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Go beyond trauma informed schools and turn you school into a resilient school that is ready for anything that is thrown at it.
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In this episode of the Resilient Schools Podcast, recorded live at the Bridging to Resilience conference in Wichita, Kansas, the Jethro interviews Jason Shelangouski, an experienced middle school teacher from Wamego Middle School, Kansas. Jason shares insights into his 16-year teaching career, focusing on teaching 8th-grade language arts, creative writing, and leadership. He emphasizes the importance of co-regulation in helping students navigate the unique challenges of middle school, particularly in terms of emotional and behavioral development. Jason discusses the role of teacher behaviors, such as being a calming presence or providing stern reminders, in effectively supporting student self-regulation. He also highlights the significance of administrative support in fostering a positive environment for both teachers and students. The conversation delves into the power of vulnerability and authenticity in building trust and understanding between teachers and students. Jason and Jethro explore the concept of life as a game and the importance of adapting behaviors for success in different contexts. Jason's approach to teaching underscores the necessity of personalized, empathic engagement with students to prepare them for future challenges while respecting their individual experiences and needs.00:23 The Joy and Challenges of Teaching Middle School01:20 Exploring Co-Regulation in Education03:21 The Importance of Leadership and Support in Schools06:12 Personal Approaches to Teaching and Leadership We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
This episode of the Resilient Schools podcast features a panel discussion from the Bridging to Resilience conference, focusing on the importance of trauma-informed leadership in educational settings. Panelists share their personal definitions of being trauma-informed, emphasizing the significance of seeing individuals as humans first. This conversation covers the necessity of empathy, vulnerability, and a focus on mitigating harm through safe policies and practices. Key strategies discussed include advocating for change, understanding the science behind trauma, and creating a supportive school culture. The panel also explores practical approaches for dealing with disciplinary issues in a trauma-informed manner, distinguishing between discipline and punishment, and the critical role of maintaining safety and fostering learning environments. 00:19 Defining Trauma-Informed Leadership00:59 Panelist Introductions and Perspectives02:55 The Importance of Being Trauma-Informed in Education06:19 Practical Steps Towards Trauma-Informed Practices08:16 Advocacy and Incremental Change in School Policies10:52 Personal Reflections and Adjusting Approaches14:46 Discipline vs. Punishment: A Critical Discussion20:44 Implementing Restorative Practices and Building Relationships26:47 Navigating Challenges with Toxic Stress in the Classroom27:33 Empathy and Fairness: A Classroom Experiment28:17 Addressing Fear and Regulation in the Classroom29:01 Involving Parents in the Culture of Regulation29:20 The Importance of Transparency and Communication30:45 Strategies for Managing Classroom Disruptions35:14 Building a Culture of Care: The Role of Emotional Regulation36:50 Navigating Challenges: Public vs. Private Education43:48 Understanding and Supporting Aggressive Students47:10 Creating Safe and Nurturing Environments for All54:31 Empowering Communities Through Inclusive Planning We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
In this episode of the Resilient Schools podcast, recorded live at the Bridging to Resilience Conference 2023, keynote speaker Stacy Nation discusses the importance of cultivating genuine connections in a digitally dominated world. Stacy, a licensed clinical social worker with a rich background including serving in the Wyoming Army National Guard, emphasizes the need to teach children and teenagers the value of in-person interactions over digital ones. She shares effective strategies for managing technology use, such as encouraging kids to put away their phones during social gatherings, and fostering deeper conversations beyond superficial digital communication. Stacy also touches on how educators can manage their own triggers and regulate their nervous system for better classroom management. 00:18 Meet Stacey Nation: A Glimpse into Her Life01:04 Promoting Real Connections in a Digital World02:04 Navigating the Challenges of Technology and Connection04:56 Five Questions to Ask When You're Triggered07:40 The Journey to Self-Awareness and Control12:43 Connecting with Stacey Nation and Wrapping Up We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
In this episode of the Resilient Schools Podcast, recorded live at the Bridging to Resilience Conference, we hear from Jackie Gilby, who shares her powerful story of overcoming adversity. Jackie spent 17 years in foster care, experiencing adversity and being stuck in a cycle of poverty and street living. Despite these challenges, Jackie maintained a positive outlook on life, emphasizing the value of experiencing hardships to appreciate the good in life. She eventually turned her life around, finding sobriety, securing stable housing, and becoming an active participant in her community's efforts to combat poverty. Working at a nonprofit, STEP MC, Jackie now helps others escape poverty by sharing her experiences and the lessons she learned along the way. The conversation touches on the transformative power of facing one's fears, the importance of community support, and the belief in a higher power guiding one's journey toward a better life.00:10 Jackie's Journey: From Foster Care to Finding Her Path00:57 The Power of a Positive Mindset Amidst Life's Challenges02:15 Overcoming Adversity: Jackie's Transition to Sobriety and Stability03:28 Empowering Others: Jackie's Work with STEP MC to End Poverty09:42 Building a Better Future: Jackie's Goals and Aspirations14:05 Reflections on Parenting, Recovery, and Finding Fulfillment18:20 Jackie's Message of Hope and Courage to Those Struggling We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
In this episode, Jethro Jones is joined by Joshua Stamper, the Director of Innovation for the Teach Better Team. This conversation focuses on restorative practices in schools, aiming to correct common misunderstandings. Stamper, leveraging his experiences as a former administrator and coach, emphasizes that restorative practices are not about leniency or avoiding consequences but rather about teaching behavior and establishing supportive environments for trauma-impacted students. He shares insights into implementing restorative practices effectively, such as the importance of building relationships, understanding the language of behavior, and addressing incidents with care and consideration for individual circumstances. Stamper also discusses proactive strategies like relationship plans and check-ins to support students better. The conversation highlights that while restorative practices require time and effort, they can lead to more meaningful changes in behavior compared to traditional punitive methods.02:00 Understanding Restorative Practices in Education02:23 Dispelling Misconceptions about Restorative Practices05:15 Real-life Example of Restorative Practices10:02 The Importance of Building Relationships23:01 Addressing the Time Factor in Restorative Practices25:56 Understanding the Language of Behavior We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
This file is to help us prep for the podcast. If you have something you would like to share in addition to what you filled out on the form: additional_notesPlease add your bio here: Please add questions that we would ask here, and you can add anything that you would like to add as well. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, nor will we ask everything that is on here, but will help guide the conversation. Our podcast interview is scheduled for: November 8, 2023 in the America/Chicago time zone. And the link for our meeting is: https://sqdc.st/studio/P94W*** PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM SO I CAN SEND YOU A THANK YOU CARD *** https://goo.gl/forms/ntIGRH7zm6B10Nyw1 We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
Book - Wounded By Schools - great read.Executive function skills - stories are related to other adults in their lives - a lot of invalidation around their experience of not being able to access what’s going on in schools. Story of what a student’s experience is. Kids who feel disconnected or not learning. Kids who feel like school is not for them. School wounds go back to different stages and levels of our lives. Schools should feel safe for kids. School is not designed for kids. Purpose of school design: How do we help kids do the things that society wants them to do?We can’t aim for the middleExecutive Function - behaviors related to the cognitive skills related to help us get things done, especially efficiently. Executive function: Inhibition (pause and assess before reacting); working memory (take information, and do something with it); cognitive flexibility (shift sets, being flexible and adaptable) - not just about learning, but about living.Then there are behaviors related to those thingsPrioritize time (because we can’t manage time).Invalidation - Often get mislabeled as behavioral skills or as “dumb” because they can’t do certain things in schools at the right time. What Schools think Learning Looks like vs. what is actually looks likeMontessori EducationSetting up parameters to allow for flexibility - firm goals, we can allow flexibility for how to get there. Learners have greater insight than I could ever imagineStructure with flexibility More time to give pauseIs school really about task completion or about learning? Two things: set up a structure with flexibility and allow for student's voice. A sidenote about AI - highlight this episode with Viktor KarkarPracticing through games. Here’s a fun game- Pedunkle.Students have a hard time admitting when they can’t do something and they don’t know how to ask for help. RelationshipsTodd Rose - Square Peg BookWhat are the systems we set up in schools devaluing?When we don’t set up for flexibility, we see kids shrink away. Never met a student who doesn’t want to do well. Connect with Alexis on Instagram or X or listen to her podcast here.About Alexis ReidAlexis Reid is an educational therapist and learning consultant who specializes in executive function (EF) coaching, social-emotional learning (SEL), teaching and development, as well as designing flexible and accessible learning and environments through Universal Design for Learning (UDL).  We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
Kids will work for people that they like.Brain research - brain structure is changed when it goes through toxic trauma or traumatic eventsPositive experiences and positive relationships rewire the brain. Favorite R word is relationshipsRelationships leads to resilienceWe want kids to be successful people in the world.Building resilience relationship - authentic, genuine, accountabilityBuilding such a strong relationship with him that you can build strong relationships.Filling your bucket and Unconditional positive regard - If you make a mistake and you let them down, you apologizeRelationships do not build resilience by doing the big thingsPeople have these big brick walls. We have a hard time trustingWe need to take out one brick at a time. Safety, belonging, and dignityRelationships are complexEndure through the difficult part of the complex. In Public education, we have to approach things differently. Know your settingAvoid oversharing by making it about them, not bringing the attention to you. Appropriately vulnerable - Lean towards vulnerability to build trust and the relationship. Mad, sad, glad, and afraid.Leaving space for people having control over their life. It’s ok to make mistakes. About Eric NachtigalEric is a Trauma-informed Behavior Intervention Specialist who has extensive experience addressing students’ social emotional and behavioral needs while promoting healthy emotional and academic development. He has been in the field of education for almost three decades and is celebrated as being team-oriented, and an excellent communicator with parents, students, and colleagues. Eric always strives to do what is best for students and educators. Eric has an array of skills & tools that he has honed along his journey from time spent as a classroom teacher, a school counselor, administrator, to Behavioral Social Emotional Student Support Specialist for the past half-decade.This broad scope of experience has provided him with an abundant toolbox to support staff in building resilience with students while implementing trauma-informed individual behavior plans. He is able to support educators as they begin to do the work that increases student engagement, reduces disruptive behaviors, and addresses student crisis interventions. As a result, both students and staff will begin to experience a positive culture and true team building. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
Problems of Practice Structure where people are able to get multiple feedback sessions. The smartest person in the room is the room. Thinking about the individual student we serve and how it’s working for that specific student. The problem we are having within the confines of that practice we are trying to implement.Put your problem in the potBreak into small groups, then the “hot seat” gets feedback on the problem. Questioning - clarifying questions to The asker sits back and listensBrainstorm ideas and possible solutionsAsker then makes an action plan. Anybody who is at bridging able to submit things they want to Curate a network at Bridging to ResilienceLooking at bridging for opportunities to create this relationshipReturning attendees bring new people into the fold. Putting up the umbrella during a brainstorm session.Purpose is not to defend or make decisions. Used to looking to outside resources for our ideas. Validate that this room here has knowledge and ability to make things happen. Yes And game and 10% true. Remove the word butIf you did know, what would you say? The need for unlearning for adults in schools. Role of consultant vs. someone in the school. Equipping resilience coaches. Joyce and Showers - professional learningThe power of supporting others through repeated interactions after development. About Katie PerezKatie Perez does a lot at ESSDACK, Project-Based Learning, Trauma/Resilience, School Redesign, Four Disciplines of Execution, Elementary Generalist, Keynoter, Facilitator, Coach, and Mentor. A large part of Katie’s work at ESSDACK focuses on supporting educators as they become trauma-informed. Katie has been researching and speaking about the science of hope since 2007. She says, “Hope guides me in all endeavors. In both my professional and personal life, I see opportunities to share and spread hope with others so that they too may develop pathways to see great possibilities in their lives. I believe in the power of engaged educators to build significant relationships with young people to encourage, inspire, and build great lives.” This work has led to a partnership with Jim Sporleder to build a curriculum guide to support school faculties in their journey to becoming trauma-informed. Katie’s true passion in education is in helping teachers reignite their own passion for teaching and learning. As a facilitator and coach, Katie customizes professional learning to target the specific goals and needs of each educator or audience. She believes that the key to unlocking the full potential in our education system relies on the hope, well-being, and engagement of our educators and students. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
Self-care is a lie!85% of every group said they didn’t make a doctor’s appointment that they knew they should make. We are hard-wired to put others firstRegularity and intentionalityHow do we systemically make sure everyone is taken care ofWe’ve been brought up to serve one another. If we care about each other, we will take care of each other. The science of is resilience: it’s the ability to bounce back. In the presence of another safe-supporting adult. We become that way because there is a safe supporting adult there saying you can make it. Resilience is the ability to adapt and overcome challenges with a supportive adult. Self-soothe vs co-careSedation is ignoring our challenges - numbing strategies or not feeling a feeling. Feelings can hurt, and we often do things to avoid it. River of cruelty. How we can help people who are avoiding feeling their feelings? Quick Check-in: Mad sad, glad, or afraid? Normalize having emotions. It’s oK that you have feelings. Body Doubling - needing to have someone there. Judgment and blame come from within someone else. What does it mean to be a safe supporting adult? We bring together the believers. This is not just a school, healthcare, or education problem. Nothing about us without us! We bring parents, educators, healthcare and so many more together. Kids are invited away from our systems. About Ginger LewmanGinger is a national consultant & keynote speaker with ESSDACK, a non-profit education service center based in Hutchinson Kansas. She inspires and helps all levels of educators figure out the ins and outs of teaching and learning. Some of her specialty topics include redesigning schools & learning environments.Please add questions that we would ask here, and you can add anything that you would like to add as well. This is certainly not an exhaustive list, nor will we ask everything that is on here, but will help guide the conversation. Our podcast interview is scheduled for 01:45 pm - Monday, September 11, 2023, in the America/Chicago time zone. And the link for our meeting is: https://sqdc.st/studio/PHtG *** PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM SO I CAN SEND YOU A THANK YOU CARD *** https://goo.gl/forms/ntIGRH7zm6B10Nyw1  We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
Three types of circles: Community Circles, Academic Circles, and Restorative CirclesConflict is a natural part of life, as adults and as kids, we just avoid it. We’re not going to talk about it or you’re suspended. Talking about repairing harmBelonging to Safety and Dignity. The people in the circle are there to support them. Consistently doing community circle work. Doing circle work just for discipline makes it really hard. Example about girl drama and 4th-grade drama. Circles part of everyday activities made it possible to prevent further issues. Students have a place to bring up issues. Why take the time for circles? As an educator, I’m going to spend my time somewhereWe think kids know how to solve problems, but they don’t always and they need teaching. Social Media is an example of how to not solve an issue. Time and space to learn conflict resolutionStructure of a circle meeting. Get your flow of a circle meeting and stay with your flow. Opening activity (Mindfulness, poem, quote, song)Values round (reviewing our values or bringing certain values to the circle)Round 1: check-in: Are you mad, sad, glad, afraid? Round 2: What is your focus? Academic, Community, Restorative?Closing: A way to bring everyone together and clarify where they’re at. Expression of gratitude. Children’s literature with circles (reading a children’s book)Mindfulness moment to close out our time. Are we ready to make a decision? Never require someone to be a part of a circle. Students who are long-term suspended or expelled, need to be a transition process in place for them. Reentry circle to make the transition more effective. People are not one-dimensional. Bridging to Resilience Conference - Register Here. November 6-8 2023 in Wichita, KS7 sessions each time there is a breakout. About Carmen ZeislerCarmen Zeisler is the Director of the ESSDACK Learning Centers, an Educational Consultant/Coach, and a co-founding member of the ESSDACK Resilience Team. In Learning Centers, she has been instrumental in leading a Redesign process through Project-Based Learning.In schools, Carmen loves collaborating with teachers on Trauma-Informed practices and she leads The Restorative Justice in Schools effort on the ESSDACK Resilience Team. Her other passion as a Consultant and Coach is supporting teachers to build a strong reading culture in their classroom. One of her favorite ways to do this is to use picture books with science and social studies to make these content areas come alive for students!Carmen has traveled the world as a teacher. She spent ten years in Mexico at the American Institute of Monterrey teaching 9th and 10th grade English literature and helped build the gifted and talented program that was used as a model for all of the state of Nuevo Leon. Carmen fell in love with the Mexican culture through language, food, dance, music, and people. She started getting antsy and wanted a new adventure so she headed off to Brasilia, Brazil where she spent three years at the American School of Brazil teaching kindergarten. During this time, she had students from 16 different countries in one classroom! Her time in Brazil left her with a passion for writing and languages. She landed back home in McPherson, KS where she taught for 10 years prior to coming on board at ESSDACK. Carmen has been to 33 countries and loves infusing her travels into her teaching. Carmen’s is a natural at building relationships with students and teachers so that she can then ask powerful questions that help ignite passions! Carmen’s passion is building relationships with students and teachers so that she can then ask questions to help guide them in finding their passions! We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
Best practice - People who are experiencing the issue are part of the conversation.We think the root cause of a problem is People should be invited to the table not just as contributors but also as solution providers. What barriers are people bumping up against? FQHC - Federally Qualified Health Clinic. Teacher retention, how about we asked Bridging to Resilience is one of the most meaningful activities we can be involved in. Trauma doesn’t live in a certain neighborhood. Poverty is something that a group of people experience in a group. Poverty does mean toxic stressInviting parents in poverty to be part of the stage and panelsParent panels leave a lasting impact. Learning centers that help kids who are not successful in typical schools. What it’s like to be in a resilience-based school. People of resilience - human library. How do you make it so people don’t judge others. People’s stories and authenticity cause and judgment just drops. Shame or guilt because participants didn’t know. We just want to be seen, hear, and valued. Real stories from real moms and dads and students. Isolating being in poverty or dealing with children that are atypical. Judgment is really fearMade strides in talking about race in our country, but we don’t like to talk much about class. We don’t realize how truly segregated we are by class. People don’t understand that the way they were raised is cultural. Things that make you uncomfortable Ruby Payne Framework for Understanding Generational PovertyIn my culture that makes sense, in other cultures that looks asinine. Poverty conditions you. It comes from a place of love, but often a place of misunderstanding. Get to know your parents on a human level. Bridging to Resilience isn’t just another conference. It’s a revival!Register here - Come and get some love. About Rebecca Lewis-PankratzRebecca Lewis-Pankratz works with both communities and schools across the US to truly solve poverty and heal trauma. She does this by helping brilliant and caring leaders create sustainable ecosystems of resilience through building better relationships. Check out her previous interview on Resilient Schools here. Rebecca fought her way out of poverty and the trailer park in 2011 with three young sons. A local poverty resolution project found Rebecca and activated her journey. She later went to work for that non-profit and then went on to build multiple projects like it to help more families. In 2015 She started working with public education and ignited a trauma-informed schools movement in her state and beyond.Rebecca experienced a lifetime of trauma and poverty and through access to buffering relationships she healed from both and continues to light the path for others. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
JC Pohl is the co-founder and CEO of TeenTruth.netResilience is about taking the hits and moving forward.Hear about bad things with kids.Bouncing back.It was really in the hard times in our life that we grew.5 keys to mental health.Why is it harder for teenagers?This is developmentally appropriate.To them it really does feel like it is the end of the world.Charismatic Adults - A developmental structure to support them.They need a touchpoint when they need it.All adults around out children have the ability to speak into their lives.Dr. Robert Brooks - charismatic adult is the single most important influence.Anybody can do this.Some people aren’t invited.Connect with students where they are.Kids form common bonds.Get free chapters: teentruth.net/resilientstudents Discount code relationships to get a discount on the book.How to be a transformative principal? Be vulnerable about a challenge you’re dealing with. We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
JT McCormick is the Co-Founder of Book in a Box. Email himJT’s interview on the 1 Thing podcastScaled software company, now a president and CEO of a publishing company, BookinaBox.comNo motivational story of someone who stood by him. Pushed through a bad educational system that did not meet his needs.What I quickly learned…There is no geometry on a deposit slip.Mindset, choices, and hard work = success for me.Get up at 4 am.If there’s anything I don’t like in life, it’s up to me to change it.Where did these ideas come from?What would you tell a 10 year old JT?It’s not always what you tell a kid, but more what you show them.3 of the greatest moments - marriage, birth of children, mentor at-risk youth.First time they got to see an office building.Connecting with kids - What’s wrong with this picture? And this?Shake hands with a firm handshake - when do we teach them this?Manners, a firm handshake, and other small things have served me very well in life.How is there not a life essentials class?Every school a subscription the Forbes 400.3 avenues out of poverty: 1. Athlete 2. Rapper 3. Drug DealerNobody told me the fourth option: entrepreneur.If you are going to think, dream, or set goalsMoney does not bring happiness.Many children just don’t understand the ways of the world.If you lost it all, what would you do?Put in the time, put in the hard work now.Have your own personal excellence every single day.Show them examples of people who have accomplished great things.Show little girls female executives.Bring the examples in to the schools.I have built a career off of asking questions.There are no dumb questions!No means not right now.How to be a transformative principal? Show kids.Routine is what breeds successI Got There - BookYou can’t change the past, but you can change the future We’re thrilled to be sponsored by IXL and MyFlexLearning. IXL’s comprehensive teaching and learning platform for math, language arts, science, and social studies is accelerating achievement in 95 of the top 100 U.S. school districts. Loved by teachers and backed by independent research from Johns Hopkins University, IXL can help you simplify and streamline technology, reliably meet Tier 1 standards, improve assessment performance, and more. Visit IXL.com/BE today to learn more about how IXL can elevate your school or district.MyFlexLearning is the scheduling platform that helps middle and high schools meet the individual needs of all students. Create and manage time for flex blocks, WIN time, activity periods, RTI, counselor and teacher appointments and much more. And with a built-in accountability tool and reporting features, solve your challenges around getting kids where they need to be and understanding how flex time is spent. Make your flex time work for you. Visit myflexlearning.com/BE to learn more and receive $500 off the first year. 
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