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Reconnecting At-Risk Youth
Institutional Education Conference 2011

The OSPI Institutional Education Conference, held in May 2011, provided targeted professional development for educators working with adjudicated and at-risk youth in education programs statewide. The following handouts are courtesy of the conference presenters.

How to Provide Education in an Adult Jail (PDF)
Presenter: Rue Palmer & Clarence Henley
This a presentation for those who are working on providing an educational program for juveniles in an adult jail. Tacoma Schools and Pierce County with the help of PSESD and OSPI pioneered what the juvenile education programs now look like under the new state "Juveniles in Adult Jails Education" law.

The High Cost of Adverse Childhood Experiences (PDF)
Presenter: Cathy Kelley
Incredible advancements in brain research and health studies help us understand how adverse childhood experience shapes the individual, drives high cost social problems, and becomes an extremely powerful determination of health across the lifespan. This presentation provides the opportunity to learn what the newest brain research and epidemiology tell us about adverse childhood experience and the developing child and their effect on learning. We look at typical patterns of physical, mental, and behavioral development, the ACE study results, resiliency and how you can make a difference.

Responding to Adverse Childhood Experiences: The ARC Model (PDF)
Presenter: Maurene Stanton
Many of the youth being educated in our state institutions have been exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Practitioners are not surprised by this, and are motivated to learn how to effectively respond to them. The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) model provides ten building blocks all caregivers can use when working with youth who have experienced childhood trauma.

Compassionate Schools: Improving Classroom Culture and Climate for Improved Learning and Student Accountability (PDF)
Presenter: Ron Hertel
Students face personal challenges (delinquency, mental health issues, substance abuse, domestic violence, abuse and neglect, etc.) which become barriers to learning. Strategies to address Adverse Childhood Experiences, brain development, behavior, and academic learning in the educational environment will be presented. This presentation introduces the concepts in the handbook, “The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency and Academic Success” and gives practical examples of compassionate schools that are already operational in Washington state through a Professional Learning Community structure.

Parent Project Provides Positive Outcomes (PDF)
Presenter: Gail Spolar
Using the nationally-recognized Parent Project Program curriculum designed to help parents with strong-willed teens, ESD 112's Truancy Project staff have had remarkable results improving student attendance, decreasing destructive behavior, and helping families calm the drama in their lives. Learn how parents went from skeptical or hostile at the beginning of the class to calling it "a true life saver" at the end of the ten weeks. Specific pre-and post-session results will be shared from three parent cohorts.

Developments in WA Career & College Readiness Guidance: NAV 101 (PDF)
Presenter: Mike Hubert
This session will focus on exploring the Navigation 101 career guidance model and updates on broader guidance and counseling initiatives in Washington State. Learn strategies by which school counselors can more effectively support the efforts of institutional educators.

Tech Tools in Corrections Education (PDF)
Presenter: Tim Kopp
Technology is everywhere, and while we assume kids know more, often they know less than they need. Responsible citizenship includes responsible use of technology. Discover technology tools you and your students can use to access learning through authentic, current technology. Session looks at hardware and software and shows actual student work with these tools.

Writing Workshop in the Institutional Setting (PDF)
Presenter: Melissa Rysemus
Focus on ways to use Writing Workshop to lift the level of academic rigor in institutional settings, particularly through the genres of personal narrative and memoir. Learn how to deliver quality instruction through a brief mini-lesson, and ways to assess student work to determine an appropriate next step. Examine the value of conferring with students to build their own sense of writing expertise. Finally, see how empowering young people to tell their own story translates into increasing control of their own lives.

Understanding “School Weariness”: One Key to Dropout Prevention (PDF)
Presenter: Kim Lubin
Learn the complicated pieces that contribute to the 8th–10th grade evolution of academic failure and social/emotional despair that ends in dropping out for so many of our struggling students.

Data Informed Decisions (D.I.D.) (PDF)
Presenter: Todd Johnson
This session highlights the data that goes beyond numbers, averages, and percentages. Data are actually the raw materials that are essential to enhancing effective decision and instructional making. Learn about the variety of data sources for enhancing student achievement and the strengths and limitations they entail.

Student Record Exchange - A New Tool for Identifying and Enrolling Students (PDF)
Presenter: Lisa Ireland
The Student Record Exchange will allow schools/districts to obtain information about transfer students in real time. Designed as a solution to provide just-in-time data to districts attempting to register a transfer student from another school/district rather than waiting for the physical transfer of student records, OSPI has developed a tool that enables the user to conduct a data search throughout the state for a student's records. If a student is located, the registrar can view demographic, course schedule, transcript, and program information as well as enrollment history for that student.

Rerouting the Pipeline: Stopping the Flow of Youth from School to Prison (PDF)
Presenter: Karen Pillar
Youth who are in secure detention were suspended or expelled from school at disproportionately high rates. Once they leave secure detention, the barriers they face to completing education are connected to problems that started before they were detained. Nationally, this phenomenon is called the School to Prison Pipeline.



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