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Tuesday, September 8
 

10:00am PDT

Leader Well-Being is Orgainzational Well-Being
Everyday, leaders are faced with circumstances that lead them to question their sense of humanity, while asking people to do more with less. Limited resources, crisis management, and increasing work demands feel burdensome and never-ending. Being a problem solver has its perks, but you still can't "figure" this one out. Days seem longer and more people need you now than ever.

The critical needs that inform our work with students and communities requires more cohesive and aligned approaches. How impactful is our external work when we are operating from fragment silos? In this shifting climate, how do you prioritize a safe + supportive climate for those you serve? In this session, participants will: 1) Unpack different aspects of the term "safety" and learn strategies to build it; 2) Explore individual factors that contribute to their sense of fatigue and persistent challenges and strengthening their capacity to lead and serve from a resilient and resourceful place

Speakers
avatar for Erin Browder

Erin Browder

Erin Browder, Consultant, West Ed
Erin Browder is a State Technical Assistance Specialist at WestEd. She specializes in building safe and supportive workplaces through leadership development, trauma-informed schools, professional well-being, adult learning, organizational development, and capacity building. She serves... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
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10:00am PDT

Intensive: Secondary Traumatic Stress: Creating a Plan for Staff Wellness
In our collective mission to provide the best education possible to all students, teachers serve not only as educators, but as de facto social service workers, caring for all students they encounter every day. They are front line triage workers. We need to understand the impact on teachers of working with youth experiencing trauma and plan for the well-being of educators from that understanding. Participants in this session will be able to identify risk factors and common symptoms of STS. They will gain an awareness of strategies to mitigate negative impacts of STS. Participants will have an understanding of the steps needed to address STS and to support teacher wellness.

Speakers
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Stacey Shaw, Ed D (ABD)

Executive Director & Principal, Lewis and Clark College & North Wasco County School District
Stacey Shaw is the currently executive director/principal of a charter high school in Oregon and is completing her Doctorate of Education with a focus on social justice and equity at Lewis and Clark College. Her research is focused on secondary traumatic stress in public school teachers... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT

10:00am PDT

Resourcing for Resilience: The Critical Importance of School Employee Wellness
This workshop will focus on how our individual responses to stress, in both personal and professional settings, impact relationships. Participants will reflect upon their own routines for wellness and explore strategies that contribute to the collective’s wellbeing. Everyone will walk away with next-day strategies to address the challenges and triumphs of working in a school environment.

Speakers
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Lauren Hertelendy

CORE Director, LA Education Partnership
Lauren is the CORE Director at Los Angeles Education Partnership. Her work focuses primarily on supporting district and school leadership teams in developing and implementing policies that facilitate the well-being of staff and students, and improve school climate and overall academic... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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11:00am PDT

Putting the Pieces Together: The Pivotal Role of the Administrator in Student Mental Health
The role of the site administrator can help and support mental health programs and situations or complicate them. This presentation reviews the tiers of a comprehensive mental health program and the role of the site administrator. Participants will walk away with tangible ideas on how to educate administrators on mental health, gain support, and build a comprehensive and defendable mental health program in their District.

Speakers
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Linsey Gotanda

Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services, Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified
Dr. Linsey Gotanda currently serves as the Asst. Superintendent of Educational Services for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Her work supports district wide instruction, student programs, curriculum, professional development, student services and special education... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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11:00am PDT

Until All Of Us Are Well: Honoring the Inner Lives of People Who Work In Schools
Based on current research we know that relationships with caring adults are instrumental in helping children heal from trauma. And yet, how often do we focus on the well-being of the caring adults who work in schools? We firmly believe that healthy and whole adults are the best intervention for student success. In our session, participants will deepen their understanding of the complex social-emotional experience of educators, learn tools and strategies for monitoring and resourcing stress in their personal lives and school environments., and explore ways that people who work in schools might advocate to make staff wellness a priority.

Speakers
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Judith Fernandez, MA

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Meaning Makers Collective
Judith Fernandez (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based educator, facilitator, and coach. She recently worked as a resilience and trauma-informed practice coach for a national initiative on school employee well-being. Judee began her work in school wellness as a consultant for First Generation... Read More →
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Michelle Kurta

Co-Founder, Meaning Makers Collective
Hi! I am here with my co-founder, Judee Fernandez, representing Meaning Makers Collective. We work with schools and organizations to create cultures of healing and justice. I am passionate about the possibilities for meaning, healing, and transformation that are generated when people... Read More →


Tuesday September 8, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm PDT
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12:30pm PDT

Preparing for Difficult Days: Administrative Protocols for Responding to Loss in Schools
There are few things more challenging than dealing with the loss of a student or staff member in your school district; especially when you aren’t prepared to do so. While the loss of life is something every student, parent, educator, and community member hopes we won’t have to face during the school-age years; the reality is that a majority of students will experience the loss of a fellow student or staff member while they are in school. This workshop will help provide educators, parents, and community advocates with resources and information to help establish or improve administrative protocols and district-wide policies for responding to loss in schools. This workshop represents some of the lessons learned during the past decade of school-based suicide prevention work.

Learning Objectives:

1. Participants will gain an understanding of how to go about developing a comprehensive district-wide suicide prevention plan, including intervention and postvention efforts

2. Participants will develop an awareness of how to involve various stakeholders in school-based loss response efforts

3. Participants will be provided with examples of communication templates; including staff, student, parent, and community messaging

4. Participants will learn about research-based approaches to messaging and memorialization; and how to practically implement this guidance

Speakers
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Ben Dhillon

Director, Social Emotional Wellness, Visalia Unified School District
Ben has worked in education since 2002 and currently serves as the Director of Social Emotional Wellness in the Equity & Student Services Department at Visalia Unified School District. He's worked in both the K-12 and University settings; serving as an after-school program leader... Read More →
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Noah Whitaker

Director, Suicide Prevention Task Force
Noah has been married to his high school sweetheart for more than fifteen years, and they have five children. Just soak that in and imagine the pandemic homeschooling fun. He is a passionate advocate for community-based suicide prevention and has worked in the mental health field... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm PDT
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2:30pm PDT

Practical Reflective Practice
Learn practical strategies to incorporate reflective practice into faculty, SST and other professional meetings. Come away with tools you can use to bring reflection to your meetings.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Mundy, LMFT

Jennifer Mundy, LMFT

School Based Services Program Manager, CALM Santa Barbara
Jennifer Mundy is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor. She oversees Mental Health Consultation and School Based Therapy in 25 preschools and 12 elementary schools where she focuses on creating trauma responsive classrooms. Jennifer is a former preschool... Read More →



Tuesday September 8, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
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Wednesday, September 9
 

1:30pm PDT

A Leader's Guide to Fostering Mental Wellness and Building School Community Cultures of Connection Part 1
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, a study forms the UCL Institute of Education revealed that one in 20 teachers suffers with a mental illness that has lasted or is likely to last more than a year. COVID-19 has only exasperated those figures. Our teachers are feeling stress, anxiety, and fear. Consequently, it is incumbent upon school leaders to check-in and support their staff.  It is time to begin investing in our staff as human beings and not just as employees. Participants will learn to conduct staff wellness checks, implement workplace stigma reduction practices, and will receive concrete examples to build school community cultures of connection.

Speakers
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Monica Nepomuceno

Education Programs Consultant, Mental Health Services Program, California Department of Education
Monica Nepomuceno has worked as an Education Programs Consultant for the California Department of Education overseeing the Mental Health Services Program since 2009. She is the Co-Chair for the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup and is also the Project Cal-Well Youth Mental Health... Read More →
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Mara Madrigal

Director, San Diego County Office of Education
Mara Madrigal-Weiss is the Director of Student Wellness and Positive School Climate and Foster & Homeless Youth Education Services with the San Diego County Office of Education. Ms. Madrigal-Weiss currently serves as Commissioner on the Mental Health Services and Oversight Commission... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 1:30pm - 2:30pm PDT
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2:30pm PDT

A Leader's Guide to Fostering Mental Wellness and Building School Community Cultures of Connection Part 2
Prior to the onset of COVID-19, a study forms the UCL Institute of Education revealed that one in 20 teachers suffers with a mental illness that has lasted or is likely to last more than a year. COVID-19 has only exasperated those figures. Our teachers are feeling stress, anxiety, and fear. Consequently, it is incumbent upon school leaders to check-in and support their staff.  It is time to begin investing in our staff as human beings and not just as employees. Participants will learn to conduct staff wellness checks, implement workplace stigma reduction practices, and will receive concrete examples to build school community cultures of connection.


Speakers
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Monica Nepomuceno

Education Programs Consultant, Mental Health Services Program, California Department of Education
Monica Nepomuceno has worked as an Education Programs Consultant for the California Department of Education overseeing the Mental Health Services Program since 2009. She is the Co-Chair for the Student Mental Health Policy Workgroup and is also the Project Cal-Well Youth Mental Health... Read More →
avatar for Mara Madrigal

Mara Madrigal

Director, San Diego County Office of Education
Mara Madrigal-Weiss is the Director of Student Wellness and Positive School Climate and Foster & Homeless Youth Education Services with the San Diego County Office of Education. Ms. Madrigal-Weiss currently serves as Commissioner on the Mental Health Services and Oversight Commission... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT

2:30pm PDT

Ahhhh! Pause and Reset with a Mindfulness Practice Session
Mindfulness practice is now found everywhere - in schools, corporations, jails and even in Congress. However, many of us don't really understand what mindfulness is and how the practices can help those in the helping professions cultivate greater balance and compassion so we can continue our important work without becoming depleted. This workshop will introduce mindfulness as a tool for educational professionals to practice self-care and to sustain their positive intentions and passions, thereby promoting professional sustainability which in turn, works to support all students. It is not a session that will teach participants to teach mindfulness to their students or clients. Instead, it will cover basic mindfulness practices, and if time, a discussion of how mindfulness can help cultivate wise emotional responses. Most importantly, the session will include plenty of time to practice and experience mindfulness.

Speakers
avatar for Melissa Ambrose, MSW, LPCC, PPS

Melissa Ambrose, MSW, LPCC, PPS

Wellness Coordinator, Jefferson Union High School District, Jefferson Union High School District
Melissa Ambrose, LCSW/PPS, is the Wellness Coordinator for Jefferson Union High School District in Daly City. Prior to this position, she was a teacher and Wellness Counselor at Oceana High School in Pacifica for over 20 years. Melissa is passionate about the practice of mindfulness... Read More →


Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
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2:30pm PDT

Burnout AF (And Frustrated): How to Restore Balance in Spite of Varying Work/Life Demands
Working in the helping profession as an educator, administrator, clerk/secretary, or mental health professional, puts one at the forefront of dealing with high levels of stress and trauma in the workplace. The rise of violence in our schools and neighborhoods has people keenly aware of their surroundings. How do you manage to be present in all situations and still be able to function after your shift is over and you return home? After giving of yourself all throughout the day, do you take time to fill your cup? This workshop will allow participants to understand how workplace stress and trauma affects individuals. Participants will also learn how to identify symptoms of burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. Participants will also acquire skills, self-care strategies, to mitigate these symptoms.

Speakers
avatar for Judith Brannon, Phd (ABD), LMFT, PPS

Judith Brannon, Phd (ABD), LMFT, PPS

Doctoral Candidate, Behavioral Health Therapist, Bakersfield City School District
Judith Brannon is passionate about instilling hope and evoking positive change in others. She has dedicated over a decade to serving children and families in several capacities. She has written grants and created programs to support youth, bridge gaps in education, and raise awareness... Read More →



Wednesday September 9, 2020 2:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
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Thursday, September 10
 

10:45am PDT

Addressing Staff/Stakeholder Mental Health in a Stressed System
As awareness of and focus on student wellness continues to grow in the educational system so does the need for educator mental health support. This session will focus on increasing the staff/stakeholder social and emotional supports essential to creating a culture that values mental health for every individual.

Participants will:

1. Experience wellness activities applicable for both staff and students
2. Discuss staff/stakeholder wellness as a system priority
3. Review current research to inform tiered wellness intervention systems
4. Identify at least one wellness strategy for implementation

Speakers
avatar for Clara Finneran

Clara Finneran

Assistant Superintendent, LVUSD
avatar for Kathleen O’Connell MA, AMFT, PPS

Kathleen O’Connell MA, AMFT, PPS

Dean of Student Safety and Wellness, Community 360 Counseling Center Counselor, Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Las Virgenes Unified School District
Kathleen O’Connell has spent the last decade working in the TK-12 educational system providing mental health services and tiered interventions system support. Bringing experience and education from both clinical and educational settings, she has worked at both site and district... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
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10:45am PDT

Cultivating Educators’ Resilience and Well Being with Stress Management and Mindfulness
Educators can learn to be resilient, calm, and present for their students and colleagues. Learn about an MHSA-funded project that provides stress management and mindfulness practice training so that teachers can embody the social and emotional skills they want to teach their students. The session will highlight the research-based curriculum, the training model, and selected stress-reduction practices. Learn about a control study measuring the impact of training on perceived stress, burnout, global health, and mindful awareness.
Participants will: 1) learn effective practices for training and supporting educators’ well-being and high performance and 2) practice stress–reduction and mindfulness practices.

Speakers
avatar for Lucy A. Vezzuto, Ph.D

Lucy A. Vezzuto, Ph.D

Lucy A. Vezzuto, PhD, is a Fulbright Scholar in Education and a Coordinator of Student Mental Health and Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) at the Orange County Dept. of Education. She provides training and technical assistance for youth-serving professionals in the prevention and... Read More →



Thursday September 10, 2020 10:45am - 11:45am PDT
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