed Without Youth. Youth Can Not Succeed Without YOU! Our 100% Original Approach.

Jessica Goudy and Kavi Branham, Madison School District

What labels have you been stuck with? What have you done about it? Come learn how Madison CARES system of care in Rexburg, Idaho is working with families, youth, schools and the community to reduce stigma, bullying, discrimination and improve academic achievement and school climate one campaign at a time. You will leave with fresh ideas on how to engage and involve your local families, youth and community as well as ways to develop and implement a successful campaign.

Conference Strands: Family and Community Engagement

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School Security: A Framework for Collaboration

Brian Armes, Citadel Education Consulting, LLC and Guy Bliesner, Castles Not Prisons, LLC

One conclusion of the recent Idaho School Threat and Vulnerability Assessment is the need for a common language between educators, first responders and policy makers. This workshop, done in a highly interactive format, will build a solid foundation on which successful collaboration can begin and continue. Along the way, attendees will be given specific examples from the assessment of successful collaboration models currently working in Idaho schools, as they learn to apply a planning and evaluation rubic that can be used to measure current school safety and security efforts, while guiding future planning efforts.

Conference Strands: School Safety

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Setting up Success, Three Promising Practices for Middle School Programs

Ian Norland, Jen Sanford, Morgan Scharf, and Michael T. Spengler, Middleton School District

"Setting Up Success" will be an experiential workshop about three promising out-of-school practices for Middle Schoolers. 1.) Creating a Social Community 2.) Providing Youth Choices 3.) Controlling the Environment. We will provide first-hand understanding of the practices, followed by small group discussion about implementation. These practices may help programs increase; youth attendance, community feelings and learning outcomes. These practices may help programs decrease; behavior issues, technology loss and staff turnover. Come with a writing instrument and a playful attitude. You will be moving. You will be learning and you will be communicating about ways to improve your community.

Conference Strands: Out of School Time

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Cultural Competency–Ethical Considerations on Working with Latino Families

Alex Zamora, 2-1-1 Idaho CareLine

Idaho's Hispanic population is nearly 12% of the entire state, demanding awareness to the breadth of influences the Latino culture has on the group, particularly when viewed from a family perspective. Additionally, ethical requirements based on professional codes of ethics speak to the need for responsiveness in ensuring appropriate interventions are used to balance culture, individualism, and family. This session will provide basic cultural information and statistics on Idaho Latinos upon a backdrop of professional ethics. Participants will be introduced to general cultural standards, and methods in which to consider these dynamics when working with Latino youth and families.

Conference Strands: Family and Community Engagement

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Under the Radar–Expanding the Definition & Addressing the Needs of Underserved Students

David Chehey, M.A., LPC, Boise High School

This session will present terminology, ethical guidelines, case studies, risk factors, and effective resources to assist counselors/educators/parents/community organizations in dealing with often – overlooked student populations – namely Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth along with teens who are homeless, low income, and/or in the foster care system. Join in this timely, informative, and interactive dialogue regarding the professional challenges – and personal rewards – of working with these diverse and potentially at-risk students.

Conference Strand: Family and Community Engagement

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Creative Partnerships with Youth, Co-Constructing Healthy Communities

Darrel Harris and Heidi Cook, The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Join us for an interactive, stimulating workshop on the benefits of youth involvement in creating healthy, safe communities. Together we will assess readiness for engaging the youth population, identify potential community partnerships, and generate ideas and tools to make collaboration a positive and productive experience for everyone. Youth interns will bring their energy and experience to the discussion and will be available to answer questions from participants.

Conference Strand: Family and Community Engagement

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Trauma and Substance Use

Keith Orchard, LCSW, Children Welfare

With recent research demonstrating the link between early childhood traumatic experiences and addiction later in life, it has become clear that spending our energy and resources on changing the behaviors of the addict means we are often treating the symptom rather than healing the disease. We will discuss this significant research and how it relates to substance use and abuse in teens and adults. We will discuss brain development and how trauma affects the brain, memory, emotional development and behavior of children and teens. We will then examine how these experiences are linked to addiction and will end with a discussion of what we can do as individuals and a system to help.

Conference Strand: School Safety

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10 Techniques for Reaching Hard to Engage Families

Adán De La Paz, De La Paz Education Services

This interactive workshop is designed to provide professionals needing to effectively engage hard-to reach families with ten practical strategies for immediate application in the school or work setting. The content of the presentation will center on two main groups: Hispanic families and those affected by poverty. The techniques discussed in this workshop will focus on: culturally-relevant models, assessment/feedback tools, incentives and token reward's system and more. Those in attendance will receive a parent engagement resource guide to assist them in successfully developing rapport with diverse families.

Conference Strand: Family and Community Engagement

Workshop: 6   PDF Icon Presentation »    PDF Icon Handout »    Take Survey Link

Alcohol, Drug, Violence Trends Effecting Today's Youth

Jermaine Galloway, City of Boise

This session will test your knowledge in regards to current local and national alcohol, drug, violence trends and concealment trends. The session will cover a spectrum of new alcoholic drinks and drug clothing, new drug logos, new drug trends, music, drug terms, underage drinking, drug concentrates, new synthetic drugs, hidden compartments, weapon concealment, and other popular culture items. This training is unique in that it provides over 100 visual aids that are or can be popular with students. Officer Galloway constantly updates his training to keep up with the current trends.

Conference Strand: School Safety

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Our Revolution: A Conversation Guide for Teens on Ending Violence

Kelly Miller and Bryan Lyda, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence

Social movements often begin with conversations – conversations among everyday people about the change they want to see in their own lives, their communities, and the world. The Our Revolution: Movement Building Conversation Guide is for school personnel who are interested in facilitating a conversation among high school students about how we can create compassionate communities without violence. Our Revolution uses conversations as a way to engage young people as change agents in our movement and helps them explore the role the movement can play in their lives.

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Innovative Strategies for Afterschool Programs

Kristina Lamoreaux, Jennifer Ahlstrom, Jolene Blacker, Janet Goodliffe, Whitney Mackley and Sherri Erickson, Madison School District

The afterschool hours can be very effective in helping students progress academically, physically, socially and emotionally. This workshop introduces participants to different strategies that will help them make the very most of the afterschool hours. Learn how to create and maintain well-structured classes, including technology centered classes and life-skills classes as well as how to find and maintain reliable staff and how to reach and support every student regardless of income bracket. Participants will leave with a variety of lesson plans for new classes as well as a broader perspective on how to run a quality afterschool program.

Conference Strand: Out of School Time

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